November 16, 2015 |
Two years ago, it seemed that swordfish in grilled figs, rib-eye fiorentino, rabbit casalinga, and apricot tart with tarragon gelato might rescue the struggling Moorestown Mall. Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri had agreed to open one of his acclaimed Italian restaurants, Osteria, in a yet-to-be created corridor of posh shops and restaurants within the mall called Boutique Row. "Be brave," the mall's owner, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), had urged Vetri and his business partner, Jeff Benjamin, the previous year.
September 21, 2015 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Long ago, my mother told me about her former college roommate, who ate packets of butter. Whole packets. Not spread on bread, not in a series of nibbles, but all at once, like throwing back a piece of popcorn. I thought the tale was disgusting but also likely false, a story that grew legs over time. Until, that is, I ordered the Butter Tasting at Etch, a new restaurant in downtown Nashville. All at once, they arrived: malt vinegar butter, smoked Parmesan black pepper butter, ginger cashew butter - all made fresh in-house.
November 8, 2015 |
Philadelphia, as seen through the price tag at the bottom of a whiskey glass, can seem like a disorienting place. Isn't it strange that the same two-ounce pour of Jefferson's Reserve bourbon can run you anywhere from $15 to $24? Or that a shot of Highland Park 12-year-old Scotch will range from $13 to $22? A tumbler of familiar Maker's Mark will cost $9. Or it might cost $13, depending on where you are drinking. Few things in the restaurant world fluctuate according to address prestige quite as drastically as a pour of booze.
April 13, 1994 |
ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS - ALL THE BABY THAT FITS, TOO Rush hour got a little more crowded on a subway platform yesterday morning when Abigail Vidal, 17, unexpectedly went into labor and gave birth to a daughter - midwifed by transit workers and the New York Times. "She was going to have the baby, and she wasn't going to wait for a more convenient time or place," said Charles Seaton, a New York City Transit spokesman. After Vidal went into labor, a transit worker summoned a supervisor.
February 15, 1991 |
Cheap Eats usually bypasses anything that requires more than a 10-dollar bill. But when Serrano began offering a four-course Spanish regional dinner for $12.95 on Monday nights, that sounded like a suitably frugal feast. Actually, Serrano is a bargain-hunter's find on any night. This cozy restaurant on 2nd Street near Market has an international menu that includes no-beans Texas-style chili, Mexican fajitas, Middle Eastern baba ghanoush, Hungarian chicken, a French picnic plate and seafood with Oriental accents.
April 18, 2010 |
From a quick glance at the flour-dusted baby face that sidled up to our table at Zavino to check on our meal, I'd never have guessed that chef-owner Steven Gonzalez was even remotely near 30 years old. But take a closer look at the angry welts that stripe his forearms - they're hard to miss as he wields a pizza cutter and dusts pinches of cheese atop finished pies in front of the furnace glow of his hot brick oven ? and it's clear Gonzalez is a tested veteran of Philly's rapidly rising pizza wars.
November 17, 2004 |
They were the new kids on the underworld block. More important, federal and local authorities said, they were the wave of the future. Based in Northeast Philadelphia - some, in fact, had attended George Washington High School - they called themselves "KGB," a not-so-subtle reference to a time and a place that their parents, at least, remembered. "The KGB was a crime wave in Northeast Philadelphia," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Foulkes, one of two prosecutors who spearheaded the case against the organization two years ago. Tracked by the FBI's Eurasian Organized Crime Squad, KGB was described as a Russian-emigre criminal enterprise that dealt in drugs, extortion and robbery.
June 19, 1995 |
The Chicago Blackhawks have called a news conference for noon today, perhaps to allow coach Darryl Sutter a chance to say goodbye. Sutter, who led the Blackhawks to the Western Conference finals in his third season with the team, has been mulling whether to continue in the high- pressure job or devote more time to his family. Blackhawks owner William Wirtz said last night the team offered Sutter a contract extension before the playoffs, but would not discuss Sutter's plans.
August 25, 1987 |
THE OCTOPUS'S GARDEN, 414 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, N.J. (609-494-7205) (8/21/87) $$$ This casual, family-style shore spot is one of the most popular restaurants on Long Beach Island. Also one of the few to take reservations and to be open all year. The uncomplicated fare is mixed but there are some recommendables and the desserts are surprisingly good: Shrimp tempura ($13.95), sauteed seafood combination ($16.95), pecan pie ($2.75), ice cream pie ($3.25). SNICKERS, 96th and Harbor Square, Stone Harbor, N.J., (609)
March 12, 2006 |
What it is: The Newtown Square shop sells fresh and ready-to-cook seafood, including cold-water South African rock lobster tails, and side dishes of pepper hash and macaroni salad. What we like: You can buy octopus ($3.98 per pound), wild Alaskan sockeye salmon ($12.98 per pound), the popular winter catch of boneless shad ($10.98 per pound), and the perfect seasoning and cooking sauce. On request, you can receive cooking instructions from the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Among the store's most popular items are Pacific King farm-raised salmon for $15.98 per pound and baby flounder, wild caught in New England, for $13.98 per pound.