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Pistahan Parade and Festival

                    The largest celebration of Filipino Americans in San Francisco returns and is set for August 8 & 9 2009. The celebration will include the Adobo Cook-off and balut eating contest, Filipino cuisine and deserts, cultural exhibits, and the second annual San Francisco Filipino American jazz...

Lunch in a Box

Bent?, a single portion takeout or home-packed meal is a common sight in Japan but is now becoming a popular trend in the United States. Generally consisting of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables as a side dish, Bento...

San Jose Obon

Obon - the annual Japanese Buddhist festival to honor departed spirits or one's ancestors, has evolved into a family reunion celebration which traditionally includes a dance known as Bon-Odori. Obon lasts for three days however starting date varies with regions of Japan. ShichigatsuBon (Bon in...

Origins of Bánh mì

Bánh mì is a Vietnamese baguette made up of thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, onions, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeno peppers and meat or tofu. The sandwich is a product of French colonialism in Indochina, combining ingredients from French (baguettes, pate and mayonnaise) with native Vietnamese...

European Designed "Chopstick Aids"

Dining out at an Asian restaurant can pose to be problematic for those who are unfamiliar with the new eating utensils. Two questions arise, one can either fiddle with the chopsticks or do the embarrassing thing of asking for a fork. However, Europeans are taking...

Ponyo ???????

From the Academy Award-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki comes PONYO, a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy tale "The Little Mermaid." Already a box-office success in Japan, the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo and her quest...

What Will They Think of Next?

With the announcement of Pepsi Shiso in Japan in recent months, Coca Cola, the cola leader in Japan is not letting this product be outdone and is creating its own take. In stores June 8, 2009, Coca Cola released Coca Cola Plus with Catechin, which...

Anime Expo 2009

In its 18th year running, Anime Expo shows no signs of losing interest. More than 40,000 anime enthusiasts are expected to attend between July 2 and July 5 in Los Angeles for the largest anime, manga and games convention. "Anime covers the full breadth and...

The Reign of the Rooster Sauce

Huy Fong Sriracha sauce, the Thai-inspired hot-pepper sauce famous for its dominant white rooster against the backdrop of the bright red sauce bottle. Quite possibly, the Sriracha sauce tastes great on everything has taken the following in recent years, even to the extent of having...

Lords of the Samurai Art Exhibit

San Francisco's Asian Art Museum is now exhibiting more than 160 objects - weaponry, costumes, paintings, ceramics and more. This exhibit which runs through September 20, 2009 explores the principles that governed the culture of the samurai lords."Lords of the Samurai takes an intimate look...