August 27, 2014 |
Philadelphia has always been a dance music haven. South Philly's Chubby Checker invented the Twist. American Bandstand started here, as did TV dance shows like Jerry Blavat's Discophonic Scene and Dancin' on Air . Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Sound of Philadelphia aided in the invention of disco. Techno and house music locals Josh Wink and King Britt ran their Ovum label from home. With all that came nightclubs with impossible-to-avoid dance floors - Chez-Vous; the Bank; Second Story and its basement gay club Catacombs; Circa; off-South's hallowed dance hall Fluid; after-hour clubs Revival and Black Banana; Delaware Avenue hot spots Egypt and Asylum.
November 19, 2012
The Daily News Pet of the Week is Sundae (right), a 1-to-2-year-old American bulldog/pitbull mix at the Pennsylvania SPCA. Sundae was found alone on the streets of Philadelphia. She is all white except for her "cow-print" belly, which she likes to show off in exchange for belly rubs. She's sociable and likes to go for walks. Her $20 adoption fee includes spaying, current vaccinations and a month of pet insurance. For more information about Sundae, drop by the PSPCA, 350 E. Erie Ave., or call 215-426-6300 or visit pspca.org.
December 21, 2008 |
Clyde bellies up to the bar at the Franklin Fountain, the throwback ice-cream emporium in Old City, his paws on the marble counter, poised to take a triple-dip sundae in a single lick. Clyde ignores all questions about his Marley & Me costars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, although it is a widely circulated rumor that he got, um, overly friendly with Jen's favorite sweater. Clyde is, in every meaning of the word, a dog. It required six actors (including Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger)
November 30, 2008 |
She brought the sundae out on a little tray. There were big scoops of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, and an oozy river of creamy caramel. How could I resist? I did what any red-blooded American male would do. I dunked my big, cracked, calloused, smelly feet right into the gooey mess and began wiggling my toes. I was at the cloud-clinging Wintergarden Spa at the Wintergreen Resort in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. My spa options included standard sports massage and manicure, but I chose to treat the most abused and maltreated part of my body.
August 25, 2008 |
Most summer nights, you can find the brothers Berley looking like extras from the set of The Music Man, sweeping the brick sidewalk at Second and Market with corn brooms, clearing away the paper straws, lacy doilies, silver spoons and sundae bowls and chatting, real gentlemanlike, with the clientele who have made the Franklin Fountain what it is today. Weirdly hip. In these sweet, waning days of August, a line forms out the door and around the corner at the retro spot, and the tables, set in the shade of a cypress, are filled.
November 11, 2007 |
To the uninitiated, the vision of Handel's Homemade Ice Cream stand posed along Route 30 in Berwyn presents little incentive to hit the brakes. Its lines are as generic as a child's drawing. Only the broad, blue-and-white-striped awning hints it's not a municipal office, or a model home (the Jubilee, perhaps) on loan from the Levittown Age. Handel's is not a household name in these parts, not even on a good deal of the Main Line, where its Berwyn location is the small Ohio chain's 34th - and easternmost - expression.
March 16, 2007
WHEN MEMBERS of the Chain Gang drove through New England a few weeks ago, it seemed like we passed 99 Restaurants about 99 times. Finding out the chain had migrated down to Philadelphia, we decided we had to check it out. Not being familiar with 99, the Gang found it to be similar to Applebees - big drinks, big All-American menu, big desserts, not too big a bill. At the location on Roosevelt Boulevard, we also found the service to be exceedingly friendly even when it was slow or forgetful.
August 16, 2001 |
Congregation Or Shalom, at the Conservative Synagogue of the Western Main Line at 835 Darby-Paoli Rd. in Berwyn, will hold an open house and family day. The day will include a make-your-own-sundae celebration beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Singles, couples and families also are invited for a special Havdalah service. Members of the executive board will be on hand to answer questions. Evening events The Trinity Assembly of God, 1022 Pottstown Pike, West Chester, will hold Island Night, featuring the Calvary Steel Band at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
July 14, 1999 |
We don't usually serve dessert on "regular" nights. It saves time, stress and calories. However, our children don't embrace the benefits of the Desperation Dinners Dessert Philosophy quite the way we do, and our compromise is often a carton of ice cream or frozen yogurt. There is a way to have our cake and eat it, too. Actually, make that "pie. " With only five minutes of actual work and a tiny bit of planning, you can turn plain old ice cream and a prepared cookie-crumb crust into an Ice Cream Sundae Pie special enough even for company.
November 22, 1998 |
It is hard to envision Joe Piscoglio as a child, for his presence is overwhelming. His voice booms. His enthusiasm overflows. The 62-year-old proprietor of Sante's Cards & Candy in Coatesville has a not-too-distant resemblance to Santa Claus, though his white beard is thinner. And his complexion, inherited from Sicilian ancestors, is ruddier. But images of Piscoglio's youth rise all over this place and in the stories he tells of the past. "There's not too many old dinosaurs left," he said.