Updated Aug 3, 2021 - Food and Drink

Minneapolis chef Yia Vang's favorite foodies to follow

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Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Yia Vang

Yia Vang has emerged as one of the Twin Cities' more celebrated — and busiest — chefs.

But what does the chef do with the down time he does have? Read on for his screen time faves:

  • 📱 Device of choice: iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • 👇 First tap of the day: "TikTok! I should lie and say emails though … My alarm, that's an app!"
  • 📰 Go-to news source: Apple News 🎧
  • Podcast queue: "I'm a huge fan of The Folly Coffee Podcast by friend Rob. He's such a great interviewer and interviews all sorts of people. And obviously, White on Rice!"
  • 📺 Streaming: All the Marvel movies on Disney+
  • 📚 Reading list: "'Extreme Leadership' by Jocko Willink and Leif Babib. It's about these two former Navy Seal guys who started a consulting company based on Navy Seal leadership tactics. I'm kind of a war dude, so I like hearing war stories."
  • 😂 Favorite app: "Mematic...I love making memes out of candid photos of my friends."
  • 📸 Twin Cities' must-follow foodies: "@WhatHappyMakes does a great job of getting into the stories of food and mental health and how it all relates. And @JDHovland, because there's no pretentiousness with him —  it's not about the hipster trendy place, it's about the hole in the [wall], ma-and-pa type shop."

Read our past Screen Time interviews with musician Dessa, former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and retired judge and NFL player Alan Page.


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