October 21, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
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 | By Samantha Melamed, For The Inquirer
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.
July 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: My father married a woman 20 years younger than he. Since he passed away two years ago, his widow hasn't invited us over to the house I grew up in, and she has had extensive work done on the house. She sent my daughter a birthday card, but nothing else. When my brother came to town, she was too busy to see him. When my nephew visited, she dropped off cookies and a gift for his kids, but left because she didn't want to drive in the rain. She accepts dinner invitations, always comes on Thanksgiving, and occasionally pays.
June 17, 2013 | By Elaine Rose, For The Inquirer
It was time to put up or shut up. I had been talking about moving to Canada for nearly a decade. Nine months after leaving my job, I was too distracted to finish my latest writing project. A friend suggested I hole up in British Columbia for a couple of months to complete the work and get a taste of life north of the border. After my meteorologist friend in Omaha told me it wasn't downright crazy to attempt a drive to Western Canada in the dead of winter, I started planning. Using Craigslist, I found a pet-friendly rental for February and March in Powell River, a small city on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast.
May 24, 2013 | By Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press
YORBA LINDA, Calif. - U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Doug Burns was on a night reconnaissance mission searching for enemy trucks when he was shot down by antiaircraft fire and taken prisoner during the Vietnam War. Burns broke three vertebrae when he ejected into a rice paddy and spent the first weeks of his captivity strapped to a concrete pallet and then months at a time in solitary confinement. His wife and three children didn't know for years whether he was alive or dead - and when he arrived home 61/2 years later, Burns learned his wife had left him for another man. "It was hard to take, but that's what it was," said Burns, who is now 78 and remarried.
May 24, 2013 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
Valerie Erwin greeted us warmly when we arrived at her Geechee Girl Rice Cafe in Mount Airy: "Hello, hello! Welcome!" she said. After reading about the cooking lessons at St. Martin de Porres school, chef Erwin invited the girls to dinner at her restaurant. And she got right down to business, hanging coats, stashing handbags, and instructing the girls to tie back their hair before ushering us into the kitchen. "Are we working?" Kayla Reid asked. "I don't know, we'll see," I said.
May 23, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
SERGIO GARCIA apologized for saying he would "serve fried chicken" while making a joke about having Tiger Woods over for dinner. The British newspaper The Guardian reports Garcia was asked in jest while on stage at the European Tour's awards dinner last night if he would invite Woods to dinner during the U.S. Open. The Guardian reports Garcia said: "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken. " In the statement in which he apologized, Garcia said: "I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.
May 21, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
  William Williams Keen Butcher, 97, of Chestnut Hill, CEO of the former Philadelphia brokerage firm Butcher & Singer and former chair of the Committee of Seventy public watchdog group, died at home Wednesday, May 15. A U.S. Army major who served in World War II, Mr. Butcher - who went by W.W. Keen - was a philanthropist and active member of the Republican Party at the national level who had U.S. presidents to his home for dinner. "I can think of several instances when we'd come home for dinner and the president would be there," said Noel Butcher Hanley, a daughter who lives in Bryn Mawr.
May 6, 2013 | By Michael Smerconish
Criticism of this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner was served even before the filet and flounder. Broadcast legend Tom Brokaw told Politico that "the breaking point for me was Lindsay Lohan," a reference to the appearance last year of the troubled actress, who came as a guest of Fox's Greta Van Susteren. "She became a big star at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, give me a break. " Mark Leibovich of the New York Times was next. He told C-Span, "There's a level of self-congratulation and self-celebration and so forth that can be very, you know, somewhat at odds with the mood of the country and how people view the media.
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