Showing posts with label Thailand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thailand. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Chengdu Gourmet, Sichuan Gourmet, Umami, and Bae-Bae's Kitchen, NIcky's Thai Kitchen voted "Best" by readers of Pittsburgh City-Paper.


via ChengduGourmet.net

Some variety in this year's Pittsburgh City-Paper Best Of readers' poll.
  • This year's Pittsburgh City-Paper Best Of poll featured a Best Asian Food category, with Squirrel Hill's Chengdu Gourmet taking first place, Banh Mi & Tea second, and Thai Gourmet third.
  • Sichuan Gourmet was voted Best Chinese, upsetting perennial winners Sesame Inn.
  • Umami was voted tops in both Best Japanese and Best Sushi over Nakama, which had received some notoriety for its annual victories.
  • Bae-Bae's Kitchen was voted Best Korean, a new category for this year.
  • Nicky's Thai Kitchen was voted Best Thai.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Documentary on rescuing Asian elephants in Thailand, Love & Bananas, in East Liberty, August 12.



The 2018 documentary Love & Bananas will play at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty on August 12. A synopsis, from the film's official site:
Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life threatening. After waiting 2.5 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine's Hero of Asia, Lek Chailert, embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her to freedom.

African elephants are slaughtered for their ivory, but sadly the plight of the Asian Elephant has been completely overlooked even though they are the elephant we are most familiar with in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. L&B exposes the cruel secret that every Asian elephant has had to endure to become a service animal; a process knows as Pajan, aka The Crush Box. LOVE & BANANAS aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants.
The movie runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on the the 12th, in tandem with World Elephant Day. It is free and open to the public, but not recommended for children 12 and under. The library is located at 130 S. Whitfield St. (map).

Thursday, August 1, 2019

HCL Technologies hiring Bilingual Product Classification Analysts with proficiency in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, or Vietnamese for onsite positions at Google in Pittsburgh

HCL Technologies is hiring Bilingual Product Classification Analysts with proficiency in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, or Vietnamese for onsite positions at Google in Pittsburgh.
Bilingual Product Classification Analyst is a full-time job through HCL America onsite at Google Pittsburgh. This position enhances users’ online shopping experience by performing in-depth research, determining product taxonomy expansion, and improving machine learning classification using highly technical internal tools and processes. It is part of a fast-paced environment, partnering closely with operations and engineering teams.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Pad Thai Noodle coming to N. Craig St. in Oakland.



Pad Thai Noodle will open a location at 256 N. Craig St. in Oakland (map), in the spot most recently occupied by Tan Lac Vien Express. Tan Lac Vien Express announced its closure on July 3 after four years in business; two other Vietnamese restaurants were previously in the spot.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Ghost Fleet, a documentary on present-day slave fishermen of Thailand, continues in Pittsburgh through July 17.



The 2018 documentary Ghost Fleet which opened in Pittsburgh on July 5, will continue through July 17. A synopsis, via the documentary's official site:
Ghost Fleet follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these “lost” men return home. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination for justice inspires her nation and the world.
And in a Hollywood Reporter review:
During the voyage, [the filmmakers] encounter a handful of escaped slaves from Thailand, Burma and Cambodia hiding out on remote islands far from home. They all have similar stories of how they were promised jobs and then wound up imprisoned at sea, working in sordid conditions where accidents could happen at any time — one man tells the gruesome tale of his friend getting decapitated by a fishing net — and where escape was the only viable option. But even if they did manage to get free, the men were often hunted down and thrown into illegal prisons run by the fishing corporation, which was in cahoots with local police.
It will play at the Harris Theater in the Cultural District (map), and tickets are available online.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Documentary on rescuing Asian elephants in Thailand, Love & Bananas, in East Liberty, August 12.



The 2018 documentary Love & Bananas will play at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty on August 12. A synopsis, from the film's official site:
Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life threatening. After waiting 2.5 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine's Hero of Asia, Lek Chailert, embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her to freedom.

African elephants are slaughtered for their ivory, but sadly the plight of the Asian Elephant has been completely overlooked even though they are the elephant we are most familiar with in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. L&B exposes the cruel secret that every Asian elephant has had to endure to become a service animal; a process knows as Pajan, aka The Crush Box. LOVE & BANANAS aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants.
The movie runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on the the 12th, in tandem with World Elephant Day. It is free and open to the public, but not recommended for children 12 and under. The library is located at 130 S. Whitfield St. (map).

Ghost Fleet, a documentary on present-day slave fishermen of Thailand, in Pittsburgh July 5 - 11.



The 2018 documentary Ghost Fleet will play in Pittsburgh from July 5 through 11. A synopsis, via the documentary's official site:
Ghost Fleet follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these “lost” men return home. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination for justice inspires her nation and the world.
And in a Hollywood Reporter review:
During the voyage, [the filmmakers] encounter a handful of escaped slaves from Thailand, Burma and Cambodia hiding out on remote islands far from home. They all have similar stories of how they were promised jobs and then wound up imprisoned at sea, working in sordid conditions where accidents could happen at any time — one man tells the gruesome tale of his friend getting decapitated by a fishing net — and where escape was the only viable option. But even if they did manage to get free, the men were often hunted down and thrown into illegal prisons run by the fishing corporation, which was in cahoots with local police.
It will play at the Harris Theater in the Cultural District (map), though tickets and showtimes are not yet available.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Nakama voted Best Japanese / Sushi by readers of Pittsburgh Magazine in 2019.

Pittsburgh Magazine readers voted Nakama the Best Japanese / Sushi place in the city in their 2019 poll, and Sesame Inn the Best Chinese, in a repeat of the results from last year (and most other years). Nicky's Thai Kitchen was voted Best Thai, to round out the entries of relevance to this site.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

HCL Technologies hiring Bilingual Thai Product Classification Analyst for onsite position at Google in Larimer.

HCL Technologies is hiring a Bilingual Thai Product Classification Analyst for a position onsite at Google offices in Pittsburgh.
Bilingual Thai Product Classification Analyst is a full-time job through HCL America onsite at Google Pittsburgh. This position enhances users’ online shopping experience by performing in-depth research, determining product taxonomy expansion, and improving machine learning classification using highly technical internal tools and processes. It is part of a fast-paced environment, partnering closely with operations and engineering teams.

Responsibilities:
  • Quickly learn and build expertise in new processes and technical applications.
  • Deeply analyze data relationships to determine cause and effect of classification.
  • Build product expertise on a large quantity of diverse products through thorough research and analysis of data from multiple channels.
  • Review data to determine taxonomy expansion and target areas in the taxonomy which require additional training.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams on project initiatives to enhance Google’s user experience.
  • Manage time effectively and adapt to frequently changing processes and requirements.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Thai coffee shop and bakery, Ka-Fair Coffee & Cakery, coming soon to Morningside.



The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes about a Thai coffee shop, Ka-Fair, set to open soon in Morningside.
In addition to coffee, tea and hot chocolate, they will serve homemade baked goods made by Reanroo such as a crepe cake with raspberry topping, orange cakes, and brownies.

She taught cake decorating in Thailand and plans to offer classes here and host other events.

Reanroo said undertaking this venture is exciting.

“I am all about the details,” she said. “We like challenges. It’s a new chapter in our lives.”
An open house scheduled for April 21 was cancelled, and permission from the county to formally open is still pending. It will be located at 1806 Chislett St. (map).

Friday, January 25, 2019

Took Took 98 Thai Street Food opens in Squirrel Hill.



Took Took 98 Thai Street Food has opened in Squirrel Hill at 2018 Murray Ave. (map), in what was most recently Naya. Local mailings advertised Thursday's grand opening.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Thai Hana in Oakland closes, to rebrand as Hanami.



Thai Hana, which opened in Oakland in 2013 and has been one of the Allegheny County restaurants most cited for health violations, has recently closed and will rebrand as Hanami. It will be located at 3608 Fifth Ave. (map). The handwritten sign says the new place will offer sushi, pho, and Asian cuisine.

Thai Hana had 352 inspection violations, the seventh-most in Allegheny County since 2012 in spite of only opening in mid-2013.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hug Thai Noodle House coming soon to Oakland.



Hug Thai Noodle House will open a location in Oakland on October 3. It is located at 422 Semple St. (map) in what was formerly AJ's Burger Peruvian. Hug Thai currently has another location in Lawrenceville.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Marlina The Murder in Four Acts (Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak) at Parkway Theater, from August 24.



The 2018 movie Marlina The Murder in Four Acts (Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak) will play at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks from August 24. A June New York Times review writes:
An unwavering slow burn, “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” goes down exactly as announced. Marlina, a young widow living in remote Indonesia, spills blood in a story that plays out in four discrete acts. Each of the titled acts telegraphs some impending event (“The Robbery,” “The Birth”) and is clearly meant to create a mild sense of anticipation, much like the movie’s own explanatory title. Mostly, these are self-aware art-film touches ornamenting a blunt rape-revenge story that leans heavily and sometimes effectively on its sweeping landscapes, aesthetic violence, nods to Sergio Leone and what comes across as an overt debt to Jia Zhang-ke’s “Touch of Sin.”
The movie plays on August 24 (7:00 pm and 9:00 pm), August 25 (5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm), August 28 (7:00 pm), August 29 (7:00 pm, 9:00 pm), and August 30 (7:00 pm). The theater is located at 644 Broadway Ave. in McKees Rocks (map). The movie will also play throughout Pittsburgh in September as part of the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Selections from September's Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival free for Pitt students, faculty, and staff.



The University of Pittsburgh's campus will host several screenings of next month's Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival, and these selections will be free to those students, faculty, and staff with valid Pitt ID cards. These screenings include:
  • Alifu the Prince/ss (阿莉芙; Taiwan, 2017) - September 28, 125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at 8:30
  • Dynamite Graffiti (素敵なダイナマイトスキャンダル; Japan, 2018) - September 29, 125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at 9:00
  • Marlina The Murder in Four Acts (Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak; Indonesia+Malaysia+Thailand, 2018) - September 23, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at 7:30
  • Missing Johnny (強尼.凱克; Taiwan, 2017) - September 28, Alumni Hall at 7:30
  • Mori, the Artist's Habitat (モリのいる場所; Japan, 2018) - September 23, Alumni Hall at 5:00 pm; September 29, 125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at 3:00
  • The Return (Denmark+South Korea, 2018) - September 23, 125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at 5:30

Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival schedule just released; includes films from China, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan.



Tickets went on sale today for the 2018 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival, and this year's iteration includes films from. The festival runs from September 21 through September 30 at several theaters in the Pittsburgh areas, and films include:

Sunday, July 1, 2018

HCL America has new job openings for bilingual Thai-English, Vietnamese-English, and Japanese-English positions onsite at Google.

HCL America has posted three new openings for Bilingual Thai Product Classification Analyst, Bilingual Vietnamese Product Classification Analyst, and Bilingual Japanese Product Analyst positions onsite at Google in Larimer. A summary of the Bilingual Product Classification Analyst positions:
This position enhances users’ online shopping experience by performing in-depth research, determining product taxonomy expansion, and improving machine learning classification using highly technical internal tools and processes. It is part of a fast-paced environment, partnering closely with operations and engineering teams.
And a summary of the Bilingual Japanese Product Analyst:
This position requires entrepreneurial drive to contribute to the long-term growth of online shopping by performing in-depth research, analyzing product specification data, using highly technical internal tools and processes to manage and enhance a large repository of knowledge about products. It is part of a fast-paced environment, partnering closely with operations and engineering teams.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Thai film Beautiful Boxer (บิวตี้ฟูล บ๊อกเซอร์), June 18 at City of Asylum.



The City of Asylum and ReelQ will present a screening of the 2003 Thai film Beautiful Boxer (บิวตี้ฟูล บ๊อกเซอร์) on June 18.
The Beautiful Boxer is the controversial 2003 biopic detailing the helter-skelter life of transgender (‘kathoey’) Muay Thai fighter, Nong Thoom. The film, while winning awards and nominations in Europe, Asia and America raised temperatures in Thailand where censors felt aggrieved by the extreme frontal nudity which made the film popular elsewhere.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Thai film Beautiful Boxer (บิวตี้ฟูล บ๊อกเซอร์), June 18 at City of Asylum.



The City of Asylum and ReelQ will present a screening of the 2003 Thai film Beautiful Boxer (บิวตี้ฟูล บ๊อกเซอร์) on June 18.
The Beautiful Boxer is the controversial 2003 biopic detailing the helter-skelter life of transgender (‘kathoey’) Muay Thai fighter, Nong Thoom. The film, while winning awards and nominations in Europe, Asia and America raised temperatures in Thailand where censors felt aggrieved by the extreme frontal nudity which made the film popular elsewhere.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Michael Sakamoto: Soil at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, March 9 and 10.



The Kelly Strayhorn Theater will present the "intercultural dance-theater work" Soil on March 9 and 10.
Soil is an intercultural dance-theater work conceived and directed by Michael Sakamoto and co-created with three performers who embody distinct traditions: Cambodian classical and contemporary dancer Chey Chankethya, Thai traditional and contemporary dancer Waewdao Sirisook, and Vietnamese-American contemporary dancer Nguyen Nguyen. Each of these performers’ personal histories chart humanitarian, social, and economic crises that have stemmed from colonialism, war, genocide, political turmoil and natural disaster in Southeast Asia.

Soil poses the question “Who am I?” in the context of a chaotic and globalizing transnational citizenry. Various dance forms and styles—including Western contemporary, Cambodian classical, Northern Thai traditional and folk, and butoh—are juxtaposed, remixed and revealed as rooted in the experience of everyday life as global citizens. Featuring original music by Reiko Imanishi and Shinichi Isohata.
Tickets for the 8:00 pm shows are pay-what-you-can. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is located at 5941 Penn Ave. in East Liberty (map).