[Video] SPAM Taste Test: Adults vs. Children

I don’t know about you, but coming from a Filipino household, I grew up with cans of Spam lining the food cupboard. It’s certainly not the healthiest of dishes, but you can bet that it got me out of bed excited for breakfast.

So what is Spam? Introduced in 1937, Spam is canned precooked meat. Although the origin of the name is still a mystery, many assume Spam means “spiced ham.” During WWII, Spam became a big part of the U.S. soldier’s diet because it was far too difficult to bring fresh meat to the soldiers. As a result, during the WWII occupation, Spam was introduced into Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines and other islands in the Pacific. Since Spam was affordable, accessible and had a long shelf life, it quickly became part of the native diets.

To this day, Spam is a popular food item in many parts of Asia. Even Hawaii incorporates Spam in a number of dishes such as the popular Spam musubi. But aside from Hawaii, the majority of the U.S. seems to have a negative impression of Spam. People seem to either think it’s “cheap” meat or they simply don’t know what Spam is altogether. That may explain all the confused looks in the following videos.

Recently Buzzfeed and REACT both decided to release Spam taste test videos. The difference between the two? Buzzfeed had adults try out Spam while REACT had kids try it out. Who likes it more? Who gets grossed out? Find out below:

I know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t they cook the meat first? Sure, Spam is precooked meat, but it’s safe to say most of us throw it on a pan before eating it. In fact, many angry comments claim that the results of the videos would be drastically different had they cooked the meat first.

We’ll never know if that’s the case, but we do know that the reactions were generally the same in both videos. It seems you will either love Spam or hate it. If you’re one of the people who gets grossed out by the canned meat, maybe these Asian dishes will change your mind:



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[Video] Audrey Magazine Interviews Don Hall & Chris Williams, the Directors of ‘Big Hero 6′


With the Big Hero 6 Blu-ray and DVD release just a week away, now seems like the perfect time to catch up with some of the people who made this animated film possible. We’ve already spoken to Baymax, so now let’s focus on the brilliant directors behind Big Hero 6, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

These two have quite a bit to be proud of. Big Hero 6 received nominations for an Academy Award, an Annie Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. And let’s not forget the 5 awards it took home from the Visual Effects Society Awards.

Of course, we’re not too surprised. After all, Hall and Williams already worked together on Emperor’s New Groove. Don Hall has also worked on The Princess and the Frog, Tarzan and Chicken Little while Chris Williams has worked on Mulan, Wreck-It-Ralph and Frozen.

Earlier this month, Hall and Williams took the time to talk to Audrey Magazine about everything from how they’re feeling with the Oscars coming up to the challenges they faced while creating Big Hero 6. Watch it all below.



Be on the look out for our interview with voice actors Daniel Henney and Ryan Potter coming soon!

If you missed Big Hero 6 in theaters, you’re in luck. The Digital HD/Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is already available. The Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand will be available on February 24, 2015. Bonus features include deleted scenes and even the adorable short which opened for Big Hero 6 in theaters, Feast.

Be on the look out for updates on Big Hero 6‘s social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6
Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneysbighero6
Website: http://movies.disney.com/big-hero-6/
DMA App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disney-movies-anywhere-watch



Attend A Private Lunar New Year Shopping Event at Nordstrom at The Grove


There are a number of things you can do to celebrate Lunar New Year, but if shopping is your cup of tea then this is the event for you.

This Saturday, February 21st, Nordstrom at The Grove is holding a Lunar New Year-inspired shopping event from 9am to 11am.  During these limited hours, you can enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres, calligraphy, music and much, much more while personal assistants help you shop for perfect Lunar New Year gifts.

You certainly don’t want to miss out! Check out how you can RSVP below.


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[Watch] Baymax Asks Audrey Magazine Out For Valentine’s Day


We already have countless reasons to love Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit), but the huggable robot from Disney’s Big Hero 6 recently gave us yet another reason to love him: He became our Valentine.

Audrey Magazine was lucky enough to interview everyone’s favorite personal healthcare companion earlier this month. Although we didn’t get to meet Baymax in person, this satellite interview from San Fransokyo was just as cute.

For all those who have not yet watched the film (and we highly suggest you change that soon), San Fransokyo is the fictional city where Baymax was created by Tadashi, the older brother of the film’s protagonist Hiro Hamada. It is also the home of Big Hero 6, a group of young superheroes including Hiro, Baymax and a group of Hiro’s closest friends.

In our interview, we catch up with Baymax about life in San Fransokyo and even find out what Big Hero 6 has been up to since we last saw them. The best part of this interview? We got ourselves a date for Valentine’s Day!

Be on the look out for our interview with voice actors Daniel Henney and Ryan Potter, as well as our interview with Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams.

If you missed Big Hero 6 in theaters, you’re in luck. The Digital HD/Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is already available. The Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand will be available on February 24, 2015. Bonus features include deleted scenes and even the adorable short which opened for Big Hero 6 in theaters, Feast.

Be on the look out for updates on Big Hero 6‘s social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6
Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneysbighero6
Website: http://movies.disney.com/big-hero-6/
DMA App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disney-movies-anywhere-watch



Employment Opportunity: Audrey Magazine is Looking For An Office Manager

KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine, the longest-running independent English-language publication serving the Korean American community and the Asian American community, is looking for a part-time assistant office manager/administrator to begin immediately. The ideal candidate must have at least 2 years of administrative experience.

Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to handling all subscriptions to KoreAm/Audrey, managing the accounts, managing payroll, human resources, involvement in KoreAm/Audrey events and more. The ideal candidate must be tech-savvy and must be familiar with programs such as Quick Book, Excel and Word.

If qualified and interested in the position, please send your resume and cover letter to James@iamkoream.com and Michael@iamkoream.com.

No phone calls please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Salary commensurate with experience. The job will be located in our new office in downtown Los Angeles.


Make the Cutest Valentine’s Day Treats With These Video Tutorials

Smell that? Can it be the smell of love in the air? Nope, it’s something even better: freshly baked cookies.

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re still looking for some last minute gift ideas for your friends or that special someone, we have just the thing. Even if you’re not enthusiastic about Valentine’s Day itself, we’re going to go ahead and bet that you’re enthusiastic about adorable food. We certainly are.

This is where Eugenie comes in. Eugenie, the creator of the popular blog Eugenie Kitchen, is a talented food blogger and vlogger who is known for her creative dishes. With over 2,000 followers on Twitter, nearly 25k followers on Instagram, over 100k likes on Facebook and nearly 300k subscribers on YouTube, you can bet we came to the right person for Valentine’s Day food ideas.

Sure enough, Eugenie has a number of easy-to-follow tutorials for Valentine’s Day treats that are so adorable, how can we not make them?

Check out our favorites below:



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We can’t get over how cute this pancake is! It certainly looks complicated, but the step-by-step tutorial makes it easy enough for anyone to follow along. For these heart pancakes, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
1 tablespoon baking powder (7g)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (100g)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (10ml)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (55g)
1 cup whole milk (240ml)
Food color – red

Note: Eugenie also uses squeeze bottles to perfect her pancake’s design. Here’s the video tutorial below.



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Next, Eugenie shows us how to turn simple breakfast food, like toast and eggs, into cute Valentine’s Day treats. In this case, toast gets turned into a love letter and eggs are shaped into fried egg hearts. For this, you will simply need:

1 egg
Cooking oil
Sandwich bread

Note: These dishes also require a metal, heart-shaped cookie cutter. Check out it out below.



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If you’re looking to try something a little more intricate, how about this 22-layer rainbow heart cake? You’ll be sure to impress the ones you love with this sweet dessert! It may look a little complicated, but this crepe cakes gets easier once you get the hang of it. The ingredients are:

3 eggs
3 tablespoons sugar (45g)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (15ml)
1/2 stick unsalted butter melted (55g)
1 1/2 cups milk (380ml)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (185g)
Whipped Cream Filling: (or use your favorite crepe cake filling.)
2 cups whipping cream (480ml)
3 tablespoons sugar (45g)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (5ml)
Food colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet

Note: This cake requires the use of templates. Luckily, Eugenie has provided them here on her blog. Check out the video tutorial below.



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Not in the mood for cake? Well you can’t go wrong with cookies. These rainbow cookies are sure to impress any Valentine. The best part? They’re not hard to make! The ingredients needed are:

¾ cup unsalted butter (170g) at room temperature
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar (155g)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
2 ½ cups cake flour (310g)
Food colors (Wilton or AmeriColor)
Egg wash: 1 egg white & 1 teaspoon water

Note: Just like the Valentine’s Day brunch, these cookies will require a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Check it out below.



#MuslimVDay: Valentine’s Day Cards That Combat Islamophobia


The racist tweets that followed American Sniper gives us just a small taste of the Islamophobia and the anti-Muslim sentiment that is alive and well in America. According to Wikipedia, Islamophobia is “a term for prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of the religion of Islam, Muslims, or of ethnic groups perceived to be Muslim.”

Well Los Angeles-based writer and activist Taz Ahmed was tired of it all and decided to use Valentine’s Day as an outlet for her frustration. The result? #MuslimVDay cards.

These “delightfully uncomfortable” Valentine’s Day cards aim to make you laugh and if you’re uncomfortable while laughing, then the cards have done their job. As Colorlines Magazine points out, these cards are Ahmed’s answer to Islamophobia and stereotypes faced by Muslim women.


“I was tired of Muslims being put into a box — and tired of being in the box of a non-sexual Muslim woman,” Ahmed told Colorlines. “So this was my way of reappropriating Islamophobia.”

Ahmed recently released her fourth series of cards, which can be purchased on Etsy. Not sure if these cards are for you? Ahmed says they’re great for any Muslim who “finds it difficult to find that perfectly snarkily witty Valentine Day card that convey the exact emotions you feel of love in the time of a racialized, islamophobia-ridden America.”


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Intrigued? Check out some the cards from the previous years below:

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Technology Meets Romance: Zhang Ziyi’s Boyfriend Proposes With Ring-Bearing Drone

A drone is an aerial vehicle which can fly around without a human pilot aboard. Instead, this aircraft is guided remotely. Now I don’t know about you, but nothing about remote airplanes scream “romantic” to me. Well, it seems Zhang Ziyi’s boyfriend Wang Feng intends to change that.

Zhang Ziyi, the Chinese actress most known for her roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), just celebrated her 36th birthday. Her boyfriend Wang Feng, a Chinese rock musician, decided that she needed much more than a rainbow cake to celebrate her birthday.

Pictures have made it onto the internet showing a small, white drone flying towards the couple. Wang Feng apparently reached into the basket hanging from the drone and pulled out a diamond ring before getting down on one knee and asking for Zhang Ziyi’s hand in marriage.

According to Chinese media, Wang made a promise to take care of Zhang even in old age. The two then embraced and kissed as fireworks lit the sky.

On Sunday, Zhang shared a picture of heart-shaped fireworks on her Sina Weibo microblog account along with the caption, “I do!”

Wang followed this up by posting a few words on his own microblog. “Thanks for giving me a perfect life — all hardships are already in the past,” he posted on Sunday. “From here on out, we’ll grow old hand-in-hand.”

Needless to say, fans are delighted with the extravagant proposal. Even after seeing our fair share of unique marriage proposals, a drone proposal is still a rare sight. So tell us. Is a ring-bearing drone cute or way too over the top?




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Image of the Day: Baymax, Your Personal Curry Companion

Let’s be honest here. Who didn’t fall in love with Baymax after watching Disney’s Big Hero 6? Even the few who criticized the film admitted that they wanted their very own personal healthcare companion. And the movie is only getting more and more popular by the minute. Big Hero 6 was nominated for a Golden Globe as well as an Academy Award in the animated feature film category. I’m sure if there was an award for most huggable robot, Baymax would get nominated too.

As a way to express their love for the squishy robot, many fans are now eating Baymax.

…Yeah, I probably should’ve phrased that better, but it’s true! Fans really are finding creative ways to combine their favorite food with their favorite robot. Social media has been blowing up with Baymax-inspired soups, Baymax curry bowls and even Baymax riceballs.

Some are claiming that this trend was made popular by Japanese idol Haruna Kojima, who is a member of AKB48. Two weeks ago, the 26-year-old singer and actress posted a picture of her curry on her Instgram. But what made this dish so special was the rice which was shaped into an adorable Baymax lounging in the curry. With nearly 700k followers, you can bet Kojima’s picture went viral.

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The trend picked up like wildfire and soon fans were showing off some impressive skills using everything from rice to pork buns to make Baymax’s huggable body.


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The Reason This Father Lies to His Daughter Will Break Your Heart


Leave it to David Choi to have us bawling our eyes out. This time, it isn’t one of his sad songs that has us in tears. Yesterday, Choi posted a video on his official tumblr which apparently left him “completely wrecked.” Intrigued? We certainly were.

We’ve already seen an awful lot of heartfelt Asian videos over the years. Don’t even get us started on all those Asian life insurance commercials! Honestly, we were pretty confident that we could get through this video without losing any tears.

Boy, were we wrong.

Well it looks like an Asian life insurance commercial got us again. This time, we have MetLife Hong Kong to thank for making us run out of tissues. The video description says, “MetLife values the dream of every parent to give their children a good education to pursue a better life. We understand every sacrifice you make for your children’s future.”

This goes out to all the parents who have struggled financially and have sacrificed their own well-being for their children. This is for the parents who have pretended like everything was okay just to see their child smile. This is for the parents who have worked countless hours so their child would want for nothing. We hope you know we appreciate you.