August 9, 2014 |
You don't have to go to the Shore to hit the beach. Families can enjoy a custom-built beach, boardwalk, and more at Penn's Landing Marina's new Spruce Street Harbor Park from now through Aug. 31. Visitors can stroll along an imported oceanfront boardwalk with concession stands, a shuffleboard game course, arcades, and more. Get a seat-side view on the Harbor Park's Urban Beach, with umbrellas and lounge chairs and beachlike pebble sand. On the west side of the park, stretch out and sway in the wind on oversized hammocks in the midst of trees.
June 26, 2014 |
At Holtzhauser Farms in Mullica Hill, the first peaches are nearly ready for harvest. After a severe winter and cool, frosty spring, they're running about a week and a half late this year - with the harvest set to begin about July 4. But the peaches are "looking great," farmer Tom Holtzhauser said. "I've got about 35 varieties of peaches, and we'll be harvesting into September. " This year's crop is expected to yield up to 35,000 tons of fruit from the state's 5,500 acres of trees - about the same as last season despite the brutal weather, according to the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council, a nonprofit organization of growers, shippers, wholesalers, and associated industries.
May 3, 2014 |
Geldof death: Heroin While the exact cause of Peaches Geldof 's April 7 death is still unknown, an inquest on Thursday found drugs were a factor. "Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death," coroner Roger Hatch said at a brief inquest in England. (A full inquest will be held July 23.) Hatch said Geldof's body was found on her bed by husband Tom Cohen . Geldof's mother, Paula Yates , died in 2000 of a heroin overdose. A bit of sun for Geldof Geldof's grieving dad, rocker and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof , has let a ray of sunshine into his life.
January 22, 2014 |
After a review on the play, The Inquirer's call on which is the tallest U.S. building between Manhattan and Chicago stands corrected. Apologies to civic boosters in Atlanta . . . and readers in Philadelphia. Since the first Comcast employees occupied the Comcast Center in 2008, the newspaper has referenced the cable-TV company's headquarters, an A.M. Stern-designed 974-foot skyscraper, as the tallest U.S. building between Manhattan and Chicago. Oops. That would be true - if the United States' southern border ended at South Carolina.
July 3, 2013
1PINEAPPLES Chock-full of vitamin C, with a whopping 65 percent of the daily recommendation in a 40-calorie half-cup serving. Pay attention to portions, though: Even that half-cup serving has 16 grams of naturally occurring sugars. 2 MANGOES A good source of vitamins A and C, with less sugar than pineapples. A half-cup serving is about 55 calories with 12 grams of sugar. 3 CANTALOUPE A great summer breakfast, this fleshy fruit is also full of vitamins A and C, with only 30 calories per half-cup serving.
May 23, 2013
Faux Pho . . . 3 Netta's Chicken and Rice . . . 2 Peach and Yellow Tomato Pie . . . 2 Village Whiskey Veggie Burger . . . 4 Vintage Wine Bar Veggie Burger . . . 4
October 1, 2012 |
Sometimes the stars align, and sometimes they collide. And sometimes they do both at once. We begin when Daughter Francesca and I get invited to speak at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., about our coming collection of the columns, which is titled Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim . Francesca thought of the title, which is very funny unless you happen to be the emotional baggage. That would be me. I don't mind being her emotional baggage. On the contrary, I like being a big heavy thing she totes around, like a guilt backpack.
September 13, 2012
Excerpts from Craig LaBan's online chat Tuesday: Good afternoon, my hungry friends, and welcome back to our weekly romp through the edible and drinkable wonders of Philly's food scene. Congrats to Christina Wilson, the ex-Mercato chef and South Philly resident who won Hell's Kitchen last night. I despise the show, but it sounds like she actually got a real job out of it (executive chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas), so hats off to her for enduring the gauntlet of reality TV to get there.
August 10, 2012 |
Ethel L. Brooks had a strong urge to take Allen Iverson over her knee. Ethel was a devoted 76ers fan, one of those enthusiasts who know all the players and statistics, and she didn't like the way the brilliant but controversial guard treated her team. Such inexcusable behavior, running off to the Denver Nuggets, the Detroit Pistons, and some team in Turkey! "I wish I was his grandmother," she once said. "I'd knock some sense into him. " Ethel met Iverson once, at a casino in Atlantic City, but that was before the controversy, and he couldn't have been nicer to her, her family said.
August 9, 2012
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: I've been loving all summer produce that's around us this time of year, and took the family peach picking in Jersey, at Conte Farms in Tabernacle. I did my best to put a dent in the 22 pounds of ripe fruit we picked (in 10 minutes!) before the tractor returned. Reader: Where is the best place in Philadelphia to get artisan cheeses? My friends suggest I move to Bucks County, where I will be a short train ride away from Brooklyn where they have the best artisan cheeses.