February 16, 2015 |
Monday marks the official opening of Bing Bing Dim Sum, serving up panfried pastrami bao, barbecue-mushroom congee, and the biggest soup dumplings this city has ever seen. The buzz is considerable for its debut on East Passyunk Avenue, the hottest restaurant strip in the city. And for 31-year-old co-owners Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh, who opened their first restaurant, the 30-seat Cheu Noodle Bar, less than two years ago, it's an ambitious step. But, once they've been open for three months and gotten Bing Bing's staff up to speed, who knows what's next?
January 26, 2015 |
YOU WON'T find Shane White, 18, a freshman at Holy Family University in Northeast Philadelphia, giving $5 haircuts, manicures or facials today at Bucks County Technical High School to raise money for City of Hope cancer research. But you will find him working the HopeCuts fundraiser at his Feasterville alma mater, supporting the 50 student barbers and cosmetologists trying to raise more than $10,000 for City of Hope like they did in a snowstorm last year. White's expertise is technology, not cosmetology, so he's been networking for months to spread the word about today's $5 HopeCuts, hoping a good crowd shows up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the money goes to support the famous cancer-research hospital in Los Angeles that has clinical-trial research partnerships with Thomas Jefferson University and other Philadelphia hospitals.
January 16, 2015 |
Cocktails in hand, donor guests at the opening of "Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out" at the Franklin Institute hovered around a carving station. Instead of roast beef or turkey, however, the Frog Commissary Catering server sliced away at whole roast cauliflower, plating the "filets" with a dab of smoked tomato coulis and a scoop of kabocha squash, kale, and wheatberry pilaf. It was a convincingly hearty, savory dish for a cold evening, particularly given that the entire event was vegetarian.
December 24, 2014 |
Candles burned on every windowsill. Lights on the large, elegant holiday tree were on a dimmer that was adjusted to suit the manner of the music. So at the Crossing@Christmas concert Friday at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, there was a glow of the familiar in a program that was anything but. Holiday concerts are not occasions for surprise. Yet middling ones arrived via the side door both here and in two versions of Handel's Messiah that showed what different experiences that overfamiliar masterwork can be. The Brandywine Singers and Tempesta di Mare chose the infrequently heard Dublin version Saturday with no conductor at all, while the Philadelphia Orchestra's Sunday Messiah had guest conductor Matthew Halls from the front lines of England's ever-evolving early-music scene.
September 15, 2014 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse from summer break facing a withering indictment of the state's finances: two credit downgrades from Wall Street ratings agencies criticizing poor long-term fiscal planning. The immediate effect, an increase in the cost of borrowing, may not be too burdensome given the current low interest rates. But the downgrades by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings, the seventh and eighth on Gov. Christie's watch, magnify the state's systemic fiscal problems.
September 11, 2014 |
CITY COUNCIL members reconvene tomorrow morning after a sweltering summer hiatus, and they've got lots to do, right out of the gate. Public-school funding and the sale of Philadelphia Gas Works top the agenda. The asset-purchase agreement of PGW and its proposed $1.86 billion sale to UIL Holdings Corp. is being pushed by Mayor Nutter as one of his administration's final initiatives to help fill a $5 billion gap in unfunded pension liabilities. Council members have danced around an answer on whether the sale should go through, saying they await results of an analytical report from Concentric Energy Advisors on the viability of the sale.
August 7, 2014 |
Josh Huff was drafted just one round after Jordan Matthews, and yet he has been lost in his fellow rookie wide receiver's shadow at this Eagles training camp. While the coaches have earmarked Matthews for a starting spot in the slot, and narrowed his playbook load, Huff has been asked to learn every receiver role. "I can't get caught up in all that," Huff said Tuesday. "That's where the coaches want him at and he's doing very well there. . . . On my end, what I can do is learn from his mistakes on the inside while managing my mistakes on the outside.
July 17, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - For three minutes, Joe Torre tried to explain the bewilderment behind Rule 7.13 - an "experimental" provision to prevent home-plate collisions - and concluded with an indictment of the rule that has frustrated both managers and players. "It's not as confusing as I'm making it sound," Torre said Tuesday. Managers and players may disagree. Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, said the rule will not be eliminated after its one-year trial.
June 23, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS - Cole Hamels appeared irked on the mound, and since the Phillies' lefthander declined to speak with reporters after Saturday's 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, catcher Carlos Ruiz provided some insight. "He felt the umpire [Larry Vanover] was a little inconsistent," Ruiz said, "but he was still throwing good pitches and getting people out. " Hamels struck out eight but walked five. He threw 120 pitches, 75 for strikes. The five walks tied a season high and matched the total he had in his previous three starts.
May 25, 2014 |
The breakfast menu at the Oregon Diner on Friday was hard feelings, over easy as the vanquished Democratic candidates for governor met with winner Tom Wolf and party leaders in a unity ritual. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, and Katie McGinty, the former state environmental secretary, and Wolf talked and noshed along with former Gov. Ed Rendell, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the city party. No grand communiques emerged, just a reaffirmation that everybody wants to beat Republican Gov. Corbett this fall.