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Reflections on the 2014 KOTO Taste the Stories gala in Vietnam

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about eating Saigon. I love coming to Vietnam, if not to eat, then to at least see my pops and get hella cheap spa treatments. (A 60-minute full-body massage runs about $25 USD, and that’s some of the nicer places.)

I also love coming to Vietnam and meeting interesting people. From the locals to the ex-pats, everyone’s got a story.
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In memory of Joshua Marks

October 11 of last year, evening. Dinner was beef Wellington and glazed carrots. One couple had brought whipped potatoes, another a salad. After everyone had left, the hubs helped me gather dirty dishes into the sink. I pulled on my gloves and began rinsing the stemware.

My cell phone rang. Who would be calling me so late?

“It’s Monti,” John said after checking my caller ID.

“I’ll call her back after I’m done with the dishes,” I said.

My phone chimed again—this time, a text message.

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Recap of the AFB 2014 Helen Keller Achievement Awards

My blog was on a little hiatus while I was in Toronto filming ”Four Senses” season 2–long work days with only two days off out of 22 was a bit of a blog buzzkill. But I’m back, baby!

My last gastronomical travels took us to Denver, and if we are to follow my trips chronologically, we would land in New York City where I spent a few days mid-June for the 2014 Helen Keller Achievement Awards. But before we get on to the good eats, the purpose for my being in NYC deserves a post itself.

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Happy #thanksgiving to all! Our family meal made by @j5uh & me: turkey sous vide with duck fat, garlic, sage, thyme, lemon zest & finished off in the skillet in more duck fat; broccoli rice casserole, whipped potatoes w/ sour cream & chives; sausage, sage & apple stuffing; sweet Creole corn; gravy, cranberry sauce; my mama-in-law’s kim bap. #cheflife #yum #cha #twt #fan #blog via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/hRls2gCXmy/
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