During this particular trip to Vietnam, my family and I took a road trip to Vung Tau, a beach town not far from Saigon but is made to seem far because of traffic. You can find very affordable vacation packages through travel agents in Vietnam (or at least that’s what my family tells me). On the way to Vung Tau, we stopped at a noodle shop for some banh canh

You would think it’s easy to find an excellent bowl of pho in Ho Chi Minh City. (It’s not.) You’d think there’d be a pho shop on every corner. (There practically is.) But as many times as I’ve been to Saigon, I had yet to taste a bowl of steaming beef noodle soup that I felt was on par, if not better, than the bowls I can get on Houston’s Bellaire Boulevard. People are surprised when I tell them this. Why? They ask. Why would the national dish of Vietnam

I recently reached 70,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, and thanks to all the fans who made it so! This video of me trying the spicy ramen challenge was released a while ago, but it was one of the crucial videos that helped me gain viewers. People have since charged me with doing the double-spicy ramen challenge and the crazy Pacqui Carolina Reaper pepper potato chip challenge. The hubs thinks I may pass out from these, but we’ll see… So in celebration of my hitting 70,000 subscribers on YouTube, I’m

I got sidetracked with the holiday season being in full swing and left off in the middle of my Vietnam trip. I’d written about my great experience with Back of the Bike food tour, and today, I’m sharing with you the best place in Ho Chi Minh City to get delicious gourmet artisanal chocolates. Maison Marou was founded by deux amis francois (“two French friends—and that’s the extent of my French). The amis came to create this now-thriving chocolate shop in Vietnam after working in different industries and living in

I love Thanksgiving food, but not so much nearly a week later. Plus, with the weight I’ve gained around my middle from all that fried turkey, potatoes, and casseroles, I’m ready to pull back on the butter-rich comfort dishes. That’s what makes this turkey salad so fantastic—not only do you get to use up leftovers, the boring turkey gets a makeover in a healthier, lighter rendition. Inspired by a ritzy version from Neiman Marcus, you could just as easily swap out the turkey for chicken and add any additional fruits,

For this holiday season, I’m excited to curate Love With Food’s holiday snack box! Love With Food is a great way to discover new snacks that are not only tasty but also healthier for you. There are options for all kinds of diet-conscious snackers from gluten-free to vegan. My carefully curated snack box is available for a limited time only, so don’t miss out and sign up today. For each box sold, at least one meal is donated to fight child hunger. Plus for my box only, a portion of

It’s that time of year when everyone’s busy busy busy! I find myself constantly on my feet in the kitchen, running eraands with the hubs, planning menus, designing recipes, putting together the tablescape, and getting stuff tidied and done around the house to prepare for holiday gatherings. This is not even counting all the parties and get-togethers inundating our calendars. All of this frenetic running around means one thing: lots of calories are burning, but most of the stuff around me isn’t providing efficient physiological fuel. Sure, there’s a bag

There’s no doubt Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. I say it time and time again: the beauty of Thanksgiving is the fall weather, the gathering of friends and family, the feasting of food, the football, and the lack of gift-giving pressure (though my guide to great gifts for the home cook helps). I’ve already blogged about classic Thanksgiving recipes and how following a Thanksgiving checklist helps make your holiday run smoother, so when I tried to come up with ideas as to what I should write

I have tons of recipes archived, so that whenever I do a cooking event, curate a menu, or (like now) write a new cookbook, I have an arsenal from which I can pull just about any dish to fit any diet, cuisine, course, and so forth. The problem with my recipes are they’re often written using standard measurements since I’m American, and we are weird in that we have yet to adopt the more globally used metric system. And the problem with standard measurements is they’re impossible to scale! For

A motorbike food tour of Ho Chi Minh City with Back of the Bike Tours was one of the most memorable things I did while in Vietnam. Since traffic in Saigon is so crazy, it’s most convenient to travel by motorbike, and this tour offers English-speaking guides that will immerse you in Vietnamese culture, both by taking you through the streets via scooter and showing you what and where to eat to get a true taste of hidden gastronomic gems. Each place we visited, the hubs and I had never

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