August 28, 2015
A salad with serious chops To order an unvetted chopped salad requires a certain leap of faith - that the reality delivered to your table will live up to your vision of the real deal, vividly fresh and mined with bursts of texture and flavor. Disappointment often follows. But on rare occasion you will be rewarded with an uncommonly original variant, as we were at a recent lunch, on the order of Valeria's Chopped Salad at Lolita, the lively Mexican eatery retooled (and liquor-licensed)
April 25, 2014 |
Ten years ago this month, Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney popped open the door of Lolita , a Mexican BYOB on 13th Street between Chestnut and Sansom. The BYOB launched their restaurant empire, all within several blocks - Barbuzzo, Jamonera, and Little Nonna's. They also own the grocery store Grocery; a gift shop, Verde; and a furnishings store, Open House. The neighborhood grew up, too, and Lolita needed a liquor license. Safran and Turney decided to renovate, as well. They closed in August.
March 15, 2013
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran had a choice: Sign a new lease at Lolita - the Mexican BYOB on 13th Street near Sansom that put them on the map nine years ago - or think about buying a spot and moving. That wouldn't be easy, as the couple also own Barbuzzo and Jamonera , plus the retail locations Grocery , Verde , and Open House , on the same block. They not only elected to sign a new 10-year lease but also to obtain a liquor license for Lolita, which should be in place by summer.
December 25, 2011 |
SEATTLE - Forty years after hunters lassoed a young killer whale off Whidbey Island, Wash., and sold it to a Florida theme park, whale advocates are turning to an unusual tactic to try to force the orca's release: the Endangered Species Act. In a move legal experts said could have significant implications for other zoos and aquariums, animal-rights activists recently sued the federal government, arguing that the law may require Lolita, the killer whale...
March 24, 2011
THOSE VIOLET eyes. Those sparkling violet eyes. That's what I remember most about my lunch with Elizabeth Taylor in that hotel dining room in Puerto Vallarta. I was close enough to reach out and touch her if I dared. I didn't dare. Those violet eyes were flashing hostility. Why not? She had been through tough times with Eddie Fisher, and he was Jewish and from Philadelphia, and I was Jewish, from Philadelphia, and a writer, and if that wasn't a toxic trifecta, it sure seemed that way gazing into those violet eyes.
August 6, 2010
Lolita Lebron, 90, a Puerto Rican independence activist who spent 25 years in prison for participating in a gun attack on the U.S. Congress a half-century ago, died Sunday in San Juan of complications from respiratory disease. Ms. Lebron was a leading figure in the small but passionate nationalist movement in the U.S. territory. In 1954, she and three other nationalists entered the U.S. Capitol with automatic pistols and opened fire from an upstairs spectators' gallery onto the crowded floor of the House, firing nearly 30 shots.
April 28, 2006 |
Hard Candy begins with an instant-message conversation unfolding on a computer screen. This digital dialogue, we're led to believe, is between an older, perv-y guy and a teasing Lolita eager to take the relationship out of the e-realm and into the real world. And so, this icky, incoherent thriller about a sex stalker and a teen - and about revenge and humiliation - is off and running. Scripted by playwright Brian Nelson and directed by music video/commercials veteran David Slade, the film looks sharp and stylish, just like Jeff Kohlver (Patrick Wilson)
October 26, 2005 |
Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. . . . Is it possible I stole your name and tale from another writer? Vladimir Nabokov, so far as we know, never asked himself that question about his most notorious character. But others are asking. Sept. 15 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Paris publication of the Russian emigre's most famous novel. (In case you've been living on Mars or are 9 years old, it's about a dirty old man and a nymphet.) American publishers paid due attention.
April 29, 2005 |
Imagine a really good Woody Allen film, something of Annie Hall/Manhattan vintage, about literary lions and their loves. Now imagine that the central character is not the dominant wildcat but rather his pudgy, unloved cub. Relocate the setting from New York to Paris and you have the exceptional Look at Me, Agn?s Jaoui's brilliant, blistering account of the many ways fame deforms a star, his family and his fans. In the artful way it frames a house party as a tapestry of humankind (and not-so-kind)
March 24, 2000 |
"Everybody loves her," Lolita's foster mother says warmly. "She's a very good kid. She believes wholeheartedly that God will take care of her. And she always says her prayers and grace. " Lolita, 11, has a history of abuse, neglect and multiple placements, and she understandably just "shuts down" sometimes. In therapy, her sad words - "I always have to move" - are being addressed. She takes medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. She's in special-education classes on a fifth-grade level, has an average IQ, and receives extra help with reading.