Candice Chan

7 spicy suppers

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It's true. Sometimes I can't help but crave the unforgettable feeling of burning my lips and tongue with my food. Some people call it masochism, but I can't help it. Eating real spice that makes my glands swell is heavenly — it's all I could ask for in a meal. Need a better reason? There's a saying that eating spicy food gives you a fiery personality. Follow that logic and fiery people make for spicy relationships. And what do you suppose comes from spicy relationships? I'll let you decide. Mmm, tasty. So what are you waiting for? Read more »

Careers & Ed: The Roots of it all

Bay Area program helps Chinese Americans find their identity
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Standing at the gate of my great-grandfather's house in southern China, I was dumbfounded by how similar the gate looked to that of a house near my own. But that seemed to be the only parallel to my home. As I stood on the street in my trendy designer jeans and swanky flats, all I could think about was how out-of-place I was there, and how dissimilar I felt from the young woman my age holding a baby a few feet from me.

It brought up all the quintessential second generation questions I've always hated to ask myself: Where do I belong? Read more »

Superlist: Cultural center dining

Home cooking without the family
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What better way to experience the fuzzy warmth of good home cooking — and avoid the stress that sometimes comes with family — than to chow down on some authentic cuisine from the mother country. Likewise, any epicurean can appreciate the opportunity to partake in rich cuisines of different origin. Given the promise of indulging in a jumbo portion of paella or satisfying a noodle craving, the only obstacle between you and fulfillment is scrounging up directions.

Nothing brings out the joys of a French and Spanish union in quite the same way as Basque cuisine. Read more »

"Fabric of Cultures: Fashion, Identity, Globalization"

Are we forgetting our clothing's origins, inspired by traditional garments?
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REVIEW In an age of inexpensive fashion knockoffs proliferated by stores like H&M and Forever 21, it's become almost effortless to access catwalk trends. But while it's a fashionista's wet dream to possess such designer approximations, one wonders whether we're forgetting our clothing's origins, born from the creative genius of haute couture, which in turn found its inspiration in many of the world's traditional garments. Read more »

G-Spot: Don't fear the jeweler

A Valentine's Day shopping guide
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Poor well-intentioned, misunderstood, Valentine's Day! For a holiday meant to joyously celebrate the plentiful doses of compassion and generosity love can bring, V Day has a notoriously bad reputation — probably because choosing the right gift on this, the third-largest retail day of the year, always elicits at least a little anxiety, occasionally a good deal of panic, and, in dire cases, even immense fear. Who knew that buying chocolates and flowers could bring on anxiety attacks and performance crises? Read more »