To Live and Eat in Los Angeles

The flavorful amuse bouche at Tangine, Beverly Hills.

The flavorful amuse bouche at Tangine, Beverly Hills.

I’ve been to many cities in the world from Hong Kong to Tokyo to Paris to Berlin to New York, but none have international cuisines more diverse, more authentic, and more affordable than Los Angeles. I’m conjecturing that it’s all due to this metropolis’ amazing diversity in population and affordability of space. Even an incredibly specialized ethnic cuisine can afford to open up a little shop that local residents will champion. From haut cuisine in Beverly Hills to a mom-and-pop shop in Koreatown, LA has nothing short of good eats.

My aunt took me out for her birthday at Beverly Hills’ Tagine, a Moroccan haut cuisine restaurant. “It used to be impossible to get hummus in the 80s,” reminisced my aunt over the six course tasting menu with wine pairings, “And now it’s everywhere with all different flavors.”

Agents of SHIELD — “Afterlife” — Season 2, Episode 16 — Review & Recap

agents-of-shield-afterlife_article_story_large

(Spoilers ahead…)

As Robert Gonzalez makes his move, Coulson must do whatever it takes to protect the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile Skye’s journey to control her powers take a surprising turn when she meets the enigmatic Inhuman named Lincoln….

This was the transition episode where everyone was in their own “Afterlife” or way station, as the players assess their moves and prepare for their plan of attack. Basically, all the SHIELD stuff and Coulson and Hunter waiting out the attack outside Bruce Banner’s Hulk-secured cabin were the best parts with witty dialogue, alliances questioned and lots of cooking and steaming of plots.

This Week in Internet Sexiness: Two Pandas Have Sex for Longer Than Two Pandas Have Ever Had Sex

Horny Pandas Set Record With Marathon Sex Session

Pandas are not known for their sexual prowess. On average, their lovemaking lasts from 30 seconds to five minutes, which isn’t that long and completely incomprehensible to me since I can’t relate to that at all. And that’s when they’re in the mood or able to perform, which isn’t a given with pandas as they are notoriously, well, bad at doing the nasty. Zookeepers have even had to produce panda porn to get them horny. Again, something I can’t relate to on any level.

"I'm only watching this for the story."

“I’m only watching this for the story.”

So when two pandas at the Sichuan Giant Panda Research Center named Lu Lu and Zhen Zhen went at it for a full seven minutes and 45 seconds, they became the rock stars of the panda world. Lu Lu even earned the nickname “Enduring Brother” when the video of their sex marathon went viral in China.

Around the Horn: Nostalgia Food

australiandairy5

Even though I did not grow up in Hong Kong, I went there often as a child as my father’s side of the family is from there. One of my favorite places to eat was the Chinese diner or “Cha Chaan Teng” – essentially a “tea canteen” that served Cantonese street-food classics (bbq, noodles, etc) along with western food done Chinese style to Hong Kongers. My favorite meal that I would share with my grandmother would be soy sauce roasted quail (with a dark caramelized, crispy Peking duck-like skin and itty, bitty drumsticks that I’d gnaw on like Sylvester the cat), borscht soup (more sweet than sour), and chestnut paste layer cake – these were probably the most refined items on the menu which suited her Shanghainese tastes.

If I was craving comfort food, I’d dig into their baked rice or noodle dishes which essentially was a protein on top of starch drowned with a rich sauce and baked in the oven to perfection. So that means either ketchup fried rice or spaghetti noodles with baked pork chop in tomato sauce or, “portuguese chicken” which is basically a coconut curry chicken baked in rice. And to wash it all down, I’d slurp down either a HK milk tea (basically strong black tea with sweetened cream), ovaltine (the malty British iteration), or a red bean icee (tall glass with red beans, crushed ice and sweetened milk). I have a big sweet tooth so the intense combination of sweet and savory and more sweet put me in my happy place. Also the fusion of east and west, kid food (noodles plus ketchup, ovaltine) and grown up food (Cantonese classics and baked rice) all mixed up – is both a reflection of my identity and palate so there’s a certain gastronomic synchronicity that makes me feel just at home.

Look, It’s our Friend Josh Fu Doing the Opposite of Killing It on This Game Show

Screen shot 2015-04-05 at 3.54.46 PM

Our friend Josh Fu is one half of Fu Music and placed in the top two during the first season of our competition show Internet Icon. Here he is on the game show Password not doing quite as well as he did on our show. In fact, this is a pretty epic fail but also the best 3 ½ minutes you’ll spend on the internet today:

But lest you think from his performance above that Josh is not awesome, check out this video he and his brother Jacob shot and edited in six hours during our Internet Icon competition and tell me it’s not badass:

Why the Producers of This 1980s C. Thomas Howell Movie Should Sue Mindy Kaling’s Brother

You might have heard that Vijay Chokal-Ingam, the older brother of actor/producer/writer Mindy Kaling, recently admitted that he had pretended to be African American so he would have a better chance of being accepted to prestigious medical schools and plans to write a book about it now.

11054454_894948600527494_2059237389865225964_n

In his own words: “I knew that admission standards for certain minorities under affirmative action were, let’s say… less stringent?”

So he shaved his head, trimmed his eyelashes, started using his middle name (Jojo) and…instant beneficiary of affirmative action!

Although he interviewed at eleven prestigious medical schools as a black man including Harvard and Columbia, he only got into one: St. Louis University Medical School. And there he spent two years living in “blackface”.

Should I Or Should I Not Visit My Neighbor, An Acquaintance, Who Was Moved Into A Convalescent Home About Six Months Ago, And Who I Visited Once, But That Was A While Ago?

visit2

This was the question posed to me by my mom the other day on the phone.  Lately (and by “lately” I mean the last ten years or so), she has had many such questions for me.  “What gift should I get my niece who loves the movie ‘The Titanic?’” “I visited two dentists’ offices, and while one doctor comes more highly recommended, he wore sandals.  Is that normal?  Who would you pick?” or “We need to buy a car, and I don’t know whether we should go to a dealer or a private party.”

visit1

These are questions my mom never would’ve asked me when I was a middle schooler, even a teen.

According to Chinese Textbooks, Everyone in the World Should be Gay

if-masturbation-is-wrong-i-dont-want-to-be-right-quote-1

There are apparently sex education textbooks in Chinese high schools that state that “masturbation will lead to mental disorders and homosexuality.”

So if this is true, every single person on Earth should turn gay. In fact, if those high school students reading those textbooks are anything like I was at their age, they should be turning gay at least 3 or 4 times a day.

SXSW 2015 Coverage from The Daily Buzz including highlights from K-Pop Showcase

SXSW_Kpop
The SXSW Conferences ended almost 10 days ago, and the press coverage is still trickling through. We already reported about the strong Asian American film representation at the SXSW Film Festival, including the world premieres of KTOWN COWBOYS and TWINSTERS among others, the real spotlight at SXSW is the massive music conference, which continues to overshadow both the film and interactive conferences, with over 2,000 bands from around the world congregating in Austin, officially and unofficially, to get noticed with the numerous fans and music reps who are there to see the next wave of potential superstars.

Silence of THE FLASH / Hunt the Dark ARROW

guest_offendersDOMINIC

Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and @thorhulkcritic.

Screen shot 2015-04-02 at 9.15.07 AMMark Hamill guest-stars as the Trickster in this week’s THE FLASH. Yes, he also voices the Joker in the Batman animated series and videogames, and he also played the Trickster in the old-school FLASH series of the 90s, so basically Mark Hamill owns the Jokey DC Villains Who Cackle. Barry and Joe consult Mark in his prison cell when a new Trickster threatens Central City. The setup is very much Silence of the Lambs, down to Mr. Hamill’s terrifyingly-accurate sense of smell. Also, he eats a Red Vine in a way that is just wrong.

In possibly the most meta-humorous moment in THE FLASH thus far, Mark Hamill delivers this surprising line to the new Trickster: “I AM YOUR FATHER.” Yessir, Mark Hamill says that. **

The Walking Dead — Season 5, Episode 16 (Season Finale) — “Conquer” Recap & Review

TWD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE SIXTEEN a

Here is the 5th season finale recap and review for THE WALKING DEAD. The YOMYOMF TV Showdown will take a quick break, until David and I decide what to review next. Maybe other season finales this season would be fodder for us two ol’ nerds. THE FLASH is getting more intriguing and fun, so we’ll see.

(Spoilers ahead…)

ANDERSON: OK, so we’ve reach the season finale of season 5 and it’s been quite a ride. As a season finale, I thought it delivered the goods, even though none of the major characters died, but things actually happened and it was, aside from two major leaps of logic, worked out to be a satisfactory way to end the season.

This Rice-making Car Should be Real

I know Audi’s announcement yesterday for its new Japanese special edition A8 model with rice cooker built in was just an April Fool’s joke, but damnit, someone needs to make it happen:

main01

How many times have you been rushing home like a madman so you can get the rice started lest you end up eating dinner at some ungodly hour? If you’re like me, it happens almost every day. Think of how something like this would help. Now, you can be cooking that rice while you’re stuck in traffic and by the time you get home, you’ll have a perfect bowl of steaming, delicious rice ready to go.