January 27, 2016 |
For almost a decade after Zanzibar Blue closed its basement level in 2007, the jazz club scene in Center City seemed almost moribund. For several years, Chris' Jazz Cafe persisted as the last club standing, until first Time and then Heritage took up the slack, at least for local musicians. Finally, Zanzibar Blue owners Robert and Benjamin Bynum have reentered the fray with South, a new restaurant and "jazz parlor" counterintuitively located on North Broad Street. "Many people view jazz as a dying art form," said Robert Bynum, sitting in a booth a few weeks ago at the back of the 70-seat jazz space.
January 26, 2016
S AM WOLF, 34, of Villanova, is founder and "chief wellness spreader" of LuckyVitamin in Conshohocken. The third-generation family business started as a pharmacy, then became a health-foods store and now is a leading online retailer offering almost 37,000 products. The company has 200 employees and nearly $100 million in annual revenues . Q: How did LuckyVitamin start? A: My grandfather and father had a pharmacy in Eagleville that opened in 1956 and eventually changed into a health-foods store in 1996.
January 21, 2016 |
The pianist arrives as the food court clock strikes noon. A jazz man at heart, the pianist exudes class. In his sweater vest and tie, Mark Randall sits down at his Baldwin, his sweet, battered Baldwin, nestled among the marble tables and plastic ferns, under the neon lights of the China Pagoda restaurant and the Hair Express salon. He begins to play. A standard, always. Porter. Gershwin. Jimmy Dorsey, perhaps. Some barely notice Randall as they pass through the old Lit Bros.
January 18, 2016
It can't all be Micky D's and those recognizable golden arches in the inner city. An unobtrusive but consequential bill, called the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act, is weaving its way through the New Jersey Legislature. The measure would assist small food retailers in low- and moderate-income urban and rural communities by providing them funds to increase the availability and sale of fresh and nutritious foods. It passed the state Assembly last week by a 49-18 vote. Both houses are expected to take it up again in the new legislative year.
January 1, 2016 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Dec. 29, 2015: Reader: Could you suggest a spot for lunch where out-of-town friends can experience our exciting restaurant scene, sip good wine, talk and linger? (Walking distance or short ride from the Palomar would be ideal.) They love fresh seafood. Craig LaBan: Well, there are lots of good lunch options - including some with good wine - within walking distance of the Palomar: the Oyster House (serious local flavor, great seafood and wines to match)
December 29, 2015 |
A new study of Camden's food landscape identifies plenty of ways in which city leaders, local politicians, and large corporations can use access to food as a way to grow the city's economy. As several large corporations plan to move into Camden, the study recommends that the city find ways to tap into the growing daytime workforce, which could mean opening new restaurants as well as supporting and promoting existing ones. Anchor institutions, such as the city's universities and hospitals, could consider developing nutrition and voucher programs for residents and partnerships with local nonprofits.
December 28, 2015
Natalie Pompilio is a Philadelphia writer Marietta admits she's often "an object of curiosity. " The 65-year-old suburban grandmother is a longtime follower of the eating plan endorsed by Food Addicts Anonymous, meaning she doesn't consume anything containing sugar, flour, or wheat. She'll pack her own food before holiday parties, leaving it in the car at first to ensure she won't upset her host by bringing it in. If there's any possibility her food will offend, she'll sip water during the event, eating after she leaves.
December 25, 2015
A Sensible Snack To satisfy hunger pangs without reaching for yet another Christmas cookie, stop by Saxby's and pick up a two-ounce pack of sustenance from York, Pa.: Nuts About Granola . We like the Plain Jane peanut butter variety, made with whole oats, peanuts and honey. - Samantha Melamed Nuts About Granola , $3 Saxby's Coffee, 4000 Locust St., Philadelphia, 215-222-8400, Saxbyscoffee.com . Fresh Idea Keep your leftover pies, cakes, and cookies longer with this vacuum-sealed container that doubles as a cake plate and carrier.
December 24, 2015 |
In a holiday week often synonymous with abundance, Philadelphia reported a dearth of food and housing options for its most vulnerable residents. Requests in Philadelphia for emergency food assistance rose 7 percent over the past year, according to a national report on hunger and homelessness made public Tuesday. At the same time, food pantries and emergency kitchens in the city had to reduce the amount of food distributed, and an estimated 10 percent of demand for food assistance went unmet.
December 3, 2015 |
THE WIFE of a Chinese deliveryman who was shot and killed in April jumped up from her seat in a courtroom gallery yesterday and ran toward the bulletproof window that separated her from the two teenage defendants. Wailing, she banged loudly on the glass partition, which separates the gallery from the court in Room 306 of the Criminal Justice Center. At the time, defendant Tyquail Duffy, 16, who faced a preliminary hearing on murder charges, was seated at the defense table. His codefendant, Sahmir Walker, 15, who is cooperating with prosecutors, had just finished testifying against Duffy.