August 26, 2016 |
Every Monday at noon on the dot, the intoxicating cooking smells wafting out of the kitchen of American Sardine Bar are met with a little olfactory competition: burning incense. A few feet from the fryer and flattop grill, a small group of practitioners do their part to convert the top floor of the Point Breeze beer bar into a temporary yoga studio, bending and stretching on the hardwood floor per the directions of instructor Maria Cuscavage. Though it charges no admission, it's an exclusive club - open only to the employees of ASB and its sister bar, the South Philadelphia Tap Room, where Cuscavage has worked for the last seven years.
August 1, 2016 |
Run-down buildings line the borough's pockmarked downtown streets, bordering sidewalks cracked by weeds. Montgomery County is one of the wealthiest in the state, but Pottstown, one of its biggest municipalities, looks more like the town that prosperity forgot. Thus the opening of a newly constructed bank branch on High Street constitutes a major event for a town with high aspirations for revival. "You don't see a lot of brick-and-mortar bank branches being opened these days," said Steve Bamford, executive director of Pottstown Area Industrial Development.
July 1, 2016 |
A restaurant may not be able to be all things to all eaters, but there is a new breed of eateries in the city that are giving it a go - offering meals morning, noon, and night. Unlike the traditional diner, these breakfast-lunch-and-dinner restaurants of the moment not only offer more ambitious cooking, but they often visually transform over the course of a day. Hungry Pigeon, a charming storefront in South Philadelphia, starts out as an airy cafe serving morning coffee and biscuits with sausage gravy, then moves to salad and wine lunches.
June 27, 2016 |
Joseph R. Polito Jr., 77, of West Chester, a lawyer and civic volunteer so devoted to his home turf that friends called him "Mr. Chester County," died Sunday, June 19, of cancer at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester. He had been diagnosed in 2011, his family said. Born on Valentine's Day, Mr. Polito was the first son of Giuseppe Rosario Polito, of Monforte San Giorgio, Sicily, and Rose Concetta Terrizzi, of West Chester. He grew up playing in the aisles of his family's corner grocery in West Chester.
June 10, 2016
Here is a selection of farmers' markets across the region. For more information, check the two organizations that manage most markets, Farm to City ( www.farmtocity.org ) and the Food Trust ( www.thefoodtrust.org ). Philadelphia Italian Market: S. 9th St. & Washington Ave.; Tue.-Sat. 8 am-4 pm; Sun. to 1 pm. www.italianmarketphilly.org . Reading Terminal Market : 51 N. 12th St.; Mon.-Sat. 8 am-6 pm; Sun. 9 am-5 pm. www.readingterminalmarket.org . Greensgrow Farm Stand : 2501 E. Cumberland St.; Thu. 3-7 pm; Sat. 10 am-2 pm. www.greensgrow.org . Greensgrow West : 4912 Baltimore Ave.; Mon.-Tue.
May 2, 2016 |
Homesick Philadelphians need not go hungry in the Big Apple. Yes, I'm well aware Manhattan has a few nice places of its own. But, sometimes, a person just needs a little taste of the "215" to keep it real. And NYC has options. Some Really Big Philly Names, in fact, are just about to make more noise in the city, with hummus master Michael Solomonov and another Stephen Starr production set for May openings, plus a new Amada that Jose Garces opened last week. It's too early to know how those projects will fare.
May 2, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Just a few years ago, Philadelphia came into its own as a magnet for ambitious young chefs from around the country who sought their culinary fortunes in a city rich with restaurant opportunity. But the story line has now reversed, as Philadelphia's restaurant stars have begun exporting their brands, especially, at the moment, to Manhattan. These days, New Yorkers can find spicy dandan heaven at a Han Dynasty in the East Village. Or a Hickory Town breakfast sandwich at the new High Street on Hudson in the West Village.
April 30, 2016 |
For some, the best part of the Broad Street Run (starting 8 a.m. Sunday) is not finishing the epic 10-miler that takes its runners throughout Philadelphia. It's the carbo-loading before the race. Katie Cavuto, M.S., R.D., culinary nutritionist, and dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies, and Philly.com contributor, suggests having a large meal at lunch and going simple for dinner. Stay away from the booze. Keep that in mind Saturday when perusing these five places to nosh on pastas and breads the day before the big race.
March 17, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of March 15, 2016: Craig LaBan: James Beard finalists were announced this week, and Philadelphians are well-represented. Michael Solomonov was named a best chef finalist as one of the top five chefs in the country. Solomonov's book Zahav , co-authored with partner Steven Cook, is also a finalist in the international cookbook category. On the climb, three of the six finalists for best chef in the Mid-Atlantic - Greg Vernick, Rich Landau, and Eli Kulp - were finalists in their home region category.
January 22, 2016 |
A fire that ripped through a 19th-century row of houses in Burlington City last week has sparked an outpouring of assistance for 20 displaced residents. "This is just such a supportive community. We pulled 15 people together to help in a matter of hours," says Denise Hollingsworth, president of the Historic Yorkshire Alliance, a nonprofit coordinating grassroots efforts. "Doesn't surprise me at all," says City Administrator David H. Ballard, who is Burlington born and raised. "I love this town, and that feeling is shared.