Category Archives: Food & Drink

Boba Bubble: Will we ever have too many Boba Shops?

When Westfield Valley Fair mall, the preeminent shopping mall of Silicon Valley, became more accessible, I visited there after about a year and was struck by one thing: the sheer number of places you can get Boba Tea. I don’t … Continue reading

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Vegan Filipino Food Vendor Plans to Expand

Vegan Filipino food?  When I first heard about vegan Filipino food almost 9 years ago, I was really skeptical.  But the restaurant  chain Nick’s thrived for a long time, and during this Pandemic, owner Reina Montenegro has rebranded the Nick’s … Continue reading

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In Praise of Spam: Prose, a Play, and a Poem

Spam, Eggs, and Rice. That was a familiar and comforting meal when I was a kid, and I still feel that way today. While Spam has been condemned as the epitomy of unhealthy processed food, I recently learned about an … Continue reading

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Asian American Frozen Foods: Trader Joe’s ‘Bulgogi Beef Fried Rice With Kimchi’

I was at Trader Joe’s a week or so ago and saw  this new frozen meal available -‘Bulgogi Beef Fried Rice With Kimchi’: “Translated directly from Korean, bulgogi is a compound word that simply means “fire-meat.” Literal translations aside, bulgogi … Continue reading

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BIBIBOP Asian Grill giving US Veterans a free bowl on Veteran’s Day 2020

BIBIBOP Asian Grill joins a number of restaurants giving free meals and or discounts to US Veterans on November 11, which is US Veteran’s day.  Says Henry Yonky, BIBIBOP director of marketing, on the chain’s website: This is a great … Continue reading

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Asian American Frozen Foods: Trader Joe’s Beef Pho Soup

I was at Trader Joe’s recently and came across this new frozen offering, Trader Joe’s ‘Beef Pho Soup.’ While I’m a big fan of pho and I hope it becomes as popular as ramen, it’s not something I can easily … Continue reading

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Din Tai Fung Las Vegas Opening October 19th

Back in February before the COVID-19 pandemic (which seems like years ago), I was in Las Vegas and had seen and had blogged about Din Tai Fung “steaming this summer” at the Aria. I thought that due to the pandemic, … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Panda Express – ‘New Black Pepper Angus Steak’

While you cannot definitively see any Asian Americans in this Panda Express commercial (transcript follows), “New Black Pepper Angus Steak – Tender Angus steak wok-seared with hand-chopped baby broccoli, onions, red bell peppers and mushrooms in a savory black pepper … Continue reading

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H.E.R. is Interviewed and Cooks in a Filipino Restaurant

I asked some of my kids if they knew that recording artist H.E.R. (Gabi Wilson) was half Filipino, and they already knew that.  It seems the last person to know in our family was me!   In this interview at … Continue reading

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Din Tai Fung Las Vegas – “Steaming this summer”

Back in November of last year, I had blogged about the news that Din Tai Fung was going to open a restaurant in Las Vegas. At the time, there was little clarity as to when it was going to open … Continue reading

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Asian American Frozen Foods: CP’s Authentic Asia™’s ‘Shrimp Wontons’

I saw CP’s Authentic Asia™’s ‘Shrimp Wontons’ at Costco and thought I would try them out, since I had recently reviewed some surprisingly good frozen pork soup dumplings. I forget how much I paid for this package, but I think … Continue reading

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Din Tai Fung Opening in Las Vegas in 2020

  I was excited and saddened to hear that Din Tai Fung is opening in Las Vegas in the future: “Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese restaurant chain known for its xiao long bao, will open a location at the Aria … Continue reading

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