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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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Chef Martin Yan Hosts the 5th Annual Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA Awards Show in Las Vegas

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 10 October 2008

Chef Martin Yan Hosts the 5th Annual Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA Awards Show in Las Vegas

(Fremont, CA) - Rios All Suite Hotel & Casino will host the 5th Annual Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA Awards Show & Conference with chef Martin Yan in Las Vegas on January 5, 2009. Organized by Chinese Restaurants News, the 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. To enter the competition or to vote for your favorite Chinese restaurant, go to www.top100chineserestaurants.com, or call (888)727-8881.

About the Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA Awards...

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

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 04 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...

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...

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 AC Team on Thursday, 07 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...

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