Restaurant’s menu offers bluntly honest descriptions of the dishes

Feigang Fei, owner of Cuisine AuntDai in Montreal, Canada wants to be honest with you. The orange beef? Not very good, especially compared to the restaurant’s General Tsao Chicken. But Fei isn’t a big fan of North American Chinese food anyway, so, “It’s your call.” And the sweet and spicy pork strips? Well, Fei has high expectations. It was one …

Women and girls are wearing pearls and Converse to honor US Vice President Harris

Dr. Amber Brooks and her two daughters celebrated a joyous first – the inauguration of US Vice President Kamala Harris, a Black and South Asian woman, the daughter of immigrants and the first woman to serve in the second-highest position in the country. Brooks, an anesthesiologist, and her daughters, ages six and eight, watched her swearing-in safely from home, rocked …

A rejected cover for Tintin adventure ‘The Blue Lotus’ sells for record $3.9 million

A rare painting of Tintin by Belgian cartoonist Hergé sold for a record 3.9 million dollars at Parisian auction house Artcurial last month. The 1936 illustration, intended for the cover of Hergé’s fifth Tintin book, “The Blue Lotus,” shows the young hero hiding with his dog, Snowy, in a porcelain jar. It was eventually rejected as a cover because it …

Spam as war food

First produced in 1937 by Hormel Foods, a Minnesota-based slaughterhouse company, Spam was intended as a way to sell surplus pork shoulder. To this day, it only contains six ingredients: pork, salt, water, potato starch, sugar, and sodium nitrate, which helps with preservation. Spam was initially marketed to soldiers. By 1941, more than 100 million pounds were shipped abroad to …

Women owe their pants to Coco Chanel

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel didn’t invent women’s pants — they had already entered wardrobes during World War I, when women started taking jobs traditionally carried out by men who were off at war. However, Chanel undeniably popularized women’s trousers as a fashion garment. The designer liked wearing pants herself (she often borrowed them from her male lovers), and, as early as …

A brief history of the headscarf

Throughout history, the headscarf sat atop the heads of culture defining women — and men — from monarchs to the daring flappers of the 1920s. Ranging from patterned prints to luxe fabrics to simple sheaths, the fashion item is wrapped in centuries of interpretation. The headscarf was born out of necessity, with wearers across Mesopotamian societies using linens to safeguard …

How Coco Chanel changed the course of women’s fashion

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers. She moved beyond hats to become a rebel and a trailblazer of the fashion world, creating a new sartorial style, freeing women from corsets and lace frills by offering them sailor shirts and wide-leg pants. She once said, “Nothing is more beautiful than freedom of the body.” Her …

The headscarf: Conservative, rebellious, culture-defining

The headscarf has been chosen for political, religious and practical purposes for centuries. It can be either conservative or rebellious. Beyond its utilitarian origins as a source of protection from the elements, the headscarf remains at the center of contentious debate about women’s rights, identity, power and class. Recently, conversations about the headscarf have centered on its use in Islam …

Naomi Osaka revealed as the new face of Louis Vuitton

Naomi Osaka has been unveiled as fashion house Louis Vuitton’s new brand ambassador, with the French label announcing the partnership alongside colorful pictures from the tennis star’s latest fashion shoot. The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is currently ranked third in the world, will appear in the label’s upcoming Spring-Summer 2021 campaign. On Twitter and Instagram, the Japanese star wrote: …