Food & Travel Spotlight

Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

Posted by AC Team - on Friday, 06 January 2012

Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and cultural offerings, known as "Hallyu" or the "Korean Wave" feels more like a tidal wave in some...

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Delectable Pig Tales

Posted by Lia Chang on Saturday, 10 February 2007

Karen Lowe's Pig Tales are scrumptious hand-decorated sugar cookies-spotted pigs and golden pigs- with notes of fragrant Meyer lemon and rich Madagascar Bourbon vanilla.

Over dinner with Karen Lowe of six persimmons, inc., a New York based cookie company dedicated to creating iced cookies with a chic artisanal edge, I discovered that for the Year of the Boar, she has created Pig Tales, a collection of cookies in the shapes of spotted pigs and golden pigs (painted with edible gold leaf.) Scrumptious, freshly baked, hand-decorated sugar cookies with notes of fragrant Meyer lemon and rich Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, Karen packages them in a boxed set of 18 for $75. (plus delivery) Each cookie measures approximately 2 3/4" w x 2 3/8" d. They are marvelous for gifts and will add a special touch to your Chinese New Year festivities.

To order, visit or call six persimmons, inc. at 646.265.0015.

Travel to Mexico or the Philippines with the Rotary Club

Posted by Lia Chang on Saturday, 20 January 2007

If you are are a young professional between the ages of 25-40 and are employed full-time, the Rotary Clubs of Greater Los Angeles wants you - to represent them on a cultural and vocational exchange to Mexico or the Philippines.

If you are are a young professional between the ages of 25-40 and are employed full-time, the Rotary Clubs of Greater Los Angeles wants you - to represent them on a cultural and vocational exchange to Mexico or the Philippines. Trips are four weeks in duration and all expenses are paid by Rotary International and host clubs. (not including personal expenses).

Be between the ages of 25-40.
Be employed full-time in a recognized vocation or profession.
Not be a Rotarian or closely related to one.
Not be accompanied by a spouse, companion, or dependent.

Mexico, May 2- May 30,2007.
Yucatan Peninsula, including cities of Merida, Cancun, Oaxaca, Cozumel, Escarcega.

Philippines, March 17 April 14, 2007.
Island of Mindanao, located in the south and is the second largest island of the Philippines.

The deadline for applications is February 17, 2007.

More information and applications on web site,
Click on Group Study Exchange.
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Winter Delights in Central Park

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 01 January 2007

Gliding on fresh ice in a pair of skates is sheer bliss.

Gliding across fresh ice in a pair of skates is sheer bliss. My last fond memory of skating is at the age of twelve on an indoor ice skating rink in San Francisco, with visions of Olympic gold swirling in my head. A sport I dabbled in as a child, it is one of the few athletic pursuits I enjoy.

On this lazy Sunday afternoon, I hook up with Dustin Ross, a photographer friend, at the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park . Young lovers, parents with chubby cheeked children and groups of teenagers have come out to play on the ice on this warm winter day. The 50-degree temperature makes the hour-long wait bearable. As we pay our admission fee, the ice is being resurfaced. Just as I finish lacing up my skates, a voice resonates over the loudspeaker calling the eager skaters to the ice.

Dustin is the perfect companion to skate with. A three-time state champion on the Aspen Avalanche Ice Hockey Team while growing up in Colorado, he started skating at age six and makes me feel at ease being back on the ice.

A grand time is had by all. Many skaters glide effortlessly without falling, while others hug the sides of the rink for dear life. Street wear is the mode of choice, from fleece tracksuits, to jeans and chunky sweaters topped by ski parkas of all lengths. Colorful knit caps, scarves and leather gloves finish off the ensembles.

Over 650 people are on the ice yet I feel as if Dustin and I are alone as we circle the ice at our own rhythm and pace, listening to the music filtering over the loudspeakers. The New York City skyline is visible over the bare branches of the trees and at twilight, the changing colors of the sky are a sight to behold. Skating in the evening at Wollman Rink can be a romantic affair, sweeter still with a Carmel apple and a cup of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream.

The Wollman Skating Rink was built in Central Park in 1943, following designs...

Travel Channel Series 5 Takes Comes Home to the USA

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 06 November 2006

Zach Yonzon, Lena Toepan, Timothy Bloxsome, Jamie Tan and Bevis Song are five travel journalists from Asia on an 8-week adventure across the United States.

Zach Yonzon, Lena Toepan, Timothy Bloxsome, Jamie Tan and Bevis Song are five lucky travel journalists chosen from over 4,500 applicants across Asia-Pacific for 5 TAKES: USA , the international travel series that capitalizes on the real-time advantage of internet/television convergence and lets viewers craft the itinerary. Sounds like a dream assignment to me.

Bevis Song, 21, is from Taiwan; Jamie Tan, 28, is from Singapore; Lena Toepan, 26, is from Indonesia; Timothy Bloxsome, 24, is from Australia; and Zach Yonzon, 32, is from the Phillippines.

Tune in as the Travel Journalists (TJs) embark on their 8-week journey across major cities throughout the United States. First up is Las Vegas, Nevada for non-stop entertainment in the city that never sleeps. From the desert heat of Nevada, the TJs are off to the glaciers of Anchorage, Alaska for an expedition into the snowy wilderness. Washington D.C., will provide the TJs with an inside look at the inner workings of government and politics. From the Northeast, they will head south to the sandy beaches and theme parks attractions of Orlando and Miami, Florida; Memphis,Tennessee for a taste of our southern hospitality; New York City to visit the historical sites and buildings of the city; and Austin, Texas for lessons in ranching, rodeos, and football. Their final stop, in California, will be determined by an audience poll between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Each traveler will have a Mini DV camera and laptop editing facilities to produce independent short daily blogs and weekly vlogs (video blogs) of their experiences for the Travel Channel website A production crew will film their entire journey for the weekly series airing on Travel Channel within seven days of being filmed. As the TJs document their...

Antioxidant Powerhouses

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 02 August 2006

Blackberries, grape juice from Concord grapes, walnuts, strawberries, and artichokes top the list of antioxidant powerhouses

CONCORD, Mass., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly published study provides a listing of the total concentration of antioxidants for more than 1,000 foods and beverages commonly consumed in the U.S. Ranking the items by antioxidant concentration per serving size, the five foods and beverages with highest antioxidant levels were blackberries (1 cup), Welch's 100% Grape Juice (8 ounces), Ocean Mist artichoke hearts (1 cup), walnuts (1 ounce) and strawberries (1 cup sliced). These items ranked higher than blueberries, red wine, chocolate, coffee and tea -- often touted for their high antioxidant capacity.

Researchers from the University of Oslo, Norway, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the University of Minnesota used the FRAP (ferric reducing ability of plasma) assay method to measure and compile this expanded listing of total concentration of antioxidants for 1113 foods and beverages. The study, which appears in the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was conducted independently of any industry sponsors. Food samples were obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Food and Nutrient Analysis Program.

"Antioxidants are bioactive compounds in foods that play an active role in the human body. By quenching free radicals they help maintain oxidative balance and contribute to good health," explained nutrition consultant Carla McGill, PhD, RD. "Many high-antioxidant fruits and vegetables can be identified by their deep, dark coloring. In fact, researchers in this study found that blackberries and Welch's Grape Juice had the highest antioxidant contents per serving of all the foods measured."

The researchers quantified the antioxidant concentration of the foods by measuring the antioxidant concentration per typical serving size. For juices this was an 8 ounce...