November 7, 2011 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for: Stolen credit cards — A Costa Mesa man has been convicted of identity theft and other federal crimes related to the theft of credit cards from Vietnamese immigrants living in Southern California. A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted Hung Van Tieu, 62, of conspiracy, credit card fraud and identity theft. The charges carry a sentence of two to 32 years in federal prison. Tieu was part of a team of con men who called credit card companies in 2010-11, impersonated customers and asked for new cards to be mailed to addresses on file.
October 27, 2011
Hue Oi 9752 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (714) 534-3040. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays to Mondays (closed Tuesdays). Huong Giang to Go 14282 Brookhurst St., Garden Grove, (714) 531-1798. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Huong Giang Restaurant and Deli 14564 Brookhurst St., Westminster, (714) 531-4930. 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Huong Vy 9372 Westminster Ave., Westminster, (714) 379-0900. 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Kim Hoa Hue 9813 Garvey Ave., El Monte, (626)
September 4, 2011 |
The Novice A Story of True Love Thich Nhat Hanh HarperOne: 147 pp., $23.99 The novel, as a storytelling device, begins with that white parchment of possibility, turns many tricks, reveals many truths and, in the best of hands, can exploit the very worst in humankind. Novels are fairly seditious undertakings. And that's why the very idea of a Zen novel sounds like either a comedy sketch or simply an improbable stretch. And yet that's what Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh has done with his first novel, "The Novice: A Story of True Love.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2011 |
Statewide, the work of the Citizens Redistricting Commission has sent politicians into a flurry. Some find themselves in the same district as a colleague and many others face the difficult prospect of running in unfamiliar turf. But this isn't the case in central Orange County. According to congressional district maps released Friday, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez can rest relatively easy. Her new district encompasses most of Santa Ana, parts of Garden Grove, Anaheim, Westminster and Fullerton.
July 28, 2011
Five to try: Check out these Vietnamese restaurants recently reviewed in The Find. Huynh 's regional specialties include its excellent bun cha ha noi , northern Vietnam's favorite char-grilled street food - a combo of garlic-doused sliced pork topped with silver-dollar-size minced pork patties, splashed with a seasoned broth. 9500 Bolsa Ave., No. B, Westminster, (714) 531-7379. Diners at tiny Dat Thanh come for its nem nuong cuon - spring rolls that approach brilliance: ruddy pork patties branded by the grill, cucumber spears that snap with farmers-market freshness, dipping sauces derived from equal parts recipe and alchemy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2011 |
It was an about-face that outraged a generation displaced by war. Nguyen Cao Ky, the former South Vietnam leader known for ruthlessly defending democracy, was suddenly, at 73, rubbing shoulders with communist officials - something that seemed unthinkable to those who had fled the country during the painful days after the Vietnam War. Vietnamese Americans who had rallied around him felt betrayed, and Ky's once-revered stature in the small...
June 16, 2011 |
On an early summer night, I'm enjoying sitting at a sidewalk table taking in the street action in front of the Spice Table, a 3-month-old Vietnamese-Singaporean restaurant in Little Tokyo. People are walking by, rushing past on their way inside or to some other spot in the neighborhood. A breeze ruffles the edge of the paper menu. Downtown's skyscrapers light up the sky. The vibe is relaxed and festive. How can it not be when spice, chile and fish sauce are calling? The server turns up the heat lamps when the wind picks up and brings out an order of fried cauliflower florets so light and crispy we devour the whole thing in a flash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2011 |
The tinted windows at Cafe Miss Cutie in Garden Grove are a giveaway that this isn't your ordinary coffeehouse. At about 20 tables, men play cards and smoke, tossing cigarette butts onto the wood floor seconds before lighting up again. High-pitched pop music pulsates as waitresses dressed in sexy lingerie — and sometimes less — deliver the brew the customers crave: Vietnamese coffee, strong and sweet, in a small glass topped with whipped cream. The cafe is one of about 20 in this Orange County city, which includes part of Little Saigon, one of the largest Vietnamese American enclaves in the U.S. It also is among those raided in March by more than 150 federal and local law enforcement officials, exposing an underbelly of what police say includes nudity, gambling and prostitution.
May 8, 2011 |
My husband, Robin, son Kai and I lived in Vietnam for a little more than two years. At first we found all the sounds of Ho Chi Minh City charming. Then annoying, as motorcycle engines, bus horns, loud karaoke music and construction noise erupted endlessly. Just before our nerve endings short-circuited, our Vietnamese friends introduced us to some of the city's coffeehouses where patrons can escape the sounds of a city of 7 million people (10 million if you include the outskirts).