February 15, 2013 |
When the Mandarin Oriental opened its doors in Hong Kong in 1963, it became the first hotel in Asia to have a bathtub in every room, just one of many firsts for the iconic 27-story hotel. As the tallest building on Hong Kong Island, the hotel also boasted space-age elevators that catapulted guests to the top floor in 21 seconds. And guests would also find direct-dial phones, another first. To mark its golden anniversary, the Mandarin Oriental has scheduled a year-long celebration that will commemorate the hotel's first 50 years as well as its next 50 years. “This is truly a hotel that is in the heart and hearts of Hong Kong, and we are delighted to be celebrating this milestone anniversary,” said spokesperson Jill Kluge.
January 18, 2013 |
If you're a '90s kid, then you probably know all the words to the "Fresh Prince" theme song . But do you know what the lyrics would be if you translated them into Mandarin and back to English? Worse, what if you translated the lyrics into Mandarin, took those lyrics and translated them to Spanish and then repeated the process for all 64 languages on Google Translate? Well, besides wasting a bunch of time, you get some pretty funny results. That's what CDZA , a group that creates musical video experiments, did this week in a YouTube video that has begun to go viral.
December 21, 2012 |
Mandarins at their best are the noblest of citrus, with intense, complex aromatics and fascinating varietal identities. Two clementine-tangelo crosses prized for their rich flavor, Page and Lee, are now in peak season and well worth searching out. Page long been a favorite at farmers markets, and recently commercial growers have caught on and planted them on a larger scale. Its half-sister, Lee, is rare in California but arguably has even more extraordinary flavor. Page originated in Florida in 1942 as a cross of Algerian clementine and Minneola tangelo and was introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1963.
November 23, 2012 |
Valencia, Spain - Detailing the ancestry of sweet orange has been a long-sought prize for citrus scientists. On Friday, the leader of a group that has been analyzing the genetic makeup of citrus said in a scientific talk that the ponkan -- a large, loose-skinned type of mandarin widely cultivated in Asia and Brazil -- was the likely father of the sweet orange. The mother of the orange, its seed parent, was almost certainly a hybrid that was three-quarters pummelo and one-quarter mandarin, said Fred Gmitter Jr. , professor of citrus genetics at the University of Florida, speaking at the International Citrus Congress in Valencia, Spain.
September 21, 2012
Sunday marks the Emmy Awards show, and we've been on the lookout for a glitzy drink you can make at home to help lubricate the broadcast. Our pick is the Mandarin Illumination. It was created by Mandarin Oriental hotel mixologist Priscilla Young for Hollywood heavy hitters at the Telluride Film Festival, which took place this month. The peppy libation, which features refreshing cucumber vodka mixed with crisp ginger beer and tart lemon juice, reminds us of something Emmy nominee Lena Dunham's "Girls" character Hannah might try to sip to look smooth, only to end up spilling it all over her date's lap. -- Mandarin Illumination by Priscilla Young 1 ounce Square One cucumber vodka 3/4 ounce agave nectar 3/4 ounce ginger beer 3/4 ounce lemon juice 1 dash of cardamom bitters Combine ingredients with ice in a tin, shake and strain into a white wine glass.
August 16, 2012 |
China's"Flying Swords of Dragon Gate," a 3-D martial arts film starring Jet Li, will receive a one-week run in U.S. Imax theaters starting Aug. 31 in an unusual premiere to try to draw American moviegoers to the Mandarin-language film. For all of the success that American movies have enjoyed in China, few films from the world's most populous nation have done any business in domestic theaters. On Aug. 3, for example, China Lion opened the Mandarin-language "Girlfriend Boyfriend" in 16 American theaters, with a dismal gross of just $56,810.
June 8, 2012 |
Amid the seasonal abundance of apricots, cherries, peaches and Boysenberries, it is hard to imagine that a citrus juice would become an object of craving, but few shoppers have any idea just how sweet and flavorful late-harvest Kinnow mandarins can be. Their juice, squeezed fresh at markets by Lucio Trinidad of Piru, is shockingly deep yellow-orange, almost syrupy in texture, and intensely aromatic and sweet, with just enough balancing acidity to...
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May 18, 2012 |
Deep inside my writerly brain, down where my earliest memories reside, there is a voice. It speaks to me in Spanish. I write in the language of Shakespeare and Steinbeck. That's the language I was educated in, here in L.A. The language of the British Empire, of American Manifest Destiny, of California and the West. But Spanish gave me my first words: mamá, agua . And it was the language on the covers of the first works of grown-up literature I held in my hands, the Guatemalan novels my immigrant father brought into our Hollywood home.
May 4, 2012 |
The intense sweetness, distinctive knobbly appearance and mysterious provenance of the Temecula Sweet mandarin have endowed the fruit with a mystique. Farmers market citrus vendors from De Luz, just a few miles from where the fruit is grown, say customers often ask for the variety and wonder what it is, but there's only one source, and that's a most secretive and gorgeous citrus farm, just west over the mountain from the suburban sprawl of Temecula. In a pristine valley of chaparral and oaks along the Santa Margarita River, the last free-flowing waterway in Southern California, across from a nature reserve where mountain lions prowl, is a 24-acre grove of Temecula Sweet.
February 10, 2012 |
The Dekopon, a Japanese hybrid of mandarin and orange reputed to be the most delicious citrus in the world, created a sensation last year when California-grown fruit showed up at local groceries under the marketing name Sumo, after a dozen years of secrecy and intrigue. The new crop has started arriving at stores and will be available at the Santa Monica farmers market starting next Wednesday from the Dekopon kingpin himself, Mike George of Lindsay, who grows 16 acres of the variety and organized the group that secured the rights to it. Large, very easy to peel and seedless, with a distinctive bump at the top, the Dekopon has gossamer-thin membranes enclosing its segments and flesh that feels firm at first bite but then melts in the mouth.