Vietnam

Star Anise Braised Pork Belly & quail eggs  (Thit Heo Kho Hoa Hoi)

Star Anise Braised Pork Belly & quail eggs (Thit Heo Kho Hoa Hoi)

Another braised pork recipe, you ask? Well, I wasn’t planning on inundating this weeks postings with braised pork but timing seemed appropriate for a number of reasons. Adding to the fact that I love braised pork in ten million different ways, I’ve gotta start writing about braised pork enough to cover it all in my […]

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Vietnamese Braised Pork & eggs in caramel – Thit Heo Kho Trung  Flashbacks from my mom’s kitchen

Vietnamese Braised Pork & eggs in caramel – Thit Heo Kho Trung Flashbacks from my mom’s kitchen

If I could name one of the many comfort foods in Vietnamese cuisine that brings back warm, delicious memories to all my Viet friends and family, it would be this dish: Thit heo kho trung, braised pork belly (or shoulder/butt) with boiled eggs. It’s the comfort of pork slowly cooked in sweet caramel, till the […]

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Vietnam’s Ocean Bounty-Grilled Red Snapper, lemongrass, chili’s

Vietnam’s Ocean Bounty-Grilled Red Snapper, lemongrass, chili’s

local fisherman in My Khe beach, Da-Nang, Viet-Nam Every time I return to my birthplace, Vietnam, I’m continually drawn and connected to the ocean. I was born in Da-Nang, which is only a few minutes scooter ride to My-Khe beach, where I grew up as a small child. When we escaped Viet-Nam and made home […]

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Tamarind Shrimp and “Secrets of the Red Lantern” cookbook Winner

Tamarind Shrimp and “Secrets of the Red Lantern” cookbook Winner

This gorgeous cookbook has a new owner and it’s Pam!! Congratulations Pam and we hope you enjoy this beautiful cookbook. Thank you to you all for your amazing input and thoughts on what you love in a cookbook. We appreciate all your fabulous comments on this  cookbook giveaway! This was the most amazing forum of […]

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Tamarind Crab and Secrets of the Red Lantern Cookbook giveaway!

Tamarind Crab and Secrets of the Red Lantern Cookbook giveaway!

It’s not often that I can get excited about a cookbook enough to want to snuggle with it on the couch and to read it cover to cover.  Most of the time, I’ll scan through a cookbook and bookmark particular interesting recipes that jump off the page. But I found one book that not only […]

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Asian Food Wine Pairings

Asian Food Wine Pairings

Thanks to Lia and her wonderful wine inspired blog, Swirling Notions, we’re finally writing out what we enjoy drinking when we eat Asian foods.  Lia’s Pairing Primers is a series of excellent and educational write ups on pairing foods.  Lia asked us to share our favorite Asian-inspired food pairings and getting this post together required […]

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Vietnamese Yogurt

Vietnamese Yogurt

We love the current food fad of the Red Mango-Pinkberry-Yogurtland-a million other knock off names.  We especially love the newer style of shops that have a plethora of flavors and are 100% self-serve.  Mix ‘em as you like them, top it as you want and have as much or little as you like.  No paying […]

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Vietnamese Cinnamon – & Give Away drawing!

Vietnamese Cinnamon – & Give Away drawing!

If we could put a stick of true Vietnamese cinnamon into the hands of every cook, Chef and epicurean, the food world would be a sweeter, more aromatic place. We’re that obsessively addicted and devoted to this amazing spice. So enamored with it that we brought back a whole suitcase full of it back from […]

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When Oranges are Green, Viet-Nam

Vincent: “… But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is?” Jules: “What?” Vincent: “It’s the little differences. I mean, they got the same shit over there that they got here, but it’s just – it’s just there it’s a little different” As many of you will quickly recognize, that was a bit of […]

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The Face – Elderly woman in Hoi An

The Face – Elderly woman in Hoi An

Her face is deep, hypnotic and riveting. Every line, crease and wrinkle in her face shows a history of war, struggle and suffering. It just wasn’t her face, but her rough hands and her thin, fragile frame that shared with every passer by her life story.  Still, there was still an intense cloud of mystery […]

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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!! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thomas Keller’s Cornets – Savory and/or Sweet

Thomas Keller’s Cornets – Savory and/or Sweet

Last Saturday’s superb blogger party still has us pumped up and buzzing. Even with all the dishes cleaned and put away, we’re still feeling the exciting aftershocks of the amazing gathering. Thanks to everyone who attended! All of you make us proud to be part of this passionate blogging community! Since we’re still riding the […]

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Blogger Meet & Greet, Feast & Drink – The Big Paartaaay Bash!

Blogger Meet & Greet, Feast & Drink – The Big Paartaaay Bash!

Good Morning ! …Oh wait, what time is it? Ugh! It’s 8:30 am and I’m late for work! Weep and pout! I thought I was a lover of logistics and Miss Master at planning out details, but scheduling myself to go to work the day after hosting a big blog party was a seriously bad […]

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Vietnamese Jackfruit Salad Recipe: shrimp+pork – Gỏi Mít Tôm Thịt

Vietnamese Jackfruit Salad Recipe: shrimp+pork – Gỏi Mít Tôm Thịt

August has been a seriously busy food month for us and it’s barely half over! With friends coming into town, a series of cooking classes that we’ve taught and Friday’s catering event , we’re trying to make the best use of our left overs. We’ve been very conscientious of food waste and are always making […]

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Blackberry Tom Collins cocktail for Jen & Jeremy

Blackberry Tom Collins cocktail for Jen & Jeremy

This post is dedicated to Miss Kaweah, the sweet and lucky black lab that gets to hike, romp and swim in Colorado’s outrageously amazing wilderness. She’s at a summer puppy camp now, enjoying a little break away from her parents. We’re envious of not just Kaweah, but of her mommy and daddy too, known to […]

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