January 24, 2014 |
Whenever I get the chance to travel to Northern California, there is always great wine. But San Francisco and the nearby wine country, of course, also serve up some of America's best dining - typically the kind setting trends that Philadelphians might see in a year (or two). That gap may be closing, though, based on some of the highlights from my brief eating stops in San Francisco on the way to Sonoma. The fermentation craze (kimchi-pickled everything), local ingredients, craft cocktails, artisanal coffee, and small plates we have.
January 9, 2014 |
It all seemed so simple - at least to me. We needed to rearrange a kitchen cabinet because we'd acquired some new everyday dishes to replace the weary ones we'd used for 14 years. After some reminding (he might call it "nagging"), and convincing (he wondered what was wrong with the old dishes), my husband agreed to sign on to the project. So there we were, one man, one woman, and a new set of dishes to arrange. No big deal. Except that as we were unloading and packing away the old dishes, I also was intermittently clearing out other underused things from nearby cabinets.
December 20, 2013 |
Cuban diner from Garces Rosa Blanca - Jose Garces' Cuban diner that opened this week at 707 Chestnut St. - might be his most ambitious restaurant to date. He and his crew are executing several different concepts. It's a diner, takeout shop, rum bar, and sit-down restaurant with dishes from chef Yun Fuentes, last at JG Domestic. Hours are 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, so there will be breakfast served in a part of town short on options.
December 16, 2013 |
Perhaps Gov. Corbett's proposed plan for uninsured residents should be called Stressful PA, as the 97-page draft for Healthy Pennsylvania seems designed to induce headaches and sleepless nights. The Republican governor, no fan of President Obama's Affordable Care Act and up for reelection next year, finally released specifics this month on how he would use billions of federal dollars to provide health care for an estimated 500,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians. And, boy, is Corbett specific.
November 23, 2013 |
Ask any bartender: Aside from New Year's Eve, the Night before Turkey is the busiest party night of the year. And the post-turkey weekend gobbles like crazy, too. Folks returning to their hometown for family Thanksgiving visits are trolling for a little fun with their erstwhile homies. Marrieds-with-kids find sitters and hit the town. College kids do what college kids will do. And there are those who just want to get lubricated before and/or after Thursday's turkey-centric blowout - some all the way until they hit the road/train/plane on Sunday.
November 1, 2013
GHOULS and goblins aren't our only primal fears. There's also the fear of trying certain foods. Don't get spooked, now, but I'm talking about vegan foods. It's odd. Take eating insects: Everybody's hipster-brave about that now, testing their mettle at tastings premised on a global shift to bug-based cuisine. And macho meat-eaters long ago conquered all the more "unsavory" body parts of animals, even if only by way of hot dogs. But vegan cream cheese? Drinkable kale? Weird-looking plants?
October 25, 2013
Company description: "A shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblano peppers and a blend of aromatic spices," available in a burrito or bowl. Chain: Chipotle. Calories: A serving of sofritas has approximately 145 calories, 11 grams of protein and 710 mg of sodium. Location: 4030 City Ave. Order time: Four minutes. Price: $6.45. Review: The nation's vegan-friendliest chain earned kudos this week by extending its test of sofritas from western U.S. locations to Chicago and many East Coast cities, including ours.
September 20, 2013 |
SINCE THE Daily News basically adopted Maria Bello a number of years ago, we've spoken to the Norristown/Conshohocken actress enough that we're usually just catching up. Fortunately, Bello works a lot, makes interesting movies and is a normal person who makes easy conversation. We spoke with her at the beautiful Shangri-La Hotel, at the Toronto International Film Festival, earlier this month, about director Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" and more. Q: How do you feel about being in the Daily News about as often as Mayor Nutter?
July 9, 2013 |
The order came in, and it was a tall one: 300 servings of vegetable soup and honey cake. But chef Louis Ruttenberg's kitchen crew stayed calm under pressure. Joey Lerner, 27, manned an industrial can opener with aplomb, liberating diced tomatoes and kidney beans. "Atta boy, Joey," Ruttenberg said. Bradley Golub, 22, assembled ingredients for the honey cake - cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar. Kerry Kozlowski, 24, got the oil. Matt Gardner, 27, grinned at collegial ribbing not to let the soup he was stirring burn.
July 2, 2013 |
BEFORE THE emergence of Jack McInerney, midfielder Sebastien Le Toux was the face of professional soccer in Philadelphia. The 29-year-old French native was selected by the Union on Nov. 25, 2009 in the MLS expansion draft after being left unprotected by the Seattle Sounders FC. Of the 10 players selected by the Union in that draft, Le Toux is the only one left. While Le Toux's scoring numbers have experienced a slight decline over the years, he remains a vital member of Philadelphia's offensive attack.