Apr 2017

Food, Identity & the Media: A conversation between chefs & journalists

 

AAJA: Food, Identity and the Media: A conversation between chefs and journalistsFood media helps shape our understanding of what we eat and where. But recent controversies, like Bon Appetit‘s pho video, show that the media still struggles when culture, identity, and food intersect.

On April 24, join me at the Pico House for a conversation between chefs and journalists (full list below) about “ethnic” food, appropriation, authenticity, and how media portrayals shape our understanding of the food world.

How do “cheap eats” lists reinforce the idea that food made by immigrants is less valuable? Why are some cuisines ethnic but others aren’t? What makes us call a restaurant authentic? How can the food media tell better stories?

Purchase tickets here—$5 for AAJA members and $15 for everyone else.

Sponsored by Panda Express, Asian American Journalists Association (Los Angeles Chapter), and the Chinese American Museum.

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Apr 2017

Weekend Brunch at M.B. Post (Manhattan Beach)

Manhattan Beach Post Brunch

I just wrapped up one of the busiest work weeks ever—six straight days of shooting on location for an upcoming marketing campaign. To gear up for what was to be a very demanding stretch, The Astronomer, June, and I spent some quality time together beforehand.

Manhattan Beach Post Brunch

We arrived in Manhattan Beach just after 10 and played in the sand and water until noon. Brunch at M.B. Post came next, and just in the nick of time; we were famished from running up and down the beach with our little lady.

Manhattan Beach Post Brunch

Even before perusing the menu, I placed an order for “Bacon Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits” ($6). A meal at M.B. Post, whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, isn’t complete without an order of these savory, flaky, beautiful biscuits. They’re just about perfect eaten as is, and quite possibly even better slathered in whipped maple butter. Mmm!

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Apr 2017

Suburban Years: In Praise of Design Mood Boards

Suburban Years: In Praise of Design Mood Boards

Since we last connected on suburban happenings (previously: Welcome to the Suburban Years, Lessons Learned in Home Buying, and Move-In Ready), I’ve been channeling my inner Emily Henderson. One of the best #protips that I’ve gleaned from reading way too many design blogs is the general helpfulness of mood boards.

Pinterest is a great tool during initial ideation, but mood boarding allows for the best ideas to be culled in a useful way. Best of all, you don’t even need Adobe Creative Suite or any other fancy software. PowerPoint gets the job done, allowing you to virtually build a room to your heart’s content.

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In our old apartment, the furniture was composed of either used finds from Craigslist and thrift stores or basic builds from Ikea (hello, Malm). Hand-me-downs from family filled in the gaps. The generally mismatched nature of all of our furnishings didn’t bother me in the least. However, now that I’m hardcore adulting, I am insisting that our house be at least presentable.

living room

For a non-designer with a track record of prioritizing function over form, being able to visualize a room’s color palette and layout prior to buying anything is incredibly helpful. Mood boarding also lets me sit with an idea for a few days and show my vision to The Astronomer for his buy-in and input.

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