May 29, 2015
WHO DRIVES through a blizzard to pick up an ice-cream cake? Me, apparently, and I'm glad I did. I'm also glad I lived to eat it. This past February, my wife surprised me with my kind of birthday present: a "Mustachio Pistachio," from the Beese Knees, a new frozen confectionery based in Powelton Village. The beautiful cake, in all its vanilla-cardamom'd, pistachio'd and choco-crunchified glory, was ready for us. All we needed to do was go get it. As we "Tokyo Drift"-ed from South Philly to West Philly and back, tires spinning and kicking up slush every time I braked and swerved to avoid plowing over bundled-up pedestrians and manic children in mittens, I couldn't help but think: Dessert better be worth it. Oh, it was. And now that the local forecast is a little less arctic, the Beese Knees is emerging from the igloo to make brain-freeze believers out of the rest of you. Kids' stuff reimagined Leave it to two Jersey Shore kids to start an ice-cream company.
May 18, 2015 |
Camden's Yum-Yum summers lasted from the mid-1930s until the late '80s. But fondness for the distinctive, locally made frozen treat - with its unusual "split" flavors and creamy texture - endures among folks who grew up in the city. "In the early '70s in Fairview, kids with a wagon sold Yum-Yum from a steel container with ice all around it," recalls Paul Christman, 54, a retail clerk who lives in Runnemede. "We'd be playing outside at Westfield Acres and hear the boy with the wagon yelling, 'Yum-Yum, Yum-Yum,' " says Audubon resident Lori Jean Nourse, 55, a painter.
February 9, 2015 |
Water ice isn't just a summer thing: "We do more sales in January than July," says Richard Trotter , owner of Rosati Italian Water Ice and its brick mixing-and- packaging plant at South Glenwood and East Madison Streets in Clifton Heights. Rosati sold 22 million water ice cups to schools from here to California, plus 100,000 two-quart "buckets" at groceries like Acme in 2014. Unlike the popular scooped ice sold from summer stands and trucks, which sits well in a chiller for a day but tends to harden rocklike in a dairy freezer, this packaged ice is mixed and sweetened to keep cold for about 18 months, so it can be stored with ice cream.
December 31, 2014
AS 2014 COMES to an end, now is the time you begin to think about your 2015 resolutions, right? Naturally, you want a better life, more money in your pockets, and to finally shed whatever baggage you may be carrying. But the ugly truth is, when it comes to resolutions most of us overpromise and under-deliver. Not because we want to fail, but it's just profoundly and incredibly hard to change our behaviors. So, with that in mind, I say get rid of the guilt and start with small, quantifiable goals, and when life throws you the inevitable curveball, instead of giving up, resolve to get back on your game.
September 17, 2014 |
EPITHETS HURLED by a surly crowd. A flurry of blows rained down on two men, singled out because they love someone of the same sex. It sounds like a scene from 30 years ago in some backwater town. But it happened Thursday, police say, when two men were walking two blocks east of Rittenhouse Square to grab some late-night pizza. "I want to find the people who did this," one of the men - whose identities the Daily News is withholding at their request - said last night at his home in South Philly.
September 16, 2014
C OLEMAN and Ilene Poses, of West Mount Airy, founded Chilly Philly Ice Cream in 1998. Coleman, 66, retired last month from research and information management in the city's Department of Behavioral Health. Ilene, 63, is a retired special-education teacher in the Philadelphia School District. I spoke with Coleman. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Chilly Philly? A: We came back from a vacation in 1995 and learned that Breyers had decided to leave the city. That upset me because I grew up close to their plant [in West Philadelphia]
August 22, 2014
The deal: John Cardullo got in on the South Philly act of turning fruit, sugar and water into dessert in 1945. He ran his business from a boxy brick building built for that very purpose. John's is still there, under the direction of Anthony Cardullo Jr., John's grandson. There's another John's in Pennsauken, run by Anthony Jr.'s cousin, and a third that recently opened on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Where: 701 Christian St., 215-925-6955, johnswaterice.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday.
August 8, 2014 |
IT'S BEEN a coupla seasons since the People Paper started exploring Philly's ice-cream frontier. Hasn't always been easy going. (OK, yes it has.) It's been . . . delicious. Before summer's done for, our stuffed reporters are sharing 10 top Scoops - flavor faves, if you will. If you won't? It's all good. As Eric Berley, of Old City's Franklin Fountain, said, "What's fun about ice cream is, it draws out the best in people. " Chocolate ( cioccolato scuro ), Capogiro 4 Philly locations Looks like deep, dark devil's food cake batter.
August 1, 2014
DO NOT SHAKE your head in disgust or pity when I tell you that today's column is about beer floats. Instead, grab some real ice cream and try one for yourself. Just pour half a bottle of any decent brew into a glass, plop in a scoop and dip in with a spoon. Believe me - it's that simple. True, the beer float seems a desecration. Deflowering a perfectly innocent bowl of vanilla ice cream with an adult beverage is likely illegal in several states. But beer and ice cream were destined for each other, as underscored by a fortuitous development this year that saw new dessert brands from two local breweries, Yuengling and Victory.
July 25, 2014
I WAS a teenage soda jerk. Nowadays, I'm just . . . a vegan columnist. Obviously, I don't drink the cow-derived milkshakes I used to guzzle at the end of a shift. But I still love the creamy goodness of a tall chocolate shake, minus the original's sad backstory. Fortunately, as I've predicted in earlier columns, vegan ice creams are proliferating in Philly. I know, ice-cream cones are fun, but those of us who want to mainline ice-cream deliciousness know that the milkshake is the format that delivers.