June 11, 2012
By William Saletan Politicians are hypocrites. We know this from sex scandals: The lawmakers who preach loudest about chastity are often the ones who later get caught using hookers or cheating on their wives. In recent years, the chastity movement has turned from sex to junk food. But the hypocrisy hasn't changed. Take the hero of the food temperance movement, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has banned trans fats, pressured companies to reduce salt, and mandated public calorie counts at restaurants.
August 3, 2011
FOR A TOWN WITH A dairy-slathered steak sandwich as its main food icon, a town whose name signifies "cream cheese" to many Americans, Philadelphia certainly has more than its share of vegan surprises. Now, I'm not talking about the "surprise" that all-veggie foods can be decadently delicious, but rather those dishes that show up where you wouldn't necessarily expect them. Case in point: While walking down South Street recently, I saw a sidewalk sign advertising a new joint devoted to creatively topped hot dogs.
June 17, 1998 |
Legions of Phillies fans woke up this morning reaching for the Rolaids, following last night's dollar dog night at Veterans Stadium, where hot dogs sold like hot cakes. Some of the fans pigged out on dogs they bought by the dozens. So you better believe a large number of them are today sicker than a dog. The normally flat-tasting, overpriced and cold $2.75 standard ballpark frank was still a bad dog on dollar dog night. But at $1 each and hot from the pot or sizzling from the grill, fans stormed concession counters like Grant took Richmond in a hot-dog feeding frenzy.
January 30, 2012 |
Anyone doubting our evolutionary tie to other apes should check out that Philadelphia festival of food and fun known as Wing Bowl. The annual event has some striking parallels to behavior outlined in the article "Chimpanzee Hunting Behavior and Human Evolution," which appeared in the magazine American Scientist. Chimpanzees sometimes "go on hunting binges, in which they kill a large number of monkeys and other animals over a period of several days or weeks," the article states. The hunting is done mostly by males, though there are a few female hunters and the party is joined by many other females in estrus (heat)
March 30, 1987 |
Spring beckons. Go on. Get out there. Take a stroll with your sweetie by your side. Buy an ice cream. Gaze at the stars. Cuddle on the porch. Better still, save the romance for a slow night. Tonight belongs to television. It's Oscar night (Channel 6 at 9). For those whose interest is dribbles, not dimples, there's the NCAA basketball championship (Channel 10 at 8). But a night in front of the TV doesn't have to mean a night at home. Restaurants and bars all over town are turning on their sets and passing out free munchies.
July 3, 2012 |
The elusive wolf-dog of Pennypack Park has been caught, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has confirmed. The early morning capture was made with the help of hot dogs and foothold traps. No thanks to foxes, which kept eating the bait. The animal is believed to be a wolf-Alaskan malamute mix that was purchased as a pet in Florida and escaped when his owners were visiting in Philadelphia in March. It seemed docile enough, sometimes just laying in a clearing off the 8600 block of Algon Avenue, at the edge of Northeast Philadelphia park.
August 3, 2011 |
AN X-RAY FOUND more than 30 sharp pellets in the body of a 10-year-old American bulldog found dying, chained to a fence, next to some poisoned hot dogs, at Doylestown Country Club on Sunday, an animal-welfare official says. Paul Bevan-Xenelis, 39, yesterday was arraigned on animal-cruelty charges that could bring him a 5-year jail term for allegedly shooting the bulldog, Kane - an animal he obtained months ago from a rescue group - 32 times with a .22-caliber pellet gun. Police said Bevan-Xenelis, of Richland Township, shot the dog early Sunday because it had bitten a co-worker at the Bucks County club last week.
November 1, 2012
What is it? The owners of Calypso (formerly of the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market) went mobile last year with Mini Trini, featuring a simple menu of delicacies from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Real street: Owner Iman Marcano said their most popular item is the traditional street food called double. "The same way you buy hot dogs on the street, [double is] what people are selling on the corners in Trinidad," Marcano said. A double is fried dough (bara) filled with curried chickpeas (chana)
December 14, 2011 |
Curious George, the young pit bull found starving on a Delaware County road, will be spending the holidays in his new home. On Tuesday, the pooch was presented to his new owners, Aimee and Eric Tysarczyk of Bryn Mawr, before a horde of photographers and reporters who captured every doggy smooch on camera. George took the event in stride, even showing off some new tricks for the crowd. The Montgomery County couple had been looking to adopt a dog when they spotted George's photo and story on the Delaware County SPCA website.
January 29, 1991 |
The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association honored Wilt Chamberlain as a Living Legend. That, in part, turned Chamberlain into The Human Autograph Machine. For a short time before last night's banquet at the Hyatt Cherry Hill, and for a long time afterward, Chamberlain scribbled one of the more famous names in sports again and again, most often for beaming middle-aged men. He signed banquet programs. Old Sixers yearbooks. Preseason magazines dating to his college days at Kansas.