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23 02, 2012

Healthy, Vegan Afghan Food:: Spinach Bolani

By | February 23rd, 2012|Categories: Afghanistan, Los Angeles|Tags: |

          Oh my. What a discovery today! I parked my car at Westwood Village for a quick errand to Verizon for my Blackberry. I glanced out to the street and realized that Farmers Market was going on. I strolled out through the crowds of UCLA students and noticed the Middle-eastern stand [...]

22 02, 2012

This is the Hood I Grew up In: The 626

By | February 22nd, 2012|Categories: Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley|Tags: |

Most people can't quite understand or imagine the hood I grew up in. Hacienda Heights? San Gabriel Valley? "Is that like.. San Bernardino?? Umm like Pomona?" It's the same as explaining how to pronounce my last name. I'll just remain quiet and let you figure it out. But thankfully to the Fung Brothers, they've made [...]

10 02, 2012

Best Chinese Food East of Downtown Los Angeles

By | February 10th, 2012|Categories: Los Angeles|Tags: , , , |

Where does one go to find the best Chinese Food in Southern California? Perhaps even in the US? It is arguably in the area I grew up in: the San Gabriel Valley! You can forget about China Town in Downtown Los Angeles as most Chinese people find the food greasy and un-authentic. To find the most [...]

9 02, 2012

Live Fast, die Young..

By | February 9th, 2012|Categories: Europe, Los Angeles, Middle East|Tags: , , , |

Bad Girls do it Well.                     I'm rocking out to M.I.A's latest hit "Bad Girls". Catchy beat & a visually exotic music video filmed in Morocco, the #1 country currently on my To-Travel list. Her latest controversy was her middle-finger at the Superbowl half-time performance with Madonna [...]

24 01, 2012

Bravo’s new show: “Shahs of Sunset”

By | January 24th, 2012|Categories: Iran, Israel, Los Angeles, Middle East|Tags: , , , , |

I'm sitting here in "Tehrangeles" watching the newest reality show, "Shahs of Sunset". Westwood is the home of UCLA & the largest Persian population outside of Iran. How convenient as I nibble on 'Sangak' (a wheat-sourdough flat bread known to be Iran's national bread) dipped in 'Maast-o Moussir' (yogurt with shallots) and Ghormeh Sabzi. My [...]

1 11, 2011

11 Reasons Why I Love Los Angeles

By | November 1st, 2011|Categories: Los Angeles|Tags: |

I was one of the few people born and raised in Los Angeles County, California. In an area where many would call the "real Chinatown" or "Little Taiwan": Hacienda Heights. I spent my college years outside of LA in Riverside where I found great surprising joy in the 'simple life'. The years after college was [...]

13 09, 2011

Chinese Culinary Heaven :: COLIMA road!

By | September 13th, 2011|Categories: Los Angeles|Tags: , |

Wowowow! I just teared up of joy and pride of my hometown Hacienda Heights watching the "Colima Road" youtube video. Colima road would be the famous road that runs through to Rowland Heights & Diamond Bar. I grew up on this road. My elementary, junior & high school was around there. After school, my dad [...]

2 09, 2011

Stand-up Paddle Boarding in Marina del Rey

By | September 2nd, 2011|Categories: Los Angeles|Tags: |

Paddle Boarding in Marina del Rey Stand-Up Paddle Boarding aka "SUP" has become a very popular trend these days, though it originated back to the 1960's from beach boys in Waikiki, Hawaii. SUP is a less demanding sport than surfing, fit for all ages and body types. All that's required is a paddle board, very [...]

31 05, 2011

Room to Read LA May Updates

By | May 31st, 2011|Categories: Los Angeles|Tags: |

Congratulations to all the hard work from our LA Chapter for putting on such a beautiful event Thursday May 19! It was the third annual Gala in LA. The event was put on at the Majestic Hall in Downtown LA -a former bank vault, which seems to be a growing trend in new clubs/banquet halls [...]

2 05, 2011

How I Afford to Travel in my 20’s

By | May 2nd, 2011|Categories: Los Angeles, US|Tags: , |

"How do you afford to Travel so much?" I get asked this question all the time through friends, clients, acquaintances and even random emails from people across the world. The famous Vagabond travel writer Rolf Potts wrote an article on how he affords travel as a 40 year old male, a journalist and an accomplished [...]