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September 22, 2011 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
Despite Jamie Oliver's best intentions, the obstacles to making healthy homemade school lunches are still daunting: busy working parents, limited food budgets, picky kids, the temptations of processed foods at every turn. Yet the solution, for some lunch-packing parents, might be as simple as finding the right container: trading in the American brown bag for the Japanese bento box. With a long history in Japan and variations in Korea, India, and the Philippines, the multi-compartment bento box is not new, but in recent years it has gained popularity as a lunch box among health-conscious parents.
NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Eric Mustin
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.
SPORTS
April 13, 2011
WASHINGTON - During his day off in Washington, Charlie Manuel ate lunch and dinner with his daughter, Julie, who works in the city. She was able to take an extra hour for lunch, but only because of her dad's stature. "Her boss said it was OK as long as I get him World Series tickets," Manuel said. How many times do you think Manuel has been asked to do that favor? - Matt Gelb
NEWS
January 17, 1991 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Almost every working day, a secretary for Montgomery County's two Republican commissioners calls a restaurant near the Norristown courthouse to ask about the daily luncheon specials. Orders are placed, a box filled with lunches is delivered, and four high- ranking county officials share a quiet lunch behind closed doors. Taxpayers pick up the tab. Last year, the lunch bills totaled $5,587, according to county records released yesterday by Democratic minority Commissioner Rita C. Banning.
NEWS
March 29, 1994 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
Crunch. Munch. Slurp. Crunch. Munch. Slurp. What's that? It's the guy at the next desk having lunch. The number of folks who have taken to dining al desko is causing some new problems in the workplace. A co-worker who doesn't wipe up her spilled soup in the microwave is as irritating as the guy who never replaces the paper in the copy machine. And the smell of frozen flounder florentine is as noxious to some as now- banned cigarette smoke used to be to many.
NEWS
July 5, 2002 | By MARYBETH T. HAGAN
A REPRESENTATIVE of the city slipped a little surprise under the windshield wiper of my car when it was parked in the shadow of the Convention Center on 13th Street near Arch the other day. I received my first parking ticket. I had carefully weighed my decision to back into that spot in a one-hour parking zone. After the first quarter clicked and the little arrow on the meter granted me 15 minutes, I glanced at the parking lot next to me. Should I stay at the metered spot and have to interrupt lunch with my friend Kia to dash back to feed the hungry machine, I wondered?
NEWS
September 29, 2002 | By Heather Hewett FOR THE INQUIRER
I peered at the itinerary clipped onto my handlebars and read the name: "Abbaye de Pontleroy. " In front of us, the sign read "Ferm?. " "Strike two," my husband said, getting back onto his bike. We had left Montrichard that morning, planning to tour some of the Loire Valley's lesser-known castles. It was late September, after the high season - still good for biking but not, apparently, for smaller tourist destinations. First a ch?teau and now the abbey: both closed. To make matters worse, after four hours of cycling, we still hadn't found lunch.
SPORTS
April 25, 2004 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bensalem's relay team thought it had time. The four boys who made up the first team to represent the school in a Penn Relays Championship of America 4x100 race had the best of intentions when they left Franklin Field for a lunch of fruit salad, pizza and baked ziti - carbohydrates and hydration - just a few blocks away. The relays were running about a half hour behind schedule anyway. When they were done warming up and pinning bibs to their blue spandex tops, they reached the race area just in time to hear the gun go off and see their competitors race without them.
NEWS
May 6, 1990 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
Brian Brennan, 17, is a straight-A student at Springfield High School, where his schedule includes five advanced-placement courses as well as orchestra and choir. The grueling routine requires the senior to attend classes from 7:44 a.m. through 2:25 p.m. without a break, not even a lunch period. It's a high-pressure pace that he willingly accepts, Brennan said, to be among the school's academic elite and to be a freshman in the University of Pennsylvania's Class of 1995. "I see lunch as a waste.
FOOD
September 17, 1995 | By Elaine Tait, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
A review partner and I enjoyed breakfast and lunch at the Down Home Diner recently. That might not seem unusual except that we ate both meals without moving an inch from our booth. Confused? Hang in there. I'll try to explain. The diner occupies a corner of the recently renovated Reading Terminal Market. We arrived at 11:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, hoping to beat the market's usual noonday crowd. We were ready - read hungry here - for lunch. Our server, a waif with a wistful smile, handed us a plastic-covered menu with lunch on one side, breakfast on the other.
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FOOD
February 21, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Students in Penny Greenberg's culinary-arts classes have a term for the hoagies, pizza, and chicken nuggets served in the cafeteria. "They call it 'freebie food,' " said Greenberg, who teaches at Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School. Almost all of its students are eligible for free lunches - and although some think the food is OK, others apparently feel they're getting what they've paid for. In the next month or so, though, the menu at Dobbins will get a special addition: Louisiana-style spicy chicken with collard greens and served with red beans and rice.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey has shown marked increases in getting low-income children to eat breakfast in school, while Pennsylvania has demonstrated slow improvement in serving the meals. That's the word from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), which released its School Breakfast Scorecard this month. Based in Washington, FRAC is the leading antihunger advocacy group in America. Throughout the country, school-breakfast participation by low-income students is calculated by measuring the number of children eating breakfast compared with those eating lunch.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JOSEPH LIGAMBI, the 74-year-old reputed Philadelphia mob boss, hasn't been convicted of a crime, but he's been locked up at the Federal Detention Center since May 2011, held without bail while awaiting trial on a massive racketeering indictment. Yesterday, after a 13-year investigation and two lengthy trials, the government threw in the towel, filing a one-sentence motion to drop all charges. Both juries had failed to convict Ligambi of racketeering conspiracy, gambling, loan-sharking, theft of medical benefits or obstruction of justice.
FOOD
November 21, 2013
The soup days are upon us, and few bowls satisfy the craving quite like hearty chicken soup. Le Pain Quotidien delivers an appealing update to the ancient French standard called pot-au-feu, a wintery one-pot stew of root veggies, broth, and meat. True to the Belgian bread chain's sleek organic aesthetic, this rendition is neat and tidy rather than rustic. But I still love all the veggies that fill this bowl, from turnips and leeks to garbanzo beans, carrots, and cauliflower, alongside the tender chunks of chicken seasoned with herbes de Provence.
FOOD
September 6, 2013 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
School lunch . The words evoke mental images of water-bloated frozen pizza, sugary fruit-flavored beverages, irradiated meat slabs, and plastic-wrapped lunch "kits. " For most parents, the prospect is downright horrifying, and perhaps especially so when said parents are culinary professionals. It's not just the gastronomic atrocities involved but the industrial-grade ingredients that give chefs pause. "When I think of my son eating lunch at school, I have a lot of concerns about where the food comes from and who's making it," says Joe Cicala of Le Virtu in South Philly.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | BY LARI ROBLING, For the Daily News
IT'S A parental terror about as universal as stepping on a Lego barefoot: packing kids' lunches for school and day care. This month's Top Cook, Anita Garimella Andrews, has faced and conquered it. She had to. Because of the family's schedule, she packs three meals a day and two snacks for her 16-month-old daughter, Sanaa. "I think moms who have children who go to day care have similar things to think about as those of school-aged children," said Andrews. "What can I pack that's easy to do, healthful, will go over well and minimize mess?"
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
THE 2013 EAGLES preseason officially gets underway tomorrow but one recent Philly transplant has more of an insider's view than most. And it ain't Chip Kelly . NBC10's Jacqueline London , who joined the station in March, happens to be married to former NFL player Tony McGee , a tight end who played 11 seasons in the NFL, split among the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. The couple were married in 2010. London wore a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier silk gown, complete with intricately beaded bodice and "I do" appliqued on the heels of her Jimmy Choo shoes.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
The old saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch didn't stop a number of New Jersey school employees from trying. A troubling recent report by the state comptroller uncovered widespread fraud in lunch programs that the federal government subsidizes to feed needy children. The investigation identified more than 100 people who allegedly lied about their income so that their children could get free or reduced-price meals. Even more egregiously, the culprits or their family members were on public payrolls, and they underreported their incomes by a staggering $13 million to get discounted meals.
NEWS
July 23, 2013 | By Kartikay Mehrotra and Bibhudatta Pradhan, BLOOMBERG
The source of poison that killed 23 schoolchildren last week in the Indian state of Bihar was the vessel storing cooking oil used to prepare their lunch, an official said, citing a forensic report released Saturday. Monocrotophos, a highly toxic organophosphate insecticide, was found in the oil container, the food, and the utensil in which it was cooked, R. Lakshmanan, who runs the mid-day meals program in the state, said in a telephone interview. The chemical, which the United States stopped using in 1988, according to the Extension Toxicology Network website.
NEWS
July 21, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 11:15 on a Monday morning, four children under age 8 quietly walked up to Andrea Cooper-Chamberlain's house in Darby Borough to eat. An unpaid neighborhood do-gooder, Cooper-Chamberlain distributes free lunch every day at noon during the summer, when school lunches are unavailable. "I can't serve till 12, sweetheart," she told the oldest boy, who displayed the unmistakable demeanor of a hungry child: expectant, quiet, attentive. He wordlessly turned and led the others away.
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