Songkran, the Thai traditional New Year--better known as the Water Festival--is all about getting blasted with water and beer and this year it landed on Sunday, April 13. You missed out on celebrating the festivities in Chiang Mai or Phuket with the hundreds of thousands who gathered there, but i ... More >>
It seems as if every time we turn around, there's another natural disaster happening somewhere. Sometimes, the news alerts and funding drives can all seem to blend together. Our own lives certainly don't stop, and it can be tempting to just tune it all out -- especially around the holidays. But th ... More >>
Trying to find authentic Thai food in South Florida is like searching good Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean food. This isn't Los Angeles; we just don't have the people here to make it. You're best chance of finding truly authentic fare is to make nice with a foreign family and invite yourself over for ... More >>
Let's face it, we love our family, but we don't always like them. That's why Thanksgiving can be tricky. There's only so many times we can listen to our Uncle's theory that George Zimmerman works for Obama before we feel the urge to slit our wrists with the long end of the wishbone. So how do you ... More >>
It seems like a miracle -- or at least a statistical unlikelihood -- that none of the Filipino workers onboard the cargo ship Ocean lost anyone in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Thousands of people were killed and millions were left homeless after the storm ravaged the nation's 7,100 islands on Novembe ... More >>
When Typhoon Haiyan belted the central Philippines, it left a wave of destruction in its path. According to NBC News, the death toll is around 2,000 and about 11 million survivors are in serious need of food, shelter, and medicine. Tacloban city, located in the hardest hit area, was once a thrivin ... More >>
A Jupiter couple is suing the Purple Lotus Kava Bar in West Palm Beach because they claim they've gotten addicted to their specialty drinks. The reason they're addicted, they say, is because of a special ingredient in the drinks called kratom, which is actually an opium substitute. Mmmmm opium... ... More >>
After using blackface in theater to proliferate racist stereotypes in the early 20th Century, Americans eventually wised up. Eight thousand miles away in the South Pacific, Thailand didn't seem to get that memo. Dunkin' Donuts there released an ad to promote its chocolate donut using blackface. Hu ... More >>
If you've ever walked into your local Asian grocer and gasped for air, just wait until you get up close to a durian. Also known as "stink fruit," this exotic import can have an odor so offensive it's actually banned from most public places in Southeast-Asia, including hospitals, buses, trains and ho ... More >>
In today's food centric culture, eating obscure ingredients and dishes is almost like racking up Boy Scout merit badges. It's how those of us with unholy food obsessions keep score. Siam Rice Thai and Tapas in Hollywood had flickers of the authenticity many gastronauts seek, like strips of Thai bas ... More >>
Come Tuesday morning, you won't just be going back to work. Chances are, you'll be going back to work with a killer hangover. Since the usual options like hair of the dog, Bloody Mary's, and another shot of tequila aren't going to be something you can partake on during the commute to the office ... More >>
This week's restaurant review is about Pho Vi, a Vietnamese restaurant that opened in March in downtown Hollywood. In the past few years, Vietnamese cuisine has exploded on the contemporary food scene, thanks in large part to a filling and fun-to-eat dish called pho -- beef broth and noodle soup th ... More >>
"How did you find out about us?" asked owner Khoa Nguyen of his shop that opened last month. He's from southern Vietnam.We learned about it from a flyer at a nail salon of all places, I told him. My friend Megan had been craving soup, despite that temperatures here have hovered in the 80's. In two w ... More >>
When I was in New York a couple weeks ago, Robert Sietsema took me to Zabb Elee, a Thai restaurant in the East Village. The slip on the basement level offers Thai-hot dishes from the Isaan region of Thailand, near Laos. Decked in white, the restaurant's decor is apparently a Northern Thai ... More >>
KabukiKabuki has two happy hours fit for a samurai.What does the new kid on the block have to do to make friends? How about offering not one, but two happy hours?Kabuki, the recently opened sushi and tapas restaurant on Clematis Street, is offering a happy hour deal worth checking into.
Paul HiltonThe other night while having Chinese at Silver Pond with a friend, we debated about ordering the shark fin soup. "If you were in the ocean, the shark wouldn't think twice about eating you," my friend rationalized. He was hell bent on ordering a bowl. His response didn't move me. Is sha ... More >>
Cooking is hard, or so I was brought up to believe. I wasn't told this but rather deduced it from two facts: My family was full of people who'd spent decades cooking for one another, and almost none of them seemed to be very good at it. So what was the point? If a lifetime spent grimly oozing swe ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared part one of our interview with Coco Asia's owner and chef, Mike Ponluang. If you missed it, you can read it here. We continue with part two of our interview. Clean Plate Charlie: You're from Thailand, but your cuisine has other Asian influences, as well. Tell us about y ... More >>
Mike Ponluang, owner and executive chef of Coco Asian Bistro & Bar, has traveled the world, learning and teaching elegant Thai food preparation. He attended Siam Business School and worked as a cook at the Chaopraya Hotel, the open mess for United States Army officers stationed there dur ... More >>
Today, amnesty is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
South Florida abounds with tropical fruit, crazy, exotic fruit many American citizens have never seen (or smelled). You've no doubt encountered guava, carambola, dragonfruit and guanabana -- all yummy fruits, to be sure.But a recent report from Southeast Asia generated some worry: what if weird, ... More >>
Back in January, we asked you to vote on your favorite local bands, bars, restaurants, and everything in between for our Readers' Poll. And you sure voted -- we logged 2,351 of them. The full results will be printed in our Best of Broward-Palm Beach edition July 17. Below is a preview of the food ... More >>
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