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ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
SOUTH PHILLY'S own "Mob Wives" star, Natalie Guercio , will bring her "real-deal Italian life" back to VH1 at 9 tonight with the premiere of the fifth season. "Some people that shall remain nameless don't take [the Italian life] too seriously on the show and beyond," Guercio told me. "It's breeding and how you're brought up. " Renee Graziano, perhaps? Either way, viewers will be getting more of that "real-deal lifestyle" this season. Guercio says that this season focuses more on her personal life, including boyfriend London and son Nunzio , and work life at the Carto Funeral Home (2212-14 S. Broad St.)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
Unrelated TV news In "The Mistress," an intervention show debuting Jan. 21 on the new Discovery Life Channel (changing Jan. 15 from Discovery Fit & Health, a channel we didn't even know existed),  Sarah J. Symonds , author and self-proclaimed former mistress of Chef  Gordon Ramsay  and Lord  Jeffrey Archer , dishes out tough love to mistresses ready to finally escape the trap of extramarital affairs. "Infidelity is like the distant rumble of thunder in any relationship," said Symonds.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dish Network, the nation's third-largest pay-TV company, may drop NBCUniversal's regional sports networks in the Chicago, Washington, Sacramento, and San Francisco areas on Dec. 1. The plan seems to be part of a strategy to slim down the bundle of cable channels offered to its TV subscribers, to control price increases. Dish axed the Boston-area regional sports network in August. Comcast Corp. owns NBCUniversal and the Comcast-branded regional sports networks. Regional sports networks can be the second-most-expensive networks in a cable bundle - exceeded only by ESPN - because of the billions of dollars the networks have committed in recent years to acquiring TV rights for professional sports.
NEWS
September 19, 2014
LABORATORY safety regulations typically dictate that no food should be found within close reach of the experimental action - no one needs nitric acid in their nachos, after all. Drexel's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, however, is a different kind of lab, one that's earned an exception to this rule since fussing with food is all they do there. The sixth floor of the Paul Peck Problem-Solving and Research Center, at 33rd and Arch streets, is home to the Drexel Food Lab, a collective that lends its brain to corporate and nonprofit clients.
FOOD
September 19, 2014 | By Anna Herman, For The Inquirer
Back-to-school energy pervades September - even decades past graduation. For Jews around the world, this sense is heightened by the overlapping of the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah, literally "head of the year," celebrates ending and beginning again. As part of the annual High Holiday rituals of taking stock, making amends, and looking forward there are opportunities for feasting and fasting, and always there are wishes for a "sweet new year. " That translates at the table to a widespread tradition of eating apples and honey, and other treats at the holiday table.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CENTER CITY resident Courtney Lapresi took home the crown Monday night on "MasterChef," the Gordon Ramsay-hosted Fox competition show pitting amateur cooks against one another. Lapresi, who majored in dance performance at the University of the Arts, said that her artistic background allowed her to take on the challenges presented to her on "MasterChef. " "Fifteen to 20 years of dance performance prepares you for high-intensity competition," she said. "I'm used to feeling nervous and jittery.
FOOD
August 29, 2014 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
If it smells kind of scorched around here, it's probably not the errant crumbs in your toaster oven. More likely it's the wafting scent of all the fire-scarred foods coming out of local restaurants: Charred salad greens, charred squids and octopi, charred slices of bread with charred vegetable spreads. And there's no escaping the avalanche of charred brussels sprouts. "The trend we're seeing is open-flame cooking. Whether it's wood-burning ovens, charcoal grills, wood-burning grills, or simple gas ranges, cooks are really experimenting with fire," says Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Netflix Inc., Dish Network, and the Los Angeles County government are among organizations opposing Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., based on documents filed right up to the midnight Monday deadline with the Federal Communications Commission. Reed Hastings, chief executive officer of the online streamer Netflix, had signaled that the company could oppose a combined Comcast/Time Warner Cable, which would provide more than one-third of U.S. consumers with high-speed Internet service.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY LARI ROBLING, For the Daily News
IT'S A given that a farmers market is a great place to get fresh, local ingredients - but the social aspect of a market can also make it a walking cookbook. Vendors happily share tips for using their produce, and the overall vibe makes for easy conversation and recipe exchanges among shoppers. Mindy Silver recently moved from Mount Airy to Washington Square. For her, Sunday's Headhouse Market (2nd Street, between Pine and Lombard streets, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is a place to fill her larder and get to know the community.
FOOD
March 14, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Years before winning over diners with dishes like chowder-poached oysters and gnocchi with snails, Fitler Dining Room chef Robert Marzinsky had a different artistic vision: He and a group of fellow art-school graduates made site-specific installations using ceramics and other materials. Since the works were temporary, he said, "We recognized that, to some extent, the real work was when you documented it. You'd come back with 500 slides, and spend $300 to process the film. " Today, in his kitchen at 22d and Spruce, Marzinsky is still making things that are ephemeral and beautiful - and he still acknowledges the impulse to document those creations.
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