Grand Opening of Bourbon Steak LA

On March 26th, Americana at Brand opened Bourbon Steak LA — an award-winning steakhouse by celebrity chef Michael Mina.

This much anticipated steakhouse joins Din Tai Fung, Katsuya, Trattoria Amici, Frida Mexican Cuisine and Bar Verde. Clearly, Americana at Brand’s variety in restaurants is unbeatable

“Bourbon Steak Los Angeles features modern American fare, for lunch and dinner, with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Selections of all natural, organic, grass-fed and hormone-free cuts of Black Angus, as well as Japanese and American Wagyu beef, are wood-grilled over live fire. Reimagining the classic American steakhouse, Bourbon Steak places an emphasis on playful menu offerings such as lobster corn dogs, truffle donuts, and a house-made root beer float. Ahi tuna tartare and Michael Mina’s famous lobster pot pie are prepared tableside with an eye-catching presentation. Seafood platters will also be offered, allowing guests to choose from a selection of fresh shellfish including West Coast oysters, Maine lobster, Dungeness crab and caviar served with warm blini. For dessert, guests have the opportunity to choose selections from the treat trolley, offering an array of dazzling cakes, cookies and confections, right from their seat. Guests can also expect Michael Mina’s signature items, like the Ribeye, named Best Steak in America by Esquire Magazine and the trio of duck fat fries deemed “America’s Best Fry” by U.S. News & World Report”

Additionally, the steakhouse offers incredible appetizer and drink options. In fact, Bourbon Steak Los Angeles will offer more than 450 different wines.

So if you’re looking for a traditional steakhouse with a dash of flare and excitement, look into this award-winning restaurant. Bourbon Steak Los Angeles is located at 237 S. Brand Boulevard (on the corner of Colorado Avenue) in Glendale, and will be open for lunch Sunday through Saturday from 11:30am – 2:30pm, dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:30pm – 10:30pm, and Friday through Saturday from  5:30pm – 10:30pm with the Bar & Lounge open Sunday through Saturday from 11:30am  – close.

Check out the official website here.

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Must-See Origami Street Art

When Paris-born Mademoiselle Maurice spent time in Japan, she experienced earthquakes, a tsunami and the nuclear power plant explosion of Fukushima. The devastating experiences inspired the 29-year-old artist to remind others of the beauty life still has to offer. Maurice decided to do this by using an art she learned in Japan: origami.

During her stay in Japan, Maurice learned of the thousand paper crane legend. The ancient Japanese legend says that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. This legend is most known through the story of Sadako Sasaki who developed leukemia at the age of 12 because of exposure to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. In the popular book Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes, Sadako folded a little over 600 paper cranes before succumbing to her illness. Moved by her efforts, her friends and classmates decided to fold the rest in her honor.

Maurice realized that she too could create beauty and emotions through origami. Rather than put her work up in museums, Maurice has decided to practice her craft in the streets so that the public could enjoy it.

According to her website, the goal of her work is to “break the monotony of urban living to bring a carousel of emotion to those who see her work.”

It takes her many days to complete each art piece. Mademoiselle Maurice has decided to involve local schools, organizations and volunteers to help her fold the beautiful paper creations and create art as a community.

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Check out her official website here. 

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2NE1 on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

Recently, we discovered that supermodel Tyra Banks and the contestants of reality TV show America’s Next Top Model were spotted roaming the streets of Seoul to film. Banks and her crew arrived in South Korea on March 21st and since then, more and more exciting news has been revealed.

For instance, a number of entertainment sites reported that model, Lee Jin-yi, could possibly be a competitor this season. Also causing excitement is K-pop group BtoB who will appear on the show as dance judges.

Now it appears there is another K-pop group stirring up excitement. Popular girl group 2NE1 already appeared on The Bachelor earlier this year and now they will be taking part in America’s Next Top Model as as special judges.

According to dramafever, a source revealed, “2NE1 was asked to be on the show because they are a representative K-Pop group and they are also well-known to be fashionistas.”

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Taiwanese Idol Creates Hilarious Disguise to Avoid Crazy Fans in Public

Roy Chiu Tse is a Taiwanese actor, singer and race car driver/enthusiast. In addition to his multiple talents, the 32-year-old celeb is quite a sight for sore eyes. Roy Chiu is most known for his roles in the dramas My DaughterWaking Love Up, and Office Girls.

With nearly 20 dramas under his belt, it’s no wonder that Chiu has had some trouble being out in public. A simple walk through town can quickly turn into a crowd of crazy fans.

Unfortunately, Roy Chiu has admitted that he has a fear of crowds. So what do you do if you’re a star who needs a break from being in the public eye? Apparently, you make a believable (and hilarious) disguise.

Roy Chiu’s alter ego is Kim Won, a man in his fifties who works as a minivan driver celebrities. He has thick eyebrows, darkened cheekbones, a patchy mustache, high-waisted pants and a hunched back.

This disguise was so believable that Roy Chiu was  able to successfully hide from crowds and crazy fans during while filming in China.

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Tutorial: Get Instant Double Eyelids (Without Surgery!)

Currently, South Korea has the world’s highest per capita rate of cosmetic plastic surgery. In fact, Miss Korea Kim Yumi had absolutely no problem discussing her multiple procedures. Then there’s the woman who was so obsessed with Miranda Kerr‘s looks that she decided to go under the knife in an effort to look like the Australian Victoria’s Secret model. This phenomenon has become so normalized that a television show called “Let’s Beauty” allows audiences to follow along with someone’s cosmetic transformation.

Among the various cosmetic surgeries, the double eyelid surgery is the most requested and popular procedure for East Asians. The double eyelid surgery is designed to create or enhance the eyelid crease. The procedure is known to be simple and quick. As a result, many women appear to be getting the procedure done even in their teenage years.

Despite the growing popularity of cosmetic procedures, some people refuse to go under the knife and have looked for other ways to enhance their physical features. For instance, some Asian women are turning to photoshop for that confidence boost.

Then, there are some who turn to make up. If you’re hoping to get the appearance of a double eyelid, but you’re not planning on getting surgery for it, we’ve got just the thing. Here’s a tutorial on how to achieve a double eyelid using just make up.

 

Click here for a translation of the steps.

First Look at Jackie Chan’s K-pop Boy Band JJCC

Everyone was in disbelief when it was announced that the Chinese action movie star, Jackie Chan, was trading stunts for management, starting with K-pop boy band JJCC.

However, Chan seems to have things perfectly under control. “Jackie Chan has always been overflowing with good words about K-Pop – after he saw K-Pop’s unlimited potential and possibility for development, he spent several years grooming JJCC,” reported Chinese media outlet Xinhua. They added that “[JJCC's] appearance is very handsome, and they’ve received individual training on their personality and stunts.”

Furthermore, Chan has been quite familiar with the Chinese music industry. In America, many of us are only aware of his action movie skills, but the 59-year-old studied at the Peking Opera School and has released more than 25 Canto-pop and Mando-pop albums.

It’s no wonder that audiences have been anticipating the debut of JJCC for months. Now that it’s here, no one seems to be disappointed.

JJCC consists of 4 Korean members SimBa, E.co, EDDY, San-Cheong, and Chinese-Australian Prince Mak who are all in their early twenties. JJCC’s agency has stated, “All of the five members possess skills in rapping, singing, songwriting, and of course, musicality, as well as dancing skills in popping, jazz, b-boying, and ballet for various performances. The group can speak three languages including English, Korean, and Chinese… The five members created a synergy effect with their different colors. We ask that you show a lot of interest and anticipation for the five gems who will represent Asia.”

On March 20, JJCC made its live debut on K-pop music chart program “M COUNTDOWN.” A few days later they released their debut single “At First.” Unfortunately, one of their members, Prince Mak, is not featured in the music video due to an alleged illness during the filming of the video.

Check out their music video and well as their live performance below.

 

 

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GLORIA LOVES LILY: Aubrey Anderson-Emmons Receives a Gift From Sofia Vergara

Anyone who watches ABC’s critically acclaimed Modern Family, knows that Gloria (played by Sofia Vergara) loves her adopted grandchild Lily (played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons.) Gloria, who’s wardrobe primarily consist of tight dresses and high heels, has two sons, but clearly wants a daughter.

Throughout the show, Gloria pours her love onto Lily with various “girl nights,” matching outfits and a closeness that makes Lily’s father, Cameron, occasionally jealous.

If you thought this love was just a show for the cameras, you thought wrong. The two actresses are often spotted affectionate with one another on the red carpet. As it turns out, their relationship is even more adorable in real life.

Amy Anderson,  Aubrey’s mother, recently posted a video of Aubrey opening a gift from Vergara. In true Gloria-like nature, Vergara gives Anderson-Emmons a new pair of heels.

Amy Anderson gave the following hilarious caption to the video, “Somehow, Aubrey convinced Sofia Vergara to buy her some high heeled kid shoes. They just arrived today. Lord help me. Hahaha!!”

 

Korean Parody of “Let it Go” Will Be The Funniest Thing You See All Day

The obsession with Disney’s Frozen continues! In particular, the song “Let it Go” is one for the books. It won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards. This was a historic moment for the Asian American community because this meant that Robert Lopez, co-creator of “Let it Go,” became the first Filipino American to win an Oscar and the first Fil-Am to join a prestigious group called “Egot” —  individuals who have won the four top entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

Aside from the Oscar, a simple scroll through YouTube makes the success of this song clear. There have been a number of YouTube covers of the song, many of which are from the Asian community, and even instrumental covers.

And that doesn’t even begin to describe the movie’s worldwide success. For instance, the film is now the highest-grossing animated feature ever in South Korea. This means even beloved Kpop stars can be found covering “Let it Go.”

Recently, we came across something else from Korea that caught our attention. During what appears to be a Korean game show, we found the most hilarious Frozen parody ever. It’s filled with fake snow, perfect lip-syncing and hilarious theatrics.

Check it out below. We promise it will be one of the funniest and most entertaining things you watch today.

Brenda Song’s Steamy Photoshoot for Glamoholic Magazine March 2014

Lets be honest here. Who doesn’t have a crush on Brenda Song? The former Disney star grew up as one of the few well-known, young Asian American faces in mainstream media.

Song began acting and modeling at the age of 7, but she is most known for playing the ditzy heiress London Tipton on the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck from 2005 to 2011. Since then, Song has grown up quite a bit.

With the recent theory that Disney stars eventually fall into a “badboy/badgirl” phase or disappear from acting completely, Song has been praised for avoiding these pitfalls of a child actor. Instead, she has seamlessly transitioned into adult roles.

“Transitioning from child to teenager to adult is a difficult process for anyone,” Song tells Audrey Magazine. “But doing it in front of the camera, you can grow with your character, and I’ve been fortunate to grow in the right direction.”

Some of her various “grown-up roles” include parts on ABC’s Scandal, FOX’s New Girl and most notably the Academy Award-winning film, The Social Network. Currently, the 25-year-old plays Veronica on the FOX sitcom Dads, executive produced by Family Guy creator Seth Mac-Farlane.

To top it off, Song recently took part in a steamy photoshoot for Glamoholic Magazine. Needless to say, Song has clearly grown up and is ready to flaunt it. Check the photos below.

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Throwback Thursday: Top 5 SHAGs (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) of 2013

Now some of you may be wondering why we have the SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) series to begin with. Before you judge, let us clarify a few things. This series was not created simply because we want to oggle at attractive men and base their worth on their looks. That would be far from our purpose.

This series was created because over the years we’ve recognized something very unfortunate. As Asians, we’ve been plagued by a number of negative stereotypes. Sure, we’ve been able to fight off some of these myths, but many of these stereotypes still continue strongly today. One of the most widely known? A stereotype against Asian men.

Asian men, for some unknown reason, have been labeled as unattractive here in America. 

Of course, mainstream media is largely responsible for this. Too many times have we seen Asian males stereotyped with traits such as short, skinny, nerdy and awkward. While it’s fine to have these traits, media is clear about its intent:  these traits are supposed to come off as unappealing to the public eye. Too many times have we heard that Asian girls can “date any race they want” while poor Asian men are left empty-handed.

Just look at the social media shots fired at New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde concerning her “scrawny Asian boyfriend.” With such a high number of racist stereotypes thrown at him, we really begin to see just how mainstream media has depicted Asian men.

Of course, we know better. Asian men can be just as attractive, sexy and appealing as any other. This series was created to counter the very incorrect stereotype Asian men have been facing for years. Whether its their looks, talent, sense of fashion or even intelligence, these men have proven themselves as desirable.

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we look back on the most popular SHAGs of the past year. We present to you the Top 5 SHAGs (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) of 2013.


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1) XIAN LIM 
“Who is Xian Lim you may ask? He’s only one of the hottest and most admired stars in Philippine showbiz. This Chinese Filipino actor, model and singer has received several awards and has been featured in a variety of films and television shows…”


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2) LEE BYUNG-HUN
“It’s no secret that I love Lee Byung-hun. And it’s also no secret that I want you to love him too. I came across this workout/training video of the South Korean actor recently – and heavens, it was just too special to not devote a entire post of screen caps to share with our S.H.A.G. fans (Audrey readers)…”


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3) JAY PARK
“Men’s Health Korea never fails to brighten up my month –every month. Kpop star Jay Park is this month’s cover boy and like all given cover boys of the past, he gives the world (um, fangirls) a look at his glorious abs and his tattoos…”


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4) DANIEL HENNEY
“It’s rare to feel the need to swoon, sigh, giggle (yes, the term “giggle” is actually appropriate here) and blush all at the same time. If you thought this overwhelm of emotions was impossible, then you clearly haven’t seen the latest photoshoot from today’s Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy), Daniel Henney.”

 


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5) SONG SEUNG-HEON
“Our latest S.H.A.G. (SMOKING HOT ASIAN GUY!) is none other than South Korean heartthrob, Song Seung-heon. Song Seung-heon is returning to kdrama-land with the MBC meloadrama When a Man Loves on April 3rd! While we don’t know how much of his abs will appear in this upcoming drama, but we can give you this picture for now to hold you over…”