July 6, 2016 |
THE WIENER and still champion . . . Former three-time Wing Bowl champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut beat his own record in regaining Nathan's Mustard Yellow International Belt Monday, downing 70 hot dogs and buns - and more amazingly, keeping them down - to top defending champ Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie at the annual July Fourth eating contest. Chestnut, 32, was on a roll as he easily secured victory by swallowing 17 more hot dogs than Stonie, who last year ended Chestnut's streak of eight straight wins to take the championship title at Nathan's Famous on Coney Island.
January 28, 2016 |
DID YOU EVER have one of those conversations that you thought would go one way but took you in a really unexpected direction? I had three of them Tuesday. And I can't believe how much better they made me feel about Philly and the blizzard that has buried us up to our whiny mouths. I'd been prickly about the snow. My street got plowed, yes, but I'm itchy from woolly scarves and sweaters and thwarted by how long it takes to slip and slide from one place to another. Poor, poor me. I needed to remember that I'd once again don breezy cotton tops and sockless flats (because, apparently, wearing summer clothes as recently as Christmas Eve, when it was 71 degrees, wasn't gift enough)
December 23, 2015
The long: Delco's fave farm-tainment complex still has Douglas and Canadian firs for DIY cutting. (Also there: wreaths, poinsettias, ornaments, lights, cocoa and Christmas dinner.) The short: You need a lotta Christmas, right this very minute. The deal: Get there by 4 p.m. tomorrow, hop aboard a tractor-drawn hayride, grab a bow saw and fell yourself a $59.99 tannenbaum. (Sorry, no last-minute sales.) Even quicker: Dozens of precut trees are also yours for the choosing.
November 23, 2015 |
Pat Ercole remembers when her great-uncle Joe would visit the family home in Broomall, and give her five brothers haircuts. And when Joe O'Flynn was done with the boys, he would cut the girls' hair. Pixie bowl cuts that always left her and her three sisters in tears, Ercole said. Nevertheless, Uncle Joe, who himself sported a considerable puff of white hair, was "the most jovial little leprechaun," she said. Uncle Joe, who never married, would invite his nieces and nephews to his house on 20th and Cherry Streets every Thanksgiving to watch the parade, said Ercole, a 58-year-old physical therapist from Media.
March 24, 2015 |
THERESA "TERRI" Robinson ignored the pitfalls of working full time as a health-care manager while attending Lincoln University full time to earn a master's degree in human services. She smoked. She ate salty, fatty foods. She was in her 50s but didn't think about her family's high-risk medical history. Until one night in late March 2012, when she suffered a brain aneurysm. "Finding my mother lying on the floor was one of the most devastating moments of my life," said Robinson's son, Michael, 26, who called 9-1-1 in time to save her. Robinson, 58, who lives in Germantown, said she should have seen the warning signs long before she lost her 25-year health-care career and nearly lost her life.
October 31, 2014 |
TAKE ONE helping of moxie, add some street smarts born of desperation and a hefty dash of unstoppable Polish work ethic - slap it all between a freshly toasted, American-made bun, and you have Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, a Coney Island icon since 1916. The story of this business, and the man who founded it is the subject of "Famous Nathan," a documentary about Coney Island's frankfurter king screening Nov. 16 at the National Museum of American Jewish History. It's one of two documentaries about food that sandwich the Philadelphia Jewish Film Fest, each exploring food icons of New York City.
July 24, 2014 |
TODAY IS National Hot Dog Day. And, while the rest of the nation celebrates by scarfing down a tasty wiener or two, we decided to roast a different type of hot dog: the athlete who craves attention. Some we cheer, some we boo. It's not a definitive list. In fact, we welcome any additions you may have. But no list would be complete without: Terrell Owens: Situps in driveway say it all. Chad Johnson/Chad Ochocinco: A jerk by any other name. Johnny Manziel: A legend in his own mind.
July 7, 2014 |
MILWAUKEE - It was the best of times, it was the wurst of times. One minute I'm high-fiving cheering people in the stands, and the next thing I know, I'm a bum. Ah, the life of an athlete - or at least one wearing a giant foam costume for a day. Klement's, the well-known Milwaukee sausage maker, sponsors the nightly "Sausage Races" at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, always in the middle of the sixth inning. This night, I was in it. With one out in the sixth, I donned "Frank," the Hot Dog outfit.
February 4, 2014
IF IGLOO TEMPERATURES have been shivering your timbers, let me take you somewhere warmer, to a place nearly all of us love. The Jersey Shore. Think AC, Longport, Brigantine, Avalon, Margate, Cape May, Wildwood, Sea Isle City . . . Let's stop there, at Sea Isle. If you're thinking Sea Isle, you're thinking blue water, warm sand and maybe LouDogs. For decades, it was nothing more and nothing less than a family-owned, propane-powered hot-dog cart. It was not destined to be a gift that kept on giving.
July 26, 2013
Party platter These trays, handcrafted by furniture designer David Rasmussen, are both elegant and funky, made of classic black walnut with just a touch of color around the edges. So they can serve up fancy hors d'oeuvres as well as a pile of hot dogs. Each tray is sold separately, so mix and match. - Michelle Dembo Wud Walnut Platter, 18 by 12 inches, $49.95, at cb2.com Rolled and ready Buttery, smoky Scottish-style salmon is rolled with cream cheese mixed with chives and a hint of lemon to create these pinwheels.