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BLOG: 7 tips for surviving Ho Chi Minh City when you’re not Vietnamese

BLOG: 7 tips for surviving Ho Chi Minh City when you’re not Vietnamese

By John Liu Northwest Asian Weekly I recently took a long overdue vacation to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and it was a really exciting experience, one that I gleaned many lessons from. Here are my 7 tips for surviving Vietnam when you’re not Vietnamese! (The exchange rate on my trip was ₫22,500 Viet […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 35 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

Japanese Street Fashion

Japanese Street Fashion

In honor of our inaugural Year of the Monkey Fun Fashion Show to be held at House of Hong on Feb. 6, here’s a rundown of the fun, flirty, and often wackiness that is Japanese street fashion!

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Posted in Fashion, Vol 35 No 5 | 1/30-2/50 Comments

Mmm … mochi! —  A Japanese new year’s treat, a harbinger of good blessings, a choking hazard?

Mmm … mochi! — A Japanese new year’s treat, a harbinger of good blessings, a choking hazard?

By Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly If you frequent Asian markets during the year, especially around special holidays, you are probably familiar with the colorful and interesting variety of mochi, an elastic cake that is Japanese in name but multi-national in guise. In Japan, mochi plays a pivotal role in Shogatsy (new year) celebrations. For […]

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Posted in Cultures, Features 2, Food, Vol 35 No 2 | 1/9-1/150 Comments

It’s cold outside in Sweden — (But also beautiful)

It’s cold outside in Sweden — (But also beautiful)

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Four minutes is all I can take. It’s not jetlag. Or culture shock. It’s just hot. I’m in a sauna. In Malmoe, in Sweden. Guidebooks and everything, they talk about this. You go to Scandinavia, and you go to the sauna. For the coziness. For warmth and safety, inside, […]

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Posted in Features 1, Travel, Vol 35 No 1 | 1/2-1/80 Comments

The power of tea

The power of tea

By Ivy Ashe Hawaii Tribune-Herald HILO, Hawaii (AP) — On the second-story porch of his Papaikou home, Mike Longo poured steaming tea from a small glass pitcher into a set of cylindrical porcelain cups painted pale yellow. “You don’t want to waste a good oolong,” Longo said, passing the cups — called aroma cups — […]

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Posted in Food, Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/250 Comments

Putting holiday dinner leftovers to use in a savory curry

Putting holiday dinner leftovers to use in a savory curry

By Meera Sodha Associated Press Indians love a festive celebration. In fact, my family loved them so much that not only would we celebrate Diwali and Holi, we’d also throw ourselves into Easter and Christmas. I even remember my mum getting excited about Chinese New Year. Christmas often was bigger for us than Diwali because […]

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Posted in Food, Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/250 Comments

Holiday samosas? — Indeed! Just add mushrooms and walnuts

Holiday samosas? — Indeed! Just add mushrooms and walnuts

By Meera Sodha Associated Press Samosas probably are India’s favorite snack. These crispy triangles are loved by everyone from Bollywood actresses to business managers and toddlers to grandmas. When I was growing up, samosas made an appearance at any significant family gathering, whether it was small and festive or a huge celebration. A week or […]

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Posted in Food, Vol 34 No 51 | 12/12-12/180 Comments

The Village Report – Six weeks in Scandinavia

The Village Report – Six weeks in Scandinavia

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Six weeks, all together, if I can manage to hold through December, here in Scandinavia. I think the gut knows when it’s time to shake things up, and this time, I found myself at Kastrup with an immigration officer flicking through my passport—stamps from around Southeast Asia these last […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Oregon and Washington delay crab season because of toxin

Oregon and Washington delay crab season because of toxin

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)  — Oregon and Washington have joined California in delaying the start of their commercial crab seasons after dangerous toxin levels were found in the crabs. Officials say elevated levels of domoic acid were found in crabs in all three states. The toxin is naturally produced by microscopic algae in the Pacific Ocean, […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Food, Vol 34 No 49 | 11/28-12/40 Comments

WAYNE’S WORLDS — A season of stuffing, jelly, thanks…and a can of Spam

WAYNE’S WORLDS — A season of stuffing, jelly, thanks…and a can of Spam

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly Ahh…it’s that time of year again — family reunions, parades, fall leaves, and ugly sweaters. And let’s not forget about the food — pumpkin pie, roast turkey, gravy, Spam, and…wait, what? Oh, that’s right…Spam. You see, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving in Hawaii this year. That means we’ll be eating Spam […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Features 49, Vol 34 No 49 | 11/28-12/40 Comments

Thanksgiving Recipe — Soy glazed Kabocha Squash with Japanese sesame seasoning

Thanksgiving Recipe — Soy glazed Kabocha Squash with Japanese sesame seasoning

By Alisa Fleming GoDairyFree.org Kabocha squash has the texture of chestnuts after roasting, and the sweet flavor of its cousin, the butternut squash. This is roasted with just a light coating of oil. Then when it’s done, it is mixed with a simple soy glaze made of Japanese pantry essentials – Shoyu, Mirin, Honey, and […]

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Posted in Features 49, Food, Vol 34 No 49 | 11/28-12/40 Comments

Thanksgiving Recipe — Asian Flavored Oven Roasted Butternut Squash

Thanksgiving Recipe — Asian Flavored Oven Roasted Butternut Squash

By Thas Neen thasneen.com I often make soups using butternut squash. However, roasting them has become my new favorite way of enjoying butternut squash. I added Asian seasonings to the diced butternut squash and oven-roasted it. It turned out to be the best-tasting veggie side dish. Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 40 mins Total […]

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Posted in Features 49, Food, Vol 34 No 49 | 11/28-12/40 Comments

Chai from your mug turns into a holiday meringue cookie

Chai from your mug turns into a holiday meringue cookie

By Alison Ladman Associated Press We love warming spices around the holidays, which is one of the reasons we love to sip hot chai this time of year. But chai isn’t just for sipping. The rich, earthy flavors of this Indian spice blend also make great cookies. And that’s what inspired us to stir them […]

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Posted in Food, National News, Vol 34 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Autistic teen chef turns food aversion into cooking passion

Autistic teen chef turns food aversion into cooking passion

By Christine Armario Associated Press IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — When Chase Bailey was diagnosed with autism at age 2, his mother feared he’d never enjoy a typical childhood. Indeed, he hasn’t. Between appearances with celebrities and hosting his own cooking show, Bailey’s life feels anything but typical. During the past two years, the 13-year-old has […]

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Posted in Food, National News, Vol 34 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

PICTORIAL: Scenes from Jaipur, India

PICTORIAL: Scenes from Jaipur, India

Photos by Steve MacIntyre

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Posted in Pictorials, Travel, Vol 34 No 47 | 11/14-11/200 Comments

Essentials for a Phnom Penh visit — History, markets, culture

Essentials for a Phnom Penh visit — History, markets, culture

By Kristi Eaton Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Bigger. Taller. Fancier. Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh is undergoing a staggering period of development 40 years after the communist Khmer Rouge regime took over the city and forced thousands to evacuate to rural Cambodia in its brutal campaign to create an agrarian-based society. […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 46 | 11/7-11/130 Comments

Insight from a sage — The proverb non-sequitur (or fill out your forms correctly)

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly I am a beacon of wisdom. I am a pillar of intelligence. Go ahead, ask me anything. OK, maybe I’m not all that right at the moment. But, believe me, it’s just around the corner. I’m now 51 years old, and if you are to believe what you see […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 34 No 45 | 10/31-11/60 Comments

Lucky Peach cooks up easy side of Asian food

Lucky Peach cooks up easy side of Asian food

By Michele Kayal Associated Press Disney princesses reimagined as hot dogs and drunken rants by name-brand chefs are de rigueur for quarterly food magazine Lucky Peach. But a new cookbook from the journal’s editors leaves most of that on the table, favoring instead a just-campy-enough approach to Asian home cooking. Launched in 2011 by New […]

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Posted in Food, Vol 34 No 44 | 10/24-10/300 Comments

Asian superstitions… — Why leave luck to chance?

Asian superstitions… — Why leave luck to chance?

By Sun Lee Chang Northwest Asian Weekly Whether you collect good luck charms by the dozen or pluck that rare four-leaf clover, it’s hard to ignore the many superstitions out there that will hopefully shift the winds of fortune in your favor. Many traditional cultures are steeped in age-old superstitions. Across Asia, there are a […]

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Posted in Cultures, Features 44, Vol 34 No 44 | 10/24-10/302 Comments

The Village Report — Bugged in Phnom Penh

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly “That was what I was most worried about when we got here,” Bicycle (yes, that is his name) confessed tonight, up on the terrace. “Every time you go to an insectarium, you know, there are those huge ones, those really, really giant bugs—and then you look to see where […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 41 | 10/3-10/90 Comments

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