October 1, 2010
The city has recently been engaged in a National Conversation on Race, otherwise known as "Who's black enough?" It's not easy: Black is not a color. It's a state of mind. That's why Tom Jones is blacker than Clarence Thomas. It's why Mario Von Peebles is just as black as Jesse Jackson. It's why we hailed Bill Clinton as the first black president, and laughed those corny parts right off Vanilla Ice's head. Blackness is not in the way you walk, either. You can stroll like Rollo from "Sanford and Son" and still not be black enough.
March 21, 2010 |
You will hear, on occasion, expats from Trinidad pine for a lost land - for beaches that are gone, and trails paved over, for the slower boat to Tobago (now it's a two-hour trip, not an overnight), and island architecture washed away by a wave of Americanized design. Last week one of them named Clarence Drakes, an architect himself, happened by Calypso, the homey Trinidadian stand in the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, and he soon fell into a deep, misty-eyed reverie. Ah, but the food, reminded his friend Ayanna Osbourne, who has family ties on the island, that's another matter: No one has torn that page from Trinidad's story.
January 15, 2009
EDITOR'S NOTE: After years of yo-yo dieting, Kathy Manweiler discovered ways to cook and eat healthier without giving up the foods she loved. Those recipes helped her lose 100 pounds and keep the weight off. Now she's sharing healthy cooking tips with readers through her weekly "Don't Say Diet" column, which debuts today in YO! Food. WHEN YOU place an order for boneless buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing, more than 1,200 calories and about 90 fat grams could land on your table.
September 11, 2008 |
James Chan was up out of his seat before I got within 10 paces of his table at a dim sum place on Washington Avenue. He wanted to tell me about a favorite recipe of his, peanut vinegar chicken. A friend was making a YouTube video of it. (To see it, go to http://go.philly.com/chan .) Chan is a business consultant, and a more than merely avid Chinese home cook. He is something of an evangelist on the subject: When he has a winner, he wants to share it with the world. So, yes, I said, please e-mail me the peanut vinegar chicken recipe.
January 10, 2008 |
I need to downsize. I'm not talking about just my car and my home but also my pantry. Don't misunderstand me, I still enjoy experimenting with new recipes and ingredients, but I have too many things I don't use. Now that it's almost the new year, I've been thinking about the ingredients that I must have. Here's a list of some of them: Dried red pepper flakes: I admit it. I carry individual packets of these with me at all times in case I need an emergency endorphin rush when traveling.
December 15, 2006 |
LET'S JUST get something up front. I like to eat. I do not like to drive. So when eating involves driving first, the food had better be good. This is never more true than when eating involves driving to the Great Northeast and the route careens along Roosevelt Boulevard. Just because the Great Northeast considers itself almost sovereign and has its own airport doesn't give it license to turn the Boulevard into another runway. But, I'm here to critique the food, not the engineering involved in crossovers - which may be the worst idea since we started calling processed cheese a food item.
July 22, 2005
In the latest sign that capitalism inexorably marches on, founders of the Black Panther party plan to market a hot sauce called Burn Baby Burn. Once upon a time, this phrase conjured images of deadly inner-city riots and calls for revolution. Now it will promote a spicy condiment. Nothing reminds you of the passage of time more than seeing an infamous protest slogan on the shelf in Aisle 4, next to the ketchup. The Huey P. Newton Foundation, named for the cofounder of the militant Panthers, has applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the 1960s slogan.
February 11, 2005
Editor's note: Over the years, a number of people have worked with and for Zack Stalberg. On this, his last day as editor of the Daily News, some of them share their thoughts: When the legendary Gil Spencer left the Daily News, I was the poor soul charged with choosing a successor. Gil himself thought his young managing editor, Zack Stalberg, was the guy. I wasn't sure Zack was ready, but I sat down with him for several hours - and he was so convincing I didn't interview anybody else.
May 29, 2004 |
No more pesky street closings. No more neighborhoods overrun with tractor-trailers. No cranes, cables or craft-services stands. No walkie-talkie-equipped assistant-director brats. No carpetbagging character actors from New York. And most of all, no more David Morse gliding through it all - on the way to his yellow taxicab, or back to his deluxe-o trailer. Hack, in case you haven't heard, is gone. The news broke May 19: After two seasons, CBS dropped the guillotine on the made-in-Philly crime drama.
November 19, 2003 |
Two-year-old Courtney Johnson did not die from eating hot peppers, as investigators initially suspected. Instead, the toddler was killed by two powerful punches - including one that left knuckle-shaped bruises on her forehead - Deputy Medical Examiner Ian Hood testified yesterday at a preliminary hearing. Hood made his remarks before a Municipal Court judge who had to determine whether evidence was sufficient to try Marquise Ellison, 25, of Kingsessing, on a charge of murder. As relatives alternately wept and cursed, Courtney's mother testified that her daughter's cries woke her around 1:30 a.m. Sept.