Part cookbook store, part lifestyle shop, Now Serving is one serious destination for boutique kitchenware, international food magazines, aprons, and cookbooks representing more than 20 countries. Curated and owned by husband-and-wife team Ken Concepcion and Michelle Mungcala—the former a past chef for Wolfgang Puck—this shop within Far East Plaza draws upon more than a decade of kitchen experience to curate some truly special wares. One of the original stores in L. Opened in by K. Louie, the traditional Chinese gifts, art and crockery store is still owned and operated by multiple generations of the Louie family. Browse through the oft-dusty store for treasures such as Chinese cookbooks, traditional jewelry and furniture as well as vintage goods such as Chinese tea sets, silverware and porcelain wares.
Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to serve tea and conversation prompts. Saturday, August 24 Mitsuye Yamada will read from her newest collection of poetry. Joining her are poets spanning five generations, sharing their own creative works and words. She stumbles upon a dead body and must find the killer and somehow safeguard her family. Saturday—Sunday, September 14—15 Make washi paper-covered beads to create your own unique washi collage necklace and coordinated bracelet.
Susan Moy, right, compares products with Ali Feng, left, at the new 99 Ranch grocery store that recently opened in Alhambra. A s classic diners and soda fountains gave way to double-decker strip malls packed with Chinese restaurants, Margie Myers, a resident of Alhambra for 64 years, didn't say much. She weathered friends and neighbors moving away and endured the steady retreat of English from storefront signs. But the change she couldn't accept came in June, when the Ralphs on Alhambra's Main Street closed and was replaced by 99 Ranch, an Asian supermarket. But does it have to change our supermarket?
Chong Hing Jewelers is conspicuously empty. David Lee, chairman and chief executive of Hing Wa Lee Group, which has another jewelry store not far away, said that Chinese tourists now make up about a fifth of sales at his jewelry businesses, down from roughly half in years past. The reason: Xi Jinping.