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Panda Express Takes Sweet And Sour Beyond The Food Court : The Salt : NPR
"…points to success of Sriracha…says Americans are craving a flavor profile Panda's well-positioned to provide.

"The spiciness, that teriyaki flavor. Those different types of sour & tart & tangy…really starting to become more appealing. In fact, if you just look at the kids' aisle for candy…that's most of the types of food we see. Very tart & sour flavors are what kids are looking for."

So are older kids, like college students who routinely devour Korean food & seek out Korean-influenced frozen yogurt, like Pinkberry. It's reflective of a changing American palate. Tristano says there are about 40,000 Asian restaurants in US that represent about 13% of all full service sales.

"Compared to Italian at about 11%," he observes. "Now Italian used to be larger than Asia, but the 2 have flipped over the past 2 years."

…admits "Asian" seems like ridiculously broad category compared to Italian, but it's in Panda's interest to play up pan-Asian approach; 1 stop for Chinese, Korean & Thai."
2012  restaurants  sriracha  chinese  korean  thai  us  asian  food  trends  pandaexpress 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Learn 40 Languages for Free with Free Audio Lessons | Open Culture
"How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 40 languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go."
languages  language  learning  arabic  spanish  bulgarian  catalan  chinese  mandarin  danish  dutch  english  esperanto  finnish  french  free  gaelic  german  greek  hebrew  hindi  hungarian  indonesian  irish  italian  japanese  korean  latin  lithuanian  luxembourgish  maori  norwegian  polish  portuguese  romanian  russian  swedish  tagalog  thai  ukranian  urdu  vietnamese  yiddish  lessons  māori  catalán 
november 2011 by robertogreco
James Clark's Random Thoughts: Thai personal names
"I guess that historically the main reason for the dominance of given names in Thai culture is because family names are a relatively recent innovation: they were introduced by King Rama VI towards the beginning of the 20th century. Family names were alloc
i18n  culture  language  names  identity  thailand  thai  naming  programming  society  international 
january 2008 by robertogreco

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