December 9, 2013 |
I've always been addicted to garage sales and flea markets, but it turns out they were gateway drugs. Now I'm hooked on auctions. We begin a year ago, when I noticed there was an antiques auction in my neighborhood and I stopped by. I'm no antiques expert, but I like old things. Like me. So I walked into the auction, took a seat, and watched as the auctioneer showed slides of great furniture. Most of it was from the Philadelphia area, circa 1800s. People made bids by raising white cards, and when the bidding stopped, the prices weren't high at all. Surprise ending, right?
January 20, 2013
DEAR ABBY : My daughter was recently married. My niece - a talented artist - hand-painted flowers on wine glasses for the dinner reception following the ceremony. They were intended to be keepsakes for each of the adult guests. At the end of the evening, I gathered four glasses from our family's table. When I turned around, the four glasses were gone. Glasses disappeared from our table, the head table, and my niece's (the artist). The following day, someone mentioned to me that they had seen certain guests leave with four to six glasses each.
April 22, 2012 |
For a few hours Sunday, they agreed to miss the Flyers playoff game and held off on those "Honey-do" lists of household chores. Instead, the South Jersey Men's Club made nearly 400 peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches for a group of eaters they'll never meet - men and women with outstanding bench warrants for alleged nonviolent offenses. The sandwiches were just one slice of the rewards for hundreds of wanted people expected to turn themselves in over the next few days at an Atlantic City church as part of New Jersey's Fugitive Safe Surrender program.
August 10, 2012 |
PHILLY.COM It's combination flash mob and pop-up picnic, intended to provide a midsummer night's communal experience to 1,300 people who have signed up to dress in white and dine and dance till midnight. Dîner en Blanc, which a whimsy-seeking Parisian launched in 1988 with just a handful of friends, will make its Philadelphia debut Aug. 23; it sold out last week. Dîner en Blanc's location is secret until just before mealtime, when guides lead attendees - carrying their own tables, chairs, food, wine, and picnic fixings - to the outdoor venue, selected because of its visibility and access to public transit.
October 6, 2011 |
What does family dinner look like at your house? The Cosby Show or Leave It to Beaver but with texting teens? A scene from Modern Family ? Or The Simpsons , but with better food? The ritual of gathering for a meal may look a bit like any of these. Or not. That's the beauty of family dinner: It may bring together a mom, dad, preteen, and toddler - or a trio of fresh-out-of-college roommates for pizza, or a quartet of friends for a potluck - sharing different stories and different foods.
April 26, 2012 |
DEAR VERY HIP City Restaurateur: I think it's time we had another talk. It's about your small plates. Well, not specifically the plates themselves — some of which, if we're being honest, stretch the definition of "small. " Rather, what we need to talk about is the manner in which these plates are brought to the table. Your "coursing," to use the au courant terminology — or more precisely, your lack thereof. You know what I'm talking about: Two of us show up at your restaurant and your chirpy server suggests that we order two "or three or four" small plates per person.
April 10, 2011
Best-selling author and Inquirer columnist Lisa Scottoline's new novel, "Save Me," will be in stores Tuesday. Chapter Two will appear in the Magazine on Tuesday, and Chapter Three in Style & Soul on Wednesday. Chapter One Rose McKenna stood against the wall in the noisy cafeteria, having volunteered as lunch mom, which is like a security guard with eyeliner. Two hundred children were talking, thumb-wrestling, or getting ready for recess, because lunch period was almost over.
January 2, 1991 |
What makes strudel so good? It's not just the countless sheets of pastry, blistered and crackling like a folio of fallen leaves. It's not just the gelatinous ooze of the filling, sticky sweet, bubbling with fruit and nuts. It's not just the butter impregnated into every morsel that makes strudel irresistible. It's all of it. Sweet, buttery, crumbly and moist. Strudel is an extravagance of contrasts, and one of the best gifts you can offer your mouth. Homemade strudel has practically become an endangered species.
April 27, 1997 |
When he was 6 years old, Ryan Cullen of Woodbury developed a passion for collecting all sorts of sporting cards - from the boys of summer to the warriors of football. But he's older and wiser now. Such pastimes seem, well, childish. It's time to move on. Last weekend, Ryan, now 10, spent six hours at a flea market sponsored by Most Holy Redeemer School in Deptford, trying to unload dozens of trading cards and, in the process, make a little bit of money. Springtime may mean leisurely strolls in the park, flying kites in the afternoon breeze, cruising down the highway with the windows down and music blaring.
August 25, 2012 |
LANOKA HARBOR, N.J. - Sitting at the dinner table, Lakewood BlueClaws first baseman Chris Duffy talked about playing under the sun on summer afternoons. It's taxing, he said, and some guys need to rest afterward. But Duffy, reared on the fields of Florida, can stand the heat. He's used to it. "Plus," Rebecca Palamara cut in, sarcastically, "you're Chris Duffy. " "Yeah," he said. "I am Chris Duffy. " Then he laughed, as he often does at the end of his sentences. And Rebecca rolled her eyes, as she often does at the end of those same sentences.