April 20, 1999 |
Bright red stockings, velvet bows and gold garland adorn the banister in Rodney and April Brown's Mount Airy home on this April morning. Across the living room, Christmas cards are taped to the wall. To top off the holiday scene, a Christmas tree sits several feet from the front door. It is two weeks after Easter, and the Browns' decor suggests St. Nick himself will be dropping by at any time. What kind of job keeps you so busy that you don't get around to taking down your Christmas decorations nearly a month into spring?
July 4, 2009 |
Mister Softee doesn't mind competition, but he won't tolerate impostors, especially this weekend - the "Christmas of the ice cream season," said co-owner James Conway. This summer, the mobile ice cream vendor, based in Runnemede, has escalated its longstanding battle against those who illegally use Mister Softee's name, smiling cone-head logo, and famous jingle. The U.S. Marshal's Office last month confiscated two ice cream trucks from owners who had been ordered by a federal court judge to stop operating as lookalikes and to reimburse Mister Softee $20,000 in legal fees.
September 21, 2012
AH, THE CORNUCOPIA: symbol of food abundance. A "horn of plenty" overflowing with food. And all of it 100 percent vegan. Wait, how can that be? Where's the deprivation, the scarcity, the righteous self-denial? Who came up with such a crazy symbol? It's actually logical, of course, because the cornucopia is a "harvest" icon, which means plant produce - and nowadays plant foods are being shared in more abundant variety and diversity than ever, if you know where to look. After I covered Bethlehem's VegFest, I reaped a bumper crop of comments pointing out veggie celebrations, although smaller-scale, much closer to home.
July 7, 2013 |
CITY OFFICIALS yesterday were unsure exactly what led to a few tense moments for revelers at the end of the July Fourth festivities on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, but said reports of a shooting were false. The scare happened during the fireworks show shortly after 11 p.m. A wave of people began running toward City Hall, causing others to flee. There were several reports on Twitter and YouTube of a shooting, but police refuted that. "From everyone that was out there, from what they observed, what they were able to see from being on location . . . from reviewing cameras, there's no indication there was any type of gunplay or gunshots," said police spokesman Lt. John Stanford.
November 15, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic City's poorest residents had next to nothing going into the storm, and they came out of it with even less. In the shadow of multibillion-dollar casinos that now boast of having come through Hurricane Sandy just fine, many of the seaside gambling resort's least fortunate endure hardship with quiet resignation - even gratitude for the help they're getting. Some lost heat, hot water, and electricity for days or weeks. They lost many of their meager possessions, their food, and most of their clothes.
July 8, 2013 |
On a day with heat so punishing that even the shade offered little relief, sous chef Tom Sullivan found himself in a particularly unforgiving spot: manning the flaming grill for his restaurant's booth at this weekend's Taste of Philadelphia festival. "The heat, the smoke, you've just got to deal with it," said Sullivan, who would spend more than 15 hours this weekend at Penn's Landing roasting corn on the cob, chicken, sausages, and asparagus to represent the Twisted Tail, the Southern-style restaurant at Second and Lombard Streets where he works.
July 9, 2011 |
A new breed of food truck is giving the ubiquitous cheesesteak a run for its money as the city's preferred curbside delight. The inaugural Philadelphia Vendy awards, a culinary showdown among eight of the city's elite mobile food vendors held Saturday in Northern Liberties, sought to identify and reward the leaders of that breed. And nary a steak was in sight. "It's been a long hard day, but it's been a beautiful day," Thomas Bacon, also known as Gigi, of Gigi and Big R Caribbean/American Soul Food, the crowned victor of the event, said as he clutched a gleaming trophy cup. "The Vendy Cup is a trophy that I can drink cool beer out of - after standing over a deep fryer, frying chicken, cooking cabbage and greens, and serving the customers.
August 31, 1988 |
Two weeks ago, Glassboro Road resident Robert Hochswinder blasted the Monroe Township Council after getting a "runaround" on his complaints about a food vendor at the intersection of Glassboro and Fries Mill Roads. The vendor is Bill Millward of Franklinville, who has run a breakfast/lunch truck at the rural site for the last four years. He dispenses fast food to truck drivers and others who pass by. At the Aug. 15 council meeting, Hochswinder complained about traffic, safety, trash and health problems he said stemmed from the food truck.
July 6, 2006 |
My friend, Al Fresco, is befuddled these days about what passes for a sidewalk cafe. You know Al - loves to eat outdoors in the fresh air, and this is the season for it. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails - he's out there. But lately, Al has noticed a proliferation of umbrella tables in unlikely locales - places where you'd be more likely to catch a bus than linger over a lemonade. In the parking lot of a suburban strip mall, for example, a street corner in North Philadelphia, or along a South Jersey highway with semis buzzing by. Not cute, not quaint.
July 9, 2013 |
WHEN PATRONS walk into Wazobia, a West African restaurant specializing in the comfort foods of Nigeria, many greet the owner in the Yoruba language. "This is my countryman," owner Risikat Bola Jamiu, who usually goes by Bola, says of a man from the Ibo tribe. Jamiu is Yoruba but welcomes all three of Nigeria's major ethnic groups. Even her North Philadelphia restaurant's name is a combination of the words for "come in" from the three languages: wa in Yoruba, zo in Hausa, bia in Ibo. "We are all blended together as one Nigeria," Jamiu said Friday.