January 4, 2013 |
UNTOUCHED BY the Commerce Department's main-street makeovers that jazz up business boulevards all over the city, the Plain Jane blocks of Castor Avenue between Levick Street and Unruh Avenue transformed themselves into a foodie heaven of ethnic restaurants, powered by the new-immigrant diversity of not-your-grandma's Northeast Philadelphia. The city's best-kept restaurant renaissance secret ranges from Portuguese seafood-and-steak delights at Tio Pepe to African/Jamaican home cooking at Naana Xtra-O to the charcoal-powered Picanha Brazilian Grill to Northern Indian (Azaad)
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 21, 2007 |
"The Mist" is one of those allegorical horror movies about the real monster being the one inside us. In the cinema of reduced visibility, I think it ranks well behind "The Fog," wherein the real monster was a spectral pirate with a hook for a hand, and he was chasing Adrienne Barbeau. It always feels like a bit of a cheat when you sit down for a good horror movie and you end up getting a lecture on paranoia, or whatever. You want climate, you get climate of fear. "The Mist" is such a movie.
October 7, 2007 |
Life is a bottomless pasta bowl for fans of Philadelphia's Italian BYOBs. Hardly a week goes by without yet another new trattoria turning on the lights and firing up an espresso machine. I expected the pace to slacken a couple of years ago. But it hasn't, even if some of the more mundane efforts prove unequivocally that there is such a thing as too much fried calamari and penne pomodoro. There have been a few notable stars, though, cooking from the heart of the trend. And chef Davide and Kathryn Faenza have rightfully won a strong following for their unique interpretations of regional southern Italian home cooking at their tiny L'Angolo in South Philadelphia.
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.