April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama joked Saturday about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from a "strapping young Muslim Socialist" to retiree golfer, all with a new hairstyle like first lady Michelle's. Obama used this year's annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner to poke fun at himself and some of his political adversaries, asking if it was still possible to be brought down a peg after 41/2 years as commander-in-chief. Entering to the rap track "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled, Obama joked about how re-election would allow him to unleash a radical agenda.
April 26, 2013
* Eating well to fight hunger is also the theme for a six-course dinner "Top Chef" Kevin Sbraga is putting together at his restaurant Sbraga (440 S. Broad St., 215-735-1913, Sbraga.com ) with a stellar lineup of local chefs May 14. Nicholas Elmi, Walter Abrams, Shola Olunloyo, Jonathan Adams and Dave Katz will join him in support of Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Tix are $150 each. * Food-truck operators stake their claim to be the city's best at the Philadelphia Vendy Awards' third-annual competition from 2 to 6 p.m. June 8. A limited number of early discount tix, $45, are available now at eventbrite.com . The event raises funds for the nonprofit Food Trust.
April 19, 2013
TV COOKING shows, am I right? They're everywhere, with red meat literal and metaphoric. Front-burner flare-ups and meltdowns, knife-edge competitions, violent outbursts, fireworks, car chases - you name it. Their "green" counterparts tend to be nonviolent, collaborative, animal-free, veggie-rich and . . . well, not exactly everywhere. And they don't have car chases. Which, on second thought, neither do the mainstream ones. Point is, however they might have languished in obscurity, plant-based shows are stepping into the limelight.
April 14, 2013
No outsourcing of quality time I feel sorry for Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, who says that, even with all her wealth and fame, she and her husband cannot get away from work for dinner with their two young children ("Women urged to push for equality at work," April 5). The same applies to all of us trapped in our hurried, crazy American culture. Rather than heed Sandberg's prescription to "lean in" to our ambition, we should be home for dinner. Women do deserve equal pay and greater access to leadership opportunities, and more support at home.
March 11, 2013
BEN STANGO's mom made the right call when he was in middle school. He'd gotten hooked on the Food Network. She let the boy cook. "I went big with my first meal," Stango says in his Center City kitchen. "A whole salmon. " It was tasty. Subsequent meals, less so. Regardless, now Stango's mother, Deb Weinstein, gets to cash in. He's cooking her a birthday dinner that he'll take to her home in Merion Station: Homemade beet tagliatelle with pine nuts and arugula, and pan-seared scallops with lemon and garlic.
March 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Shifting course in the face of political gridlock, President Obama is making rare overtures to rank-and-file Republicans, inviting GOP senators to dinner Wednesday, planning visits to Capitol Hill, and working the phones. His efforts are aimed at jump-starting budget talks and rallying support for his proposals on immigration and gun control. With the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts starting to take effect, Obama has begun quietly calling congressional Republicans to discuss the prospects for an elusive longer-term deficit-reduction deal as well as his other second-term priorities.
March 6, 2013 |
Question: My husband and I (as well as his sister and spouse) are at our wits' end. I have a great relationship with my mother-in-law. Before we had kids, we vacationed with my husband's family, and went for dinner and drinks frequently. We live within minutes of my in-laws, but do not get or ask for a lot of help. When we do ask for babysitting, we are made to feel like it is a major inconvenience. My sister-in-law gets the same response. We get a list of things she has going on that may be impacted by a few hours with her grandchildren.
March 5, 2013 |
Maybe they were looking for the White Horse Pike. Three horses and a pony that managed to get loose from somewhere in Winslow Township ended up Monday evening in the westbound lanes of the Atlantic City Expressway, around milepost 39.9, said State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman. "They were actually in the roadway, traveling down the roadway," Grossman said. Motorists alerted authorities shortly after 5:30 p.m., he said. Grossman couldn't immediately say whether the horses were galloping or just trotting on the expressway.
March 1, 2013
New on the edge of the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood is Fitler Dining Room (2201 Spruce St., 215-732-3331), a bistro from Dan Clark and Ed Hackett (Pub & Kitchen, the Diving Horse in Avalon). It fills the corner spot that previously was Meme. The 32-seater's clean look evokes a 1920s-'30s salon with its fabric-covered banquettes and bentwood chairs. Two beer taps are set in the dining room - small-batch crafts - plus 12 to 20 bottled beers. Artisan wines (about 40 bottles and 10 by the glass)
February 11, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Bob McDonnell (R., Va.) was a blunt therapist Friday night, telling assembled Pennsylvania Republicans to quit whining. "The pity party should be over," McDonnell said to a crowd of about 300 at the Harrisburg Hilton. "It's been two months. " Since losing a presidential race they were convinced they would win, Republicans nationally have been going through an extended mourning-cum-autopsy process, trying to figure out what went wrong on a clinical track, while many indulge their frustration that President Obama was so easily reelected.