December 4, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Dec. 1, 2015: Philly looked fabulous in Creed, the excellent new Rocky spin-off, with lots of details familiar to local foodies, from the scenes at Johnny Brenda's to Rocky's restaurant, Adrian's (Victor Cafe, featured in the previous film, too). But I was especially impressed that they chose to feature a cheesesteak spot far less known than the usual South Philly gang. I went yesterday and can assure you the tourists have yet to find Max's at Broad and Erie (actually on Germantown Avenue at Erie)
December 4, 2015
THE FINANCIAL LIFE of figure skater Debi Thomas, who won a bronze medal in the 1988 Winter Olympics, in some ways mirrors the stumbles she made at those games. As the TV commentator said following Thomas' mistakes in her long program at Calgary, this was "not her best moment. " Nor is her situation today. Thomas lives in a trailer. She has lost her life savings. In a recent appearance on the OWN network's "Iyanla: Fix My Life," she admitted to having a mental-health issue. Unable to pay her bills, Thomas has set up a GoFundMe page to solicit donations to help her and her fiance pay their household bills while they pursue certain career ambitions, including a reality TV deal.
November 19, 2015 |
A MAN ACCUSED of trying to rob a Parkside bank earlier this month was arrested yesterday thanks to a tip from an alert Daily News reader, the FBI said. Heath Marsh, 40, last known to reside in West Oak Lane and in South Philadelphia, appeared in Monday's "Week's Most Wanted" feature that offers rewards for help in apprehending fugitives. The FBI said Marsh entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 52nd and Jefferson streets just after noon Nov. 2. He allegedly barged into the manager's office, displaying a fake bomb and demanding money.
November 6, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Nov. 3, 2015: Craig LaBan: In what might come as a shocker to many, the Vetri group announced last week it is closing its Osteria location in the Moorestown Mall, citing other expansion projects on its table with Pizzeria Vetri and Amis (a branch of which is coming to a new development in Devon). The closure, no doubt, comes as a bit of a blow to those who'd hoped the future of mall dining was getting more ambitious.
October 30, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat. Craig LaBan: Is anyone else bummed over the bad words about bacon, corned beef, hot dogs, and other processed meats issued by the World Health Organization, which on Tuesday warned that eating them regularly can seriously increase your risk of colon and stomach cancer? OK . . . it's not exactly a news flash that we should be moderating our intake of fatty cured meats (and red meats, too, which also got a disapproving glance from the WHO)
October 23, 2015
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Oct. 20, 2015: Reader: I read in The Inquirer that health inspections in Philly restaurants are not published until 30 days after the inspection, as opposed to N.Y.C. and other large cities that are posted immediately. How can this be? What can be done to change this? How do you feel about this problem? I don't want to see others get sick from poor health inspection being withheld for 30 days. C.L.: The Inquirer has done a lot of work to present Philly's restaurant health reports for public scrutiny.
October 20, 2015
DON'T BE MAD at Ebony magazine for its November issue. It's not the editors' fault that the image of the fictional TV family known as the Huxtables on "The Cosby Show" is fractured like a broken window pane. They didn't do it. Their job is to be responsible journalists, not to sugarcoat reality. Guilty or not, we'll never think of the Cos in the same way. That's over. Although he's never been charged with a crime, more than 50 women have stepped forward to accuse the funnyman once known as America's Favorite Dad of sexual assault in encounters dating back decades.
October 16, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: It's worth talking about Michael Matza's front-page story this week about Barbacoa chef Benjamin Miller's quest to force a public dialogue in the local restaurant industry about the plight of undocumented Mexican workers here - including his wife and co-chef, Cristina Martinez. Tequila's owner, David Suro, estimates 1,500 Mexican immigrants work in local kitchens. But where would our restaurant scene be without them?
October 2, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat Of Sept. 29, 2015: C.L.: There has been story after story about the disappointing dining crowds and miscalculations that contributed to what restaurateurs say was their worst September weekend in memory. (There were some bagel cafe and burger shop exceptions, as Michael Klein noted.) Some misplaced derision has been leveled at "greedy" owners who dared to complain, as if it were their moral obligation to forfeit a weekend's revenue.
September 25, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Tuesday, Sept. 22. Reader: Since the weather is starting to get colder in the morning, where is your go-to place for a great cup of joe? Craig LaBan: So many right now. I tend to hover between Menagerie (Old City), Rival Bros. (Fitler Square), and Talula's Daily (Washington Square), with visits to Bodhi (10th Street), Toast (12th Street), Square One (13th Street); and sometimes the new Passero's (800 block of Chestnut Street)