March 23, 2012 |
If you can land one of the prized 10 seats at Sukiyabashi Jiro, a tiny Tokyo restaurant located in a subway corridor, and if you're willing to pay a king's ransom, you can savor what may be the world's finest sushi. Jiro Ono, the octogenarian proprietor of this three-star Michelin operation, is the subject of David Gelb's delectable documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi. " It's the story of a man with an exquisite palate who has spent many decades seeking perfection in a very circumscribed field - sushi is all he serves.
March 23, 2012 |
One look at thfose big teeth and that eel-like body, and Gary Stolz knew: A northern snakehead had just been caught in a tidal area of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. The three-pound, 24-inch fish was caught Thursday, on the west side of Route 420. It meant that this odd and ugly invasive species, a fish so bizarre it's been dubbed the "frankenfish," was continuing its slow but sure colonization of the region's waterways. Whether it fits seamlessly into the food chain of the region's waterways, or its voracious appetite for fish, frogs and even small mammals allows it to take over the aquatic ecosystem, is still a matter of conjecture.
March 19, 2012
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. WRITER LORENE CARY, also a Penn lecturer, founder of Arts Sanctuary in North Philadelphia and member of the School Reform Commission, is the type of person who wakes up ready to do. What, exactly? Well, it depends on the day. On this particular Sunday morning, Cary looks ready, her mouth always a centimeter away from a warm smile, her arms about a five-minute countdown to a hug. The 55-year-old West Philly native wants to be clear, "There is no chilling in my life.
March 14, 2012
Benjamin L. Fish, 78, of Mickleton, a retired Navy captain, died of heart failure on Friday, March 9, at Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury. Mr. Fish graduated from Paulsboro High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University. In 1956, he was commissioned in the Navy. During his 27-year military career, he was a flight officer aboard aircraft carriers Oriskany, Forrestal, and John F. Kennedy, and was assigned to Navy facilities in Virginia, Tennessee, Nevada, New York, and Turkey.
March 11, 2012 |
'Chemistry is a strange thing," Emily Blunt says, and she's not talking about the periodic table. "You either have it or you don't. And I do think it translates onto screen when you have a great rapport with someone offscreen. " That someone is Ewan McGregor - a fellow Brit and Blunt's leading man in the whimsical romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen . The two stars had never crossed paths before - not even a howdy-do at a party or premiere - when Lasse Hallström , the film's director, put them together.
March 9, 2012 |
THE EARLY leader for the Worst Title of the Year award is surely "Salmon Fishing in Yemen. " The words seem designed to alienate as many viewers as possible, while pandering to the world's smallest subset of hobbyists. (Remember the bird-watching comedy "The Big Year?" Of course you don't.) There is another audience for the movie, of course, and it's anyone who finds Emily Blunt adorable, which is everyone. "Fishing" features Blunt in "Young Victoria" mode, in a decidedly old-fashioned romance that replaces modern-day vulgarity with the decorum of formal courtship.
February 23, 2012
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February 12, 2012
Given a very tough draw in the 2012 Davis Cup, the United States is off to an exhilarating start. The U.S. swept Roger Federer and Switzerland in the first round, with Mardy Fish and Mike Bryan winning the doubles match on clay, a surface selected by Federer to exploit what was perceived as an American weakness. But Fish and Bryan, paired for the first time in more than three years, were clearly up for this challenge Saturday before a crowd in Fribourg, Switzerland, that at times turned angry.
January 18, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Defending champion Kim Clijsters cruised into the third round of the Australian Open. Clijsters needed only 47 minutes to beat Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France, 6-0, 6-1, on Wednesday, showing no signs of a hip problem that forced her to retire during a semifinal against Daniela Hantuchova at a warm-up tournament two weeks ago. She will meet Hantuchova in the next round here, and has a potential rematch of the 2011 Australian...
December 29, 2011 |
Herring is hip and it's high-end. Long a favorite of Jewish grandfathers, herring is showing up on the menus of hip and elegant New York restaurants. Laurent Manrique serves lightly smoked herring, imported from France, with boiled potatoes at Millesime, his French bistro in Manhattan. "Surprisingly, smoked herring and quenelles de brochet are our two most popular appetizers," he said. Herring with wasabi and yuzu kosho paste is one of the haute Jewish dishes at Kutsher's Tribeca.