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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...

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Kapa Cloth and Kalua Pig

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 26 October 2003

On Kaua'i, I tapped into Hawai'i's distinct nature as a community rich in culture and history during my Environmental Journalism fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG).

On Kaua'i, I tapped into Hawai'i's distinct nature as a community rich in culture and history during my Environmental Journalism fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG).

In 1999, after devoting many years to chronicling Asian America, I took a sojourn in search of serenity. Discovering my new muse on the garden isle of Kaua'i, the oldest and the lushest of the Hawaiian Islands, I knew I would return one day to capture the other-worldly landscapes on film.

This Spring, my NTBG fellowship, gave me a special entre to learn about Hawaiian culture and revisit my childhood interest in botany. During my intensive week studying ethnobotany and tropical ecology, I sat down with world-renowned plant ecologists, horticulturalists and ethnobotanists who have dedicated their life's work to finding a cure for illnesses, feeding the world, and saving the planet.

Globally, nine percent of the world's 250,000 plant species are endangered. Half of Hawai'i's native plants are threatened with extinction, as the situation is far more critical on oceanic islands.

Chartered by Congress in 1964, the National Tropical Botanical Garden administers a network of five gardens and three preserves in Hawai'i and Florida focusing on tropical flora. Everyday, I have class in one of the three...

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...

Antioxidant Powerhouses

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 01 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...

Travel Channel Series 5 Takes Comes Home to the USA

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 05 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...

Travel to Mexico or the Philippines with the Rotary Club

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 19 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).

REQUIREMENTS:
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.

DATES:
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.

HOW TO APPLY:
More information and applications on web site, www.rotary5280.org.
Click on Group Study Exchange.
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