May 22, 1989 |
Can't make it to France this summer for the bicentennial of the French Revolution? Then head for the Port of History Museum July 14 for a Bastille Day soiree sponsored by the Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie. From 6 until 9 that evening, you can dust off your irregular verbs and toast La Belle France with the likes of restaurateur Georges Perrier and furrier Andre Ferber. Dance under the stars to the jazzy sounds of Bunch Hammond. Nibble an hors d'oeuvre buffet, drink Louis Jadot beaujolais and Taittinger's champagne.
March 15, 2012
Ordering the sky-high funnel-cake French toast at Hawthornes Cafe is almost like accepting a Man v. Food challenge. The chef taps into his Lancaster roots and fries up a funnel cake, which is sandwiched by nutmeg-tinged French toast made from house-baked challah. The whole stack is powdered with sugar, draped with crème anglaise, and dotted with raspberries. You'll find the on-again off-again special running this weekend and next week - an order that's sort of perfect for a Monday morning, if you are up to the task.
February 23, 1997 |
Start with eggy French toast, waffles or pancakes; top with butter and maple syrup. It's a sweet and satisfying breakfast. But if you're like a lot of people, a rich, sugar-laden meal is too soporific first thing in the morning. That's why breakfast as dessert is a restaurant trend that makes sense. The foods are familiar, yet lighter and more sophisticated than what you'd eat in the morning. For example, restaurants are featuring petite pancakes layered with ice cream and hot fudge sauce, or waffles with tropical fruit and ginger sauce.
December 22, 2011 |
In all of the excitement of planning for the Big Meal, it's easy to forget that there's a houseful of people - visiting relatives, home-from-college kids, and assorted other hangers-on - expecting to be fed on the days leading up to and after the holiday. Stocking the pantry and freezer with these guests in mind can avert those last-minute scrambles to get something on the table. One of the challenges of feeding family and friends during the holiday season is knowing how to walk the line between celebratory and indulgent.
September 28, 2008 |
The plumes of mesquite smoke that curled out of the oil-drum barbecue were working slow magic on the meats inside - the Wagyu eyes of round, the mapled slabs of bacon, and the chile-rubbed shoulders of heritage pork, all destined for Cafe Estelle's tables. But smoke signals, puffing from that rusty rig in a side lot of an apartment building on North Fourth Street, were about all Cafe Estelle had to let the wider world know it exists. It's not easy to spot from passing traffic. And there's not much traffic anyway rumbling through this old industrial zone between Northern Liberties and Old City, just south of Spring Garden.
May 6, 2004 |
A gift of a home-cooked breakfast in bed tastes best when it's shared with the cook (and any young helpers). Whether the occasion is a birthday, anniversary, Mother's Day, or just for fun, a proper breakfast-in-bed menu combines something comforting with something luxurious - for example, French toast with fresh strawberries and Canadian-style bacon. As with other forms of entertaining, breakfast in bed is more fun for everyone when the preparation and service are well-planned.
January 22, 2004 |
January is the longest month of the year - or at least it feels that way. Though it's not the only 31-day month, January is the only one that seems twice the length, with each day more blustery than the one before. In fact, if I had my way I'd skip the month and burrow under the covers until February. Unfortunately, I don't have that luxury and I'll bet you don't, either. That's why I'm pampering myself with foods that give me some incentive to get out of bed. As much as I advocate cold, high-fiber breakfast cereals for their health value, I'll save those for later in the year.
May 5, 1999 |
Inspired by two parents who love to cook, it's not surprising that Amanda Lownes, at age 8, is ready to go solo in the kitchen. Come Sunday - Mother's Day - Amanda and her sister, Anna, 10, along with scores of other youngsters, will be padding into kitchens across America to make (or help Dad make) some treat to celebrate Mom's special day. Think of it as a dividend on many hours spent fixing family meals. The Mother's Day breakfast may be a light offering of toast or cereal and juice, or a hearty meal with recipes such as the fancy French toast and baked omelet that Amanda previewed for us. Take note: Both mother and daughter rated the recipes equally good for supper.
December 19, 1990 |
LEMENU LIGHT STYLE FROZEN ENTREES. Lasagna, spaghetti, Swedish meatballs, empress chicken, garden vegetable lasagna, herb-roasted chicken breast, chicken 'a la king, chicken Dijon, glazed turkey, cheese tortellini, chicken enchiladas and traditional turkey. $1.99 per 8 1/4- to 10 1/2-ounce frozen entree. BONNIE: These new light style entrees are "light" in sodium, fat, cholesterol and calories. Each of them has less than 300 calories. Some are actually as low as 200. That's fine if you're trying to lose weight or want to eat less for one meal.
January 17, 1997 |
Is this a great city, or what? Striped Bass and Susanna Foo, two of the best restaurants in America, less than 100 yards apart on Walnut Street, both serve remarkable Sunday brunches. Yet they're as different as Granny Smith apples and mandarin oranges. If you want a memorable dining experience, order the French toast at Striped Bass, made with chocolate brioche and served with caramel pecan sauce. Or tip-toe into Susanna Foo and feast on the prawns with lobster sauce. Elegant, yes. Expensive, sure.