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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Restaurants Respond for Relief, Chef Arnold Wong Hosts Benefit for Japan Night at E&O Trading Co. in SF on 4/10

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 05 April 2011


On Sunday April 10th, Chef Arnold Wong is hosting a Special Benefit for Japan Night at E&O Trading Co. 314 Sutter Street in San Francisco to aid Japan following the country’s devastating natural disaster. This amazing evening brings together San Francisco’s finest restaurants, wineries and mixologists to raise funds for the victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami that hit Japan on March 11th.

Liam Mayclem of Eye on the Bay will preside as emcee from 5-9pm, live entertainment will feature local favorite Chef Joey Altman & The Backburner Blues and burlesque dancers, and the Bon Vivants will be mixing up amazing cocktails during this evening of great food, wines, spirits, live music, entertainment and a silent auction.

Tickets for the event are priced at $75 and 100% of proceeds from the evening will be donated directly to Give2Asia. …Representatives from Give2Asia will be in attendance to speak about their involvement with the Japanese community and outreach underway. Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door based on capacity!

http://www.give2asia.org/documents/Give2Asia-JapanTsunami-HowToHelp.pdf

Participating Restaurants:
Betelnut
Butterfly
Contigo
Range
Slanted Door
Grand Cafe
StarBelly
Beast & Hare
One Market
Tres
Citizen’s Band
Live Sushi
Le Soleil
Basil Canteen
& More

Desserts:
Cocotutti
Kara’s Cupcakes
Nash Baker’s
Raison d’etre Bakery
Pinky’s Bakery
Namu Restaurant

Beverages:
Southern Wine & Spirits
Honig Winery
Haamonii Smooth Shochu
Southern Wine & Spirits
Cannonball Wines
Illy Cafe
Cocktails & Bartending Skills by Bon Vivant’s

Silent & Live Auction Items:
Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Columbus Salami
Fairmont
Cosmopolitan
Palio d’Asti
Harris

If you missed the Cherry Blossom Festivals you can still enjoy these photos by Lia Chang

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 06 May 2010

Sometimes its best to just stop and enjoy the roses. In this case, the cherry blossoms were in full force this year from coast to coast as breathtaking as ever.

Click here to beautiful photos by Lia Chang

Enjoy this time-lapse video
created from more than 3,000 digital photos, one taken very three minutes during the 2008 Cherry Blossom festival. Or check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden CherryWatch website at http://www.bbg.org/cherrywatch

Jimmy Chin, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch, Alexandra Cousteau and others climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to Raise Funds and Awareness of Global Clean Water Shortage

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Friday, 08 January 2010

One billion people do not have access to clean, safe, drinking water. 30 year old award-winning photographer Jimmy Chin, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch, Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of explorer Jacques Cousteau, are among the expedition climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for the Global Clean Water Crisis.

UPDATE January 12, 2010:

They made it! The expedition led by philanthropic singer Kenna scaled to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro on Tuesday 8:24 pm local time January 12, 2010. The expedition took six days to complete, and had to overcome some harsh blizzard conditions. Kenna, who previously tried but failed to reach the peak in 2005 said, "WE MADE IT! ...The climb to the top may be over, but the fight has just begun..."

You can scroll to the bottom of this page below the images to read more about this expedition to raise awareness and funds for the Global Clean Water Shortage.

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One billion people do not have access to clean, safe, drinking water.

An expedition left today to climb the 19,340 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, to raise funds and awareness of the world's water crisis.

30 year old award-winning photographer Jimmy Chin, social entrepreneur Bernise Ang, actors Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsch, granddaughter of explorer Jacques Cousteau Alexandra Cousteau, Stanford student and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Kick Kennedy, and Elizabeth Gore, an executive with the United Nations Foundation are among the expedition members climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for the Global Clean Water Shortage.

You can follow them up Mt Kilimanjaro via the website Summit On the Summit.

While in South Korea - COEX is a Must See

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 01 July 2009

One of the best ways to view modern Seoul, South Korean society is to spend a day at COEX.

AsianConnections Travel and Lifestyle writer Sarah Woo visited the mega complex which has an aquarium, hundreds of shops, restaurants, theaters, and a convention and exhibition center.

For a glistening look at modern day Korea, be sure to visit the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) mall in Seoul.

Part mall, part convention and exhibition center, this is anything but your average shopping experience.

One could easily spend an entire day in this underground complex, which at 85,000 square meters is the largest such center in Seoul to date. Visit any of the hundreds of shops, restaurants and food courts to suit any taste, the aquarium, or even the 16-screen Megabox cineplex.

Aside from shopping, the best reason to visit COEX is to witness the explosion of young Korean men and women who swarm this popular gathering place.

Dressed in every latest fashion trend, youthful Koreans are a testament to the changes rumbling in a country that still espouses cultural traditions of hierarchy and kinship ties.

While young women breeze by on stiletto heels, they are still modestly dressed by American standards. Starbucks has become a popular hangout spot, but coffee is still somewhat of a novelty in Korea, where until recently one could only find instant powder.

While unexpected, the COEX mall is one of the best places in Seoul to see the blend of old and new. Be sure to make a visit!

Directions: Take the Seoul Metro line 2 to the Samseong-dong stop.

Chefs Theresa Lin and Martin Yan Co-host Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA Awards in Las Vegas

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 05 January 2009

I'm in Las Vegas for the 5th Annual Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA Awards Show co-hosted by Chef Martin Yan and Theresa Lin.

I'm in Las Vegas at the Rios All Suite Hotel & Casino to cover the 5th Annual Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA Awards Show & Conference, co-hosted by Chef Martin Yan and Theresa Lin. Organized by Chinese Restaurants News, tonight's Top 100 Chinese Restaurants Awards Show aims to present the very best of Chinese cuisine in the nation.

From suburban buffets to high-end restaurants, Chinese cuisine has become a fixture of the American daily dining scene. The Chinese Restaurant industry has over $20 billion annual sales with over 43,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. There are more Chinese restaurants in the U.S. than McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's combined.

To qualify for the competition's highest honor -- the Overall Excellence award, restaurants must have been in business a minimum of 2 years and have earned positive industry, media or customer recognition. Qualified restaurants undergo rigorous evaluation by professional Mystery Diners. The Top 100 highest-scoring restaurants will receive the Top Overall Excellence award. Selected from thousands of competitors, these exceptional restaurants demonstrate the highest standards of cleanliness, cuisine, dcor and service.

About the Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA Awards Ceremony
Organized by Chinese Restaurant News with the support of the National Restaurant Association, AboutFace, the Mystery Diner evaluation service provider, Healthy Dining, the restaurant nutrition educator, the Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in USA award show is a national event which aims to present the very best of Chinese cuisine which has become a part of America's daily dining scene. The competition is open to all Chinese restaurants in the United States. For more information, go to www.top100chineserestaurants.com.

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