December 21, 2014 |
In March, Sean Caldwell, a Mount Airy restaurant worker, told a newspaper reporter about struggling to support his children on the $8 an hour he earned as a part-time maintenance worker at the McDonald's restaurant at Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia. The story appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News on a Monday . By that Friday, Caldwell was out of a job. Whether Caldwell was fired for cause or in retaliation for speaking out will be decided by an administrative law judge.
December 12, 2014 |
Staff Sgt. Zachary Huston missed seeing his family during most of the fall. He was deployed from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst along with members of the Air Force's 621st Contingency Response Wing to Liberia, where they provided much-needed food and medical supplies during the Ebola crisis in that West African nation. When Huston finished his work in Operation United Assistance, he was placed in a controlled monitoring area for 21 days to make sure he hadn't picked up the deadly virus.
December 2, 2014 |
The holidays are busy for Steveanna Wynn, executive director of Share Food Program Inc., the North Philadelphia nonprofit that provides food to food cupboards and affordable groceries to families. She thrives on the activity, as volunteers bustle about the organization's cavernous warehouse and generous donors contribute food and cash. But . . . "I actually don't like November and December," said Wynn, 68. Question: Why is that? Answer: Because there is an emphasis that those are the months that people need food.
December 1, 2014 |
They say one healthy choice leads to another. So it seemed fitting that I discovered a health-food store on the way home from my new gym. The store is Health & Harmony, and to pass through its doors is to enter the rabbit hole of rabbit food. I don't mean Kashi cereal or that Greek yogurt John Stamos sells. Uncle Jesse is for amateurs. This was some next-level, Goop.com kind of stuff. The dairy aisle isn't hemmed in by the confines of a cow. There's almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, Tofutti cream cheese, anything but milk from a mammal.
November 29, 2014 |
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, and now residing in Philadelphia, American journalist and author Richard C. Morais became an internationally renowned best-selling author almost overnight with the 2010 publication of his debut novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey , an emotionally resonant story about travel, food, and love. It's no surprise, then, that DreamWorks Pictures came a-knocking. The studio hired the perfect person to helm its adaptation, Lasse Hallström, a specialist in heartful, feel-good romantic dramas such as Safe Haven , Dear John , and Chocolat . Due on disc Tuesday, The Hundred-Foot Journey stars South Carolina native Manish Dayal ( 90210 , The Sorcerer's Apprentice )
November 28, 2014 |
Rita M. Jensen, 72, of Gloucester City, who worked as a food service director at local schools and as a substitute teacher, died of myocardial infarction Sunday, Nov. 23, at her home. She died in her sleep, said daughter Michele Lugiano. A 1960 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Ms. Jensen was food service director for a number of schools and assisted-living facilities in the area. She loved to dance and swim, and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Gloucester City.
November 23, 2014 |
Who are the most important chefs in Philly? Some, like Keith Lucas and other cooks in the region's nonprofit kitchens, may not be names you've heard. But for thousands of Philadelphians suffering from AIDS, cancer, cardiac disease, or diabetes, Lucas - and the 15,000 free meals he oversees each week from the Center City kitchen at MANNA - is an essential lifeline to the nourishment and dignity of a proper supper. With 2,000 extra meals for Thanksgiving, Lucas, 53, a Chestnut Hill resident, paused to chat about a career cooking behind the scenes, his star turn on reality TV, and why hospital food is awful.
November 21, 2014 |
My Philadelphia childhood straddled two unlikely culinary traditions: the fertile fields of Lancaster County and Boston's briny North Shore. Maybe not so odd, after all. Both championed fresh, local ingredients that were unpretentiously prepared. Our food looked exactly like what it was, and it was delicious. Why ruin it with fancy stuff, even on holidays? From Mom's roots in Ephrata, Pa., came Cope's dried corn, crunchy coleslaw with hard-boiled eggs and cream, and - oh man, the desserts!
November 11, 2014 |
LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Along a rural road where the sandy shoreline becomes loamy farmland as it moves up the narrow neck of the Cape May peninsula, the fourth-generation scion of a family with a long-standing tradition to work this land has come to be known simply as "the bread lady. " Over the last five years on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, beginning each spring and ending just before Thanksgiving, like clockwork a long line forms an hour before the red-roofed stand at Enfin Farm is set to open.
November 8, 2014 |
HARD TO BELIEVE that an item about an anaconda is leading Tattle and Nicki Minaj is nowhere to be found. But on Dec. 7, Discovery will air a show called "Eaten Alive," in which Paul Rosolie will be, uh, eaten alive by a snake. Well, he won't actually be eaten alive, since (spoiler alert) he will still be alive at the end of the show. Talk about a manwich. The Washington Post , which regularly deals with more snakes than perhaps any newspaper, reports that Rosolie accomplished the feat wearing a "custom-built snake-proof suit," covering himself in pig's blood to make himself appetizing.