April 18, 2016 |
MODENA, Italy - As we ascended the winding stairs into the garret of Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, a familiar musky grape aroma wafted over us, one that had we had previously associated with ancient wine cellars carved out of chalky loam. However, it was not wine we were going to taste, but another product of grapes, authentic Balsamico di Modena, the globally renowned vinegar that, in some cases, is so precious it is served via eyedropper. Modena is a city of contrasts. Two prominent buildings pierce the azure Italian sky; the 12th-century white-marble-clad cathedral and the racy, yellow curved roof of the Enzo Ferrari museum.
March 10, 2013
Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic are the authors of the "Dictionary of Jewish Words" and are known as the Word Mavens We've been around long enough so that when we hear about a new trend, we immediately think about the old-school version. That's because everything old is eventually new again. This is especially true in fashion. If we had kept those bell-bottom jeans from 1968, we could have worn them again in 1998. When we saw Jessica Simpson's new beach cover-up in People magazine, we immediately thought it looked a lot like Marcia Brady's 1972 maxi dress.
September 15, 2011 |
Set on the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, with the produce powerhouse of New Jersey at its back door, Cape May is all about food. And with food comes politics. With politics comes discussions and occasionally arguments. The Cape May Forum, a nonprofit that conducts thought-inspiring series on various topics, this year will host "Guess What's Coming for Dinner? The Politics of Food in the 21st Century. " Running Thursday to Sunday and Sept. 22-25, the series will cover the Slow Food movement as well as fast food, the business of food, the politics of nutrition, sustainable farming and fishing, dining out, food and health, and "the real cost" of cheap food.
April 2, 2010 |
If you find yourself this holiday weekend with a houseful of energetic young tots and hungry parents, a trip to The Little Treehouse, in Chestnut Hill, will fill some hours with play and feed the crew with organic healthy options for a reasonable bill. Think a Chuck E. Cheese's, slow food, Please Touch Museum mash-up. This concept was the brainchild of owner Rachel Williams. As a mom of three little ones, she wanted a place with the community of a Starbucks but an environment that was tolerant of the behavior of the 5-and-under set, as well as clean and safe.
December 31, 2009
One hot Italian At a hole in the wall called Pasto just east of City Hall you will find arguably the best Italian roasted vegetable sandwich in the city. It is called the Capriciosa. The owner Paola Chiavatti, a child of Abruzzi, bakes the rolls herself - miraculously airy, crisp-crusted ciabatta. She slices boiled russett potatoes and warms them in olive oil with sauteed onion. On goes toothsome broccoli rabe. And thin slices of eggplant, delicately egg-battered and fried. Then roasted peppers.
November 3, 2009 |
WHAT DOES IT take to fuel Phillies relief pitcher Chan Ho Park's 95-mph fastballs? A lot of octopus, according to his wife, Ri-Hye Park. "He likes it stir-fried and spicy," said Park, 34, who married the South Korean baseball star in December 2005. A trained chef - she studied for 2 years at the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, N.Y. - Park is proficient in classic French and Italian techniques. It took her marriage to Chan Ho to connect her with her culinary roots, which are at the heart of "Ri-Hye's Kitchen," a cookbook with 160 recipes published in Korean in her husband's home country.
June 8, 2007
IT WAS A summery afternoon and the Chain Gang was craving crab cakes so we decided to try the new Phillips' seafood restaurant at the Sheraton Hotel at 16th and Vine. "Seems kind of fancy," one Gangster said as we entered. "Seems kind of empty," said another. A few seconds later we learned Phillips was closed for lunch and although we were offered the option of dining buffet-style in the Sheraton lobby, the Chain Gang has standards - the hotel may be a chain, but the lobby wasn't.
July 7, 2005 |
The next time you visit a restaurant, glance around. Is the couple at the next table slicing their steak and lifting meat to mouth without looking at their plates? Were you to ask them just what color is the butter, how does the rice smell, will the string quartet we're hearing match the wine, what would they say? Yet they may have come to this eatery because of a review that described and praised in detail the beef, the butter, the rice. Perhaps, in their haste, the diners allowed the review to savor dinner for them.
October 21, 2004 |
They have followed their symbol, the snail, to Northern Italy by the thousands. Small farmers, fishermen, cheesemakers, peasants and nomads from Africa to Philadelphia have been summoned here from around the globe by the Slow Food movement for a rare international summit of artisanal food producers. Their aim: to forge an international alliance to build alternatives to industrial food production. "Maybe it's not utopian to think that here in Turin we will be able to lay the foundation for a network of food communities," said Carlo Petrini, the charismatic founder of Slow Food who addressed the opening assembly yesterday, "so that we can feel we are not alone.
October 21, 2003 |
On Friday, Americans are being urged to "take back" their time and reject the over-scheduling and stress that has overwhelmed some people. In the next two commentaries, the root of our time shortage is explained, and a writer tells how she has traded material goods for a life rich with activities, family and friends. By John de Graaf Most Americans say their lives feel like a rat race. Millions of us are overworked, over-scheduled, overwhelmed, just plain stressed out. Despite the promises of leisure made when the computer era was just beginning, we're working harder and longer than ever.