• Give Unique this Holiday Season with Ethnic Seattle 12.17.15

    Are you looking for last minute gift ideas? Need something unique for your holiday giving? is just what you’re looking for! They’ve procured some of the most unique gift ideas in the city, all from local, ethnic-owned businesses. Beautiful scarves from Tuesday Scarves in the International District, Fresh baked cookies for hostess gifts (or your own indulging) from Salvadorean Bakery in White Center, Ethiopian Coffee Set from Amy’s Merkato in the Central District and more for the Trendsetter, Beauty+ Fitness , Food Lover, Coffee + Tea Drinker, Little Tikes, Home Décor and Experience.

    Watch’s own Taylor Hoang showcase some of these items and more on KING 5’s New Day Northwest!



    Support amazing ethnic owned businesses and give unique this holiday season.

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    Website Increases Visibility of Ethnic Businesses & Cultures


    Seattle – Oct 15, 2015 – The Ethnic Business Coalition (EBC), a non-profit organization founded by influential ethnic business owners, today announced the launch of a groundbreaking new digital publication, The one-of-a-kind website will serve as an engaging resource for locals and visitors to discover Seattle’s various ethnic communities and businesses. provides a one-stop resource on ethnic communities, spotlighting Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hispanic, East African, Japanese, Filipino and Cambodian cultures.


    The original content for focuses on Seattle’s expansive ethnic areas, including Chinatown/International District, Central District, Rainier Valley and West Seattle. Through videos, blog posts and articles, the website uncovers ethnic food offerings, trends, products, services, and cultural events in Seattle. Viewers can look forward to an inside look at how local restaurateur Tom Douglas traverses ethnic cuisine. Current content includes Japanese “it” food, diversity-inspired toys, Seattle’s best Vietnamese delis and shopping in Chinatown/International District.


    The site also includes an original interview with Mayor Ed Murray about Seattle’s ethnic community.


    “Ethnic and immigrant owned businesses are part of what makes Seattle unique and their vitality is essential to our city,” said Murray. “Seattle families speak 141 languages in their homes. draws attention to this amazing diversity and propels it to the mainstream forefront.”


    Full video interview here. 


    “We are excited to introduce, not just for the ethnic community, but to attract locals and visitors alike to what ethnic and immigrant owned businesses have to offer,” said Taylor Hoang, Executive Director, EBC. “As we continue to expand our presence in the larger community, we believe that will be the go-to web portal that captures the vibrancy and vitality of Seattle’s ethnic communities.”


    In addition to, EBC provides much needed services to ethnic communities through education, digital footprint, tenant improvements and advocacy work.


    Visit on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.


    About Ethnic Business Coalition

    The EBC is a non-profit committed to developing, promoting and improving the long-term growth, sustainability, and success of immigrant and minority-owned businesses in Washington State. It works to increase the access of ethnic-owned small businesses through marketing, financial, advocacy services and resources, and provide them with a greater voice, profile, and representation in the region. Visit



    Vietnamese Dine-in, Take-out & Delivery for Queen Anne & South Lake Union Begins November 20

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    SEATTLE—Pho Cyclo Café owner and chef Taylor Hoang is expanding her authentic Vietnamese restaurant to a fifth location at 900 Dexter Avenue North. Conveniently located for South Lake Union and Queen Anne residents and workers, the new Pho Cyclo Café will open Nov. 20, offering dine-in and take-out lunch and dinner, as well as online ordering and free lunch delivery.

    As with the four current locations, the new Dexter location will specialize in pho, Vietnamese beef noodle soup that is simmered for at least eight hours, as well as authentic banh mi, bun rice noodle dishes, spring rolls and more. The restaurant will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a Vietnamese-inspired dining room similar to the other locations, complete with a vintage “cyclo,” the French word for “rickshaw.”

    Unique to the Dexter location and aimed at busy South Lake Union workers, Pho Cyclo Café will offer free lunch delivery for orders of $20 and over, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will offer lunch throughout the day and stay open until 10 p.m., offering convenient, quick and affordable dine-in and take-out dinners for Queen Anne families and neighborhood residents.

    Marking the company’s 10th anniversary, Hoang originally started Pho Cyclo Café in 2003 out of a desire to eat traditional pho like she made with her mother growing up. Following the Sodo location, she opened Capitol Hill in 2005 catering to the evening crowds with later hours, then downtown Seattle in 2011 for the hungry lunch crowd, and her first Eastside location in Bellevue in 2012. A serial entrepreneur, Hoang has built and expanded the business to five locations in ten years, all before the age of 40.

    Pho Cyclo Café offers approachable prices and convenient locations in Seattle and Bellevue. Dine-in and take-out options are available at all locations; online ordering at Sodo and downtown Seattle; free delivery available at the new Dexter location, phone (206) 284-2897. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or Twitter @phocyclocafe.

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  • Insider’s Food Tour of Seattle’s International District 09.05.13

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    The International District may be one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, but it is also one of the most difficult to navigate. The various Asian cultures, stores, shops, restaurants and so on can get a bit overwhelming when trying to find the best of the best. Lucky you, we’ve got the scoop on an insider’s tour to the International District!

    Pho Cyclo Café and Lavender Jade Catering owner Taylor Hoang is hitting the streets with curious home cooks, diners and food enthusiasts alike to showcase the best (and often less traveled) places to shop for top quality Asian fruits, vegetables, curries, tofu, noodles and other Asian groceries at the best prices. She’s also dishing secrets on where to get the best cream puffs, noodle bowls, bbq pork and more. If that doesn’t sell you, the tasting samples along the way will, including a full lunch at her mother’s famed Vietnamese restaurant, Huong Binh, often voted the best Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle.

    Three tour dates this month (September 11, 14 and 18) means the spots will go fast! Taylor is also bringing back her popular cooking classes on September 10, 12, 17 and 19, which take place at the Sodo location of Pho Cyclo Cafe.

    Visit the website for more tour and class information, pricing and to reserve your spot for this one-of-a-kind insider’s tour to Seattle’s unique International District.

    Here are some of our tour photos!

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  • Evening Magazine Cooks with Pho Cyclo Cafe! 08.19.13

    Busy families know that dinner time is family time, so why not extend that to cooking time as well!

    Evening Magazine went into the home kitchen of Taylor Hoang, chef-owner of Pho Cyclo Café and Lavender Jade Catering, to see how this busy mom puts healthy, kid-pleasing dinners on the table!

    Taylor takes a traditional Vietnamese spring roll and adds a bit of the Northwest with salmon! What do you do if one kid likes salmon and the other likes meat? Do both, but cook it together so it’s easy and takes only a few minutes – Taylor has a great trick! The traditional fresh vegetables and herbs give the entire family a healthy dinner.

    Watch the video below to see how Taylor gets the entire family involved, from 20 month old Max to 4 year old Ella! It’s like building your own pizza, but much healthier! You can get the recipe on the website here, too. It really is as easy as it looks. Enjoy!

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  • Our newest clients: Pho Cyclo Cafe + Lavender Jade Catering 06.25.13

    Seattle is known for its vast number of places to find pho. We’ve had good pho, we’ve had bad pho, but it wasn’t until we listened to the experts – that’s right, local chefs – and then we realized where to get the best pho! We found it at Pho Cyclo Café, noted by many for its quality steaming hot pho, but we were equally impressed by its large menu of Vietnamese favorites. From banh mi to noodle salads, spring rolls to seasonal specials, Pho Cyclo has more Vietnamese options in one place than most of the other pho shops in town.

    Chef-owner Taylor Hoang started the company years ago and it has grown to four locations in Seattle and Bellevue. She’s got the business savvy, the chef palate and the cultural background to ensure her authentic, quality restaurants are serving up Vietnamese favorites. You’ll even find her taking part in Tom Douglas’ Culinary Summer Camp next month, leading instruction on how to make Pho Ga (chicken pho) and Bo La Lot (grilled beef wrapped in betel leaf). She also runs her own cooking classes out of the Pho Cycle Café Sodo location. We’ll have more on those classes and the new summer menu items soon – we’ve sneaked a peak already and we can’t wait for more!

    As if that weren’t enough to keep one woman busy, Taylor also runs Lavender Jade Catering. It’s the caterer of choice when looking for your favorite Asian cuisine, from Vietnamese to Chinese, Japanese to Thai. Beautifully prepared and cordially presented, Lavender Jade adds spice and variety to any intimate event or large gathering.

    We are proud to partner with Taylor, her four Pho Cyclo Cafe locations (Sodo, Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, Bellevue) and Lavender Jade Catering as our newest clients. We hope to see you over a steaming hot bowl of pho soon!

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