a quick vegan recipe: sautéed eggplant with garlic, chili and herbs

I’d never really liked eggplant until I moved to Hoi An. I used to think of eggplant as bland and a little soggy but Hoi An local eggplant dishes convert me to a die-hard fan of this vegetable. Read more

Northern Vietnamese Rib Noodle Soup Bowl

*There’s a video tutorial at the end of this post.

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I was silent last week on the blog because we went to Bangkok for a mini vacation. We had a lot of fun there just strolling around the city, shopping for cute, inexpensive hand-made T shirts, and eating mango sticky rice, a popular Thai dessert, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and after dinner snack.
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Vietnamese Fusion Glaze Salmon

There’s a video tutorial at the end of this post.

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This morning I had a phone call with my old landladies in the Bronx, New York City. It was more than a year since we last talked. They’re among the kindest, sweetest people that I’ve been lucky enough to have met in my life. Actually, I’ve been very lucky when it comes to genuine friendship.
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Butternut Squash & Salmon Cháo

*There’s a video tutorial at the end of this post.

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The weather in Hoi An has been so beyond perfect lately. It’s the kind of sunshine and breezes that are so delightful that it brings me instant joy just by looking out the window. Craig says this weather reminds him of beautiful early summer days when he was in high school in Kentucky. He remembers the soft sunshine on his front porch, the irresistible smell of barbecue in warm breezes that his father was grilling on a lovely Sunday evening. It’s interesting how similarities in temperature and humidity can bring back vivid memories from years and years ago.
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Vietnamese Crispy Banana Fritters

*There’s a video tutorial at the end of this post.

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One morning just about ten days ago, my husband woke up in a hotel room, asking me: “Where are we?”. He was confused because he was not totally awake, and also because we had been traveling for more than two months, driving from New York to Seattle across America, then flying to Vietnam and journeying across Vietnam. Traveling was always fun – being inspired by new people and fascinated by new scenery- but after two months of exciting adventures, we were ready for something different from living out of our suitcases.
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