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15 Best Chinese Food in San Francisco

The Gone World is a brilliant, complicated novel about the consequences of time travel

How do you solve a murder by jumping back and forth in time?<p>In his debut novel, author Tom Sweterlitsch constructed a fascinating mystery with <i>Tomorrow and Tomorrow</i>, set in a virtual version of Pittsburgh after a terrorist attack leveled the city. In <i>The Gone World</i><i>,</i> he introduces an even more …

Science Fiction

A hero reborn: ‘China’s Tolkien’ aims to conquer western readers

The world’s most popular kung fu fantasy series is finally set to become a UK bestseller<p>Guo Jing, a young soldier among the massed ranks of Genghis Khan’s invading army and son of a murdered warrior, may soon become as familiar a questing literary figure as Frodo Baggins from Tolkien’s <i>Lord of the</i> …

China

The Tale Of MSG’s Fall From Grace And The Case For A Major Comeback

When you eat your way through eastern Asia, as so many food lovers are wont to do, you end up spoiled by dishes that burst with flavor. There’s a depth that seems almost supernatural — the sweet is somehow sweeter, the sour sharper, and the savory, or umami, flavors are far more intense. Then you …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Local Ethnic Grocery Stores: Why Are Fruits and Veggies So Cheap?

Most cities have local ethnic food stores that sell produce for a lot less than the big grocery chains. I suppose they are called this because they …

New York City

Venture Into the Luxurious World of Eight Tables, Chinatown’s Glam New Fine-Dining Destination

Eight Tables by George Chen, the fine-dining cherry-on-top of sleek Chinese food emporium China Live, debuted this week in the heart of Chinatown. Diners furtively enter the second-floor restaurant through a special elevator tucked into an alleyway behind the restaurant. The soft pitch of the …

Pork Ribs: A Beginner's Guide

Pork ribs are meaty, fatty, messy, hard to cook, hard to eat, and altogether wonderful.<p>The reason they're so wonderful is that there is a lot of fat …

BBQ

Danny Bowien Played NYC Host to Chinese Food Cookbook Queen

U.K. Chinese cookbook author, the prolific <b>Fuchsia Dunlop</b><b>,</b> came to New York for an event hosted by <b>Danny Bowien</b> at <b>Mission Chinese</b> on the Lower East Side, where Chengdu "superchef" <b>Yu Bo</b> was cooking. The chef, who used to cook in restaurants before he opened Yu's Family Kitchen in his Sichuan mansion, …

Food & Dining

20 Books to Read Before They Become Movies

Be prepared. And smug.<p>If you're anything like us, you probably like to read the book before seeing the movie. This year, as usual, Hollywood is adapting a slew of books — fiction and nonfiction — into films, some of which you may already be familiar with. If you want to prepare yourself for the …

Cheng Design Archives

House 6, is Fu-Tung Cheng’s sixth custom home, which he redesigned and constructed from top-to-bottom. In addition, the numerical address of the home …

Test-driving FilmStruck, a cinephile’s streaming paradise

Image 1of/4<p>Caption<p>Close<p>It sounds like a dream for cinephiles — and it pretty much is: a streaming service for classic and international art house …

Top Chinese Food in San Francisco

With one-third of San Francisco's population being Asian, it's no wonder that there is a ton of amazing Asian cuisine here. Chinese food is no exception, and in fact, may lead the Asian food pack. An entire neighborhood in the city is dedicated to the ethnicity, and it is bursting with amazing food …

Food & Dining

Jane’s Third Opening Means Three Times the Bakery Charm

<b>Jane</b>, with its eminently Instagrammable locations on Fillmore and Larkin, has firmly established itself as a San Francisco bakery power player. Now, owner <b>Amanda Michael</b> is adding a third spot to her repertoire, this one (at 1881 Geary Blvd.) focused on retail and production. While Fillmore and …

San Francisco

‘Smart’ locks yield to simple hacker tricks

It’s an open secret that the Internet of Things (if we must call it so) is pretty terrible, whether in standards, interoperability or security. You don’t really expect good security in a smart light bulb or coffee maker, though. A smart <i>front door lock</i>, however, really shouldn’t be quite this easy …

Coffeemakers

New scientific study shows that singing and attending classical music concerts physically reduces stress

Research by the Royal College of Music's Centre for Performance Science demonstrates the positive benefits of engaging with music<p>Eric Whitacre …

Flute

Skip “Hamilton” and Read Gore Vidal’s “Burr”

I have been observing with mild apathy the gleeful reaction of late to <i>Hamilton</i>, a musical about the Founding Fathers that traffics in the typical …

Cixin Liu is the author of your next favourite sci-fi novel

Subscribe to WIRED<p>When Cixin Liu's <i>The Three-Body Problem</i> was published in English in 2015, it became the first Chinese sci-fi novel to win a Hugo …

Science Fiction

China's most popular science fiction writer, Cixin Liu, brings his spectacular trilogy to an end

It's a good time to be an alien hunter. In August astronomers discovered Proxima b, a potentially life-supporting planet only 4.2 light-years away. Not long after, news surfaced of a possible signal coming from HD164595, a star in the Hercules constellation, first noticed by Russian scientists in …

National Book Award finalist Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks out on war, capitalism and Donald Trump

A sense of the other seeps through Viet Thanh Nguyen's work, a place where war and memory play like discordant whispers, and defining one's identity, especially for an immigrant or a refugee, can be as disquieting and elusive as chasing light through a prism.<p>A child of the Vietnam War who arrived …

The 30 Best Fantasy Book Series of All Time

Some readers equate fantasy with hobbits and magic wardrobes. Others conjure images of a wizard P.I. in Chicago or a gunslinger in a magical Wild …

Books

How to deal with iPhone calendar spam

Spammers have infiltrated your iCloud calendar. But don't worry...you're not alone.<p>You may have noticed a handful of suspicious push notifications on your iPhone over the weekend -- calendar invites for deals and sales from users with obviously real names like "kcmgweqeq" and "nfbtz."<p>These invites …

Apps

iPhone app gives treasured photos new life [Review]

For longer than I have allowed myself to believe, the iPhone has been called a scanner that fits in your pocket. But if I wanted a high-quality copy of an old photograph, I still sought out a flatbed scanner, presuming the results would be superior to taking a picture of a picture with a phone.<p>But …

Apps

12 perfect gifts for the music lover in your life

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>I know this person exists because <i>I'm</i> that person. My headphones are always on, I'm constantly recommending music to people (and soliciting …

Audiophile

This iPad accessory is about to up-end the whole 3D imaging industry

From 360 video to 3D emoji, there's a big movement from Microsoft and others to make 3D imagery accessible to everyone. However, the act of scanning …

How to Use Depth of Field (Bokeh Effect) on iPhone 7 Plus

Depth of Field on the iPhone 7 Plus is a awesome feature meant to mimic professional shots of DSLR cameras. It looks good to us because it is natural to our eyes. Focus on an object or person in the room around you. Notice how their face is in full focus; now use your peripheral vision and notice …

Mobile Photography

Colorful Falun Gong March Brings Serious Message to San Francisco

Late in the crisp, mostly cloudless morning of Oct. 22, thousands of people took part in a march meant to help end a bloody persecution taking place …

San Francisco

Utada Hikaru upended the Japanese music scene like no one before — or since

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Japan

Edward Snowden meets Arundhati Roy and John Cusack: ‘He was small and lithe, like a house cat’

The Indian novelist recalls an extraordinary encounter in a Moscow hotel with the NSA whistleblower<p>The Moscow Un-Summit wasn’t a formal interview. Nor was it a cloak-and-dagger underground rendezvous. The upshot is that John Cusack, Daniel Ellsberg (who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam …

Surveillance

Inside the plot to kill JFK: The secret story of the CIA and what really happened in Dallas

The official narrative only gets more implausible, especially when you hear the stories of these secret super-spies<p>Those resolute voices in American public life that continue to deny the existence of a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy argue that “someone would have talked.” This line of …

Northern California