April 1, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Health Department in March asked dozens of restaurants and other eateries to "discontinue food operations" following less than glowing inspections. In previous months, a failing inspection would have earned a sterner-sounding order to cease-and-desist, a toothless demand that the restaurant was free to ignore. But following an agreement with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections earlier this year, the health department is now reserving "cease-and-desist" for instances when the establishment refuses to close voluntarily.
March 30, 2016 |
Fourteen years ago, Seemab Fatima Shah, a Pakistani immigrant, found Kamaldeep Kaur, an Indian immigrant, sobbing in a Sikh temple they both attended in Millbourne, Delaware County. Shah asked what was wrong. Kaur replied that her husband, an alcoholic who physically abused her, was in jail. She had two young children, no money to feed them, and no job. Shah took Kaur to her employers at Jyoti Natural Foods in Sharon Hill. Co-owners Jyoti and Vijai Gupta were pioneers in Indian heat-and-eat canned foods.
March 28, 2016 |
Next time your cat shreds a couch cushion, lunges at your legs or barfs, blame the overly generous pour you made into his or her food bowl and the lack of any "hunting" opportunities for that pet as a prerequisite to eating. Animal behaviorists, supported by extensive feline environmental-enrichment research, have been speaking of the link for at least 20 years - without influencing much change in household cat-feeding practices. Veterinarian Liz Bales is out to change that - and make a few bucks for herself and her partners at FEED Co. in South Philadelphia.
March 26, 2016
Federal prosecutors charged a Wilmington man with fraud and conspiracy in connection with contracts his food service company had with the Delaware County Courthouse cafeteria and several charter schools in Philadelphia. U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III said Frank Dolce, 50, filed false federal tax returns for himself and for his company, Primos Food Service, and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of a slew of charges. Prosecutors said Dolce did not report cash that he collected from several food-service contracts, using some of that money to help buy a $355,500 boat.
March 25, 2016 |
Across most Christian cultures, as Easter draws near, there's a shared notion that the springtime celebration demands some mixture of flour, yeast, and, most definitely, eggs. The symbolism of these breads is rich, as are their flavors, which run the gamut from sweet to savory. Any of these baked goods can enliven the Easter table. Hot cross buns are widely associated with Easter in the British Isles, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond, and they start appearing around Ash Wednesday.
March 25, 2016 |
We keep hearing that Philadelphia needs to eliminate its food deserts so everyone has easy access to fresh meat and produce. It's an important step in fighting poverty. But what exactly should a healthy neighborhood look like? That was the question posed by this year's Better Philadelphia Challenge, the student competition organized by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The winning entry , by a team from the University of New Mexico, showed idyllic scenes of lush community gardens, compact urban greenhouses, and shady pocket parks, all sensitively threaded into a typical rowhouse neighborhood.
March 22, 2016
Question. Although I've never had any problem with classical addictions such as alcohol or narcotics, I've struggled with procrastination, tardiness, perfectionism, and being overweight. I've often felt a vague affinity with the term "addictive personality," as that is how I feel when immersed in a good book, TV series (Netflix is a binge-enabler), interesting website, or meal. The enjoyment of the moment turns into 10 or 20 or more because the next is so tantalizingly available.
March 19, 2016 |
When your last name is Odd and you run an establishment called Rosemary's Billygoat Odditorium, you get used to fielding some offbeat phone calls. According to Mike Odd, who also fronts an L.A. theatrical rock band called Rosemary's Billygoat, "if a guy had an aardvark skeleton he was looking to unload, I would get the call. " The call that would change his life came in late 2013, when an anonymous query led him to a burger franchise in Chatsworth, Calif. This, according to Odd's story, was when he first met Ronald Osbourne, the front man (front clown?
March 17, 2016 |
Turkey sloppy joes and pickled cucumbers were on the menu for our second week of cooking class at Prince Hall elementary school in North Philadelphia in our continuing attempt to convince kids they can prepare healthy dinners that taste great. But as we settled into the rhythm of peeling and chopping and measuring and sauteing, I was reminded once again how tough it is to combat the omnipresence of junk food in the lives of children. As Jordan Francis, 9, stirred and cooked the ground turkey in a skillet, he was merrily singing a McDonald's jingle.
March 17, 2016
When the little Japanese grocery called Maido! closed its original location in Narberth, cooks seeking a local store for kombu, hand-pounded mochi rice cakes, or a wide range of imported furikake rice seasonings went into withdrawal. More important, Maido's lunch counter, known for homey rice bowls topped with chicken katsu in thick curry gravy and for tender gyu don beef stewed in sweet soy broth, was missed. Well, Maido! reemerged in the fall in a bright new space in Ardmore.