Category: Etc.

2017: Your Year of Gastronomic Adventure

Every new year comes with another year’s worth of practical and impractical resolutions. If you’ve set your mind on stepping outside your comfort zone, start off with a pledge to be more gastronomically adventurous. Every culture has its own odd culinary dishes and delicacies but Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines usually take the cake. Balut […]

Stew Up to Warm Up

As temperatures fall across the U.S., a cozy comforter and a hot bowl of food are hard to resist. Asian cuisines are filled with warming stews catered to both meat-lovers and vegetarians alike and some of our favorites are listed below. Grab a seat on the couch, load up your next Netflix series for binge-watching […]

Larb Over Lanterns

Loi Krathong, the annual Thai celebration that pays respect to the goddess of water, is upon us next Monday, November 14. As people in Thailand release thousands of lanterns into the moonlit sky and float handmade lotus-shaped rafts in the water, we’ll be celebrating with some larb and curry stateside. Here’s our roundup of noteworthy […]

Make Your Way Through Asia on the 7 Train

If you’re not riding NYC’s 7 train to get home, to a Mets game, or the U.S. Open, you’re probably heading to Flushing, Queens to feast on a variety of traditional Chinese cuisines and dishes. But don’t forget that Queens is considered the most diverse borough in New York City and its Asian dining options […]

Four Ways to Beat the Heat

Photo Courtesy of Crafthubs Need relief from the scorching heat? Summertime is wonderful but advisories across the country have us preoccupied with staying cool and not melting away. When you need more sustenance than iced water and tea, try one of our go-to dishes that will keep you chill from Los Angeles to New York […]

Manhattan’s Very Own Tokyo

We all know Manhattan’s East Village for its bars, punks, curry, and late-night eats. But don’t forget the amazing “Little Tokyo” stretch of 9th Street where breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert can all be covered within a one block radius. Here are our picks for must-try dishes that will satisfy every Japanese food lover’s cravings: […]

Eat Your Way to the Finish Line

Falling on the fifth day of the fifth month each year of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Jie (端午节), is one of great historical significance. Held annually for over 2,000 years, the festival commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar, Qu Yuan, who drowned himself […]

Spray Paint Beijing

In the West, graffiti is associated with Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Lady Pink, and others featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Exit through the Gift Shop. Their image is one of vandalism that can only be performed in secret during the darkness of night. In Beijing, most graffiti remains constrained to the streets of 798, the […]

Thailand’s Songkran Festival

Photo Courtesy of Expedia Celebrated annually from April 13 to April 15, the Songkran Festival is considered to be Thailand’s very own New Year’s Day. This festive occasion keeps in line with the Buddhist/Hindu calendar and follows a three-day celebration evolving around cleansing and prayer. During this auspicious festival, Thais traditionally return home to reunite with this families, visit temples, and sprinkle […]

Qing Ming Festival

Photo Courtesy of China Digital Times Qing Ming Festival (清明节), also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a Chinese holiday set aside for commemorating and paying respects to one’s ancestors. Usually falling on April 4th or 5th of each year, this day is one of both sadness and remembrance as many family members travel to the gravesite of deceased loved ones. […]