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Archive: October, 2010

NBC Philly's new channel premieres Monday

Sunday, October 24, 2010, 9:04 AM
NBC Philadelphia will launch Nonstop, its new digital station, at noon Monday (10/25). NBC-owned stations in several markets are using their new digital channels for local Nonstops. A Nonstop was added in New York last year, and debuts are imminent in Chicago and Washington, D.C. In Philly, NBC's... Read more

What you'll see at Phillies-Giants Game 6

Friday, October 22, 2010, 5:29 PM
Managed to pry some info of interest to those heading to Citizens Bank Park for Saturday's Game 6 of the NLCS between the Phillies and Giants. Booked to sing the national anthem is Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron. Phillies alumnus Darren Daulton will toss the ceremonial first ball. The color... Read more

"Top Chef" Sbraga sneak-peeking his restaurant

Friday, October 22, 2010, 2:48 PM
Since winning Season 7 of Bravo's Top Chef last month, Kevin Sbraga is being hounded for info about his next step -- a new restaurant. While he location-shops, Sbraga has planned two events to showcase his cooking since he's left his "day job," Rat's in Hamilton Township, N.J. First is... Read more

Restaurant notes: Aneu beginning in Berwyn; Minar upgrades

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 10:50 AM
- Meridith's American Bistro in Berwyn has remodeled throughout, and along with the brighter but cozier look. Meridith McLoughlin has changed the name. That is, Aneu name. Aneu -- that's Greek roughly for "without." Centerpiece is a cream and ivory marble-topped bar, the restaurant’s... Read more

Lower Merion High gym named after Kobe Bryant

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 7:04 AM
Props to the Main Line Times for its report that the Lower Merion School Board agreed to name the gym at the new Lower Merion High School in Ardmore after 1996 graduate Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. The story says Bryant donated $411,000 for “a series of inspirational, interactive and... Read more

Restaurant notes: The Village Belle

Monday, October 18, 2010, 12:01 PM
The Village Belle, a neighborhood-friendly Mediterranean, opens October 27 at 757 S. Front St. in Queen Village (215-551-2200). South Philly-bred brothers Lou and Joey Campanaro are behind this spot; Lou was chef long ago at Olive in Cherry Hill and Joey owns the little owl, Market Table, and Kenmare... Read more

Chefs celebrating

Monday, October 18, 2010, 11:14 AM
- Marc Vetri gathered a group of friends and family Sunday night at Amis for his appearance on Iron Chef America, in which he went up against Michael Symon. Since so many foodies taped the episode while watching the Phillies, I'll spare any spoilers for now -- but you have till Tuesday. -... Read more

Restaurant notes: Mysteries; Vetri on "Iron Chef"

Sunday, October 17, 2010, 11:57 AM
- That pile of mail inside the door of Ro-Zu, the Japanese BYOB at Seventh and Bainbridge Streets, can't be a good sign, though the tables are all set and the ersatz flowers still sit in their vases. Ro-Zu, which opened in February, had closed in late May as chefs changed. I'll update when owner... Read more

Brothers? Tim Lincecum and the kid from "Third Rock"

Saturday, October 16, 2010, 10:01 AM
I'm not the first to mention this, but the resemblance between actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (from his days in the sitcom Third Rock From the Sun) and San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is just plain freaky. Read more

Delco to get a wine kiosk

Friday, October 15, 2010, 5:08 PM
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board dropped word late this afternoon that the Philly region's first wine kiosk will open 11 a.m. Saturday (10/16) inside the Fresh Grocer supermarket at 5000 State Rd. in Drexel Hill. The temperature-controlled machine will stock more than 40 products, ranging in... Read more
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