November 1, 2015 |
It can be a risky proposition to name a restaurant after a single dish. Because that dish had better be good. And so on cue, as though to illustrate the pitfalls of the proverb, the stylish new Chinese restaurant called DanDan serves a version of its namesake noodle dish that is decidedly . . . so-so. What's frustrating is that DanDan, in so many other ways, is a welcome dose of authentic Sichuan and Taiwanese flavors near Rittenhouse Square, with a sharp contemporary space, ambitious owners, and the potential to become an adventurous new favorite in a posh zip code that can always benefit from a little more earthy spice.
November 16, 2014 |
One recent morning, Susanna Foo could be found, bundled in a quilted jacket, picking out boxes of butternut squash, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes at the chilly wholesale produce market in Southwest Philadelphia. The weekly shopping dates to her days on Walnut Street, when for 25 years her eponymous restaurant was the toast of the town. She'd pioneered a new cuisine, a blend of Chinese sensibility and French technique. And even after decamping five years ago to a cafe in suburban Radnor, she remains picky about her vegetables.
April 23, 2013 |
YA'AN, China - Rescuers and relief teams struggled to rush supplies into the rural hills of China's Sichuan province Sunday after an earthquake left at least 180 people dead and more than 11,000 injured and prompted frightened survivors to spend a night in cars, tents, and makeshift shelters. The earthquake Saturday morning triggered landslides that cut off roads and disrupted phone and power connections in mountainous Lushan county, in Sichuan's Ya'an city area, which is farther south on the same fault line where a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage five years ago. Hardest hit were villages farther up the valleys, where farmers grow rice and vegetables on terraced plots.
April 23, 2013 |
LUSHAN, China - The tent village that sprang up in two days to house quake survivors in mountain-flanked Lushan is no ordinary refugee camp. China's full range of disaster response is on display: Trucks with X-ray equipment, phone-charging stations, bank tellers-on-wheels - even a tent for insurance claims. The efforts under way Monday in mountainous Sichuan province after a quake Saturday that killed at least 188 people showed that the government has continued to hone its disaster reaction - long considered a crucial leadership test in China - since a much more devastating earthquake in 2008, also in Sichuan, and another one in 2010 in the western region of Yushu.
April 22, 2013 |
LUSHAN, China - Luo Shiqiang sat near chunks of concrete, bricks and a ripped orange sofa and told how his grandfather was just returning from feeding chickens when their house collapsed and crushed him to death in this weekend's powerful earthquake in southwestern China. "We lost everything in such a short time," the 20-year-old said Sunday. He said that his cousin also was injured in the collapse, but that other members of his family were spared because they were out working in the fields of hard-hit Longmen village in Lushan county.
August 10, 2012 |
WHEN Alison Klayman graduated from Brown University, she decided to go abroad to China for a five-month trip. That extended stay morphed into four years living in the People's Republic. That's where the Wynnewood native, who attended Akiba Hebrew Academy, met the international art superstar and activist Ai Wei Wei, the subject of her new documentary, "Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry. " Klayman knew she wanted to profile Wei Wei when he told her that he was going to start an investigation around the Sichuan earthquake that killed an estimated 68,000 people, including many children who died when the shoddy infrastructure of their schools collapsed.
November 13, 2011 |
BEIJING - China may make its neighbors nervous with its robust military buildup, but it is also increasingly using the army as part of its charm offensive abroad. The People's Liberation Army, in a cultural shift for an institution known for strident nationalism and unbending loyalty to the Communist Party, is expanding overseas aid missions and military exchanges in a major way. It sent 50 medics to flood-hit Pakistan recently and dispatched a hospital ship in September on a 105-day trip to poor nations in the Caribbean - right in America's backyard.
August 19, 2011 |
BEIJING - Vice President Biden waxed glowingly about China's vice president Thursday at the start of a five-day visit that will give them some serious bonding time. Xi Jinping, the country's expected future leader, seemed to return the warm feelings, with both men emphasizing the importance of personal ties in international relations and the need for their countries to work together on the world's problems. Thursday's meetings between the two, followed by a formal banquet, began to reveal a bit about the personal style of a man who has so far given little indication of how he will rule the world's most populous country, the No. 2 economy, and a powerful potential rival to the United States.
October 8, 2010 |
Last Train Home , Lixin Fan's compelling documentary portrait of the human sacrifice behind China's economic miracle, begins with a startling statistic. At Chinese New Year, 130 million migrant workers journey from factories in industrial cities to make their way back to rural villages and towns for an annual visit. It is the world's largest human migration, unfathomable in scope, engorging trains, buses, and boats to the degree that America's Thanksgiving commute looks like an easy hop. The jostle and bustle is not the point of Fan's emotionally involving film, which is to show the enormous gulf between the workers and the families left behind, the collateral damage of industrialization.
May 20, 2010 |
This small village on the Zouma River - inside the municipal boundaries of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province - is the site of a fascinating effort to fight one of China's biggest problems: the dangerous levels of pollution in its rivers and streams. "In the last 30 years, China's economic miracle has helped pull millions from poverty, but has put tremendous pressure on its ecosystems," said Ma Jun, whose 1999 book China's Water Crisis has been compared to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.