Ginger Liu: Shanghai Bound

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Ginger Liu will revisit Shanghai and its surrounding areas in May 2009 for a story development, photojournalist, and documentary project. She will join her aunt, Doctor Marjory Bong-Ray Liu –one of the world’s most eminent musicologists,  for the 130th anniversary of St. John’s University in Shanghai. Both Dr. Liu and my  father graduated from this top University during the invasion of the Japanese army and what became known as the “Rape of Nanking.”


Tina Fey: AP Entertainer of the Year

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Tina Fey was voted the Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year. And it’s not surprising when Fey’s name was bandied about as much as Sarah Palins’ during the run up to the election. But oh how the male dominated press with their inadequate penises have to bring a successful woman down. Look at how Hilary Clinton and even Sarah Palin was treated by the press, although my sympathy for the latter is next to zero.

So perhaps now we won’t have to read or listen to male chauvinist b/s about how “women aren’t funny.” It’s a lot like the b/s from a male LA Times writer last week who stated that Nicole Kidman “is not a star,” and that Nicole Kidman, one of the most famous and successful actresses of her generation, can’t sell a movie. What utter bull-shit. These “men” have small dicks. That’s all I have to say about it.

Ginger Liu

Food: LA’s Best Fries

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Citrus at Social
Steak Frites
$8 side, $10 bar
Steak fries don’t get any grander than at Citrus at Social. Executive Chef Omri Aflalo’s attention to detail is impalpable. The steak frites have been a stable here for 8 months, causing grown women to ask for more. Made from GPOD rustic Idaho potatoes, known for their high starch content, these super crisp on the outside and tender on the inside potatoes are soaked overnight in cold water to retain that crispness, then Belgium double fried at 275 degrees in clarified butter, seasoned with sugar and vinegar and served with homemade tomato sauce or aioli dipping sauce. Through painstaking research on competitor’s tomato sauce and a little molecular gastronomy thrown in for good measure (xanthan gum), tomato paste, sugar and vinegar, the result is a slightly sweet sauce that equals out the salty deep fried moreish devils that are “selling like hot cakes.”
www.chinagrillmgt.com/citrus-at-social
6525 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA    
(323) 337-9797

Tokyo Table
Sweet Potato Fries
$3.95
Simple, sweet and addictive, Tokyo Table’s sweet potato fries are twice baked the Belgium way, fried in soya bean oil, and lightly seasoned, allowing the sweet potato to take on the flavor of the dipping sauce.  Dine here on Sake Night and try 20 different types of sake and discover which tastes best with your sweet potato fries. 
www.tokyotable.com
50 N. La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 
(310) 657-9500

Ketchup
Truffle Fries
$20
At Ketchup, VIP guests are spoilt with Executive Chef Chris Tunnell’s truffle fries. Longer than the average fry and made from Idaho russet potatoes, seasoned with fresh thyme, Maldon sea salt, and fresh cracked black pepper. White truffle oil and parmigiano regiano are cause for addiction here and served with Ketchup’s signature dipping accompaniments of chipotle, ranch, original, mango, and maple. You won’t find these delicately addictive fries on the menu but you can all enjoy the luminescent floor, sleek and streamlined Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed chairs, Plasma TVs dotting the walls, and inventive tomato paraphernalia. It’s American Grill dining for the 21st century crowd.
www.losangeles.com/ketchup-restaurant
8590 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA
(877) 490-4668       

M Café (Chaya Brasserie)
Organic Fries
$5.25
Hollywood stars, vegetarians, vegans, and alternative health practitioners have been raving about Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe’s contemporary macrobiotic cuisine for almost 30 years. Organic fries are served as a side or a heaping bowl and served with house-made macro ketchup. You won’t find refined sugars, eggs or dairy in the mix here, just wholesome fries that may just be good for you.

www.mcafedechaya.com

7119 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA
(310) 859-8833

25 Degrees

Burger and Fries                                                                                                           $19.50 


Located at the entrance of the Hollywood Roosevelt, 25 Degrees is the ultimate pit stop for burger aficionados. Building your own burger was never this good with a choice of ground sirloin, turkey burger or veggie, a cheese of your choice; try the salty and soft blue veined Italian prelibato gorgonzola with a mouthwatering selection of extras, such as arugula, avocado, roasted tomato, caramelized onion, Portobello mushrooms, roasted red pepper, prosciutto, then top it off with tarragon remoulade and gallego sauce (2 of 14 sauces) and you have one of the tastiest $20 burgers in the city.

www.25degreesrestaurant.com

7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA 

(323) 785-7244

                                                                                                                                                             

Ginger Liu