August 21, 2016 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - It's the innkeeper's life to be barged in on, so Harmon Brown, 90, barely raises an eyebrow when you walk through the swinging wooden doors to the kitchen - though it is way too early to be barging in on Harmon Brown. Turns out you're not the first person to take liberties with his time that day. He was answering the phone at 2 a.m., talking to people looking to arrange accommodations at Brown's Nostalgia Bed & Breakfast in the middle of the night. "They think there's a front desk," Brown said, looking up from his cryptoquip, coffee, and cinnamon bun, still in deer-hunting pajama pants.
March 25, 2016 |
As an immigrant, Muibat Williamson has firm ideas about what the United States and its citizens should be about. So when a SEPTA police officer cut in line on Christmas 2013 as she waited in the Dunkin' Donuts shop in Suburban Station and then, according to her, stepped on her foot as he left, Williamson was not about to let it rest. "I said, 'Excuse me, you stepped on me. Aren't you going to apologize?' " Williamson told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday. SEPTA Officer Douglas Ioven said no, he didn't step on her foot, and wouldn't apologize.
July 11, 2015 |
Analyzing puff pastry What kind of hatred did chanteuse Ariana Grande express when she said, "I hate Americans" and "I hate America" in a doughnut shop? Surely the 22-year-old meant no harm in the context: She said those words when the store clerk presented her with a newly stocked tray of doughnuts - in other words, 90 million calories' worth of temptation! Surely she said it the way one would say "I hate you" to a waiter piling on mounds of fillets on one's plate? Grande has apologized, saying she was expressing shock at "how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences.
January 29, 2015 |
TWO KEEN-EYED cops thwarted an armed robber at a Dunkin' Donuts in Olney early Monday, police said yesterday. Officers Anthony Sherman and Paul Austin were sitting in an unmarked car in the parking lot of the doughnut shop, on Front Street near Godfrey Avenue, as part of a burglary detail investigating thefts in that area when they saw a man wearing a white mask walk inside, police said. The plainclothes officers, both veterans of the department - Sherman has 24 years of service, Austin has 36 - sprang into action.
August 22, 2013 |
As a teenager working at Dunkin' Donuts in Philadelphia's Parkside neighborhood, Rick Wilcox never thought about a future as an entrepreneur - until the day a stranger peered in the shop window and walked inside with a prediction. "I was watching how you worked, and I want to tell you that someday you will own your own doughnut shop," Wilcox recalled the stranger as saying. Wilcox told the story last week, sitting in the office of, yes, his own doughnut shop, Phatso's Bakery in Chester.
April 26, 2013
FOR THOSE OF US who don't have a prahok -slinging Phnom Penh grandma on standby, real Cambodian food is a little hard to find here, especially in comparison to the Vietnamese, Thai and Laotian options available to hungry fans of Southeast Asian cooking. Luckily, that's starting to change, with sit-downs like South Philly's Khmer Kitchen and Lawncrest's Angkor spreading the charms of the cuisine beyond the city's strong Cambodian population. While those restaurants build followings, a new venture - a little sweeter, but still fluent in Khmer - is taking shape.
February 1, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I am an adjunct teacher in a small college in the Midwest. For the most part, my students are great, but one breaks my heart. I admire him because he has overcome some incredible obstacles. Last year, he lost a good job and had to drop out for a time. He's back now, and when I asked about his new job, he said he runs a strip club. At first, I thought he was kidding, but he assured me he manages more than 50 ladies who, at the end of their shift, leave with their lives and their dignity.
May 16, 2012 |
David Timbers, the West Philadelphia man wanted for tossing a cup of scalding hot coffee at a doughnut shop cashier, was charged today with aggravated assault and other related charges. Timbers, 52, of the 3700 block of Haverford Avenue, surrendered at Police Headquarters Monday, and was charged this morning. He was released after posting 10 percent of $25,000 bail. Besides aggravated assault, he was charged with simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime (the hot coffee)
May 14, 2012 |
Minutes before the Fresh Donuts shop on Lancaster Avenue closed Saturday, Tamara Harris and her daughter, Tanjanique, 16, stopped in. They wanted to give a get-well card to shop employee Sokchea Luy, 27. "I couldn't believe someone would do something like that," said Tamara Harris, who is a crossing guard at a nearby school and stops by daily for coffee and something to eat. "These are really nice people. " People have been dropping in with cards, good wishes, and even money since Tuesday morning, when a well-dressed man, a regular customer, lost his temper in the store and threw a cup of hot coffee at Luy. He badly burned her upper arm, but it might have been worse if she hadn't used the arm to shield her face.
December 22, 2011
This is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat. Craig: I did a fair bit of casserole-dish cooking these last couple of weeks, including one of my favorite dishes for leftover brisket: shepherd's pie. All I do is crumble about 1-2 pounds of leftover brisket into a sauté pan with carrots, parsnips, leeks, peas, and garlic. Add half a can of tomato paste, a cup of white wine (or more, just to moisten), then layer into a casserole pan below some fresh mashed potatoes (about 2 pounds worth)