October 31, 1993 |
Eating one's words on occasion is a price one pays for being a critic. But, given a choice, one would rather not. Which is why I was delighted to reread in my 1991 review of the then-new Ritz-Carlton Dining Room a prediction that has come to pass. What I said then was: "The Ritz-Carlton would probably be a superior choice for hotel dining once the staff gets over its first-year jitters. " The staff has and the place is. On two recent review visits, the service was smooth and unobtrusive, all the better for letting us savor a dining room so elegantly outfitted that we could feel - however temporarily - like old money at home.
November 3, 1996 |
Perched high on the hill that bicyclists love to hate, BLT's Cobblefish is what guidebooks call a destination restaurant. What that means is that, unless you're shopping for a case of Bud Light (the restaurant's nearest neighbor is a beer distributor), you don't stumble on the place accidentally. You deliberately drive up and away from Manayunk's trendy-to-the-max Main Street. You look for the BLT's Cobblefish sign. You park at a cost of $2 in the restaurant's cobble-bumpy courtyard.
August 19, 2005 |
Admit it: There's a food fight inside you that's just dying to get out. And if you're going to throw food in New Jersey, what better weapon than a tomato? That gem of the Garden State will be the object of mass affection Sunday at the second annual New Jersey Tomato Festival, at Wiggins Park in Camden. The idea, says Ira Shaffer, president of the Gloucester County Business Association and event chairman, is to educate people about farming and to promote an initiative to have the tomato named as the state vegetable.
October 18, 1986 |
Nicolas Cage wanted to introduce his pet baby octopus named Cool to his visitors. Putting his hand into the aquarium, he dislodged the creature from behind a rock. Angry, it squirted ink over his fingers and shot away to another hiding place. "He's mad at me now," said Cage. "What a pity. Just when we were beginning to get along. " Cage cares about his octopus and all the other marine life he keeps in his two large aquariums. He finds it restful to lie in bed and watch them.
July 8, 2010 |
OK, OK, we'll follow up on the Lindsay Lohan sentencing Tuesday in L.A. But reader, read on, for we also discuss (1) The exciting new Betty White calendar; (2) Paul the Octopus ; and (3) music news, real and terrifying. (Right: It's summer.) As the world knows, in two weeks LiLo begins her jail term, nominally 90 days, but likely to be as short as 25 since it's a nonviolent offense by a female. She hurled down and danced upon probation terms for a 2007 DUI. Two fashion notes: (1)
August 21, 1987 |
When I was a shore person of any consequence, Long Beach Island was the place I preferred. It was less teeming. Today, while development has increased dramatically, the beaches remain remarkably uncrowded. There are quite a few more restaurants these days, but none the locals point to with consensus as a culinary port in a storm of routine seafood fare. Perhaps that is as it should be. We switch gastronomic gears when we weekend or vacation at the shore. For the most part, fresh fruits of the sea and Jersey vegetables, both simply but well prepared, are generally all we ask for. The Octopus's Garden has become one of the most popular spots on the island over the course of its 11-year existence.
June 17, 2007
The Octopus's Garden - Mayetta's Fish House may seem like a paradox from the moment you lay eyes on the place. The cuisine is healthy without tasting the least bit like you're in a health-food restaurant - which it emphatically is not, according to the owner. And the design of the 4,400-square-foot restaurant is environmentally state-of-the-art with its huge solar panels on the roof and its geothermal heating and cooling systems. But the painted clapboard and stone exterior lend a very welcoming, old seashore kind of feel to this Ocean County establishment.
July 18, 1989 |
OK, I bought my child a Nintendo video-game system. I realize I should not admit this. I realize the Child Psychology Police may arrest me for getting my child a mindless addictive anti-social electronic device instead of a constructive old-fashioned educational toy such as an Erector Set. Well let me tell you something: All my childhood friends had Erector Sets, and although I am not proud of this, I happen to know for a fact that, in addition to...
May 30, 1997 |
Joe Louis Arena may be a comfortable home to the Detroit Red Wings, but it's been nothing but a nightmare for the Flyers for years. Going into this year's Stanley Cup finals, the Flyers are 0-6-2 in their last eight games in Detroit. They haven't won there since November 1988. In 53 games in the Motor City since 1967, the Flyers are 18-25-10. "I don't know The Joe very much," Flyers center Eric Lindros said. That ignorance may indeed be bliss. The Flyers played at Joe Louis just once this season and tied the Red Wings, 2-2. At home, the Flyers are 30-13-12 against the Wings.
September 21, 1994 |
Their goal is an iron embrace - tempered by expressions of cooperation, but constructed with coils of tank treads. While American troops yesterday avoided the first serious street violence to erupt since they began landing, they continued to insinuate themselves throughout Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince. Top U.S. military officials portrayed the operation as one might the advance of an octopus. Marines arrived near the northern city of Cap-Haitien. Transport ships were scheduled to unload armored, tank-tracked Bradley Fighting Vehicles in Port- au-Prince.