November 27, 2008
I love the bite of balsamic, but sometimes hesitate to use it, especially when entertaining, because of the brownish stain it leaves on lettuce, pasta, potatoes, chicken. Problem solved with white balsamic. This zesty one, from Modena, Italy, is made with trebbiano grapes, and aged 12 years. Towels as art In addition to the very fine teas at Premium Steap, owner Peggy Stephens is now carrying a new line of Marimekko products, including these beautiful linen/cotton towels, made in Finland; pretty enough to frame.
November 2, 2008 |
When I first heard about nude beaches as a young boy, I was intrigued. Not because I wanted to get naked myself - I wanted to see women's bodies, which were still a mystery to me. Taking off one's own clothes just seemed like the price of admission. Somehow, I made it into adulthood without so much as skinny-dipping. But a recent trip to Mexico's Caribbean coast for a friend's wedding gave me a good excuse to try it out. I picked the clothing-optional beach resort in Tulum chiefly because it was affordable - at 26, I no longer found nude women all that shocking.
July 25, 2008 |
My five houseguests are due any minute. The guest rooms are ready except for towels. I head confidently to the linen closet. One of the few things I pride myself on is that I tie sets of sheets and towels in ribbons, precisely so I can easily retrieve full, coordinated packages for guests. I open the closet. It's been ransacked! Call the police! Ribbons are unfastened. Once-nicely-folded towels are shoved in wads on shelves, frayed and faded. Apparently, my ribbon system didn't prevent certain members of my family from having their way with these sets.
April 24, 2008
Chocolate indulgence Premium chocolate taste at a mainstream price. Hershey's newest offering aims at filling the gap between mass-market candies and the company's top-of-the-line Cocoa Reserve truffles. Bliss bite-sized, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates - in creamy milk and dark chocolate and milk chocolate with meltaway centers - even got good taste grades from our resident chocolate snobs. Green cleaning EcoTowl and EcoSponge keep cleanups eco-friendly. Made of sustainable, plant-based materials, they provide a durable, machine-washable, alternative to paper towels and non-biodegradable disposables.
December 11, 2007
HUGE, UGLY monstrosities, disruptive to the surrounding neighborhoods, expensive to build and destined to cater to only a small fraction of the population - and there's not just one, but two of them. In the realm of large public projects of questionable investment, it's hard to beat the Eagles and Phillies stadiums. Given that for the next 20 or so years, taxpayers are on the hook for about $30 million a year for the debt service alone, the stadiums make the casinos look like rustic shrines to Mother Teresa.
November 8, 2007 |
COULD THE AREA around the Roosevelt Mall, at the heart of Northeast Philadelphia, be the next comeback kid of revitalization? The tea leaves look auspicious. After months of rumors, it's now official: a new Target department store is going up at Bustleton and Bleigh, where the old Orleans movie theater is coming down. The Northeast Target will be about the same size as the new one on City Avenue, with a food court and, yes, a Starbucks. And the site's developer, Kimco Realty Corp.
October 5, 2007
ARE YOU charmed yet? I mean, you wouldn't want it any other way now, would you? Or is all that Rocky talk just talk? Is the premise that this team is what Philadelphia is all about really just that - a figment of our collective imagination, unsustainable against the 0-2 hole the Phillies now find themselves in against the hottest team in baseball? You want a hole to dig out from? Try this oversized one on for size. This ain't 4-11 in April. It ain't blowing that 8-2 lead to Atlanta, or nearly giving back that 11-0 lead over St. Louis just a few weeks ago. This is two home losses to the Clubber Langs of baseball, heading to their park for the next two games.
October 4, 2007 |
The San Diego Padres, the National League wild-card leaders for weeks, ordered 90,000 "rally towels" for the first round of the playoffs. Brad Fish, owner of BWM Global Inc., printed about 45,000 before learning the Padres had been knocked out of the postseason. "I don't know what they're going to do with them," Fish said yesterday. "The Mets are a good client of ours," Fish added from his towel-printing plant in Chicago. Correction: the Mets were a good client. The Phillies are a third.
October 1, 2007
The Phillies will be the stars of "Rally Monday," a pep rally at noon today in Dilworth Plaza outside City Hall. Manager Charlie Manuel, coaches, players, the Phanatic and Phillies ballgirls are scheduled to attend. Harry Kalas and Scott Palmer will be the co-hosts. There will be plenty of prizes, including postseason tickets, game-used bases and balls, and the popular rally towels. On another front, Channel 57 will broadcast the Phillies' National League East-clinching win over Washington tonight at 10 o'clock.
September 28, 2007 |
NEW YORK - In mid-September, the Mets were cruising in front like a really fast horse running against a relentless opponent that simply did not have enough speed to keep up. Then, they lost three straight to the Phillies. They managed to lose five of six to the Nationals while giving up an insane 53 runs in the losses to the team that had been the lowest scoring in baseball. Suddenly, the team that had been in first in the National League East for 146 days was staring at the possibility of losing the division and even missing the playoffs entirely in the five-team (three in, two out)