BANGKOK — After spending more than three decades cooking in an unassuming outdoor kitchen, a wok-wielding, goggles-wearing Thai chef has been propelled to international culinary stardom by having her restaurant awarded a Michelin star.
BURBANK, Calif. — In the soundstage where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno spent four decades filming “The Tonight Show,” a former Washington State computer science student named Seagull is pursuing a South Korean teenager with a very big gun.
About a year ago, the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u at Kilauea Volcano’s summit was high enough that spattering on the lake surface was commonly visible from the Jaggar Museum overlook in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Although nighttime glow from the lava lake remains impressive, direct views of spattering lava are now less common because the lake level gradually dropped since that time.
BEIJING — Authorities in northern China’s coal country this week demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party.
Sekihan, or red bean rice, is a traditional dish served during celebratory occasions such as birthdays, weddings and special events. We always depended on our older generation relatives to make it for us, such as my sister’s mother-in-law, Mrs. Hisako Hiraki. Unfortunately, as they age or are no longer with us, it becomes our responsibility to continue the tradition.
Despite frigid temperatures plaguing some parts of the U.S., winter does have unique charms, whether it’s getting cozy by a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate in a mountain inn or heading outdoors to a magical landscape of forests and mountains sparkling with snow.
Now, while the sun is still south of the equator, it is a good idea to consider doing some selective tree pruning.
With January’s “Wolf Moon” illuminating Kilauea Caldera from above and the Halema‘uma‘u lava lake glowing below, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory looks forward to another year of investigating the island’s magnificent, active volcanoes.