Halong Bay and Hanoi

After much delay, here it is – my final post on Vietnam.  Of course, this means I should be planning another trip back.  But since there are so many places I’ve yet to visit, my next big adventure likely will be elsewhere (can you believe I don’t have a trip planned!).  For now, I’ll have…

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TBT: Spicy Grilled Turkey Wings

If you’re wondering why I’m posting about turkey instead of Paris, it’s because I feel like one right now.  Eventually, I’ll have the time to share more about France – and I still have lots to say about Vietnam!  Until my schedule takes on a more leisurely summer pace, I figured it was a good…

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…

Spicy Parsley-Scallion Pesto

In the Phong Nha region of Vietnam, they serve a spicy green sauce with BBQ pork.  Ingredients include Vietnamese coriander, garlic, lemon leaves, lemon zest, hot pepper and sugar.  Its spicy and sweet: a perfect combination. I wanted to recreate the flavors but didn’t have access to lemon leaves.  And since I had a ton…