May 28, 1999 |
Nancy Moses looked around Shank & Evelyn's, at the bustling ballet behind the counter, at the men perched on the nine counter stools, at the folks crammed elbow-to-elbow at the eight tables, and pronounced it "quintessential Philadelphia. " Nancy knows Philadelphia history; she's the executive director of the Atwater Kent Museum, Philadelphia's official history museum. She arrived, helmeted, on a red Yamaha motor scooter. Parked it on the sidewalk (yo, this is South Philly), knew what she wanted for lunch: roast beef combo, side order of greens, diet Pepsi.
November 14, 1990 |
Everyone is gearing up for the annual day-long feeding frenzy known as Thanksgiving dinner. And with all the attention turned toward turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, it's no wonder people give little thought to what to serve the day before. But attention should be paid to Thanksgiving Eve. That's often the day out- of-town relatives and friends arrive. And they need to eat the night before the Thursday feast. What do you serve next Wednesday that won't detract from the coming meal?
March 19, 1986 |
Q. I can't understand why all companies don't print the caloric content of their products on the labels along with the ingredients. Many companies do, but many don't, and I won't buy a product anymore that doesn't provide this information. Keniann MacCombie South Bend, Ind. A. The reason caloric content is absent from most labels is that government regulations do not require it. All that is required is the product's name, the manufacturer's name and address and a list of ingredients in descending order by weight.
April 5, 1989 |
You're convinced that your fellow Phillies fans would go batty over your fabulous grand-slam burger, and you wonder how to get your sandwich into the starting menu lineup for Friday's home opener at Veterans Stadium. Talk to Ron Drake. Ogden Allied's operations manager at the Vet has the last word on which foods and beverages get sold there, and Drake is always willing to act on a good suggestion. But he's the first to concede that not all of his picks turn out to be winners. Take non-alcoholic beer, for example.
August 11, 2000 |
Paul Klein had been in the deli business for quite some time. One slow, maybe 16-hour day, when he found a few spare moments to really put it all in perspective, he realized it had been more than 30 years. Which was a lot of chopped liver. What most people would think of as a job had become a lifestyle filled with demanding hours and overwhelming pressures. A little more than a year ago, he decided to ease his life a bit, and open a deli-restaurant in Center City. He calls it Pumpernick's.
June 23, 1992 |
Ralph Principe wants to know what somebody's done with his 600 pounds of mozzarella cheese. The cheese is missing from Principe's pizza shop in Chester County, along with 60 pounds of pepperoni and a 300-pound meat slicer, police said yesterday. The Great Cheese Heist was Friday. "If I gave you 600 pounds of mozzarella cheese, what would you do with it?" asked Principe, who last month opened Marco's Pizza along Route 100 in Exton. "You wouldn't take it. You wouldn't know what to do with it. " The bewildered Principe, 69, thought he had seen it all at his last pizza shop, which he ran in the Olney section of Philadelphia for nine years.
February 2, 1997 |
For Steven Caltabiano, getting fresh coffee and bagels on the way to work once proved quite a challenge. "There was nothing out here," said Caltabiano, 28, referring to a stretch of Route 322. So Caltabiano, a former construction worker, and his brother Al, 32, decided to take matters into their own hands. Literally. Using their combined construction skills and knowledge of gourmet coffee, the Caltabiano brothers renovated an abandoned garage on Route 322 to create the Commodore Coffee & Bagels shop.
March 27, 2012 |
THE NCAA Final Four consists of three teams seeded No. 2 or higher, and one seeded fourth. That said, you would think that among the more than five million brackets entered in CBSSports.com's tournament pool, a significant percentage would have a perfect Final Four. Think again. Apparently, a lot people go with the No. 1 seeds. According to the website, only 17,979 brackets - out of 5,136,592 - penciled in Ohio State (No. 2, East), Kansas (No. 2, Midwest), Kentucky (No. 1, South)
April 10, 2014 |
THIS WEEK, Philly will be invaded by fans from schools competing in the Frozen Four NCAA ice hockey championships that will be held tomorrow and Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. We'd like nothing better than to give them a real Philly experience. Send then home saying "yo" and "wudder. " There are, of course, the obvious places to visit: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Rocky statue. But hey, a guy's gotta eat. We figure the fans from Boston College, North Dakota, Minnesota and Union College already know about Pat's and Geno's cheesesteak emporiums.
November 24, 2004 |
Remember Mary Poppins? She blew into London with her umbrella high over her head and a strong breeze of change placing her in front of the Bankses' home. That is how I always imagined Mrs. Burns coming into my life. She lived in my suburban neighborhood and was my Mary Poppins, full of light, outrageous, and still proper as a British nanny. I often found her at my kitchen table drinking coffee with my mother, the laughter drifting through the front door as I bounded in after a day in elementary school.