July 10, 2013 |
Every summer for the last 37 years, Italiano's, a South Philadelphia landmark, has sold a South Philadelphia trademark: water ice. But this summer, the first-floor window of the Italiano home on South 12th Street has never opened to customers. The store, which once sported a hanging white sign reading "Italiano's" in red block letters, has consistently ranked as one of the best water ice and gelato shops in Philadelphia. After the sudden death of the owner's 52-year-old brother, Frankie Italiano, in February, the family decided to pay respects to Frankie and delay the shop's planned summer opening.
July 8, 2013 |
On a day with heat so punishing that even the shade offered little relief, sous chef Tom Sullivan found himself in a particularly unforgiving spot: manning the flaming grill for his restaurant's booth at this weekend's Taste of Philadelphia festival. "The heat, the smoke, you've just got to deal with it," said Sullivan, who would spend more than 15 hours this weekend at Penn's Landing roasting corn on the cob, chicken, sausages, and asparagus to represent the Twisted Tail, the Southern-style restaurant at Second and Lombard Streets where he works.
July 1, 2013 |
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Mount Rushmore National Memorial may be the most famous landmark in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but it's not the only one. Covering approximately 8,000 miles, the Black Hills are a small, isolated mountain range with a big American Indian influence. The Lakota took over the mountains from the Cheyenne in the 1700s and named it Paha Sapa (translated to Black Hills). The Lakota signed a treaty with the U.S. government in 1868 exempting the hills from white settlers.
June 28, 2013 |
THE FIRST QUESTION Petr Straka gets is usually about his name. Anyone following hockey in the 1990s will remember the name Martin Straka, a former All-Star who racked up 717 points in his career. Petr Straka has the same last name - and shares the same hometown of Plzen, Czech Republic, the birthplace of pilsner beers. But the two have no relation. After signing a 3-year entry-level deal with the Flyers in April, prospect Petr Straka is trying to make a name for himself at hockey's highest level.
June 28, 2013 |
Indulge your sweet tooth with endless ice cream flavors on Saturday and Sunday at Penn's Landing while supporting a good cause at the 15th annual Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. From noon to 6 p.m., under one huge pavilion, taste samples from your favorite ice cream companies including Breyers, Turkey Hill, Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry, Philadelphia Water Ice Company, and more. Proceeds will go to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to help fight pediatric leukemia. The event is presented by the Joshua Kahan Fund.
June 27, 2013
The dish: The name of this annual event, now in its 15th year, is a mouthful. But so is the unlimited quantity of frozen treats you can consume for just seven dollars - $7! The deal: Go to Penn's Landing, look for the big white tent in the lot next to the Seaport Museum, pay, then line up at one of 20-some tables for scooped-to-order cups of Breyers, Haagen-Dazs, Bassett's, Turkey Hill, Ben & Jerry's and Jack & Jill, plus Philadelphia Water Ice, various frozen sweets on sticks and more.
June 25, 2013 |
At first glance, having one customer account for a majority of a small business' sales would seem like a good problem to have. Keep that customer happy, and it will be a stable source of revenue. But many entrepreneurs would tell you that nothing keeps them up at night more than worrying about what might happen to their business should that big customer walk away someday. Certainly, that was on Rich Trotter's mind when the Jack & Jill Ice Cream Co. and its fleet of ice cream trucks accounted for 90 percent of the annual sales of S.R. Rosati Inc. , which he bought with some partners 16 years ago. Today, Trotter said he sleeps better because the 101-year-old water-ice manufacturer he owns in Clifton Heights generates the bulk of its sales from a different source: the cafeterias of hundreds of public schools in 35 states.
June 1, 2013 |
MOSCOW - A perfectly preserved woolly mammoth carcass with liquid blood has been found on a remote Arctic island, fueling hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal, Russian scientists said Thursday. The carcass was in such good shape because its lower part was stuck in pure ice, said Semyon Grigoryev, the head of the Mammoth Museum, who led the expedition into the Lyakhovsky Islands off the Siberian coast. "The blood is very dark, it was found in ice cavities below the belly and when we broke these cavities with a pole pick, the blood came running out," he said in a statement released by the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, which sent the team.
May 23, 2013 |
A fatal shooting outside a Rita's Water Ice shop in West Oak Lane left neighbors bewildered Wednesday as word spread of a crime that took place at a spot popular with families and children. Dyrell Brown, who stopped by the shop for a cool treat amid Wednesday's afternoon heat, said he was surprised to learn that it was the site of a shooting the night before. "I didn't know about anything like that," Brown said of the slaying. Police were called to the Rita's at Stenton Avenue and Haines Street at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday, where they found Marquine Pickett, 19, in the parking lot in front of the store with a gunshot wound to the chest.
May 3, 2013 |
MOST PEOPLE think of ice cream as a treat, something to be enjoyed once in a while. But Cedar Park resident Morgan Andrews readily admits that he indulges a bit more often. "I limit myself to once a day," Andrews reasoned. The culprit is Little Baby's Ice Cream, the handmade premium ice-cream company, which opened a new location on Catharine Street near 49th less than two weeks ago. The company features an assortment of wild and daring flavors - including pizza and chocolate teriyaki - but also offers vegan and nondairy options.