September 4, 2016 |
WILDWOOD - When the boardwalk and the beach feel like hot coals underfoot, do we avoid even going for ice cream? Apparently so. Foot traffic along the boardwalk was light under the blaring afternoon sun for much of this summer season's final week, an ice cream vendor said. "Look at it, it's dead," said Danny Ferrazzano Jr., whose family runs Hershey's Ice Cream, as the thermometer threatened 94 degrees just before noon Monday. There was barely a soul on the boardwalk at 4 p.m. The beach, about a quarter-mile from the shop, was also desolate.
July 20, 2016 |
PATIENCE. It permeates virtually any and every conversation about sports in this town, from Aaron Nola and the Phillies down on the farm to Ron Hextall's elaborate plan of future dominance to the debate over whether the new coach and both quarterbacks of the latest Eagles refurbish have been overvalued or simply need time to prove the genius of Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman. And then there is "The Process," the professional sports version of the Mel Brooks' classic, The Producers, whereby a franchise could end up winning big by losing big, provided it had enough - you guessed it - patience.
July 18, 2016 |
Most summer Friday nights, the sliver of park between 49th and 50th on Baltimore Avenue fills with people. The attendees are of mixed age and race, and comfortably seated, because most bring folding chairs and blankets to hear jazz in the neighborhood. There has been jazz in West Philadelphia's Cedar Park for more than 10 years. It's a tradition that so reliably draws a crowd that a crop of vendors sprouts up along the outskirts, selling barbecue, hot dogs, water ice, and other seasonal favorites.
June 26, 2016 |
Gerald B. Shreiber, 74, founded and leads a company that sells nearly $1 billion worth of snack foods a year - soft pretzels, water ice, slushy drinks, and churros. Just down the hall from his office at the Pennsauken headquarters of J&J Snack Foods Corp., tens of thousands of soft pretzels move from dough to twisted on an aromatic assembly line. So what's on his desk? A small container of almonds - less than half a cup - carefully doled out by his assistant. We just interviewed Campbell Soup's CEO last week, and she stressed the growing importance of healthy options in her business.
June 19, 2016 |
WHAT IT IS - Around here, it's usually called Italian ice - that sweet and cold concoction that can be as refreshing as bodysurfing in the ocean on a scorching summer day. Italian ice, sometimes just called water ice, is usually whipped into a slurry of fruit and ice, and then frozen solid. It comes in lollipop colors and flavors like lemon, watermelon, and cherry. In other parts of the country, like Hawaii and Florida, variations called shave ice and snow cones are a similar frozen dessert.
July 25, 2015 |
Be honest: Everybody likes to get muddy, slimy, oozy, or gooey - it's just that kids are way better at it because they have that great excuse of being, well, kids. As we get older and larger, we need to find reasons for getting messy - gardening, fixing the car, running. Here's a new one: Science! The Franklin Institute's popular Mess Fest returns for a fourth year, bigger and better, with different themes for each day - "Nasty Nature," "Art and Design," Splish Splash," and "Gross Anatomy" - and demonstrations including the watermelon blast, mud volcano, trash-can rocket, bubble explosion, and paint bucket dump.
June 13, 2015 |
A city inspector approved the unsafe installation of a security gate at a Rita's Water Ice stand, and five years later the gate fell and killed a 3-year-old girl, according to documents and interviews. After that accident last summer, another inspector covered up the mistake, say four current or former inspectors for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, citing agency records. The accident happened on June 28, 2014, a year after L&I had been rocked by the deaths of six people in the Center City building collapse at 22d and Market Streets.
May 18, 2015 |
Camden's Yum-Yum summers lasted from the mid-1930s until the late '80s. But fondness for the distinctive, locally made frozen treat - with its unusual "split" flavors and creamy texture - endures among folks who grew up in the city. "In the early '70s in Fairview, kids with a wagon sold Yum-Yum from a steel container with ice all around it," recalls Paul Christman, 54, a retail clerk who lives in Runnemede. "We'd be playing outside at Westfield Acres and hear the boy with the wagon yelling, 'Yum-Yum, Yum-Yum,' " says Audubon resident Lori Jean Nourse, 55, a painter.
February 9, 2015 |
Water ice isn't just a summer thing: "We do more sales in January than July," says Richard Trotter , owner of Rosati Italian Water Ice and its brick mixing-and- packaging plant at South Glenwood and East Madison Streets in Clifton Heights. Rosati sold 22 million water ice cups to schools from here to California, plus 100,000 two-quart "buckets" at groceries like Acme in 2014. Unlike the popular scooped ice sold from summer stands and trucks, which sits well in a chiller for a day but tends to harden rocklike in a dairy freezer, this packaged ice is mixed and sweetened to keep cold for about 18 months, so it can be stored with ice cream.
August 22, 2014
The deal: John Cardullo got in on the South Philly act of turning fruit, sugar and water into dessert in 1945. He ran his business from a boxy brick building built for that very purpose. John's is still there, under the direction of Anthony Cardullo Jr., John's grandson. There's another John's in Pennsauken, run by Anthony Jr.'s cousin, and a third that recently opened on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Where: 701 Christian St., 215-925-6955, johnswaterice.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday.