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 |
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.
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.
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...
January 30, 2015 |
Years before anyone cared about kale and way before Brussels sprouts went viral, Tozer Seeds, the largest family-owned vegetable-breeding company in England, started playing around with the idea of producing a hybrid combination of the two. Called Flower Sprouts, they debuted in 2010 at a single department store, Marks & Spencer in London. By late 2014, the market had spread elsewhere in the U.K., Scandinavia and Europe, where sprouts' popularity dwarfs kale's. Now the American version from Tozer - under the brand name Kalettes, to cash in on our continuing obsession with all things kale - is available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and other select supermarkets.
January 4, 2015 |
For some time now, the Chrysler 300 has had trouble deciding whether it wants to be a popularly priced large sedan or a luxury car. But those days are over, according to Al Gardner, the Chrysler brand's high priest. The reworked 2015 Chrysler 300 will be "decidedly mainstream," Gardner declared at a recent regional press introduction for the new 300. And as such, it will do battle with the likes of the Chevy Impala and Toyota Avalon. Actually, you could argue that it is still walking in both camps.
December 30, 2014
NARROWING the field to just one Beer of the Year is a daunting task. Here are my other favorite new beers of 2014. Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose (Boonville, Calif.). Don't ask me how Gose, a heretofore obscure tart German wheat beer made with salt, coriander seeds and lactic bacteria, became the trendiest new style of 2014. Tasting like a cross between a mimosa and a margarita, this one comes in cans. I'm looking forward to revisiting it down the Shore this summer. Ballantine India Pale Ale (Los Angeles)