To the uninitiated, Ma’am Sir might be an odd name to give a restaurant, but those who’ve been to Manila would instantly get how truly Pinoy it is. A Fil-Am standup comedian once joked that the first time he heard it, it made him wonder what kind of animal he was being called. Ma’am Sir (mamser in Pinoy slang) is the greeting one hears while walking through markets or placing an order in fast food counters in the Philippines. For Los Angeles-based chef Charles Olalia, the greeting is a display of courtesy that characterizes Filipino hospitality. The vibe at Ma’am Sir is as relaxed as if you were at a bar anywhere in Southeast Asia. It has a tropical frond design on the wallpaper and foliage and ivy hang from the ceiling. But what makes it unmistakably Pinoy is a collection of portraits of basketball players, dating back to the Crispa-Toyota rivalry. I even saw a photo of Atoy Co on the way to the washroom. A Philippine flag greets you as you enter the door, … [Read more...] about This way, Ma’am Sir: getting a seat at the Pinoy resto Los Angeles loves
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caption A view of Rodeo Road in Los Angeles, CA — soon to be named Obama Boulevard. source Screenshot via Google Maps In February 2007, Barack Obama – then an Illinois senator and a longshot candidate for president – took his campaign to Los Angeles for the first time. Obama held a rally at Rancho Cienega Park, between Rodeo Road and Exposition Boulevard, about four miles west of the University of Southern California, in a largely African-American neighborhood. The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday night to rename the 3 1/2-mile stretch of Rodeo Road to Obama Boulevard. “We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President Barack Obama when traveling across L.A., the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti wrote on Twitter. Rodeo Road, a three-and-a-half-mile stretch of pavement in Los Angeles, will be renamed Obama Boulevard, in honor of the former President Barack Obama. … [Read more...] about Los Angeles voted to name a street after Obama where he first visited the city as a presidential candidate in 2007
caption Divers remove corroded zinc anodes from an undersea cable near Hawaii. source Flickr/Official U.S. Navy Page Every second, millions of emails, clicks, and searches happen via the world wide web with such fluidity that the internet seems almost omnipresent. As such, people often mistakenly assume that internet traffic happens by air – our mobile devices, after all, aren’t wired to anything. But satellites carry less than 1% of human interactions, and in some ways the truth is far more impressive than messages sent by tower signal. The internet – arguably the most important resource in the modern world – is very tangible and fairly vulnerable. It exists in large part under our feet, by way of an intricate system of rope-thin underwater and underground cables hooked to giant data storage units so powerful, they’re capable of recalling any piece of information at a moment’s notice. Here’s what the … [Read more...] about Fiber optic wires, servers, and more than 550,000 miles of underwater cables: Here’s what the internet actually looks like
Every winter, US food writers compile their predictions for food trends in the coming year – and every year at least a few of those lists mention Filipino food. Without fail, the ways are enumerated in which it might be considered the perfect cuisine: the Philippines’ unique attributes as a culinary melting pot of Spanish, American and Chinese influences; the country’s access to abundant tropical ingredients; its ability to present exciting new flavors — ginataang langka! — alongside universally-loved comfort foods such as adobo and fried pork. Finally, they announce – the scribes – that thanks to a few young hotshot chefs and a growing interest in “international” foods, the Philippines’ time has finally come. And then, inevitably, they forget all about Filipino food, until next year. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The winter just finished was no different, but Los … [Read more...] about Hungry for love: is Los Angeles falling for Filipino food?
caption Zlatan Ibrahimović. source Getty Images The former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has announced his arrival to the LA Galaxy with a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times. The ad has just five words: “Dear Los Angeles, You’re welcome.” The ego has landed. The former Manchester United footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović placed a huge advertisement in Friday’s edition of the Los Angeles Times to announce his arrival at the MLS team LA Galaxy. Ibrahimović, who once compared himself to God, is a highly decorated striker. He has won league championships and major European titles at some of the world’s biggest clubs including Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, and Manchester United. And now, at 36, he brings his talents to Los Angeles – and he really wants you to know about it. So Ibrahimović did what Ibrahimović does best: He … [Read more...] about Zlatan Ibrahimović announced his arrival at LA Galaxy with a brilliant full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times