August 26, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Aug. 23, 2016: Craig LaBan: Congrats to all the Philly restaurants that got a shout-out from Bon Appétit's Andrew Knowlton in the magazine's recent best-of-America restaurant issue, including best new restaurant nods to South Philly Barbacoa (No. 5!?), Wm. Mulherin's (Top 50), and Philly Style Bagels, whose lox sandwich was named best sandwich in America (!?) All outstanding places, and I'm glad to see Philly's quality new players get some national attention.
August 8, 2016 |
The growth in local rye has been inspiring for those who see the spicy grain as the pride of Pennsylvania's spirit heritage. Dad's Hat in Bristol and Pittsburgh's Wigle led the charge, followed by Pipersville's Hewn Spirits, Thistle Finch in Lancaster, and the newly revived Kinsey brand in Kensington. And now comes rye from South Jersey. It's fair to assume anything from Cooper River Distillers in Camden would reflect roughly the same terroir as those from just across the river in Philadelphia.
July 17, 2016 |
Between its big amaro collection and its building's history as a whiskey rectifier, I expected the cocktails at Wm. Mulherin's Sons to be more broodingly brown-spirited than they are. But beverage manager Michael Haggerty manages to fuse both the restaurant's Italian spirit and its whiskey roots into one elegant drink that's also crystal clear. And potently deceptive. That's because the Fiore Bianco has plenty of whiskey - but it's white rye from Social Still in Bethlehem, blended with Arneis grappa, a dash of Benedictine and Carpano's white vermouth.
May 15, 2016
The Summer Before the War By Helen Simonson Random House. 473 pp. $28 Reviewed by Katherine Bailey Fans of Helen Simonson's 2010 debut novel, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand , and readers who enjoy fiction steeped in Downton Abbey ambience will delight in The Summer Before the War . Set in the small coastal town of Rye in Sussex during the Great War, the book offers vivid description of town and country...
April 7, 2016 |
Even before James Yoakum opened his distillery in a former garage in downtown Camden, he knew he wanted to offer tastings and sell cocktails. It just took some time for his product line to catch up with his vision. "For the longest time, we only had rum drinks," he said. But after the rum - and spiced rum - came rye, and whiskey produced in small batches as Yoakum and his colleagues at Cooper River Distillers experimented with flavors and recipes. Two years after Yoakum first opened his doors in the converted Fourth Street garage, he has hired three employees and the company has established itself as a favorite happy-hour spot for Camden's daytime workers.
December 18, 2015
ISSUE | 'HUCKLEBERRY FINN' Removing book won't end racism Students at Friends' Central School are uncomfortable with the N-word in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - a novel that Ernest Hemingway regarded as the fountainhead of American literature (" 'Huckleberry Finn' still a school target," Friday). It also discomforts me. I am also discomforted when Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire abuses his wife and rapes her sister. And when Willy Loman commits suicide in Death of a Salesman . The Color Purple is troubling.
January 26, 2015
In beer, as in whiskey, rye is on the rise. But the best versions, as with most trends centered on big personalities, capture that boisterous character in a delicate balance. In the case of rye's signature kick, too many I've tasted let the grain's edgy spice overwhelm. The new Rye IPA seasonal offering from Yards Brewing, however, is a nice exception. The amber brew has a vivid freshness from whole-flower clusters of herbal Chinook hops, followed by Centennial, Citra, Simco and Columbus hops that bring a citrusy, piney brightness to the IPA's bitterness.
August 1, 2014 |
When Robert Cassell first popped onto the spirit scene in 2006 as the master behind Bluecoat gin and Philadelphia Distilling, his company was a pioneer in a Pennsylvania craft distilling movement, that, at the time, numbered just one. Eight years later, after a split with his founding partners, Cassell, 35, is starting anew in a big way, launching an innovative line of stills, chairing the newly formed Pennsylvania Distillers Guild, and firing up...
January 24, 2014 |
Whenever I get the chance to travel to Northern California, there is always great wine. But San Francisco and the nearby wine country, of course, also serve up some of America's best dining - typically the kind setting trends that Philadelphians might see in a year (or two). That gap may be closing, though, based on some of the highlights from my brief eating stops in San Francisco on the way to Sonoma. The fermentation craze (kimchi-pickled everything), local ingredients, craft cocktails, artisanal coffee, and small plates we have.
November 1, 2013
What to eat: Get your deli on at the "best meat on the street" truck. Hot corned beef, pastrami and brisket, grilled chicken, roast beef, turkey, tuna, Reubens, salads, matzo ball soup, knishes, kosher dogs, latkes. We could go on, but we're getting hungry. Suffice it to say, the menu is huge, as long as you're not on a low-carb diet. Details: In a city full of food trucks serving tacos and desserts - and, trust us, we have nothing against tacos and desserts, particularly in that order - Reuben on Rye is a nice change of pace.