February 22, 2013 |
A GREAT MYSTERY lingers at the heart of "Silver Linings Playbook. " The mystery isn't whether Pat Solitano, played by Rydal-born, Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper, will ever find mental health. Nor is it whether Pat will get back with his ex, fall for the dancing girl down the street (Jennifer Lawrence, also Oscar-nominated), or reconcile with his Eagles-worshipping, OCD-suffering, gambler dad (Robert De Niro, another Oscar nominee). The riddle at the center of this flick, the conundrum that's confounded viewers nationwide, is: What in the Rocky Balboa are "crabby snacks and homemades"?
February 15, 2013 |
WHOOPI GOLDBERG lives on the comedic edge, whether it's on the stage, on set or in her swivel chair on "The View. " She doesn't shy away from the controversial - she welcomes it. Back in 1990, in "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Billy Connolly," Goldberg began a bit by singing, "Where have all the negroes gone?" She urged members of the audience to sing along with her and "follow the bouncing Negro!" Despite early hesitation, they did. "And they said y'all wouldn't do that!" she laughed.
February 8, 2013 |
Different tastes in movies? Good couples learn to disagree. Can't stand each other's music? That's what headphones are for. But if you two can't come together around common flavors at the dinner table - especially for a special meal - there's gonna be trouble in Romanceville. The pressure of Valentine's Day doesn't help, and I normally shy away from crowded restaurants in favor of something more intimate at home. But lately, a rising trend in "dishes for two" at local eateries has caught my eye as potential relationship-building material, not just on Feb. 14 but at any time of year.
February 8, 2013
WHAT DO the Walkman and iPod, the iPad tablet and now the new, second- generation Dish Hopper satellite receiver/recorder have in common? All are disruptive technologies that screw with the system, threaten the status quo. With its cunningly effective commercial-skip feature called Autohop, the Dish Hopper is a land mine waiting to explode, threatening the future of advertiser-supported network TV. No wonder broadcasters are trying their best...
February 4, 2013 |
The Hopper is either a multi-room DVR featuring a kangaroo mascot, partner units called "Joeys," and an innovative commercial-skipping function, or it's an existential threat to commercial broadcast television - the biggest since, well, the Betamax. Either way, you might want to pause the TiVO for a moment and consider what's behind this battle, which has been playing out in the courts for much of the last year and more recently in the court of public opinion. The Hopper was unveiled a year ago by Dish Network, the satellite service that's the nation's third-largest provider of multi-channel pay television.
January 23, 2013 |
The Florida socialite with Philly roots who inadvertently toppled a CIA director has finally spelled out her side of the story. Jill Kelley told Howard Kurtz of thedailybeast.com that she was threatened with blackmail, didn't know the threats came from a woman, never pressed charges, never swapped 30,000 e-mails with a general, and never asked for an $80 million fee to land a deal with South Korea. In November, just after the presidential election, David Petraeus, who rose to fame as commander of allied military forces in Afghanistan, resigned as CIA chief, amid allegations of an affair with biographer Paula Broadwell.
December 19, 2012 |
YOU THINK you're eating lots - or are gonna eat lots - this holiday season? Chances are, you ain't got nuthin' on the 28 diners who took part in a 10-hour, 40-dish feast at South Philly's Le Virtù Sunday. You read that right: 40 dishes. Four-oh. And 10 hours. One-oh. (Well, for some people. Not everyone who came and saw also conquered.) Here's how it went down. A little before 2 p.m. at the drizzly end of last weekend, many Philadelphians, some suburbanites, a few out-of-towners filed into the East Passyunk Avenue restaurant with empty stomachs, elastic waistbands and varying degrees of anticipation.
November 15, 2012
EVERY YEAR AROUND now, food writers' in-boxes fill with pitches on conquering the stressful challenge of cooking a turkey right. Boosting bland flavor. Squelching salmonella. Timing the thaw. To stuff or not to stuff? The pitfalls of this recently established "tradition" (we still don't know if there was any turkey at the first Thanksgiving) are legion. And kitchen cooks can only be rescued, it seems, by expert advice or some newly discovered off-the-wall process. Well, if cooking a turkey is such a high-stakes activity, why not relax and try a turkey-free T-Day?
October 18, 2012 |
SHE'S THE Italian mother we all wish we had - making delicious dishes for friends and family. Her cakes steal the show at bake sales. She's Giovanna Damiani, who grew up in a small area outside Naples, Italy, and came to the United States in 1946. At her recent 90th birthday party, guests spanned four generations and included a friend from Brooklyn, N.Y., whom Damiani had worked with in Italy during World War II. A highlight was the signed Carlos Ruiz T-shirt she received. He's her favorite Phillie.
September 27, 2012
ARE YOU a fantastic home cook, or do you know one? We think great dishes are being served in kitchens all around the Delaware Valley. While we love our celebrity chefs and lively restaurant scene, we want to celebrate the home cooks who serve a great meal without a prep person, dishwasher or exotically stocked walk-in refrigerator. On the third Thursday monthly, "Top Cooks" spotlights a home-cooking whiz and one of their recipes. Tell us about your Top Cook, their signature dish and how they work it in the kitchen.