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Asia: travel reviews

Asia: travel reviews

Jomaru Korean Hot Pot offers three meals in one

Our server takes one look at me and decides I will need a bib. What she hands me is more like a plastic smock, or apron: it loops over my head and ties around my …

Bok Bok Dok is like K-Pop: sweet, spicy, and crisp

Video:FEAST!: Bok Bok Dok is like K-Pop: sweet, spicy, and crispIt’s been fun watching the population of Korean restaurants in San Diego slowly tick up, and branch out from the Convoy district into other parts …

So Saap grows its Lao restaurant, and we all benefit

A party of ten sits down at the next table, just after my first slurp of broth from the boat noodle soup, and right before the fish platter arrives.PlaceSo Saap4134 University Ave., San DiegoI’ve been …

Yuk Dae Jang means pork belly, noodles, and spicy beef stew

Video:Preparing a bite of bossamIn San Diego, we’re not supposed to cheer on the arrival of cool, wet weather. But I straight up smiled when that first autumn storm rolled in last week, because I’ve …

Uncle Tetsu sends you home with Japanese cheesecake

While noodles, dumplings, and other savory fare draw the most attention to the Convoy District, you could practically fill a guidebook to the neighborhood based solely on singular Asian dessert restaurants. I’ll have to circle …

Monnani Kkwabaegi offers a Korean donut twist

Would a donut by any other shape taste as sweet? A new food addition to the Zion Market food court makes the case that’s an emphatic yes. Unless, that is, you prefer it salty and …

Rudyard Kipling: author of The Jungle Book shares a poem

A Legend of Truth Once on a time, the ancient legends tell, Truth, rising from the bottom of her well, Looked on the world, but, hearing how it lied, Returned to her seclusion horrified. There …

January 28, 2022
A romantic triptych

This week finds two new home video releases from Film Movement, and yours truly still stinging from the loss of a funny broad. Joy Womack: the White Swan (2021) Accepted to Russia’s esteemed Bolshoi Ballet …

Nora Vargas attackers under sex harassment shadows

Hit piece late fees In what appears to be a much-belated post-election payoff, two Los Angeles-area Democrats forced from office amid sexual harassment scandals came up with big money in 2021 for a 2020 campaign …

Ae Southammavong levels up on Next Level Chef

Ae Southammavong says she always liked cooking. As a little kid in Laos, she learned things in the kitchen at home, and by the time she was about 10, she was helping her parents prepare …

January 26, 2022
Revisit the Old West at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum

As a rule, I drive slowly whenever I’m not on the freeway, slowly enough that it bothers even my patient wife a bit, But I need to drive slowly enough to allow for my persistent …

January 26, 2022
A lesson in spices at Ban Lao Cuisine

Night has clanged down on City Heights like an emergency curtain at a movie theater. It’s easy to get lost in this gloom once you’re out of the #7 bus, but, just past Happy Bubbles …

January 20, 2022
Fascinating Kinmen, Taiwan

A convenient weekend break from the noise and bustle of Taipei is a one-hour flight to the island of Kinmen. Although Kinmen is controlled by Taiwan, it lies only eight kilometers from the Chinese mainland …

Japan: a land of contrasts

I stare out at Mount Fuji: bright, clear, stately, basking in the morning sunshine. Cherry blossoms frame my view alongside the stunning Chureito Pagoda in the foreground. My timing was implausibly fortuitous. The previous day …

Thailand and back again

Squeezing into the oyster can of LAX and 19 hours of flying coach later, Bangkok hits me like a freight train: Heavy air and loud noise bounce off paved streets and temporarily blind a few …

January 14, 2018

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