January 8, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Jan. 5, 2016: Reader: Been wanting to go to Fuji for many years. Finally went and loved it. Now I hear it's being sold. Craig LaBan: I'm glad you finally got to Fuji, but this was disappointing news, to be sure. Fuji in Haddonfield - one of my all-time-favorite local restaurants - has changed hands, as Matt Ito sold the restaurant to one of his longtime sushi chefs. Matt is one of the most talented, undersung chefs in the region, and while I understand the 63-year-old might want to slow down, no one cooks a kaiseke like he does.
March 20, 2016
The Abundance By Annie Dillard Ecco. 304 pp. $25.99 Reviewed by Dawn Fallik Annie Dillard is not a quick read. Her writing jumps and twists and streams, and it's up to you to filter her words slowly and find meaning. Annie Dillard is not a simple read. It seems that way at first. She will spell things out for you, but then you've got to assemble the parts. And in her new collection of old essays, The Abundance , Annie Dillard is not for the surface fish.
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.
March 15, 2012
Excerpted from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: It's been a busy seven days for me. Got a chance to taste some fantastically complex and interesting Italian beers from Tuscany's Bruton. And I got my first taste this weekend of DiBruno's excellent nitrate-free bresaola (Lombardy-style salted and air-dried beef) from Larchmont Charcuterie in Westchester County, N.Y., that I hope to visit soon. And while it's expensive ($29.99 a pound) a little goes a long way. This entire sheet of thin slices (right)
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.
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.
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.
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.