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Archive: December, 2009

New Hope's La Bonne Auberge closing

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 11:29 AM
Rozanne and Gerard Caronello say that Dec. 19 will be the last night after 38 years for La Bonne Auberge, their classic French restaurant in a 250-year-old farmhouse off the main drag in New Hope, one of the few remaining dress-up spots in the region. "It's my husband's knees," Rozanne Caronello... Read more

Talking sports with Corbin Bernsen

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 5:15 AM
In their book The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies, Glen Macnow and Ray Didinger single out actor Corbin Bernsen, listing him among the 10 worst actors as athletes ("reaches for every ground ball like it's a live grenade"), calling him "the weak link" in the movie Major League, and... Read more

"Top Chef" update

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 11:05 PM
If you're DVR-ing the season of Top Chef, avert your eyes. Skip this post. Nothing to see here... Somerton-raised Jennifer Carroll of 10 Arts by Eric Ripert was sent home from Napa, done in by a stove problem and a goat-cheese dish the judges deemed too salty. So she won't be in the finals next... Read more

"The Fanatic" on FM is an early hit

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:45 AM
Philly's sports-talk soup is now at a full boil, if November's Arbitron ratings are an indication. You'll recall how on Oct. 9, Greater Media's WPEN (also known as 950ESPN) began simulcasting most programming on 97.5 FM as "The Fanatic." The 950-AM signal, which barely registered since... Read more

Philly's hottest restaurant corner

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 12:13 PM
Chef Michael Schulson is just about two weeks from opening Sampan, his high-style pan-Asian in the former Gene's kiddie boutique at 122 S. 13th St., across from Vintage and El Vez. Place looks gorgeous and will include two mod-lit graphic walls (see one here), wooden bar, and open kitchen. His chef... Read more

And hair's the reveal: Jim Jackson, mustache-less

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 10:56 AM
Flyers announcer Jim Jackson had his long-running mustache shaved off today for charity. Jackson started growing it about a year after his 1985 graduation from Syracuse, and wife Bernadette and kids Deanna, 12, and Johnny, 9, have never seen him without it. JJ submitted to shears as a fund-raiser... Read more

Starr-Garces rivalry

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 9:28 AM
Chef Jose Garces and his onetime employer, Stephen Starr, went through a lot together... Alma de Cuba, followed by El Vez. Now it appears that they're going through a lot together ... but not together: There's Garces' Mexican 2.0 establishment known as Distrito, there's Garces' plan to go into Letto... Read more

On Dasher, On Dancer ... On Demand?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 5:00 AM
Comcast is hosting its employee holiday parties Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night this week, and the company has set up a Santa's village on the plaza outside headquarters at 17th Street and JFK Boulevard. Be advised that during the day -- from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- the setup is open to the public... Read more

Iverson has a home court advantage

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 5:28 PM
Things just might work out for Allen Iverson. Seeking a clean break from Philly, he put his stately Villanova mansion on the market back in July 2007, with an asking price of $6.3 million. The five-bedroom with seven full baths plus two partial baths on "four acres of meticulously designed landscaping... Read more

So does Jennifer Carroll win "Top Chef"?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 2:45 PM
Since August, 10 Arts chef de cuisine Jennifer Carroll has been shown slugging it out on Bravo's Top Chef. The show is down to the final four contestants and two episodes, Dec. 2 and 9. This morning, 10 Arts announced viewing parties for each night, leading to rampant speculation that the Somerton-bred... Read more
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