Actor Steven Yeun’s character, Glenn Rhee, dates one of the more attractive The Walking Dead characters, but Yeun is no slouch in that department himself. People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, which goes on newsstands this Friday, is giving Yeun his due for what many people already know.
The magazine didn’t choose the 30-year-old as the sexiest man, but he’s still one of People’s top picks. During his photo shoot, Yeun explained what he considered attractive in others.
“The quality that I think is sexy … is style, kind of how you carry yourself,” he told People. “I don’t think it has to do with all the ‘sex’ part of it really. I think it’s just how you exude your presence in the world. I find how you are as a human as probably the sexiest thing.” Continue Reading »
America is infuriated by the incessant squabbles between Japan and South Korea
WITH so much in common, Japan and South Korea should be natural partners. Industrialised democracies and firm American allies, they face the same strategic threats: a nuclear-armed North Korea and a rising China. Japan’s emperor even claims Korean ancestry. Resentment at the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910-45 should be fading. Yet the shadow of the past seems to grow darker by the year. Relations are at their lowest ebb since the two countries normalised relations in 1965. And, worryingly for America, officials in both expect worse to come.
Having snubbed Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, at two regional summits last month, Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s president, said in an interview this week that she saw no point in meeting him. Yet Japan is South Korea’s second-largest trading partner. Nor does she rule out meeting Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s youthful despot, whose regime just last month threatened her country with “ruthless pre-emptive strikes of annihilation”.
In both countries, negative stories about the other are staples of the press. Each side’s diplomats ooze exasperated contempt for the other. Koreans blame Japanese politicians for repeatedly stirring up historic disputes. In Japan a senior official says the Abe administration is “sick and tired” of South Korea. The country is like a “single-issue activist”, wilfully ignoring subjects that might unite the countries in favour of those that heighten dissension.
On Pepero Day, a Japanese Rival Lurks
Wall Street Journal
It’s Nov. 11, “Pepero Day” in South Korea, when the marketing folks at Lotte Confectionery Co. would like you to show your affection for friends and loved-ones by exchanging gifts of their chocolate-coated wand-like pretzel snack.
The made-to-order holiday has been a resounding success for Lotte over the years, but there’s a complication this year: a rival product with the same promotional trick.
Legend has it that Pepero Day began in 1994 when middle-school girls in the southern city of Busan decided to give each other Pepero on 11/11 with wishes to become skinny—like the snack stick or the four 1’s that make up the date.
S. Korea calls on North to identify S. Korean detainee
Seoul’s unification ministry formally called on North Korea Monday to provide information about a South Korean citizen who Pyongyang says has been arrested for espionage.
“South Korea’s intelligence agency already said that the claim that an agent was caught is untrue, but since the North has said it is holding a South Korean in custody, Seoul wants to know who the person is,” said ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do.
The North’s Ministry of State Security said last Thursday that it captured a member of the South’s National Intelligence Service (NIS). It gave no name or age of the person in custody other than to say the man had been caught entering Pyongyang and disguised his true identity by conducting missionary work in a neighboring country.
Police: No charges in garbage truck accident that killed three in Glenview
After a three-week investigation, authorities said Friday that no charges or citations will be filed in connection with the two-vehicle crash in October that killed three people.
The Oct. 15 accident killed three Chicago residents, Won Suk Lim, 56, his wife Jung Ran Min, 50, and their friend Gwi Rye Kim, 65.
All three were in a 2006 Kia SUV when it collided with a Skokie-owned garbage truck at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Harrison Street, erupting in flames.
The truck’s driver, whose name has not been released, was not injured.
Leader of Korean prostitution ring in Biloxi sentenced to prison
Sun Herald (Mississippi)
An Atlantic City man who organized and led a Korean prostitution ring found operating in Biloxi has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Chi Sung Jung, 52, had been held without bond in New Jersey since February, when he requested he be prosecuted closer to his home.
Jung accepted a plea agreement to a charge of conspiracy to harbor women in the United States illegally for financial gain. Court papers show the conspiracy took place from January 2011 until Oct. 1, 2012.
Asian-Americans protest Jimmy Kimmel after ‘kids table’ skit says ‘kill everyone in China’
89.3 KPCC (Southern California Public Radio)
Asian-Americans and their supporters are rallying Saturday at ABC headquarters in Burbank. They’re asking the network to suspend or fire late-night talk host Jimmy Kimmel after he aired a skit they found offensive.
The skit shows Kimmel in a roundtable discussion with young children. He tells the kids that America owes China a lot of money and asks them how the US should pay the Chinese back. One boy says “kill everyone in China,” and Kimmel leads a brief conversation in which he tries to steer the kids away from the idea.
‘Walking Dead’ Dissection: Steven Yeun on Glenn’s Close Call — ‘He’s a Man With a Purpose Now’
The Hollywood Reporter
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the "Internment" episode of AMC's The Walking Dead.]
After a week out of the prison, AMC’s The Walking Dead returned to the barred community Sunday with an episode involving threats both inside the compound and at the fences of their safe haven.
Before Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) group returns, Hershel (Scott Wilson), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) are tasked with caring for the ill, seeing the group’s numbers rapidly dwindle as the virus turns several of the sick. With Glenn’s and Sasha’s health failing, the council’s leader was forced to take out his first member of the undead and care for his son-in-law, all while navigating the undead.
Korean girl group Crayon Pop send fans into a frenzy with their encore of Bar Bar Bar
Daily Telegraph (Austrailia)
About a dozen fans had occupied the front row at the barriers from about 8am.
Crayon Pop, whose latest disco-beat dance song Bar Bar Bar is zooming up the Asian and Western charts, zoomed onto the stage at 2pm, sending the multinational throng of fans screaming, fan-chanting their part in the songs and iPhoning.
The girls, Cho A, Gum Mi, Ellin, So Yul and Way, wore their iconic costumes – this time in lime green – and their scooter helmets. Bar Bar Bar was ranked athe top of the weekly Billboard K-Pop hot 100 chart for the first six weeks since its release.
Riding Shotgun with Roy Choi: L.A. Son Tells the Kogi Chef’s Story
Los Angeles Weekly
So how’s this for an L.A. story? A young couple and their two-year-old son leave South Korea for Los Angeles, where they open a restaurant. It fails, but they refuse to quit — working their family connections to enter the jewelry business. There they achieve such staggering success they’re able to move on up to Orange County, right into Nolan Ryan’s old house. Their son, meanwhile, battles addictions to drugs and gambling, fighting off the lure of thug life to become one of the city’s best restaurateurs, changing L.A.’s dining scene forever by reinventing the food truck for foodies.
That’s Roy Choi’s story. And, yes, it’s a doozy. As Choi tells it in L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, his new cookbook autobiography written with Natasha Phan and L.A. Weekly Senior Food Writer Tien Nguyen, his destiny as a great chef was far from assured. Choi studied political science at Cal State Fullerton, then philosophy. He even dabbled in theatre for a time. After he finished school (the book isn’t clear on whether he graduated), there was a week lost to crack, a year and a half lost to gambling, and countless days lost to a soul-killing job selling mutual funds.
The Psy Impact
Inside Higher Education
Korean pop singer Psy has emerged as an international phenomenon with his viral hit “Gangnam Style,” but his influence is reaching beyond pop culture and into the classroom as many colleges and universities report first-ever waiting lists for Korean studies courses.
As K-pop merges with American pop culture, more students are interested in learning about the Korean culture and language. At Columbia University, where students in the East Asian studies major can choose to study Chinese, Korean or Japanese, Charles Armstrong, professor of Korean studies, is seeing tremendous growth in Korean language course enrollments, especially among students with no ties to Korea.
“The overall trend I’ve seen is where 15 years ago, or even 10 years ago, the bulk of interest in Korean studies was from the heritage community, it’s now shifted to non-heritage students,” Armstrong said. “Most of them, from what I’ve asked and seen, seem to get originally attracted to Korea through music and pop culture.” (“Heritage” in language courses refers to those from families with ethnic or national ties to the country whose language is involved.)
Her personal newscast to San Diego
Union Tribune San Diego
With the return of the 14th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, Lee Ann Kim is back in the spotlight.
As a former news anchor and reporter at KGTV, Kim was once a daily presence in many San Diegans’ homes. But these days, the Sorrento Valley resident has been working behind the scenes, handling a festival that’s become nationally recognized for its outstanding film selections.
The event, run under the umbrella of Pacific Arts Movement, is happening now and runs through Nov. 16.
Actor Steven Yeun, of AMC’s Walking Dead, had his car broken into and backpack stolen on Sunday in Atlanta.
Yeun was in Atlanta for the Walker Stalker Convention, a fan event for the show, and parked his car on 537 Edgewood Ave. SE. When he returned to his vehicle after the convention at around 9 p.m., his rear-seat window was smashed and his black North Face backpack was missing.
The backpack contained Yeun’s personal MacBook Air, a Ricoh camera and a black iPod. It also held a David and Goliath hardback novel and a moleskine journal. Continue Reading »
Mother of U.S. Citizen Held in North Korea Wraps Up Visit
Wall Street Journal
The mother of Kenneth Bae, the U.S. citizen being detained in North Korea, finished a five-day visit to Pyongyang on Tuesday, but came away with little clarity on when her son might be freed.
In a statement released by the family, Myunghee Bae said that she was able to visit Mr. Bae three times during her stay, and that her son’s health had improved.
But she said the visit also made her “more anxious than ever to bring him home,” pleading with the U.S. authorities to “do everything in their power” to get her son out of North Korea.
Mrs. Bae’s visit comes just weeks ahead of the one-year mark of her son’s detention in the North. Mr. Bae, a tour guide and Christian missionary, was arrested last November near the China-North Korea border and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
Damage from N.K. cyber attacks estimated at 860 bln won: lawmaker
The total damage from North Korea’s cyber attacks on South Korea’s computer systems is estimated at more than 860 billion won (US$805 million) between 2009 and 2013, a lawmaker said Tuesday, citing government data.
According to the data submitted by the defense ministry’s cyber warfare headquarters, the North’s latest attacks on March 20 and June 25 caused the most damage at 800 billion won, followed by the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on July 7, 2009, at 50 billion won, and the March 4 DDoS attack in 2011 at 10 billion won, Rep. Chung Hee-soo of the ruling Saenuri Party said.
A DDoS attack swamps selected sites with traffic by seeking simultaneous access via virus-infected “zombie” computers.
North Korea’s cyber attacks have often targeted the websites of South Korean government offices, including the presidential office and the prime minister’s office, as well as local banks and media outlets.
Putting North Korea Aid Efforts on the Map
Wall Street Journal
North Korea has cultivated a reputation as one of the most impenetrable countries in the world.
So you might be surprised to learn just how many outside non-profits, charities and businesses have set up shop in the country formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
It certainly came as a surprise to Jiehae Blackman, who set out two years ago to keep track of all the foreign humanitarian, development, educational and business groups operating in North Korea.
Korean Jailed in Iran for Spying
An Iranian court sentenced a Korean to seven years in prison for taking photos of security facilities. The Iranian government notified the Korean Foreign Ministry two months after the arrest.
Democratic Party lawmaker Park Byeong-seog on Monday said the 44-year-old man identified as Kim was arrested in October last year and sentenced to seven years in jail in September this year.
He was found guilty of spying on security facilities by taking photos of police stations, foreign embassies, military facilities, and border signs with the alleged purpose of delivering them to a foreign government. The court did not specify which foreign government he spied for.
South Korea starts new tourism police unit
Stars and Stripes
A new tourism police unit will begin patrolling areas of Seoul that are popular with foreigners on Wednesday, including the Itaewon entertainment district adjacent to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.
The new unit is meant to deter common crimes against foreigners, such as overcharging by merchants and taxi drivers, and help tourists who believe they have been victimized, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which launched the initiative.
“We’re not trying to monitor tourists,” said An Sinyoung, director of the ministry’s tourism promotion team. “We’re just trying to provide more service and more convenience for them.”
The unit is also meant to help improve South Korea’s image and prevent visitors from returning to their home countries with stories about being mistreated in Seoul, he said.
Pregnant Soldier’s Death Spurs Debate on Women in Military
Wall Street Journal
The death earlier this year of a pregnant soldier has highlighted the working conditions of women in South Korea’s military and triggered changes designed to support an increasing number of women joining the armed forces.
In January, Lieutenant Lee Shin-ae was seven months pregnant while working in an office at a base in Gangwon Province, which borders North Korea.
One day, Lt. Lee started to show abnormal symptoms, including vomiting. She fainted after she finished work. She was unable to receive immediate treatment because of a lack of nearby medical facilities and was taken to the nearest hospital, two hours away by car.
The next day, she died of a brain hemorrhage after having a caesarean section to save her baby.
The Trials and Rewards of a Simultaneous Translator
Chon Hee-kyung’s life changed dramatically when her family emigrated to the U.S. when she was 11 years old. After graduating from high school, she came back to Korea to study mathematics at Korea University but gradually lost interest in the subject and tried to find something that she could enjoy.
That is when she hit on the profession of interpreter. It seemed an ideal job for her as she spoke English and enjoyed meeting people.
She then studied at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies’ Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation. Now a freelance interpreter, she mainly offers services as a simultaneous translator for conferences and other events.
‘The Walking Dead’: Steven Yeun explains why season 4 is…’beautiful’?
The Walking Dead returned on Sunday. And not only is it the first episode of season 4, but it will also mark the first episode of the Scott M. Gimple era. Gimple, a writer on the past two seasons of the AMC drama, replaces Glen Mazzara as showrunner. Mazzara, of course, himself replaced original showrunner Frank Darbaont. So there has been quite a bit of replacing going on. It’s kind of like a semi-famous Minneapolis punk band or a goofy Keanu Reeves movie.
So what will the new season feel like under Gimple? Well, star Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, has a word you might not expect to describe it. “This season is very beautiful,” said Yeun when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio this week. Come again? Beautiful? Yep. Yeun went on to tell Jenna Morasca and me how the emphasis on character development and story will lead to some truly touching moments. Of course, those moments are just designed to crush us that much more when horrible things start happening to the characters we love the most. I know, diabolical.
Hometown Hero: Korean American businessman honors vets
As a child growing up in Seoul 57 years ago, Sunny K. Park remembers having little to eat and learning his first word in English — “gimme” — which he uttered to every American soldier he saw.
“We were hungry,” says Park, 71. “We chased the GIs, hoping somebody would throw us a Hershey bar.”
At age 31, he moved to the U.S., and has built a financial empire in the Atlanta area, recently achieving one of his lifetime goals — paying — not just making — a million dollars in federal income taxes.
Another goal he’s been keeping — doing all he can to honor Americans who went to South Korea in the 1950-53 period who “saved my country and made the impossible possible.”
In Bhutan, a Bid to Turn Basketball From a Royal Sport to a National One
New York Times
With just seconds left in the game, the queen of Bhutan went to the hole like a hungry snow leopard pouncing on a mountain goat, taking two dribbles and three long strides before putting up a royal layup.
Yes, your majesty!
Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck’s final basket was just one of 17 she made in a friendly game of basketball last month with nine other women. Basketball may be a street game in the United States, but it is the game of kings and queens in Bhutan.
JD’s Boiling Pot: Cajun seafood in Fort Lee
How it started: When the owners of JD’s Steak Pit were looking for a new concept to try in their second-floor banquet room, they decided to go with a West Coast dining trend that is little known in North Jersey: Cajun-style seafood boils.
For Mother’s Day last year, the Korean-American family-owned restaurant offered on the Steak Pit menu a Cajun crab boil, which was a hit, especially with Fort Lee’s seafood-loving Asian community.
* L.A. trend: Cajun crab boils are very popular in L.A.’s Asian-American foodie scene. “A friend of ours told us it’s huge in L.A.,” says Sarah Lim, whose family owns JD’s Steak Pit and Boiling Pot.
* What to expect: This is eat-with-your-hands don’t-be-timid kind of dining. Tables are covered in sheets of brown paper, and diners are served a large, clear plastic bag filled with boiled crawfish, shrimp, snow crab legs, mussels, plus corn-on-the-cob, potato, and andouille sausage, marinated in a homemade hot Cajun broth.
South Korea Says North Restarted Nuclear Reactor
New York Times
South Korea’s main intelligence agency confirmed on Tuesday that North Korea has restarted a Soviet-era nuclear reactor that has been used to obtain plutonium for bombs, according to South Korean legislators.
Nuclear experts in the United States, including at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, reported last month that satellite photographs indicated that North Korea had restarted the five-megawatt reactor at its main nuclear complex in Yongbyon, north of Pyongyang, the capital.
Two lawmakers — Cho Won-jin from the governing party and Jung Cheong-rae from the opposition — told reporters at a joint news briefing on Tuesday that Nam Jae-joon, the director of the National Intelligence Service of South Korea, confirmed the restart during a closed parliamentary session. The two lawmakers were designated by their parties to relay the news to reporters.
Hungry and isolated, North Korea courting luxury travelers
Los Angeles Times
With the exception of eccentric former NBA star Dennis Rodman, there are probably few people on the planet who have North Korean spas and sports centers on their list of things to see before they die.
The Hermit Kingdom has in recent years built a half dozen luxury hotels, where a single night in a deluxe room would cost the average North Korean worker more than 80% of his annual income. Pyongyang has also opened a mountain retreat for South Koreans’ occasionally permitted family reunion visits and a beach resort at a secluded bay at Wonsan, late “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il’s favorite vacation spot.
Now comes word that shock brigades of soldiers have been deployed to finish a lavish ski resort at Masik Pass by Thursday — not that there will be any snowpack yet, or ski lifts, for that matter. The full-scale rush, which has builder-conscripts lugging concrete blocks on their backs up the denuded slopes, is aimed at having the resort ready to coincide with the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Korean Workers’ Party.
East Sea in Virginia gubernatorial race
An unusual issue has cropped up in the gubernatorial race of the U.S. state of Virginia — what to call the body of water between Korea and Japan.
Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic candidate, on Monday threw his weight behind a grass-roots campaign to have the name “East Sea” used in the textbooks of public schools in the state just south of Washington, D.C.
“The body of water known, alternately, as the East Sea or the Sea of Japan, should be properly labeled with both names,” McAuliffe told reporters after a meeting with the Voice of Korean Americans (VoKA). VoKA was launched in January to promote the use of “the East Sea.”
Korean Air in Dallas Emergency Landing
A Korean Air passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on Sunday due to engine trouble.
The Boeing 777 took off from Dallas at 11:35 a.m. and headed toward Korea carrying 223 passengers. When it reached an altitude of around 760 m around 30 minutes later, a warning light appeared in the cockpit showing a problem with the engine on the left wing.
The pilot followed procedure and attempted an emergency landing at Dallas after shutting off the problematic engine.
Up to 6 bikers involved in beating of SUV driver, court papers say
Los Angeles Times
As many as six motorcyclists were involved in the beating of an SUV driver following a wild chase along the west side of Manhattan, according to charges filed when a new suspect was arraigned on Tuesday.
Craig Wright, 29, of Brooklyn, was arraigned on charges including gang assault, assault and unlawful imprisonment and held in lieu of a $150,000 bail bond. He is the fourth motorcyclist to be charged in the attack and the third to be accused of dragging the driver, Alexian Lien, out of his SUV and beating him. Wright is scheduled to return to court on Friday to allow time for the grand jury to look at the charges.
On Sept. 29, Lien, his wife and their 2-year-old child were in a black Range Rover traveling on a west side highway when a motorcyclist slowed down and came in contact with the vehicle. The group slowed down and then Lien sped up the highway with the bikers in pursuit. The SUV ran over at least one motorcyclist, who was injured, according a video of the incident shot by another motorcyclist.
New York man killed in I-395 crash in Waterford
The Day (Connecticut)
Police said a Brooklyn, N.Y., man was killed Sunday night in a three-car accident on Interstate 395 south near Exit 77.
Police said Calvin Kim, 44, was traveling south on I-395 when his BMW 328 struck a deer and became disabled in the left lane. Police said Kim did not have his hazard lights turned on.
A second vehicle driven by Michael Pinkerton of Waterford stopped in the left lane 50 feet south of where Kim’s car was stopped. Police said Pinkerton exited his car, walked towards Kim and told him to turn his hazard lights on so that oncoming vehicles could see the car.
Police said that Kim, who was not in his car, returned to his vehicle and opened the driver’s side door and reached inside to turn on the lights.
51-year-old knives teenager for smoking
A 51-year-old self-employed man was detained by police Tuesday for stabbing a teenager who was smoking.
According to the Songpa Police Station in southern Seoul, the man named Seo stabbed the 17-year-old boy in the abdomen on the street with a 22-centimeter-long knife, Monday, after spotting the teenager smoking near his home.
The man then chased the boy who was running away but lost him, according to the police. The schoolboy reported the attack and was hospitalized. Officers then apprehended Seo upon receiving the report.
Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun Talks Glenn’s New Role, Governor Vendetta and ‘Eating S#%&’!
While you were counting down the days (minutes, seconds) until the fourth season premiere of The Walking Dead (Sunday at 9/8c on AMC), we were grilling Steven Yeun, who plays newly minted badass Glenn.
We would’ve been happy if he’d dropped a teaser or two, but instead, the actor not only revealed the significance of the episode’s title (“30 Days Without an Accident”), he also offered updates on his post-apocalyptic counterpart’s relationship with fiancée Maggie and hunger for revenge against the Governor, and hinted at how his new role in the group would impact his penchant for “eating s–t.” (In short, not a lot.)
Drunken Tiger, Yoon Mi Rae & Bizzy Find ‘The Cure’: Exclusive Video Interview
Hip-hop power couple Drunken Tiger and Yoon Mi Rae are perhaps the most respected rap artists in Korea today. The couple revolutionized the Korean music industry through their cultivation of the then-nascent hip-hop genre in Korea during the 1990s and early 2000s. Years later, with longtime collaborator and talented rapper Bizzy by their side, their lives and careers have only gained more momentum.
The trio started 2013 off with a bang, releasing a project single entitled, “Sweet Dreams,” (which peaked at No. 13 on the K-Pop Hot 100 in January, 2013) under the group name MFBTY, an acronym that stands for “My Fans Better Than Yours.” The group also contributed to the expansion, and validation, of Korean hip-hop at MIDEM in France, one of the world’s largest music festivals.
Months later, the trio is back at it again, continuing their story through the mini-single “The Cure,” the first album of three released from the group’s upcoming “trilogy” project. The title track, which peaked at No. 6, is an inspirational song dedicated to Tiger’s father, who is currently battling cancer. He and Bizzy stridently rap encouraging words, while Yoon Mi Rae mellows things down with her warm vocals.
VIFF 2013: 9 Muses of Star Empire director exposes K-Pop’s dark side
FROM GIRLS GENERATION to Super Junior, everyone wants a piece of the beats-and-ballad-driven, glamour-obsessed multibillion dollar industry of South Korea, otherwise known as K-Pop. With thousands of dollars invested in each act, however, expectations run extreme.
And it’s upon the shoulders of the young, still-developing talent that the pressure falls.
Lee Harkjoon’s no-holds-barred documentary 9 Muses of Star Empire exposes K-Pop girl- and boy-bands as literal sweat-shops. Focussing on 9 Muses, members are shown being run through exhaustive choreography training and constantly berated by emotionally abusive management. There are plenty of tears, rampant depression, and team-destroying internal competition. Almost every member expresses the desire to leave the group and go solo. Morale is virtually nonexistent.
K-pop singer Rain to hold concert tour of 4 Japanese cities
South Korean pop icon Rain will hold a concert tour in four Japanese cities next month, his management agency said Tuesday.
The “2013 Rain Zepp Tour: Story of Rain” will begin with performances in Nagoya on Nov. 14-15 and will also take him to Fukuoka on Nov. 17-18 and Osaka on Nov. 20-21 before his shows in Tokyo on Nov. 25-28, according to Cube DC.
“Visitors will be able to see the brilliant history of Rain who marks the 11th anniversary of his debut this year in the shows,” the company said in a release.
Have I ever got an Izakaya for Kou!
First off, I’m sure many of you are scratching your head with a “say what?” expression, so if you haven’t had the pleasure of dining in an Izakaya, here’s the breakdown.
What is an Izakaya (pronounced ee-ZAH-ka-ya)?
Think Japanese gastropub crossed with a creative tapas bar generating a high-octane party vibe, which equals the perfect place for hanging out with your friends. The name literally means “stay sake shop” so grab a seat (or one of the four private tatami rooms) and plan on staying for a while.
The brand spanking new Izakaya Hashiburo Kou is located on the corner of Fillmore & Geary. Only a block from the Kabuki, it’s perfect for après-film.
Previously, this was a nondescript, cavernous Korean restaurant. Nine months of tasteful tender loving care has led to the birth of one hip, zen-like, bring-the-outdoors-in (complete with a living plant wall and reclaimed wood) baby. Love the long counter seating where you can watch Chef Nick and the team in action.
Food Truck Pioneer Battles Food Deserts With High Cuisine
What do restaurant chefs dream of? Most would be satisfied with a great review, a full house every night, maybe a restaurant or three of their own, a television show.
Not Roy Choi.
Choi has cut his own unconventional path to fame and success in the restaurant world, as his forthcoming book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, shows. Out Nov. 5, it’s a memoir and collection of recipes documenting Choi’s transformation from drug addict and gambler to one of Los Angeles’ most admired and charismatic civic leaders, one who is raising the bar on what it means for chefs to serve and feed their communities.
Chef Roy Choi, founder of Kogi BBQ in Los Angeles, says the world’s top chefs need to reach out to people in their communities who can’t afford their restaurants but can appreciate delicious food.
About five years ago, Choi got inspired by the Latin American food trucks of Los Angeles and decided to put his own spin on them, tapping his Korean roots and his training at the Culinary Institute of America.