Walk into any Korean restaurant and you’ll be sure to find kimchi available as a side dish or incorporated into meals such as kimchi fried rice. Wonder how Korea’s national dish packs such a punch? That’s probably because kimchi is created with fermented cabbage and lots of spicy seasoning. Even if your taste buds can’t quite handle kimchi, we’re going to bet you’re familiar with the sight and smell of it.
In fact, these days you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone here in Southern California who is completely unaware of kimchi. With the rise in popularity of Korean food over recent years, we’ve all grown familiar with kimchi’s strong taste and even stronger scent. But before I picked up the habit of stuffing myself with KBBQ in college, I can honestly say I didn’t have a clue in the world what kimchi was. If you had placed a bowl of kimchi in front of me as a kid, I would have just stared at you in confusion.
And I don’t seem to be the only one who would react this way. Knowing that children who aren’t Korean hold a higher chance of being unfamiliar with kimchi, The Fine Bros’ React Channel decided it would be fun to show children eating kimchi for the very first time.
We weren’t too surprised over the initial reaction that many of the children had. After all, the sight of vegetables isn’t often what appeals to kids and the strong aroma can make anyone wary if they’re not familiar with it. Luckily, the children in this video were all troopers about it and we were happy to see that the kids were pleasantly surprised. Sure, a few of them were so overcome with spiciness that they needed water before talking, but kimchi certainly received more thumbs up than thumbs down.
Best of all, the kids reacted to kimchi with much more grace than our previous video showing British people tasting kimchi for the first time. Thumbs up for the open-mindedness of children.
Instagram has been a fantastic tool during my fitness journey. Not only can you connect with others that have the same health and fitness goals as you, you can even relate to those with the same struggles. Another major plus? Free workout ideas that you can do at the gym or at home!
While there are many fitness models and body builders who live strict lifestyles and may be pictures of inspiration for some, this isn’t the lifestyle I strive for. Yes, these people are admirable because they have trained day in and day out and seem to have the willpower to eat clean and avoid treats. But if you’re like me, it’s difficult to relate to them because what they portray on social media is consistently perfect bodies and diets. Thankfully, I found a few Instagram accounts that have been both inspirational and motivational because these are people that struggle and give in to their inner foodie every once in a while. But the most important lesson to learn? They don’t give up on living a balanced, fit and healthy lifestyle. Hopefully they will help you with your health and fitness journey, too!
Anne Phung (@annephung)
If I could define a strong woman, I would say Anne Phung. In addition to working full time, she trains at her bootcamp where she teaches and inspires young women, especially Asian American women, not to mold themselves into cultural stereotypes. That’s the sort of mind set we all need!
Lora’s username says it all! There’s nothing more inspirational than a mother of two who struggled with being overweight. She chose to live a healthier lifestyle and didn’t need a gym to workout; that was all done from home!
Sofia Bagenholm (@fitmotivation)
Sometimes we just need a pep talk when we feel like giving up or feel lazy to go to the gym. This account is full of inspirational quotes that get (and keep) you focused on your goals.
Cassey Ho (@blogilates)
We’re all familiar with Blogilates, but Cassey Ho shows us that it’s okay to treat yourself every once in a while. In addition to seeing her on-point workout outfits, you also get short workout clips and quick recipe ideas!
Feature image courtesy of FitMotivation on Instagram.
The balmy air is filled with an intoxicating smoke from nearby food carts as the sun begins to set. Motorbikes zip past on a busy street dividing the Gianyar Night Market in Bali, where locals clamor for their evening meals from various vendors serving traditional Balinese food such as goat curry and smoked chicken. With eight different regions in Bali offering night markets, the Gianyar Night Market is by far the largest and most famous.
While Balinese cuisine may be extracted from hints of one cuisine and bits of another, it is truly its own unique food culture. “Balinese is not unlike Thai cuisine except that it doesn’t use fish sauce or coriander leaves,” says Janet DeNeefe, author of Bali, The Food of My Island Home. “It’s also similar to Malaysian food, but maybe not as rich.”
An Australian expat, DeNeefe fell in love with and transplanted herself in Ubud, where she and her husband started up a restaurant and cooking school called Casa Luna. They started offering the Gianyar Night Market food tour pursuant to a high demand from tourists who wanted to explore this Balinese locale and get a guided, hands-on experience.
At dusk, our tour begins outside the main market area with food carts packed in, shoulder to shoulder, in their allotted spaces. Our tour guide, Pande, points out that the vendors lease their spots from the local government to ensure they have a reserved space to do their daily shilling. We see a multitude of carts offering Bali’s most popular dishes such as smoked chicken on a skewer and suckling pig. “We can find many people selling the same thing, but they never [worry] because everyone has a regular buyer,” says Pande. Both meats take a long time to cook, especially the suckling pig, which takes a minimum of six hours. “We keep rotating [the pig] on the flame, but the flame is not under the pig; it must be beside the pig,” he explains. With hourly bastings of coconut oil and turmeric, this technique makes for a crispy skin exterior and moist, slow-cooked meat.
Our mouths salivate as we pass numerous carts offering satays of chicken, pork and goat. We’re told that an order generally comes with steamed rice, goat curry and a satay stick with dipping sauce. But a word of caution from Pande: “If you’re asking for lamb satay, I think in Bali, we just have goat.” Meaning if a vendor says their satay is lamb, there’s a good chance that it’s really goat meat. “But in a hotel or restaurant, we have lamb.”
We were surprised to discover that roast duck is generally not offered at the night market. You’ll notice when you’re traveling through the countryside in Bali, ducks are often seen working in the rice paddy fields. These avian fieldworkers are actually vital to the farmers as they help get rid of the insects and fertilize the grounds with their droppings. Also, roast duck is expensive and known more as a ceremonial food, which is prepared and eaten on special occasions.
Tropical fruits are abundant in Bali, and many of the fruit carts we passed served some of the very same fruits that can easily be found in the States, like bananas, papayas and mangoes. Pande introduced us to a more exotic fruit known as salak, or snakeskin fruit. It has a tough exterior that emulates the scales of a dark brown snake, but when peeled off, a crunchy fruit is revealed with a contrast of sweet and bitter flavors. The taste is a unique blend of apple and pineapple.
We ended the tour with a sit-down meal of suckling pig, rice and sambal. A traditional Balinese spice base made of chili, shrimp paste “and maybe garlic, red shallots and whatever else you want to add,” says DeNeefe, sambal is a frequent accompaniment to many dishes and meats. Indeed, if anything characterizes Balinese cuisine, it must be the sambal. “It is,” says DeNeefe, “the salt and pepper of Balinese food.”
Photos by Vineeta Durani This story was originally published in our Summer 2015 issue. Get your copy here.
Cafés are popping up all over America, and they are quickly becoming part of a global culture as well. For instance, all across Asia you can find amazing cafés with different types of aesthetics such as rustic, modern, traditional and even themed. If you are traveling through Asia, then these five destinations are a must.
1. Hoho Myoll Café:(Seoul, South Korea)
Korea is known to have some of the most beautiful cafés in the world. With a bit of a rustic aesthetic, Hoho Myoll Café is an enchanting little café tucked away in the heart of Seoul.
2. Wangye Teahouse : (Zigong, China)
Inside of what was once a 100-year-old temple lies a very famous Sichuan Teahouse in Zigong, China. Next to the Fuxi River, visitors not only enjoy a traditional cup of tea, they can also become engrossed in a rich cultural history.
3. Shirohige’s Creampuff Shop: (Tokyo, Japan)
Shirohige’s Creampuff Shop is one of many of Japan’s themed cafés. Not only are the creampuffs Totoro-shaped, the café itself is extremely sophisticated while maintaining a youthful charm.
4.Up Café: (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Up Café is a mandatory destination in Saigon mostly for it’s novelty. With all of the furniture and windows hanging upside down from the ceilings, you can’t help but feel like you are in another dimension.
5. Audrey Café & Bistro: ( Bangkok, Thailand)
Audrey Café & Bistro is one of the most popular destinations in Bangkok, Thailand because of its beauty. With decor that only reflects elegance and class, your experience here will be nothing short of luxurious.
What are some other must-see cafés in Asia that belong on this list?
China was put under the spotlight earlier this year with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibition, which has been extended to September 7, 2015. Remember the famous yellow dress Rihanna rocked at the Met Gala? That was by none other than Chinese couturier Guo Pei who has some of her best pieces in the Met Museum exhibition and currently has another show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, which includes the famous Rihanna dress. Already considered a legend in China, Guo has since received newfound international attention.
Guo Pei at the Musee Des Arts Decoratifs – Photo Courtesy of zimbio.com
But Guo isn’t the only Chinese couture designer that is stepping out on the international stage. Ten of China’s fashion talents are presenting their designs in Paris as part of an exhibition at the multi-brand store Les Suites on Rue Pierre Charron until July 10. The presentation is then set to travel to high-end stores around the world to help introduce Chinese culture.
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Many of the designs in the show are elaborate and full of traditional Chinese symbolism. This includes a hand-painted silk and gold-embroidered dress by Ne Tiger, whose founder and art director Tiger Zhang has been dressing Chinese celebrities and politicians for 30 years.
Photo courtesy of globaltimes.cn
To go with Ne Tiger’s beautiful gowns are shoes from SHEME. Footwear entrepreneur Linda Liu began designing the exquisite high heels 28 years ago to compensate for her tiny stature. The brand’s creations are all hand-embroidered and made-to-measure.
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Another veteran of the fashion industry presenting her work is former model Ma Yanli with her brand Mary Ma. Hailed as China’s first star designer, Ma strives to “bring real Chinese culture to the world, for all the people in the world to appreciate and understand.” With China’s 5,000 years of cultural heritage, she hope it may become well-integrated in modern fashion.
If you’re like me, you’ve tried watching countless beauty bloggers for makeup tutorials, only to discover that just a handful of these tips actually work for you. Simply put, as Asian women, some of us have a hard time replicating these tutorials because our face and body structures are different.
Are you less beautiful because you can’t put layers of eyeshadow on your monolids? Of course not. You must simply find beauty bloggers who give advice catered to your features. Luckily for us, these Asian women have been making an impact on the style blogging scene by doing just that.
As I mentioned earlier, many of today’s beauty tutorials are done by women who have double eyelids. Even though their smokey eye makeup tutorials make them look flawless, whenever I try to replicate it, I end up looking like I got punched in the eye. Eventually, I realized that it was because I have mono lids and the crease is different on my eye shape. I learned this is a frequent occurrence among East Asian women due to the fact that monolids are very common in our genetics.
Looking for a beauty blogger who can give you countless tips about makeup on monolid eyes? Look no further than beauty blogger Soothing Sista. With lime green hair, it’s clear that she appreciates making a statement.
2. So Young’s Beauty Room( Makeup Blogger):Natural Makeup
In Korea and China, having natural looking skin is essential. So Young is a unique makeup beauty blogger because she is from Korea and she understands the specific beauty trends catered towards Asian women. In fact, she often highlights the difference between American and Korean style makeup. Her beauty blogs are in Korean but she provides English captions on the bottom for her American audience.
Pony is also a Korean blogger, but her style is slightly different from So Young’s. While So Young gives a personal feel by doing her makeup tutorials in her own room, Pony has her own web series and creates her videos through a Korean media network known as InsiteTV. So Young focuses on everyday makeup tutorials while Pony teaches you how to take famous K-Pop inspired makeup looks and turn them into wearable day time looks.
Asian women are extremely big on skincare, so when you see an Asian woman suffer from troubled skin, it is especially painful to watch. Being an Asian American woman that also suffers from acne and scarring, often times it is difficult to cover blemishes with foundation. It is especially tricky when Asian women are so adamant on wearing very light coverage foundation.
Elaine Mokk is a skincare blogger that had an extremely severe case of cystic acne. On her channel, she shows different skin care routines and products that are not just catered towards Asian women, but are also gentle for troubled skin.
Elodie Yung has been making headlines since news broke out that the French Cambodian actress would play Elektra in the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil, the first of four Marvel series for Netflix.
We last spoke with Yung when she appeared on our Spring 2013 cover just before starring in the Hollywood action sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In addition to telling us how much she preferred getting a black belt in karate instead of taking dance classes, she also pointed out how these skills helped her for the various action roles she has taken on.
Elodie Yung for Audrey Magazine Spring 2013. Photos by Diana King.
“If I’m hired for an action film, there’s no point in me not trying everything, or at least as much as I can,” Yung tells us after pointing out that she had to learn to fight with two katanas [Japanese swords] for her role in G.I. Joe Retaliation. “This is not Shakespeare. It’s not about what I’m going to say. I’m not going to have a beautiful monologue. It’s about the action. As an actor, you should invest yourself as much as you can. I want to give 100 percent. It’s more fun that way.”
This determination and fearlessness will surely come in hand for her upcoming role as Elektra. Played by Jennifer Garner in the Daredevil feature, Marvel describes Yung’s rendition of Elektra as “a mysterious woman from Matt Murdock’s past whose dangerous and exotic ways may be more than he can handle.”
The Marvel character first appeared in the Daredevil comic books in 1981 as a female ninja assassin wielding a pair of blades as her trademark weapon. Needless to say, we are quite certain that Yung will be up to the task.
The second season of Marvel’s Daredevil will be available exclusively on Netflix in 2016.
We are well into summer and as things start to heat up, many are heading towards the beach to cool off. For those of you who enjoy catching a wave in style, there is a unique surf shop that you should check out!
Chinese American fashion It-girl, May Kwok, is channeling one of her favorite hobbies, surfing, into a pop-up beach shop in Rockaway Beach, New York called The Notion. The retail experience combines fashion, art, fitness, surf and lifestyle into a sporty, chic aesthetic for a one stop shop.
An “active fashion girl” herself, Kwok personally selected the merchandise, including Cynthia Rowley wetsuits, Prism swimsuits, A Peace Treaty accessories and other up-and-coming designer goods.
Photo courtesy of maykwok.com
Named one of StyleCaster’s “50 Most Stylish New Yorkers,” Kwok not only turns heads with her fierce sense of style but turntables as well. A globally coveted DJ for New York and Paris fashion week’s top VIP events and parties, Kwok has established herself as a “downtown fixture among the city’s premiere creative community of fashion leaders, artists and musicians.” The New York native has been profiled by Vanity Fair, Vogue, WSJ., Elle and Harper’s Bazaar for her effortlessly cool style, dance-worthy house and hip hop mixes, and event planning for big-name brands.
Photo courtesy of THE NOTION Instagram
So if you’re on the East Coast, be sure to stop by The Notion on B96th Street in the Rockaways. It is currently open Thursdays through Sundays during the summer and will be open until Labor Day weekend. Also feel free to get your summer beach vibes on with an exclusive mix created by Kwok.
The American Ballet Theatre has been releasing quite a handful of exciting news lately. You’ve probably already heard about Misty Copeland becoming the first African American principal dancer with the company, but Copeland isn’t the only one making history in American Ballet Theatre, which is now in its 75th year.
Stella Abrera has just become the very first Filipino American to rise to principal ranking, the highest position in any ballet company. Abreba will be performing the title role in the American Ballet Theatre’s production of Cinderella. Sound like a real-life fairytale? Abreba seems to think so too.
“It is a dream come true,” she said of her new position and role. “Every young dancer who joins a large company has dreams of becoming a principal. Once you’ve spent a few years in a company, you realize how much it takes to get to that level.”
Abreba has been studying dance since the age of 5 and joined the American Ballet Theatre at the age of 17 in 1996. Despite her many years with the company, she admits that becoming principal dancer can be an overwhelming and sometimes unrealistic goal. Instead she focused on the joy she felt while dancing and strived to give her very best during every performance.
“I feel extremely lucky and blessed that I’ve been granted this recognition,” she said. “I always had a hope, but it was never my ultimate goal at this point in my career. My ultimate goal was to present the best art that I could every time . … I’m completely over the moon.”
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It seems Abreba succeeded in impressing audiences during her many, many performances. According to the American Ballet Theatre’s press release, Abreba has an incredible amount of experience under her belt:
Her repertoire with ABT includes Calliope in Apollo, Gamzatti in La Bayadère, the Ballerina in The Bright Stream, the Fairy Godmother in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Mercedes and the Driad Queen in Don Quixote, Helena in The Dream, Giselle, Myrta and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Manon in Lady of the Camellias, Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, His Friend’s Wife in The Moor’s Pavane, Clara, the Princess in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Emilia in Othello, the Older Sister in Pillar of Fire, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, the Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de trois in Swan Lake, leading roles in Airs, Bach Partita, Baker’s Dozen, Ballet Imperial, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, C. to C. (Close to Chuck), Fancy Free, In the Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Les Sylphides, Symphonic Variations, Symphonie Concertante, Symphony #9, Symphony in C, Thirteen Diversions, Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison, Without Words. Abrera created the Spanish Dance in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Fairy Violente (Temperament) in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty and leading roles in Pretty Good Year and Seven Sonatas. Abrera received the Gold Medal at the Royal Academy of Dancing’s Adeline Genée Awards in London in 1995. She has performed as a guest artist across the United States and Europe, as well as with The Australian Ballet, The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Ballet Philippines.
Despite her inspiring achievements, her parents, who have always been her biggest supporters despite the fact that she is the very first dancer in the family, admits that she will always be their little girl who is simply doing what she has always loved.
“We really don’t realize how famous she is,” her parents laughed. “We just think of her as just our daughter.”
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