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Kevin Cheng

  • Food
    It was right after Chinese New Year that we came to Boiling Crab -- we were definitely in the mood for some steamin' cajun seafood. The slightly weird part of this, of course, is that we're in Alhambra, where Chinese food dominates. Yet despite -- or perhaps because -- Boiling Crab stands out from the glut of Chinese restaurants, it has garnered over 300 overwhelmingly positive reviews on yelp. The people here are similarly savvy...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    The first annual Los Angeles Taiwanese Film Festival takes place this weekend at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA, featuring documentaries and blockbusters from Taiwan. Among others, the festival features pop singer Jay Chou's directorial debut and one of this year's Oscar contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film award, Cape No. 7. Cape No. 7 has already won both the Jury's Award and the Audience's Choice award at the Taipei International Film Festival, and...
  • Food
    Gu Jip is a hidden gem of sorts. It's not tucked away in a dark alley somewhere, but I sure had enough trouble finding it -- there's no English signage at all except a blue lit sign that says "Tofu House." Not. Helpful. Good thing the suite number is also on top of the door and that matched up with the Gardena address we had in hand. We timidly shuffle in, hoping that the staff...
  • Food
    Sea Harbor sits a block south of Valley Blvd on Rosemead and is one of the highest rated Dim Sum places in Los Angeles. I've long heard of this place but have always been turned away by the crowd waiting outside, certainly a good indicator of the general consensus. Finally, this weekend I managed to drag the girlfriend out of her apartment by 10am, and we arrived at 10:50, plenty early to avoid a wait,...
  • Food
    Not too long ago I had a chance to meet Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer award winning food writer for the LA Weekly. I know what you're thinking, did I ask him for a recommendation? Of course I did! This is one of two places he recommended to me personally, and I'm so excited to finally come visit this place. Mon Land is a Mongolian hotpot place with some Northern Chinese cuisine tossed in for good...
  • Food
    I was invited to dinner at Sashi by the restaurant's PR firm. I was very excited to try executive Chef Makoto Okuwa's sushi, who worked under Chef Morimoto of Iron Chef fame and was executive sushi chef at Morimoto in both D.C. and NYC. Now, I've found that people's standards about sushi vary greatly, so here's my disclaimer: I'm by no means a sushi connoisseur, but I've been to a few great places around our delicious...
  • Food
    Terried Sake House falls into the hole-in-the-wall category. It's a great little Japanese Izakaya on Santa Monica close to Federal. An Izakaya, of course, is a restaurant that serves beer and sake and also the food that goes with it. The place is small and a bit dingy, but the food more than makes up for it. It's also fairly inexpensive for an Izakaya, so we got to order a ton of stuff. Alright, less...
  • Food
    The Melting Pot was recommended to me as a place for a special occasion, and since this past Sunday was an anniversary of sorts, we found ourselves here, on the second floor overlooking Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena....
  • Food
    I'll just start by saying this: I LOVE Korean food. These Asian brothers and sisters know how to eat! And the selection of Korean food here in LA is just spectacular, just take a quick drive over to Korea Town and see for yourself. Well, Ondal 2 isn't quite in K-Town, it's more like mid city, on Washington between La Brea and Crenshaw. That makes it nice and close to where I live in West...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    The annual Extravaganza for the Senses, a fund-raising tasting event benefitting the Saban Free Clinic previously mentioned here on LAist was held this past Saturday in Century City on the Fox lot. I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend and have returned with some photos for our readers. I'll be the first to admit that these photos don't really do the event justice, these photos were taken with camera in one hand,...

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