June 10, 2010
CL: I wanted to pass along a couple of gripes that struck me as odd considering our wealth of beer culture: Why is there no good take-out beer venue in Old City (where Triumph isn't allowed to do growlers, and the uninspired bottle selections at Rotten Ralph's and Nick's Roast Beef are definitely P.C.-pre-craft)? . . . Also, has anyone noticed that Chinatown remains one of the city's last Craft Beer-Free Zones. With all the great Asian beers and beer-friendly food, someone needs to do something about that.
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.
April 29, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Reader: Where is the best Indian food in Philly? Any good options for regular takeout? Craig LaBan: There are a couple more obvious options, like Indeblue and Tiffin. But I find the best authentic Indian food to be in the far western 'burbs, at places like Indian Hut, Bangles, Devi. Recently, though, I've also had good luck at a few spots in town. Try the stylish new Chaat & Chai in South Philly, a colorful small-plater dedicated to street foods, something different, with some modern presentations of South Indian cooking.
May 4, 2012 |
Craig LaBan: Mike Klein and I popped by this adorable little cart, Spot, to try their house-ground burgers, and cheesesteaks. They butcher the meat themselves from a big top round, pretty impressive for a place that's 6 feet long. They've got the system down pat, with someone taking orders beneath the shade of a red awning on the yellow cart, with a grill-master inside sizzling away at warp speed. You know they've got ambitions with ingredients like "mire-poix" (for the meatloaf) and an "Umami" signature burger (excellent, with pickled daikon, mushrooms, and gochujang)
December 20, 1995 |
It's not too late for you to learn before the art of writing dies altogether. Here are some tips and observations from a long-time writing teacher. Write the same language you speak. If you don't say "indeed" or "thirdly," don't write it. Then eliminate words you don't need, like "of all," as in "first of all. " Write in the simplest language. You've never gotten an essay back from a teacher who criticized the smallness of your words. That's because when you use small words people are understanding you and concentrating on your message, which is all you should want.
February 4, 2010
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: I've gotta love a Super Bowl with a culinary theme - I'm planning to make some of my best NOLA dishes this weekend (jambalaya, maybe a gumbo) . . . but can't do that without the proper smoked meats. I'm online ordering from Jacob's Andouille this year, chef John Besh's favorite. In the past, I've had good success with Best Stop in Lafayette, and Cajun Grocer, an excellent online source for all Louisiana products.
September 11, 2015
IN JUST A LITTLE BIT, we'll begin to see Christmas holiday decorations, which start showing up even before Halloween. And along with the strings of lights all over the place will be a set of emotions that accompany the presents we are supposed to give. A recent question from a reader provides an opportunity to talk about gift-giving expectations for all occasions. In this case, an upcoming wedding triggered the gift dilemma. The background: The reader's niece is getting married.
July 22, 2010
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Reader: I was sad to see Bebe's BBQ close in my neighborhood. That closing drove me to revisit Percy Street for the first time since December. Had a great dinner there and was especially pleased by the delicious sides: white bean salad and German potato salad. Craig LaBan: I was sad too, because he made a pretty good 'cue, mostly because of the fantastic rub. I'm not surprised though - the place was inconsistent and seemed to struggle with the basics of running a business.
May 27, 2010
Reader: Coming to Philly on June 14 for four days to see my actor son in Fiddler at Walnut Street Theatre. Any vegetarian organic restaurants of note in that area? CL: Congrats on your son's part in Fiddler on the Roof . If you're looking for straight vegetarian, the nearest one might be Horizons, an inventive and very sophisticated vegan restaurant at 7th and Bainbridge. There are other spots nearby, though, that do good vegetarian things even if the restaurant is not entirely veggie-for one, I'm thinking of Bindi, the nouveau Indian BYO at 13th and Chestnut.
October 4, 2000 |
Vice President Al Gore visited Florida last week, kissed an elderly woman on the head and touted his new campaign tome, "Medicare at the Crossroads. " The booklet outlines Gore's plan to provide prescription drug coverage to all senior citizens - "even middle-class seniors," Gore emphasized - regardless of need. I am sick of this wrinkled pandering. And I am not alone. I don't usually publicize reader mail, but my recent column about government-funded prescription drugs and the burden on younger workers elicited a response seldom reflected in the mainstream media.