August 23, 2013 |
THEY SAY life's a picnic. It can be if you heed our advice and fill up that basket, toss in a favorite quilt or vintage throw and head for the outdoors. Picnicking is a great way to relax, nosh on some terrific eats and enjoy a sun-filled afternoon lunch or early dinner. Picnics can be about the food, the venue, the company - or all three. With that notion in mind, here are some tips to help plan the perfect picnic. Unless you're planning for a crowd, there is no need to spend days cooking.
December 15, 2011
I WAS ASKED TO come up with a list of gifts for the foodies in your life. People like me. I know, I know, we're insufferable snobs who are impossible to buy for. But we're your friends and relatives and you love us, so you have to buy something. I am not, unfortunately, much of a gadget person. If I get one more gimmicky corkscrew - like, say, the Bill Clinton corkscrew I received in which the screw extends from his crotch - I'm going to scream. My old, basic double-hinged waiter's corkscrew works just fine, thank you. And no, I don't want fancy 12-ounce "martini" glasses - simple, classic 4.5-ounce cocktail glasses from the local bar supply store work just fine, thank you. For me, the best gifts are often just the food or drink itself.
December 23, 2010 |
If you remember Frank's Soda Works in South Philadelphia, know the attributes of both the Electric Factory and the Arena, or understand the rivalry between the students at St. Maria Goretti and Girls High, then Philadelphia entrepreneur Fred Lavner has something for you. In August, Lavner launched a line of nostalgic T-shirts and hoodies cleverly named B4 - as in before B'nai Jeshurun Synagogue left Strawberry Mansion for Mount Airy, then...
December 14, 2010 |
AS HAPPENS to most high-school couples, even the musical ones, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens have broken up. "It's nothing dramatic," an unnamed source told E! Online. "There's no third party involved. " "They were together for so long. It just ran its course," said another insider. Sources insist the pair remain friends, and if neither makes a hit film soon, they may work together again as teaching assistants in "High School Musical 7. " Elizabeth Hurley says she has separated from her husband of three years, Arun Nayar . Hurley's tweeted announcement - how else to tell the world you're breaking up and then complain that people are invading your privacy?
December 12, 2010 |
Looking for an unusual gift? Carol and Elliot Schwartz may have just the thing: a print of Erdenheim artist Nancy Beck's painting of a sandwich, not any sandwich but the cholesterol-elevating, gut-expanding Schmitter, grilled at the Linc, the ballpark, and McNally's Tavern, the lively Chestnut Hill dive. The only problem with the print ($200 framed, $90 without) is it makes you seriously hungry. Fortunately, the Schwartzes include a coupon for the gastro-art's inspiration. Their gallery is a short walk from McNally's - longer if you've had a Schmitter and a pint.
June 17, 2010 |
Anthony E. Napoli, 67, of Cherry Hill, a well-known surgical podiatrist in Philadelphia, died of diabetes complications Thursday, June 10, at Virtua Marlton. Dr. Napoli's career happened by chance. In 1963, his fiancee, Roberta Vellozzi, had foot surgery, and her doctors told her that podiatry was a growing field. She mentioned it to her future husband, who immediately started looking into it. The couple married in 1964, and a few months later Dr. Napoli left his job at an insurance agency to study at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland.
February 26, 2009 |
If you'd kept a sharp eye out driving down the easternmost stretch of Girard Avenue last week, you might not have missed the unprepossessing, six-stool lunch counter just past Second that's called Paesano's. Used to be a breakfast joint called Senka's. But Paesano's is a good fit now, the new owner - Peter McAndrews, who runs Modo Mio across the street - having recast it as an homage to "Philly Style sandwiches with Italian inspiration. " Just in time, you could say, the genuine item having been co-opted and roundly abused.
December 18, 2008
No one handles the big boys quite like Claudio's "King of Cheese," the Ninth Street stalwart where the provolones are bigger than some of the customers. It's the pure mass of those 120-pounders, though, which hang sentry in waxy ivory rows of giant "salami" near the front door, that gives this cheese its luster. After a year of dangle time, these gargantuas made in Cremona from rich winter milk take on a luminous tang and trademark texture, with fissures that break into age rings. All the easier to chunk for the extra-sharp holiday platter.
February 28, 2008
Having it all Why waste time trying to choose between flavor favorites when you can enjoy them all at one bite? "Everything" bagel chips include sesame and poppy seeds, bits of onion and garlic, plus sea salt, and are oh-so-good. Almost addictive. That leaves just one dilemma: to shmear or not to shmear these melba-like rounds. Bring along a pig What an adorable - and tasty - appetizer for a party: smoked pork and beef salami fashioned into a little porker. Just one of the many delights at this Russian grocery store in the Northeast.
August 27, 2006 |
Comedy vet Jackie Mason, 75, has filed a $2 mil lawsuit against Jews for Jesus for using his name and image in one of the org's pamphlets. Filed in New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan, the suit seeks the destruction of the pamphlet, which has an image of Mason next to the words "Jackie Mason . . . A Jew for Jesus!?" The pamphlet, which plays with Mason's shoulder-shrugging question-asking shtick, expounds on the similarities between Judaism and Christianity. "While I have the utmost respect for people who practice the Christian faith . . . I am as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami," Mason said.