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Learning Vietnamese Cooking

Learning Vietnamese Cooking

Hoi An, Vietnam, has become a culinary destination.  Just outside of Danang, restaurants and local markets provide plenty of Vietnamese food, fish and dining choices. We walked over the bridge and on cobblestoned streets until our group reached  Ms Vy’s Restaurant and Cooking School. It is a two story building with a beautiful restaurant downstairs with stations for dumplings,...
Rickshaw rides and massages in Hoi An, Vietnam

Rickshaw rides and massages in Hoi An, Vietnam

Not my usual post about food (next time), but we really got “local” in Hoi An, Vietnam! Chris had an exciting rickshaw ride and I had a massage and later threading of the eyebrows. His rickshaw ride was $5 and I saw him parade around the corner as if he was the King. I was enjoying...
Historic Saigon Post Office

Historic Saigon Post Office

The Saigon Central Post Office in what is now called Ho Chi Minh City, is full of unusual activity compared to Post Offices I visit.  The outside of the post office appears gracefully designed and inside it is worth a long look.  Colonial style with high ceilings, yellow and green colors and old wooden phone...
Pho, Coffee and Frog Legs in Ho Chi Minh City

Pho, Coffee and Frog Legs in Ho Chi Minh City

To visit a Vietnamese food market and restaurant like a local, we hired a local.  Turns out it was the right thing to do.  Who else could show us the legit places and also a safe restaurant to eat Pho (soup). Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is full of crazy traffic and that’s the only way to...
Dinner prepared from Bangkok Market

Dinner prepared from Bangkok Market

We arrived in Thailand through a very busy working river.  The shoreline was dotted with colorful Buddhist temples, old shanties and floating fishing boats.  I thought to myself, this is just what I have seen in pictures and I’m slowly cruising past it. Once docked in Klong Toey, a port in Bangkok, a small group of people (including us) soon left on...
Michelin rated Summer Pavilion Fine Dining

Michelin rated Summer Pavilion Fine Dining

Our goal on this Asia trip was to eat street food and experience highly rated restaurants.  Singapore, where our cruise began, held a special dining experience and worthy of its praise.  Summer Pavilion, a Michelin rated restaurant, is located in the luxury Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel. Steaming Lychee Oolong elegantly served from a beautiful tea pot was smooth and...
Our First time to Southeast Asia Flies Right

Our First time to Southeast Asia Flies Right

Our Happy New Year began as we stepped onboard Korean Air’s huge Airbus 380 plane and were escorted to our business class seats on the second level.  I was in awe seeing the entire second floor of the plane configured with all business class seats.  The flight attendants gave us a warm welcome and I pulled out the...
Fosters Freeze-an Allied Garden's Landmark

Fosters Freeze-an Allied Garden’s Landmark

Fosters Freeze is celebrating their 70th anniversary and in my old neighborhood, Fosters has been on Waring Rd in Allied Gardens nearly 50 years. Many memories of friends and I walking to Fosters for hamburgers, fries and shakes as a fun place to hang out.  Good old fashioned and satisfying American food. The hot fudge...
Germany's Brandy and Pancakes

Germany’s Brandy and Pancakes

Rudesheim, Germany is home to wines and smooth Asbach brandy. The making of Rudesheimer Coffee is to heat the brandy by using a flame, pour in coffee and top with lots of pure whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Kamila skillfully made the drinks which gave me a good night’s sleep!                ...
Let them eat cake in Alsace, France

Let them eat cake in Alsace, France

Crossing the Rhine River, which along the way divides the countries of Germany and France, is the popular wine growing area of Alsace, France.  Well known white wines such as Rieslings and Gewurztraminer are produced in this area because of the conducive climate and soil.  And, some of the vineyards on the hillside are still cultivated...
Santa Barbara-a destination calling for a visit

Santa Barbara-a destination calling for a visit

Beaches, wine, contemporary food and modern hotels only begin to describe Santa Barbara, California.  Known in the past for being a surfing city with palatial homes overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the “American Riviera” is inviting to vacationers.    Usually I drive right by this town on Hwy 101 which is 2 hours North of Los...
S'mores as the sun sets on Coronado's beach

S’mores as the sun sets on Coronado’s beach

The perfect ending to a beautiful time in Coronado, S’mores on the beach at sunset. Hotel del Coronado hand makes colorful marshmallows in different flavors and adds gingersnaps to the basket of graham crackers.  Lots of chocolate to choose from to melt on top of the marshmallows.  Can life get any better in Southern California!  ...