July 17, 2014 |
Just across from the Liberty Bell, another homage to America's roots opened Tuesday afternoon: a beer garden highlighting the country's own brews. Independence Beer Garden, located on the west side of Independence Mall at the foot of the Dow Chemical building, served its first glass just before 4 p.m. Michael Schulson, a 41-year-old chef who also owns Philadelphia's Sampan restaurant, always wanted to open a beer garden. Now, after a few hiccups that delayed the opening, he finally has. With 20 American beers on tap, the "garden" is big - approximately 22,000 square feet.
September 8, 2012 |
If hometown spirit counted in the scoring, a trio of regular Philly folk would have won $25,000 on Beat the Chefs Thursday night. They wore Phillies uniforms, made cheesesteaks their chowdown-showdown challenge, brought Amoroso rolls and bottles of Yards Brawler, and whooped it up appropriately, despite a not-so-laidback Los Angeles chef snarling about Philly being so angry. Alas, at the end of the Game Show Network program, taped in L.A. in July, the judges shot down the efforts of beer-industry consultant Michael Pearlman, his fiancee, designer Stephanie Singer, and food-cart novice Joe Hardy.
August 7, 2012 |
The Blue Bell Inn, which grew out of a mid-18th-century house at a Montgomery County crossroads, has been sold to a developer who intends to refurbish rather than flatten it. John Lamprecht, the restaurant's chef and owner since 1963, confirmed that Bruce Goodman, a longtime customer, will assume control Sept. 4. His partners in the transaction are Kevin Clib and Scott Dougherty, who own Bridget's, a steak house, and KC's Alley, a pub, in nearby Ambler. Before joining with Clib, Dougherty worked for Lamprecht for 11 years as a maitre d' and manager.
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.
November 2, 2007
UPON THE recommendation of a Gangsterette, the Chain Gang trundled off to King of Prussia this week to visit Rock Bottom Brewery, tucked away downstairs near Sears in the KofP Mall. "My boyfriend likes the beer," she said, cracking a big wad of gum. So we initiated the beau into the ways of the Chain Gang - he rode in the trunk - and decided to see how Rock Bottom's food went with its beer. After a monster appetizer, four main dishes and three desserts, our verdict: The beer is good.
June 22, 2007 |
Late-night-TV frat boy Jimmy Kimmel , 39, will be out sick a few days from his job on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Wednesday night in L.A. "The surgery was a success," his rep said yesterday. In its report, the Associated Press saw fit to remind the world that Kimmel has somehow bewitched the strange, almost sublimely sexy, wicked funny comic Sarah Silverman to go steady with him. This fills me with envy and resentment. Trouble in LindsayVille?
June 11, 2007 |
Set me free, why don't you, babe? You don't really love me. You just keep me hanging on, you dirty rat. Not only Vanilla Fudge fans will hear echoes this morning of the heavy-metal soul anthem that ran through the first part of last night's Sopranos finale. Creator David Chase just cut to black - ending his TV masterpiece 100 percent unresolved. Cut to black? Cut to black after a scene so loaded with tension it was more delicious than the onion rings at Holsten's - "best in the state," according to Mr. Anthony Soprano, and who would know better?
April 25, 2005 |
I've always loved diners. I love them because they are the way I want life to be. They're places where everyone is warm and has enough to eat, and even strangers say hello. Distinctions of money and class tend to fade in diners, since no one dresses formally there and plenty on the menu is affordable. Diners welcome everyone. Showing up is all that's required for you to become a regular. You can get the feel of a diner as soon as you enter. Walk in and someone's there to take care of you, showing you a table or handing you a menu, telling you what looks good tonight.
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.
January 5, 2004
If you happen by Gwen Foster's office today in Philadelphia, you'll probably hear a happy chant of "We're No. 7! We're No. 7!" Foster is Philadelphia city government's health and fitenss czar. Mayor Street gave her the job in 2000 shortly after Men's Fitness magazine tabbed Philly as the fattest, flabbiest burg in the land. And he stuck with her through some ridicule and sniping (including the reasonable query as to why a city that supposedly could not afford a tax cut could afford a well-paid fitness czar)