Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat. Craig LaBan: I'm curious to hear about last week's Night Market in Chinatown. I really enjoyed the first one there a couple years ago - it's such a natural neighborhood for a street party. But the lines can get so long at any Night Market, my enthusiasm h
Will Janette Desautel ever cook her famous crawfish ravioli again? The fictional chef in HBO's Treme practically ripped her business partner's head off like a crawdaddy at a boil when the subject arose at the end of last season.
Among the esoteric sips available at Jet Wine Bar, one can drink Macedonian zilavka or golden Portuguese vinho branco. But owner Jill Weber's most surprising pours are coming from the under-loved-but-rising vineyards of Pennsylvania. Featured in the clever "Summer of I-76," round-robin flights of three local wines for $10, I came across a green-apple-crisp chardonnay that reaffirmed my faith, for example, in the whites of Penns Woods.
Among the antidotes to summer's swelter, cold beer and watermelon surely rank high. Morgan's Pier general manager Joe Crouse has ratcheted that equation to a new level of quench with his Watermelon Ricky. I'm guessing the 900 or so revelers who slurped them down one recent Saturday night care little that it's an extremely liberal twist on the (properly spelled) Rickey, a fizzy lime highball classic with gin or bourbon (the original) dating to the 1880s.
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