July 10, 2015 |
Opa's new chef, Bobby Saritsoglou, has been on a mission to modernize Greek food by reviving some of its old-school techniques. On the tender octopus platter, for example, some lacto-fermented cauliflower pickles and a garlicky bread- and almond-thickened skordalia sauce show off some throwback moves (modern skordalia, he says, is more commonly thickened with potatoes). House-brined grape leaves get stuffed with grass-fed beef touched with fenugreek and clove. My favorite update, though, is Saritsoglou's reclamation act for gyros.
September 17, 2015 |
Tuesday morning at the Agnes Irwin School, world-renowned scientist and activist Jane Goodall used her sense of humor - and a stuffed chimpanzee - to engage students on some serious issues. More than 150 lower-school students listened closely as Goodall, 81, shared her celebrated experiences with chimpanzees. She also spoke of hope for the future and the importance of environmental activism. She even drew quite a few laughs, especially when she directed the crowd to later search the Internet for "an octopus with coconut shells.
July 22, 2015
IT WAS A couple of decades ago, maybe more, at the Improv in L.A., back when it was still smoke-filled. Philadelphia's the Legendary Wid had just finished his set, recalls Steve Young, who was standing backstage next to the next comic to go on, Robin Williams. "How do I follow that? " Williams wondered aloud. Williams "meant it in a positive way. Wid was the best prop comedian ever, maybe still is," says Young, a comedian and one-time owner of Philly's Comedy Works. Williams broke through to stardom.
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.
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.
March 24, 2012
Casa de Mi Padre A goofball Spanish-language parody of the cheesily overdramatic telenovela form, with Will Ferrell as the dim-witted son of a Mexican rancher, caught up in romance, sibling rivalry, drug-dealing, and some mystical communion with a talking white lion. R Jiro Dreams of Sushi Wonderful doc about an octogenarian who serves octopus (and other raw fish) in an impeccable hole-in-the-wall on a Tokyo subway concourse. Accorded the top 3-star ranking from the Michelin guide, Jiro Ono's Sukiyabashi Jiro is no ordinary eatery, and its humble, bespectacled proprietor no ordinary man. A study of a life devoted to work, to simplicity, to purity, and to the quest for perfection.