July 31, 2015 |
When La Colombe first opened 21 years ago, co-owner Todd Carmichael was puzzled by customers who would order iced coffee . But, with a disdainful shrug, he'd serve them a red-eye over ice. Slowly, though, his outlook changed - to the point where he now believes his newest creation, cold latte by the can, may be his greatest accomplishment. "I'm more proud of this than everything else combined," said Carmichael, who has opened 12 cafés, starred in a Travel Channel docu-series, and helped revive the Haitian coffee industry.
July 24, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm frustrated about how to connect with my young adult son's 18-year-old girlfriend. He told me she has a bad relationship with her divorced parents, so he's hoping we can bond. A problem that comes up frequently is, she's so anxious to show me how skilled and knowledgeable she is, she misses any tips and techniques I try to subtly teach her. They live together in another state, so our weekend visits at each other's homes seem to amplify the problem. I'll give you an example: When I removed ice cubes from an ice tray, I ran water over the bottom briefly before twisting the tray.
July 24, 2015 |
I didn't plan to buy a cone. But "just a taste please" turned into "whoa" and then "I cannot stop eating this . . . " at an alarming speed once I took my first few licks of this summer's edition of the Honeycomb ice cream at the Franklin Fountain. A large part of what makes it so amazing is the fact that it's a true "roof-to-cone" delight: The honey comes from the spring honeycomb of hives just upstairs on the Franklin Fountain's Old City roof managed by the Philadelphia Bee Co. But it's the sweet alchemy of the Berley brothers, co-owners of Franklin, that elevates this cone to magic.
July 24, 2015 |
Philadelphia has seen a steady rise in its premium ice cream cred over the last few years, and this summer, the frozen stuff is even more tricked out, with soft-serve cones injected with dulce de leche, fresh-picked berry ice cream stuffed between slabs of sugar cookie, and La Colombe-infused mocha ice cream layered with hazelnut chocolate for an affogato cake. And these are just a few of the offerings being churned up by the best of Philadelphia's small-batch ice cream makers. What follows is a list of this summer's best.
July 21, 2015 |
Melissa Murray Bailey, the Republican nominee for mayor of Philadelphia, was running a low-key campaign in a sleepy race. That all changed two weeks ago when Bailey began staking out positions on issues, including some with a national profile. Drawing national attention could help Bailey's campaign, which as of last month had raised less than $10,000, in the race against Democratic nominee Jim Kenney, who had more than 12 times that much campaign cash in the bank as of June 8. Bailey, in one of her campaign's first official statements, said she would not continue Philadelphia's status as a so-called Sanctuary City if she won. "Providing a safe harbor in Philadelphia for illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes is the wrong choice," Bailey said.
July 9, 2015 |
SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE wasn't bothered by the physical constraints in recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He wasn't really concerned with not being on the ice; just being able to be 100 percent when he returned was paramount. Above all else, the most difficult part was just being alone, said the Flyers' third round pick in 2012. So he got by - excuse the Beatles reference - with a little help from his friends, one family member and another of the "man's best friend" variety.
June 13, 2015 |
A city inspector approved the unsafe installation of a security gate at a Rita's Water Ice stand, and five years later the gate fell and killed a 3-year-old girl, according to documents and interviews. After that accident last summer, another inspector covered up the mistake, say four current or former inspectors for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, citing agency records. The accident happened on June 28, 2014, a year after L&I had been rocked by the deaths of six people in the Center City building collapse at 22d and Market Streets.
June 4, 2015 |
THERE'S NOTHING funny about drunk driving. But you can't help but chuckle after learning a Fargo, N.D., man was sentenced to nine days in jail yesterday after being convicted of DUI while behind the wheel of a Zamboni. No one was injured on the January night that Steven James Anderson drunkenly drove an ice-resurfacing machine at a girls' high school hockey game. According to Dana Mogck, a news anchor for Fargo's local ABC affiliate WDAY6, Anderson was weaving on the ice and crashed into the boards several times.
June 4, 2015 |
Gary and Patricia Marino of Franklin Township have seemingly developed a "dive-in" approach to business - perhaps fitting for a couple who also go by Mr. and Mrs. Penguin. With no relevant experience, the Marinos decided on a whim in the spring of 1995 to buy a struggling roadside ice cream stand on Route 40 in their rural hometown. They renamed it the Purple Penguin and added a full menu, including cheesesteaks and hot dogs. People "thought we were nuts," Patricia Marino, 61, said this week inside the Gloucester County shop.
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.