November 15, 2015 |
Sophia Katz, 10, was one of the first skaters on the ice Friday when the Rothman Institute Ice Rink opened at Dilworth Park. With the sun shining and the temperature hovering around 60 degrees on the west side of City Hall, Katz worried the weather could affect the ice. "It was really warm," said Katz, a member of Philadelphia Symmetry, the synchronized skating team that began the opening celebration. "I felt like the ice was going to melt. " A heated cabin, constructed next to the rink to provide warmth, food, and drink, didn't see much use on its first afternoon.
November 13, 2015 |
THROUGH THE pauses and confusion that come hand-in-hand with the language barrier, one thing was sure after Thursday's morning skate: Evgeny Medvedev is excited to be back. And the Flyers should be welcoming the Russian defenseman, whose English is still improving, with wide-open arms. Puck-possession metrics show exactly how crucial Medvedev is to the team that entered Thursday tied with Anaheim for dead last in goals scored. The Flyers are better at getting the puck out of their own zone with possession when he is playing.
November 13, 2015 |
IT WAS probably the hardest practice the Flyers had since training camp, and there weren't many smiles when players started filtering off the ice. Then Jake Voracek, who has yet to score this season, saw Liam Idzi and couldn't help but smile. Liam, 8, came from Madison, Wis., with his family and nurse, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Liam is in a wheelchair because he's been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a difficult-to-treat form of epilepsy.
October 9, 2015 |
The Berkey Creamery at Pennsylvania State University was at full throttle on a recent Friday morning. The Nittany Lions were playing Rutgers the next day - the second of five home football games in a row, something that hasn't happened in nearly a century. That means an extraordinarily high demand for "Peachy Paterno," "Alumni Swirl," and other frozen flavors distinctive to the oldest collegiate creamery in the United States, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. On a usual day, the store serves 2,500 customers.
October 2, 2015 |
Over the Top, an occasional series in the Philadelphia Daily News, features local dishes that are so ridiculously delicious, so awesomely sinful, so, well, over-the-top, that they're worth obsessing over. Last weekend left many Philadelphians feeling quite virtuous. Time to fix all that, with a Salty Pimp ice-cream cone from South Street's Big Gay Ice Cream . Ever since the NYC-based biz opened its Philly store in late April, fans have been streaming in for cake cones drizzled with own-make dulce de leche, filled with 4.8 ounces of organic-cream vanilla soft serve that's injected with more dulce, sprinkled with sea salt, and dipped into an all-natural chocolate shell whose recipe includes a dash of deliciously burnt-tasting cayenne.
September 25, 2015 |
POPE FRANCIS may be one of the holiest men on the planet, but when he tastes the new flavor of ice cream that the dapper brothers over at the Franklin Fountain were asked to create for his meal at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary this weekend, he'll sure feel sinful. Brothers Ryan and Eric Berley, who have owned the ever-popular Old City ice-cream-and-soda shop on Market Street near Letitia for 11 years, concocted their new flavor, "caramelized banana," specifically to meet the sweet tastes of this sweet pope.
August 9, 2015 |
What it is: Blueberries are supposed to be a super food. So they should still be good for you when they are enrobed in cream and sugar and frozen and made into ice cream, right? Let's go with that theory and talk about the blueberry ice cream produced by Royale Crown Homemade Ice Cream & Grille in Hammonton. Royale Crown, situated along one of the main Shore route alternatives to the Atlantic City Expressway, has been welcoming customers to its White Horse Pike (Route 30) location for 62 summers.
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.