June 5, 2008 |
With her granddaughter on her lap, Marilyn Russo presses the pedal on the golf cart and heads off to the fields on a sunny afternoon. Passing the plastic-wrapped hothouses with tomato plants reaching the ceiling, and the stands of apple and peach trees starting to bud, and the rows of pea plants beginning to blossom, she pulls up to the six acres of strawberry fields and stops to investigate the clumps of fruit hanging beneath the dark green leaves....
September 27, 2007 |
He dreamt up one of the world's biggest groups (Black Eyed Peas), penned and produced songs for some of the top albums of the last year (from Justin Timberlake, the Pussycat Dolls, John Legend and Fergie). And this week he released his first true solo CD, tagged with the populist title "Songs About Girls" and festooned with the shiny-sounding hit "You Know What It Is. " So why does the juggernaut that is Will.i.am sound so irked? Give him a second and he'll explain - heatedly.
September 13, 2007 |
Joan Witter strides along Walnut Street just east of the bustling 52d Street corridor and stops at a facade painted with Caribbean flags. "You can smell the islands in here," she tells me eagerly. And as she opens the door to the Walnut Supermarket, a breeze tinged with salt fish, ripening plantains and exotic spice greets my nose like a trade wind. As we head inside this sprawling market, it's clear that it caters to a broad clientele, with bulk bins of gari (cassava meal) from Ghana, bags of giant smoked shrimp, and jars of Senegalese peanut butter for the African crowd.
June 7, 2007 |
This salad is an easy meal to make and serve in 30 minutes or less. It also is perfect picnic fare, conveniently made ahead, marinated for up to 24 hours, and served chilled. Shrimp Salad With Sugar Snap Peas Makes 4 to 6 servings 1. For the vinaigrette, in blender, puree the cilantro, scallions, vinegar, honey, cumin, lime (reserve the squeezed halves) and garlic. With blender on, add the oil in a slow, steady stream. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.
March 29, 2007 |
WHILE MOST people ponder the important questions of life like "Why am I here?" and "Why is the sky blue?" Tattle wonders: "Are more celebrities driving under the influence?" "Are we more aware of celebrities driving under the influence?" Or "Are there just too many celebrities?" The latest to get pulled over was Taboo (aka Jaime Luis Gomez) of the Black Eyed Peas, who was arrested on, what else, suspicion of driving under the influence. The crash was probably a clue.
August 11, 2006 |
ALL PROFESSIONS have a few people combining big egos with small talents, but no part of human life boasts a greater percentage of incompetents than political leadership. In sports, losing coaches get fired and failing players get cut. Business CEOs who lose money lose their jobs. Even in organized crime, low performers get whacked or imprisoned. So why do voters elect and even re-elect incompetents? The Peter Principle is one reason: Political leaders competent at low levels win election to jobs beyond their abilities.
January 31, 2006 |
Sunday afternoon is an odd time to present a flamenco show, since this art form is traditionally associated with the night. And Verizon Hall, a large theater with a shallow stage and virtually no wings, hardly seems like an ideal venue. Yet on Sunday between 3 and 5:30 p.m., the Paco Pe?a Flamenco Ensemble made its Kimmel Center debut with an intimate, emotionally stirring performance that brought the capacity crowd to its feet, screaming as if for a favorite rock-and-roll band. An internationally recognized flamenco guitar virtuoso, composer and teacher, Pe?a, 62, has had his own touring company since 1970.
December 28, 2004 |
A 48-year-old tugboat crewman from Toms River, N.J., was presumed dead yesterday after he apparently slipped off an icy barge into the Delaware River near Pea Patch Island. Marine units from Delaware and New Jersey scanned the waters off the island for nearly four hours before calling off the search. The air temperature was in the low 20s - 8 degrees with the wind-chill factor - and authorities said they did not believe anyone could survive such frigid conditions for long. "If he did fall in the water, he's not going to survive with that amount of time in the water," said Dave Carpenter Jr., spokesman for New Castle County (Del.
April 20, 2004 |
By the time Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. got around to inviting the Black Eyed Peas back on stage and asking the crowd at the Electric Factory to prepare for "the craziest party in history," the party was almost over. Along with Chad Hugo, Williams is half of the Neptunes, the most successful production team in current pop, with hits for artists ranging from Britney Spears to Busta Rhymes. With N.E.R.D. - an acronym for No One Ever Really Dies - Williams, Hugo and rapper Shae get to play at being rock stars.
April 2, 2004 |
What a relief! The lilacs are budding, the forsythia and willows delicately paint touches of yellow into the landscape. Bunches of daffodils bloom their little hearts out in a sheltered corner. The groundhog was too accurate this year. The onion snows came, but the onions weren't there to welcome them. My Lancaster County aunt, gone now for decades, never failed to head for the garden on St. Patrick's Day come rain, snow, sleet or hail to make sure those onions and peas were properly planted.