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Slurp Away Winter Storm Jonas

With Winter Storm Jonas about to hit us hard with snow this upcoming weekend, there’s no better way to stay warm than with a hearty bowl of soup noodles. Though Japan is famous for their classic bowl of ramen, it is also known for its infamous udon, a type of thick wheat flour noodle that […]

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Asian Getaways: Seoul

Rated Asia’s most livable city in 2015, Seoul has quickly become a leading global metropolis. From age-old architecture holding ground alongside towering skyscrapers to food stalls selling a variety of traditional snacks outside Italian-Korean fusion restaurants, visitors are able to get a sense of both the old and the new just by roaming the streets of the bustling city. Here […]

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Spike Up Your Afternoon With Some Gin Tea

Afternoon Gin Tea Makes 1 Pot, Serves 2 Gin time and tea time are both entrenched British traditions, and the pair makes quite a heady cocktail. The British colonized much of Asia, and in the process, they brought over their traditions, including a proper English tea. This cocktail picks up both citrus and smoky notes from Lapsang Souchong, a […]

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Asian Getaway: Hong Kong

Having an extended layover can be a traveler’s worst nightmare. However, a long layover in Hong Kong is most definitely a blessing in disguise. Known for its skyline and deep natural harbor, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated metropolises where “East meets West”. A hub for all things dining, entertainment, and shopping means that, […]

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Take the L Train to Manila

When most people think of Williamsburg, they think of Instagram-worthy coffee shops and hip farm-to-table restaurants. Snuggled in the heart of Brooklyn’s dining hub is Manila Social Club, a family-owned Filipino and French-inspired eatery founded on the philosophy of bringing people together through food. A permanent expansion of many successful pop-up dinners hosted by Björn DelaCruz, this brick and mortar aims to […]

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Replace Your Maple Syrup with Soy Sauce

Switch up your late-night IHOP pancake cravings by replacing the standard sweet and fluffy concoction with its savory, crispy Asian counterpart. Like a personalized pizza, the options for additions are endless and the motto is definitely “the more, the merrier”. Perfect as a main dish or a shared appetizer, these flat cakes will quickly be devoured within seconds of being placed […]

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Your Morning Green Tea Will Renew Your Skin

If you’ve ever scrolled through your Instagram feed in the mornings, you would know that colorful green tea lattes have been all the rage. However, you don’t have to drink green tea to reap its benefits as it also works superbly as a topical beauty ingredient. With skincare benefits that range from busting hormonal acne to warding off wrinkles […]

Mid-Autumn Festival: What to Eat

You were just invited to a family reunion dinner by your close friend who also happens to be Chinese. The scene very much reminds you of your own family’s Thanksgiving get togethers: overflowing plates of food and bottles of alcohol cover the tables as everyone is preoccupied with catching up on months’ worth of life events. But, hold on – everyone’s Asian, it’s September, and […]

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The Business of Drinking in Asia

You’re at a local Chinese restaurant for some late night greasy grub and you look over to see a group of diners drinking from exceptionally small shot glasses and unfamiliar bottles of alcohol. It’s definitely not soju and probably not sake – what could it be? Alcohol consumption plays a key role in both business and […]

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Manhattan’s Best Shaved Cream Desserts

With high temperatures and unbearable levels of humidity throughout New York City, all we can think about is staying cool. Trade in your ice cream and waffle cone for some shaved cream, the next best thing in frozen desserts. This evolution of Taiwanese and Korean shaved ices pairs the fluffy texture of ‘snow’ with the […]