May 16, 2015 |
Mike Weilbacher still thinks of the time he and others planted a bed of flowers with such care and hope at Lower Merion's Rolling Hill Park. Before summer was over, the plants were ravaged. Skeletal. All but an eyesore. But it was a glorious moment. The plants were milkweed, and they had done their job, providing a banquet for the caterpillars of the beleaguered monarch butterfly. Some gardeners would be freaked out by caterpillars dripping from the milkweed, Weilbacher said. "But I was very happy.
March 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Talk about a caffeine buzz: A new study says honeybees get a shot of caffeine from certain flowers, and it perks up their memory. That spurs them to return to the same type of plant, boosting its prospects for pollination and the future of the plant species. Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that one of the flowers is the coffee plant. Its nectar offers about as much caffeine concentration as a cup of instant coffee, according to researchers. But some citrus plants serve caffeine too, albeit in lower concentrations.
January 24, 2012
The Asian street-food bandwagon has picked up some Main Line polish, as Nectar chef Patrick Feury has taken the steamed pork bun to a dangerous place: potential addiction. Feury has sourced a perfect bun, a palm-sized white cloud of fold-over pastry. But it's the pork belly inside that got me, which Feury gives the expected fusion approach, the well-trimmed meat rolled up like Italian porchetta, then basted in a dark, gingery Asian braise. Perfectly rendered, but still tender and juicy, the pork roulade is shined with hoisin, then dabbed with sriracha-spiked Kewpie Japanese mayonnaise.
September 9, 2010 |
He is installed now at the David Rockwell-designed showpiece called Nectar, its Buddha tapestry soaring, its sushi bar hopping, a rare moment of urban chic so far out the Main Line (in Berwyn) that you can almost hear the buggy wheels grinding in Lancaster County. It's an odd amalgam that chef-owner Patrick Feury, 46, presides over - the striking un-rural palette, the meticulous Asian-fusion plating, the bounty of some of the richest farm country on the Eastern seaboard. But you get the impression that not only is he comfortable - this chef who started out washing pots at 15 at a pork butcher's near his North Jersey home - but also that maybe he planned it this way, or would have if he could have.
May 29, 2007 |
The day began muggy and overcast. By midday, raindrops sprinkled and showers threatened. But the sun asserted itself in the afternoon, a gentle breeze alleviated the humidity, and the 110th edition of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair was just what it should be: pleasant and fair. Along the midway, people shopped for hats and needlepoint, antique jewelry and fancy tack. They ate tea sandwiches and fudge, sucked on the traditional lemon sticks, rode the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round.
February 23, 2006 |
Let's talk coffee. Not Starbucks, not Dunkin Donuts, not even your local Wawa coffee. They're fine. They're always there for us. They keep us going. But what about that transcending cup of joe, the one that carries in its waft a sense of place? Coffee with a past. Coffee that tells a story on the tongue. It may be coffee that makes you wait but then rewards and makes you want to linger. In multiculture-rich Philadelphia, there are lots of places you can find The Other Coffee.
July 14, 2005 |
A broiling July sun is making your brain feel like the inside of a rotisserie. Your tongue is a slab of sandpaper, your arms lathered in sweat. It's another Philly summer, and intellectually you know that your best friend is H2O. Yet there's the siren call of summer drinks offering a shimmering mirage of relief and refreshment. Sure, there are the old reliables: gin and tonic, pina colada, rum and Coke, ice-cold beer. But thanks to the growth of flavored vodkas and rums, the surge in younger drinkers eager to try new libations, and creative bartenders - "bar chefs" in the nouveau argot - we also have a colorful array of exotic choices.
May 5, 2005 |
The last thing you'd expect on a dining table at ultra-chic Nectar in Berwyn would be sawdust and straw and mushrooms in need of a good brushing. But for Joseph and Angela Evans, the founders and driving force behind Oley Valley Mushrooms, it was just part of a recent presentation, sponsored by the Albertson's Cooking School. About 50 home cooks gathered for a mushroom seminar and a sampling of a menu prepared by Nectar's executive chef, Patrick Feury. More chefs like Feury, and home cooks as well, are insisting on farm fresh foods.
April 13, 2005 |
EAT GREAT food - and stay in shape. Sounds too good to be true, right? But it can be done - just take a look at 10 of Philadelphia's buffest chefs. Every one of them loves to eat, but thanks to their dedication to strict workout regimes, they're able to eat well and still fit into those chef's whites. If you're trying to get in shape for spring, this group will inspire you to greatness, whether it's skating like Patrick Feury, of Nectar, or running marathons, like Nectar pastry chef Emily Landis, or training in Chinese kung fu, like chef Al Paris of Atlantic City's Sound of Philadelphia, or bike riding like Bliss chef and owner Francesco Martorella.
October 19, 2003 |
Levon Helm, drummer in the legendary rock group the Band, doesn't claim to be a particularly religious man. But during sessions for the Dixie Hummingbirds' Diamond Jubilation, the Philadelphia gospel group's new 75th anniversary recording, he learned a little something about the power of the spirit. "My mom and dad have been gone a long while," the former Arkansas farmboy recalled last week. "They both loved gospel music, and I'll tell you what, I never thought about them more than when we were making that record.