The Way It Was

This terrific map is from the 1982-83 Philadelphia College of Art catalog which I uncovered amid my clutter and marveled at the terrifically clean graphic design done well before anybody had heard of Illustrator, Freehand or CorelDraw. This was all laid out by hand with a lot of care, a lot of patience and a lot of X-Acto #11 blades.

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Fettuccine with Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

It’s been a while since I’ve made pasta with my Imperia pasta maker. I call it a pasta maker rather than a machine because it’s powered by a hand crank. It’s a real workout-skip-the-gym thing.

Anyway, paired with thin spring asparagus, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes (thanks Bebe!), a little bit of cream and some basil, made for a fabulous dinner on Saturday night – accompanied by a loaf of seeded bread from Sarcone’s!  Continue reading

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The Details – Upper Darby

UntitledHaving basked in comic books and old movies my whole life, architectural details were what cities were supposed to be about. On a morning like the one above, the ornamentation would catch the light and look glorious. These details also look great on miserable days streaked with rain or covered in snow. It’s not a spectacular or important building but it’s so much more interesting than reflective glass.

Outside of the 69th Street SEPTA terminal.

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Looking South – Geno’s Painted Lady

It appears Gene’s famous cheesesteak emporium is expanding it’s empire in South Philly. I’m not certain if this is a brick and mortar store for Geno’s t-shirts, and baseball caps – what I do know is that I’m crazy about the paint job! What a fantastic palette – it’s sort of an abstract version of the painted Victorians in San Francisco. Nice job, Geno!

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Screened Window on the World

Screened window on the worldI was never much of a pet person. My eyes would usually roll up into my head when somebody would start to go on and on about their kitties or doggies. He did the cutest thing the other day…ugh! Now that I have a cat, I have become one of those people. I love my cat, and the camera loves him.

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Roaring High Above 15th & Chestnut

Roaring at 15th & ChestnutI was headed to a newly opened art supply store in what is known as Center City in Philadelphia when I happened to look up. Fortunately the lighting was good, and I had my compact camera with the terrific zoom lens, and I shot this fellow several stories up from the street. Fortunately this building hasn’t fallen under the heels of the “march of progress” as many others have only to be replaced by tall, mirrored, utterly uninteresting shapes. A lot of those types of buildings are sprouting up like metallic weeds. They may be interesting to a viewer from an airplane seat, but they are really boring to the pedestrian wandering below. Fortunately Philly still has some gems like the building above.

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Cherry Berry Galette

It was a pretty laid back weekend – a trip to the market, the fellas went to the movies, and a cook out was in the works for Monday. The cook out looked iffy, the sun was a no show and there was light rain in the morning. No matter, there was a lovely galette with cherries, blackberries, and blueberries. Worst case scenario – the marinated chicken would go in the oven. Fortunately, by the time dinner rolled around, the rain held off and we were able to fire up the grill – all is well in South Philly!  Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2017

In memory of many, in honor of all, thank you.

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ARCO Park

Today we present a  fairly decent view of the way things were. This is ARCO Park circa late 1970s/early 1980s. It sat on Broad Street between Spruce and Pine. It’s all gone now — swallowed up by the massive Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.

From the 1982-83 Philadelphia College of Art Catalog.

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UP on the Roof

We have recently told you of the work on the Civil War-era train shed at Broad and Carpenter Streets in South Philadelphia. Work continues as roofers scrape away the 20th Century modifications revealing what the building once was in the 19th Century. Continue reading

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Potatoes O’Brien

Potatoes O’Brien are potatoes, pan fried with red and green peppers, onion, and garlic. This dish is said to have been invented in the early 1900s, with a dispute that the recipe originated at Boston restaurant Jerome’s or possibly Jack’s in Manhattan. It is thought to be named for William Smith O’Brien, who led the Irish revolt following the 1844 Potato Famine.

Sketchy history aside, it was a magnificent side dish to the steaks I made on Saturday night. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, heat up the potatoes and top with a fried egg for breakfast.  Continue reading

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Italian Market Festival 2017 – Day 2

Day two – the sun made an appearance, along with Jerry Blavat, The Verdi Band from Norristown, and some Saints! It was a blast!!! More photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Italian Market Festival 2017

Saturday was the first day of the Italian Market Festival – the rain held off, and 9th Street was packed with people. Join us on Sunday for the Procession of the Saints, artisan vendors, music, and great food! More photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Philadelphia Museum of Art circa 1941

Dad at the Art Museum in 1941Dad wearing a casual jacket (which was weird for the time being that everybody wore a suit jacket and tie everywhere) in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I cropped it off of this image, but ’41 is written on the top border of the photo.

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