October 21, 2015 |
Is the Pennsylvania Ballet developing a Latin flavor? Since last year, fans of this 50-year-old institution have wondered what form the company would take under its new artistic director, Angel Corella. It's still early days, but the influence of Spain and of other Spanish-speaking nations is definitely on the rise. Meanwhile, the superstar dancer-turned-administrator-and-teacher already has fulfilled several of his promises. Corella has enlarged the company to 37 dancers, plus four apprentices.
September 11, 2015 |
PEOPLE WHO SAY they hate pumpkin beer remind me of people who say they never watch TV, as if they're too good for something so unsophisticated. They stick up their noses and piss all over the spicy brew because it's a gimmick, because it's crass, because they're oh-so-busy rereading War and Peace . So, as they repeat the same, tired criticism (You can't drink it in this kind of heat!), they're missing out on some pretty good entertainment. Well, put down the Tolstoy, Mr. Snoot, and tune into six things the pumpkin haters get wrong.
August 28, 2015 |
Vegan Latin flavors Nicole Marquis (HipCityVeg, Charlie was a sinner.) has added the similarly vegan Bar Bombón , a Latin themes near her HipCityVeg flagship at 133 S. 18th St. (267-606-6612), the corner store across the alley from a.kitchen. Marquis and crew have not only created an Old San Juan-style, 10-seat barroom and 30-seat dining room out of the snug storefront but also sidewalk seating on the Moravian Street side. Menu includes Puerto Rican empanadas (from her mother's side)
July 17, 2015 |
Inside the sweltering heat of a greenhouse near the Jersey Shore, where the afternoon summer temperatures can hit 160 degrees, a bit of the Atlantic Ocean is rapidly transforming before our eyes into one of civilization's oldest treasures. "I'm literally swimming in salt," says Derrek Thomas, 43, leading us between the 2,000-gallon retention pools that line the new salt house he and his partner, chef Lucas Manteca, 38, built on Thomas' Windy Acres farm in Ocean View. "I can't get water fast enough.
May 25, 2015 |
Tiki's Restaurant on Waikiki Beach provides all that a visitor to Honolulu expects: a superb view of the setting sun melting into the Pacific, flaming tiki torches casting dancing shadows, fruity drinks served in coconuts. But a few delights are unexpected, such as entrées featuring locally sourced Kahuku corn and arugula, with organic herbs from the base of the nearby Ko'olau Mountains. Farm-to-table offerings in a tropical paradise? Agriculture and tourism have long been two of Hawaii's main industries, so it makes sense that "agritourism," which exposes visitors to the state's unique food culture, would follow.
May 10, 2015 |
It has been 21 years since North Carolina won its last NCAA men's lacrosse title. And if that is to change this spring, some local players will have to play a big part. The Tar Heels are seeded third overall. And when they begin pursuit of the national championship with a first-round game with Patriot Conference winner Cornell on Sunday, All-ACC selections Joey Sankey (Penn Charter) and Ryan Kilpatrick (Salesianum, Del.) will be key. The Tar Heels (12-3) are riding a two-game losing streak after winning 12 of their first 13 games.
April 3, 2015 |
Marc Vetri, chef owner of Vetri, Osteria, Amis, Alla Spina, Pizzeria Vetri, and Lo Spiedo, recently was nominated for a James Beard award for best chef in the country. He recently discussed his new book Mastering Pasta (Ten Speed Press) at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Below is a condensed version of our conversation. When was the first time you made pasta? When did you know this is what you wanted to do? Wow. I don't even really remember. My father's family, they're from Italy.
April 3, 2015 |
On Easter Sunday, after the sugar crash from too much candy, dinner traditionally revolves around a big, glossy ham. It may look picture-perfect as a holiday centerpiece, but if that ham came from the supermarket, its origin story is probably not so pretty. Luckily, there are options in locally produced hams with backstories you can feel good about. Ember Crivellaro, who runs Country Time Farm in Berks County with her husband, Paul, wants those who buy her hams to know what kind of life the pigs had. Because pictures speak louder than words, she carries a small collection of photographs in her wallet.
February 18, 2015 |
Twice this season, Penn State point guard Shep Garner, a freshman out of Roman Catholic, has gone viral in the college hoops world - and really neither time it was because of his own actions. Garner was just playing ball. The first time, the Nittany Lions were at home against Virginia Tech in December. "I think there was a timeout before we came out," Garner remembers. "I think everyone lost focus. " He meant everyone but him. The video is the kind you end up watching over and over.
February 3, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA real-estate developer Shawn Bullard is the first black man to court love on television whose name is not Flavor Flav . Bullard is the focus of "Match Made in Heaven," WeTV's foray into the reality love game, premiering Wednesday at 8 p.m. The twist is that he'll get romantic input from Indianapolis Colts spiritual adviser Pastor Ken Johnson and his mother, Maggie Bullard . Bullard's small place in television history...