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V.23 No.35 | 8/28/2014

Get Lit

Translation Nation

By Lisa Barrow

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

New books from Haruki Murakami (Japan) and Wu Ming-Yi (China) give realism a magical touch.

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V.20 No.24 |

NEWS

The Daily Word 6.18.11:Gene Simmons' wife is pissed; Austria in China; the rich are getting richer; bulb-cam!

By Geoffrey Plant [ Sat Jun 18 2011 7:33 PM ]
In the news: When my dad and I were hustlers, Cruddy, Rail Runner, Wallow Fire Spreads in NM, Gene Simmons' wife, Target stores anti-union video, all of them, Mr. Yuk, Ferrous Archives 50's parade photo forensics, Jim Woodring, Cursed retro-futuristic Taiwan tourist resort, duplicated, Barefoot Bandit, Clarence Clemens died, Rosalita, I Wanna Be Your Dog, light-bulb, bulb-cam, Executive pay, steamroller, this diagram

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V.19 No.48 | 12/2/2010
Server Phu presents an artful plate.
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Restaurant Review

Asian Grill

An international flavor trip

By Ari LeVaux

As a cook-turned-sailor stopping at ports of call throughout Asia, Nang Thai was on the lookout for details that defined the cuisines he encountered. And now, as the owner of Asian Grill on Gibson, he’s more than happy to stand by your table and tell you about his various epiphanies. Like that time in Chiang Mai, Thailand, when he first ate beef cooked with pineapple: The way the fruity sweetness interacted with the slices of beef made an impression on him. That’s why it’s on his menu, which is a selection of some of his favorite dishes from the Eastern Hemisphere.

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V.19 No.20 | 5/20/2010
Tea-smoked duck is impregnated with a delicate flavor and a hint of rice wine.
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Budai Gourmet Chinese

It’ll rub your belly the right way

By Ari LeVaux

Even before I learned of the secret menu at Budai, I was already recommending the small, Taiwanese-owned eatery for the element of surprise its regular menu brings. The non-secret menu is a long and interesting read, full of familiar and unusual Taiwanese and Chinese dishes. If you ask questions about the food, you might get a history lesson from Elsa Fang, who handles the front of the restaurant while her husband, Hsia, does the cooking. And, if you ask her to, she will translate the secret menu from Chinese. But she will do so selectively.

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