June 19, 2008
If you aim to dethrone Dmitri's legendary grilled octopus, you'd best have a few tricks up your sleeve. And it appears that Estia does, and does: Its extraordinary octopodi is sourced from Portugal and Spain, cleaned and tenderized with sea salt in a dedicated washing machine (that's right, just the rinse and spin cycle), braised in red-wine vinegar, and grilled over charcoal. Over the fire it's basted with the house vinaigrette, which slowly caramelizes, yielding a crackling, sweet crust.
June 16, 1995 |
Pete Cusimano was the first guy to throw an octopus on the ice at a Detroit Red Wings hockey game. Had he known how the tradition would grow, he'd have cornered the market. Cusimano, who ran a fish and poultry market, did the ugly deed first on April 13, 1952. Now, as the Red Wings prepare for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night, throwing octopuses is a tradition. "I wish I had known 40 years ago," said Cusimano, 68. "I could have locked up this thing and retired.
June 6, 1995 |
Just when Chicago gets a sparkling, state-of-the-art sports palace, the United Center, here come fans of the Detroit Red Wings to - splat! - mess it up. At least that's the plan. Detroit fans are hoping to continue one of the grosser sports traditions and throw an octopus or two on the ice whenever their team scores against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in Game 3 of their Western Conference final series. But officials at the United Center have a message for those who plan to bring mollusks to the arena: Don't.
December 27, 1994 |
It had eight long legs and eyes as black as night, and it stretched 15 feet across. Its suckers, for seizing and holding prey, were bright pink. But the children did not fear its presence, they were never in danger. This gangling, blue-green octopus was suspended from the ceiling by pulleys. "He was actually pretty scary looking when he was all wire," said Tara Levy, 11, as she stood under the octopus, painting its stomach. "Once we got him covered with newspaper, plaster and started to paint him, he looked pretty good.
March 1, 2011 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Some stories are irresistible. Whether they happen to be true or not is almost beside the point. That's how it is with Matt Anderson and the octopus. The story of a onetime No. 1 draft pick blowing his career by tossing an eight-legged sea creature is just too bizarre to go away. Anderson, who acknowledges tossing the cephalopod in a strange pregame promotional event while he was with the Tigers, has always maintained that the injury to his arm that very night was a mere coincidence.
August 17, 1993 |
A chambered nautilus, one of four of the deep-sea creatures from the Indo- Pacific, adjusts to its new residence at the State Aquarium at Camden. The exhibit has red lighting to protect the delicate relatives of the octopus. Nautiluses live in dark ocean depths, coming to the surface on moonless nights to breed.
April 7, 2010 |
Last week, news "surfaced" about a giant deep-sea bug and a nine-legged octopus. This week, it's the creepy "Oriental yeti" as well as a new lizard species. Learn something ewww every day. Or so it seems online. Such critters have been crawling all over recent lists of popular searches. "My god, it's a monster!" That was Reddit.com's headline when a someone posted a couple of grisly pictures, asking readers to ID a bizarre 2.5-foot creature found at a depth of 8,500 feet - more than a mile and a half down.
November 30, 2003 |
For decades now, friends and family have known where to find Jack McFadden on a Friday or Saturday night. He's probably standing at a bar, or at the edge of a room, as statuesque and calm as an English butler. McFadden, 55, has almost had to be what could be described as the eye of the storm - he's in the restaurant business. During a 15-year period through the 1980s, he owned three hugely popular establishments: The Restaurant & The Bar in West Chester, the Marshallton Inn and the Oyster Bar, both in Marshallton, West Bradford.
January 21, 2010 |
The week of Feb. 1 marks the opening of Maru Global (255 S. 10th St., 267-273-0567), Philadelphia's first quick-serve eatery focused on takoyaki, the puffy, fried crepe balls. The Japanese street food is traditionally studded with octopus, but Tokyo-born chef Ryo Igarashi and his wife, Nicole, both local restaurant veterans, are offering multiple varieties, including Philly cheesesteak, pizza, spicy shrimp, barbecue, and sweet-and-sour miso. The original, based on scallion and red ginger, can be made to order with shrimp, chicken, sirloin, or octopus.