See Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon’s New Restaurant Chifa

Opening a restaurant during a pandemic is a daunting task, but Opening Ceremony’s co-founder Humberto Leon is up for the challenge. Along with his mom, Wendy (more affectionately known as popo, which is Cantonese for grandma); sister Ricardina; and brother-in-law John Liu, Leon soft-opened Chifa, a Chinese-Peruvian spot in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, at the end of November.

Named after the Peruvians term for Chinese restaurants, Chifa represents the family’s unique mix of cultures. Popo Wendy immigrated from China to Peru, where she owned a restaurant in Lima before moving again to Los Angeles. The menu includes Peruvian chicken and fries, traditional zhongzi (aka sticky rice dumplings), and a nod to Liu’s Taiwanese heritage in the form of a three-day beef noodle soup.

Chifa opened the week that the city of Los Angeles shut down outdoor dining due to a growing second wave of COVID infections. That timing

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Menu from 1913 found during refurbishment in England

(CNN) — Builders in the English city of Liverpool have unwittingly uncovered a piece of culinary and local history when an intact menu from 1913 fell from the ceiling during a renovation project.
The menu, dated Wednesday January 15 1913 and branded “Yamen Café and Tea Rooms,” was among a number of artifacts discovered in the rafters of the Leaf café on Bold Street, central Liverpool, last week.

Other items included a waiter’s hat with “Yamen” embroidered on the rim, instructions for the English card game of whist and bottles.

Leaf founder and owner Natalie Haywood told CNN Thursday that the discovery was “mind blowing” and almost “creepy” — given that Leaf itself sells speciality teas, like its predecessor.

Haywood believes the Yamen Café and Tea Rooms would have been a high-end establishment, given the variety of menu items on offer.

Haywood believes the Yamen Café and Tea Rooms would have been a high-end establishment, given the variety of menu items on offer.

Courtesy Leaf

The items, she said, were found in

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Bunny Bunny opens dining room and changes menu from Chinese to something new

Nearly a year into business, a popular Eastern Market restaurant is finally welcoming customers to dine inside. At the same time, the owners have changed the cuisine completely. 

The Chinese dishes they served carryout over the past 11 months or so — salt-and-pepper tofu, biang biang lamb noodles, wonton soup, bao buns and more — have all been shelved to make way for a brand new menu featuring cuisines the two chef and owners say better reflect their personal backgrounds. 

For Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla — who cooked Chinese food for a while at Chicago restaurant Thank You and later helmed the kitchen at seafood restaurant Voyager in Ferndale — something more personal means dishes inspired by the American South, India and South Africa. 

“Jen and I were obviously really excited to pick up where we left off cooking Chinese food back in Chicago and we definitely enjoyed our

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Only 21% cleaning hands appropriately in Japan amid pandemic: survey





Students wash their hands at their elementary school in Shizuoka, central Japan, on March 16, 2020, amid the spread of the new coronavirus. (Kyodo)


TOKYO (Kyodo) — Just over 21 percent of people in Japan are washing or sanitizing their hands appropriately amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to an online survey by a team drawn from Tokyo Medical University and other institutions.


The survey was conducted in June, after a decline in the daily number of COVID-19 infections and the lifting of the first coronavirus state of emergency in late May. The research was published in the Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases in late December.


Masaki Machida, a research associate in Tokyo Medical University’s Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, who led the research, said people may have improved their hygiene because alcohol hand sanitizers had been placed at

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