August 22, 2014 |
For its next production, FringeArts will raise the curtain Friday on La Peg , a brasserie, in its headquarters at Columbus Boulevard and Race Street, across from Race Street Pier. La Peg (140 N. Columbus Blvd., 215-375-7744) occupies the front of a century-old former fire department pumping station. From almost every part of the restaurant, you can see the Ben Franklin Bridge, whose distinctive towers and steel cables seem to loom over the dining room through the large, arched windows.
September 2, 2013 |
If President Obama ever does get around to targeting Syria, with congressional approval, it will be the strangest U.S. military strike in recent memory. The administration has made a convincing case that the Syrian regime gassed 1,400 of its own people to death last month, including 426 children. And yes, the use of poison gas violates longstanding international norms. Yet Obama can't seem to make up his mind if he wants to punish Syria for using chemical weapons or not. On Saturday, he made a strong case for using military action to deter anyone from deploying these terrible weapons again.
August 29, 2013 |
THERE'S LITTLE doubt that President Obama's "red line" - the use of chemical weapons - has been crossed in Syria's bloody, two-year civil war, but what comes next is less certain. Last week, the aid group Doctors Without Borders announced that more than 3,600 patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms had been seen at Damascus-area hospitals within hours, and that more than 350 had died. The Syrian government called the allegations "absolutely baseless. " The apparent attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces brought forceful rhetoric from Secretary of State John Kerry and has Obama mulling a limited military strike.
February 27, 2013 |
Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests that this style of eating, even loosely defined, can substantially reduce the chance of heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk. The study lasted five years and involved nearly 7,500 people in Spain. Those who ate Mediterranean-style with lots of olive oil or nuts had a 30 percent lower risk of major cardiovascular problems compared with those who were told to follow a low-fat diet but who did not, in reality, cut out much fat. Mediterranean meant lots of fruit, fish, chicken, beans, tomato sauce, salads, and wine - and little soda, baked goods, and red meats.
July 6, 2012
Early crowds are finding ambition in Lansdowne at the gorgeous NoBL , a Mediterranean BYOB that opened last week in a long-ago hardware store at 24 N. Lansdowne Ave. (484-461-2689) It's a block off Baltimore Avenue — north, to be exact — which explains "NoBL. " It's the crew from the nearby Sycamore — owner Stephen Wagner and chef Sam Jacobson, who turns out such small plates as moussaka, mussels, pappardelle with chicken livers; grilled octopus; grilled artichokes; and 10-inch grilled pizzas.
September 11, 2011 |
The rampart of rock soars straight up; we crane our necks to see the top. Scattered across the vertical face, nearly 1,000 feet high, are stunted windswept junipers that cling bravely to the odd crevice. The layering and subtle colors of stratification turn the cliff into an abstract canvas painted by a giant. A couple of bright red kayaks paddle by along the base, where the sea laps at the limestone. They are so dwarfed by the vast geological dreamscape that they look like toys. My wife, Annie, and I are passengers on a small tour boat exploring a network of fjords, a dramatic wonderland of water and towering walls of stone that you could mistake for Norway, or maybe Alaska.
June 12, 2011 |
ABOARD THE STEVE IRWIN - Tuna fishermen battled environmentalists on the Mediterranean, hurling heavy links of chain at them as the environmentalists tried to disrupt illegal tuna fishing under the no-fly zone north of Libya on Saturday. The fishermen also tried to lay a rope in front of the activists' boat, the Steve Irwin - owned by the U.S. group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - hoping to disable it. Environmentalists responded with fire hoses and stink bombs. Several hundred feet above the fray circled a French fighter jet summoned by the fishermen, who claimed, falsely, that activist divers were trying to cut their net. The 195-foot Steve Irwin, named after the Australian conservationist who died in 2006, left the Sicilian port of Syracuse early Friday, heading for a rendezvous with a smaller, faster sister ship, the Brigitte Bardot, just north of Libyan waters.
November 10, 2010
Frances Klein Alberstadt, 82, of Plymouth Meeting, a former advertising manager and hospital volunteer, died of cancer Monday, Nov. 8, at Keystone Hospice in Wyndmoor. Mrs. Alberstadt, the daughter of a Philadelphia Daily News driver, graduated from Overbrook High School. She studied photography and then briefly worked with a commercial photographer. In the late 1940s, she joined Herbach & Rademan, in Chinatown. She became the electronics firm's advertising manager and produced its monthly catalog.
December 24, 2009
Cheese of the Month The "Roaring Forties" evokes the brutal gales that howled along 40° longitude to wreck many a tall ship against tiny King Island between Tasmania and South Australia. So why is the blue cheese named in their honor so sweet and mellow? Legend has it the straw mattresses from those ill-fated vessels washed ashore and seeded King Island's lush pastures - grasses that now nourish some of the richest milk Down Under. This decadent cow's milk blue is the ultimate proof of that.
September 10, 2009 |
I visited Turkey in the '70s in worn blue jeans with a backpack and very little money in my pocket. But I was able to feast on meals so memorable that I recall the flavors to this day: I ate lahmacun, flatbread topped with tangy ground lamb, hot from a wood-burning oven; plates of piyaz, made with plump, tender white runner beans, drizzled with lemon; and mussels stuffed with blue-black rice, studded with black currants. I indulged on large, sesame-crusted bread rings sold by street vendors who plucked them from a rod stacked with freshly baked breads, and I savored tiny cups of bitter roasted Turkish coffee, which tempered the sweetness of the kadaif, a shredded wheat pastry stuffed with walnuts and drenched in honey.