March 1, 2012
* A wall of lettuce. Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl cocktails. And Bethenny Frankel herself, too. "Iron Chef America" competitor Edward Lee from Louisville, Ky.'s 610 Magnolia. A Hawaiian-centric restaurant. Experts from Organic Gardening magazine. There's more than just flowers at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, Sunday through March 12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (12th & Arch streets). The theme is "Hawaii: Islands of Aloha. " 215-988-8899, theflowershow.com . * Atlantic City Restaurant Week, Sunday through March 10, showcases more than 65 Atlantic County restaurants with $15.12 lunches and $33.12 dinners.
October 8, 2009
Craig LaBan: Jose's ever-growing and multi-belled restaurant empire (Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Village Whiskey) is a chat-room's favorite. But this visit is timely, because Sunday was the debut episode of his quest to become the Food Network's Next Iron Chef . Garces handily won the first challenge, to create a comfort food starter, with an Ecuadorian stew of annatto chicken broth and queso fresco. Things got scary in the next round with the some frightening ingredients ranging from duck tongues to unlaid chicken eggs.
January 20, 2011 |
T ANYKA RENEE , who plays for the Philadelphia Passion, is one of eight Lingerie Football League players to be pictured in the shower in the February Playboy . Renee, of Jamaican descent, wears nothing in the magazine, but wears No. 12 on the football field, where she plays offense and defense for the Passion. The Connecticut native works as a nutritionist in New York and stays in Philadelphia four days a week during the season. The Passion, undefeated this season, takes on the Tampa Breeze Jan. 29 in Jacksonville.
September 12, 2010 |
Thirteen letters for "record-breaking crossword-puzzle builder"? That would be Bernice Gordon . At 96, the Center City resident is the oldest person to create a crossword puzzle for the New York Times, according to editor Will Shortz . (She was oldest last year, too, when she submitted one.) "I had a very fine education and a good vocabulary," the Penn grad, whose first NYT entry appeared in 1952, told me. "I was babysitting two little children and decided to make some money on the side.
August 7, 1999 |
They're treasures amid the trash - great television shows smack in the middle of that vast programming wasteland called summer. Impossible, you say? Think again. Before you channel-surf, give a look at these shows: "Nightline in Primetime," ABC, 10 p.m. Thursdays. This is "Nightline" with a twist. Host Ted Koppel turns to inventive correspondent Robert Krulwich to present a series of prime-time programs exploring how man and technology interact. And don't expect your typical "Nightline.
February 1, 2011 |
Penn Station in New York City became a gigantic ad for Philadelphia last weekend as the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. installed 225 "With Love, Philadelphia" ads, even wrapping station steps. A GPTMC rep said Philly was the first U.S. destination ever to "dominate" the Manhattan transit hub. The rep said it cost upward of $325,000 for the ads, which will be exposed to six million station users through February. The GPTMC is in the midst of a $1.2 million winter publicity blitz.
May 16, 2010 |
Every father has to share his daughter someday. It just happened a lot sooner than I expected when my 11-year-old, Alice, recently informed me that I was no longer the sole person responsible for her budding interest in a culinary career. After toting her along on hundreds of restaurant reviews since the time I could tuck her under the table in a car seat, I wondered who the other scoundrel could be. But as I watched the flicker of fanciful cakes from the TV screen twirling in her smitten brown eyes, I knew.
April 5, 2007 |
Burgers with a Greek twist - a mix of lamb, kalamata olives and feta cheese with garlic sauce - make for a quick meal with incredible flavor. The recipe is from Cat Cora's Cooking from the Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals (Houghton Mifflin, $39.95). Cora, the Food Network's first female Iron Chef and executive chef of Bon Appetit magazine, uses bread crumbs (she favors panko, a Japanese flaked type) to help keep burgers and meat loaves moist and tender. Greek Lamb and Olive Burgers With Garlic Sauce (Makes 4 servings)
March 29, 2012 |
I recently lunched at Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's restaurant, Tudor House Miami. I was won over by his pea soup with lime marshmallows. This recreation, sans marshmallows. puts lime juice in the soup. Creamy Pea Soup with Roasted Garlic and Lime Makes 8 servings 3 large yellow onions, chopped 2 heads garlic Olive oil 1 pound frozen peas 1 quart chicken broth 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper slices 8-ounce container creme fraiche 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons lime juice Salt and ground black pepper 1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
March 1, 2012
Philly restaurants worth visiting, local chefs worth following - based on TV worth watching. 1. "Iron Chef" Jose Garces Philly's most televised chef won't be slowing down any time soon. But you can, at J.G. Domestic, his laid-back American joint in Cira Centre. 2929 Arch St., 215-222-2363, www.jgdomestic.com . 2. Good Dog Bar Locals love the cheese-stuffed burger. Guy Fieri of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" goes for the duck pot pie. 224 S. 15th St., 215-985-9600, www.gooddogbar.com . 3. Kevin Sbraga "Top Chef" season 7 winner wins again with his months-old rustic-chic bistro.