September 22, 2011
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: You all know I love a good, simple farm-market meal, and I scored big this weekend with my first potato-leek soup of the season. Potatoes, leeks, and water are like best friends. Why anyone would ruin this classic French peasant trio with chicken stock or bacon is beyond me. This soup is one of the most sublime examples of simplicity perfected. My version: Potatoes (four large ones, peeled and diced)
May 5, 2011
South Philly's own Frankie Avalon, coming to town for Jerry Blavat's Mother's Day Musical Spectacular at the Kimmel Center Sunday, will stop by the Shoprite in Marlton, N.J., (307 W. Route 70, 856-667-9410) at 2 p.m. Saturday to sign cans of Avallone Tomatoes. That's his mom, Mary, on the label, and the line of Jersey-grown tomatoes belongs to family members. Harry Ochs Prime Meats closed its stand at Reading Terminal Market this week after 105 years. Stand owner Nick Ochs is now head butcher at Main Street Market in Manayunk (4345 Main St., 215-482-9500)
April 7, 2011
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, April 13 to 17 Guest chefs from Lyon and Paris collaborate with local chefs to create special menus. Participating restaurants include: Le Bec-Fin, Bibou, Bistrot La Minette, Caribou Cafe, Fork, Lacroix, Parc, R2L, Rouge, Table 31, and Amuse at Le Meridien Philadelphia. The special menus will be served at dinner April 13 through 17. Contact individual restaurants for reservations. April 14 Tex-Mex Meal: four-courses by pit-mistress Erin O'Shea of Percy Street Barbecue and chef Lucio Palazzo, featuring hominy and tripe soup, sweet corn soup with lime, chile and corn salad, wild boar, tomato and cornbread tamal with fava bean salad, smoked meat platter of beef cheek and tongue, young goat, and house-made chorizo sausage, $35, plus tax and gratuity.
March 17, 2011 |
Charles "Chip" Roman, riding high with his destination BYOB Blackfish in Conshohocken, enters Chestnut Hill this weekend with the refined Mica (8609 Germantown Ave., 267-335-3912). In the kitchen will be Roman's culinary sidekick, Jason Cichonski, formerly of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse. Mica's menu will have no defined concept - they're aiming for "distinctive, gratifying food" served as a three-course prix-fixe menu for $50 and a four-course prix fixe for $60, with four or two options per course.
February 26, 2009 |
Most chefs dream of getting into the fire by opening their own restaurants. Gregory Ott got into a water bath. He and his fiancee, Kellie Boyce, opened Restaurant Rosalie in the central Montgomery County burg of Cedars last month, and his specialty is sous-vide cooking. In sous vide, championed by chefs such as Ferran Adriá and Thomas Keller, ingredients are vacuum-sealed into plastic bags, which are cooked at precise temperatures for precise times, but below the boiling point.
March 26, 2006 |
It's already about 6:30 in the evening, you've just stepped off the train from Philly, or maybe Trenton, and your Broadway curtain's in 90 minutes. Nuts! You get that sinking feeling. It's going to be pizza again from one of the parlors on Eighth Avenue, or hot dogs from the ubiquitous corner vendors on Seventh. Or nothing, no dinner until 10:30. No? Then try this scenario: There you are, perusing the restaurants in midtown - but what to do? You know you can make the curtain, but you're not sure that this place or that is any good, and the prices seem a little out of control for a quick dinner.
January 15, 1999 |
Back when Karen Buchholz's husband, Carl, was a law student at Penn, living at 22nd and Pine streets, and she a mere sales associate at the CoreStates Spectrum, living at 16th and Spruce, dinner at Astral Plane was one of their favorite date-night treats. The fluffy, tufted parachute ceiling, the crimson walls dense with framed sepia and black-and-white photos of old movie stars, the hodgepodge of tables covered in floral, and the chotchkes crammed wherever an offending bit of space allows - it's all still the same.
July 24, 1998 |
ACADEMY SHIFTS GEARS A new deli is coming soon at the venerable Corned Beef Academy, 1605 Walnut St. Keeping its name, the new Academy will fill the void of traditional Jewish delis in Center City and give Queen Village's Famous 4th Street Deli some downtown competition, said Corned Beef Academy owner Howard Nutinsky. Prepared take-out foods and other retail items will be housed in a new storefront and the restaurant will get new hours - no more breakfast. The new focus will be lunch and early dinners.
February 9, 1997 |
Philadelphia Tea Party is a tiny eatery with the courage to take a few chances. The former coffee shop has a Walnut Street location, but it's east of Broad, distanced from the fashionable blocks that are home to many of the city's upscale eateries. Will Philadelphians, even when we know we're in the low-rent end of Walnut Street, expect the sybaritic splash of places like Striped Bass and Susanna Foo? Or will we do what the new restaurant's owners hope we will and look at the '50s plastic and Formica booths and mix-match china as a happy - and affordable - trip down memory lane?
November 6, 1995 |
Ben Franklin was, you might say, Philadelphia's original Party Guy. After all, he included sex (in moderation) on his list of virtues. Modern Philadelphians have more on their minds - like food, drink and dancing. Here are the Daily News' resident experts on these vital subjects. Everyone knows about Le Bec-Fin and Old Original Bookbinder's - and the cheesesteak shrines called Pat's and Jim's. If you live here, subscribe to food and travel magazines, or read travel guides, you're also hip to Striped Bass, Susanna Foo and The Fountain at the Four Seasons Hotel.