August 30, 2015 |
Electrical contractor Bill Lutz, of Generation 3 Electric Inc. in Philadelphia, has weighed in on the letter from the reader who last week wondered whether the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installation in his attached garage was really overkill. The reader, who had just purchased a new house, said he was surprised to learn that the GFCI in the attached garage also included the overhead lights, but not the light on the garage door opener. The reader suspected that this would impede safety in the garage if someone were in there when the GFCI engaged, and therefore the individual would not have any lighting to get out of the garage or find and reset the GFCI.
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 11, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of March 8, 2016. Craig LaBan: I'm curious to hear updates from the Philly Chefs Conference at Drexel, for which Joy Manning wrote an excellent preview. A lot of big names this year, from Glenn Roberts (of Anson Mills) to pioneering food science author Harold McGee, not to mention Philly's own stars. Highlights? Reader: The conference was a great event for anybody that would like to open a restaurant. It gives you some great insight on what pitfalls to avoid when starting out. But I must say the best part were the lunch spreads: tacos from South Philly Barbacoa, burgers, ramen, I believe, from Kensington Quarters, and the wine, liquor, and beer tastings in the afternoon.
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.
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.