August 26, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Aug. 23, 2016: Craig LaBan: Congrats to all the Philly restaurants that got a shout-out from Bon Appétit's Andrew Knowlton in the magazine's recent best-of-America restaurant issue, including best new restaurant nods to South Philly Barbacoa (No. 5!?), Wm. Mulherin's (Top 50), and Philly Style Bagels, whose lox sandwich was named best sandwich in America (!?) All outstanding places, and I'm glad to see Philly's quality new players get some national attention.
August 21, 2016
We often receive emails from readers with specific travel questions. Here, we'll answer a few: Dear Larissa and Michael: I read your travel tip where you suggest leaving multiple travel adapters at home and only take the adapter needed. I have a question specific to electronics like iPhones, iPads, and the like. With many countries using 240 volts and not 110, what do you pack so you don't ruin your electronics? I currently carry a transformer along with the required adapter, but the transformer is rather heavy.
August 21, 2016 |
I was going to pass on further discussion of tankless heaters until I received an email from Sandy Wardrop, who offered a contrarian viewpoint. I had received a number of responses to my original query about user experiences. "Put me in the 'never again' group," Wardrop said of tankless heaters. Wardrop said the model was a big-name gas brand with no support from a mini-tank - one that is put on a sink to boost availability. The issues: Every time you call for hot water, it emits a burst of gas into the environment as gas is built up to heat the water.
August 1, 2016
Last month I posed this question to readers: Where is the line between political correctness and manners? Do some people use "not being politically correct" as a justification for rudeness? Readers seemed unanimous in thinking that was the case. I agree. Like anything else, the correctness can go too far, but not being politically correct is often a veiled excuse to be just a little bit nasty to someone else. Here's how some of our readers answered: It seems that the term usually is used without any thought to the meaning behind it, merely to justify mean-spirited and generally unacceptable principles ("rudeness," if you will, but that's often contextually too mild a word)
July 29, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 26, 2016: Craig LaBan: What's been making your meals exciting since we last spoke? How are you surviving the crowds, the protest- and motorcade-driven traffic jams, not to mention the heat? Has your dining itinerary been crimped or unaffected (so far) by the big events? Reader : I've got a couple [pictures] of some Pizzeria Beddia pies that will make you drool, thanks to my friend who waited in the downpour on Saturday to reserve our pies.
July 15, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 12, 2016: Craig LaBan: Lots to talk about as we prep for the big DNC convention and its tens of thousands of visitors. You'll be hearing more from me fairly soon on where to send out-of-towners. But I'm curious to know where would you be sending your out-of-town friends if you wanted to impress them with Philly's food scene? Reader: I've been dreaming about a cheesesteak at the SpOt ever since seeing your review.
July 12, 2016
This week we asked readers to dig into their basements, attics, and photo albums to contribute to our Stoops Scrapbook. We received dozens of submissions from the 1940s to the present day, showing families, friends, and neighbors spending high-quality time on their steps. Here are a few choice photos and memories: 1950s. "Have many very old, and some recent pictures sitting on the steps. When growing up in Kensington in the 1960s and later, everyone sat on the steps. No one had central air!
July 11, 2016 |
Not wishing to leave a gap in coverage and wanting to make sure you read our Real Estate offerings every Sunday, I'm continuing last week's discussion of on-demand hot water with the assistance of my readers. Mary Jean Cunningham of Philadelphia says: "We have an oil-fired hot-water heating system with what is called a 'summer-winter hookup' - the oil burner also heats our water, and we have no separate water heater or water tank. "We've had this system with two different oil burners for 30 years and no complaints, no problems at all, and unlimited hot water any time.
July 8, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 5, 2016: Craig LaBan: As you know, I was down the Shore working hard to make sure your summer eats list is in primo beach shape. (See article here. ) Reader: The Red Store in West Cape May is outstanding. What a meal. Has to be one of the best BYO's down the shore. Craig LaBan: No doubt, The Red Store is one of the best restaurants at the Shore. By the way, RS owners Lucas Manteca and Deanna Ebner also own Quahog's, my favorite from this year's roundup of good seafood places.
July 4, 2016 |
You folks are amazing! Reader Jeanne Vasquez asked a few weeks ago about tankless water heaters. I asked you to tell us your experiences. I can run only a few of the 78 responses I received within the first 24 hours. Here are some: "We went tankless in our house a few years ago, when we had to replace our old water heater. "I think we would do it again. We've not had any problems with it, but there are a couple caveats. "Due to the location move (tankless is mounted near gas line/exhaust and wall)