February 8, 2013
LET'S PLAY a few bars. Y'know, beer-drinking songs - the kind of music that gets the crowd dancing with a bottle raised in the air. You take a gulp, grab a girl and start a little movement in your sacroiliac. If you don't know how to do it, Chubby Checker sang in his timeless "Hucklebuck," man you're out of luck. Lou Capozzoli was wailing the tune on his sax last weekend with the Rage Band at Ray's Happy Birthday Bar. The Passyunk Avenue joint was swinging, and I was reminded that there is no more sublime pleasure than drinking and singing.
February 26, 2012 |
Red Sox starters will have to wash down their fried chicken with soft drinks this season after new manager Bobby Valentine established dry ground rules for the clubhouse and road trips. The team will ban alcohol in the clubhouse and on the last plane flight of trips, Valentine announced at the team's training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday. The move comes as a result of last season's September collapse, a tailspin that included reports of starting pitchers drinking beer in the clubhouse on their off-days rather than joining their teammates in the dugout.
December 15, 2011 |
Chef Arthur Cavaliere, a vet of El Vez and Amada whose last gig here was as executive chef at Parc, has landed in East Falls with In Riva (4116 Ridge Ave., 215-438-4848, www.in-riva.com ), a Southern Italian specializing in wood-fired pizzas and antipasti. In Riva - as in "by the river," playing off its location off Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill - is a partnership with developer Mark Sherman. Interior designer Shannon Willis has done a smashing job with the first floor, which has a high ceiling, cinderblock walls, and a concrete floor.
August 11, 2011
LIKE DINOSAURS, the dodo and disco, some beer goes extinct, too. It's a result of evolution, of course: The fittest survive while the weak disappear. Typically, the lost ones were obscure regional varieties that fell under the weight of widely distributed brands. Others were best-sellers that simply lost favor as tastes and customs changed. Dortmund Adambier, Pennsylvania Swankey, Grodziski, Broyhan, Kentucky Common - one can't help feel a bit of nostalgic regret for the forgotten names.
February 13, 2010 |
They are a throwback to the 1950s. Elvis Presley. Root beer floats. Drive-in movie theaters, and smooching in the backseat. Ah, nostalgia. The drive-in hamburger joint. Sonic, which calls itself the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, has come to a neighborhood near you - six in metropolitan Philadelphia, including Bensalem, Levittown and the Northeast, as well as Audubon, Camden County, and Hainesport. The latest Sonic opened Feb. 1 in Feasterville on Bustleton Pike, at County Line Road.
August 16, 2009
Nothing beats a frosty mug of freshly pumped root beer hanging off a car window tray at one of South Jersey's genuinely old-school Weber's Drive-Ins. And few things could make me happier than the resurgence of more artisan renditions of root beer, which has suddenly become the country's hottest liquid flavor du jour. Among the best local examples is a crisp non-alcoholic draft from Downingtown's Victory (on tap now at Varga bar), and an herbaceously homemade brew at Chifa, which gets poured over horchata ice cream for an exotic Nuevo Latino float.
May 24, 2007 |
An Unser driving for A.J. Foyt at Indianapolis . . . for longtime Indy car fans, it doesn't get any better. Foyt is a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner. The tempestuous Texan collected the most Indy car wins ever (67). Al Unser Jr. is a two-time Indy 500 winner. His father also won the prestigious race four times. That Al Jr. is back behind the wheel of a race car that travels more than 220 mph is both heartwarming and scary. Al Unser Jr. is an alcoholic, who only recently stopped drinking.
October 8, 2005 |
What are the boys on the tour bus drinking? If they're the boys of Fall Out Boy, who bring the Nintendo Fusion Tour to the sold-out Electric Factory tomorrow and Monday, the drink is probably root beer. Three of the Chicago band's four members, all in their 20s, are straight-edge. Pete Wentz, FOB's bassist and lyricist explains: "A lot of my friends were into punk- rock and drinking. At some point, I realized America is frat-boy culture. There's even one in the White House.
June 14, 2005 |
The 700 people yawning on the hard chairs of the Cape May Convention Center early yesterday will sell the trinkets, wait the tables, check the beach tags, and clean the hotel rooms for the tourists who will pack the Jersey Shore this summer. And the man in front of them, leading the "Shore to Please" Customer Service Training Program, preached the gospel as sponsored by New Jersey's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority: Smile! Stand up straight! Be kind to those people who pump $32 billion into the state's economy annually!
March 17, 2005 |
Brews, beers and fountain delights were the focus of much of the opening weekend of the 21st edition of the Book and the Cook. Walk-in waves of locals and tourists, many with toddlers in tow, savored root beer floats and other soda fountain treats at the retro Franklin Fountain on Market Street on Saturday. Youngsters eagerly lent helping hands to crank fresh mango ice cream made from author Lari Robling's cookbook, Endangered Recipes: Too Good to Be Forgotten. Robling baked her own buttermilk pies for the event, to complement the fountain menu.