February 17, 2001 |
The City of Brotherly Love, which two years ago earned the distinction of being America's fattest city, is trying to shed the lard. Led by Mayor John F. Street, a fitness fanatic, and Pat Croce, owner of the NBA's 76ers and a former fitness trainer, the city is trying to get residents to lose a combined 76 tons in 76 days.
September 9, 1999 |
Big Daddy's Drive-Thru is sandwiched among a Chinese restaurant, a Cuban place and a fancy Jalisco-style seafood restaurant, where you may see mariachis on a cigarette break sweltering out front in their brocaded black suits. That's good old Peck Road for you, in good old multicultural El Monte. The drive-through is a tiny fast-food building in the '30s or '40s style; it looks like an overgrown sugar cube with a takeout window.
July 30, 2000 |
Everyone remembers Philadelphia's cliches: former Mayor Frank Rizzo wearing a nightstick in his cummerbund, a dopey-eyed boxer named Rocky Balboa yelling "Yo, Adrian!" and locals shoving cheese steaks in their mouths. They're pretty inaccurate images these days. Rizzo's been dead for years, "Rocky" movies are relics and some Philadelphians are devout vegetarians. In fact, the city's downtown has been renovated and infused with cultural activity and gourmet restaurants.
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September 21, 1992 |
The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia and the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution there. But it took a 10-hour celebration in Studio City on Sunday to give the oft-bashed city the respect it deserves. "It's got history," proudly proclaimed former Philadelphian Susan Yannessa, 40, of Beverly Hills. "It's got the Liberty Bell." Yannessa was one of more than 400 expatriates, including new Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L.
November 19, 2003 |
Eight Turkish sailors, marooned aboard their ship in waters off Philadelphia since June 6 because they had no visas, have returned home after whiling away the months by playing ping-pong or exploring local delicacies such as cheese steak sandwiches, a sailor advocate said. The sailors flew home to Turkey after being holed up in the 550-foot-long bulk carrier Ahmetbey, which had been held in the Delaware River.
October 13, 2011 |
The Spanish are on to a good thing with tapas, those lusty little bites that bars in Spain put out in the early evening. Ever wondered how the Spanish can eat dinner at 11 or later? Because they stave off hunger pangs and socialize earlier in the evening at tapa bars, ordering wines by the glass and nibbling on anchovies, chorizo and garlicky sautéed shrimp. In L.A., we now have enough restaurants specializing in tapas that you could actually do some bar hopping. But that would involve a bit of driving.
September 27, 1992
Carol Watson's otherwise delightful article "Natives Share Philadelphia Stories" (Sept. 21) was marred by the egregious and, alas, all too common mistake of listing Penn State as a "Philadelphia university" (Carol, Carol, Carol . . . ). Nothing against Joe Paterno's great football teams, but the Nittany Lions hail from State College in central Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is home to the University of Pennsylvania.
November 9, 2013 |
Ethan Brown held up one of his ready-to-eat vegetarian chicken strips and peeled off stringy strands that mimicked the moist meat of the real thing. "That's the beauty. That's absolutely everything," said Brown, founder of Beyond Meat, admiring the filaments of faux chicken at a cafe near the company's El Segundo headquarters. The company gets close to creating that authentic but elusive texture by blasting soy and pea proteins through an alternating cascade of high heat and high pressure in a stainless steel machine.
August 29, 2013
To mark the return of Monday Night Football, Lagasse's Stadium, a popular sports bar in Las Vegas' Palazzo, will offer food specials themed to the teams' hometowns. Lagasse's Stadium , which features more than 100 TVs including a 9-by-16-foot main screen, will dish out different specials each Monday night throughout the season. For the Sept. 9 kickoff, with Philadelphia playing at Washington, Chef Scott Pajak's menu will include a Philly cheese steak and fries ($16)