September 25, 2012 |
There's another Garces in this town. Her name is Beatriz, and she's usually an addendum to news items about her husband, the famed Iron Chef-restaurateur Jose. But Beatriz Mirabal Garces, who calls her megastar hubby "Big G" and is known, in turn, as "Little G," is quietly making her own mark in Philadelphia - as a dentist committed to quality dental care for underserved immigrants and as cocreator with Jose of the new Garces Family Foundation with even bigger goals. "We both felt we've been in Philadelphia for more than 10 years, we've been very fortunate with the restaurants doing so well, and it was time to give back to a cause near to our hearts," says Beatriz, 36, who grew up in Cuba, emigrated to the U.S. in 1994, and became a citizen in 1999.
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)
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.
October 25, 2013
* Contemporary Mexican cuisine, expertly made, is the topic for a class with Garces Group chef Gregg Ciprioni from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Greensgrow Community Kitchen, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church (2139 E. Cumberland St., 215-427-2780, greensgrow.org ). Learn about masa de maiz, the basic corn dough used for tortillas. And learn how to butcher a duck, which will be used for Duck Barbacoa with Queso Fundido. $35. * The Victoria Freehouse (10 S. Front St., 215-543-6089, victoriafreehouse.com )
March 1, 2012 |
FAME-SEEKERS know there's no such thing as bad press. As long as you're on a page or a screen, you're making headway. Just ask Kim Kardashian. Or Snooki. But what if you're a chef or restaurant owner? Should you go on a reality show called "Kitchen Nightmares," where hot-headed, food-spitting British chef Gordon Ramsay will rip your menu and then rip you a new one? Do you really want 3 million viewers, including potential customers, peeking into your pantry, watching you lose your cool in the cooler, thinking your kitchen is a . . . nightmare?