Exploring the Hampton Pirate Festival

I'm not a very adventurous girl and it's safe to say I don't go out of my way to hang out with a particularly adventurous crowd. Nope, it's safe and sedate all the way for me. The very opposite of what a swash buckling, grog swilling, plank walking pirate would do! So with the hopes of catching some of their infectious enthusiasm, I headed to Hampton, Virginia to participate in the annual Blackbeard Festival and become a pirate for the day....more

FACC Bankeros compete with the best in Dragon Boat Festival

IT was a proud moment for all, especially for Fil-Americans in the Charlotte, North Carolina community when the Fil-American Community of the Carolinas (FACC)  Bankeros placed third in the recent Dragon Boat Festival....more

Dr. Chun spearheads 2014 Asian Festival in Charlotte

IT was entertaining to look at the leader who started the Asian festival 14 years in the Carolinas dancing up a storm yesterday.Dr. Ki-Hyun Chun of Chun Industries whose businesses include the Asian Herald was dancing to Silver Moon Rising's rendition of that classic disco song “I Will Survive” inside a makeshift building along with many others....more

(CROSSPOST) DUMBO Arts Festival 2013

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Ingredients:Batter:1/2 cup All Purpose flour1 teaspoon besan (gram flour)1/2 teaspoon yeast1/2 teaspoon oil1/2 teaspoon sugarEdible color-red a pinchAbout 1/3 cup of lukewarm water Syrup:1 cup sugar1/2 cup waterPinch of cardamom powderAlso needed:Oil to fryPreparation:Step 1Batter:Dissolve the yeast in warm water and let it sit for about five minutes....more

The 5th Annual Okinawa Sunflower Festival

I love Okinawa! Why? Because they celebrate EVERYTHING... even sunflowers! The 5th Annual Sunflower Festival in Kitankagusuku is running from January 26th - February 3rd. However, you can go anytime and walk around. There's a small stand that was selling some potatoes when I went and they were selling some sunflowers for only 300 yen. From what I understand, once the even starts there will be a lot of local vendors selling fruit, veggies, flowers, etc......more

Making Chinese Moon Cakes with “A Tiger in the Kitchen”

Monday, September 12 marks the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a celebration of the harvest for Chinese around the world, as well as many other Asian cultures. It's a holiday rooted in folklore and history, but for many Chinese Americans, it's all about the moon cakes. In my experience, these dense, sweet pastries come from a tin or a Chinese bakery. I don’t know any Chinese Americans who make them from scratch anymore—they are intricate, labor intensive, and who has the time?...more
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The Parade of Nations and a falafel recipe.

Yesterday was the annual Local Colors Festival in my hometown. It's an annual festival that celebrates the diversity of the nationalities living here in the Roanoke Valley, of which there are over ninety. This spring festival boasts a parade of nations and a series of performances that last all day long. There are also a multitude of vendors selling wares and food that are representative of their countries. ...more

Palooza Power

Graduation? 2 more weeks! Blows my mind....more