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Traveling Japan: McDonald’s in Japan

Traveling Japan: McDonald's in Japan

I suppose it is fitting to talk about McDonald’s in Japan as it was the last stop before we headed back home Stateside, a sort of transition from Japan to America. I have pretty much removed McDonald’s from my dietary routine, for weigh cutting reasons and now for fair trade and sustainability purposes, but prior to this change, I always found it interesting to visit the local McDonald’s in different countries to see what they […] Continue »

Traveling Japan: Kaiseki

Traveling Japan: Kaiseki

I’ve got no patience for food preparation. For me, when it comes to cooking, the simpler, the better. I’m not a picky eater either, and though I enjoy delicious food, I wouldn’t really call myself a foodie. So when I read about Kyoto’s kaiseki specialities, I was not really interested. That is, until I tried some. Kaiseki is a multi-course traditional Japanese meal supposedly derived from the tea ceremony and buddhist tradition. There’s an emphasis […] Continue »

Traveling Japan: Conbini (Convenience Stores)

Traveling Japan: Conbini (Convenience Stores)

Last year, I wrote about Taiwan’s convenience stores being awesome. Japan’s are pretty awesome too. I remember one time, a couple decades ago, I found convenient stores in Japan selling Play Stations. Japan has a reputation of being too expensive, and definitely, high end Japanese hotels and restaurants can really be ridiculously pricy, even for high end, but many a time, with family or friends, I have traveled Japan living solely off of convenience store […] Continue »

Which Companies Are Celebrating Lunar New Year?

Which Companies Are Celebrating Lunar New Year?

By Emma Tao Tomorrow is Lunar New Year… are you ready? New Year’s is a very big deal to many Asian cultures, think of it as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas combined. People usually celebrate by gathering among family members they haven’t seen in ages, eating a large and expensive meal, and handing out pocket money as well as gifts. This year, I’ve noticed that many companies are having promotions and special events to help celebrate the […] Continue »

Stuff That Should Stay in Asia: Singing & Spinning Happy Birthday Flower Candles

Stuff That Should Stay in Asia: Singing & Spinning Happy Birthday Flower Candles

Have you seen these fire hazards known as “The Amazing Happy Birthday Candle?” Easily found on the Internet and evidently legal and available in the United States (via Amazon and other websites), these candles have been popular in mainland China and other parts of Asia before making their way here. Over the weekend, Taiwanese pop star Amber Ann (安心亞) posted a video of herself lighting the candle (and I presume screaming for her life): Post […] Continue »

Giveaway: GODIVA Limited Edition 2014 Chocolate Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes

Giveaway: GODIVA Limited Edition 2014 Chocolate Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes

UPDATE 9/10/2014: Congrats to Douglas C, winner of the GODIVA Limited Edition 2014 Chocolate Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes. In 2014, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 8. That means it’s mooncake time! Now if you’re like me, and you basically hated mooncake time because you think red bean paste is disgusting (I know, I know… I should get my Asian card taken away for that), then this is the mooncake treat for you! Back by popular […] Continue »

CNN Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Koreatown Los Angeles

CNN Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Koreatown Los Angeles

I’ve lived in LA’s Koreatown for a few years and driven up and down its streets on a daily basis for over a decade. I’ve got some of my own favorite little haunts on this corner and that strip mall, where the soondubu is mind-numbingly good, the bibimbap is to die for, and the karaoke selection includes awesome amazing songs like “Happy Birthday Dear My Friend”. So to see the streets where I have the […] Continue »

The Travel Channel: The Layover with Anthony Bourdain – Taipei

The Travel Channel: The Layover with Anthony Bourdain - Taipei

http://youtu.be/bhmGf55ELRQ I’ve watched on-and-off The Travel Channel’s show, The Layover with Anthony Bourdain, after reading a review of the television series in the New York Times when the show first premiered in the Fall of 2011. Recently, I saw my fellow Taiwanese American friends and acquaintances posted the YouTube-hosted episode on Taipei on Facebook (with no commercials) and watched the episode immediately. The episode made me *so* hungry and made me long for beef noodle […] Continue »

Judge Refuses to Block California Shark Fin Ban

Judge Refuses to Block California Shark Fin Ban

U.S. District judge Phyllis Hamilton refused to block the enforcement of California’s ban on the sale of shark fins, rejecting charges that the law is discriminatory against Chinese Americans.  Two organizations, Asian Americans for Political Advancement and the San Francisco Chinatown Neighborhood Association, had asked for enforcement to halt.  Said Judge Hamilton: “Plaintiffs have provided no evidence that the law was enacted for the purpose of discriminating against Chinese Americans.  Plaintiff’s own evidence shows that […] Continue »

Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant Or McDonald’s?

Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant Or McDonald's?

This time of year, for those who do not celebrate Christmas, and those who do not have family to celebrate Christmas with, there’s always the question of where you can go to eat on Christmas day, and traditionally that answer has been Chinese restaurants, many of which remain open for the Christmas holiday. Even my own family has gone to a Chinese restaurant for Christmas, when we didn’t want to have to cook a large […] Continue »

Bee House teapot

Bee House teapot

These Bee House teapots are known for their simple aesthetic and durability. With a stainless steel hinged lid and removable mesh infuser, they take the hassle out of brewing tea. The teapots come in a wide variety of colors that even a Pantone color chart would envy: bold primaries, sultry matte shades, and specialty glazes like antique and crackle. The 15 ounce round teapot (starting at $24.95) is perfect for tea for two.

Chez Pim jams

Chez Pim jams

Chefs have risen to a new level of fame with popularization of food culture, and so has a new class of culinary royalty: chefs’ spouses. Tolan Florence, wife of Waverley Tavern chef Tyler Florence, has a substantial following on Twitter. Krissy, wife of Ludo Lefebvre, manages her husband’s pop-up dining empire while helping to raise their two children. And Pim, wife of Manresa mogul David Kinch, has her own claim to fame. Originally from Thailand, […] Continue »