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Club Med, Ixtapa Mexico and Pina Colada Recipe

Club Med, Ixtapa Mexico and Pina Colada Recipe

I’m baaaack, nicely tanned, ten pounds heavier and three bottles of Tequila richer! Returning from 6 glorious days with Jaden of Steamy Kitchen at the luxurious Club Med resort in beautiful Ixtapa, Mexico has me spoiled, lazy and yearning for taco’s and spicy habanero chili’s. For a “roughing it” type of traveler gal like me, this trip to a magnificent, all inclusive, resort was like being Cinderella in Mexico. All I needed was a Mexican boyfriend Prince Charming to complete the experience, but had to »

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Heading to Ixtapa+Zihuatanejo, Mexico…

My equipment bags are still packed from my fabulous trip to Viet-Nam and now I’m taking them all with me again to Zihuatanejo + Ixtapa , Mexico!! My kind and generous blog friend, Jaden of Steamy Kitchen, is headed to Ixtapa, Mexico for a press food and wine event and I get to tag along!! I will be her videographer and food partner in crime, so it’ll just be us two gals living it up on the beautiful, sandy, margarita filled beaches of a »

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For the love of Vietnamese Iced Coffee – Hot Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da – Ca Phe Sua Nong)

For the love of Vietnamese Iced Coffee – Hot Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da – Ca Phe Sua Nong)

Enjoying Cà Phê Sữa Đá & Chinese checkers (Cờ tướng) in Đà Nang, Việt-Nam

It was another warm, humid summer night in Đà Nang, and I was cruising on the back of a scooter behind Quang, one of Diane’s cousins.  He’s the cousin I consider the cool, savvy intellectual.   He turned his head and asked, “So, do you like beer?”  I don’t think there was a moment the whole time we were in Việt-nam when a beer didn’t sound good, but I knew Quang »

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Pineapple peddler in Hanoi

Pineapple peddler in Hanoi

She is the memorable pineapple peddler in Hanoi. She stood out from most of the other fruit street vendors that we encountered because of her smile. Unlike many of the other mobile street vendors who were often older, rugged and worn from the toil of their meager lives, she was young, clear skinned, vibrant and always smiling. Her perfect set of teeth (which is often a rarity in ViệtNam’s poor population), warm smile, petite frame balancing two heavy baskets of pineapples and ease in navigating »

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An American in the Family

An American in the Family


Me at fruit market: Mangoes and Sweet Sop (custard apple, Viet cherimoya)

There was great anticipation in my arrival to Đà Nẵng because Cousin Diane was bringing home an American!  Just ask Little Su Hy (age 3) who had been telling all of her friends there is an American in the family.  Almost anywhere you read about Americans traveling to Việt-Nam, you’ll hear of tales of how warmly they are welcomed; the war a long forgotten and forgiven memory.  Our trip to Vietnam taught me »

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Return from Việt-Nam, fresh perspectives.

Return from Việt-Nam, fresh perspectives.

Vịnh Hạ Long Bay, Northern Việt-Nam

Whenever we return from a trip away our familiar surroundings, we are constantly reminded to remain grounded, sane and humble. Vietnam reinforced everything we understood about people, culture, society and cuisine. We both should never assume and teach that how we live and what we eat here in America is definitive of our backgrounds. Every reunion, set of tears, alley stroll, food stall, family meal, scooter ride, interview and conversation is a continuous learning experience.

Our stomachs were pleasantly »

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Heading to Vietnam

We’re heading to Vietnam for a much needed trip! There’s so much to visit, photograph , video tape and EAT! Our itinerary is taking us to the Northern mountain areas of Vietnam to visit the beautiful jungles, wildlife and waterfalls. Of course, visiting family will be a priority too, as well as eating and cooking plenty of awesome meals. We’ll be heading South to visit the central regions and finally on down to the Southern tip of VietNam.

While we’re away, we’ll be twittering from »

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