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Archive: August, 2009

Michelle Obama and the girls cool off

Saturday, August 8, 2009, 8:15 PM
Michelle Obama and daughters did a Saturday afternoon stop for Italian-style gelato at Capogiro at 13th and Sansom Streets. An hour before, Secret Service tipped manager Dawne Ballard to their impending arrival and swore her to secrecy. The first lady ordered chocolate banana and cioccolato scuro;... Read more

Warning: Joan Rivers, a microphone and a camera

Friday, August 7, 2009, 6:53 PM
TV Land informs that Joan Rivers will be on Independence Mall from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday (8/10) as she tapes person-on-the-street interviews for the show How'd You Get So Rich? She'll test passersby on their expertise about the value of luxurious items, such as the cost of the most expensive hamburger... Read more

Wine bar planned for South Street

Friday, August 7, 2009, 3:57 PM
Here's very early word about Jet Wine Bar, intended for a storefront at 1525 South St. sometime this fall. Managing partner Jill Weber envisions Jet as a small wine bar/cafe with a simple selection of food. The idea, she says, is to bridge the gap between the BYOBs (Pumpkin, Novita, Jamaican Jerk... Read more

Peek Tiffin etc.'s menu

Friday, August 7, 2009, 3:40 PM
Indian cuisine entrepreneur Munish Narula, going great guns with Tiffin locations on Girard Avenue and on Emlen Street in Mount Airy, is looking at Aug. 18 or so for Tiffin etc., an Indian pizzeria, next to the flagship Tiffin at 712 W. Girard. Menu is simple: thin-crust pizzas with Indian toppings... Read more

New menu, new chef

Friday, August 7, 2009, 11:56 AM
New chef de cuisine working with Cary Neff at Coquette Bistro at Fifth and Bainbridge Streets: He's Jared Frazer, most recently at Tallula & Eat Bar in Arlington, Va., but formerly in role roles at the late Ansill and Pif, plus Perry's in D.C. and Alphabet Soup in Audubon, N.J. Click here for his... Read more

Fur flies: Who's the REAL inspiration for Muppets chef?

Friday, August 7, 2009, 11:48 AM
All the buzz surrounding the release of Julie & Julia has chefs coming out of the cupboard to seek their 15 minutes. tells the tale of Lars Kuprik Backman, a chef in Rättvik, Sweden, who contends that he was the inspiration for the bumbling, bushy-eyebrowed Swedish chef character... Read more

"Top Chef" hopeful Jennifer Zavala leaves El Camino Real

Friday, August 7, 2009, 10:50 AM
Top Chef hopeful Jennifer Zavala says she's leaving El Camino Real in Northern Liberties, on the eve of her debut on this season's premiere. So ...? Does that mean ...? "It has nothing to do with the series," she told me this morning. She says the restaurant name is mentioned once in her... Read more

Verdad: New in Bryn Mawr

Friday, August 7, 2009, 7:47 AM
Opening Friday night (8/7): Verdad, a Euro-Spanish tapas-style restaurant, replacing Carmine's Creole Cafe at 818 W. Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr. (Read the back story here.) Chef Nick Farina of the nearby Blush will is managing partner and executive chef. Verdad's menu will be supplemented by a... Read more

Winds of change at CBS

Thursday, August 6, 2009, 1:05 PM
CBS will try a synergistic approach to weather on talk station WPHT (1210). Starting Monday (8/10), CBS3 meteorologists Kathy Orr, Doug Kammerer, Maria LaRosa and Carol Erickson will provide forecasts on the radio side. This will save WPHT the bucks of contracting with the Weather Channel and provides... Read more

There's less of Ed Rendell lately

Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 7:04 PM
Eagles coach Andy Reid is down 75 pounds, thanks to Medifast. And Gov. Rendell is looking good, having shed 30 pounds. It's all thanks to a reality check. His Edness, 65, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Brad Bumsted that he started a diet and exercise regimen after his federal- judge... Read more
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