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It was my bro-in-law’s first time to Vietnam, so naturally, I took him to the Lunch Lady so he could have the quintessential Vietnam street food experience. Both he and the hubs loved the noodle soup, which happened that day to be bun Thai—Thai-style rice vermicelli with seafood. As a first-timer, the BIL was also taken to Ben Thanh Market where cheap goods abound. It’s not my favorite place, but it’s usually a must-see for first-time visitors. The BIL loves noodle soups, so that evening, we have it again; except

Before coming to Vietnam, I ran a contest for a food guide in Ho Chi Minh City, and the winner was Kyle Le, a Vietnamese-American YouTuber now living in HCMC. As expected, we did a lot of food-hopping, from chao via (duck congee) to banh con (steamed rice rolls, which I should add is John’s favorite Vietnamese dish) to (cuc chien bo (butter-fried quail). For the record, the duck congee with offal was excellent, the rice rolls were pretty fantastic, and the quail was decent, except for the fact that

Second day in Saigon: food, signing my newly translated cookbook, and more food. Family lunch today had us venturing outside the house into the crazy crowded streets of Saigon. We dine at a well-known rice vermicelli restaurant, and I pick up some bad-ass banh mi for afternoon snacking at home. Besides pho, I’d say bun thit nuong and banh mi thit are the most well-known dishes in Vietnamese cuisine–they’re what people try when first being introduced to Vietnamese food. Growing up, grilled pork was more often eaten with broken rice

Our first meal in Saigon was a home-cooked bowl of mi Quang, a specialty noodle dish from the Quang Nam province of central Vietnam. Mi Quang can consist of many different ingredients, but the common factors are noodles and turmeric. You can have shrimp, pork, chicken, or all of the above and then some, in your bowl of mi Quang. Dessert in Vietnam (and throughout Asia) often consists of fruit. I tried a fruit I’d never had before: vu sua, which translates into English as “breast milk” [pause for inappropriate,

In December, the hubs and I flew to Vietnam to work on a marketing campaign for the gourmet American-style popcorn, Uncle Jax. We got to fly Japan Airlines business class—it’s always a major bonus to fly business. The food is better, and you often get a three to five course meal service. (Five courses, in classic French tradition, consist of appetizer, salad, main, cheese, and dessert.) Plus there’s all-you-can-drink alcoholic beverages, of which I used to take advantage until I became a seasoned traveler and began to value rest over

Last fall during our trip to San Francisco, my friends, hubs, and I took a day trip up to wine country. Before crossing the bridge, we grabbed pastries at Craftsman & Wolves. Then on the way, we stopped at Russian River Brewing; as it’s not available in Texas, the hubs always buys a few bottles to bring back home for our beer fridge. We visited a couple of wineries and then had to book it back across the bridge to make it to our dinner reservation at Kusakabe, a Michelin-rated

I had some airline credit I needed to use before it expired, so the hubs and I decided to go to San Francisco for a weekend. First we checked out some southern soul food at Brenda’s to see if it could hang with what we’re accustomed to in Texas (it couldn’t). Then the hubs takes me to this eclectic little taxidermy store, which originally started as a gardening nursery, called Paxton Gate. I loved some of the strange things found in the store, but many of them were hella expensive,

Last April, I was invited to teach a cooking workshop at the W Ross MacDonald School in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. A little background on WRMS: founded in 1872, the school teaches blind and blind-deaf students from grades K through 12. There are currently around 200 enrolled students. With a grant received from the Ministry of Education in Ontario, WRMS created a Healthier Eating Program with the purpose of teaching students the importance of health and nutrition. As part of the program, I was asked to lead a one-day workshop and

Our last day of the UK and Ireland summer holiday was spent in none other than Dublin, where the crowds are boisterous and the alcohol flows freely. We have a pint of Guinness for breakfast and a Jameson tasting for “afternoon tea.” (Well, the boys tried the Jameson—as much as I love Jameson, my liver was in full protest mode by now.) As with all other countries, I had to check out the snack aisle at a convenience store. It’s interesting how there were a lot of what I’d consider

The Cliffs of Moher are how this trip was born. Even though I can’t see, I’ve heard (and remembered from photos past) how beautiful Ireland was, those emerald green cliffs jutting out over steel blue sea. At home, photos of our travels line the walls going up the staircase, and I wanted to add Ireland’s breathtaking views to the collection. And that’s how it all started. I said, “Let’s go to Ireland.” Then I said, “Well, John likes Scotch whiskey, so let’s hit up Scotland, too.” Then we said, “Well,

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