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Dining, Eat Undiscovered Country: The Food of Laos Plants Its Flag in San Francisco for the First Time

Undiscovered Country: The Food of Laos Plants Its Flag in San Francisco for the First Time

There's a certain contingent of food people who see new foods as a challenge, as a frontier that must be conquered. Conversations with them remind me of the ones I endured with music snobs in college: "Have you tried X?…
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News, The Snitch Customs Agents Intercept Smuggled Animal Skulls at San Francisco Airport

Customs Agents Intercept Smuggled Animal Skulls at San Francisco Airport

It's always interesting to see the sorts of contraband that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are intercepting in the Bay Area. About a year ago, we heaved a sigh of relief after "destructive" Pakistani insects were detected by the…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

Some 23 years in the making, Ellen Kuras’s first film as a director is a portrait of Laotian refugee Thavisouk Phrasavath. The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is also a haunting flashback to the lush green and fiery orange phantasmagoria of wartime Indochina.…
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Dining, Eat Robert Lauriston Gets Yunnan Chinese Fix at Z & Y Garden

Robert Lauriston Gets Yunnan Chinese Fix at Z & Y Garden

Z & Y Garden bills itself as the only restaurant in the Bay Area serving the cuisine of Yunnan, an inland Chinese province that borders Laos, Myanmar, Tibet, and Vietnam. Well, that's great — but what the heck is Yunnan…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, January 28, 2004 A big group of men can be frightening or funny; ditto for all-male entertainment forms. We're thinking of The Usual Suspects, The Man Show, and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the legendary classical ballet troupe…
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News, Feature The Shaman's Apprentice

The Shaman's Apprentice

It was only 8 a.m. on a blue-skied Saturday morning in early August when Kao Kae Saephanh rolled out of bed. Though his younger brothers and sisters were still asleep, Kao pretended it was a regular school day, taking a…
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News, Feature Agent Provocative

Agent Provocative

Though it is only 1 in the afternoon, the sky is already darkening under an approaching storm when the old man arrives at the hall. Wearing a baseball cap, tinted glasses, and a navy blue suit that stretches too tightly…
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