January 10, 2016 |
Mommy has a new wish. Besides Bradley Cooper. We're talking coffee. And I'm on a quest. I know, some people climb Everest. Others try to cure cancer. But all I want is a delicious cup of coffee that I can make myself, at home. Is that so much to ask? Evidently. Right out front, I have to confess that I love Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Sometimes I'll have Starbucks and other times Wawa, but my coffee soul mate is Dunkin'. We've been together longer than my two marriages combined.
April 18, 2014 |
OK, WHO WAS Ebenezer Maxwell? Turns out he was a wealthy Philadelphia cloth merchant in the mid-19th century, but his main claim to local fame is the house he built in West Germantown for $10,000. The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is a remarkable masonry structure, 2 1/2 stories high with a three-story tower. It's on the National Register of Historic Places. Trouble is, hardly anybody visits it, although it's open to the public as a museum. And over the years, its very existence had been threatened by the nonprofit that manages it. A director once described Ebenezer Maxwell as a "nobody" and the museum as something nobody wanted.
August 17, 2011 |
Marcia Gay Harden took up a paintbrush Tuesday morning to help refurbish the Community Education Center in Powelton Village. The Mystic River star joined about 40 volunteers as they put the finishing touches on an extensive makeover of the arts center funded by a corporate-sponsored benefit program, "Drops of Good: The Maxwell House Community Project. " "The idea of giving back to the community through support of the arts has always been important for me," Harden said.
April 24, 2011 |
Women have come a long way, baby, except for one thing: Hair. By which I mean, curly or straight? Let me take you back in time, to the Jurassic. By which I mean, 1955. I had curly hair, and not wavy curly. I'm talking majorly curly. I didn't have curls, I had coils. I didn't have naturally curly hair, I had unnaturally curly hair. I had so many curls that once they sprouted from my head, they grew sideways, defying many natural laws, starting with gravity.
April 14, 2011 |
FOR THE FIRST time in 79 years, Maxwell House has updated the text in its Passover Haggadah, a booklet that narrates the story of the Exodus and ranks up there with the poppy-seed bagel as a touchstone of the American Jewish experience. One million copies are printed every year for use around the seder table. In the new telling, according to publisher Elie Rosenfeld, "The Jews end up in Boca. " He's joking. After 5,700-odd years in circulation, the basic narrative of the Jews' escape from bondage in Egypt hasn't changed in any Haggadah that we're aware of, whether it's the gorgeous Elie Wiesel edition, the Zen Santa Cruz Haggadah, the Family Haggadah, the Holistic Haggadah, Sammy Spider's First Haggadah or the new interfaith Haggadah that Cokie Roberts was in Philly to promote last month at the Free Library.
March 17, 2011 |
If most normal humans are made up of nearly 90 percent water, I am at the very least 80 percent coffee. Not only do I drink it from morning to night, loving the hot black spark perking through my body and mind, I've come to savor its myriad roasty flavors, the manual craft of brewing gear, and especially its culture of rituals - which can be oh-so-hard to change. Like most discerning Philadelphians, my ritual for more than a decade has been a cup of La Colombe, the city's "house brew," judging by the number of restaurants and cafes that have a pot of Corsica or shot of Nizza at the ready.
May 13, 2009 |
It's not easy to top a gigantic, rolling, orange octopus made out of bicycles that will still fit under the El in Kensington, but Erik Silverson and wife Hedy Sirico are determined. And in this eccentrically gritty neighborhood, where new hipster greets old rowhouse, this is a serious task undertaken in deep secrecy, where on Saturday, in a cobblestone-jarring ride through the streets, they plan to outdo Octavishnu, the celebrated entry from 2008's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby - the ultimate imprint of the newcomers on the old neighborhood.
October 28, 2005 |
Suzy Sunshine. That was my name in high school. It sticks even today, although not as consistently. I tend to look at the bright side of things, and even back then, people asked me, "Don't you ever get in a bad mood?" They never understood my cockeyed optimism. And then I met Jake. Eight years ago, I was spotted him while shopping in a sports-equipment store. He was a little thin for my taste, but his infectious grin dared me not to laugh back. I decided to give him a chance.
May 4, 1999 |
You don't have to be Juan Valdez to figure out that the specialty-coffee business is as sweet as a double-foam cappuccino dusted with cinnamon sugar. Starbucks dot the urban landscape like coffee beans ripening in the sun, and gas-station convenience stores hawk ready-made lattes right next to the Maxwell House. But to get a real idea of just how hot things have gotten for the folks who serve up $5.4 billion a year in espresso, latte, cappuccino and the rest, you had to be at the Convention Center last weekend.
April 28, 1997 |
President Clinton gave journalists attending the annual White House Correspondents Dinner a brief jolt Saturday night when he announced in his best deadpan manner that a balanced-budget deal was imminent. But before anyone abandoned their pricey dinner to run to the phones, the President delivered the punch line - he thanked former senator and presidenital candidate Bob Dole for providing the $56 billion needed. "Miraculously, the $56 billion gap that has separated Democrats and Republicans has been bridged and, ladies and gentlemen, we owe Sen. Dole a huge debt of gratitude," Clinton quipped.