May 20, 2010
Reader: Just wondering if you've been back to Table 31 since your original 3-bell review. Seems like there's a lot of (deservedly) negative buzz over there with all the menu and management changes. It seems like you're quick to pile on a chain (Del Frisco's) that doesn't live up to the hype, but if it's a Philly guy whose work may have been respectable in the past (Scarduzio) he's given a free pass. Craig LaBan: I'm not a "free pass" kind of critic, and there are plenty of chefs, chained and local alike, who will tell you that past successes do not guarantee future bells.
August 21, 2002 |
Arturo Magallanes works mostly alone in a windowless room filled with the aroma of freshly cut onions. For 12 years, this has been his domain. His sharp knife and deft hands ensure consistency in the shatteringly crisp fried onion rings made from scratch every day at the Nifty Fifty's restaurant in Folsom, Delaware County. "He's got the touch, no question about it," said Magallanes' boss, Leo McGlynn, a cofounder of the Nifty Fifty's restaurant group. "When he goes on vacation, you can tell.
March 16, 2003 |
Some people pride themselves, I'm told, on finding bargain meals at places other than the conventional fast-food restaurant. These gourmands even rate their favorite places with a certain number of so-called grease stains. The Country Deli, a tiny restaurant that outgrew its name (it began 21 years ago as a meat shop but now is a full-scale restaurant), is hard to define. But I'm certain it would be considered a rare find for those trying to avoid the Olive Gardens and Red Lobsters of the dining world.
December 5, 2001 |
McALESTER, Okla. - A woman convicted of killing her son's ex-girlfriend in 1982 was executed last night by lethal injection, making her the third woman and 17th inmate put to death this year in Oklahoma. Lois Nadean Smith, 61, a minister's daughter, was convicted of killing 21-year-old Cindy Baillie in July 1982. Baillie was shot nine times and stabbed in the throat. Lois Smith's attorneys said she was trying to protect her son - who was sentenced to life for the murder - and was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
June 14, 1987 |
In many respects, time seems to have stood still at the Audubon Inn, the pleasant country restaurant near Valley Forge; indeed, history seems a palpable, living presence. The marvelous fieldstone building, operated as an inn since it was built in 1757, has the simple, straightforward charm of a bygone era - old-fashioned radiators, built-in bookcases filled with crockery and commemorative pewter plates, and deeply recessed windows with sheer cafe curtains and brown-stained interior shutters.
August 2, 2004 |
One of the more macabre pastimes associated with the return of capital punishment in 1977 has been the cataloging of death-row inmates' final meals. Both the www.deadmaneating and www.lastsupper.com Web sites compile such information, which is routinely provided in prison news releases and reported by the media. Two executions in July added to the lists. Eddie Albert Crawford, who was lethally injected July 19 in Georgia, refused a final meal, which is not uncommon. Of the more than 90 executions nationally since January 2003, at least 17 refused a last meal.
October 2, 1996 |
We thanked them when they told us about movie-theater popcorn. After all, who knew that something that smelled so good was really a coconut-oil-drenched time bomb in a tub? And now a mushroom cheeseburger with onion rings makes a gastronomical graveyard!? Popcorn was the news a few years ago, so the Center for Science in the Public Interest alerted the media. And journalists bit. The headlines eventually led to a culinary revolution, pushing some theaters to go so far as to offer air-popped popcorn to the coronary conservative.
August 6, 1986 |
Is this hot and humid weather getting to you, too? It would be nice if you could just take the family out to dinner these days, but of course that's hardly practical except as an occasional treat. With this in mind, I have gathered some recipes today that will use up your leftover poultry, fish, or meat of any kind, without using the oven at all. In some cases you will need to use the top of the stove for a few minutes only. For days like these it's a real plus having leftovers tucked away in the freezer.
February 15, 1988 |
On behalf of the faculty and staff here at Nightlife University, a fully accredited higher-education fabrication, I'd like to welcome you to our daily seminar: "Nightlife on the University of Pennsylvania Campus: What Is It, How Did It Get Here, Where Do I Park?" I'll be leading today's session, which focuses on the newly opened shops and cafe at 3401 Walnut St. As always with these nightlife seminars, there will be some homework - or, rather, some away-from-home work. If your thirst for knowledge has already taken you to, say, Cinnabon or Ribchicks or Benetton, you have a head start on the assignment.
October 30, 1988 |
More than 100 residents of Saunders House donned white sailor caps and raised champagne toasts Tuesday as they began a two-day cruise to Hawaii. Who cared that they never left the grounds of Lankenau Hospital. "In the past, we have taken trips to New Orleans and a dude ranch. This is our third cruise to Hawaii," said Alberta Dunn, activities director for the retirement and long-term health care facility, which was established in 1864. Dunn, who has been with Saunders House for 20 years, said the parties were always popular.