June 17, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of June 14, 2016: Craig LaBan: Here's one notable update from the Department of Disappointments: Isn't it especially sad when a longtime reliable favorite begins to slip and then keeps going? Such appears to be the case with Tiffin, the once stalwart Indian take-out specialist. . . . Tiffin hit a new low when we decided to give it one more try via take-out last night. . . . Food was not very hot, and it had even less flavor.
June 7, 2016 |
Friendly and outgoing personality are words often used to describe Jabril. The 14-year-old has a great sense of humor and delights in making you laugh. His brilliant smile draws people to him. Smart, curious, and resilient, Jabril is an avid reader and thinker. This teenager has many talents. He is very good with numbers and details. In addition, he is artistic and loves to draw. He enjoys watching Naruto video games and then drawing the various characters. Other favorite activities include playing chess and collecting and trading Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
June 6, 2016 |
Bill Lyon has done it again, striking a chord with readers. Soon after the legendary retired Inquirer sports columnist disclosed he is battling Alzheimer's disease in a piece posted on Philly.com Saturday, and slated for publication in the Sunday Inquirer, a torrent of support from readers followed. Lyon's column, " My Alzheimer's fight: Never, ever quit ," has been shared on Twitter and Facebook, and emailed from friend to family. Online, commenters wrote in to celebrate the sportswriter, to cheer on his fight, and to thank him for sharing his experience.
May 30, 2016
Last month, I asked readers about airplane etiquette and what rules are needed. "My worst experience on an airplane? That has to be the woman in business class who drank so much that she physically and verbally attacked the gentleman sitting next to her," wrote Christine in Pennsylvania. "Her curses could be heard all the way back in economy class. " My friend Katherine found a soiled diaper in the seat pocket. Really? Someone thought it was OK to leave it there? One person was on a plane where a teen choir sang for half the flight from Dallas to Philadelphia.
May 27, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 24, 2016: Craig LaBan: Last weekend I hosted a crawfish boil for my block for the first time in a few years. We flew in 100 pounds of fresh crawfish from Lafayette ( www.CajunGrocer.com is a fantastic, affordable, reliable source for next-day UPS deliveries), some real andouille, boiled links of porky boudin, and spice-crusted cracklins from my favorite Louisiana butcher shop (the Best Stop in Scott). I fired-up my old 60-quart boiling rig, dusted off my trusty golf driver (a secret weapon for stirring the pot; golfing, less so)
May 27, 2016 |
Editor's note: This week, we respond to reader letters: Q: I'm convinced you either make this [all] up or you pick the most obnoxious, dumb questions. Top or bottom in anal sex? Really? We've fallen so far down the drain it's embarrassing. Can't you save that [stuff] for Penthouse or something? It's really disgusting for a family paper . . . Sorry, but I think you're both slobs. Steve: Not dealing with sex is a bad idea. Communication improves all facets of life. Mia: Yo, potty mouth.
May 26, 2016
PHILADELPHIA'S soda tax has been the subject of cheers and jeers from Democratic presidential candidates, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a slew of pundits on both sides of the issue. If only Philadelphia's deep poverty crisis and the near-destruction of our public schools at the hands of former Gov. Corbett had garnered this much attention. Our city finds itself at a crossroads between new prosperity and the abject poverty that plagues one out of four of our neighbors.
May 24, 2016
Effective today, the price of the single-copy daily Inquirer will increase to $1.50, our first single-copy price increase in five years. The price increase will not affect home-delivery subscriptions. In taking this action, we guarantee that the Inquirer will continue to provide the most in-depth news coverage of Philadelphia, the surrounding Pennsylvania suburbs, and South Jersey. We have also bolstered our commitment to public-service journalism by adding a new investigations and projects editor, and combining the investigative teams of the Inquirer and Daily News.
May 20, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: I've been loving the unexpected trend of meals built entirely from skewered meats, as you can tell from my enthusiastic review last weekend of Saté Kampar, the fun and evocative Malaysian spot on East Passyunk that's grilling its skewered meats (try the goat) over imported coconut shell charcoal. Add in Double Knot and Sansom Kabob House, and this year's definitely been a United Nations of tasty international skewers.
May 13, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 10, 2016: Craig LaBan: We held the Inquirer's seventh annual Brew-vitational Competition for local beers at the paper earlier in the week. The private tasting event was our biggest to date, with 35 breweries and 64 beers. I can't divulge any results until our special Brewvi package in the Inquirer Food section June 2. But I had a tremendous panel of judges and there were some big surprise winners. A blind competition always delivers a few. You'll be able to taste most winners June 3 at Opening Tap at the Fillmore, which launches Philly Beer Week . Lovers of sour beer - our featured style this year - will rejoice.