July 3, 2014
B UZZ: Hey Marnie, what kind of red should I get for our July Fourth block party? Someone said malbec is good with burgers. What do you think? Marnie: Don't get me wrong, Buzz - I love malbec, and Argentine wines are getting lots of love as the World Cup has all eyes on South America. Call me old-fashioned, but I think there's no better occasion than Independence Day for celebrating with American wine. Style-wise, merlot is perfect for barbecues, beaches and backyards.
June 3, 2014 |
Halfway through his set at the Festival Pier on Saturday night, after trading verses with Black Thought of the Roots on "Nuthin' But a G Thang," Snoop Dogg said a few words. "I'd like to thank the Roots for inviting me to be part of this prestigious event," said the lanky California rapper, resplendent in a red throwback Phillies cardigan that matched the knit cap worn by Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. "It's the seventh year, right? Lucky seven for me. " And lucky, too, for attendees of this year's Roots Picnic, the now-traditional start to the summer concert season.
June 2, 2014 |
Philadelphia dropped a beach - and the beat - on Festival Pier on Saturday for the seventh annual Roots Picnic. The pier, blanketed in sand, with a boardwalk running between two riverfront stages and the smell of marijuana and suntan lotion in the air, drew more than 6,000 for the sold-out show. The concert, along with a Friday show, kicked off the summer music season at the river. While many enjoyed the beach feel (complete with Calypso band and man-made sand dunes along the Delaware)
January 31, 2014 |
A scenic ribbon of green was created along the Cooper River in 2000 to improve the view for travelers heading to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The lush expanse of meadows and woods supplanted the strip of go-go bars, gas stations, and rooms-by-the-hour motels on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard's south side. Built by the Delaware River Port Authority 13 years ago with breathtaking speed (then-Gov. Christie Whitman saw to that), this lovely place is still fenced in, blocked off, and locked up. But thanks mainly to the good work of grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the barriers may come down soon.
September 11, 2013 |
Jean Davidson and the Ridley Township Democrats say they just wanted to have a picnic. Turns out that the Delaware County municipality has an ordinance that prohibits the use of parks by "profit-making organizations or for any religious or political purpose. " The Democrats' request to hold the picnic was denied. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union has written to township officials challenging the constitutionality of the decision. The township is using the ordinance "to suppress political opposition," said David Landau, Delaware County Democratic chairman.
August 23, 2013 |
THEY SAY life's a picnic. It can be if you heed our advice and fill up that basket, toss in a favorite quilt or vintage throw and head for the outdoors. Picnicking is a great way to relax, nosh on some terrific eats and enjoy a sun-filled afternoon lunch or early dinner. Picnics can be about the food, the venue, the company - or all three. With that notion in mind, here are some tips to help plan the perfect picnic. Unless you're planning for a crowd, there is no need to spend days cooking.
August 16, 2013 |
Q: My husband and I were one of those couples. In each other's hip pockets. We did everything together. We cooked together, cleaned together and even shopped together. He worked from home and I didn't work. We made love every day. That job disappeared, and we had a rough patch financially. Now he has found a fantastic job. Tons of money and I should be grateful. I am not. He is gone 10 to 12 hours a day. He loves his new job, and I fill my day doing alone everything we did together.
August 9, 2013 |
From the byways to the beach, almost any summer meal is better out of a basket. A picnic repast can be as elegant as an orchestra concert under the stars, as simple as a seaside sunset, or both. All it takes is a little planning to fine-dine in your bathing suit. One of my favorite alfresco meals is a store-bought veggie hoagie with eggplant, sharp cheese, broccoli rabe, and roasted long hot peppers, served with a bag of chips and a beer. It's delicious, can be eaten with no plate, and holds up for several hours even in warm weather - considerations that guide me in planning home-cooked menus for meals away from home.
June 7, 2013 |
I pulled into the muddy lot between the train tracks and the old sandwich shack, and John Bucci Jr. was waiting. It was after hours at John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia, but his clean white apron was pulled taut around his waist. And as the garlicky smell of roasting picnic hams rubbed in rosemary wafted from the luncheonette to greet me, Bucci pumped his fists skyward and broke into a victory dance. "You're back!" he said. But the shocker here was that John Bucci Jr. was back - and glowing healthy against tall odds.
June 6, 2013 |
When it comes to packing a picnic basket, sandwiches are almost always the stars. And why not? They are easy to eat, require no utensils, pack well, and are versatile enough to keep everyone happy. And for the rest of the meal, we tend to lean toward yet more finger food - chips, cookies, hopefully some fruit. In other words, lots of carbs. But vegetables? Not so much. Sure, carrot sticks, celery sticks, strips of bell pepper, and stalks of broccoli and cauliflower are every bit as handy as a sandwich.