Metal as a genre transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always been popul ... More >>
From baseball to sushi, this new Japanese eatery blends East and West with mixed results
One hears "Japanese food" and immediately images of raw fish clinging delicately to pillows of plump and sticky balls of rice come to mind. But believe it or not, the good people of Japan do eat more than sushi and edamame. From gyoza dumplings to soba noodle dishes in fragrant miso broths to the fl ... More >>
Here's news that'll come as a surprise for those of you who read about New China Wok's disgusting mouse dropping issue -- the owner of the joint wants to reopen and insists his restaurant is "super clean, really clean."SEE ALSO: New China Wok near 50th & France had mouse droppings on food holdin ... More >>
Would you like some cream cheese and mouse droppings wontons?SEE ALSO:-- Delta serves needle sandwiches on Amsterdam-MSP flight-- Semen-filled cupcake scandal rocks St. Paul's Como Park High SchoolAccording to testimony at yesterday's Minneapolis Regulatory, Energy & Environment City Council Com ... More >>
Ecid's forthcoming Werewolf Hologram, due February 28, is a dark delight of an album. The prolific Twin Cities hip-hop experimenter's "Back From Japan" is a certified high point from the collection, and its ominous beat -- splintering, busting drums and an swelling keyboard score -- serves as a b ... More >>
Tim and Mary Pawlenty, happily signing away all your jobs.First we learned Minnesota is taking all the jobs in America. Now we know that China is taking all of Minnesota's jobs. So, A minus B, minus China, times infinity... soon China will have every single job in America.Well, maybe it's not tha ... More >>
A benefit with good tasteOrganizers had told the chefs to plan on about 350 people, but they were blown away by the crowd that attended last night's so called "Ramen-Off" competition, where local chefs vied for the title of best noodle soup. They might have guessed they were on to something when ... More >>
Drink Finnegans, win U2 tickets, feel good about yourselfWill eating Minnesota-made ramen help Japan? What does beer brewed via wind power taste like? Will I be attending the U2 concert for free? All of these pressing questions can be answered by delving into this week in food; after all, tha ... More >>
A first in his career and a first for China, Bob Dylan set off on a tour of Asia this week. Finally after the typical government crackdown that prevented him from playing there a year ago he finally got the go ahead starting with a gig in Taiwan last Sunday and the highly anticipated performance ... More >>
"This is only small things we can do but we have to do something. Small things adds up."--Birthday SuitsFour stellar local bands are rallying for Japan at the Triple Rock tonight for a fundraiser organized by Japanese punk duo Birthday Suits. Pink Mink, the Gateway District, and Still Pacific are ... More >>
WakameEat sushi, help earthquake victimsCNN and BBC switched their 24-hour coverage from Japan earthquake to Libya last week, but the hardship for survivors is far from over. Behind the news coverage of the nuclear crisis in Fukushima are hundreds of families in evacuation shelters, as well as fa ... More >>
Pair wisely. Prepare for spring by planning your garden, pairing your wine and cheese, and picking out the perfect brew, wine, or scotch for your next big shindig. It's all here, this Week in Food. Monday 3/14 Pairing the wrong cheese with your wine can really wreak havoc. Learn how to avoid t ... More >>
WikipediaBest Buy's Shanghai store, above, is one of nine that closed up shop today.Stateside, Minnesota-based Best Buy has become the 800-pound gorilla of electronics retailing, but over in China, the company's big branded stores are extinct. It announced today that it was closing all nine o ... More >>
One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which has taken him out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the fifth installment of his tour diary (first installment here, second here, third here, fourth here). Check back over the next week for more updates from h ... More >>
Despite being the middle of Chinese New Year, or "Spring Festival" as it is known in China, this past Wednesday night was a harsh cold one in downtown Minneapolis. That didn't stop a smattering of music lovers to brave the climate to hear and witness the sounds of the Guqin (or "Chinese Zither") ... More >>
One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which will find him jetting out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the fourth installment of his tour diary (first installment here, second here, third here). Check back over the next week for more updates from his t ... More >>
Minnesota's only Filipino restaurant has shut its doors after less than a year in business. Just last winter, owner Jim Hays brought a fresh culinary concept to the Twin Cities by partnering with opening chef Neil Guillen, formerly of New York City's Kuma Inn, to create a menu of Asian-influe ... More >>
It appears this lamp offers more than just a little lightA little sex with your takeout at Target, kids? Someone in China's having a pretty good laugh at this one. The Minnesota retailer is selling a kid's lamp shaped and decorated to look like a Chinese food takeout container, emblazoned w ... More >>
Draw inspiration for summer dressing from the ladies of New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan, and Tokyo courtesy of popular street style blog, Stylesightings. Try a tailored, cuffed trouser for summer paired with a breezy white tank.
Ramen ditches its budget-friendly image
Local radio DJ Danny Sigelman catches us up on a few great bands he's discovered while living abroad in China.
Dan Dan noodles might be the new pad Thai
One of the best ways to understand a culture is through the films it produces. The Walker's ongoing film series is the motherlode of Chinese political culture.
To curb rampant music piracy in China, Google and a slew of labels decide to fight fire with fire.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport received top honors from a recent survey ranking. The airport ranked top North American airport and No. 3 in the world among airports of its size.
A classic culinary case of East meets West
In an age of propaganda and over-blown threats, it’s nice to just have a normal conversation every once in a while. This seems to be the sentiment behind the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current’s ‘Policy and a Pint’ series.
Willy is finally Free to land in a lunchbox For sheer barking horror and human revulsion, the front-page news satisfies. But to appreciate the unknowable madness at work in the human character, one frequently needs to roam a few pages deeper into the world news. In that spirit, why not spend a ... More >>
Kobe Beef--the legend, the steak--Hits Minnesota, and Dear Dara dives in