March 7, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat from March 5: Craig LaBan: What's been making your dinners, drinks, and snacks happy? My new invention to keep the kids from fighting at dinner? Personal nachos! Made these babies to order - chili for some, black beans for others, hold the salsa, heavy on the cheese - all a hit thanks to those addictive, amazing fresh chips from Tortilleria San Roman in the Italian Market. Are they the best chips on earth? ¡Creo que sí!
May 1, 2012 |
Calvin Coolidge once said that "persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. " The fact that Councilman Bill Green is sharing a plate of Memphis nachos with his wife, Margie, on a breezy Sunday afternoon in Chestnut Hill is proof that the 30th president of the United States was right – even when it comes to Philly Democrats. The empty nesters get to talking about the night in 1986 when they caught each other's eye at the Hippodrome in London, where Green had fled to escape the massive shadow of his father, who served as congressman, mayor and head of Democratic City Committee.
March 19, 2011 |
There's much to know about wrestling. Covering this 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championship, I've discovered that all those Saturday mornings I spent cheering on Rowdy Roddy Piper weren't sufficiently instructive and that I needn't have worn a kilt here. But here are a few things I've learned about the Sport of Clings during a crash course: A takedown is a move. There are several basic variations, all of which I hope to avoid. There's a "high crotch", a "stuff the head," a "duck under," and a "front head lock," which my guide informs me occurs after the head is stuffed - but before the cranberry sauce is served.
December 17, 2009
The ever-improving Sidecar Bar, a pioneering gastropub in Graduate Hospital, took another step forward this fall with the addition of chef Brian Lofink. Formerly co-chef at Matyson off Rittenhouse Square, Lofink hasn't upscaled Sidecar's inventive bar fare so much as tweaked it with better ingredients. His nachos - usually a dish I dread - were an irresistible example. The gooey jack cheese has been replaced with a genuine Mexican melter - asadero. The salsa, a green tomatillo zinger studded with pineapple, jalapeño, and cilantro, was inspired by Lofink's brief stint with Bobby Flay.
February 9, 2008 |
THERE WAS a time when I accompanied my wife to the market every time she went. That was in the B.C. days of our marriage - before children. In those days, going to the market was like going on a date. I held the door for her. I carried her bags. It was fun, and sweet, and all the things that being together should be when you're in love. That was then. Don't get me wrong. I still love my wife, and I'm still thrilled to carry her bags when she finishes whatever it is she does in there.
June 15, 2006 |
Like slacker incarnations of Laurel and Hardy, Jack Black and director Jared Hess - one short and stout, the other stringbean-lean - materialized in the driveway of Beverly Hills' Four Seasons Hotel one afternoon last week. A study in contrast, they spent the day separately talking up Nacho Libre, their slapstick tribute to the Mexican masked-wrestling "lucha libre" tradition. "As a kid," Black said earlier, "I knew Mexican wrestlers wore cool-looking superhero masks, but I'd never seen a match or any of those films until Jared asked me if I'd want to play a luchador.
January 24, 2003 |
Life was a lot different 100 years ago. Back then, only 14 percent of American homes had a bathtub. The average worker earned 22 cents an hour. And 90 percent of the doctors had no college education - but you could buy marijuana, heroin, and morphine at the corner drugstore. Come to think of it, that's not such a big deal. You can buy all that on the corner right this minute, and you don't even have to go inside a store to do it. A hundred years ago the first World Series was played, Sanka was accidentally created when a shipment of coffee got drenched in sea water, and helium was discovered, without which there would be no Goodyear blimp, no balloons on the ceiling at children's birthday parties, and no parents at those parties doing bad Mickey Mouse imitations.
July 6, 1998 |
Baseball uses many barometers to measure how a team is doing. There are standings, scouting reports, attendance figures, television ratings. And then there is the clubhouse. A year ago, when the Phillies went into the all-star break on the heels of their 20th loss in 22 games, people close to the team didn't need the standings to know the club was a miserable wreck. They could feel it in the clubhouse. Scowling players showered hurriedly, muttered perfunctory sentences to the notebooks, and ran to awaiting planes, trains and automobiles - whatever could speed them away from their misery for three days.
April 7, 1998 |
After a three-year fight, the plaintiffs in Minnesota's tobacco trial yesterday finally got their hands on 39,000 of the industry's most closely guarded papers. Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the handover of the documents, attorneys for the plaintiffs began sifting through them for material that could bolster their case. Yesterday's order meant all the documents - totaling some 200,000 pages - must be surrendered to lawyers for Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
December 23, 1997 |
The story so far: Software tycoon Quentin Stiles has gone home to his high-tech mansion on Dec. 23, after angrily canceling the holiday vacation of a top manager who displeased him. At home, Stiles has been visited by two holograms emerging from his bedside computer. One was his dead partner, Simon Charles. The other, the Virus of Christmas Past, summoned a virtual reality reenactment of Stiles' betrayal of a visionary friend early in his career. Now, the Virus of Christmas Present has arrived, in surprising form.