Chef Ashley Christensen's comfort food at Poole's Diner in North Carolina and the modern Israeli cuisine at Zahav in Philadelphia took top honors Monday night at the James Beard Awards, which many consider to be the Oscars of the culinary world. Zahav's nod for outstanding restaurant comes two years after Zahav co-owner and Chef Michael Solomonov, who is from Israel but was raised in Pittsburgh, took home the outstanding chef award. Zahav's current menu features hummus with a daily chef's selected topping, duck and foie gras kebab and a concord grape sorbet with poached quince and peanut baklava. This year's outstanding chef is Christensen, who's been nominated in the category before but has never won. Christensen opened Poole's Diner in Raleigh in 2007 and her biography on the restaurant's website describes it as an "evolving chalkboard menu of comfort-food classics, re-imagined through a philosophy of locally grown, seasonal ingredients and French-influenced technique." Christensen's … [Read more...] about Zahav, Ashley Christensen Win Big at James Beard Awards
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Stephen R. Groves and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press Updated 2:28 pm CST, Thursday, November 22, 2018 The crowd bundles up against the cold to watch the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2018, in New York. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images) The crowd bundles up against the cold to watch the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2018, in New York. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: DON EMMERT, AFP/Getty Images Photo: DON EMMERT, AFP/Getty Images Image 1 of / 29 Caption Close Image 1 of 29 The crowd bundles up against the cold to watch the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2018, in New York. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images) The crowd bundles up against the cold to watch the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day … [Read more...] about Despite cold, balloons fly at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
'Twas early October when me and my family were traveling home from Baltimore and saw that yellow highway sign that spoke to a breakfast-style culinary oasis in our immediate vicinity. Yes, I’m talking about Waffle Houses located everywhere else EXCEPT Philly, which is a travesty for those of us who like our grits cheesy and our hash browns smothered, covered, chunked, diced and peppered. We stopped. We dined. We tipped our server Jamie for exemplary service amid a crowd that stretched outside the front door since one of her peers had gotten hurt and had to leave mid-shift. And then, we returned home, some 40 miles from the closest Waffle House locations. Making matters worse is how Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner told me "that in the short term, we don't have Philly targeted" for an opening, thought "I think it would be a great market for us, and I'm sure we will get there someday."A recent survey looked into the most in-demand fast-food chains across America. Chick-fil-A, … [Read more...] about Craving Waffle House or In-N-Out Burger in Philly? Here are the closest locations!
Area voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for a midterm election that could see the balance of power shift toward the left in the U.S. Congress.Pennsylvania, and specifically the suburbs of Philadelphia, will play an important role in the future makeup of the Congress, with several races key to the Democrats' effort to flip the U.S. House. Nationwide, Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to retake the majority.Suburban women voters, who oppose President Donald Trump in large numbers according to polls, are considered the key voting bloc in the midterms.One thing is for sure: Philly-area voters will be sending a congresswoman (from District 5) and perhaps a second as well (from District 4) to Washington to diversify the current all-male congressional delegation from Pennsylvania.RELATED STORY: Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveils new congressional mapThere are other big races in the state, including for governor, and a multitude of contested seats in the … [Read more...] about 2018 Pennsylvania general election: What you need to know
About as traditional as apple pie, tailgating on game day is an American custom that many colleges and universities pride themselves on getting right. Regardless of weather conditions or team record, a Saturday is incomplete without partaking in a pick-up football game outside the stadium while your burgers char on the grill and your beer rests inside your favourite koozie. Some schools go above and beyond to make the tailgating experience almost as memorable as the game-winning drive to beat their longtime rival. Here are the best schools and places for tailgating in every state. We based our list on fan ratings, interviews, and national football rankings. Alabama: The University of Alabama The current champions of college football, the Alabama Crimson Tide continuously draw a ridiculous amount of fans near and far to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama residents may be split on whether their alliance lies with the Tide or fellow SEC rivals the Auburn University Tigers; however, … [Read more...] about The best college football tailgate in every state