More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the San Diego Tet Festival, heralded as one of the largest three-day community festivals in the region. The annual event not only celebrates the Year of the Dog, it also marks the beginning of spring and a fresh start to the new year. There will be a number of attractions, including two stages of nonstop entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and a new cultural village. Cheer on your favorite contestant at the Miss Vietnam of San Diego Pageant on Saturday, or be a part of a traditional wedding ceremony on Sunday. “Lucky Red Envelope” giveaways take place during opening ceremonies. San Diego Tết Festival: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St., Mira Mesa. Free. sdtet.com [email protected] … [Read more...] about San Diego Tet Festival returns to Mira Mesa
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The Lunar New Year Festival, hosted by the Little Saigon San Diego Foundation, is a reliable source of good food, good music, good times. “The general atmosphere is pretty positive,” said Timothy Nguyen, 19, who paraded through the festival with the Southern Sea Dragon and Lion Dance Association troupe. “Everyone’s psyched about the new year.” The air was filled with upbeat music — on an open-mic stage, 73-year-old Thanh Luan belted out an oldie, “Love Potion #9” — and aromas of pho, Korean BBQ, tacos and Taiwanese popcorn chicken. The parking lot outside the San Diego County Credit Union Stadium also contained numerous expressions of patriotism, both Vietnamese- and American-style. “The Fallen Heroes” read the text beneath a poster-sized image of officers from the now-defunct South Vietnamese Army. “Generals,” explained Mai Thanh Long, 65. “When the Communists invaded the South, they didn’t want … [Read more...] about At San Diego’s Tet Festival, patriotic salutes to South Vietnam and the U.S.
Filipino food is having a major moment in America, and a handful of local Filipino chefs are taking the lead by infusing their menus with modern takes on favorite childhood dishes. Anthony Sinsay from Jsix Restaurant, Danilo “DJ” Tangalin at Tidal, Evan Cruz at Arterra and Kristianna Zabala at Nomad Donuts have incorporated Filipino ingredients and cooking techniques into dishes that are now top-sellers. They all say Filipino food — long overlooked by critics for being too strange, too downscale, too derivative or too fatty and sweet — has finally arrived.“People are always looking at what’s next, and we’re in a great spot right now,” Tangalin said. “Filipino food can be at the forefront of the story.”Over the past four years, Filipino food has been increasingly on the tongues of the world’s tastemakers. Bad Saint, a Filipino-American restaurant in Washington, D.C., ranks No. 2 on Bon … [Read more...] about San Diego chefs pushing Filipino cuisine to new heights
Three high-profile San Diego restaurants have joined a growing global movement to limit the number of plastic straws that end up in the ocean, potentially harming marine life. In the latest episode of what some have dubbed “Straw Wars,” Herringbone in La Jolla and the city’s two Searsuckers, in Del Mar and the Gaslamp, have taken a “No Straws” pledge in recent weeks, their owner, the Hakkasan Group, said on Monday. The eateries are the first in the vast Abu Dhabi-based hospitality company to adopt a policy to provide straws only upon request. Americans use an estimated 500 million plastic straws a day, with an untold number of them landing in the nation’s coastal waterways and eventually reaching the ocean. “When you hear that number — 500 million — it kind of makes your head explode a little bit,” said Rachael Giannecchini, director of restaurant marketing for the Hakkasan Group. The move to ban straws, Giannecchini said, … [Read more...] about 3 San Diego restaurants stop serving plastic straws
In many of his photographs, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini is smiling. Given that he is rapidly becoming sought-after by symphony orchestras and opera theaters alike, it’s not surprising. But, he says, grins come naturally. “I try to always be positive,” Bignamini said in an email interview from a conducting engagement in Frankfurt, Germany. “This is my defining trait. I’m happy because I am a lucky person. I get to do one of the most beautiful jobs in the world that I’m passionate about, and I have a happy family that often travels with me. What more could I wish for?” Bignamini, 41, brings that upbeat attitude to his work as well. He will conduct the San Diego Symphony on Saturday and Sunday in a program titled “Places in Time.” “I expect a lot from myself, and I expect a lot from the people I work with,” said the conductor, who began playing clarinet at age 9 in the Italian town of Cremona. “I like to work … [Read more...] about Sought-after conductor Jader Bignamini to lead San Diego Symphony in ‘Places in Time’