October 18, 2013
ALL YOU'VE got to do is punch the name of your favorite establishment into Google to realize just how many self-styled restaurant reviewers there are out there. Yelp. OpenTable. TripAdvisor. Urbanspoon. Blogs blogs blogs. Everyone's a critic, only half of them liked the scallop risotto and a fair contingent found the Nordic-inspired small plates to be "more miss than hit. " While plenty of people planning an evening out are able to rise above the e-racket caused by a bunch of overstuffed people screaming inside a tiny epicurean echo chamber, the question remains: How do those offering all these opinions distinguish themselves?
October 7, 2013 |
I have a hard enough time compromising on "where/what to eat" with my two boys and husband when we are standing in the middle of the fifth-largest city in the United States, brimming with options. We may have our four differing opinions on what we want to eat, but we all agree good, tasty, healthy food trumps anything else. So it's no surprise that road trips pose a higher degree of difficulty in that process. On a recent nine-hour drive to Toronto, all of our time was spent on state turnpikes and thruways littered with the same fast-food chains that quite literally repulsed us at every turn.
September 13, 2013
* A fine weekend weather forecast pairs beautifully with the 17th annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration, Saturday through Sept. 22 (609-884-5404, 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org ) at locations around the Victorian-centric Shore town. Highlights include a Bourbon Tasting Dinner, Harvest Food & Wine Tasting, A Taste of Cape May at Convention Hall, Chefs' Dine-Arounds and a Cape May Clambake at Hawk Haven Vineyard. Prices vary. * Shiver our timbers. Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, probably at a bar near you but also at participating Krispy Kreme bakeries ( KrispyKreme.com )
September 10, 2013 |
Angelo Lutz is gambling again. This time, the ex-mob associate hopes to avoid prison. The former cook for mob boss Joey Merlino has found culinary stardom in South Jersey's BYOB capital, Collingswood, since his release in 2008 from prison, where he served seven years for racketeering, gambling, and extortion. Now, Lutz is wagering he has the recipe for even bigger restaurant success. He is moving his 11-table Kitchen Consigliere Cafe from cramped side-street quarters on Powell Lane to a venue three times the size a couple of blocks away at Collings and Haddon Avenues, in the heart of the business district.
September 4, 2013 |
LEEDS POINT, N.J. - It was raining on the last official day of the unofficial summer season, but that didn't stop Bob Barron of nearby Absecon from tying up his 20-foot Grady-White on the docks at the Oyster Creek Inn for an early dinner. "I wouldn't miss it," said Barron, 57, who admitted he was unsure whether it was the food, the rustic ambience, or simply the adventure of getting to this place, situated at the edge of the salt marsh, that gave him such determination to get himself and two of his friends there by boat on Labor Day. "We could have driven here by car, I guess . . . but that's not our Labor Day tradition," said Barron.
August 24, 2013 |
It takes a network, it seems, to open an up-to-date restaurant in places like Wayne and Wilmington these days. Scott Morrison , a veteran Main Line restaurateur whose more successful partnerships include Nectar in Berwyn, and software entrepreneur Vince Schiavone , who lives near Wayne but commutes every week between his two companies, ListenLogic , in Conshohocken, and Akuda Inc. , in San Jose, Calif., have taken on "community partners"...
August 22, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I am a twice-divorced woman who has never been good at choosing the men in my life. Two years ago, I met a man who is 12 years my senior. He is sweet, thoughtful and caring, and would do just about anything for me. What started as companionship has turned into a full-blown love affair. The problem is that he is married. His wife has a chronic disease and other medical problems. The way he cares for her is what attracted me to him in the first place. He spends what time he can with me, but mostly he is there for his wife.
August 9, 2013 |
More than 200 Chinese takeout restaurants in the city's poorest neighborhoods - most with kitchens behind bulletproof glass - are participating in a program to reduce the salt in their cooking, according the City Department of Public Health. In an effort to lower high blood pressure, and, in turn, the number of heart attacks and strokes, the health department is partnering with Temple University's Center for Asian Health, the Asian Community Health Coalition, and the Greater Philadelphia Chinese Restaurant Association to encourage some of the city's 400 Chinese takeout restaurants to use less salt.
July 22, 2013 |
The jury is still out on whether consumers pay attention to calorie counts posted on fast-food menus, but some early evidence suggests that the restaurants do - or at least want patrons to think that they do. With nutrition labels on chain menus set to go nationwide by the end of the year, the effectiveness of an approach that aims to reduce obesity simply by increasing awareness is of keen interest to scientists. The results of a new pilot study, among the first to examine how fast-food chains have responded nationally, are intriguing but mixed.