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The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Sunday, 11 April 2021

The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres
By Ben Fong-Torres San Francisco The Year of the Rat Being an older Chinese American, I am no longer, as Roy Orbison sang, “Running Scared.” I am walking scared, constantly looking around and behind me.  Stop AAPI Hate, the advocacy group, knows of nearly 4,000 cases of violence against Asian Americans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s time to stop the beatings and shootings, the blaming and finger-pointing.  For me, it’s also...

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Tune in February 8 2020 - San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade co-hosted by Ben Fong-Torres broadcasting live on TV and streaming on KTVU TV

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 07 February 2020

Tune in February 8 2020 - San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade co-hosted by Ben Fong-Torres broadcasting live on TV and streaming on KTVU TV

January 25, 2020

San Francisco

Happy Lunar New Year! Emmy-award winners Ben Fong-Torres broadcasts live with co-host Julie Haener the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco broadcast on television and streaming on KTVU - TV. 

In 2020, Chinese New Year begins on January 25 and ends on February 8. 

Ben Fong-Torres and Julie Haener co-host Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade on February 8, 2020 in San Francisco beginning at 5:15pm PST. Organizers expect 1.2 million people will be attending in person.

The Parade will be broadcast live on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26 Saturday February 8, 2020 on television! Watch the Parade live from the streets in San Francisco - the largest of its kind outside of Asia! 

Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, this is truly a sight to see.

The parade began in San Francisco more than one hundred years ago, and is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in North America.

This year the Southwest Airlines® 2020 Chinese New Year festivities range from the great Chinese New Year parade, to street fairs, a fashion show, and many other events. Bobo the parrot says Gung Hay Fat Choy!

This Lunar year marks the Year of the Rat. Here is a beautiful watercolor rendition of the Rat, as painted by the late, great former US Ambassador and former longtime Secretary of State of California March Fong Eu. 

The Chinese zodiac is in a...

Best Albondigas and Hot Mint Tea In Arcos, Spain by Sarah Woo

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 01 October 2012

Best Albondigas and Hot Mint Tea In Arcos, Spain by Sarah Woo

 

October, 2012

This month food blogger and recent law school grad Sarah Woo shares the many tastes and sights as she travels through Spain. Here are her photos of some of her most memorable meals so far.

For her full story on her food adventures in Spain go to her delicious food blog at www.winnercelebrationparty.com 

Excerpts from Sarah's blog: "I watched carefully as Oscar, the owner and my waiter, held a kettle of mint tea high in the air, pouring the tea into a glass, pouring the tea back into the kettle,

and repeating the process several times. Para mezclar, he said."

"I dropped into a chair in a nondescript place where a few Spanish men were chatting with the female owner behind the bar. She walked me over to the bar and showed me some of the hot tapas available: Albondigas, mushrooms, pork in tomato sauce. I got it all, with some cheap white wine. It was a perfect meal-the closest I’ve felt to “homemade” since coming to Spain."

 The best albondigas dish Sarah had ever tasted was at this Tapas bar in Spain. A perfect meal on a rainy day.

 For more of Sarah's travels in Spain go to her official website: www.winnercelebrationparty.com
 Sarah also is a contributing food writer for www.seriouseats.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hot Mint Tea with Fresh Mint in Arcos, Spain  Photo by Sarah Woo 

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Nov. 15: Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Hosts 1st Annual Varli Culinary Awards with Co-hosts Manu Narayan and Pooja Kumar in New York

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 01 October 2012

Nov. 15: Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Hosts 1st Annual Varli Culinary Awards with Co-hosts Manu Narayan and Pooja Kumar in New York


Manu Narayan Photo by Lia Chang

After much-acclaimed success with Varli Magazine, the Varli Food Festival, and the Varli Cook-Off, the Varli brand continues to expand its reach with the first annual Varli Culinary Awards on November 15, 2012, at The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. in New York.

The evening will be hosted by internationally acclaimed Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, along with Bombay Dream star Manu Narayan (The Love Guru), fresh from his electrifying turn as Richard Roma in La Jolla Playhouse’s revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, and Pooja Kumar (Vishwaroop, Man on A Ledge).

Vikas Khanna (Photo by Lia Chang)


The highly esteemed panel of judges includes celebrity judges, renowned food correspondents, and culinary experts such as Vikas Khanna, Jehangir Mehta, Monica Bhide, Rajesh Bhardwaj, Prasad Chirnomula, Hari Nayak.

This revolutionary concept will be the first global awards event honoring the best culinary talent in an array of categories related to Indian cuisine. “It was time to give credit where credit’s due. We really wanted to recognize and applaud the contributions and amazing achievements of Indian chefs, restaurateurs, and key influencers on the international culinary stage,” says Varli Singh, founder of the Varli brand.

In continuation of Varli’s mission to universally promote Indian cuisine, contestants spaning the U.S., India, Middle East, and Europe will compete in numerous categories including “Best Chef...

Happy Year of the Snake! Angi Ma Wong's Predictions for the Year

Posted by Angi Ma Wong on Sunday, 24 February 2013

Angi Ma Wong Predicts Year of the Snake

by Angi Ma Wong

FenSShui Lady ® Predictions for the

Year of the Water Snake 4711  

Currently Angi is scheduled to appear at an event called "The Chinese in America Interactive" with storytelling, displays, music and a surprise at the end!

Wednesday May 29, 2013
4:40pm
Live Oak Library
4153 E. Live Oak Avenue
Arcadia, California

You can order her feng shui books and kits at www.AngiMaWong.com                                              

GENERAL FORECAST

            During the Year of the Water Snake, the element of water sits on top of the fire element so they are in conflict. The Snake represents the month of May, a time of vigorous plant growth and signaling the oncoming zenith of summer, the hottest time of the year, possibly sparking revolution, change, violence and conflict. In recent times, the attack on Pearl Harbor fall of the Berlin Wall as well the Soviet Union, Tiananmen Square and 9/11 all occurred during Snake years. It is likely that there will be accidents and disasters involving air and sea, trains and ships, tornadoes and hurricanes, explosions and fires.  Children continue to be at risk.

                  In contrast to last year’s Dragon, the most yang of the twelve...

Live Crab Vending Machines debut in China's Zhehiang province

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 16 September 2013

Live Crab Vending Machines debut in China's Zhehiang province

September 11, 2013 - Hairy crabs are a popular delicacy in China. They are in season from August to October. A new vending machine has popped up in Hangshou, China reported by writer Gwynn Guilford of The Atlantic.com similar to this live hairy crab vending machine which debuted in a subway station in Nanjing, Jiangsu province December 17, 2010. The crab dispenser was designed by Shi Tuanjie, Chairman of the Nanjing Shuanghu Crab Industrial Company  Photo Credit by Sean Yong Reuters

Hangshou, China

The owner of the vending machine which just opened in Hangshou in September, 2013 is Mr. Liu who owns a live crab shop. He hopes to cater to crab buyers who come after hours when his crab shop is closed for the night.

11pm at night and hungry for live hairy crab? No problem, just head over to Mr. Liu's live crab vending machine!

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