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Conquering Mount Fansipan the Right Way (Tallest Mountain in Vietnam)

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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First Look: Sticky Rice Lao Street Food

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Had a truly delicious lunch today at Sticky Rice Lao Street Food! Located on the first floor of Bikkuri in Mills 50, the owners of Sticky Rice has transformed the small restaurant into something resembling an outdoor Laotian night market stall with dark ceilings and low, wooden tables. The menu is very affordable with most dishes ranging from $4 to $5, perfect sizes for sharing over Laotian beers with friends if one chooses. You’d be tempted to order the whole menu. It reminded me of places my uncles would go to enjoy grilled meats and beers (they serve BeerLao here!) late into the night growing up. Alot of the food had flavors that reminded me of my childhood, though Vietnam is a neighbor of Laos there are some similarities as well as differences in the cuisine. I loved the char on the grilled chicken wings seasoned in fish sauce and sugar, and the crispy pork rice lettuce wrap which had little crunchy bits and pieces of roast pork. It’s important to note that the sticky rice order is meant to be eaten with other dishes such as the pork sausages or beef jerky rather than alone – making a perfect combo of carbs and meat. They also had a delicious noodle soup that reminded me of Vietnamese banh canh or udon noodle soup called khao piek sen. khao piek sen noodle soup Another favorite was the pork tapioca dumplings, sticky chewy white balls of tapioca stuffed with crispy pork and garlic! pork tapioca dumplings Save room for dessert like the sweet pandan jelly in coconut milk, mango sticky rice, and coconut gelato on purple sticky rice served inside bamboo. We dunked our sticky rice in the sweet coconut milk for that extra sweetness. Overall very impressed by the food and the authenticity of flavors at Sticky Rice – definitely will bring my family back here to try. Go soon and with friends and enjoy Orlando’s first and only Laotian street food restaurant! They are open 11:30am to 10:00pm daily. Sticky Rice Lao Street Food 1915 East Colonial Drive Orlando, Florida https://www.facebook.com/pg/StickyRiceStreetFood

Raphsodic Cooperative Company Bakery and Store in Mills-50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Raphsodic Cooperative Company Bakery and Store in Mills-50 District Located in the heart of Orlando, Raphsodic Cooperative Company Bakery and Store sits right off Mills Avenue (in the Mills-50 District) just north of Colonial Drive in a re-furbished old building, dedicating itself to organic, vegetarian baked goods. I support this movement towards a healthier living life style and hope to adapt my own eating habits one day to provide a more sustainable and humane environment for our world. At Raphsodic, they sell home made hummus, gluten free cupcakes, organic cookies, and more all 100% vegan and 100% free from animal testing and made without any milk. They also have art nights and performance nights so check out their site for more info. My favorite is the Lemon Ginger cupcake (gluten) which is a moist, deliciously sweet cupcake with a hint of ginger on top of the icing. The coconut chocolate cookies and the gluten-free cupcake that I bought were not as popular. Overall, I think this is a neat addition to the culinary landscape here in Orlando. Although I did not get to try all their items, I have heard of comments regarding some of the tastes of the items. I am sure they can improve. Tasty Chomps  Orlando Food Blog  Rating: Score: B – Pricing: $

Saturday Stuffs - Boiling Passion Becoming Focus BBQ, Emerald Reopens, and Happenings at Taisho

by Kirk K @ mmm-yoso!!!

A trio of things I noticed around Kearny Mesa. Boiling Passion becoming Focus BBQ: Well Boiling Passion made it nearly two years. But I'm sure with all of the hot pot places opening, other would be closing. The Missus told...

Hunger Helps: Where To Eat To Support Hurricane Harvey Relief

by C Major @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Hey, food friends! You’ve seen the news, you’ve watched videos of families in need on Facebook Live, and you’ve probably heard about celebrities dropping big money. As Orlandoans, helping Texans may feel out of arm’s reach, but there’s so much that we can do collectively. Here is a growing list of restaurants that are doing their part to aid Texans. Let’s explore how to eat responsibly.   Where to Eat Black Rooster Taqueria | Mills 50 + Hunger Street Tacos | Winter Park These popular taco spots are committing together to donate 20% of all sales on September 6-7 Chuy’s | All Locations With 9 locations across Houston and Corpus Christi, this brand is definitely feeling the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. To help, it is selling a limited edition T-shirt at all locations for $10. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Chuy’s Redfish Relief Fund, which supports employees experiencing financial hardships due to disasters, emergencies, and other life-changing circumstances Sonny’s BBQ | All Locations Nothing says Texas like barbecue… On September 6, all 113 locations will donate 10% of sales to Operation BBQ Relief, an organization that mobilizes pitmasters and barbecue enthusiasts to areas in need to help prepare and serve barbecue Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park $1 from each chocolate star lollipop sold until September 10  10% of chocolate covered popcorn sales during the week of September 4-10 The store will also be collecting cash donations, and anyone who donates at least $5 will receive their choice of a free chocolate covered Oreo or pretzel rod Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group  | All locations From Thursday, August 31 to Monday, September 4, 20% of all sales from all of the restaurants under its umbrella will be donated to relief efforts. The group is hoping to give $1,000,000 Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen | All locations  On Tuesday, September 5, all Tibby’s locations will be donating 10% of sales to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund Safe Bets There’s often a little bit of confusion and trepidation about donating to large charities. Oftentimes, only a small percentage funds actually hit the homes of the people you indeed to help. Here are some that are collecting funds and donations responsibly. Feeding Children Everywhere With FCE, you can donate, start a fundraiser and know that 100% of proceeds raised through this fund will be used for Harvey disaster relief! And if you purchase this shirt, 40 meal will be donated. That’s a deal!  Second Harvest Food Bank | Orlando, Daytona Beach, West Melbourne All locations are accepting non-perishable food donations for Texas flood relief Undies For Everyone  1. Purchase new underwear here 2. Collect new, packaged underwear and mail it to the address below. If you’re purchasing, they recommend Hanes or Fruit of the Loom. UFE doesn’t process or give out anything but underwear! Undies for Everyone 1700 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005 3. Give cash and Undies for Everyone will purchase wholesale The Emeril Lagasse Kitchen House | Orlando Chef Kevin Fonzo is partnering with Chef Tiffany Derry to raise money via the Edible Schoolyard and Kevin Fonzo Foundation. On Sunday, September 10 from 12-3 p.m., visit The Emeril Lagasse Kitchen House and Culinary Garden as they host a kid-friendly “Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale”! They will have fresh lemonade available for sale, as well as some incredible baked goods donated by some amazing local pastry chefs! Go Fund Me Check out the different families and organizations that are sharing their stories in order to get help. Volunteer There are so many organizations in need of a hand.  Orlando Vegans is partnering with Clean The World tomorrow, Saturday, September 2. Sign up here!  Words of Encouragement  All too often we talk about people impacted by natural disasters as victims. We have to remind ourselves and the people impacted that they are victors. They need to be reminded that they are strong, resilient and able to overcome. I’ve started a Google Doc for everyone to share the love by writing encouraging notes. The hope is that we can share with charities and outlets in Texas to pass along to locals! Here’s to foodlantrophy and lots of love. Snack on, Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major!  

THE SURPRISING SHORTCUT TO BETTER HEALTH: JUST MOVE YOUR BUTT

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

Today, I have just happened to stumble upon an interesting article in the New York Times, entitled 'The Surprising Shortcut to Better Health', by Tara Parker-Pope.

It features an illuminating interview with Gretchen Reynolds, author of a recently released fitness book, entitled, 'The First 20 Minutes'.

Here are my valuable"takeaways" from the interview article:

“Humans are born to stroll...”;

“... we don’t need to run marathons, sweat it out on exercise bikes or measure our peak oxygen uptake. We just need to do something... ”; 

“... The first 20 minutes of moving around provide most of the health benefits. You get prolonged life, reduced disease risk — all of those things come in in the first 20 minutes of being active...”;

“... the science shows that if you just do anything, even stand in place 20 minutes, you will be healthier... ”;

-  “... If you have to choose, choose to be fit, whether you lose weight or not... ”

If you start an exercise program and improve your fitness, even if you don’t lose an ounce, you will still generally have a longer life and a much healthier life.;

“... If you walk, your body registers that as motion, and you get all sorts of physiological changes that result in better health. Gardening counts as exercise... ”;

“... There are two things going on: One is activity, and the other is inactivity, and they have different effects on the body... ”;

“... If people want to be healthier and prolong their life span, all they really need to do is go for a walk. It’s the single easiest thing anyone can do.... ”;

My end analysis:

Just move your butt on a daily basis to help keep yourself fit. In fact, it's my daily mantra as well as my daily routine.

Like our great great forefathers, who were hunters/gatherers, our bodies are designed to move, not sit.

[Source: New York Times]

Vietnamese Pho Bo Without Borders

Vietnamese Pho Bo Without Borders


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First Look: Bad As’s Sandwiches in Milk District Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Bad As’s Sandwiches was originally founded as a food truck but now includes a brick and mortar restaurant, taking over the space once occupied by Se7en Bites Bakery in the Milk District of Orlando. Founded by Chef John Collazo, whose resume includes KASA and Raga restaurants, Bad As’s Sandwich was his first operation run by himself. He wanted to ‘wow’ food truck lovers in Central Florida with their wild and frankly, badass sandwiches. Some of their sandwiches include the Big Boy, a huge sandwich sure to please the inner fat boy in each of us, made with Adobo roasted pork, bacon, pepperoni, tater tots, and more. I ordered the special of the day: El Anormal, with adobo roasted pork, chorizo, chipotle jack cheese, pickled fried onions, topped with savory aioli and drizzled with a sweet guava glaze. It was a spectacle behold, oozing with meat and cheese and sauce, but was so, so satisfying of a sandwich. Make sure to ask for wet naps to go with this though. Bad As’s Sandwiches 207 Primrose Dr, Orlando, FL 32803 Phone: (407) 757-7191 http://badasssandwiches.com/

Valentine’s Day Dinner in Orlando 2018 – Where to go?

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and a romantic weekend in Orlando offers unique and affordable ways to celebrate. We’ve collected special deals for the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend, from hotel packages and romantic dinners to couples’ massages and sunset airboat tours. Hotel Packages & Amenities B Resort & Spa will be offering a B Together Couples Massage from February 15, 2018 to February 28, 2018. The massage is infused with rose essential oils and includes champagne and chocolate truffles. Prices for massages vary. 407-827-3111, bhotelsandresorts.com Caribe Royale is offering a  Romance Package that includes two nights in a deluxe king suite with jetted whirlpool tub, full American buffet breakfast for two, welcome wine and tuxedo strawberry amenity, late check-out and dining credit at their restaurant The Venetian Chop House. 1-800-823-8300, cariberoyale.com Four Seasons Resort Orlando will be offering a Couple’s Day at the Spa featuring a complimentary glass of wine and special truffles.  Couples will be able to enjoy the Healing Honey Treatment and receive a small bottle of the signature honey along with a complimentary Luscious Lips enhancement. Available only on February 14, 2018. 407-313-6161, fourseasons.com Hilton Orlando will be offering different couple experiences including: In Room Dining with chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne, as well as a private cabana rental including a half dozen red roses wrapped, a bottle of sparkling wine and food credit.  In Room Dining experience is available for $110 and cabana rental for $300. 407-313-8625, thehiltonorlando.com Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate will offer their “Love and Luxury” package, which includes luxurious accommodations, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to the room upon arrival and late check-out. 407-390-6664, omnihotels.com The Spa at Reunion Resort will offer a warm stone advance peptide couples massage.  It is approximately four hours long and concludes with a Reunion Manicure and Pedicure. Cost is $310.50. reunionresort.com Orlando World Center Marriott is offering a “Recapture the Romance” package February 9-10 and February 16-17, 2018. This offer includes dinner for two at Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen or Latitude and Longitude, “Light-Up-The-Night” laser light show, accommodations and two-hour Kids Club experience for up to two children ages 4-12. Prices begins at $329 per night with code ROM. 800-380-7931, worldcentermarriott.com Valentine’s Day Dining Luma – Recognized as one of the “Top 20 Restaurants in the state” LUMA on Park offers a romantic atmosphere, progressive American Cuisine and opportunity to check off a bucket list item. Executive Chef Brandon McGlamery offers locally-sourced, daily menus that feature delectable dishes including: Massachusetts Diver Scallops with freekeh, tri-color cauliflower, jalapeño butter, pickled cipollini onions or Border Springs Lamb Shoulder with glazed root vegetables, snow pea fondue, golden raisins, shiitake mushroom over a bottle of wine from their extensive list. lumaonpark.com  Prato – Prato celebrates cuisine from Italy’s rich culinary landscape, seamlessly blending Italian classics with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients. The rustic, communal atmosphere is perfect for a casual celebration; and who doesn’t like house-made pizzas and baked entrees made with Prato’s authentic Acunto wood-burning ovens crafted in Naples, Italy?  Enjoy their beloved Widowmaker pizza with Hazelnut Romesco, Cavolo Nero, Fennel Sausage and a Farm Egg or  Squid Ink Torchio with Braised Clam Amatriciana, Smoked Paprika Pangrattato over a couple of craft cocktails before splitting a Sticky Date Cake. prato-wp.com Luke’s Kitchen – Head to Maitland for a low key dinner at Luke’s Kitchen & Bar and movie. Enjoy carefully curated oysters from the raw bar and entrees cooked over an open fire grill and rotisserie alongside classically-inspired craft cocktails followed by an independent film right next store at the Enzian Theater. http://eatatlukes.com/ The Capital Grille has special Valentine’s Day eve offerings for 2018 – perfect for Orlando residents looking to extend the holiday with their loved one. On February 13, The Capital Grille is offering guests a generous evening with complimentary Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé NV, Champagne and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries. In an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, The Capital Grille will thrill guests with hand-cut, dry aged steaks, artisanal ingredients and our award-winning wine list of over 350 selections.Reservations are now open for Valentine’s Day Eve, as well as Valentine’s Day for those looking for a more traditional experience. For guests looking for a last-minute reservation on Valentine’s Day, The Capital Grille’s Concierge app offers #ReservationRescue, whereby one lucky procrastinator will have the chance to secure a table for two at 7 p.m. on February 14. To enter, guests are simply required to download the app and select their favorite restaurant for a chance to save the day. www.thecapitalgrille.com Eddie V’s – For the perfect pair, Eddie V’s is offering elevated pairings for Valentine’s Day featuring famous champagnes with their ideal oyster counterparts. Guests can enjoy half a dozen oysters, including Pink Moon and Thatch Island oysters, complimented by a half bottle of champagne hand-selected by our Advanced Sommelier. For the perfect Valentine’s Day toast, guests can choose from Ruinart Blanc De Blancs, Moët Rosé Impérial or Krug Grand Cuvée. In addition to the special offerings listed above, Eddie V’s menu of fresh and flavorful seafood will still be available to order. The restaurant also boasts an award-winning wine list of over 300 selections, as well as hand-crafted cocktails. Reservations are now open. www.eddiev.com American Kitchen Bar & Grill invites guests to a four course dinner by Chef Venoy Rogers available only on February 14, 2018. Dinner pricing begins at $39 per person. 407-827-3111, bhotelsandresorts.com Four Seasons Resort Orlando announced that both their restaurants, Ravello and Capa, will be offering a prix-fixe four course meal on Valentine’s Day. The price is $75 per person at Ravello and $155 per person at Capa. Guests will also receive complimentary Prosecco and chocolates for spa guests. 407-313-6161, fourseasons.com Hilton Orlando will be offering a three course prix-fixe Lover’s Menu for Two at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops Restaurant. Price is $175 per couple and it’s available only on February 14, 2018. 407-313-8625, thehiltonorlando.com Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit will celebrate romance on February 14 with a Valentine’s Day Menu for Two. Price for dinner is $85 per couple. 407-226-2929, tapatoro.restaurant Taverna Opa will be hosting their “Forget Romance, Let’s Dance” dinner event on February 14, 2018, complete with Belly Dance Entertainment and Greek-Style celebration. Admission is $85 per couple. 407-351-8660, opaorlando.com Villas of Grand Cypress will be offering an elegant candlelit five course dinner available only February 14, 2018. Available for $118 per couple. 407-239-1999, grandcypress.com  Canvas Restaurant & Market – 13615 Sachs Ave, Orlando, FL, 407.313.7800 – In addition to their regular a la carte menu, Canvas will be offering a few Valentine’s Day specials. Menu Highlights:  Prime Beef Tenderloin; 10 oz. bone-in, mole, sweet corn purée, charred shishito peppers ($50), Lobster Tail; Butter poached, artichoke hearts, housemade pappardelle, tarragon-citrus beurre blanc, and shaved black truffles ($45) Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, 6967 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL, 407.955.4340 Menu Highlights:  Gulf oysters on the half shell (6) with Tobikko caviar, watermelon, yuzu ($15), Roasted beef tenderloin for 2 or 4 to share; Shiitake mushroom “bacon”, double butter mashed potato, Josper charred broccolini, beet crisps, red wine reduction – For two guests, ($38 for 8 oz.), For four guests, ($75 for 16 oz.). Red Velvet Cheesecake; Champagne marinated strawberries ($4.50) Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, 7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL  32819, 407.370.3359, Open Wednesday, February 14 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a la carte specials or Four-Course Prix Fixe for $70. Plus, join a special “Sushi Making 101” class onSaturday, February 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and create lasting, fun memories with your loved one! Tickets to sushi class available HERE. Available a la carte or Four Course Prix-Fixe for $70: Tsukiji Market Moriawase $29, chefs omakase, Gomadare Cha Soba $22, japanese sea bream, ginger, wasabi, scallion, dashi, Barentain Makisushi, $17, chef’s special Valentine day sushi roll, Strawberry Shortcake, $7, ume jam, tamari ganache K Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1710 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804, 407.872.2332 – Recently purchased by Chad Phelps back in July of last year, K Restaurant has a new “refreshed K.”  This Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will be offering a special menu for $100 for two people, in addition to their regular a la carte menu. Menu Highlights: Oysters; mignonette, Foie Gras custard, madeira glazed wild mushrooms, grilled bread, Lobster; Israeli couscous, English peas and tendrils, beurre rouge, Filet; potato and mushroom gratin, creamed greens, veal demi-glace, White Russian Chocolate Cake, Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Paradiso 37, Disney Springs, 1590 E Bueno Vista Dr., Orlando, FL, 407.934.3700, For Valentine’s Day, Paradiso 37 will be celebrating by serving guests a Valentine’s Day inspired prix-fixe menu at $39 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Menu highlights: Lobster Bisque with Sherry, Ginger Honey Glazed Cedar Plank Salmon; Roasted Vegetables, Cilantro Rice, and Grilled Lemon, Molten Lava Chocolate Cake; Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Fresh Berries Pizza Bruno, 3990 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806, Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. You got a pizza my heart! Get cheesy with Bruno Zacchini as you join us under the stars for a romantic Valentine’s Day experience. Pizza Bruno will host a couple’s pizza making class which will include hands-on instruction, small bites, DIY pizza, dessert and wine. This unique date night experience is $80 per person, plus gratuity. Let’s get saucy. Space is limited. Purchase your tickets today! The Polite Pig at Disney Springs , 1536 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830 Have a smokin’ Valentine’s Day at The Polite Pig in Disney Springs with a la carte menu selections including signature dishes like the Smoked Chicken Wingswith pickled carrots; House-Smoked Brisket with coffee rub; The Southern Pig Sandwich with pulled pork, fennel-apple slaw, tangy mustard bbq and Duke’s mayo; and Crispy Brussels Sprouts with whisky-caramel.. Visit www.politepig.comfor more information The Ravenous Pig, 565 West Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL, 407.628.2333, Menu Highlights: Beginning Monday, February 12 through Thursday, February 15, The Ravenous Pig will offer a full a la carte menu, in addition to the below specials. Three Course Seasonal Prix-Fixe Menu – $40 per person, with a portion of proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry. Chef Curated Specials for Two: Bison Tomahawk Rib Eye Steak, Whole Fish Dinner, Sweet Soufflé Dessert – For more information or reservations, visit theravenouspig.com or call 407.628.2333 The Rusty Spoon, 55 West Church Street, Orlando, FL, 407.401.8811 Menu Highlights: For Valentine’s Day, The Rusty Spoon will offer a full a la carte menu, in addition to chef curated seasonal specials. For reservations, visit therustyspoon.com or call the restaurant at 407.401.8811. Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge, 8000 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL, 407.872.2640 For Valentine’s Day, Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge will be taking reservations Friday, February 9th through Wednesday, February 14th. They will be celebrating by serving guests a Valentine’s Day inspired prix-fixe menu at $68 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The regular a la carte menu will also be available to guests. Menu highlights: Appetizer Special: Heart Vol Au Vent of Bay Scallops & Rock Shrimp; Cultivated Mushrooms, & Early Spring Crop Asparagus, Champagne-Porcini-Vermont Butter Emulsion , Valentines Plat du Jour: “Marriage of the Land & Sea” Grilled 6 oz. Angus Beef Tenderloin & Herb-Roasted Wild Gulf Shrimp; Celery Root & Potato Puree, Haricot Vert, Young Carrots, Rich Red Wine Truffle Reduction & Sauce Béarnaise, Valentines Dessert Trio: For Couples to Share   Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 9150 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, https://delfriscos.com/promotions/celebrate-valentines-day-at-dels/, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House will serve a prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu highlighting elevated cuisine for guests to celebrate luxuriously. Featured menu items include Chilled Oysters with Caviar Mignonette, Simply Prepared Fresh Fish and the Double Eagle Steak – a three-inch thick, 45-Day Dry Aged Double Bone In Prime Ribeye. The prix fixe menu is available from Feb. 9 through Feb. 14 for $90 per guest. Reservations: Call (407) 351-5074 Tony Roma’s, 8560 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819, Menu, Come celebrate Valentine’s Day at Tony Roma’s! Enjoy a special Filet Medallions Combo for only $30. The combo includes your choice of house salad, Caesar salad or Original Classic Potato Soup with Filet Medallions (6 ounces) topped with Cabernet demi-glace, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. Plus, choice of Grilled Shrimp Skewers or a Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs. Reservations: Call (407) 248-0094 Attractions Central Florida Nature Adventures is offering a unique Silver River Kayak Tour on Valentine’s Day. Price is $94 per person and the tour lasts about four and a half hours. 352-589-7899, kayakcentralflorida.com Wild Florida Airboat Tours will offer 15% off romantic sunset airboat tours and a stroll through the gator park valid form February 12, 2018 to February 17, 2018. To receive discount use code WildValentine online, over the phone or in person. 407-697-8018, wildfloridairboats.com Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures will offer 20% discounts on their sunset tours. After the tour, guests will receive a 10% discount to Boggy Bottom BBQ for a romantic dinner for two.  To receive the discount, guests should call and use special code “VALE18.” This offer is valid February 13, 2018 to February 15, 2018. 407-344-9550, bcairboats.com The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is offering the “Love is in the Air” package from February 8, 2018 to February 18,2018. This package includes: a private capsule for the couple with priority boarding, a long-stemmed rose, a box of specialty chocolates and a glass of champagne. The price is $110 per couple for the champagne experience and $90 per couple for the non-alcoholic option. 866-228-6438, officialorlandoeye.com   Events Bar Louie at Orlando Airport will host a Stupid Cupid Spotlight Party on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The party will offer drink specials along with half priced select appetizers and flatbreads. 407-845-7080, barlouie.com Howl At the Moon will host a Naughty or Nice Happy Hour Party on Friday, February 16, 2018.  It will be complete with games, drink specials, giveaways and live music. Date Night Table Package is also available upon request. 407-354-5999, howlatthemoon.com Leu Gardens will host a romantic concert on Valentine’s Day featuring Ricky and the Buzzcatz from 7:00pm -10:00pm. Advance tickets are $15 per person and will go on sale on Friday, January 26, 2018. 407-246-3622, leugardens.org SAK Comedy Lab will offer three shows on Valentine’s Day at 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm.  A Sweetheart Special is also available for $48 and includes admission for two and two drinks. 407-648-0001 The Alfond Inn in Winter Park will host “A Valentine’s Experience Under The Stars” event on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The event will include cocktails in the Conservatory, followed by a three course dinner on the lawn and live music. The price for this experience is $99 per person. 407-645-6605, Eventbrite.com Track Shack will host the Third Annual Run 4 Love 4 Mile, presented by Florida Hospital on Saturday, February 10, 2018. All finishers receive a commemorative shirt and medal. Prices to participate vary and early pricing is available through January 27, 2018. Get $4 off with code LOVERUN18. trackshack.com

Asisbiz article and photo's of Vietnamese Food Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Asisbiz article and photo's of Vietnamese Food Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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Asisbiz article and photo album of Vietnamese Food Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

INTERESTING OBSERVATION: VIETNAM, A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!


“... the lifestyle is generally very laid back and relaxed. Excellent cafes and restaurants, offering both local fair and foreign food, are everywhere... 

... Prices are very reasonable... It also feels extremely safe.

... Although the weather here can be very hot and humid, Hanoi has many lakes and it is actually very pleasant to explore the city on foot...

... For the right kind of person, because of the cost of living here, the quality of life you can enjoy for the money you pay is really very difficult to beat... ”

~  Tim Staermose, Chief Investment Strategist, Sovereign Man, who talked about his impressions of Vietnam after his recent  visit to the country;

[Source: Business Insider, 5th April 2012]

Boiling Crab and Seafood – Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

This little seafood shack in the Mills 50 District used to be a banh mi (Vietnamese Sub sandwich shop) by the name of Saigon Subs (located a few doors down from Tasty Wok). Boiling Crab and Seafood is still Vietnamese owned, but they take their cues from the Cajun south…hot sha-bangin sauces and steamed garlic crabs. A large population of Vietnamese Americans live in New Orleans, and as families started to spread out from the gulf region, they brought their love of seafood and cajun spices with them. Over a course of a few trips, this restaurant has earned a special place in our foodie hearts not only for their fresh seafood but also the friendly service of the owner and staff despite being understaffed at times. The menu consists of snow-crab legs, head-on shrimp, crawfish, and Maryland blue crabs as well as more than 13 types of poboy sandwiches filled with everything from fried oysters to catfish. My favorite items consisted of the snow crab legs, very fresh and flavorful, dipped in butter garlic sauce, as well as the jumbo head on shrimps. There are a few Vietnamese items here as well like the seafood laden bun rieu noodle soup with crab and tomato, as well as pho. The prices are very reasonable for the fresh seafood that you get and I hope they keep it that way. Chef’s seafood-platter meal for four consists of: One pound of snow-crab legs and dungeness crab legs One pound of shrimp One pound of crawfish Two blue crabs Four ears of corn and four potatoes Four nonalcoholic drinks Magical sha bang spicy sauce Boiling Crab and Seafood’s rendition of the gumbo soup – beware it is extremely spicy! Blue crabs bathing in garlic butter   Definitely check them out if you are a big fresh seafood fan! Check out their website here: http://boilingcrabandseafood.com/ Business Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30-9:00 Friday-Saturday 10:30-10:00 Sunday 9:00-9:00

Look inside new Mia Supermarket on Bumby and Colonial

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We dropped by the new Mia Supermarket on Bumby and Colonial the other day shortly after their opening. It formerly was home to Winn Dixie for many, many decades. A few first impressions – still coming together as a market – but there is a nice selection of fruits, vegetables, and seafood, and I think the highlight is the Formosa Bakery inside. They are a sister bakery to the Sun Pearl Bakery located in the Chinatown plaza on Colonial and Pine Hills, specializing in Taiwanese bakery items and pastries. I love the smell of the baked goods wafting through the store as they are baked. I had, for the first time, a taro stuffed pineapple bun – and it was glorious. Mia Supermarket 2415 E Colonial Dr +1 407-228-9899 These are molds for little black bean stuffed taiyaki style pastries. Baking fresh. Incense and rice – essentials. Dumplings Ramen wall. Classic red bowls There is a whole section with Goya / Latin grocery goods, too. A whole aisle dedicated to dried mushrooms and Chinese herbs Soy sauces, try them all.

Yet another farewell concert tour: This time it’s Ozzy Osbourne

by Jim Harrington @ BayArea

Ozzy Osbourne has had enough. The heavy metal hero is bringing his long road show to a close and has announced plans for his final tour. Fortunately for local fans there is most definitely a Bay Area date. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – who has been enshrined as a member of Black […]

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VIETNAM IS THE WORLD'S 2ND HAPPIEST NATION, according to NEF

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

According to the latest 2012 Happy Planet Index (HPI) of the New Economics Foundation (NEF), Vietnam is the world's second happiest nation.

The country trails Costa Rica with a score of 60.4 vs. 64.


[Source: TuoiTreNews, 17th June 2012]

Visiting Dalat – Vietnam’s City of Eternal Spring

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Founded in 1907 as a French hill station, Dalat is still a popular destination both for local and international visitors. The city quickly grew, with new hotels, resorts, golf courses, and even boarding schools. Located in the highlands and surrounded by pine forests, the city enjoys a temperate climate quite unlike the rest of Vietnam. […]

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The Best Homestays in Sapa (For An Authentic & Personal Experience)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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STUDYING ABROAD: TWO PERSPECTIVES

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

According to a recent DTINews report, about 20,00 Vietnamese students are going to study abroad in the United States this year. Reportedly, most of these students come from wealthy families.

Interestingly, Francisco Sanchez, the US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade,  during a visit to Vietnam last year, said that "the United States is planning to double the number of Vietnamese students in the next five years,... education will be one of the key components in co-operation between the two countries".

Nonetheless, here are two interesting perspectives about studying abroad:

“From what I hear, the American education system will help me to fully develop my skills,... In Vietnam we have to study 12 or 13 subjects, but in the US it's more like five to seven. Also, there students are encouraged to study on their own and take on more extracurricular and social activities... ”

~ Pham Tam Anh, a 10th grader from one of the gifted high schools, run under Hanoi National University; she is looking forward to continuing her studies in the United States in coming July;

“What we need to do is improve the quality of education at home so that both parents and students are satisfied with the quality of schools in Vietnam. This is not just the task for individual schools, or even the education sector, but for all of Vietnamese society,... " 


Professor Vu Thanh Tung, former head of the Administration Department at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities;

[Source: DTINews, 30th April 2012]

Tasty Wok – Mills 50 – Chinese

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

When most folks think of authentic Chinese cuisine, it’s often the Cantonese regional cuisine that comes to mind as many of the first immigrants to America came from that region, hoping to strike gold in California during the 1800s, only to be hired as low waged rail workers building the Transcontinental Railroad. From char siu roast pork to shrimp wonton dumplings and all the wonderful little bites from dim sum, Cantonese cuisine’s strength lies in its use of fresh ingredients from the sea and land. Canton, or Guangzhou, is a coastal region near Hong Kong known for its seafood and great harbors. In Orlando, when I want Cantonese cuisine – particularly noodles and Chinese barbecue, I usually choose Tasty Wok or Ming Bistro. At Tasty Wok, you will see a classic familiar scene of roasted ducks and barbecued pork and squid hanging from hooks in a display case near the counter. Recently, I learned there is a difference between the types of roast duck – ask for the hanging roast duck as it has been double marinated in duck juices.  Roast duck can be fatty, but is a great dish served with rice.  Shrimp wontons, little dumplings served with egg noodles in a chicken broth soup.  Three meat platter – roast duck, Char siu – or Chinese barbecue pork – and soy sauce chicken on rice.  The fish with black bean sauce, stir fried with vegetables. Chinese roast pork – char siu – with shrimp and noodles. Salt and pepper fried trio of scallops, shrimp, and squid Not the most refined nor the most healthy, it serves its purpose – it’s Chinese soul food. Tasty Wok 1246 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803 +1 407-896-8988 Hours: 10:30 am – 9:30 pm

Kanazawa - Japanese Breakfast at Hotel Nikko, Omi-cho Market (again), and Oyama Shrine

by Kirk K @ mmm-yoso!!!

Both the Missus and I were really enjoying our stay in Kanazawa. In terms of prices, we both found that Kanazawa was very affordable. For the price of a mid-level hotel in Tokyo, we could stay at the Hotel Nikko...

Food Network Chef Roberto Treviño opens new restaurant, El Buda, in Downtown Orlando

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

My sister and I got to meet Food Network Chef Roberto Treviño from Iron Chef America (he battled against and beat Mario Batali) at his new restaurant El Buda on Church Street and we enjoyed trying some of his delicious and flavorful Latin-Asian food that he prepared for us.  Chef Roberto Treviño’s concept of blending two cultures together is so unique and the fusion of flavors in all of his dishes were all on point, I really appreciated and loved it.  Overall, I give five stars to the food, service, ambiance, and the entertainment at El Buda.  You must check them out next time you are in the Downtown Orlando area. El Buda has a Daily Happy Hour from 4-7pm and includes 2 for $5 Draft Beers, $9 Craft Cocktails (they are normally $11 and feature top shelf liquors) and$5 Sangria.  Sunday Brunch (Saturday coming soon!) is from 11am – 4pm.  $22 Brunch includes unlimited top shelf mimosa and top shelf craft cocktails.  Guava Gelee Gimlet. They offer nightly drink specials at “The Cellar” downstairs, a speakeasy type atmosphere.  Herame Con Coco Pork Dumplings Duck Nachos Prawn Tempura with Forbidden Rice Ho Fun with Grilled Churrassco Peking Style Duck Confit with Scallion Pancake and Seasoned Vegetables Churro Be sure to check out El Buda – Downtown Orlando soon!  You will love it! El Buda 116 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801 facebook.com/ElBudaDowntown/ (407) 203-8171

First Watch rolls out new single-origin coffee nationwide, supporting women growers in Colombia

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Florida-based breakfast, brunch, and lunch restaurant chain First Watch has recently unrolled a new coffee program, called Project Sunrise, using a new single-origin coffee sourced from women coffee growers in Huila, Colombia. The coffee program helps support a women-led growers organization called Mujeres en Café in Huila, Colombia. Traditionally, the coffee growing industry in Colombia has been male-dominated. Due to the country’s decades-long civil conflict, many women in Huila lost their husbands, brothers and sons and have now taken over the family business. Together, they formed Mujeres en Café and embarked on a mission to create sustainable businesses that elevate the lives of their families and improve conditions in their rural communities. “During our visit to Huila, we met groups of women in several villages who have dedicated their lives to producing great coffee. They are proud of their work and were eager to welcome us into their homes, walk us through their farms and share their stories,” Shane Schaibly, corporate chef and VP of culinary strategy for First Watch, said in an announcement of the new coffee program. “Each year, we serve more than 8 million cups of coffee in our restaurants. Through Project Sunrise, that gives us 8 million incredible opportunities to support these hard-working women and their families in Huila in 2018.” The high-quality beans these women grow and harvest in Huila are exported to the U.S. and roasted by the experts at Royal Cup Coffee in Birmingham, Alabama, exclusively for First Watch. The restaurant company pays a premium for these single-origin beans, which will be relayed back to the women farmers in Huila to help improve their quality of life and help facilitate their operations. Schaibly spent months working with coffee growers and roasters to develop a coffee that would complement the complex dishes, flavors and textures found on the First Watch menu. First Watch’s new Project Sunrise coffee fits the bill – it features a medium body, with hints of cherry, orange, toasted nuts, honey, milk chocolate and caramel, which makes for an ideal complement to First Watch’s variety of fresh breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. For more information on First Watch’s Project Sunrise, visit blog.firstwatch.com. We were recently invite to try some of the new coffee at First Watch as well as sample some seasonal dishes like the millionaire’s bacon, four slices of hardwood smoked bacon baked with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and a maple syrup drizzle, and the cinnamon chip panacake. I enjoyed their new coffee, particularly the rich depth of flavor that complimented the dishes well.

Life Ephiphany and Inspiration for Honeymoon Backpackers

by Honeymoon Backpackers @ Honeymoon Travel

Have you ever woken up and thought 'what the hell am i doing with my life? Is this really it?' I don't know about you, but it's bloody scary thinking about sitting behind a desk and working 9am-5pm, 5 days a week for the rest of my life. I always had university drilled into my […]

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VIETNAMESE CUISINE, from the perspective of a French chef

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

"... France is very famous for its food, but French food is very different from Vietnamese food. In France, we use a lot of butter, cream, and similar ingredients. 


In Vietnam, you use a lot of fish sauce. You also use a lot of steamed vegetables and fish. So, your food is very light, while in France, food is very heavy. You don’t put butter and oil in the food. You use a lot of herbs. Your cuisine is very tasty and very light.

However, Vietnamese food is not easy to make, it takes long time to learn, a lot of practice...

... In Vietnam, everything is fresh. You don’t cook now for tomorrow’s eating. You do now for now. In France or some other Asian countries, we sometimes prepare food now and cook tomorrow. When I worked in Japan, we bought vegetables for three days. 

In Metropole Hanoi, every day we receive salad (vegetables), fish, meat, egg, herbs. We buy and use for only one day. So I think the taste is very good. 

Vietnamese food is light and fresh, and it is good for health, so many people in the world like it... "

~ André Bosia,  a French chef, who has worked in France, Scotland, Austria, Egypt, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Japan, before he took up his current position at Sofitel Metropole in Vietnam four years ago;

[Source: ThanhNienNiews, 16th March 2012]

Bar Bodega - Happy Hour and Lunch

by Kirk K @ mmm-yoso!!!

The Missus really wanted a change of pace; yes, Et Voila is on about every other week, though mostly for Happy Hour (I need to do an updated post), ditto Tribute Pizza. Our last couple of visits to Tiger Tiger...

A Bourbon with American Pride

by Madeline Nyquist @ Drink Me

The soon to open American Freedom Distillery based in Florida is debuting its Horse Soldier Bourbon, giving the public a taste of what this producer has yet to offer. Latching onto its military roots, this bourbon’s name is a nod to the first responders after the 9/11 attacks on United ...

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Bun Rieu from Phuong Nga 2

by Kirk K @ mmm-yoso!!!

I am forever indebted to all the folks who send me recommendations. In the comments section of my revisits post on Suppanee and Pho Xpress, "Elle" asked if I had tried the Bun Rieu at the newest location of Phuong...

Celebrating Vietnamese Lunar New Year In Hanoi – A Comprehensive Tet Guide

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

You might have heard that most businesses close during Tet in Hanoi, and that you won’t find a place to enjoy a slow dinner over the grill, let alone the charms of the city. But take it from a local, don’t worry! This thousand-year-old capital can show you a traditional Tet in Vietnam if you […]

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Duffy’s Sports Grill Adds New Items to Menu

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Duffy’s Sports Grill invited us to check out some items from their menu, new and old. Duffy’s Sports Grill consists of 35 locations throughout Florida (including Orlando!) and more than 80 TVs in each location. It is the perfect place to catch your favorite team game or sit back and enjoy a great meal. Of course, it was after work and the weekend began so we decided to check out some drinks. We discovered with delight that ordering the S’mores Girl Scout Cookies specialty Martini comes with cookies. Who doesn’t like an adult version of milk and cookies? The martini is very tasteful and nice for a night with the girls. If you are not too fond of a milky liquor, how about Pear…fect Martini? Or two because Duffy’s Sports Grill offers 2 for 1 drinks all day every day. Music to your ears, right? Loaded Potato Skins include bacon, scallions, jack & cheddar cheese, and sour cream. Textures ranging from smooth/creamy to crispy creates a nice touch to the savory flavors. Crispy Calamari is dusted in seasoned flour and garnished with crispy cherry peppers, served with marinara and spicy kickin’ bayou sauce. They weren’t kidding when they said the spicy kicking’ bayou sauce had a kick to it, but is nice with the appropriately seasoned calamari. Seasame-Crusted Ahi Tuna is seasoned, seared in sesame oil and served with cucumber salad and Soba noodles in Asian dressing. Each item on this plate is chilled and has its own flavor unique to one another. I’m not mad we ordered this dish and would order it again! These ribs are dressed with Duffy’s Sports Grill’s new Korean BBQ Sauce. The ribs have tender parts and crispy sections depending on where you take your bites. The delicious sauce has a balance between sweet and spicy. Also, I hear it is great on wings when it comes to watching a game or in general. Of course, I can’t go to a sports grill without ordering wings. This is a plate of hot boneless wings served with blue cheese and celery. The hot sauce here is on the vinegar side of the hot sauce spectrum. Blackened Beef Tenderloin Tips served with Horseradish cream sauce and the options of two sides. Here, we decided on grilled zucchini and sweet potato fries as our sides. The tips were room temperature, but delicious; it would be a greater delight if they were hot. The grilled zucchini were fresh and had a crunch to them, which was to my liking. The sweet potato fries were made well and sapid. As there is the S’mores Girl Scout Cookies specialty martini mentioned above, there’s a S’mores Girl Scout Cookies specialty involving cupcakes that you could order for dessert. $1 from each order of the cupcakes and/or martinis will go towards Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida! For more information  check out the Duffy’s Sports Grill website.

Viet Garden in Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

I may have written off this place as just your typical run of the mill, if not tired, Vietnamese restaurant, having not visited in maybe 10 years since my days in college. Maybe it’s because I had a secret bias against restaurants that serve dual cuisines – you know, like those dual Chinese / Sushi take out places you see around town. Often times when restaurants end up dividing attention among more than one cuisine, they end up neglecting one or the other or both cuisines, resulting in substandard fare. I have to apologize to Viet Garden (which tauts its Vietnamese and Thai cuisine) for it does Vietnamese cuisine quite well. The restaurant is one of the oldest Vietnamese restaurants in the Mills 50 District but definitely deserves another look. I particularly was surprised and delighted to see the breadth and depth of the Vietnamese cuisines offered, in addition to your typical dishes, they had quite a few unique and seldom seen noodle soups and home style Vietnamese family plates that are hard to find elsewhere. I ordered their dumplings, which aren’t really Vietnamese, but excellent nonetheless – home made with plenty of delicious pork filling and a nice dumpling skin that had the right amount of chewiness to it. I ordered the special rice platter for my main and really enjoyed the thit nuong, or grilled Vietnamese pork, as well as the crispy tofu shrimp skin that came along with the plate. Overall, definitely would return. My dining companions from WMFE would agree. Dumplings – quite fabulous, home made dumplings Fried Spring Rolls The Pho – Beef Noodle Soup Special Rice plate  Bun Dac Biet

Beautiful Da Lat during Tet (How to Celebrate Vietnamese New Year Like a Local)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Discovered and architecturally planned by the French more than a century ago, the temperate climate of Da Lat found up here makes it one of the most romantic cities in Vietnam. I’m planning a trip to Da Lat again this Tet and I want to share with you, not only my previous experiences but also […]

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Kanazawa - Japanese Breakfast at Hotel Nikko, Omi-cho Market (again), and Oyama Shrine

by Kirk K @ mmm-yoso!!!

Both the Missus and I were really enjoying our stay in Kanazawa. In terms of prices, we both found that Kanazawa was very affordable. For the price of a mid-level hotel in Tokyo, we could stay at the Hotel Nikko...

PASSIONATE QUOTE OF THE WEEK

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

“... I love foods, I loving eating it, I love creating it,... I feel like regardless what your background, your gender, your religion is, food is something everybody has in common, and I think food is what connects people together... ”


~ Christine Ha, 33, a blind Vietnamese-American contestant from Texas, who beats out thousands of others this month to nab a white apron on the hit TV show, MasterChef;


[Source: TuoiTreNews, 19th June 2012]

HOW OUTBOUND VIETNAMESE TOUR GUIDES SEE THEIR OWN COUNTRY

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

[in Paris, while passing over a long bridge] “Please pay attention! This bridge has several spans but vehicles can run smoothly. 


In Vietnam, bridges are bumpy, which exhausts us.”

[while cruising the Seine River] “Ho Chi Minh City has plans to turn Nhieu Loc canal into a tourist site like the Seine, but we will probably have to wait for a few generations.”

[while visiting the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia] “There are a lot of visitors here so please go in a group. 

Anyway, it is easy to spot Vietnamese tourists: they are those who only look at goods without buying.”

[while walking on the clean streets of Singapore] “There is a great penalty for public littering. Sometimes people have to hold garbage in their hand for a long time before finding a trash bin. 

Vietnamese are not so patient so they just throw it on the street.”

[Source: TuoiTreNews, 4th April 2012]

Say Keng's comments:

At one time, I recall taxi drivers in Singapore had been known to have the relentless propensity to bad-mouth about the Singapore Government and its draconian rules in the country, especially to foreign tourists, to the chagrin of the official authorities.

Even as a Singaporean, I also have had my fair share of having to listen to their seemingly personal "unresolved grievances" while taking a taxi ride. This is not to say that there wasn't any truth in what they had said.

It goes to show that there will always be disgruntled folks around, and you can't win them all, as in a way, I generally like to consider their antics as a physical manifestation of democracy at work.

As for Vietnam's case, particularly relating to wanton littering, smelly rivers and canals, and bumpy roads or bridges, I reckon the competent authorities just have to make concerted efforts to rectify them.

In the longer term, educating the young ones is one sustainable approach.

Vietnam Cuisine in Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Don’t judge a book by its cover – This tiny restaurant has served as home to quite a few different restaurants over the year – I think due to its small space, but this iteration is a winner. It is tiny, just maybe 8 tables, seat maybe 40 in the whole building. Tucked between a nail supply shop and a Vietnamese owned wedding cake shop, just a few doors down from Saigon Market and Tasty Wok, I love Vietnam Cuisine for their banh cuon, velvety smooth rice crepes stuffed with woodeared mushroom and ground pork, pork sausage, Vietnamese sweet fish sauce. pour it over. Known for their take on northern Vietnamese dishes – other than Lac Viet, most other Vietnamese restaurants in town specialize in the southern cuisine of Vietnam. The cha ca thanh long is a popular dish, a type of fish patty with tilapia spiced in turmeric and herb (what herb) =, I think it is a play on a fish becoming a dragon. Also, bun cha ha noi, a rice vermicelli dish with pork meat balls and sweet fish sauce for dipping. It’s like tsukeman Vietnamese noodles – Vietnamese rice spaghetti and pork meatballs ? Also, great pho here with lots of meat cuts and ox tail. Generous portions. On the way out, I get a few banh bao, a type of stuffed pastry stuffed with pork meat, hard boiled egg, Chinese sausage. It’s known as a poor man’s meal and popular street food – you can get full off of just one bao. It was popular in Hong Kong years ago, but I guess owners got smart and cut back on it so their customers wouldn’t get full off of just one pork bun. Get the banh cuon – velvety smooth rice crepes stuffed with woodeared mushroom and ground pork, pork sausage, Vietnamese sweet fish sauce. pour it over. Cha Ca Thanh Long Beef Noodle Soup aka Pho Special Rice plate with egg, grilled pork chop, pork casserole Bun bo hue, with blood pudding Stir fried noodles More Pho Rare to find blood pudding in Bun Bo Hue in Orlando – very authentic! Bun Cha Ha Noi

Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs opens on National Spaghetti Day

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We were invited to the media preview and grand opening of Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante with a special dedication moment including leadership from Disney, Patina Restaurant Group and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.  Following the dedication, we went inside the brand new Italian restaurant for a media reception and we celebrated National Spaghetti Day with some apps, pasta, wines, cocktails and sweet treats; perfect for the occasion.  Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante is a warm and dreamy restaurant with friendly staff, delicious food, and airline themed aesthetics that is adventurous and playful. The backstory is that the building was a once-abandoned Disney Springs airline terminal from the 1930s.  Italian immigrants Maria and Enzo owned a small bakery business inside the airline terminal and they purchased the entire building after the airline terminal closed down.  As an airline pilot, Enzo was drawn to the abandoned airline terminal and to open a spacious restaurant in it was a dream of his and Maria, who both wanted to introduce Italian cuisine to guests at Disney Springs. CACIOCAVALLO FRITTO – fried sicilian cheese, spicy tomato and pomodoro sauce SPAGHETTI ALLA CHITARRA – burrata and meatballs ARANCINI DI CARNE – fried rice stuffed with meat ragù, peas and mozzarella.  They were delicious! PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED BREADSTICKS CHERRY TOMATO AND MOZZARELLA SKEWERS Delicious TIRAMISU! These were the best CHEESECAKE POPS that I have ever had in my life! CANNOLI– sheep’s milk ricotta, chocolate chips, candied orange.  It was the best cannoli that I have ever had in my life! Randomly selected guests will be upgraded upon arrival to the First Class Lounge and will receive a more upgraded level of service.  Guests 21 years of age or older will be served a complimentary glass of Prosecco and kids will receive a complimentary airline pin. Be sure to book a reservation at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, link below, so you can experience this amazing new restaurant for yourself! BONUS: We also got to take a tour around the new Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar. …and The Edison. Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante The Landing, Disney Springs, 1570 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 (407) 560-8466 mariaandenzos.com Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar 1570 E. Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 (407) 560-9288 enzoshideawayfla.com The Edison 1570 E. Buena Vista Dr. Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 (407) 560-9288 theedisonfla.com

Tijuana Flats reveals items from their “Secret Menu”

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

*Secret Menu Item* The Mexican Pizza – A fried flour tortilla is topped with your choice of protein, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, tomato sauce, jalapeño and a drizzle of sour cream.  This was my favorite!   We were invited to Tijuana Flats near Millenia Mall to try items from their “Secret Menu” as well as some classic items. Tijuana Flats was was founded in Winter Park, FL in 1995 by University of Central Florida graduate Brian Wheeler with $20,000 in loans.  Tijuana Flats now has 136 locations in 6 states. The Tijuana Flats Manifesto is their Declaration of Independence, their Dead Sea Scrolls.   It’s everything they believe in expressed in a single stream of madcap consciousness.  You’ll find it displayed in every Tijuana Flats location. Tijuana Flats’ regional manger, Joey.  He has been with the company for 19 years.  He is super nice.  To the right is our wonderful host, Sarah. The store manager for their Millenia location, Mike.  He is a super cool guy! The talented kitchen staff!  They did a great job with everyone’s food! Chips & Dip – A basket of warm chips, with a side of handmade salsa, queso or guacamole. *Secret Menu Item* The Double Stack tacos is available in chicken or steak.  Queso is spread across a soft flour tortilla then wrapped around a hard-shell taco – filled with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeño and sour cream. *Secret Menu Item* The Bangin Chicken Tostadas – crispy fried chicken cubes tossed in a buffalo sauce with refried beans, tomatoes, cheese, and a drizzle of ranch.  Served with a side of salsa. Cookie Dough Flauntas – Chocolate chip cookie dough loaded into a flour tortilla, lightly fried & topped with powdered sugar.  Served with a side of chocolate syrup. I won a free bottle of sweet chili hot sauce during trivia! Founder Brian Wheeler created his own line of hot sauces.  The “Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally” brand includes some of the hottest sauces in the world. Be sure to check out the Tijuana Flats location near the Mall at Millenia!  They did a wonderful job hosting us and providing great Tex-Mex food! (Source credit: Tijuana Flats) Tijuana Flats 94693 Gardens Park Blvd., Orlando, FL 32839 (407) 965-5090 https://tijuanaflats.com

Feast of the Seven Fishes Dinner at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

One of the world’s tastiest holiday traditions will receive a “Florida-style” twist with the debate of a limited time only “Feast of the Seven Fishes” menu at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar. This menu is offered from December 24, 2017 to January 6, 2018, including a seven-course seafood and wine Christmas Eve extravaganza to kickoff the celebration. The December 24 dinner will begin at 6:30pm and is limited to the first 25 guests. We were invited to taste the menu as a sneak peak to provide everyone insight of what is to come! The Bahamian Conch Fritters are served with a mango sauce. The mango glaze adds a nice sweetness to the conch fritters. Conch fritters are crispy, yet smooth in textures. The flavors are mild without the mango sauce. The Red Grouper Ceviche is fresh and cooked nicely with a lemony zest. The Smoked Rainbow Trout Fish Dip is a tad salty, but balanced when eaten with some saltine crackers. The trout has a texture similar to tuna. Be careful as it may have bones. The reception snacks above are paired well with Col De Salici Extra Dry Prosecco, which is a vintage Prosecco. The Mayport Shrimp on Grit Cake with Seafood Gumbo Sauce was cooked really well. The grit cake is crispy on the outside, while smooth and creamy on the inside. The shrimp was caught off of Jacksonville, FL. The Nueske’s Applewood Smoke Bacon-Wrapped Scallop with Butter Beans has an abundance of textures and flavors that blend well when eaten all together. When taken apart, the bacon may be salty so make sure you’re eating it with the scallop and butter beans. The scallop is very delightful and cooked well. The butter beans were very smooth and a type of bean I would like for someone who is not fond of beans. The savory and salty plates are paired with the Stags Leap Wine Cellars Aveta Sauvignon Blanc. It is very smooth with so many notes of fruit. The fruit notes are prominent in smell before it hits your palate. The Whole Fried Hog Snapper and Black Sea Bass with Smothered Tomatoes & Okra is paired with Spatz & Hall Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. The Fried Hog Snapper is very fresh with a corn flour seasoning. The meat has a slight sweetness to it. The Black Sea Bass is slightly dry in certain sections, but very tender and moist in other regions because the moistness depends on what area you pull the meat from. Nonetheless, the fish is very fresh! The outside is very crisp and flavorful. The Lobster Ravioli is very fresh and house made. It is served with a Seafood Bolognese Sauce that brings it all together. The lobster ravioli even tastes great alone without the sauce if you are sensitive to red sauce. It is paired with Stags Leap Wine Cellars Hands of Time Red that is full in flavor. The oyster of the Gulf Oyster Shooters (featuring Tito’s Vodka) is very fresh. There is a rim of Old Bay around the glass that goes well with the shot. It is absolutely earthy as it is suggested by the menu. The Famous Carrot Cake is famous for a reason as it is moist and has a chewy texture to it, which is delightful in my opinion. The Red Velvet Layer Cake is very moist and thick as it coats the palate. The cakes are paired with the Prunotto Moscato D’ Asti. The Prunotto Moscato D’ Asti is very smooth and delightful for a dessert wine as I am not usually fond os sweet wines. This dessert wines is not as sweet as the usual dessert wines that are paired. For more information, please visit Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar or their “Feast of the Seven Fishes” Facebook Event.

Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa – Home of the Best Ribs in Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

This Latin, Asian, and Southern American BBQ fusion joint in Orlando’s Mills 50 district has a nice list of bites, including Matambre smoked brisket sandwiches topped with egg, Indian Butter chicken tacos and the Latin plantain and fried yuca sides. But it’s all about the Oakwood Smoked St. Louis Barbecue Ribs here. Succulent. Juicy. Sweet, yet refined. Delicious. When you can get it, it’s really good. The problem is that it is can sell out fast, so call ahead and make sure they’ve got some ready for you. Founded by Thomas “Tito” Ward Esteves, the founder of the Treehouse Truck, one of the first so called gourmet food trucks in Orlando, Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa is a an ode to his family’s deep love for food. Barbakoa is a form of cooking meat that originated in the Caribbean with the Taino people, from which the term “barbecue” derives. The menu consists of sandwiches, tacos, platters, and sides, all done very well. The Oak-smoked St. Louis ribs (half-rack $14.99, full $22.99) are truly among the best, if not the best, ribs in all of Orlando – slow-cooked with a crispy surface yet tender, fall of the bone meat within and a nice sweet flavor. Try it with the crispy sweet fennel apple salad. The Indian butter chicken ($2.95), flavored in Indian an orange tikka currry sauce and topped with pepitas, jalapeno and cilantro – this was a favorite and definitely would order again.   The open faced Matahambre sandwich ($8.99), features slices of Oakwood smoked brisket with dabs of chimichurri sauce,  grilled tomatoes and topped with an over easy fried egg – and slathered a bit too much with mayonaisse. Accompanied with grilled corn on the cob, smokily charred and sprinkled with pepper, lime and salty Mexican cotija cheese  

Chan’s Chinese Cuisine

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

I tend to break down Chinese restaurants into three categories: Chinese take outs (you’ll see the neon signs saying New York Style Chinese Takeout at these places – New York meaning “Americanized – often a miss in terms of quality and a menu full of general tso’s chicken and pork fried rice with chicken wings combos ), Traditional Cantonese sit down restaurants (you’ll find some form of beef chow fun, salt and pepper squid, and possibly dim sum at these establishments), and the increasingly less rare, “Other Chinese cuisine” restaurant (Sichuan, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, etc). I’d file Chan’s under traditional Cantonese sit down restaurant — 1. Dim sum on the weekends? Check. 2. Lazy susans on the tables for family style banquets? Check. 3. Seemingly callous waitresses? Double check. The decor is rather minimal, like walking into someone’s house for a dinner party and there’s not really enough space for everyone. The food here is solid Cantonese fare – you’ve got your pan fried noodles to dim sum via cart on the weekends. For dinner, it gets a bit fancier with dishes like Cantonese style pan fried steak, salt baked chicken, sweet and sour pork chops, and even abalone, the exceptionally pungent mollusk that the Cantonese go crazy for. I was at Chan’s recently for a banquet with some friends – the brothers of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity at the University of Central Florida to be exact – who held an end of the semester banquet at the restaurant with quite a list of about 7 banquet dishes for just $25. Call ahead to find out if you can organize something like this there because it’s got great value if you have a group of 10 or so per table.

The Top 6 Milk Stout

by Rachel Woodford @ Drink Me

Just as the name suggests, milk stouts are stouts that have had sweet and non-fermentable lactose added to them. Beer styles can get a bit hazy and hard to distinguish, but milk stouts are simple. You take a stout, you add milk, and voilà. Milk stouts are brewed like any ...

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AS I SEE VIETNAM: "MY GLASS IS CERTAINLY HALF FULL, NOT HALF EMPTY... ", by Ken Atkinson, MD, Grant Thornton Vietnam

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

"... The economy is in far better shape than it was 12 months ago and the stock market has sprung back to life. Granted the property market has been flat, gold prices have lost their lustre and the local currency has been stable for 12 months, which generally means no easy money. But, there are still real opportunities... 

... The government moved quickly to address many of the fundamental issues causing these macroeconomic problems,.. 

... Inflation, which was one of the greatest causes for concern has moderated significantly with the current annual rate close to 16 % and the year to date rate of less than 2.5 % making the government’s target of 10 % for 2012 achievable... 

... Gross domestic product (GDP) continues to grow at a healthy rate... (forecast at 6  %),...


... Another area to show improvement is the trade deficit...

... Foreign direct investment (FDI) continues to match the levels seen over the last three years, despite of increasing competition from Indonesia...  

... My own major concern was the state of the banking industry, but it also seems to be being addressed in a quiet, but firm way...

... There is also no end of foreign banks looking to acquire significant and strategic stakes in Vietnamese banks, so this cloud seems to be slowly lifting and although this will be a long process, in my opinion, a significant bank failure is unlikely.

... My glass is certainly half full... and we must remember the fundamentals which attracted us all in the first place are still there, although our game plans may need to be modified... "

~ Ken Atkinson, Managing Director, Grant Thornton Vietnam;

[Source: Vietnam Investment Review, 16th Aptil 2012]

Andrew Zimmern on Instagram: “Bun Bo Hue at BBH An Nam in San Jose. Best of its type I have ever enjoyed in USA. Must go”

Andrew Zimmern on Instagram: “Bun Bo Hue at BBH An Nam in San Jose. Best of its type I have ever enjoyed in USA. Must go”


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Heads up, salad lovers: Sweetgreen opens in San Mateo

by Linda Zavoral @ BayArea

Sweetgreen, a restaurant that specializes in customized salad and grain bowls, has expanded its Bay Area presence. The newest location opened today in San Mateo, at the corner of East 3rd Avenue and El Camino Real. It’s the sixth in the Bay Area for the chain founded a decade ago in Washington, D.C. Sweetgreen’s menu changes […]

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Top 6 American Whiskeys Over $150

by Rachel Woodford @ Drink Me

America produces a wide range of different whiskeys, but bourbon and rye remain the most famous styles distilled in the United States. Bourbon whiskey is a wildly diverse market in reference to the price, with some whiskeys costing as low as $5 while others will set you back almost $15,000. ...

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First Look – King Bao in Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

King Bao is holding court in the former Raphsodic Bakery location at 710 N. Mills Ave, serving up tasty little Taiwanese style Gua Baos with an Asian fusion flair. Gua bao also known as steamed bao, is a Taiwanese snack food consisting of a slice of meat and other condiments sandwiched between flat steamed bread. The menu here is pretty budget friendly, with vegan and vegetarian baos starting at $3.00 and going up to $3.75 for seafood bao. Tater tots are also a popular item here and there is even a section for dessert bao, filled with ice cream and nutella bananas. My favorite bao here has got to be the Hogzilla, the pork belly bao served banh mi style with pickled carrots, daikon radish, honey roasted peanuts, and cilantro. King Bao https://www.facebook.com/kingbaoorlando/ Address: 710 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803, United States Hours: Open today · 11:30AM–10PM Phone: +1 407-237-0013

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WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE VIETNAMESE ECONOMY...

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

“... Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.5 % in the second quarter, higher than the first quarter’s 4 %. In total, the economy will grow 4.31 % in this year’s first half... ”



~ Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, reporting recently to the country's National Assembly;

[Source: Vietnam Investment Review, 18th June 2012]

Harlem Reimagined: San Jose exhibit examines changing neighborhood

by Linda Zavoral @ BayArea

What’s next for Harlem? A team of photojournalists — students from San Jose State University, George Washington University and other schools — spent four days in New York City’s black mecca to capture the pulse of the neighborhood as residents grapple with gentrification. The result is “Harlem Reimagined,” a 100-image exhibit that will open Feb. 8 at […]

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Chuan Lu Garden turns up the heat with real spicy Sichuan cuisine – Mills 50

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Update: Our readers and friends ask us what are some good choices out of the quite extensive menu at Chuan Lu Garden. Here is a sample menu for a group of 5-8 friends to try from family-style around the lazy susan. Authentic Chinese cuisine in Orlando (not counting all the “American Chinese” take out spots out there) has long been dominated by Cantonese style Chinese restaurants (most popular for their dim sum and seafood dishes). Recently, a few new places specializing in other regional Chinese cuisine have opened, including Taiwanese cuisine (Teriyaki House) and Shanghai cuisine (Magic Wok). Chinese Sichuan (often spelled Szechuan in North America) cuisine has taken a foothold this year in Orlando with the arrival of Chuan Lu Garden. Originating from Sichuan province in southwestern China (whose capital Chengdu was named a “city of gastronomy” by UNESCO in for its thousands of years of culinary innovation), Sichuan cuisine is known for its sophisticated use of spicy Sichuan peppercorns, chili peppers, garlic, ginger, and peanuts. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of Sichuan peppercorns – maybe I am a little afraid of them. They’re little prickly bombs of spice and numbing flavors. It is definitely an experience for the adventurous though, and it may even grow on you after a while. The spice is a member of the citrus family and there is a little acidity that you can taste when crunching on the peppercorn. At first, there is a fragrant, flowery taste, and then slowly a spicy, tingly, metallic numbness (a flavor called “ma-la” in Chinese) starts at the area of impact on your tongue. The Sichuan peppercorn is prominent in Sichuan cuisine, and can be found in several of the dishes served at the new Chuan Lu Garden restaurant in Mills 50. Built adjacent to the Ginza Japanese steakhouse in the Mills 50 District, and connected by a hallway, Chuan Lu Garden serves up refreshingly authentic and tasty Sichuan style dishes not found any where else in Orlando. The dining room is a bit small, and walking through the hallway made it feel like going into a secret speak easy kind of a place, but I was told you could order the same menu if you sat in the larger dining room area inside Ginza. I liked the tight feeling of the place though, like eating in some small nook in Manhattan’s Chinatown, except we’re in Orlando. Sliced Roast Beef, Stomach, and Tendon with chili sauce Our dinner party started with an appetizer: CA13 – Sliced Roast Beef, Stomach, and Tendon with chili sauce and topped with scallions, cilantro, and garlic. Served slightly chilled, the cuts of tendon and beef were fun to eat, with a nice simmering spice level not too hot to be overwhelming. There was almost an addicting flavor to it, with our dining companions continuing to pick at the dish despite their own spiciness tolerance levels. The hand pulled Lanzhou style beef noodle soup (a very popular dish in New York City’s Chinatown) was next. I had the chance to watch the master chef in the kitchen prepare the noodles by hand. Called “Lamian” in Chinese, these noodles are made by stretching and folding the dough into strands of noodles. The chef here surprised me with hour fast and adept his handwork was in making the noodles, which are made and prepared to order. The Lanzhou style ordered is named after the city of Lanzhou in northwestern China where these noodles (as well as the chef here at Chuan Lu Garden) originated. The Lanzhou noodles were exceedingly tender and delicious to eat, and the broth and slices of beef brisket were very good as well. I would come here just for the noodles alone if I had the chance. Fei Teng Yu Xiang – Fish Fillets with bean sprouts and tofu in a special spicy sauce – a nice slow burn The next dish ordered is said to be the most popular here at Chuan Lu Garden the CS16: Fei Teng Yu Xiang – Fish Fillets with bean sprouts and tofu in a special spicy sauce consisting of dried red chillies and Sichuan peppercorns. This dish was beautiful to look at with contrasting reds from the chilies, greens from scallions, and the white flesh of the fish fillets and tofu slices, and tasted very fresh and authentic with a nice level of spiciness to it. The sichuan peppercorn…like I said, kind of grows on you…especially when you accidentally eat some hidden ones folded in the layers of fish. Gan Gou Liang Yiang, an authentic Sichuan beef and chicken dish stir-fried in a dry pot Our waitress, who was very kind and accommodating despite language barriers, suggested to us the Gan Gou Liang Yiang, an authentic Sichuan beef and chicken dish stir-fried in a dry pot, made with veggies, dried chilies, garlic, and ginger. The beef and chicken were very tender and was good and slightly spicy, but not too spicy. It tasted like a dish that would be eaten with a family at home with bowls of rice and soup. Lastly, we had the cumin lamb, a very tender lamb dish with onions and dried chillies, and also one of the favorites of the night. Overall, the dishes tried were some of the best Chinese style dishes I’ve had in Orlando and would definitely warrant a return trip to try their other dishes, like the ChongQing La Zi spicy fried chicken. You can find their menu on http://chuanlugarden.com/ Shout out to Feng E. for the great scoop on Yelp!   ————————- Update – Saturday April 20, 2013 I visited a few more times to Chuan Lu Garden to try out more items from their expansive menu, particularly the more unique items I have yet to find anywhere else in Orlando. What I found was that Chuan Lu Garden not only had really good authentic Sichuan style dishes, but also some of the best Chinese overall dishes I have had in Orlando. The following are my top favorites at Chuan Lu Garden including must tries for those who are unsure of what to get: 1. Kou Shui Ji – literally Saliva Chicken or Mouthwatering chicken, it’s similar to Hainan chicken steamed and served cold but topped with a special spicy sauce 2. Chong Qing La Zi Chicken (Spicy Fried Chicken with Sichuan Peppercorns) – if you are wanting to try the Sichuan peppercorns for the first time, or like spicy food, this spicy La Zi chicken is a signature dish and chock full of the peppers…just be ready to ask for more water. 3. Handmade pork and cabbage dumplings, steamed – the best dumplings I have had in Orlando, the meat is tender and you can tell they didn’t just boil some from a bag because the dumplings are all uniquely shaped, a result of having been made by hand. 4. Ma La Niu Rou – Spicy Beef Hand Pulled Noodle Soup –  Topped with crunchy peanuts, cilantro, spicy chili, savory beef brisket slices, the tender, hand pulled noodles go well with all the toppings and the deep, earthy broth 5. Cumin lamb – a spicy, tender delightful dish 6. Salt and Pepper shrimp or calamari – both very crispy and deliciously fried. 7. Feng Bao La Zi Fish Fillet – Fried fish fillets done the ChongQing La Zi sichuan style, with plentiful Sichuan peppercorns all over, delicate and delicious. 8. Pan Fried Pork Buns 9. Sliced Roast Beef and Tendon in Spicy sauce   Handmade pork and cabbage dumplings, steamed – best dumplings in Orlando Chuan Bei Liang Fen – Northern Sichuan style Bean Gel appetizer with spicy black bean sauce – jelly like noodles, interesting textures and a nice spice sauce, but overall not a favorite item for me. Hong Yao Chou Shou – Szechuan Wontons Gan Lao Niu Rou – Sour and Hot Beef hand pulled Noodles Yu Xiang Rou Si – Shredded Pork with Garlic Sauce – maybe my least favorite dish as it was a bit too familiar, though good, it was boring after having a few bites of the dish. Salt and Peppery Calamari – tenderly fried, and deliciously breaded ChongQing Lazi Chicken – Spicy Fried Chicken with Sichuan Peppercorns and Dried Chillies Watch out when eating this dish, as a few of my friends half-choked from the unexpected spiciness infused into the fried chicken. Ma La Niu Rou – Spicy Beef Hand Pulled Noodle Soup topped with peanuts, cilantro, spicy chili, beef brisket…so good Szechuan Double Cooked Pork Belly Slices with Hot Sauce Salt and Peppery Shrimp – these shrimp are delicately fried and topped with fried garlic and jalapeno peppers, but make sure to ask for a side of chili oil (Thanks Chirag for the tip!) to add a nice hot flavor to the shrimp Dan Dan Noodles – these noodles are prepared with “hand cut” noodles, a type of wide noodle resembling chow fun, and topped with ground pork and chilli pepper paste Jumbo shrimp with Szechuan sauce – This is shrimp with tofu and veggies, topped with the familiar spicy flavor of Sichuan peppercorns Sauteed Potatos with long hot pepper – This dish was not very memorable, just cuts of potato sauteed with pepper as the description says Szechuan Double Cooked Pork Belly Slices with Hot Sauce – a popular item at our dinner table, and very fatty 🙂 Ma Po Tofu – this dish was good but otherwise very standard Chinese fare Kou Shui Ji – literally Saliva Chicken or Mouthwatering chicken, it’s similar to Hainan chicken steamed and served cold but topped with a special spicy sauce

2018 Orlando Food Predictions You Want to Know

by C Major @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Happy 2018, Food Friends! Can we all agree that glitter and unicorn desserts are so 2017? Well maybe not, but a girl can dream. I caught up with some of Orlando’s coolest chefs to find out what they see coming to a table near you in 2018, and here’s what they had to say. The Verdict: Crazy desserts are out; smaller, savory sweets are in Asian eats are here to stay RIP to unnecessary gluten-free dishes Say hello to veg cuisine, it’s here and it’s not playing HAWKERS Asian Street Fare – Kaleb Harrell  “Ethnic desserts – We are revamping our entire dessert line because we feel customers are ready. Desserts that have a savory edge, are fruit-based, or just have ingredients outside of mainstream will gain popularity as the size of desserts decreases. Today’s customer would rather have a few bites of something amazing to end their meal than a bowl of corn syrup. Savory cocktails – This one has been on the fringe for a while, but I think 2018 is the year for savory cocktails to take hold.  Think meat stocks, dry rub ingredients, and vegetable instead of fruit juices.  Fast and fresh – This is the mecca for market share in lunch business.  A few companies are doing well and expanding quickly, but it’s a race to see who keeps consistency. Virtually every diner is looking for a fast, and ultra fresh lunch option. How many days can you eat a Chick-fil-A salad for lunch? Vinegars and sours – Fermented flavors are gaining more popularity and will continue in the next year. Look for pickling, fermenting, gourmet mustards, and generally bold flavors in small quantities to continue.  Cheese and charcuterie are amazing, but the accoutrements are starting to take center stage.” Black Rooster Taqueria – John Calloway “I think we will see a lot of cauliflower. Gluten-free has reached its peak, so we will see more artisan and/or rustic breads and people milling their own flours. Mexican will still be everywhere, but I believe Indian food is the next big cuisine. Food as medicine will also be a big focus. From all of the juice bars to doctors and nutritionists prescribing specific foods and diets, we’ll be getting back to our roots with the earth healing our bodies.” K Restaurant – Michelle Hulbert “I think there will continue to be interest smaller desserts – that are portion-control friendly. Over-the-top, gigantic desserts will be a thing of the past. The healthier sides of sweets will include more seasonal fruits.  I think in general we will see a larger focus on vegetables as the star and less starch-heavy dishes.” K Restaurant –  Ryan McLaughlin “I think in 2018 we will see a continued movement toward more vegetable-forward dishes, a dedicated focus on limiting food waste, and an even stronger movement within the chef community to support small, sustainable farms that are focused on the ethical treatment of animals.” Tapa Toro – Wendy Lopez  “I see familiar foods becoming more prominent on menus at restaurants. Think pork rinds and hot dogs. They will be reimagined with new ingredients and presentations. I think we’ll start to see lesser-known cuts of meat appear on menus around town – like Vegas strip and Oyster steak. We’ll start to see more family-style dining options at restaurants. At Tapa Toro, we see groups of people passing plates around the table. Why commit to one entree when you could try a little bit of everything?” Pizza Bruno – Bruno Zacchini “I’ll start with pizza! For me, I see Neapolitan pizza still going strong but new styles and types will become the next thing from Detroit squares to Roman thin crusts and artisan slice pies with farm-to-table ingredients. Pizza has so many styles most people have never seen so it’s really wide open. Overall fast casual is going to keep happening and moving forward with counter service places and places focusing on singular dishes done extremely well.  Flavors for me are Middle Eastern, more regional Asian (think Bangrak), and Italian, of course! I also think that in 2018 we’ll continue to see veg-centric cuisine making its way onto more menus.” Valhalla Bakery + Valkyrie Doughnuts – Celine Duvoisin  “I see a bubble bursting of the stuff on stuff on stuff on stuff. (Not that I’m not going to do excessive shit until it dies.) I think that more Asian popularity will happen, I foresee a rise in proper ramen coming to town and possibly Asian desserts. We’ve hit this wall of sugar hell, with no one hitting the less sweet almost savory desserts. Hopefully an end to the gluten-free obsession. My fingers are crossed for more Mediterranean-type places that focus on macro-based foods as fuel instead of insanely over designed places that don’t have the food to seal the deal.” Is this roundup missing something, or are you seeing a trend worth sharing? Comment below and cheers to new year! Snack on, Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major! +++

Tek Sen Restaurant: Chinese Food in Penang

by Brad @ Otravello

►TOM YUM T-Shirts Available Now: Get more details about eating at Tek Sen restaurant on Migrationology.com: One of the most famous Chinese restaurants in George Town, […]

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Foxhole Gin

by Kayin Herkenhoff @ Drink Me

Sam Linter and James Oag-Cooper founded Foxhole Spirits to find a sustainable solution for utilizing the by-products of winemaking. The flavors they create are reminiscent to the English Countryside. Named after the vineyards where the grapes that their product is derived from were grown, these spirits utilize botanicals such as ...

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Leona Banh Mi – Albuquerque, New Mexico

by Gil Garduno @ Gil's Thrilling (And Filling) Blog

“I’m not allowed in the Vietnamese sandwich shop anymore. They decided to banh mi for life.” During an ice-breaker at what promised to be a stressful project planning meeting, all participants were asked to stand up and describe their favorite childhood Christmas gift. For the most part, favorite gifts conformed to gender stereotypes. Male colleagues waxed fondly about GI Joe

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14 new restaurants for Valentine’s Day (or any other date night)

by BayArea.com team @ BayArea

There’s no need to wait for Feb. 14 to think about date night. Here are 14 fabulous new restaurants — romantic bistros; sleek, chic eateries and casual hot spots guaranteed to sweep your sweetheart off his or her respective feet, not just on Valentine’s Day but for months to come. Here’s a report from our […]

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HOW THE WORLD SEES VIETNAM'S ECONOMIC PROSPECTS...

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

"... Vietnam is projected to achieve a growth rate of 6.3 % in 2013 and 6.5 % in 2014 to rank 22nd among the 29th fastest growing economies in the world... "

~ Business Insider, a New York-based business/entertainment website, using the World Bank’s semi-annual Global Economic Prospects report;

[Note: Vietnam relies heavily on exports, with garments, crude oil, rice and machinery being major export items.]

[Source: Vietnam Investment Review, 21st June 2012]

Top 5 Things to Eat at Mamak Asian Street Food

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

A lot of comparisons have been made with the newly opened Mamak to another local Asian street food restaurant in town – namely, Hawkers Asian Street Fare just up the road on Mills Avenue. The menu of small plates and craft beers look awfully familiar, and there is some history among the owners of which we do not know the full details. But, there are plenty of cases of restaurants having similar menus – examples range from the many local Vietnamese pho shops to Italian and Indian restaurants. The main crux and differentiation of each lies in their execution of the dishes. For that reason, I am happy to have Mamak in town because of the very distinct and robust flavors in their dishes, particularly in their curry dishes. Their decor is modern and chic, with dark woods and a long communal table perfect for a night out with friends – more like a scene out of New York City than Orlando, but if it were to be in any place in Orlando, it would be in Mills 50. Here’s what we recommend to get at Mamak: Top 5 Dishes to Try at Mamak 1. Mamak Roti Canai – Start off with this Malaysian roti toasted till golden brown, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and served with an addictive spicy curry sauce. 2. Wonton with hot sauce – plump little wonton dumplings bursting with flavor in a nutty, spicy wet sauce. 3. Maggi Goreng – Stringy, bouncy Maggi noodles, stir-fried with shrimp, chicken, eggs, and veggie, in a spiced brown sauce. This dish reminded me the most of the nasi goreng noodle dishes I had while in Indonesia recently. 4. Malaysian Coconut Kari – Malaysia’s most popular dish, your choice of chicken, beef, or tofu and veggies, tossed in a fragrant curry cooked with freshly ground spices and chunky potatoes, served with jasmine rice and sliced cucumber. 5. Seafood Haw Fun – This rift on the popular beef chow fun is topped with piping hot seafood and veggies instead of beef and scallions. The thick rice noodles and the seafood make for a wonderful combination and tastes so authentic and real, you’d think you were on the streets of Southeast Asia after trying. BONUS  – Here are some other dishes at Mamak, though good, not as essential to our list of top 5:

First Look: Inside Foxtail Coffee’s Foxtail Farmhouse in Winter Park

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Foxtail Coffee owners have officially announced the grand opening date for Foxtail Farmhouse (Instagram | Website) to be on Saturday, February 10th. Doors will open at 8 a.m.–midnight; more specifically the sliding barn door that connects Foxtail Coffee to the new adjoining Farmhouse space. These will be the set hours for Farmhouse with the connecting door closing off Foxtail Coffee at 10 p.m. daily. The long-awaited expansion aims to bring more seating to the adjacent flagship location of the local coffee shop. In addition to more space, Farmhouse boasts a siphon bar, a silo coffee bean bar, craft cocktails on tap, local bites and four new “experiential” coffee items. Partners Alex Tchekmeian and Iain Yeakle, the brains behind Foxtail Coffee (Facebook | Website) say that the Farmhouse features the world’s largest coffee siphon bar, equipped with 14 individual burners. As a continuation of their existing partnership, DoveCote will manage the majority of their food items, inclusive of vegetarian and vegan-friendly recipes. Next to fresh bites and sandwiches, Farmhouse will feature items from local bakeries, Valhalla and Bluebird Bake Shop as well as Macaw! Foods. Complementing the enhanced menu, guests can also enjoy wines, ciders, and bubbly options, all curated with the help of DoveCote and Courtesy Bar owner, Gene Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s craft cocktail inspirations are in the same spirit of his downtown speakeasy. As for the experiential items, guests can find unique coffee-infused picks like a Shakerado and the Deconstructed Latté. “The Farmhouse closes off completely for private events but still connects to Foxtail Coffee. This allows us to have private events [at the Farmhouse] and still have Foxtail Coffee open.”-Alex Unlike any of their other locations, the Farmhouse will also cater to the after-hours crowd. Directly mirroring the coffee wall will be a wine bar featuring local wines, coffee and wine pairings as well as other specialty cocktails. Foxtail Farmhouse is located next door to sister space Foxtail Coffee at 1282 Orange Avenue in Winter Park [GMap]. Here is a FIRST LOOK inside the gorgeous new Foxtail Farmhouse:    

Orlando Magazine’s Dining Awards 2018 Readers’ Choice Ballot! Closes Feb 1!

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

It’s time again to cast your ballot for the best in Central Florida dining in Orlando Magazine’s Dining Awards 2018 Readers’ Choice Ballot! Poll Closes Feb 1! Voting closes on February 1st, so the next two weeks is crucial to get your vote in. Bonus: a voter will be selected at random and win a dinner for two! People can vote on their favorites or nominate restaurants. Winners will be revealed in the May Dining Issue, and celebrated at a private ceremony with a plaque and rowdy round of applause. Make sure to vote LOCAL!!!! Vote Here: http://www.orlandomagazine.com/Orlando-Magazine/December-2017/Dining-Awards-2018-Readers-Choice-Ballot/

Thin Mint Cookie Sundae: Creamery’s Girl Scout creation

by Linda Zavoral @ BayArea

You already know you can support the Girl Scouts — and all of their STEM, camping and other activities — by buying boxes of cookies at a local stand. But you can also pitch in by eating ice cream. In Oakland, the legendary Fentons Creamery has created the Thin Mint Sundae. It’s made with scoops of chocolate and mint […]

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FASCINATING REVELATION ABOUT THE VIETNAM SEX INDUSTRY

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

“... Most people assume that women engaging in the sex industry do so because they are kidnapped, forced, or coerced into sex work. However, few studies have been able to furnish empirical evidence to support these claims.

When I began this project, I too was looking for trafficked victims and was surprised by the hundreds of conversations that I had with women who entered into the sex industry willingly... ”

~ Dr Kimberly Kay Hoang, in an interview with TuoiTreNews of 22nd June 2012;


[Notes: Dr Kimberly Kay Hoang, a 28-year-old Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University in Texas, was granted the award for her PhD dissertation on sex work in Vietnam, which is based on 22 months of fieldwork between 2006 and 2010 in Ho Chi Minh City

Her paper looks at the stratification of the sex industry, which is illegal in Ho Chi Minh City, which caters to international and local men.

To write her winning thesis, titled 'New Economies of Sex and Intimacy in Vietnam', Dr Hoang worked as a hostess and bartender in four different bars that catered to wealthy local Vietnamese and Asian businessmen, overseas Vietnamese men, Western businessmen, and Western budget travelers.

Dr Hoang earned her PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 after receiving an MA from the Department of Sociology at Stanford University in 2006. 

One year earlier, she graduated summa cum laude from the Communication and Asian American Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She will join the sociology faculty of Boston College in Massachusetts next year.]

Street Food In Vietnam – 13 Must Try Vietnamese Dishes

by Honeymoon Backpackers @ Honeymoon Travel

The food in Vietnam is like nothing you've ever seen or tasted before. Vietnamese cuisine balances sweet, sour, salty and heat to deliver a truly unique culinary experience. Vietnam food is obscure and strange, yet food from Vietnam just tastes so damn good. The typical Vietnamese food combines the zest from citruses like kalamansi or […]

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The Weirdest Dishes in San Francisco & The Bay Area

The Weirdest Dishes in San Francisco & The Bay Area


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Andrew Zimmern is notorious traveling the world eating strange foods. We've found the weirdest dishes in San Francisco that we imagine Andrew would love.

Bulla Gastrobar – Winter 2018 Menu

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Winter, brief it may be, has arrived to Central Florida with the latest frosty blasts covering most of our region this past week. The Spanish-inspired Bulla Gastrobar has recently debuted their Winter Menu, featuring savory, hearty dishes that will certainly warm any foodie’s appetite this winter. Here is the menu: Sabores de Invierno Winter Menu Padrones Rellenos $8 – Shishito peppers stuffed with Mahon cheese, encrusted with panko crumbs and a spicy tomato dipping sauce Caldo Gallego $8 – Galician Soup, White beans, pork shank, chorizo, kale Piquillos a la Vizcaina $11 – Ground beef and pork stuffed piquillo peppers, bechamel sauce, black currants Lechon Asado $23 – Slow Roasted Pig, Pork Demi, Panadera Potatoes Chuletas de Cordero $23 – Lamb Chops, Honey Beer Reduction, Kale, Potato Foam Some of my favorites from the menu included the: Padrones rellenos, crunchy panko crusted, stuffed shisito peppers filled with mahon cheese – each bite oozes with warm cheese – perfect. The Piquillos a la Vizcaina, stuffed piquillo peppers were both savory and sweet – savory from the ground beef and pork and bechamel cheese sauce but also a touch of sweetness from the black currant reduction and nutty sliced almonds. If you are a fan of lamb chops, try the chuletas de cordero – subtly sweet from honey reduction, it’s a hearty dish with delicate potato foam and crispy kale. My absolute favorite on the menu is the lechon asado, thrice cooked slow roasted pig with a pork demi sauce and panadera potatoes – thick and juicy, the pork just melts in your mouth with the crispy pork skin is a fantastic treat. The menu lasts all winter until March so visit soon! Bulla Gastrobar 110 S Orlando Ave #7, Winter Park, FL 32789 bullagastrobar.com

New tenant Tori Tori coming summer 2018 to Orlando’s Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Updated 1/29/2018 TORI TORI will be a japanese pub opening in the Mills50 district at 720 N. Mills Avenue this summer. It will be a sister concept to DOMU and created by Sonny Nguyen (chef/owner of DOMU) with partner Johnny Tung. This concept will be part of the “DOMU Dynasty” also coined as the “Double-D Group” which will be the umbrella for all of Nguyen’s current and future concepts. “With much success and recognition of DOMU over the past year, I felt like I had to do more for our city to really put us on the map. I felt like there was a missing piece that I think the people of our city deserve to experience and is growing popularity in major cities around the country. What we’re creating is a staple to everyday Japanese culture and bringing a piece of that to Orlando. With the same mindset that was set forward for DOMU, expect the concept to come from “me” and to pack an edge of going against the grain. Meaning, that every detail will be curated from the design, to what we offer, and how we offer it. We will be sticking to true Japanese roots but will have my modern take on a lot of things.” More details will be released on the concept as time permits but in the meantime follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ToriToriPub ————————————— Spotted at the long vacant 4200 SF building located between King Bao and Pho 88 on Mills Avenue hangs a new banner stating simply “Tori Tori – Coming Summer 2018”. The location of 720 N Mills Ave Orlando, Florida was most recently home to Trung My Asian Market but has sat vacant for many years now. Little detail is known, but watch this space for more news soon.

Pink Unicorn Tears!  Limited-Edition Pink Unicorn Tears!

by Kirsten O'Brien @ Drink Me

So, maybe you didn’t actually track down a baby unicorn—and it would probably be best to leave out the bit about reducing it to tears—but that doesn’t mean that Valentine’s Day can’t be magical, right?  And with Firebox’s tiny, twee take on its popular Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur, the offbeat ...

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Yum-Mi Sandwiches Orlando serves up some tasty banh mi

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

There’s a new banh mi shop in town, complete with new bar seats and tables and modern lighting. Where Ba Le bakery once sat, a new and trendy sandwich shop now occupies in its place, completely remodeled on the inside and out with a fresh new look. yum-mì sandwiches focuses on bringing a modern twist to the traditional Vietnamese banh mi. The Phans (sisters Linda and Rosa, and brother David) all UCF alumni, came together with a passion for the Vietnamese culture to share their food with the community. Growing up they always talked about having a business together (they come from a family with roots in the restaurant business a la Pho 88 down the street). This common love of food inspired them to create Yum-mi sandwiches. Having upbringings in a Vietnamese family, the Phan’s inspirations came from the traditional flavors  acquired growing up and with an open mind for the cultural diversity surrounding the Orlando area. Most of the prices range from $2.75 to $7.95, very affordable. “It was very exciting for us to come together and see our dreams come to life. The most challenging obstacle was to target the right audience while staying true to our Vietnamese roots. When we were younger, we noticed our friends were always hesitant to go into some of the traditional sub shops. So we wanted to create a place that was more inviting to the young crowd while still satisfying our traditional Vietnamese customers.” explained Linda Phan. “We serve the traditional banh mi dac biet which is different cold cuts served on a French bread spread with pate and top with cucumber, cilantro, pickled daikon and carrots and jalapeños with splash of soy sauce, but also have yum mi specialities like the V.P. which is our version of Vietnamese philly steak n cheese with two fried eggs on top,” Rosa Phan added. Some other must try’s also include the Lost Tofu (made with lemongrass spiced tofu)for the vegetarians out there and their custom fresh fruit boba tea freezers. The bread is baked fresh on the premises each day as well. On a recent visit, I admired the new digs at yum-mi and ordered a VP with the two fried eggs and thit nuong (grilled beef) inside. The sandwich was filling and enjoyable and the eggs over easy oozing yolk onto my banh mi made my lunch divine. My friend had the Ms Piggy with pork belly, lettuce and tomato and noted that although it was a great banh mi, he wished that there was more meat to the sandwich. I think filling is a very important part to the banh mi, as the bread and the meat ratio has to be a respectable amount so that one does not overpower the other. I believe this will improve as time goes on. Overall, it was a fun trip to visit yum-mi and it is definitely a welcomed addition to the new banh mi landscape in Orlando. You can sit inside yum-mi sandwiches at the new bar stool area, watching the cars race by on the concrete paved Mills Avenue. Delicious Vietnamese street food: banh bao, steamed buns filled with pork and hard boiled egg. Mango-lychee freezer boba drink Miss Piggy: The Pork belly, tomatoes, and lettuce banh mi The VP – Vietnamese Philly with two eggs yummi sandwiches are yummy

The 15 Foods You Absolutely Have to Eat While Visiting New Orleans

The 15 Foods You Absolutely Have to Eat While Visiting New Orleans


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Saturday Stuffs - Boiling Passion Becoming Focus BBQ, Emerald Reopens, and Happenings at Taisho

by Kirk K @ mmm-yoso!!!

A trio of things I noticed around Kearny Mesa. Boiling Passion becoming Focus BBQ: Well Boiling Passion made it nearly two years. But I'm sure with all of the hot pot places opening, other would be closing. The Missus told...

11 Amazing Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

by Brad @ Food – Otravello

Get more things to do in Kuala Lumpur, and travel tips: I’m Mark Wiens and thank you very much for watching this video about a few […]

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Chateau Musar Red 2004

by Miles Simmons @ Drink Me

Wine: Musar Red Winemaker: Chateau Musar Vintage: 2004 Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan & Cinsault Price: £27 Buy Now: Roberson Wine As with many other 04’s I’ve enjoyed, this example had the same youthful nose, not something one can often associate with Musar; very Bordeaux in style: blackcurrant and blackberry, with earthy notes and a ...

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Ming Bistro – new looks, dim sum in Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

It’s a Chinese family tradition – while some folks sip on mimosas and munch on French toast on the weekends, others hit up one of the few dim sum restaurants in town for some steamed shrimp dumplings and a cup of Jasmine tea. Dim sum, which means a little bit of heart, is the term used for the collection of small plates made of dumplings, sweet buns, and other little delectable bites, all eaten of course with tea and shared around a table with family and friends. One of the best dim sum restaurants in Orlando has been Ming Bistro. They recently went under new ownership changes and have even had some interior decoration changes. Gone are the chandeliers, replaced with lowered, black painted ceilings and dim lighting, giving the restaurant a slightly more sophisticated feel. Quality remains about the same, though some friends have noted a slight decrease. Same are the long lines at the door of customers waiting for a table to clear (you can avoid this by going on the off hours – outside the 12pm-2pm peak hours on the weekends). They serve dim sum all day here, but you can only get the push cart service on the weekends. I prefer ordering my dim sum dishes by the menu a la carte – where you are guaranteed hot and fresh plates coming out from the kitchen, rather than something that may have been sitting out for a while. Service at Chinese restaurants have historically been quite lacking. It is a little better here, where a manager made the rounds asking how things were and the waitresses made sure the tables stayed clear. How to Order Dim Sum Make sure to order some tea, like Jasmine or Heung Pin, as well as a glass of water as it can get salty As the carts make their way around the room, wave one of the ladies down to showcase her wares from the carts – one is steaming, the other not. Each dish has a certain price range, from $3 to $5 depending on the size. Drizzle a dab of soy sauce and some chili sauce on your dumplings to taste. The shrimp rice paste can be ordered separately as can any of the dishes on the regular menu, such as beef chow fun. Typically, we order shrimp ha gow dumplings, siu mai pork dumplings, fried taro shrimp balls, chicken feet, steamed spare ribs, a plate of beef chow fun, salt and pepper calamari, and some egg custart tart pastries for dessert. Typically the bill comes out to be about $12 a person, great value. My favorite dim sum dish here is the fried turnip pudding cubes, crunchy and salty, perfect with some hot chili. Fried Turnip Cake Cubes Beef Chow fun noodles Here are photos of the menu:

Thieves steal laptops from customers at Starbucks in Alameda

Thieves steal laptops from customers at Starbucks in Alameda

by Peter Hegarty @ East Bay Times

ALAMEDA — Three men stole laptops from two customers as they were inside a Starbucks on Sunday, police said. No one was hurt during the incident, which happened about 9:35 p.m. at the cafe at 1364 Park St. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for […]

Bun Bo Hue An Nam Vietnamese Restaurant, near quimby rd,tully rd, San Jose - Best Restaurant - Justdial US

Bun Bo Hue An Nam Vietnamese Restaurant, near quimby rd,tully rd, San Jose - Best Restaurant - Justdial US


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Order Food from Bun Bo Hue An Nam Vietnamese Restaurant, near quimby rd,tully rd in San Jose. Get directions, Phone number, Address, Latest Reviews, Photos, Map, Menus of Restaurant in CA ,San Jose on Justdial US

Beefeater’s MIXLDN 7: Ginspired Cocktail Competition

by Sara Lawrence @ Drink Me

If you’re looking to make a career out of your love for tipples, don’t rule out bartending quite yet. According to a recent study conducted by the City University of New York, bartending is a quickly growing and increasingly popular long-term career choice. The alcohol industry is booming with a ...

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Sneak Peek of Hawkers’ New Menu Items Debuting This Wednesday

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

At Hawkers, the founders Kaleb Harrell, Allen Lo, Wayne Yung and Kin Ho – all traveled the world to curate a menu of handed-down family recipes and hand-picked popular street foods from all over Asia – Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan to be exact.  Today, all of the original founders are active in restaurant operations ranging from chefs to brand and operations managers. Since the brand’s inception in 2011 with the Orlando – Mills 50 location, it has opened three additional Florida locations in Jacksonville, Neptune Beach, and St. Petersburg.  New locations are under construction and slated to open in Windermere (located in the Greater Orlando area) in November 2017 and in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward in March 2018, marking its expansion outside of Florida.  Four additional locations are slated to open throughout the Southeast in 2018. The restaurant’s name is inspired by street vendors found throughout the streets of Asia known as hawkers.  They depend on locally grown ingredients to create dishes sold from mobile carts and stands. “We are on a mission to disrupt the restaurant industry, and essentially redefine what it means to “eat Asian” in America.  People often ask me who our competition is, and I can’t come up with one–and, for us, that’s a positive thing.” A place where sharing is not just caring, but the way to eat, Hawkers offers a fresh take on today’s Asian street-fare experience with dishes that are always made to order using local and imported ingredients.  Hawkers is considered a “local’s favorite” and has been featured in Delta SkyMagazine, Florida Trend and Orlando Magazine, and Food & Wine as Andrew Zimmern’s number one pick on his list of “12 Places to Stay, Eat & Shop in and Around Orlando.” The tables are communal and are inlaid with newspaper to resemble the way street food is often served wrapped in newspaper from hawker stalls. All Hawkers locations have a weekday happy hour and a wide selection of imported and local wine, beer, and saké. The menu changes with the seasons and features house favorites such as Roti Canai and award-winning Pad Thai and more common items such as Yi Yi’s Chicken Dumplings and Miso Pork Belly Ramen.  The diverse menu offers options for various palates with vegetarian-friendly dishes, gluten-free and a variety of pescatarian offerings. (Source credit: Hawkers Asian Street Fare) We had the opportunity to try some of their new menu items + some classic dishes and we are so excited to share them all with you! * indicates a new menu item. *#dimsumcrunchyballs – shrimp, pork, crispy spring roll batter.  This is a traditional Chinese dish using ground up shrimp thrown across the table to get air pockets out, then coated with egg wash and shredded spring rolls wrapper, and finally fried and served with a hot oil-soy sauce.  It has a bounciness to it. *Crispy Chicken Skin – Hawkers’ version of skewers that can be found in Asia cooked over coals.   They get all of the protein fat scrapped off, season it with Szechuan style seasoning, bake it in oven, then finish it over a grill burning charcoal.   This dish is suppose to be eaten with lime sprinkled over it to accentuate its smokey flavors. *’Nam Nem Rolls – chilled rice wrap, fried rice paper, chicken sausage, lettuce, cucumber, basil, mint.  Nem in Vietnamese means sausage.  This dish is traditionally made with pork, however, they make theirs with chicken because less people eat pork.  The chicken is baked in the oven then finished on the grill.  The sauce is a Vietnamese vinaigrette consisting of fish sauce, Coco Rico, and red chilies. *Singapore ‘Chili’ Crab – national dish of Singapore, soft-shelled crab, house-made chili garlic sauce, and fried bao bun. *Tiger Salad– poached octopus, cilantro, carrots, green onions, celery, cucumber, rice wine vinaigrette, and lemon juice.  A light and refreshing salad. Roti Canai – Malaysian flat bread served with a side of their signature curry.  Chef Allen Lo describes the bread as “if a croissant and pancake made a baby”.   He ate this dish every day growing up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wok-Fired Lettuce – shiitake mushrooms, red chilies, light hoisin soy sauce, lettuce.  This staple dish makes a great side dish with every meal. Chicken Dumplings – hand-rolled in-house daily, wok-seared (pictured) or steamed.  Hawkers makes their dumplings at 7am every morning; it is the first thing they make. Pad Thai – rice noodles, shrimp, chicken, eggs, scallions, bean sprouts.  Pad Thai is a staple dish in Asia.  At Hawkers, they let their sauce simmer for eight hours before serving it over the noodles. Vietnamese Iced Coffee  – available in iced (pictured) or French drip. Mocha Trio – Green tea, lychee colada, and Thai tea.  Made at the Mochidoki shop in New York. Be sure to check out the launch of the new menu items this Wednesday, August 16, at a Hawkers near you! Hawkers Asian Street Fare 1103 N Mills Ave Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 237-0606 Home @eathawkers

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Bún Bò Huế Vietnamese cuisine is a style of cooking derived from Vietnam. Fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables are commonly used. Vietnamese recipes utilize a diverse range of herbs, including lemongrass, mint,…

Celebrating Tet in Saigon (Including What to Do & A List of Places That Are Open)

by Eleanor Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Tet is just around the corner! To the Vietnamese, Tet (A.K.A Lunar New Year) is as important as Christmas is to Westerners. However, because Tet is a family holiday, many people will leave the big city like Saigon to return to their hometown for a reunion. As a result, many restaurants, shopping malls, and attractions […]

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The Top 5 New Wines To Share With Your Valentine

by Debbie MacDougall @ Drink Me

If you love wine and have not yet become a Wine Philanthropist, here is your chance. Sip, savor and do the world a favor while enjoying 90-point plus wines named Wine Enthusiast “Best Buys.” Your wine dollars matter and will help support the Eastern European country of Moldova where one ...

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VIETNAM IS ON THE UPWARD TRAJECTORY... according to Dragon Capital

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

“ Vietnam is on the up...


... The Vietnamese stock market... has seen increased activity, with daily trading volumes rising three to fourfold. Much of this comes from local investors, but foreign investors are also showing interest...

... And the monetary policy changes are just part of a wider reform drive, which includes consolidation in the banking sector and reform of state-owned enterprises, which account for 60 % of GDP...

... These reforms all seem to be going in the right direction...

... There are also the positive factors... Vietnam’s competitiveness in soft commodities, such as rice, rubber and pepper; its large, well-educated and young population; the industrialisation drive...

... If the country manages relatively modest economic growth over the next three to five years, there will be a tremendous recovery in prices,...

... But it will take a long time to get back to 2007 valuations. I personally hope we never get there because it was totally ridiculous... ”

~ Dominic Scriven, chief executive of Dragon Capital;

[Source: DTINews, 16th April 2012]

Chuan Lu Garden – Menu – Chinese

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We’ve posted extensively about our favorite Chinese (Sichuan and otherwise) restaurant in Orlando – Chuan Lu Garden – and continue to be surprised and delighted about the depth and diversity of the menu at Chuan Lu. They recently published an easier to read menu including a new hot pot menu so I thought it would be good to share here. See below, as well as some photos of our favorite dishes to order. Beef, tendon in chili sauce – CA1 Eggplant with garlic sauce in clay pot – CH1 Pan Fried Green Beans with Ground Pork – CV9 La Zi Fish Fillets – CZ8

The Strand – Weaving the Fabric of Orlando Together through Food

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Last year, the long standing Chuck’s Diner, known as a local, little diner specializing in British breakfasts, closed in the Mills 50 District. Taking its place on the corner of Mills Avenue is The Strand – a hip, yet humble new concept featuring a menu of American classics with a modern twist. From my visit, it seems like they are undertaking an ambitious feat considering the small kitchen space that still hearkens back to its diner days – ultimately, despite a small kitchen, The Strand weaves together dishes with a lot of heart. The name, The Strand, represents the restaurant’s hope to be a thread forming a unity with a larger weave in the Orlando community…a philosophy that reflects the intricate diversity of the Mills 50 district itself. All different parts and “strands” making up the same fabric. The menu is small, featuring less than 20 items, but it helps to keep everything in focus especially in the early days of the restaurant. Don’t want to be overly ambitious and fail to execute properly, especially for a small kitchen. So do a few things and do them well – and that is what they succeed at during my visit with a few dining companions. It was Friday afternoon for lunch, and it seemed a bit empty at first in the small dining room, which feels a little like visiting a diner mixed with an old friend’s city apartment dining room in a way. Soon after we sat down, the crowds began to pour in, filling the restaurant with ladies lunching, co-workers meeting up for a bite, friends catching up, all walks of life in the community taking up seats until there was a small waiting area that formed near the bar area. That’s one thing about the ritual of eating – it’s not just about the food we eat, but also the friendship and fellowship of those with whom we eat. My dining companions and I of course wanted to try a little everything on the menu so we ordered three different things to split and share. The Porkzilla sandwich For my lunch, I ordered the “Porkzilla”, a rather tame pulled pork sandwich that tasted quite delicious, topped with kale coleslaw on a toasted brioche bun and served with a side of fries. The waitress told me that there was a pineapple glaze to the pulled pork, but I could not detect it and it would’ve been a nice touch to have the pork a little less dry.  The fries could use some nice spice to make it stand out more, but it did have a nice crisp texture to it. The Strand Burger One of my dining companions ordered the signature “Strand Burger”, a solid burger topped with bacon, blue cheese dressing, the standard lettuce, tomato, and onion, and a little less standard, roasted jalapeno that gave the burger a nice spicy, and unexpected, kick. The Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich with pesto quinoa side The favorite of the bunch was the “Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich,” a thick cut of savory, gloriously-diner-greasy meatloaf stuffed with pimento cheese and sautéed onions sandwiched between potato-chive buns with a refreshing quinoa pesto side – the daily grain. Service was good, though needed a little bit more time on training and communicating between the servers as things got a little confusing with two servers coming by asking the same questions, but  very friendly and accommodating. Overall, very impressed with the offerings at The Strand, and would definitely return again and again. The open humble kitchen at The Strand The Strand Orlando Mills 50 District 807 N. Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803 (407) 920-7744 http://strandorlando.com/

Pop Juice Bottles in 2017: Healthy Eats + Drinks Around Orlando

by C Major @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Hey, hey! So you want to eat cleaner, huh? Every year, millions of Americans head to the gym with the hopes of dropping the holiday pounds, but as many of you know – the secret in the weight loss sauce is really what you consume. For a moment, let’s picture a new you — a you that likes kombucha, tea instead of a frappé and sometimes maybe a salad instead of the fries (blasphemy, I know!) If you’re reading this, you probably love to eat just as much as I do, so consider committing to make small, but impactful changes every week until they become habits. Let’s raise a smoothie to the new you in 2017 and explore my favorite places to eat clean in and around Orlando. Because hey, a little kale salad here and there never hurt anyone. Eats: Mixed, raw and clean options  1. The Sanctum | Colonialtown North Major’s Pick: Shiva Salad (Half Salad) Massaged kale, roasted butternut squash and house-seasoned tempeh with pink lady apples, celery, carrots and raisins. All tossed in curried peanut dressing and finished with candied walnuts, toasted chickpeas and flaked coconuts 2. Dandelion Communitea Cafe | Mills 50 District Major’s Pick: The Giddyup ($6 on Mondays!): tempeh chili topped with blue corn chips and fresh diced tomatoes. Served with vegan queso or organic dairy cheddar cheese. Get in a bowl or wrap, and check out the new menu! (Tell them Major sent you.) 3. Infusion Tea | College Park Major’s Pick: Nut & Honey wrap: local honey, organic cashew nut butter, bananas, strawberries, and granola for a sustaining wrap 4. Create Your Nature | Winter Park Major’s Pick: Nutty By Nature bowl: blueberries, banana, organic granola, almonds, walnuts, pecasn, chia seeds, hemp seeds and local raw honey Drinks: Cold-pressed, blended and over ice options  1. Juice Bar | The Milk District Major’s Pick: Hale to the Beet Down: apple, kale, orange, lemon ginger 2. Juice’d | Thornton Park Major’s Pick: Kale Smoothie: apple, banana, ginger, kale, mango, pineapple, spinach *add coconut water 3. Grounding Roots | College Park Major’s Pick: Sweet Potato, Pineapple & Red Apple 4. New Moon Market | College Park Major’s Pick: Cheeky Monkey: almond milk, banana, oats, almond butter with maca powder 5. Skyebird | Audubon Park Major’s Pick: Thai Hot: spinach, celery, cilantro, orange, apple, lime, lemongrass and jalapeño Share your food adventures with us on Instagram! I’m so excited to see what you let your palate explore in the year! Snack on, Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major!

Valentines Day Ideas – 7 Sexy Date & Gift Ideas For Valentines Day

by Honeymoon Backpackers @ Honeymoon Travel

Valentines Day, you either love it, hate it or don't really get what all the fuss is about. For most couples, you don't really get a choice. It's assumed you'll celebrate valentine's day because it's all about commemorating your love for one another. Did you hear that? Your LOVE for one another, not your love for […]

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King Cajun Crawfish! Photos

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

cI recently was asked to do some photography work for King Cajun Crawfish right here in Orlando! I came on a number of previous occasions with friends and had a great time getting to know the owners and enjoying the food before taking these photos. The place is a hole in the wall located off of Mills Ave just north of Colonial Drive in downtown Orlando but hey crawfish is not a glamorous food, its all about the taste. You can order the crawfish in a variety of flavors including garlic, hot, and sha bang! In addition to crawfish at King Cajun Crawfish, they have oyster, shrimp, fish, and chicken po boy sandwiches and a great bowl of gumbo soup with rice. If you are in the area I would definitely recommend King Cajun Crawfish to try out. http://www.kingcajuncrawfish.com is their website! Inside King Cajun Crawfish customers enjoying King Cajun Crawfish in Orlando Crawfish in Orlando!  shipped live from Louisiana! Shrimp, all types of shrimp Oyster  po boy sandwich special Gumbo soup with rice Combo oyster and shrimp po boy!

Banh Mi Nha Trang – Banh mi sandwiches – Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

A few months ago, as part of the epic Orlando Weekly Banh Mi Battle, I got the chance to visit Banh Mi Nha Trang to pick up some new banh mi from their shop for the first time to enter them into the competition. Although they did not win 1st place (the honors went, to the deserving Boston Bakery across the street), Banh Mi Nha Trang which just opened a few days prior placed 2nd for best banh mi in Orlando.  It is a bit hard to find Banh Mi Nha Trang as it is tucked away in a courtyard on Colonial Drive just to the east of the intersection with Mills Avenue. I like to tell people its in the strip between Lollicup (now renamed Chewy Boba Company) and Saigon Market with the big yellow flag on the flag pole. You have to park in the rear and walk through to the courtyard to reach Banh Mi Nha Trang. Its an unassuming hole in the wall of a place to say the least, but its these holes in the wall that most often have the most heart in their food.  The place is a mom and pop type joint, run by a lovable, friendly and always smiling Vietnamese lady. Her English is not good at all yet but you can pretty much order the same banh mi you can as the other banh mi joints. They also sell home made nem chua pickled meat and cha lua pork roll meats. They specialize in banh mi Nha trang, a banh mi from the south central coastal region of Vietnam and topped with a special garlic fish sauce and peppery goodness. The sandwich is full of various cuts of Vietnamese deli meats like cha lua pork roll, cha siu roast pork, and pickled carrots and daikon veggies. The bread is also different from the other banh mi places as it is a bit softer and more chewy. The banh mi dac biet Nha Trang is $2.50 (the cheapest price you’ll find for banh mi in Orlando) and if you buy 5 you get 1 free.  Tips: its cash only for the moment so remember to bring some when you go. The Banh Mi Nha Trang Dac Biet – a great sandwich for $2.50~ Scenes from the Orlando Weekly’s Banh Mi battle

Bun Rieu from Phuong Nga 2

by Kirk K @ mmm-yoso!!!

I am forever indebted to all the folks who send me recommendations. In the comments section of my revisits post on Suppanee and Pho Xpress, "Elle" asked if I had tried the Bun Rieu at the newest location of Phuong...

Fact check: No, the U.S. hasn’t spent $7 trillion in Middle East

Fact check: No, the U.S. hasn’t spent $7 trillion in Middle East

by The Washington Post @ East Bay Times

Though estimates vary, experts say the United States spent about $1.8 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2017. (Of course, Afghanistan is not actually in the Middle East, but Trump seems to be including that country in his calculation.)

IT'S A MAD, MAD WORLD IN HANOI AS WELL AS HO CHI MINH CITY...

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

"... Contrary to common belief, it’s not so much about the survival of the “strong” and the “fittest.” It’s about adaptability. For the typical rider of a motorbike or pedestrian, it’s about knowing when to move and when to wait, and when to weave and dodge. Because size matters.

Oh yes, size matters much more in Vietnam than on roads elsewhere. Do not be surprised to find your path abruptly cut off by a bus, truck or SUV. Why? Because they can. Because they can squash you like a bug. As buses, trucks and SUVs bull forward and assert their dominance, you quickly understand that the bigger they are, the harder you fall... "


~ Scott Duke Harris, an American living in Hanoi, writing in the City Diary of TuoiTreNews, 22nd June 2012;

[Say Keng's comments: He is describing the horrendous scene in the capital city of  Hanoi, but in reality, the scenario is equally applicable to Ho Chi Minh City

Nonetheless, his parting shot is worth noting, tourist notwithstanding: 

"But if you plan to stay, pay attention—and be careful out there."

Street Food In Vietnam - 13 Must Try Vietnamese Dishes

Street Food In Vietnam - 13 Must Try Vietnamese Dishes


Honeymoon Travel

The food in Vietnam is like nothing you've ever seen or tasted before. Vietnamese cuisine balances sweet, sour, salty and heat to deliver a truly unique culinary experience. Vietnam food is obscure and strange, yet food from Vietnam just tastes so damn good.

South Bay Taco Run: Birrieria's La Guadalajara, Mariscos El Pescador, El Gallito Tortas Ahogadas, Tacos El Kiki, Birrieria El Prieto, and Mariscos El Prieto

South Bay Taco Run: Birrieria's La Guadalajara, Mariscos El Pescador, El Gallito Tortas Ahogadas, Tacos El Kiki, Birrieria El Prieto, and Mariscos El Prieto


mmm-yoso!!!

Recently, my good FOY (Friend of Yoso) TammyC requested a "taco crawl" something that I've done a couple times before...once even with this group of folks. This time, YY and her husband MrQ had to be done by 1230, so...

“Something Fishy” of Apopka Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary This February

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Apopka’s adored, family-friendly, fresh seafood restaurant “Something Fishy” proudly announces their two-year anniversary this February.  Taking home top honors at Taste of Apopka and recognized among Best Seafood in Apopka in its first year, Something Fishy specializes in fresh seafood cooked to order that’s grilled, seared or fried, served in a variety of selections from delicious fish tacos to decadent crab cakes.  The ever-evolving menu, crafted by self-taught, skilled Chef and Owner Terence Phillips, features starters, salads, build-your-own fishy bowls and classic seafood entrees with a fusion of new age, fresh flavors and innovation served straight from “Chef T’s” kitchen.  Joined by wife of 24 years Philanthropist Patrice Phillips, Terence fulfilled his lifelong dream opening Something Fishy, which is a reflection of Phillips family gatherings and celebrations. For the two-year anniversary, the 1500 square foot, fast-casual restaurant with influences of South Hampton, Long Island will unveil a refreshed menu and new seating arrangements.  Something Fishy will also be introducing “Something Sweet”, their in-house bakery addition, along with implementing more catering and business lunches To Go programs. “We could not be more excited to celebrate the second year of Something Fishy,” says Terence and Patrice Phillips.  We are beyond grateful for the love, encouragement and support from family and friends and the community who have embraced us in our first year, and we look forward to welcoming even more Central Florida seafood lovers into the Something Fishy family this year and for many more years to come.” Something Fishy will celebrate their anniversary exactly one-year after they first opened their doors on February 24, 2017 with a special Two-Year Anniversary Block Party to be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Swim by Something Fishy, where the food speaks for itself, located at 2107 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, FL 32703.  Something Fishy is open for lunch and dinner and serves a full menu daily until close.  For updated hours of operation and more information, call 407-703-4850 or visit www.somethingfishyapopka.com.

First Look: Mai’s Bistro in Mills 50

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Mai’s Bistro is a new fast casual restaurant that has opened up in Orlando’s Mills 50 District, specializing in Vietnamese street food such as banh mi, Vietnamese sticky rice, and banh cuon rice crepes. They bake their own bread and sweets and make everything in house. On a recent visit, I loved their banh cuon rice crepes and their variety of both sweet and savory Vietnamese sticky rice (xoi). You could get bbq roast pork, chinese sausage, or shredded chicken for savory sticky rice and jackfruit for sweet sticky rice. They bake their bread from scratch on site and their grilled pork banh mi is one of the best i have had. Their staff was very friendly and hospitable. Will try again soon and update! Mai’s Bistro in Mills 50 830 E Colonial Dr A, Orlando, FL 32803 Menu: maibistrousa.com Phone: (407) 730-8538

Clearing Out the Memory Card - Happy Hour at Et Voila! and Tribute Pizza

by Kirk K @ mmm-yoso!!!

Just a quick post with mostly photos of two of our favorite Happy Hour places. Et Voila!: You could say Et Voila is the Missus's favorite little restaurant. We've gotten into the habit of having happy hour here just about...

Lost in Northern Vietnam – Our Motorbike Adventure

by Honeymoon Backpackers @ Honeymoon Travel

We’ve never really been ones for planning… We like to go with the flow & just hope for the best. So that’s what we did whilst in Vietnam on our journey from Hanoi to Sapa, riding our motorbike ‘Betty’. Possibly not the brightest move on my behalf considering I suffer from Anxiety. An unfamiliar environment, […]

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Valentines Special Menu at Gigi’s Cupcakes

by Katherine Nguyen @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

In 2008, Gigi Butler founded Gigi’s Cupcakes after her brother suggested she do so in Nashville with her delicious cupcakes. Although she struggled in the beginning, it is now a dream come true. We were invited, happily, to attend a tasting event at the Gigi’s Cupcakes located in Orlando, FL. Gigi’s Cupcakes have their own bakers and decorators at least location every day to customize each cupcake however you wish. For instance, you could have a single layer of icing in a rose pattern, two layers or three. Gigi’s Cupcakes is known for their three layers of icing as well as their gluten cupcakes that are as delicious as “regular cupcakes”. The new Gluten Free cupcakes offered every day means there are at least 3 flavors offered each day rotating in and out. The cupcakes can come in sizes from mini to large. Not only do they sell cupcakes, but also cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, candles, lip balm, aprons, mugs, etc. Gigi’s Cupcakes switches up their cupcakes everyday, but do have some that are consistent throughout the week. If you read the pamphlet about the cupcakes, you’ll see how the descriptions there are very similar to my descriptions. That is because their descriptions are on point to what I experienced and was cute to see how similar it is after I’ve written down my own descriptions! The Lemon Dream Supreme is sweet, moist and soft with a hint of lemon. Neither sweetness nor the lemon flavor overpowers your taste buds. Prepare yourself before taking a bite because you’ll feel like you’re floating in mid air with lemon cupcakes dancing all around you. It’s a dream come true when it comes to lemon and cupcakes. In the description on the menu for Miss Princess, it says this is made with fresh strawberries. The menu does not lie to you, as you can taste how delectable it is. You also get a creamy frosting and a fondant crown on top. This is a favorite for the little kids to believe their little princes and princesses. Even though I don’t fancy this combination, the Chocolate Salted Caramel (not photographed individually) has a luscious taste in each chew. Once you’re done, all of the flavors linger in your mouth and makes you want another bite because it messes the tastes of saltiness and sweetness really well. The Midnight Magic cupcake is crispy on the outside and moist as ever on the inside. Each taste of the frosting gives a hint of semi-sweet chocolate fresh to the mouth as if you took a sip of cold chocolate milk, which is a nice touch. The Wedding Cake cupcake has a very light taste. I think the one I tried was drier than other cupcakes, but the core is still moist as promised. This is vanilla cupcake with nothing really exciting. It is great if you’d like a simple cupcake for the day. The Triple Chocolate Torte (not photographed individually) is one of my favorites because it has rich, dark chocolate with a fudge brownie texture for each bite I took. It is also gluten free (flourless). Although you’re eating a cupcake, you don’t have to feel too guilty because it’s made of dark chocolate, which is good for your health. In the Strawberry Shortcake cupcake, I found bits and pieces of fresh strawberries inside the cupcakes. This is so precious and delicious! I recommend buying this for yourself and your kids. The Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cheesecake is so creamy. There isn’t an overpowering taste of cheesecake like what you may have experienced from other cheesecakes outside of Gigi’s Cupcakes. These are small, cute and a nice portion size although they are a bit dense. Have a preview of the other cheesecakes offered at Gigi’s Cupcakes from Turtle and Classic Cherry to Chocolate Chocolate Chip. Gigi’s Cupcakes will be on Undercover Boss on CBS Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 8pm EST. This episode will showcase employee interviews, photos, promotions and special offers on Gigi’s products. For more inquiries of cupcake flavors, please visit the online site for Gigi’s Cupcakes here: http://www.gigiscupcakesusa.com For Valentine’s Day, Gigi’s Cupcakes offers a special menu for all to order gifts for that special someone. Please see the site for more details and all the options. Gigi’s Valentines Special Menu will be available Friday, February 13 – Sunday, February 15, 2015; however, pre-orders are recommended.

Pizzeria Roberti in East Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Pizzeria Roberti can be found tucked in a small corner on the east side of Orlando, off of Curry Ford and Chicksaw Trail. Here you will find one of the best pizzas in Orlando – from the crispy, tasty house-fermented crust to the house-made mozzarella cheese, Pizzeria Roberti is the real deal. Joseph Roberti, owner and chef of Pizzeria Roberti, takes a lot of pride in his work and it shows through the quality of the food here. Roberti tells us, “Our pizza on the surface is a New York Style Pizza, but underneath it is much more complex than that. In reality it is a combination of Artisan style pizza, Neapolitan style pizza, and traditional New York style pizza.” “Our dough is made from cultivated yeast produced in house similar to the production of artisan sourdough breads (Artisan characteristic). Our sauce is made from San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy and less than a handful of all fresh ingredients (Neapolitan characteristic). We bake our pies in a traditional bakers pride pizza oven (New York characteristic), but we cook them at a high heat between 550 and 575 degrees Fahrenheit (similar to a Neapolitan characteristic). Our cheese is a combination whole milk and part-skim Grande Mozzarella (New York characteristic).” “Every ingredient of our specialty pies is produced in house. Our specialty slice pies are often garnished to order not unlike a dish coming out of a high end restaurant. And that is just the pizzas. We also have beer, wine, salads (all dressings made in house), subs, appetizers (such as our homemade fresh mozzarella), pastas (all sauces made in house), and vast catering menu. We are off to a great start in developing our concept and look forward to continually evolve as we grow. “As a kid my father used to take me to a local pizza shop a few days a week and the cooks used to teach me little things here and there. By the age of 8 or 9 I made my first slice pie. Fast forward a bit to 14, I was now living in Orlando, Fl, and about to start high school. I was looking to get started in my cooking career and I got my shot at a neighborhood pizzeria & bar. I started as a prep cook, then learned the hot line, then pizza station, and even serving from time to time.” “I liked my job but had ambitions for more, I wanted to pursue a career as a professional chef. As soon as I got my license I took a job on I-drive as a dishwasher in a much bigger and more known restaurant. It was a step backward, but it was also a foot in the door with a successful brand. Fast forward again about 3 years, I worked at few spots around Orlando, most notably the Citrus Club under chef Scott Haegele, and went to culinary school.” “Upon graduating culinary school I decided to go back to New York to learn how to transition from a cook to a chef. I got my shot, this time with accomplished chef Hung Huynh who took me under his wing, trained me, and gave me the exposure and opportunity to work with many great culinarians.” “Fast Forward another 4 years, I’m living in Miami, at this point a chef myself running various kitchens. In 2015 I created a company “Motion Hospitality Group” as a hospitality consulting business, with the intention of one day opening a place of my own. Fast Forward to today where Motion Hospitality Group currently owns and operates its first restaurant concept: “Pizzeria Roberti”.” What are your first childhood food memories? One of my first memories with food was when I was around 5 or 6, my parents weren’t home and my brother was watching me. He must have fallen asleep or something, and I made an apple omelet. The first thing I have ever cooked by my memory. What are some of your favorite dishes at Pizzeria Roberti? My favorite dishes at the pizzeria are the pesto & margherita pizzas, chicken marsala with farfalle pasta, and the pizza dough zeppoles. What do you like to cook for “comfort food” at home with your family? My Favorite thing to eat at home is Mom’s Lasagna. The Sauce “Our pizza sauce consists of a combination of San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy and all fresh ingredients including fresh herbs and garlic. San Marzano tomatoes are known for their natural sweetness and low acidity.” The Dough “Our dough is made in house with our specially cultivated yeast, which is fermented on premise. This is an important characteristic of our dough because it creates a more robust flavor and the natural fermentation of our dough, makes it healthier and more digestible.” Pizzeria Roberti Address: 2751 S Chickasaw Trail Suite 107, Orlando, FL 32829 https://pizzeriaroberti.com

What Vietnamese have for breakfast?

What Vietnamese have for breakfast?


Vietnam Travel

Vietnam's food offers people many different choices for a healthy and delicious breakfast. Here's a list of 6 most popular food that Vietnamese have for breakfast.

8 Adventurous Things To Do In Vietnam

by Honeymoon Backpackers @ Honeymoon Travel

Vietnam is a crazy and wild experience with so many adventurous things to do. It’s rich in culture and history, yet is modern, chaotic and intriguing at the same time. There are so many fun and adventurous things to do in Vietnam, that are also super affordable. Whether you're abseiling down a 65m waterfall in […]

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Celebrating the season at IKEA’s annual Swedish Julbord buffet

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

  We were invited to celebrate the season at IKEA’s annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord – a nationwide event at participating stores.  A traditional Julbord is a highlight of Swedish cuisine, consisting of local and family specialties enjoyed with family and friends. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional Swedish dishes were $16.99 per person / $4.99 for kids 12 and under, or at a discounted rate for IKEA FAMILY members ($12.99 per person / $2.99 for kids 12 and under). IKEA Food Range and Product Developer, Peter Ho, says, “The Julbord buffet is at the center of the classic Scandinavian holiday celebration, uniting family and friends alike.  It is a much anticipated tradition in Sweden that we enjoy sharing with customers all over.” The cutest Christmas reindeer!  An IKEA employee informed me that they were sold out, unfortunately. Swedish cheeses, crispbread, thin bread, softbread Gravad lax with mustard sauce Christmas ham Swedish potato salad Hard boiled eggs Assorted desserts Daim cakes with and without chocolate, Swedish fish Coffee, tea, fountain beverages Pickled herring, Swedish cucumber salad, Red beet salad, Hard boiled eggs, Christmas ham, Gravad lax with mustard sauce Poached salmon, Jansson’s temptations, sautéed red cabbage and apples, mashed potatoes and gravy Meatballs with lingonberries, mashed potatoes and gravy, sautéed red cabbage and apples, Jansson’s temptations Swedish Santa Lucia processional Swedish Santa Thank you Swedish Santa for the complimentary tote bags! (Source credit: IKEA) IKEA 4092 Eastgate Dr. Orlando, FL 32839 +1 (888) 888-4532 ikea.com/us

Indonesian Street Food – CRISPY ROAST PIG / Babi Guling – Bali Street Food (Part 2)

by Brad @ Otravello

Indonesian style roast pig (babi guling), from start to finish. Entire pigs are slow roasted for hours until tender, fall off the bone perfection. For Part […]

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2018 Orlando Food Predictions You Want to Know

by C Major @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Happy 2018, Food Friends! Can we all agree that glitter and unicorn desserts are so 2017? Well maybe not, but a girl can dream. I caught up with some of Orlando’s coolest chefs to find out what they see coming to a table near you in 2018, and here’s what they had to say. The Verdict: Crazy desserts are out; smaller, savory sweets are in Asian eats are here to stay RIP to unnecessary gluten-free dishes Say hello to veg cuisine, it’s here and it’s not playing HAWKERS Asian Street Fare – Kaleb Harrell  “Ethnic desserts – We are revamping our entire dessert line because we feel customers are ready. Desserts that have a savory edge, are fruit-based, or just have ingredients outside of mainstream will gain popularity as the size of desserts decreases. Today’s customer would rather have a few bites of something amazing to end their meal than a bowl of corn syrup. Savory cocktails – This one has been on the fringe for a while, but I think 2018 is the year for savory cocktails to take hold.  Think meat stocks, dry rub ingredients, and vegetable instead of fruit juices.  Fast and fresh – This is the mecca for market share in lunch business.  A few companies are doing well and expanding quickly, but it’s a race to see who keeps consistency. Virtually every diner is looking for a fast, and ultra fresh lunch option. How many days can you eat a Chick-fil-A salad for lunch? Vinegars and sours – Fermented flavors are gaining more popularity and will continue in the next year. Look for pickling, fermenting, gourmet mustards, and generally bold flavors in small quantities to continue.  Cheese and charcuterie are amazing, but the accoutrements are starting to take center stage.” Black Rooster Taqueria – John Calloway “I think we will see a lot of cauliflower. Gluten-free has reached its peak, so we will see more artisan and/or rustic breads and people milling their own flours. Mexican will still be everywhere, but I believe Indian food is the next big cuisine. Food as medicine will also be a big focus. From all of the juice bars to doctors and nutritionists prescribing specific foods and diets, we’ll be getting back to our roots with the earth healing our bodies.” K Restaurant – Michelle Hulbert “I think there will continue to be interest smaller desserts – that are portion-control friendly. Over-the-top, gigantic desserts will be a thing of the past. The healthier sides of sweets will include more seasonal fruits.  I think in general we will see a larger focus on vegetables as the star and less starch-heavy dishes.” K Restaurant –  Ryan McLaughlin “I think in 2018 we will see a continued movement toward more vegetable-forward dishes, a dedicated focus on limiting food waste, and an even stronger movement within the chef community to support small, sustainable farms that are focused on the ethical treatment of animals.” Tapa Toro – Wendy Lopez  “I see familiar foods becoming more prominent on menus at restaurants. Think pork rinds and hot dogs. They will be reimagined with new ingredients and presentations. I think we’ll start to see lesser-known cuts of meat appear on menus around town – like Vegas strip and Oyster steak. We’ll start to see more family-style dining options at restaurants. At Tapa Toro, we see groups of people passing plates around the table. Why commit to one entree when you could try a little bit of everything?” Pizza Bruno – Bruno Zacchini “I’ll start with pizza! For me, I see Neapolitan pizza still going strong but new styles and types will become the next thing from Detroit squares to Roman thin crusts and artisan slice pies with farm-to-table ingredients. Pizza has so many styles most people have never seen so it’s really wide open. Overall fast casual is going to keep happening and moving forward with counter service places and places focusing on singular dishes done extremely well.  Flavors for me are Middle Eastern, more regional Asian (think Bangrak), and Italian, of course! I also think that in 2018 we’ll continue to see veg-centric cuisine making its way onto more menus.” Valhalla Bakery + Valkyrie Doughnuts – Celine Duvoisin  “I see a bubble bursting of the stuff on stuff on stuff on stuff. (Not that I’m not going to do excessive shit until it dies.) I think that more Asian popularity will happen, I foresee a rise in proper ramen coming to town and possibly Asian desserts. We’ve hit this wall of sugar hell, with no one hitting the less sweet almost savory desserts. Hopefully an end to the gluten-free obsession. My fingers are crossed for more Mediterranean-type places that focus on macro-based foods as fuel instead of insanely over designed places that don’t have the food to seal the deal.” Is this roundup missing something, or are you seeing a trend worth sharing? Comment below and cheers to new year! Snack on, Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major! +++

Bar Bodega - Happy Hour and Lunch

by Kirk K @ mmm-yoso!!!

The Missus really wanted a change of pace; yes, Et Voila is on about every other week, though mostly for Happy Hour (I need to do an updated post), ditto Tribute Pizza. Our last couple of visits to Tiger Tiger...

How to Celebrate Tet in Nha Trang (Comprehensive Guide)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Are you wondering at which place you will feel our special Vietnamese holiday, Tet Nguyen Dan, the most? Look no further than the Red River Delta of Vietnam. According to Professor Luong Duc Hien, the word “Tet” is a unit of weather in a year. Since 4,000 years ago, Vietnam has been developing the system, in which one […]

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IS THE SLO-MO LAISSEZ-FAIRE LIFE-STYLE IN VIETNAM A VIRAL BUG?

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

I have been living in this beautiful country, called Vietnam, since September 2010. As a matter of fact, having being here for quite a while, I am really enjoying the slo-mo laissez-faire life-style.

For me, practically every day is celebration, in a way.

From Mondays to Saturdays, I have a quick gym practice in the early morning [my current gym, newly opened, is located on Tan Quy Street], which is followed with regular caphe sua da pha phin and talk-shop with my gym buddies at Cafe Paris on Go Dau Street, which is again followed by breakfast in one of the neighbourhood side-walk or street-corner eateries ~ pho bo [beef noodles], bun bo hue [spicy beef noodles, from Hue], banh cuon ["chee-cheong-fun"], hu tiu mi [egg noodles], bun moc, banh mi oop la [egg sandwich], com tam [grilled pork chop with broken-grain rice],...

A few times a week, especially in the evenings, my wife and I often pop into gym buddy Chuc's residence on Truong Vinh Ky Street for green tea and fresh fruits, occasionally ice cream, with Chuc and his wife. We always sit on the porch at the front gates facing the main street, thus we get to watch the world roll by as we yakity-yak.

More or less once in every two months or so, all the regular gym buddies and their immediate families often get together for a dining-out in a large cosy restaurant, usually with built-in karaoke facilities.

We even get together for a long coach rides to somewhere far outside the city, like Long Hai and Bac Lieu (twice) in almost the deep south.

The fun and entertainment is further enhanced by accepting social invitations to wedding and birthday parties.

One thing I have noticed so far in Ho Chi Minh City, everybody somehow seems to know everybody, fueled by the gregarious nature of Vietnamese folks. So, you can just imagine the permutations of invitations.

My gym buddies, Tuan, who runs a body-building gym, and Chuc, who is forever popular among the buddies, and apparently has a large social circle, tell me that they sometimes get two to three invitations in a week. Even my wife has her fair share.

Imagine I have come from a world-class but small modern state like Singapore, to stay in a comparatively large agricultural society, where some 90 million hard-working folks are actually aspiring and doing their very best to make the Socialist Republic of Vietnam a developed nation by 2020.

I have come to Ho Chi Minh City to build a dream home with my wife.  The progress of construction and completion has already been covered extensively in this weblog. According to an accountant buddy of mine in Singapore, and using Singapore's living standards as measurement, I am living like a very wealthy man.

Frankly, and more importantly, I have come to realise that Vietnamese people are indeed very happy people. They have in fact been voted as among the most happy or rather most optimistic folks in the world.

When it comes to true enjoyment and merriment, I must say that they certainly know how to eat and drink - and also sing - like there is no tomorrow. Even a last VND note in the pocket is not a deterrent, because to them, tomorrow is another day to play the game.

Don't get me wrong! The Vietnamese people, as I have observed, especially when they were building my dream home for almost six months, are hard-working and diligent.

When I first arrived on this splendid hinterland located on the Indo-China peninsula, I have been very enthusiastic and diligent in writing my weblog, covering my personal exploits and chow-hunting experiences in the country.

As a matter of fact, I have been using my weblog as an intellectual platform to keep my mind intellectually alive.

Besides the weblog writing, I also spend a lot of time to design and develop  coaching routines - three times a week - for my gym buddy Chuc's only daughter (Nga) to help her in running - and expanding a home-based English tuition school for young kids, in addition to mentoring her on professional English writing.

On top of that, I have also to spend time - once to twice a week - to coach one of my wife's nieces (Giang), a PhD engineering graduate from France, on how to improve her command of the English Language, notwithstanding coaching my own two teenaged foster boys, Trung and Duy, on their English lessons in school.

To keep my intellectual horsepower in check, I also spend a lot of time to catch up with my reading, and to "pow-wow" in cyberspace via GMail and Skype, with my good friend Dilip Mukerjea in Mumbai, India, covering a diverse range of subjects, from brain ergonomics to developing self-efficacy in the schools, and from developing business agility to strategy formulation in the boardrooms.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the coaching opportunities, because the varied exposures have also given me a better and deeper understanding of the English Language, as a tool for powerful communication.

Judging from these foregoing events and/or activities, it appears that I already have my hands full, physically, socially, mentally and intellectually.

In recent weeks, especially since the middle of May, I have unintentionally slowed down in my weblogging endeavours. My two good buddies aka blog readers in Singapore have asked me about my "negligence". 

I have told them that I am getting a little bit lazy. Somewhat comfy, so to speak!

Can I blame it on the viral bug: slo-mo laissez-faire life-style in Vietnam?

Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice paddies, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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Jon Smith Subs opens in Oviedo

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

I was born and raised in Palm Beach County so have many memories of Jon Smith Subs growing up. They were the mom and pop corner sub shop where I lived. I was excited to hear that they have finally made their way up to Orlando (though all the way out in Oviedo) and dropped by during the opening recently. The first Jon Smith shop opened in 1988 in Palm Beach County, FL serving up their signature marinated grilled sirloin steak and real chicken breast subs. I ordered the Steak Bomb –  Sirloin steak, Grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes & provolone. My sub was quite delicious – the bread was fresh as was the steak. I think next time I’ll try their traditional steak with cheese and forgo the other ingredients – ok maybe I’ll keep the bacon. The manager/owner was in, a Oviedo native, greeting and welcoming each family and patron entering the shop – it was quite the welcome sight. Jon Smith Subs – Oviedo 3607 Aloma Ave, Oviedo, FL 32765 https://jonsmithsubs.com/locations/oviedo-fl/ Mon-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm Sun Closed

SD Strong Distilling: Big Boom Bourbon

by Lauren Klosinski @ Drink Me

SD Strong Distillers have released their latest creation Big Boom Straight Bourbon Whiskey and it is DY-NO-MITE! No really, this small batch bourbon was aged for 3 years, underground….and gets its name from the daily dynamite blasts felt in the cave it called home. The distillers at SD Strong put ...

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The Top 5 Places For Authentic Vietnamese Noodles In Silicon Valley

The Top 5 Places For Authentic Vietnamese Noodles In Silicon Valley


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Truong Thanh Restaurant    Banh Canh Cua Udon Crab & Pork Noodle Soup 680 Barber Ln.
 Milpitas, CA 95035 Phone: (408) 383-0886 Monday: closed Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday: 10:00 am – 2:00 am Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 AM Sunday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

 Banh Canh is literally translated to Soup Cake. Banh Canh Cua ...

Walters: Politicians can’t have it both ways on climate change

Walters: Politicians can’t have it both ways on climate change

by Dan Walters, CALmatters @ East Bay Times

Suing oil companies for causing climate change has become a popular exercise in California’s coastal communities. Officials in five cities and three counties have filed suits, alleging that the companies knowingly emitted greenhouse gases that will damage those communities as oceans rise, and should pay for it. As CALmatters environmental writer Julie Cart says in […]

Sneak Peek of K Restaurant’s Brunch Menu Items Debuting This Sunday

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Our delightful feast was prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Ryan McLaughlin We were invited to K Restaurant in College Park to preview a few dishes from their new Brunch menu which will launch this Sunday, January 21 from 10AM-2PM and includes carafes of Mimosas & Bloody Marys. We also got to try dishes from their dining menu which changes daily according to the availability of fresh ingredients from locally sourced Central Florida farms and artisans, so be sure to check out their website beforehand for their updated menu. We enjoyed meeting the owner Chad Phelps (pictured above) and his wonderful team. The restaurant is quaint and dreamy, making it the perfect spot for a date or a casual meet-up with good friends trying out great fresh and local food. You must check out K Restaurant in College Park soon if you have not already! It is incredible. The talented kitchen staff The amazing serving staff Pork Belly Benedict Chicken and Biscuits with Sausage Gravy Fried green tomatoes Shrimp and Grits Basket of Biscuits and cinnamon maple honey butter The following dishes are from their dining menu of the night: Arancini Oysters with champagne Oysters with herbs Charred Octopus – Waterkist Farm tomatoes and peppers, olive oil, lemon Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Toast Duck Cassoulet – great northern and cranberry beans, chard, pork belly, duck confit Shared Vegetable Platter K Filet – smashed red bliss potatoes, rainbow carrots, truffle oil, veal demi-glace with a serving of vegetables Lemon Meringue Tarts French Toast Bread Pudding – cinnamon anglaise, caramel Plated dessert course by the lovely Pastry Chef, Michelle Hulbert Chocolate Orange Grand Marnier Pistachio Layer Cake (my favorite!) Chocolate Mousse Torte Almond Cake – fresh blackberries Their beautiful outdoor patio Be sure to check out K Restaurant soon!  Stop by K Restaurant this Sunday,  January 21 from 10am-2pm to kick off their new Brunch with them! K Restaurant 1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804 (407) 872-2332 http://krestaurant.net/

PETSAY or PECHAY | English Translation of Tagalog Word | Tagalog-English Dictionary | The Asian Food Gazette.

PETSAY or PECHAY | English Translation of Tagalog Word | Tagalog-English Dictionary | The Asian Food Gazette.


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Filipino bokchoy or bokchoi is Baguio pechay or pechay wombok in the Philippines. Pakchay scientific name.

Which California destination topped Lonely Planet’s must-go list?

by Jackie Burrell @ BayArea

Lonely Planet’s new list of the nation’s top destinations came out this morning and sitting atop the list:  California’s Redwood Coast, the 175-mile stretch of glorious coastal and forested terrain that includes Redwood National Park and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The criteria? The travel guide experts say they were looking for the top 10 most […]

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Where to Eat Vietnamese Food in Minneapolis

Where to Eat Vietnamese Food in Minneapolis


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Tasty Chomps’ 5 Must-Eat Dishes This Week With Good Through Food

by C Major @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Hi, food friends! Did you know that in August 2016, 7.1 trillion gallons of water fell during the Louisiana floods? Lives were lost, and more 140,000 homes were destroyed. I was deeply impacted and decided to create Good Through Food, a new Orlando-based organization that strives to make lives better through food-related efforts. This past Monday, we launched the first initiative to help called Project 001. Louisiana, which includes local restaurants creating and selling Louisiana-inspired dishes and desserts to help raise funds for those in need. From October 24  through October 31, local restaurants are selling a Louisiana-inspired dish to help raise funds for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a Louisiana-based charity that seeks to assist South Louisiana residents, which make up the majority of the 30,000 people that were displaced from their homes because of the floods, only to return to neighborhoods they couldn’t recognize. Chefs and restaurants will donate 25, 50 or 100 percent of proceeds to the charity. 5 Participating Restaurants: (Eat one dish or eat them all to give back): I-Drive 1. Tapa Toro: Churro Bread Pudding 2. Taverna Opa: Loukomades (Greek Beignets) — check out how to make them here! Audubon District 3. P is for Pie: P is for Pecan Caramel Hand Pie + Coffee Historic Longwood  4. Collette’s Clean Eats: Shrimp, Blue Crab & Turkey Sausage Gumbo with Organic Brown Rice Mills 50 District  5. Black Rooster Taqueria: NOLA Pork Belly Taco Please share your dishes on Instagram using the hashtag #GoodThroughFood. For more information, visit GoodThroughFood.com. Restaurants can still sign up, so spread the word. Connect on social media on Facebook and Instagram. Check out the video below to learn more. Thank you so very much for your support, it means everything! Let’s do good together… Snack on, Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major! Shareable Images for Social:  

Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Take a musical journey through the Caribbean during this interactive dinner show. Enjoy authentic food, songs and dances inspired by the islands. Savor the vibrant colors, delightful tastes and rich sounds of the Bahamas, Cuba,  Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad. This is your island escape. Come do the limbo, jump into the conga line and take part in the festivities. Now on Fridays! Includes all-you-can-eat buffet, plus complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Wine, beer and Planter’s Punch are also complimentary for those ages 21+. CARNAVAL TICKET: $71** adult, $36** child (ages 3 – 9) Children under age 3 complimentary. PRIORITY TICKET: $81** adult, $41** child (ages 3 – 9) Sit closer to the action with seating in the first two rows of tables nearest the stage. Children under age 3 complimentary. TIME: Dinner Buffet Seating: Begins at 6pm Show: 7pm – 7:45pm LOCATION: Under the outdoor Cayman Court pavilion at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. PARKING: Complimentary self parking (with validation stamp) or $5 valet parking. AGES: All ages welcome. Buy tickets at this eventbrite website. Photographs of the food and event are below. Check out the menu for the event!

Bardstown Bourbon Company Announces Castle Brands Collaboration

by Lauren Klosinski @ Drink Me

Get ready for even more great Jefferson bourbon! As part of its Collaborative Distilling Program, Bardstown Bourbon Company has announced that it will be working together this year with Castle Brands Inc. to produce a new variety of custom bourbon and whiskey to add to their world-renowned Jefferson’s Bourbon portfolio. ...

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Sponsored: Embrace the charms of this Old Almaden Winery neighborhood

Sponsored: Embrace the charms of this Old Almaden Winery neighborhood

by Monica Lander @ East Bay Times

This updated home in San Jose's Almaden Winery neighborhood delivers grand views, easy park access and a charming ambience.

Valentine’s Weekend for Sports and Whisky Lovers

by Kirsten O'Brien @ Drink Me

Jack Daniel’s has been closely combining two great American traditions—whisky and basketball—since 2017, when the popular brand helped kick off the NBA’s All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.  The collaboration was such a success that they decided to bring the spirit of Lynchburg, Tennessee to Los Angeles for the 2018 kick-off.  ...

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Outback Steakhouse opens at new location in Oviedo

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Outback Steakhouse, the Tampa-based Australian-themed American casual dining restaurant chain, has recently moved from its original Oviedo spot down the street to a new location just across the way from Sushi Pop. It was previously the location for Bojangles Fried Chicken. One of their newest dishes is: Big Aussie Bloom NEW Address: 215 W Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765 Mon-Thu: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM Sun: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM for more info, visit: https://www.outback.com/locations/fl/oviedo

Adventures of Huckleberry… Vodka!

by Tina Wong @ Drink Me

Huckleberry jam, huckleberry pie, huckleberry syrup, and Huckleberry Finn can’t compare to Wild Roots Huckleberry Vodka. Wild Roots prides themselves in naturally infused vodka instead of the artificial vodkas full of added sugar. Located in the Northwest of the United States, the healthy and natural soil, clean water, and abundance ...

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HANOI: THE WORLD'S CHEAPEST DESTINATION FOR TRAVELERS

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

The capital city of Hanoi has been rated as the cheapest destination for travelers in summer 2012 (from June 1 to August 31), according to the US-based TripAdvisor.

Criteria for ranking ('TripIndex') is based on the combined costs for two people touring and staying one night at a four-star hotel, cocktails at a five-star hotel, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and 3.2 km long taxi fares.

Here are the survey findings:


The top five cheapest cities:

Hanoi, Vietnam (US$141.12)
Beijing, China (US$159.05)
Bangkok, Thailand (US$161.90)
Budapest, Hungary (US$193.78)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (US$194.43)

The top five most expensive cities: 

London (US$518.01)
Oslo, Norway (US$499.91)
Zurich, Switzerland (US$485.82)
Paris, France (US$480.76)
Stockholm, Sweden (US$472.36)

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Michael Fassbender: Decade-old domestic abuse allegations resurface

Michael Fassbender: Decade-old domestic abuse allegations resurface

by Cicero Estrella @ East Bay Times

Just as Alicia Vikander opened up about her “happy” and “content” life as a newlywed, nearly decade-old allegations of domestic abuse against her husband, Michael Fassbender, have resurfaced. Fassbender, according to court filings from 2010, was accused by his then-girlfriend Sunawin “Leasi” Andrews of dragging her alongside a car and, in a separate incident, of […]

First Look: Big Kahuna’s Island Style Bowl

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

In a world where the customer is always right, is it no wonder that the chipotle style concept where guests get to customize and choose their own ingredients has become more and more popular? Located in far flung Oviedo/Winter Springs – at the southwest intersection of Tuscawilla and Red Bug Lake – is Big Kahuna’s Island Style Bowl. It’s a chipotlified version of a poke joint where you can order your various raw fish topped with items such as avocado, fried onion chips, mango,  and more all on top of rice and a drizzle of sauce. They slice their fish fresh daily just like they do in the islands and it shows in the taste of the bowl. It’s a small place but the freshness in poke fish is critical for obvious reasons and in this regard Big Kahuna shines. Make sure to save room for the insane $6 Pineapple Dole Whip Float, it’s essentially a pineapple soft serve paradise served inside a pineapple. Don’t worry they give you straws and spoons so you can dig at it. Big Kahuna’s Island Style Bowl 1450 Tuskawilla Rd #108 · (407) 543-3700 http://www.bigkahunasbowls.com/

2nd annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We were invited to a media preview of the 2nd annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World.  The month-long festival runs from January 12 – February 19, 2018 and includes an art walk, photo ops, chalk art, culinary offerings, live music, stage performances, art seminars, activities designed with families in mind and so much more.  They’ve rolled everything you love about the arts into one spectacular salute. Official Festival of the Arts merchandise These four pins are redemption prizes for the scavenger hunt Design your own screen printed t-shirt with Enemy Ink Masterpiece Kitchen Smoked Salmon Tartare, Caviar, Crisp Lavash and Traditional Accompaniments (delicious!) Painter’s Palate (Odyssey, Festival Center) Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts: Whipped Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V), Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad (really enjoyed biting into these cronut pairings!) Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres: Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini, Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon, Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aioli Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF)(V) Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF)(V) Decadent Delights (Promenade) S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce The Destructed Dish Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil (great dessert dish!) Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Maple Syrup, a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (non-alcoholic) (caution: this is a sweet one!) The Artist’s Table Roasted Pork Roulade with Butternut Squash Purée, Marble Potatoes and Baby Carrots with a Red Wine Sauce featuring Melissa’s Produce Cuisine Classique Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (GF) Pop Eats Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Apple and Beet Chips (GF) Pop’t Art: Modern-design Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V) Sous Chef Daniel Contreras Disney on Broadway Concert Series preview with Jenn Gambatese and Kevin Massey Jim, a long-time Disney pianist Trailblazing Ladies of Disney Animation, Presented by Mindy Johnson, Author of Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation They gifted all of us a copy of Mindy Johnson’s book (retails for $60) Be sure to check out Epcot International Festival of the Arts soon before it ends on February 19.  You will love it! (Source credit: Walt Disney World) Epcot 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821 (407) 939-5277 disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-festival-of-the-arts/

THE 5 BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO RETIRE: VIETNAM IS ONE

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

I have just come across a rather belated and yet pertinent article, 'The 5 Best Places in the World to Retire', written by David Sterman, in the 'Investing Answers'. [5th April 2011]

He "zeroed" into the 5 best places as follows:

The Caribbean: Dominican Republic;

Central America: Costa Rica;

South America: Argentina;

Asia: Vietnam;

Europe: Greece, Spain & Portugal;

As for Asia, this is what he has written:

Pros: Gorgeous beaches, inventive cuisine, historically-rooted cultures.


Cons: Cities can be quite overcrowded. Air pollution in some cities can be choking.


Place You Have to See: Nikko Botanical Gardens in Japan on a fog-shrouded spring morning.

This region has two clear strikes against it: 


Relatively few English speakers, and a vast distance to cover if you have to get home to a family emergency. But if that's not a problem for you, then Asia holds some of the most beautiful beach and mountain towns you're likely to ever find. 


And the values are incredible. 


The cost of living is so much lower that one can live quite comfortably simply on a Social Security check. Although many flock to exotic places such as Thailand or Hong Kong

... my personal favorite is Vietnam. Forget what you might think about lingering tensions after the U.S.-Vietnam war. You could not find a kinder group of people that have thankfully not been swept up in the homogenizing waves of global culture. 


To be in Vietnam means being in another era, where life's daily rhythms are focused on preparations for the next meal, or a nap under a shade tree. 

Halong Bay, in the North of Vietnam, surely qualifies as "one of the places to go before you die." 



This is his parting shot:

Before making any major moves, you need to explore these areas in much more depth. Take out a three-month lease in a furnished apartment and go live among the locals.

By the end of your stay, you'll have a clear sense of whether you've found a new home;

If I were to focus on one aspect, these would be my personal top five retirement choices

Perfect weather: San Jose, Costa Rica; 

Perfectly prepared meal every night: Hanoi, Vietnam;  

If money were no object: Sydney, Australia; 

Living in an atmospheric 19th century novel: Cartagena, Colombia; 

The remoteness of Gilligan's Island: Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic;

Vietnamese cuisine | Wikiwand

Vietnamese cuisine | Wikiwand


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Vietnamese cuisine encompasses the foods and beverages of Vietnam, and features a combination of five fundamental tastes in the overall meal.[1] Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor which reflects one or more of these elements. Common ingredients include fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes use lemongrass, ginger, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander, Saigon cinnamon, bird's eye chili, lime, and Thai basil leaves.[2] Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of dairy and oil, complementary textures, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.[3]

Free smoothies for a year to first 50 guests at the grand opening of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Winter Park

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We were invited to check out the new Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Winter Park and we got to try a few of their menu items.  I LOVE smoothies.  They are my favorite thing to consume whether I am at work, home, or just finished a grueling workout and want something ice-cold and replenishing in my system to hold me over until I get ahold of some food.  Fortunately, Tropical Smoothie Cafe sells smoothies and hot items, so you can get both on the same stop.  The new Winter Park store is beautiful, bright, clean, and inviting and the smoothie and hot items were fresh and delicious.  You can expect to see me in line tomorrow morning trying to win free smoothies for a whole year! Detox Island Green (seasonal) – Spinach, kale, mango, pineapple, banana & fresh ginger (naturally sweetened).   The serving is generous, the smoothie had a great consistency and it tasted fresh.  I really enjoyed the fresh ginger in it too, since it’s so good for you! Cali Chicken Club Flatbread – Bacon, smashed avocado, tomatoes, romaine, mozzarella & basil garlic mayo.  This was my favorite! Buffalo Chicken Wrap – Made it vegetarian by substituting the chicken strips with Beyond Meat®Chicken-Free Strips, no lite ranch & mozzarella, and adding extra avocado & veggies.  It includes tomatoes, romaine and buffalo sauce.  This was my second favorite! Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich – Bacon, tomatoes, a romaine spinach blend, swiss & lite ranch on ciabatta Kale & Apple Slaw – It was really good.  The best kale & apple slaw that I have ever had in my life.  I loved the flavors of their sweet dressing, apple slices and julienne carrot married together to balance out the kale which is naturally bitter but so good for you as well! Be sure to drop by the new Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Winter Park early tomorrow,  January 10, for your chance to win FREE smoothies for a year!  They open at 7:00 A.M. Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Winter Park 501 N Orlando Ave. Ste. 209B Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 637-5002 tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

Surf The Philippines – The 10 Best Places To Surf In The Philippines

by Honeymoon Backpackers @ Honeymoon Travel

With over 7,000 islands in the Philippines, there's bound the be some wicked surf spots! Especially when you're surrounded by the breathtaking Pacific Ocean, Celebes Sea, Philippines Sea and the South China Sea. With this much salt liquid surrounding you, it's no wonder the Philippines is an epic surfing holiday destination. With over 30,000Km of coastline, those coming […]

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‘Black Panther’ events, freebies: How the Bay Area will celebrate movie opening

by @ BayArea

“Black Panther” — Hollywood’s first virtually all-black superhero movie — hasn’t hit the screen yet but already it’s being heralded as a watershed moment for African-Americans. Around the country, arts and cultural groups, neighborhood associations, fraternities, social groups and even the AARP are setting up screening parties, speaking engagements and more to mark the release […]

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Enjoy a Cultural Tet in Central Vietnam: Hue, Da Nang, & Hoi An.

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The North celebrates the Spring of 2018 with many unique festivals such as the Hai Ba Trung Festival, the beautiful pink peach-blossoms that line the streets, and a slight breeze that is both warming and reminiscent of home. The South, on the other hand, greets Tet with the charming yellow apricot-blossoms and joy in the […]

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Hawker Asian Street Fare – Mills 50 District – Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Hawkers Asian Street Fare – Mills 50 District – Orlando Hawkers Asian Street Fare is a brand spanking new restaurant that opened recently on Mills Avenue in the Mills 50 district in the same building as the old Chinatown restaurant. Although I enjoyed the food from the former occupants, I think I enjoy Hawkers much more. I think what they are doing at Hawkers is one of the best things to happen to the Asian food scene in Orlando in a long time. A hawker is a person who travels around selling goods, typically advertising them by shouting. Although you won’t see any yelling about here at Hawkers, the cuisine is heavily influence by the food peddled by street hawkers in Asia, particularly from Malaysia. The owners of Hawkers actually have family in Malaysia who are street hawkers. They brought these street hawker recipes over and adapted them for the Hawkers menu. The curry dishes, skewered beef, noodles, and more all show this influence. If you look carefully at the Chinese-like symbol adorning the Hawker building, you can tell its made from the shape of a person carrying two baskets on a wooden pole stretched across his/her back. This is how street food is done in Asia with old ladies and men carrying their wares to market and plopping on the street to start selling their creations. The decor at Hawkers is similar to the urban warehouse feel of Chipotle, with walls accented by corrugated metal sheets and high bar top stools. Photos of street food scenes from Vietnam to Malaysia decorate the walls. Chinese newspapers are laminated into the table tops, reminiscent of street stalls in Asia. To start off, street food is often best eaten late at night with a round of beers and drinks. Hawkers has a impressive beer selection including some beers that come from local Orlando Brewing Company downtown. I’d recommend getting some beers to go along with the street food theme. The roti canai is one of the signature dishes from southeast asia, a crispy crepe like roti that you dip in the curry sauce. It was pretty delicious and would taste even better if it came with 2 rotis instead of just one. Another popular appetizer were the Hawker wings, made with Asian spices and served with a sweet chili Sriracha sauce. Hawkers is best for their noodle dishes, noodle soups, and roast duck items. I thought their five spiced pork choppetes could use some work, maybe include a bowl of rice to balance the flavors. One of my favorite items was the char kwa teo, a Malaysian dish from the teochiu people who immigrated from China, sort of like a Chinese influenced pad thai. The curry chicken dish that I had was okay, I thought it needed some more hot pepper to bring the spices up a notch. The roast duck in the roast duck banh mi sliders that we ordered was awesome, crispy and tasty to the bite. The roast duck udon noodle soup was another popular item; the broth was very light and mild tasting and went well with the flavors of the dish. The fried fish with black bean sauce was a dish that was good, and would be better if served with a side bowl of freshly steamed rice. My friend ordered the five spice fish tacos and he enjoyed it thoroughly. On another occasion, I ordered the very spicy prawn mee noodle soup, a satisfying bowl made with a shrimp and pork based spicy soup, topped with slices of hard boiled egg, chinese vegetables, and shrimp. The curry laksa, a similar type of noodle soup, but with more curry flavors of course. I thought the prices were reasonable, with most of the dishes under $6.00. Its important to note that the portions are much smaller than at traditional Chinese restaurants, but I think of it more like dim sum or tapas portions and prices that are meant to be shared. My friends and I ordered about 10 dishes and it came out to be about $15 per person for the meal. Overall, I would definitely recommend checking out Hawkers, especially with a group of friends to share in good food and good times. Click here for their menu! HAWKERS MENU Roti Canai at Hawkers Hawkers Wings Hawkers Hot Iron Mussels Hawkers Five Spice Pork Choppettes    Five spice fish tacos Curry Chicken Beef Chow fun Char Kwa Teo noodles Crispy Cantonese noodles Roast Duck banh mi sliders Roast Duck udon noodle soup Prawn mee noodle soup Fish filet with black bean sauce Chilled spicy tofu . . . . .

The Black Pig Clare Valley Shiraz 2016

by Miles Simmons @ Drink Me

Wine: The Black Pig Prize Shiraz Winemaker: Fuse Vintage: 2016 Variety: Shiraz Price: £19.99 Buy Now: Virgin Wines A big bulky Shiraz, with a powerful bouquet and wonderfully extracted flavours of inky dark fruits, vanilla, liquorice and leather. Incredibly intense, with grippy, almost wild tannins, a bit of a mouthful for sure and ...

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Ultimate Vietnam Honeymoon Guide 2018 – Honeymoon in Vietnam

by Honeymoon Backpackers @ Honeymoon Travel

Vietnam is one weird, crazy yet wonderful place. It's rich in culture and history, yet modern, chaotic and touristic at the same time. There are so many reasons to honeymoon in Vietnam, not only is Vietnam breathtaking, it's also an affordable budget honeymoon destination.Whether you're checking out busy mega-cities like Hanoi and Saigon or trekking […]

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Clearing Out the Memory Card - Happy Hour at Et Voila! and Tribute Pizza

by Kirk K @ mmm-yoso!!!

Just a quick post with mostly photos of two of our favorite Happy Hour places. Et Voila!: You could say Et Voila is the Missus's favorite little restaurant. We've gotten into the habit of having happy hour here just about...

King Cajun Crawfish – Mills 50

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

One of my favorite Cajun restaurants in town, King Cajun Crawfish on Mills Avenue has some of the best fresh crawfish and fried shrimp and oyster poboy sandwiches in Orlando with reasonable prices and friendly staff. I love their crawfish with shabang sauce – owner and chef Ha Nguyen adds orange rinds to the mix of garlic, butter, and spicy peppers for that extra bang in the sha bang. Mrs. Nguyen ran a Cajun restaurant in Louisiana for over 15 years before moving to Orlando to be closer with her family after Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast in 2005. I love their fried oysters and fried shrimp po boys as well. Jambalaya and gumbo are both hearty and delicious. Definitely save space for dessert – get the beignets, fried donuts topped with heapings of powdered sugar – just don’t choke on it. Wash it down with a hot or iced cup of Vietnamese coffee. King Cajun Crawfish 914 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 704-8863 https://www.facebook.com/kingcajuncrawfish

A Brief Walk Through “Little Vietnam” in Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Mills 50 District – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Exactly 40 years ago on April 30, 1975, the capital city of South Vietnam, Saigon fell to the forces of the communist North. There was panic in the streets as countless Vietnamese sought refuge at the American embassy, many who had worked along side the US – as soldiers, journalists, hairdressers, and more – during the decades long war. Fearing reprisals from the North, deservedly so, many fled that day airlifted out by helicopters and later, by boat – becoming refugees with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Thus began the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese – all in search of freedom and democracy, and a better future for their children, many of whom ended up in places like Australia, France, and right here in Central Florida. My parents were both Vietnamese refugees. My mom, orphaned at age 12, escaped by a small rickety fishing boat headed out to the unknown wide ocean, leaving her brothers behind, with nothing but her unyielding dream of a new world beyond the Vietnam she had left behind. Eventually reaching Malaysia at a refugee camp, living there for a year before being sponsored to the United States by a kind family in Indiana. She met my father in South Florida where I was born and raised before moving to Orlando 13 years ago. The Vietnamese American community in Orlando has grown through the decades along the Mills 50 District, starting from a small Asian grocery store to a restaurant to more and more. Now, Asian immigrants from other countries have settled in the area and opened up even more restaurants – from Malaysian to Sichuan Chinese and more. I was honored these past few weeks to help lead a guided tour through the “Little Vietnam” area in our Mills 50 District for WMFE for their series on “What is Little Vietnam?“, helping to share stories from the Vietnamese American community, how they came to Central Florida, and what lays ahead for the community after 40 years. WMFE’s What is Little Vietnam? Series Orlando’s Hon Viet DanGroup keeps Vietnamese Culture through Dance Vietnamese vets still fighters forty years after fall of Saigon Family business continues to thrive since first settling in Orlando’s “Little Vietnam” New development changes face of Orlando’s Little Vietnam Chasing traditional medicine in Little Vietnam Central Floridians remember Vietnam War For Vietnamese, heritage endures at places of worship New cultural center reflects diverse Asian community, including Vietnamese Orlando’s Little Vietnam preserves its history to enrich its future Two generations of Vietnamese-Americans, three decades apart The young ones: Vietnamese youth redefine their community Trays of small bites from Vietnamese grocery store Tien Hung Oriental Market – one of the very first markets in the district – many of the businesses along this strip come from the family of Tien Hung. Cecilia Nguyen, also Miss Vietnam Florida 2004, is the owner of the Tien Hung Jewelry Store – she takes cares of customers and is in charge of the store, taking over for her parents.  Wall art at Chewy Boba Company – Quang Vu, a UCF alumni, and his family started Lollicup many years ago and were the first in Orlando to sell boba or bubble tea, a popular drink with roots in Taiwan, where little tapioca pearls are slurped through large straws. Steven Thach Luu mans the register at Chewy Boba Company, where they also sell macarons. One of my favorite dishes, Banh Cuon, a rice crepe noodle dish stuffed with mushrooms and ground pork – velvety smooth – found at Vietnam Cuisine restaurant.  A look above from the meal – banh cuon, bun thit nuong, and bun rieu all at Vietnam Cuisine. Bun Thit nuong cha gio – rice vermicelli noodles with veggies, egg roll, grilled pork and shrimp at Vietnam Cuisine. Bun rieu, a special tomato, pork, and seafood noodle soup at Vietnam Cuisine. In recent years, more restaurants and shops from other Asian countries have sprouted up in the Mills 50 District. Mamak Asian Street Food specializes in Malaysian and pan Asian cuisine. Traditional Eastern medicine shops and acupuncturists dot the corridor in Mills 50 District. Crawfish in garlic, butter shabang sauce, fried shrimp, jambalaya, po boy sandwiches, gumbo – all found at King Cajun Crawfish run by Ha Nguyen. Mrs. Nguyen worked in Louisiana and ran a cajun restaurant there for 15 years before moving to Orlando after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to be closer to her family. Many Vietnamese who immigrated to the US were sent to the gulf coast region and became fishermen and shrimpers, some facing discrimination from the KKK at the time. There is still a large community of Vietnamese Americans in New Orleans today in the neighborhood of Versailles. Brendan Byrne and Matthew Peddie of WMFE 90.7 FM News on location, digging into the crawfish. Chelsea, enjoying her crawfish at King Cajun Crawfish Mrs. Ha Nguyen, the Queen Cajun at King Cajun. Beignets – fried dough with powdered sugar Pho at Viet Garden, one of the oldest Vietnamese restaurants in Orlando Dumplings as recommended by Crystal Chavez The staff of WMFE with some of the personalities in the What is Little Vietnam series.

LIFE OF AN EXPAT IN HO CHI MINH CITY

by noreply@blogger.com (KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORER) @ BONJOUR VIETNAM, Here I come!

"... I’ve seen Vietnam from a fair few angles, it’s not always been easy, or pleasant, but I’ve done a lot of growing up in Ho Chi Minh City, and despite the traffic driving me consistently insane, Saigon is home... "


~ James Allen, who first came to Ho Chi Minh City purely on a leap of faith as an English Language teacher, writing in the City Diary of TuoiTreNews, 18th June 2012;

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