January 12, 2016 |
Joy Tsin Lau, the Chinatown eatery where 100 lawyers and law students were sickened in February, received another scorching helping of criticism last week from the city health department. The dimsum restaurant "does not have adequate refrigeration equipment (or the) capacity to maintain all refrigerated foods at a temperatore of 41 degrees or below," department inspector Thomas Kolb wrote on Thursday. Temperatures over 41 degrees promote the rapid growth of potentially toxic bacteria.
January 11, 2016 |
Elizabeth LaBan is taking a risk. She's publishing a novel about a subject that's close to home. Or rather, lives in her home. LaBan's husband is Craig LaBan, whose name you certainly recognize if you're reading this publication. Her latest novel is The Restaurant Critic's Wife , about Lila, a hotel crisis manager, and her food-critic husband, who is obsessed with not only his job, but keeping his identity a secret. So how true to life is it? LaBan, who appears at the Free Library on Tuesday, talks about separating fact from fiction and why she can't share pictures of her family on Facebook.
January 1, 2016
Ruby Cavanaugh, 93, the woman whose love for 1940s music and culture inspired her son to create a chain of diners in her name, died Sunday in Tustin, Calif. "Ruby was known for her quick smile, warm personality and inner strength," the Ruby's Diner restaurant chain said in a statement Tuesday. "Her friends could count on her for warm support during their own trials and tribulations, and more than anything she put family first. " Ms. Cavanaugh was born in Jefferson City, Mo., and moved with her family to California in 1936.
December 28, 2015 |
What follows is a summary of the restaurants reviewed this year, primarily on Sundays, but also in Thursday Food features. As always, there were second chances and revisits to a handful of restaurants to check for improvement. I went back to six places that seemed within striking distance of a rating change - those are designated with an asterisk. Good news there: One stepped up from two to three bells (Aldine), one moved from one to two (Ardé), another climbed out of the no-bells basement (Bonchon)
December 23, 2015 |
At 15, Amol R. Kohli began working as a server at his neighborhood Friendly's restaurant in Voorhees. While in high school, he scooped ice cream, washed dishes, and was a host, a cook, and eventually a shift supervisor before heading to college. Twelve years later, Kohli now owns 10 Friendly's restaurant franchises in South Jersey and Pennsylvania. He opened his ninth Friendly's on Monday at the Voorhees Town Center, and will open a 10th next month at the Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood.
December 20, 2015
In a review Sunday of the restaurant Kanella South, the name of the chef and owner, Konstantinos Pitsillides, was wrongly given. The section was printed in advance.
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.
December 8, 2015 |
The doctors would look at Vince Iannelli's medical report and then up at him and wonder if they had the right guy. The man in the medical report was riddled with cancers that had invaded his prostate, lungs, liver, and bones. The smiling, happy-go-lucky man before the doctors didn't look as if he'd been sick a day in his life. "He had an inner spirit," his sister Donna Iannelli said. "I would say to the oncologist: 'Look at my brother. I see you don't believe the report.' " Vincent T. Iannelli, 68, who operated a pizzeria and bakery at Ninth and McKean Streets in South Philadelphia called Captain Pepperoni and the High Rollers, died Saturday, Nov. 28. At its height in the late '70s and early '80s, Captain Pepperoni's was possibly the liveliest eatery in South Philly.
November 13, 2015 |
In the scramble for the newest thing, the personal connection between chefs and diners can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. That's why some Philadelphia-area restaurateurs are taking inspiration from their own lives, both in their decor and cooking and in reconnecting with customers in interesting ways. From its inception, Midtown Village newcomer Bud & Marilyn's was conceived as a throwback to owner Marcie Turney's grandparents' restaurant in Wisconsin. "My grandfather was the cook, and my grandmother ran the front.