November 10, 2014 |
THE Daily News already knows that Helen Ubiñas is influential. But it's nice to hear someone else say it, too. The People Paper columnist was recently named one of the Delaware Valley's Most Influential Latinos by Impacto Latin Newspaper, a local news magazine. Impacto created the award in 2005 to "recognize individuals who have made great contributions to the Delaware Valley's Latino community and the community at large," Napoleon Garcia, the magazine's publisher, said in a statement.
January 15, 2015 |
THOSE KILLER SONGS you hear on Fox's hit hip-hop soap "Empire"? They're coming straight out of Philly. Producer Jim Beanz , born James David Washington , works with superproducer Timbaland to create the pulse of the show. Beanz told me he creates about 90 percent of the music, working with local producer J. Nick and London's TroyBoi , with Timbaland overseeing the entire operation. "Most of the music was done here, at my studio in Bryn Mawr, believe it or not," Beanz told me from the show's premiere in L.A. last week.
March 28, 2012
Opening: Preview, Monday-May 24; grand opening, May 25. Size: 6.3 million square feet, 47 stories on 20 acres. Cost: $2.4 billion. Guest rooms and suites: 1,898 (all rooms have ocean views). Smoking policy: 100 percent smoke-free. Spa: 31,000 square feet. Retail: 55,000 square feet. Theaters: Two, with capacity for 5,050 and 700 seats, respectively. Nightclubs: Two. Day clubs: One, featuring performance deck, cabanas and saltwater pool (42,000 square feet of space)
May 11, 2012 |
IN THE FOOD business, there's not much that's trendier than a food truck. Maybe gluten-free pastry. Or garlic scapes. Or waiters with mustaches. That's about it. Breakfast through dinner, mobile culinary units have in recent years multiplied nationwide. In our town, the campuses of Temple, Drexel and Penn have long been home to falafel, kielbasa and soul-food vendors. Today, they also host trucks and carts serving gourmet grilled cheeses, breakfast tacos, pork bulgogi and vegan banh mi. Last year, LOVE Park became a temporary residence to a mess of mostly newbie trucks proffering wood-grilled pizza, custom burgers, Trinidadian doubles, single-origin coffee, red velvet cupcakes and "Iron Chef"-approved tacos.
December 5, 2014 |
Like so many inventions before it, the BKON Craft Brewer began with a tenacious individual, a basement workshop, and a flash of inspiration. In this case, that individual was Dean Vastardis, who then worked at his family's business, Pennsauken's Lacas Coffee. The inspiration? It came from the Food Network. "I was watching Iron Chef and seeing how they sous-vide marinate proteins," he said. "It was very interesting to me how you could take something that would take hours - to marinate meats - and do it in a matter of minutes.
July 1, 2010 |
Great 30th birthday gift for an ambitious TV anchor: Rise from Market No. 17 to 4. CBS3 has hired Erika von Tiehl , turning 30 Wednesday, from CBS's Miami stations to fill the morning seat next to Ukee Washington . ( Liz Keptner's old job.) Von Tiehl, a Pasadena, Calif., native, told me that she started seven years ago, fresh out of Loyola Marymount, working out of a "single-wide trailer next to a cow pasture" in Eureka, Calif. (TV market No. 195). Two years later, she was in Buffalo (No. 52)
January 27, 2011
_ Two cooks in the kitchen will be just right Wednesday, as award-winning culinary writer Jessica Harris collaborates with Geechee Girl Rice Café (6825 Germantown Ave., 215-843-8113) chef/owner Valerie Erwin on a four-course BYOB dinner that will include Senegalese Chicken Yassa and Harris' Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Lavender. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. $55, including tax and tip. Reservations are required. Harris is in town to speak about her latest book, "High on the Hog: A culinary journey from Africa to America," at the Central Library (1901 Vine St., 215-567-4341)
November 7, 2012 |
LONG WAY from Hollywood to the Hollywood Diner, but Anthony Michael Hall has been hanging out for weeks at the Woodbury Heights, N.J., restaurant. We're told that the Brat Pack actor, who appeared in "National Lampoon's Vacation," "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles," has been in the area visiting a girlfriend and has stopped several times at the bar. No word on whether Hall has gotten drunk and re-enacted his classic scene from "Weird Science" in which he shared a story of unrequited love for "this crazy little eighth-grade b----.
May 16, 2010
1. Jack Osbourne , The Osbournes 2. Kelly Osbourne , The Osbournes 3. Kim Kardashian , Keeping Up With the Kardashians 4. Kourtney Kardashian , Keeping Up With the Kardashians 5. Paris Hilton , The Simple Life 6. Heidi Klum , Project Runway 7. Tim Gunn , Project Runway 8. Jillian Michaels , The Biggest Loser 9. Danny Bonaduce , Breaking Bonaduce ...
October 14, 2011 |
AS AIRY as meringue and as sweet as a chocolate confection, the British foodie comedy "Toast" certainly goes down easily. Based on a memoir by English food writer Nigel Slater, this slight but whimsically enjoyable film charts his coming-of-age as a food enthusiast and gay youth, both of which were pretty difficult in mid-'60s Britain. Oscar Kennedy plays the preteen Nigel, a precocious kid with an interest in cooking even though his mother's idea of dinner is canned vegetables and toast.