April 5, 2013
Rush to return part of their pay WASHINGTON - A day after President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said they would return 5 percent of their pay to the Treasury, several other senior administration officials said they, too, would give back part of their salaries, in the spirit of government spending cuts. Secretary of State John Kerry, the richest cabinet member; Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said they would voluntarily reduce their pay and donate it to nonprofit agencies.
March 6, 2013 |
PENN STATE football coach Bill O'Brien will participate in a coaches caravan tour starting April 30, when there will be an evening reception in Philadelphia. O'Brien and other PSU coaches will make stops in 12 locations over 2 weeks. "We had a great turnout of Penn State alumni and fans during the coaches caravan last year and I enjoyed meeting so many people who have great pride and passion for Penn State," O'Brien said in a statement. "It's important for me to get around Pennsylvania and other areas where we have a lot of alumni and give them a chance to get to know me and to hear from them.
January 18, 2013 |
If you want to get ahead in corporate America, you have to answer this question correctly: Do you eat lunch, or do you crush lunch? What do I mean by crush , you ask? I'm not referring to physical flattening, as of a cardboard box. I'm talking about complete domination - the way an NBA franchise might crush a girls' junior varsity squad. Crushing lunch is one of the most important skills in the corporate workplace. If you can high-five, fist-pump, and lunch-crush, you are going to do big things in this world.
December 6, 2012 |
Chef Eric Ripert is stepping away from his affiliation with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and its 10 Arts restaurant after nearly five years. He said a project in New York affiliated with his famed Le Bernardin required too much of his time. Ripert did say he will maintain his apartment next door at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Sous chef Nathan Volz, who manages 10 Arts' day-to-day operation, will continue to run the kitchen while Miguel Hernandez, the hotel's assistant food-and-beverage director, oversees the dining room.
November 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Three weeks after the election, Mitt Romney made it to the White House. For about 90 minutes. After an odd arrival in which a man rushed his SUV and ended up getting arrested by the Secret Service. It wasn't the start of a term as Romney had envisioned. But it was, at least, all on good terms with the man who defeated him, President Obama. Over a private lunch Thursday, Obama and Romney had white turkey chili, Southwestern grilled chicken salad, and - from the reports of it - the kind of conversation that never happens during a campaign.
November 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney will have lunch Thursday at the White House with President Obama in the private dining room, a show of bipartisanship three weeks after the conclusion of a tough, sometimes nasty, election season. The meeting, their first since the final presidential debate Oct. 22 in Florida, comes amid the increasingly antagonistic negotiations between the White House and Congress to avert the looming fiscal cliff. Media will not be allowed at the private lunch, press secretary Jay Carney said in a brief statement Wednesday morning.
November 3, 2012 |
Four-year-old Frank Iguodala's palate is a sensitive thing. When savory bread pudding with butternut squash arrives on his lunch plate instead of his favorite, chicken nuggets, the hesitation is one of a discerning critic. Teacher Melissa McMenamin encourages the Friends School Haverford student to taste. One small bite follows another. Then a pause . . . . "It's a little bit great," Frank said. Chalk up another one for Chef Allie Hauptman, the tattooed, bandana-wearing former prep cook at a gourmet hot dog restaurant who is helping to lead the Delaware County school in a new culinary direction.
September 27, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My brother and his now-fiancee "ruined" my wedding day by (her) causing a huge scene at my reception. We never received apologies, and have heard they're telling people we exaggerated what happened that day, and that we're just as much to blame (completely false). Since then, my brother became engaged to this wretched woman, and now wants me to help him prep for his big day. We haven't spoken much since my wedding. I can't get over that they won't even acknowledge wrongdoing.
August 23, 2012
One of the most entertaining days for me last football season came on Nov. 4. Not because I didn't have to travel to a Penn State football game (the Nittany Lions were off that week), but for the fact that I sat in on a lunch conversation between Joe Posnanski and Bill Lyon, with the topic being Joe Paterno. Posnanski was accumulating information for his book on the Penn State coach. Lyon, the highly decorated former Inquirer columnist and longtime regular on the Penn State beat, wrote about Paterno for more than 30 years.
August 16, 2012
WHAT'S a local who sticks around the sticky city to do if he or she is jonesing for a fancy meal? Sit outside: Pick a place with sidewalk tables, which typically aren't reserved. "If outdoor seating is there, the wait is never that long," said Val Safran, co-owner of Lolita, Barbuzzo and Jamoner. Go early - or late: "In Philadelphia, everybody likes to eat between 6:30 and 8, so if you're flexible, you can always get in," said Yin. Keep at it: OpenTable's Scott Jampol keeps tabs on summertime business.