Charley Lanyon

Charley will write about anything but has a passion for food. After years living and eating in Asia, he has recently relocated to Los Angeles where he is delighted to report that the dim sum isn’t terrible.
Charley Lanyon
Charley will write about anything but has a passion for food. After years living and eating in Asia, he has recently relocated to Los Angeles where he is delighted to report that the dim sum isn’t terrible.

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West-meets-East food festival in Austin, Texas celebrates Asian culture and cuisine

This year’s Far East Fest in Austin, Texas, saw 35 Asian-owned restaurants and bars offering a diverse range of delicacies; the festival also aims to help the Asian community gain a stronger foothold in the city’s economy.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:48PM

This year’s Far East Fest in Austin, Texas, saw 35 Asian-owned restaurants and bars offering a diverse range of delicacies; the festival also aims to help the Asian community gain a stronger foothold in the city’s economy.

West-meets-East food festival in Austin, Texas celebrates Asian culture and cuisine
Austin, Texas: barbecue, Tex-Mex, live music, outdoor thrills in the ‘capital of weird’

The Texas capital, a big college town, is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, and with its relaxed vibe, great cuisine and warm climate, it’s not hard to understand why.

24 Mar 2019 - 7:05PM

The Texas capital, a big college town, is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, and with its relaxed vibe, great cuisine and warm climate, it’s not hard to understand why.

Austin, Texas: barbecue, Tex-Mex, live music, outdoor thrills in the ‘capital of weird’
YouTube channel ArtGer serves up Mongolian food and culture like you’ve never seen before

YouTube channel ArtGer’s flagship show, Nargie’s Mongolian Cuisine, takes viewers on a culinary tour of the Asian nation’s best dishes with warmth, relish and a lot of offal. It’s one of the world’s most bizarre food shows.

23 Mar 2019 - 8:01AM

YouTube channel ArtGer’s flagship show, Nargie’s Mongolian Cuisine, takes viewers on a culinary tour of the Asian nation’s best dishes with warmth, relish and a lot of offal. It’s one of the world’s most bizarre food shows.

YouTube channel ArtGer serves up Mongolian food and culture like you’ve never seen before
The hawkers of Hong Kong and Los Angeles: two cities, two very different stories

Street vending has long been an iconic part of the urban scene in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, enriching them socially while helping the less well off earn a living. Now, as one city does all it can to preserve the culture, the other seems intent on destroying what’s left of a way of life.

17 Mar 2019 - 1:53AM

Street vending has long been an iconic part of the urban scene in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, enriching them socially while helping the less well off earn a living. Now, as one city does all it can to preserve the culture, the other seems intent on destroying what’s left of a way of life.

The hawkers of Hong Kong and Los Angeles: two cities, two very different stories
The best barbecue in Texas? At Franklin’s you’ll queue for hours, but it’s all part of the fun

Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, is regarded by many as the best in the state and is a bonding experience for meat lovers across the world.

12 Mar 2019 - 12:03AM

Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, is regarded by many as the best in the state and is a bonding experience for meat lovers across the world.

The best barbecue in Texas? At Franklin’s you’ll queue for hours, but it’s all part of the fun
The story of 99 Ranch Market, largest Asian supermarket chain in US

Since its first store opened in 1984 in Westminster, California, 99 Ranch Market has become ubiquitous in America’s largest Asian communities, catering to a growing number of people craving the tastes and smells of home.

14 Mar 2019 - 11:23AM

Since its first store opened in 1984 in Westminster, California, 99 Ranch Market has become ubiquitous in America’s largest Asian communities, catering to a growing number of people craving the tastes and smells of home.

The story of 99 Ranch Market, largest Asian supermarket chain in US
The Fast and the Furious’ Rob Cohen denies daughter’s sexual assault allegation, saying ‘I am in great despair’

Rob Cohen categorically rejects Valkyrie Weather’s accusations he molested her when she was a two-year-old boy and that he bragged about another sexual assault, saying: ‘Never would I harm any of my children.’

23 Feb 2019 - 1:08PM

Rob Cohen categorically rejects Valkyrie Weather’s accusations he molested her when she was a two-year-old boy and that he bragged about another sexual assault, saying: ‘Never would I harm any of my children.’

The Fast and the Furious’ Rob Cohen denies daughter’s sexual assault allegation, saying ‘I am in great despair’
London’s Chinese restaurant revolution: China’s regional cuisines reimagined from high to low

A. Wong’s high-end Pimlico restaurant is both a perfect symbol of the changes in London Chinese dining, and how far it has come. But chef Tongtong Ren believes dishes can’t be totally authentic and should be allowed to evolve.

21 Feb 2019 - 8:54PM

A. Wong’s high-end Pimlico restaurant is both a perfect symbol of the changes in London Chinese dining, and how far it has come. But chef Tongtong Ren believes dishes can’t be totally authentic and should be allowed to evolve.

London’s Chinese restaurant revolution: China’s regional cuisines reimagined from high to low
88rising, label behind Rich Brian and Keith Ape, is turning Asian hip hop acts into global stars

88rising, home to rappers Rich Brian, Higher Brothers and Keith Ape, has conquered the US and now finds itself a powerhouse in Asia thanks to giving struggling Asian talent, neglected by America, a platform to perform.

1 Feb 2019 - 5:28PM

88rising, home to rappers Rich Brian, Higher Brothers and Keith Ape, has conquered the US and now finds itself a powerhouse in Asia thanks to giving struggling Asian talent, neglected by America, a platform to perform.

88rising, label behind Rich Brian and Keith Ape, is turning Asian hip hop acts into global stars
China’s 10-year-old hip hop dance sensation has the moves, but critics say she’s being sexualised

Amy Zhu’s dance videos have a crazy number of views and the Chengdu native has already travelled the world to perform. But critics decry the sexualisation of a little girl and say a child has no place in the world of hip hop dancing.

16 Jan 2019 - 10:42AM

Amy Zhu’s dance videos have a crazy number of views and the Chengdu native has already travelled the world to perform. But critics decry the sexualisation of a little girl and say a child has no place in the world of hip hop dancing.

China’s 10-year-old hip hop dance sensation has the moves, but critics say she’s being sexualised
Vidya Vox: YouTube sensation mixes her Indian and American identities and finds success

A painful childhood in the US spent hiding her Indian heritage left the young Vidya isolated, until she met Shankar Tucker and the pair set out on the path to ‘electro world dream pop’ stardom.

12 Feb 2019 - 6:03PM

A painful childhood in the US spent hiding her Indian heritage left the young Vidya isolated, until she met Shankar Tucker and the pair set out on the path to ‘electro world dream pop’ stardom.

Vidya Vox: YouTube sensation mixes her Indian and American identities and finds success
A crazy Jewish-American Christmas: the Hollywood deli where the line is out the door and the party never ends

Traditionally, Jewish Americans have flocked to Chinese restaurants at Christmas, but in places such as Los Angeles, it’s at the deli where they party; for the family running Canter’s Deli it means days of extra cooking, and chaos.

25 Dec 2018 - 2:04PM

Traditionally, Jewish Americans have flocked to Chinese restaurants at Christmas, but in places such as Los Angeles, it’s at the deli where they party; for the family running Canter’s Deli it means days of extra cooking, and chaos.

A crazy Jewish-American Christmas: the Hollywood deli where the line is out the door and the party never ends
The Pan Am Experience: take a flight of fancy to the ’70s, golden age of travel

Hop aboard a Boeing 747 and time travel to an era when flying meant romance and glamour, complete with caviar and champagne

13 Dec 2018 - 11:18AM

Hop aboard a Boeing 747 and time travel to an era when flying meant romance and glamour, complete with caviar and champagne

The Pan Am Experience: take a flight of fancy to the ’70s, golden age of travel
Street artist Invader comes full circle with LA gallery show of paintings

Famous for his mosaics of retro video game characters that appear out of nowhere on city walls the world over, Invader actually started out in a far more traditional way and has come full circle in his new Los Angeles show.

9 Dec 2018 - 6:24PM

Famous for his mosaics of retro video game characters that appear out of nowhere on city walls the world over, Invader actually started out in a far more traditional way and has come full circle in his new Los Angeles show.

Street artist Invader comes full circle with LA gallery show of paintings
From an LA street cart to Hong Kong and India: the ‘Taco King’ story

In nine short years, Esdras Ochoa has gone from selling tacos in an LA car park to becoming a kind of unofficial global ambassador of Mexican food. With restaurants in LA and Hong Kong, now his sights are on India.

1 Dec 2018 - 7:38PM

In nine short years, Esdras Ochoa has gone from selling tacos in an LA car park to becoming a kind of unofficial global ambassador of Mexican food. With restaurants in LA and Hong Kong, now his sights are on India.

From an LA street cart to Hong Kong and India: the ‘Taco King’ story
How Thanksgiving helps Asian-Americans celebrate their culture and identity

The looseness to Thanksgiving makes it a great platform for Asian-Americans to celebrate and inject their own, sometimes complicated, identities and create dishes that highlight the best of both cultures.

21 Nov 2018 - 7:11AM

The looseness to Thanksgiving makes it a great platform for Asian-Americans to celebrate and inject their own, sometimes complicated, identities and create dishes that highlight the best of both cultures.

How Thanksgiving helps Asian-Americans celebrate their culture and identity
The YouTubers who were making Asian-American films long before Crazy Rich Asians

Launched in 2003, Wong Fu Productions creates hugely popular YouTube features about Asian-American lives. Once rejected by Hollywood, they’re now taking another shot at going mainstream.

20 Nov 2018 - 9:46AM

Launched in 2003, Wong Fu Productions creates hugely popular YouTube features about Asian-American lives. Once rejected by Hollywood, they’re now taking another shot at going mainstream.

The YouTubers who were making Asian-American films long before Crazy Rich Asians
The definitive Thanksgiving playlist, with no apologies to Adam Sandler

These songs evoke the emotions, love and gluttony associated with Thanksgiving. Artists include The National, The Byrds, Sly and the Family Stone, Jan and Dean, and Green Day.

21 Nov 2018 - 10:08AM

These songs evoke the emotions, love and gluttony associated with Thanksgiving. Artists include The National, The Byrds, Sly and the Family Stone, Jan and Dean, and Green Day.

The definitive Thanksgiving playlist, with no apologies to Adam Sandler
Talking Head David Byrne on creating his ‘American Utopia’ and pushing boundaries in a partisan world

Ahead of his performance at Clockenflap in Hong Kong, the brilliantly inventive former Talking Heads frontman and keen cyclist reveals how he is using technology to realise his vision, with shows so out of the box they are hard to describe

19 Nov 2018 - 2:51PM

Ahead of his performance at Clockenflap in Hong Kong, the brilliantly inventive former Talking Heads frontman and keen cyclist reveals how he is using technology to realise his vision, with shows so out of the box they are hard to describe

Talking Head David Byrne on creating his ‘American Utopia’ and pushing boundaries in a partisan world
The Asian migrant farmers supplying top Californian restaurants with the freshest produce

The Thao family has made a name from selling some of the best produce in southern California. Their Fresno farm supplies vegetables to some of the top restaurants

26 Oct 2018 - 9:24AM

The Thao family has made a name from selling some of the best produce in southern California. Their Fresno farm supplies vegetables to some of the top restaurants

The Asian migrant farmers supplying top Californian restaurants with the freshest produce
With three exhibitions, Ai Weiwei arrives in Los Angeles arts scene with a bang

In Los Angeles, three exhibitions of dissident Chinese artist’s work open one after the other, featuring iconic pieces such as Seeds and Stools and new ones, including his most searing response yet to the global refugee crisis.

23 Oct 2018 - 10:12AM

In Los Angeles, three exhibitions of dissident Chinese artist’s work open one after the other, featuring iconic pieces such as Seeds and Stools and new ones, including his most searing response yet to the global refugee crisis.

With three exhibitions, Ai Weiwei arrives in Los Angeles arts scene with a bang
The man who has eaten at more than 7,300 Chinese restaurants, but can’t use chopsticks and doesn’t care for food

David R. Chan’s love of lists and determination never to eat at the same place twice has seen him become an accidental expert on Chinese-American history. Just don’t call him a foodie

22 Oct 2018 - 10:30AM

David R. Chan’s love of lists and determination never to eat at the same place twice has seen him become an accidental expert on Chinese-American history. Just don’t call him a foodie

The man who has eaten at more than 7,300 Chinese restaurants, but can’t use chopsticks and doesn’t care for food
Downtown Los Angeles has gone from derelict to destination – here’s what to see and where to be seen

From top taquerias and fine-dining restaurants to cultural destinations and the hottest fashion, a revitalised LA core’s top features are within walking distance of your hip or heritage hotel.

16 Oct 2018 - 6:43PM

From top taquerias and fine-dining restaurants to cultural destinations and the hottest fashion, a revitalised LA core’s top features are within walking distance of your hip or heritage hotel.

Downtown Los Angeles has gone from derelict to destination – here’s what to see and where to be seen
How Chinese contemporary sculptures took pride of place in art lover’s Californian winery

Pieces by Ai Weiwei, Yue Minjun and Zhan Wang stand out among the works on display amid the vines of the Donum estate, where Asia-based fashion tycoon Allan Warburg has mixed his two loves – wine and art – with spectacular results.

8 Oct 2018 - 9:56AM

Pieces by Ai Weiwei, Yue Minjun and Zhan Wang stand out among the works on display amid the vines of the Donum estate, where Asia-based fashion tycoon Allan Warburg has mixed his two loves – wine and art – with spectacular results.

How Chinese contemporary sculptures took pride of place in art lover’s Californian winery
California’s succulent smugglers: plant poachers seed Asia’s desire for dudleya

The craze for hardy succulents, which started in South Korea and spread to China, has resulted in organised gangs stripping the US state of a plant crucial to its fragile coastal ecosystem.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

The craze for hardy succulents, which started in South Korea and spread to China, has resulted in organised gangs stripping the US state of a plant crucial to its fragile coastal ecosystem.

California’s succulent smugglers: plant poachers seed Asia’s desire for dudleya
Women turn to podcasting to have their voices heard; from comedy to controversial topics, medium offers a platform away from traditional male-led media

With their low barrier to entry, podcasts are increasingly providing a platform for women to entertain or discuss issues important to them, while in China they offer a safe space to bring up potentially controversial topics.

3 Sep 2018 - 10:49AM

With their low barrier to entry, podcasts are increasingly providing a platform for women to entertain or discuss issues important to them, while in China they offer a safe space to bring up potentially controversial topics.

Women turn to podcasting to have their voices heard; from comedy to controversial topics, medium offers a platform away from traditional male-led media
Thai Town, Los Angeles, for the best authentic Thai food west of Chiang Mai and a Southern California spin – think healthy, vegan and (gulp!) non-spicy

The biggest expat Thai population anywhere is in East Hollywood – making it a paradise for Thai cooks and people who love authentic Thai food, give or take a quibble about the quality of one icky ingredient. A new food hall hopes to provide opportunities for migrants stuck in poverty.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

The biggest expat Thai population anywhere is in East Hollywood – making it a paradise for Thai cooks and people who love authentic Thai food, give or take a quibble about the quality of one icky ingredient. A new food hall hopes to provide opportunities for migrants stuck in poverty.

Thai Town, Los Angeles, for the best authentic Thai food west of Chiang Mai and a Southern California spin – think healthy, vegan and (gulp!) non-spicy
Ten famous songs about Hong Kong – but don’t expect them to make sense or describe life in the city

Over the years, Western pop music’s typical portrayals of Hong Kong have been ignorant, ridiculous and shallow. Here is a round-up of the most famous ones.

1 Jul 2018 - 1:16PM

Over the years, Western pop music’s typical portrayals of Hong Kong have been ignorant, ridiculous and shallow. Here is a round-up of the most famous ones.

Ten famous songs about Hong Kong – but don’t expect them to make sense or describe life in the city
How Orange County’s Little Saigon creative chefs revolutionised Vietnamese food

A new generation of Vietnamese Americans are proud of their heritage but say their food is an improvement on the original, but the bigger portions and sedentary lifestyle in the US may not be so healthy.

14 Jun 2018 - 7:25PM

A new generation of Vietnamese Americans are proud of their heritage but say their food is an improvement on the original, but the bigger portions and sedentary lifestyle in the US may not be so healthy.

How Orange County’s Little Saigon creative chefs revolutionised Vietnamese food
Chinese food now haute cuisine of choice for America’s rich thanks to chefs who’ve taken it to another level

Pioneering chefs from San Francisco to New York are changing perceptions of Chinese food as they serve high-quality, high-priced takes on traditional dishes, from duck and chicken feet to potstickers stuffed with foie gras

9 Mar 2018 - 10:47AM

Pioneering chefs from San Francisco to New York are changing perceptions of Chinese food as they serve high-quality, high-priced takes on traditional dishes, from duck and chicken feet to potstickers stuffed with foie gras

Chinese food now haute cuisine of choice for America’s rich thanks to chefs who’ve taken it to another level