March 16, 2013 |
Poets and playwrights have glorified the exploits of seafaring men since Homer's Odyssey . The Wilma Theater presents a more personal, though no less inspiring, look at this tradition in its riveting North American premiere of Richard Bean's Under the Whaleback . Bean's episodic play portrays the lives of North Sea fishermen across three generations, showing a patrilineage of hardscrabble boys who live long enough to sire sons before expiring...
March 27, 2011 |
Had you told me a few months ago that I'd be raving about fish and chips and warm pints of bitter, I would have said you were a bloody lunatic. Then again, a few a months ago the Dandelion was still just an odd name for the latest Stephen Starr construction site - a convenient weed metaphor for our irrepressible gardener of concept dining, then hard at work on seedling number 22 at 18th and Sansom Streets. (By April 1, numbers 23 and 24 will have poked their heads through the soils of Florida's South Beach and Washington Square, respectively.)
September 9, 2010
There's been a revolving door of eateries in the Kings Highway storefront now occupied by the British Chip Shop in quaint downtown Haddonfield. But I'm hoping the timeless appeal of great fried fish and crispy chips - seemingly common but so rarely done this well - gives this genuine ode to English comforts a fighting chance. Co-owned by Ed Strojan and his step-father, Gary Coleman, who also has the English Gardener gift shop across the street, virtually everything here is made with an eye to authenticity, from the shortcakey scones with imported clotted cream to pastry-wrapped banger sausages, sides of mushy peas, Madras curry sauce, and, especially, those fish and chips.
August 12, 2010 |
Peanut butter and jelly. Fish and chips. Cheese and pretty much anything. The point? These ingredients complement each other to near perfection, just like Union forwards Sebastien Le Toux and Danny Mwanga. It was a reunion of sorts last night for Le Toux and the rookie Mwanga, who didn't seem to be feeling the effects of an ankle injury that kept him out of action for the last three matches. Against defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake and without forward Alejandro Moreno - not in the lineup because of an international callup for his native Venezuela in a match against Panama - the Union emerged with a 1-1 tie, fueled by an early Mwanga goal, in the eighth minute.
June 26, 2009 |
It has a fairy tale aspect to it . . . a waitress meets a chef at the Old City restaurant where they work. They fall in love, get married, buy a restaurant in Chestnut Hill and become pregnant. Vanessa and Rob Mullen have been living this fairy tale since they took over Campbell's Place last November. But the restaurant was already associated with a beloved couple, Mary and the late Jim Campbell. So how do you make this story - and restaurant - your own? "It's definitely a fine line," Vanessa Mullen aknowledged.
June 11, 2009 |
Ask developer Bart Blatstein when he'll stop construction in Northern Liberties, and he replies: "Never. " His latest is the Piazza at Schmidts, a collection of apartments and retail along Second Street south of the old Schmidt's brewery. It's just east of Liberties Walk, his first major retail-residential project in the neighborhood. Last month, the Piazza saw the opening of three restaurants, and in three weeks, there will be a fourth. Free parking is just north of the Piazza in a dirt lot at Second Street and Germantown Avenue, where the brewery once sat. Blatstein plans to develop a supermarket there.
October 5, 2008 |
If Jonathan McDonald got a little too big for his britches at a place called Snackbar with those escargot skewers, and crispy mackerel with fennel and apple gelee and some sort of powder derived from the dehydration of olive oil, he would like to make amends. Kick things down a notch. He is installed in the kitchen now at a gastropub four blocks south of that once-effete boite, and at this gig - called Pub & Kitchen ("P&K" to the locals) - it's an entirely different story. He is 30 now, with a baby on board, and he's got his feet more humbly planted: "It's the antithesis" of his last stop, he says - and, frankly, of his other finer-dining stops - Lacroix, West Philadelphia's Marigold Kitchen, and Salt, the brief forerunner of Snackbar, each of which honed his cutting-edge skills and won him no small number of groupies: "Johnny Mac," they call him. But here at noisy P&K, in the space once occupied by Chaucer's at 20th and Lombard, he says, the food is not about him, not about "the celebrity chef thing.
July 22, 2007 |
The people who scout sites for Houlihan's "must be geniuses," Roger Berkowitz confides over the phone, practically giddy at having landed yet another abandoned fern-bar shell for his growing seafood chain, Legal Sea Foods. This one is in the Court at King of Prussia, the first Pennsylvania location for the Boston-based chain. And if the beeper-toting crowds waiting for a seat on a sweltering midsummer weeknight are any indication, Legal is already cashing in on the lucrative real estate wisdom handed down from the Chain Elders.
December 26, 2004 |
Irish pubs are nothing new, but one place in Ambler, the Shanachie, is about as authentic a place as I've ever seen. Or should I say, "Irish restaurant, I hardly knew ye. " The Shanachie (pronounced SHAN-ih-kee) opened in October in a former retail store opposite the historic Ambler movie theater. Its authenticity comes only partly from its role as a stage for live Irish music, and its hunter-green, dark-wood pub decor. The restaurant goes through about 30 cases of potatoes a week, but that, too, is only part of the story in this literary-theme restaurant (shanachie means "storyteller" in Gaelic)
May 4, 2004 |
The closest place I can go to sell my blood plasma is Indiana. I know this because I was recently looking into ways of making money without doing any work. I found there are few positions that offer this kind of compensation plan, and the ones that do have mostly been filled by government officials. Americans have always had a thirst for easy money, but we continue to find out that it is a mirage in the desert of avoiding honest work. For example, during the California Gold Rush, sellers of shovels and pans made more profit than many of the gold diggers.