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Time to investigate a historic barroom myth

Joe Sixpack shares all things beer with readers in this weekly column. 


Meatless meals

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. Many people look for meatless meals to “keep the fast” today and on upcoming Fridays.


Letters to the Editor: March 1, 2017

Philly voters are sheep


Letters to the Editor: Feb. 22, 2017

Prom policy is wrong


Eat like royalty with a King Cake for Mardi Gras

The King Cake is served in New Orleans during the Carnival season, which begins on Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, and runs until Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday. The cake is a yeast bread, usually filled with a cream-cheese or cinnamon-sugar filling. In the colorful spirit of Mardi Gras, the cake is topped with a creamy icing and decorated with colored sprinkles — gold for power, green for faith and purple for justice. Traditionally, a plastic baby or a bean is hidden inside the cake. (Caution: Cake eaters need to be warned!) The person who gets the piece with the baby/bean is considered lucky — the King or Queen of the party. That person must also provide the cake for the next year’s Mardi Gras celebration.


Boldly going where no brewer has gone before

Joe Sixpack shares all things beer with readers in this weekly column. 


One last toast to popular Philadelphia bar owner

Joe Sixpack shares all things beer with readers in this weekly column. 


Letters to the Editor: Feb. 15, 2017

We must buy American


Bring home the bacon

“If bacon grew on trees, I would be a vegetarian.” 


Op-ed: Soda tax having negative impact on small businesses

I am a Republican, pro-business, at-large member of Philadelphia City Council. I’m also a pragmatist. I understand that a major American city like Philadelphia must constantly look for innovative ways to bolster the tax base. It’s also incumbent upon government officials to protect the citizenry from harm. However, in attempting to achieve both of these admirable goals in the recent history of Philadelphia, city officials may have unwittingly fallen victim to the law of unintended consequences. In other words, city officials may have achieved outcomes that were not the ones foreseen and intended by their original actions.