The wines of Portugal remain among the Old World's greatest wine bargains - especially as the country known for port makes the case that it can produce excellent dry table wines, too. This red blend by Altivo from the Dão is a prime example at a pretty price.
Ten years in the life of a restaurant is one of the best ways to mark the evolution of a city. But few places illuminate so many changing aspects of our dining world as Lolita, where the spinning "trompo" spit stacked high with a cone of chile-spiced pork is only one of many fresh new details that intrigue me about its renovation.
The Japanese love vending machines - even for sake, which is dispensed in tall glass cups that are ready to drink. For those accustomed to sake served reverently in ceramic carafes or expensive larger bottles, the many fine examples of these 200-millilite
On Sunday we headed off to Conte Farms in Tabernacle, Burlington County, for our annual blueberry-picking fest. It doesn't take long to fill those buckets - we collected 10 pounds in an hour, which at $2.50 a pound was a pretty good deal for berries so fresh . . . I find Conte's fruit reliably great every year, and it's a wonderful family ritual.
Even at one of the best restaurants in Philly run by the hottest dining duo in town, this was not the way to begin.
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat:
Craig LaBan: My name is Craig, I'm a Libra, I believe in local eating, and I'm going to be your host today. Can I get you still, sparkling or . . . er . . . (cough, cough) regular tap water to start? You're going to want to be well hydrated for today's sp
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4 Bells: According to Craig, the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.