September 22, 2011 |
Chef Michael Solomonov and his partner Steve Cook were playing the part of bakers one recent morning, so were up with the sun, flour dust covering their aprons. The pair, one of the city's top restaurant partnerships, were mixing and weighing ingredients, tasting sugar and spice combinations, and tweaking the doughnut recipe for their latest project, Federal Donuts, set to open next month. The doughnuts are the final hurdle in the trio of takeout offerings for their new shop.
March 25, 2008
FRIED-CHICKEN lovers are in mourning. Not only has the fried-fowl fraternity lost one of its original founders, but now comes word that frat members may no longer have to answer "regular" or "extra crispy" when ordering chicken. Can you say "grilled"? Al Copeland, founder of Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken chain, died this week in Germany. He was 64. He started Popeyes in 1971. His spicy Louisiana-style fast-food chicken recipe was far different from the fowl fare served by the industry giant, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
January 22, 2015
WHAT, NO watermelon? Excuse the sarcasm, but I'm still looking side-eyed at a laughable attempt by a restaurant inside the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by serving fried chicken. Wait, there's more: The Metropolitan restaurant also dished up collard greens and macaroni and cheese in honor of the slain civil-rights leader. Advertised as the "Martin Luther King Jr. Special," the $24 meal consisted of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, collard greens and homemade pecan pie. Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata, told me that the restaurant chose menu items that were among King's favorite foods as a way to honor him and that the menu was put together by the restaurant's African-American general manager.
February 7, 2012 |
DyAnne DiSalvo, who writes and illustrates books for children, is sometimes inspired by real life. So her next novel may involve a gun shop like the one that opened near her Merchantville home last year and made her heart sink. Firearms pervade our culture; they make some people feel secure and others afraid. Many people have no interest in owning (much less firing) one. And we'd rather not live near a commercial establishment that supplies folks who do. "I was completely startled when I saw a sign saying 'firearms and ammunition,' " says DiSalvo, who has lived in the borough for 10 years and is the mother of two grown children.
May 21, 1997 |
Fuzzy Zoeller and Tiger Woods spoke yesterday for the first time since the Masters, when Zoeller made some racially stereotyped comments about Woods' winning the tournament. "Fuzzy and I had a nice lunch and a nice conversation," Woods said at a news conference at the Colonial Country Club, site of this week's PGA tour stop. "I found out some things I needed to know. Now it's done, it's over, and hopefully we'll have a good tournament this week. I think over time, we'll see that it was an incident that was good for golf.
May 23, 2013 |
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Sergio Garcia apologized to Tiger Woods yesterday for saying he would have "fried chicken" at dinner with his rival, a comment that Woods described as hurtful and inappropriate. "I want to send an unreserved apology. I did not want to offend anyone," Garcia said. "My answer was totally stupid and out of place. " Garcia was at a European Tour awards dinner Tuesday night when he was jokingly asked if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open.
September 18, 2005 |
What it is: Sandwich wraps at Fayette Street Grille, 308 Fayette St., Conshohocken. What we like about it: Sandwich wraps are a tasty mouthful at this small, cafe-style eatery in the heart of downtown Conshohocken. Two lunch-crowd favorites are the smoked turkey wrap and the fried chicken wrap. The first features shaved smoked turkey with Swiss, tomato, greens, and sun-dried tomato mayonnaise inside a spinach wrap. The fried chicken wrap is filled with chicken tenders, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing in a tomato tortilla.
September 20, 1989 |
In most downtowns, wonderful coffee shops are tucked away inside office buildings, the way truffles are hidden in forest overgrowth. The best coffee shops aren't at ground level, where any passerby can spot them, but in basements or halfway up buildings where only cognoscenti know to go. Chicago has several of these treasures. One personal favorite is Heaven on Seven. It's on the seventh floor of a professional building, and the customers probably named it Heaven. Part of the menu is typical coffee shop.
April 30, 1997 |
Codfish, chips and mushy peas. Steak-and-kidney pie. Haggis (which is sheep lungs and heart mixed with suet, seasoning and oatmeal - all boiled inside a sheep's stomach). These are some of the things that past winners of golf's Masters tournament have ordered for their Champions dinner. And Fuzzy Zoeller's worried about fried chicken and collard greens? Ever since PGA golfer Zoeller showed his butt by ignorantly assuming that the "black" component in Tiger Woods' self-described "Cablinasian" identity would compel him to order up some soul food for those attending next year's Past Champions Dinner - we've been wondering just what has been served at those dinners.
June 18, 2009 |
In a big city that has most of its basic food groups covered, the search for great fried chicken in Philadelphia is an unexpectedly paltry quest. The mysterious near-absence of it here is one of our greatest gustatory shortcomings. And to date, I've been able to count the worthy candidates to that mythical chicken crown on one hand: Corinne's in Camden (the last of the cast-iron pan-fryers); Deborah's Kitchen (the Girard Avenue soul-food take-out from Marvin Harrison's aunt); Ms. Tootsie's (South Street's sleek soul food lounge)