March 11, 2014 |
FRED DILGER was a big-time residential designer in Manhattan and Atlanta when, he said, "You get to the end of the rainbow and you ask, 'Is this all there is?' I wanted something more. " Seven years ago, he found that something. He suddenly gave up his career and all his worldly possessions to become a Franciscan friar in Kensington, living among and feeding the poor. At St. Francis Inn, the core team of Franciscan friars, nuns and lay staff served 151,699 hot meals last year to the neighborhood's most desperately poor men, women and children.
March 10, 2014 |
This is a column about food. Because I'm on a diet. Since I can't have food, it's all I think about. I've been working a lot, and as you may know, I keep the TV on in my office when I work. And everything on TV is about food. In other words, it's TV's fault I gained a permanent 10 pounds. Half the shows on TV are cooking shows, and I watch every one of them. Rachael Ray, Anthony Bourdain, Martha Stewart, Lidia Bastianich, Mike Colameco, Ina Garten, and Nigella Lawson.
March 10, 2014 |
The next big show at the Kimmel Center is going to be one of its most expensive tickets: dinner. The performers? Celebrity Iron Chef Jose Garces and his team. The set? Volvér, a much-awaited jewel box dining room in the Kimmel Center. And not only will its tasting menus instantly become the city's priciest meal, with food alone fluctuating between $150 and $250, it will also become Philly's first restaurant to sell those seats online as a "ticketed experience," prepaid and nonrefundable.
February 14, 2014 |
Along with the drugstores' heart-shaped boxes, they should probably offer free first-aid kits on Valentine's Day, because no other holiday inspires so much well-meaning, overambitious, and underexperienced cooking. Still, if it doesn't send involved parties to the emergency room, the right home-cooked meal could be an important turning point in a relationship, the moment of dawning realization that this thing could actually last. Food legend is filled with such recipes - engagement chicken and marry-me lasagna and kiss-me kugel - dishes that are supposedly so delicious that they inspire proposals or at least romantic escalation.
November 29, 2013 |
For a kid who grew up along the trolley tracks just outside of West Philadelphia, it's amazing how a few olive trees in Greece can always bring tears to my eyes. It happened again in September, as I said goodbye to my mother's farmer-sister, set to walk across the village of Asopos, and turned that first corner where, eventually, she and all the others were no longer in view. Because, for the last two decades, here is how it has gone down every time I've hit that corner: I realize the time with family is over.
November 29, 2013 |
Hello there As Ron walked toward Pat's front door on the May 2012 evening of their blind date, his friend handed him a bouquet of flowers. "Take these to her," she said. Forgive Ron, a mostly retired insurance executive from St. Davids, for not thinking of the flowers himself. He was a little rusty. Ron, now 72, had been married to Maggie for 44 years. They raised Mimi, David, and Michael, and were enjoying semiretirement, grandchildren, travel, and golf when Maggie became ill. She died of lung cancer in 2011.
November 21, 2013 |
Hello there Kathryn and Gordon met for what was supposed to be an early dinner in January 2011. But when dinner was over, their conversation wasn't. "We moved from our table to the bar and continued talking," said Kathryn, a financial representative with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and owner of the Eventchic event management company. They stayed at Derek's Restaurant in Manayunk for eight hours. About a week earlier, Kathryn had started their dialogue with an electronic wink on Match.com.
October 21, 2013 |
I'm so excited about a new restaurant that just opened in a trendy part of Brooklyn. You know what's on the menu? Silence. You got it. I'm going, and I'm taking Mother Mary. It's true. This new restaurant has rules, and one of the rules is that you're not allowed to talk in the restaurant. This is an even better restaurant rule than my personal favorite, Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work. The restaurant owner got the idea for a silent-dining restaurant after a trip he took to India, where he saw Buddhist monks eating breakfast without talking.
September 27, 2013
* Epic, Emmy-winning AMC drama "Breaking Bad" ends Sunday night, and Old Eagle Tavern (177 Markle St., 215-483-5535, oldeagletavern. com ) knows attention must be paid, yo! The Manayunk bar continues its "Dinner, Beer and a Movie Night" series with a screening of the finale at 9 p.m., plus a "Bad"-inspired beer and food menu. The fifth season will air all day. * Argue the worthiness of various pumpkin beers for a worthy cause Saturday during The Great Pumpkin Debate, a beer tasting and hayride, 6-10 p.m., at the Figure 8 Barn, in Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Road, Wilmington, Del. It's also the 25th annual National Estuaries Day, and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will raise a "Toast to the Coast" in support of restoring and protecting waterways.
September 5, 2013 |
Come September, most kids can count on one thing: the start of school. But many families make sure their students-to-be can rely on something else: a personal back-to-school tradition. From baked goods that serve as tokens of parental support to those first-day-of-class photo sessions, moms say it gives them and their kids something to look forward to each year, and helps just a little to ease the first-day jitters. Mimi Larkin has a great deal of experience with the subject: 14 years to be precise.