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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.
NEWS
January 7, 2016
OVER THE WEEKEND, I read a column on philly.com by Christine Flowers. It was about Bill Cosby and William Lynn. In it, the author wrote that Lynn was charged under a law that does not apply to him. That is not correct. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled, in Lynn's case, that Lynn could be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Since the author's incorrect statement of the law seems to be the basis for her conclusion that Lynn was convicted of a crime he did not commit, the entire column - as it relates to Lynn - is false.
FOOD
January 1, 2016 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Food Critic
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Dec. 29, 2015: Reader: Could you suggest a spot for lunch where out-of-town friends can experience our exciting restaurant scene, sip good wine, talk and linger? (Walking distance or short ride from the Palomar would be ideal.) They love fresh seafood. Craig LaBan: Well, there are lots of good lunch options - including some with good wine - within walking distance of the Palomar: the Oyster House (serious local flavor, great seafood and wines to match)
NEWS
December 27, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
While I'm away, readers celebrate mothers-in-law. I was in a marriage that ended sadly but amicably. I've kept in touch with my mother-in-law, with whom I had become quite close, in spite of the fact that we were two very different women. About two years ago, I was going through a difficult financial and emotional time. I don't know if she heard through my ex-husband or just sensed it, but she knew I needed help. She sent me an email: "When you and [son] parted ways, you asked me to hold on to your engagement ring.
FOOD
December 18, 2015
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: We just canceled our plans to go skiing in the Poconos next week because, well . . . there's no snow. We're still heading up there for a northern jaunt, and since I won't have much else to do but eat, I'd love some recommendations for good Poconos restaurants (is there such a thing?). I'll report back. Reader: The Poconos are a good 15 years behind the rest of the civilized world, but there's a really nice breakfast place called the Terra Cottage Cafe about a mile past the main entrance to Jack Frost/Big Boulder.
FOOD
December 4, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Food Critic
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)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 19, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
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.
FOOD
November 6, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
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.
FOOD
October 30, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
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)
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