January 9, 2015 |
HOT Chocolate: It's not just for kids. Not anymore. From Spring Garden to the Italian Market, Old City to West Philly over to Fishtown, cocoa has made moves toward maturity. Venezuelan eatery Sazon introduced its eat-with-a-spoon, five-cacao-bean-variety cupped concoction a decade ago. Restaurant co-owner Robert Campbell dubbed the luscious creation the "classico. " He now offers more than two dozen deep, dark, precision elixirs. A few years later, wizardly Frenchman Rene Kobeitri began building fanciful, international cocoa "volcanoes" at $9 to $18 a pop at quirky Rim Cafe.
December 16, 2014 |
If the takeout beverage industry embraces Drexel University sophomore Patrick Bowlin's half-inch invention, his father, Thomas, stands to be a very happy man. "I was going to buy my dad a Porsche 911 for his 60th birthday," Bowlin said. "I've got two years. " Young Bowlin is off to a promising start - with an idea that started with a sip of hot chocolate in April and now seems to have a strong shot at a patent. "I couldn't find anything . . . so, keep our fingers crossed, hopefully Patrick's got something here," said Joseph E. Maenner, of Maenner & Associates L.L.C.
May 29, 2014
THE BENT SPOON The deal: Co-owners Gabrielle Carbone and Matthew Errico, of Lambertville, N.J., opened this artisan, small-batch ice-cream shop in Princeton, N.J., 10 years ago this month. Flava fave: The tiny confectionery has developed a devout following with unusual flavors, made fresh daily, and inspired by locally grown, seasonal ingredients. The shop has a repertoire of more than 525 flavors (ask for a free taste), including lavender mascarpone, organic corn with Old Bay seasoning, olive oil, basil, vanilla salt caramel, cream cheese, blue kumquat, lemon mint, chocolate orange, honeydew, cardamom ginger, tomato-peach and Sicilian blood orange.
December 6, 2013
Company description: "Four all-natural, certified organic, low-calorie, gluten-free, kosher hot chocolate affogatos. " Translation: An affogato is an Italian concoction - typically hot espresso (or sometimes a liqueur) poured over frozen gelato, creating a delicious contrast. The Lite Choice's tweaked version is hot chocolate poured over soft-serve or hard ice cream (touted flavors are vanilla, double chocolate, pumpkin or chocolate espresso, although they'll give you whatever flavor you want)
February 24, 2013 |
They weren't really looking for a house, Sissy Harris recalls, but her Realtor cousin invited Sissy and her husband to have a look at the brick dwelling with the slate roof anyway. Before they had finished touring the Greenville, Del., house, Jack Harris was ready to sign on the dotted line. Jack, a lawyer, is not a man who routinely acts in haste, but the 6,300-square-foot property enticed him, not only because of its open floor plan throughout three levels, but also because it had been renovated by the former owners and was in turnkey condition - serious pluses for a busy couple with two careers, three children, and two dogs.
February 10, 2013 |
The frightful weather outside makes it a great day for people who were outside shoveling snow to come in, plop in their favorite chair and watch wall-to-wall basketball Saturday on television. However, if you're a fan of St. Joseph's, you may not be able to see the Hawks. The Hawks arrived in Hadley, Mass., around 2:30 p.m. Friday for their game against Massachusetts. That was about 90 minutes before all roads in the state were closed until further notice by Gov. Deval Patrick because of a blizzard that was supposed to dump 18 inches of snow on nearby Amherst and more in other portions of the state.
January 4, 2013 |
THEY MAY not have been so good with dates, but those Mayans knew a good thing when they tasted it. Historians believe that a savvy Mayan swigged the first chocolate beverage about 2,000 years ago - a drink made from ground cocoa, cornmeal, water and chili pepper. And while he's sadly known mostly for his revenge these days, the Aztec ruler Montezuma's court reportedly drank about 2,000 cups of xocolatl (Aztec chocolate) per day, 50 of which were consumed by the ruling leader himself.
January 3, 2013
HOT CHOCOLATE is like pancakes. Both aren't hard to make from scratch, but for some inexplicable reason, most people use mixes and the end result suffers. Here are some wonderful recipes guaranteed to produce wintry, chocolate bliss. Boozed-up or "virgin," spice-laced or marshmallow-topped, enough for a crowd or a single cup just for you - there's a hot chocolate recipe to cover every need. The first one doesn't even use cocoa. HOT SPICED WHITE CHOCOLATE 1 pint whole milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons honey 6-7 cardamom pods, lightly toasted and cracked Zest of 1 lemon Pinch salt 8 ounces quality white chocolate Bring all ingredients but chocolate to a boil in a saucepan.
November 30, 2012 |
Friday Experience real rock with Reel Rock The Wharton Mountaineering and Climbing Club hosts the Reel Rock Film Tour and a thrilling look at climbing excursions through film. View adventures on the peaks of the Himalayan mountains, win prizes, and meet top climbers. This event is for everyone from rock- climbing aficionados to inexperienced thrill seekers. At Wharton School's Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Ambani Auditorium G06, 3730 Walnut St. Admission: $10 online, $11 at the door.
November 18, 2012
Kiera Missanelli is a senior journalism major at Pennsylvania State University Growing up, Penn State's magic was summed up to me in two words: hot chocolate . As a child of a Penn State dad, I was told stories of the magical land of State College on game day. The skies were gray, the clouds low, the autumn trees in brilliant shades of orange and red, and the air chilly. But nothing could defeat a great football team - nor the passion of its fans. My dad lured me in. "When we go to a football game," he said, "you can get a big mug of hot chocolate.