September 29, 2011 |
State Store Pick of the Week Pinot Noir La Merika Central Coast, California $11.99 (sale price through Oct. 23; regularly $14.99) Pinot Noir is a cool-climate grape that thrives in the vineyards near California's Pacific coastline. This one (PLCB Item No. 3934) has more depth and complexity than most under $15 and features a scent of strawberries and raspberries along with a woodsy spice quality. It's terrific with meats and poultry, of course, but can also handle trickier vegetarian or seafood dishes.
August 24, 2011 |
Joey Vento, the impresario of cheesesteaks whose "speak English" sign at his South Philly sandwich shop made him famous to some, infamous to others, died Tuesday of a heart attack. A multimillionaire who started with little more than the change in his pocket, Vento, 71, built his Geno's Steaks into an institution nearly as well known as the Liberty Bell. His arrival on the national stage came via a 2006 controversy, when he erected signs that advised his customers at Ninth and Passyunk that if they wanted to eat, they better order in English.
July 12, 2011 |
Police are looking for a man who knocked down the manager of Jim's Steaks on South Street and stole nearly $32,000 he was taking to the bank. The 60-year-old manager left the cash-only cheesesteak restaurant at Fourth and South Streets about 5:30 p.m. Sunday and headed for his car, which police said was parked at a lot on Bainbridge Street. As he walked down the 600 block of Leithgow Street, a man came out from beside a car, ran toward him, and tackled him, police said. After a struggle, police said, the assailant fled with the bag full of cash.
July 12, 2011 |
It's been a tough week for one of Philadelphia's original cheesesteak shops. Nearly a week after the co-owner of Jim's Steaks, William Proetto, passed away, a 60-year-old manager was robbed over the weekend of $32,000 he was taking to the bank. The third-generation employee, whose identity has not been released, was tackled as he left the shop at 4th and South streets Sunday night, police said. He was not seriously injured. But tragedy can't shake the 72-year-old, family-owned and -operated business.
June 13, 2011 |
A Yahoo headline today makes quite a claim: "How to Make the Perfect Steak Sandwich. " With mayo, arugula and cheddar? And open-faced? No, it's not from the Washington-addled brain of Sen. John Kerry, who once tried to order a cheesesteak hoagie with Swiss here in Philly. It's from a Left Coast gourmet place, with its own ideas. To be fair, the billing doesn't say "Philly cheesesteak," so nobody's arguing authenticity. Still, "perfect" invites comparisons.
December 23, 2010 |
Scott Swiderski, who left Buddakan over the summer after 12 years as executive chef, has surfaced on a corner in Washington Square West with a restaurant-bar called the Corner (102 S. 13th St., 215-735-7500). It replaces a short-lived bar/lounge called Apothecary and later APO. Swiderski, backed by sous chef John "Chainsaw" Taus, has kept his menu small, befitting his tiny open kitchen that looks out to a counter as well as a wee little bar dispensing seven whites, eight reds, five sparkling wines, nine beers, and a complement of $11 cocktails.
September 30, 2010 |
We spend time with Greg DiCocco, Radnor senior center What's your favorite TV Show? "Modern Family," because it's funny and it's kind of like real life. Who is your favorite music artist? Fortune Family. They're from my area, and they're up and coming. Do you play any other sports? I wrestled. It helped me with my footwork and taught me some discipline and all that stuff. What's something about you that people don't know? I love to act. I also like to play the saxophone.
September 26, 2010 |
The yellow moon of City Hall's glowing clock tower beamed above the couple as they nibbled their warm baguettes, downed shots of complimentary strawberry smoothie, then lifted glasses of Champagne to clink a toast. It was a Chamber of Commerce moment if ever there was one, framed by the grandly paned windows of Amuse, the striving French bistro at the new Le Méridien hotel. Too bad those diners, seated snug beside the glass, were the only ones who could soak it in. Dark, heavy curtains, to my dismay, dangled clumsily down the middle of each of the room's tall windows, blotting out the million-dollar power view that should be just one of this intriguing venue's numerous no-brainer attractions.
August 28, 2010 |
Controversy just seems to stick to South Philly steak king Joey Vento like a big gob of Cheez Whiz. The latest: Police from a neighboring township were ordered to patrol Vento's South Jersey residence while he vacationed in Italy - just months after he donated a 2010 Harley-Davidson to that department. Vento, owner of the popular Geno's Steaks in South Philly, presented Medford police with the bike worth about $15,000 nearly seven months ago. Medford Police Chief Anthony Canale said that had nothing to do with his decision to arrange the patrol of Vento's home in Shamong - partially outside the Medford town limits.