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VIP Restaurant, Anchorage, Alaska

VIP Restaurant, Anchorage, Alaska

On trips to see family in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, I make it a point to visit VIP Restaurant at least once. It’s located in the Valhalla Center, a retail and office building amid the Korean business cluster along West Northern Lights Boulevard....
How to promote kimchi in America without inviting Americans

How to promote kimchi in America without inviting Americans

The South Korean consulate in San Francisco found a creative way of celebrating U.S. Independence Day this year by inviting the wives of other foreign diplomats to their home to learn kimchi-making. The San Francisco Consular Corps helped put on the party. The stated...
Tammy’s top 10 banchan

Tammy’s top 10 banchan

Korean food would not have the same appeal to American masses without 반찬 banchan. That’s the name for the collection of samples of veggies, herbs and fish-filled fare in little dishes across the table in a common Korean meal. Traditionally, banchan accompanies...
The Korea Herald stirs up debate over banchan

The Korea Herald stirs up debate over banchan

  KwangJuYo Chief Executive Officer Cho Tae-kwon, a former restaurateur Korean media regularly consult on hansik (Korean cuisine), served up controversy in an interview with The Korea Herald by suggesting that charging for traditionally complimentary banchan...
Tov Tofu, Santa Rosa

Tov Tofu, Santa Rosa

Tov Tofu in Santa Rosa opened in late 2010 and is the latest Korean restaurant to open in Sonoma County, a winegrowing region about an hour north of San Francisco. Bear Korean in Cotati opened several years ago, followed by the now shuttered Nha Bee in Santa Rosa and...

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