November 11, 2010 |
THINK GREAT American food towns and what comes to mind? Definitely San Francisco/Napa for wine and farm-to-table cuisine. Then there's New Orleans for eclectic Creole bites, Memphis, Tenn., for barbecue. And don't forget Boulder, Colo., home to an awesome farmer's market and a slew of innovative food companies. Or Portland, Maine, where craft beer and fresh seafood form a perfect union. New York? Natch. But aren't we forgetting something? How about our hometown? Philadelphia deserves much more than its connection to the cheesesteak when it comes to making a culinary splash.
October 14, 2010 |
It was called Night Market (because, yes, it was a street market held at night) and by 7:32 last Thursday evening - the light fading, the fountain at East Passyunk and Tasker sparkling - it was clear the mere words alone had held out the promise of magic. Thousands turned out, milling in the streets, low-key and mellow, though not always well fed: The line for tacos al pastor stretched 65 deep at the Los Taquitos de Puebla's curbside tent. Outside the window at Honest Tom's truck, 44 more souls waited - and waited.
September 29, 2010 |
Hunger, obesity and poverty plague many neighborhoods in the city, which is something that Shearine McGhee, 31, and a mother of two, knows all too well. "It has been hard for me to provide for my family," McGhee said. "I don't want to feed my kids Oodles and Noodles every night. " Philadelphia has a poverty rate of 25 percent, according to an economic report released yesterday by City Controller Alan Butkovitz. That ranks higher than Chicago (21.6 percent), Los Angeles (19.58 percent)
August 25, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Actress Pamela Anderson discusses her new fragrance. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Drew Pinsky discusses sex addiction and his reality series. Made: The Movie (6 p.m., MTV) - Much to her friends' dismay, Tuba (Cyrina Fiallo), a geeky band member, decides to try out for the high-school cheerleading team. Hoping to keep embarrassment to a minimum, her brother Marshall (Brett Dier), the school's basketball star, coaxes his stunning cheerleader girlfriend, Andi (Rachel Skarsten)
August 6, 2010 |
On Thursdays, fresh fruit is now only steps away from the home of Dominique Wilder, 38, a mother of four in the Norris Square community of North Philadelphia. A tiny farmers market opened at Susquehanna Avenue and North Howard Street on Thursday, offering fresh produce - from apples to zucchini - to a community that does not have much access to healthy groceries. "Several markets have left the neighborhood in the last few years. It's impossible to get fresh products around here," Wilder said.
April 22, 2010 |
From inside a large gray trailer marked "M&B Fairview Farm," Bart Hill greets a stream of customers who line up for bacon from his heritage pigs and big brown eggs from his Barred Rock chickens. Just outside the trailer, seated at her own small table, Hill's daughter, Heather, tends to a line of customers, too. "Do you have cats?" Heather asks a woman considering the goat-milk soaps on display. "Because if you do, you need catnip, and we have it. " She is 8 years old, this small blonde in pigtails, clutching what appear to be the remains of a much-loved baby blanket.
April 22, 2010
Reader: To my surprise Bobby's Burger Palace has gotten some negative initial reviews, I know its still early for you, but have you eaten there yet? CL: I did make my first visit to Bobby's, the latest in a string of high-concept burger mob scenes. I'll certainly wait before passing final judgment, but with lines down the block, this place has already become a cultural experience that needed investigation. On a mid-Saturday afternoon, there was a line 45 minutes long. It's an appealing concept, all bright colors, bopping music and curvy retro counters.
April 15, 2010
Reader: I was in San Francisco and had dinner at Incanto. The offal dishes were outstanding . . . brains and sweetbreads risotto, tuna heart, kidneys. It was also refreshing to actually see chef Chris Cosentino working the kitchen. I wish there were more places in our area that served unusual dishes such as this. CL: We definitely took a small offal hit when Ansill closed, but it was only brief. David Ansill is back and cooking his marrow out at Ladder 15. Pierre Calmels is stuffing pig's feet with foie gras at Bibou.
March 21, 2010 |
You will hear, on occasion, expats from Trinidad pine for a lost land - for beaches that are gone, and trails paved over, for the slower boat to Tobago (now it's a two-hour trip, not an overnight), and island architecture washed away by a wave of Americanized design. Last week one of them named Clarence Drakes, an architect himself, happened by Calypso, the homey Trinidadian stand in the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, and he soon fell into a deep, misty-eyed reverie. Ah, but the food, reminded his friend Ayanna Osbourne, who has family ties on the island, that's another matter: No one has torn that page from Trinidad's story.
January 10, 2010 |
From the windows of her fourth-floor office at City Hall, redevelopment director Sandy Forosisky can see the front of 99 Cent Dreams, the 38,000-square-foot value store at the center of what has long been a languishing downtown. Starting in March, that view will change. The Landis Avenue dollar store is slated to be converted into a year-round public market, selling local produce, meat, seafood, specialty items, and prepared food. With it, Forosisky is hoping the city's center will change, too. The $5.62 million project, which Forosisky calls a "mini Reading Terminal," is the foundation for a $59 million city makeover.