In Search of the Best Bahn Mi in Saigon

Just as in Hanoi, I had little interest in experiencing the bustling city life of Saigon – except for the street food.  Pho was my vice of choice in the North- and bahn mi was what I was intent on eating here.  And I wasn’t disappointed. Before the trip, I researched where to go: checking…

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Dog For Dinner?

It isn’t a myth that dog is eaten in Vietnam. When we first arrived in Hanoi, we were surprised to find that dogs were noticeably absent from the streets.  Not at all what you would expect to find in a developing country with a reputation for an overabundance of mangy mutts.  We saw only 2…

A Whole Pig And A Shot Of Whiskey

“Hot and smoky.”  That was the description for Wild Turkey Rare Breed, the first whiskey we tried at the 2014 Bacon and Bourbon Expo at Astor Center. This was the sixth year of the sold-out celebration highlighting these uniquely American ingredients.  Set to coincide with Valentine’s Day, past weeknight events have received criticism for long…

Ode To Zuni: Mock Porchetta

Tradition in my house calls for pork on New Year’s Day.  I usually make Apricot and Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin – but that wasn’t going to work without my Viking.  So I decided to pay homage to Judy Rodgers and opt for a version of her mock porchetta (mock because it doesn’t use a whole pig)…