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Clarissa Wei

Poké from Sweetfin; Credit: Alex Krohn

Is L.A.'s Hunger for Poké Ruining the Environment?

"A lot of these [poké] businesses are based on cost and not based on the sustainability of the fish. We either protect the fish in our ocean and think about climate change or we put into action a series of events that’s irreversible.”...
Beijing yogurt; Credit: Clarissa Wei

Diving Into Pomona's "Beijing Yogurt" Factory

“When you arrive in a foreign country, the first thing you seek out is familiar foods,” Kai Gong, CEO of Prime Plus Food Inc. says.  “That’s why I started making my own yogurt.”  Born and raised in Beijing, Gong immigrated to America in the 1990s. He had grown up in......
Stinky tofu fries; Credit: Clarissa Wei

Of Course There's a Stinky Tofu Factory in the SGV

Outside of Taiwan, stinky tofu is still a novelty. What is it? Standard tofu that's been fermented in a brine for days so that it achieves a musky scent akin to rotten veggies or sweaty feet, depending on whom you ask. It’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it dishes that adventurous eaters will......

Move Over, Froyo: Thai-Style Ice Cream Rolls Have Arrived

Move over, froyo — there’s a new dessert in town: ice cream rolls. How it works: flavored cream is spread on a flattop of at least -10 Fahrenheit. It’s smoothed across the surface until it stiffens and scraped into rolls. Add toppings and serve.  Ice cream rolls were popularized in......
Waitresses in Red Guard uniforms; Credit: Clarissa Wei

The SGV Now Has a Communism-Themed Restaurant

In the San Gabriel Valley, themed restaurants are a different breed. There’s the completely politically incorrect Uncle Yu’s Indian Restaurant — which has waitresses wearing skimpy Native American outfits. Then there’s the odd Jurassic Park-themed eatery in Rowland Heights. There was the short-lived toilet restaurant in City of Industry a......
This pot is on fire.; Credit: Clarissa Wei

The Chicken Is Literally on Fire at This New Taiwanese Restaurant

Our House, a new Taiwanese restaurant in Monrovia, is anything but conventional. The place doesn't have a sign or even a regular restaurant storefront. It's located in the back of Momo Bistro and Bakery — which has a sign inside that says that it's a crab house. Our House doesn't......

Best Salsa Club

Twirling fringe dresses, tapping shoes and a spicy tune to match. Walk into the Granada most nights and you'll feel as if you've been transported to another era, where couples dance in sync in duple-pulse. It may be intimidating to first-timers, but there are weekly group lessons in the early......

Best Country Music Club

Country music may not have a strong following in the Greater Los Angeles area, but its few aficionados can escape to San Dimas for their fix of line dining with a side of beer. The dance floor at Montana's is refreshingly spacious, with plenty of room to twirl around without......
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