Hanoi’s old quarter is a tight grid of 36 streets. Each street was named after the type of business conducted on it: Silk Street, Wood Turner’s Street, Fan Street, etc. The buildings were build by the French from 1900-1950 and have a wonderful, faded charm. Yes, that is dog. When I walked buy, a bunch of men were enjoying roast dog for lunch. They called out to me and told me how much the loved it, just to get a reaction, I suppose. So, so, so gross.
Vietnam has the best beer in SE Asia. There are many varieties for sale, and most of them are based on European styles from colonial times. Freshly brewed beer is also available on the sidewalk. Unlike bottled beer, it has a more hoppy, fresh taste, and has less alcohol.
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We spent a quick three day weekend in Ho Chi Minh City. Before I went, I heard a lot of comments about how it’s just not all that great. Hanoi seems to get everyone’s vote. Maybe they are right, but that doesn’t matter because I had a great time in HCMC and still don’t know any different. I loved HCMC, and I would go back in a heartbeat. Everywhere we went, the food was indescribably good. I’d take Vietnamese food over Thai food any day. We also did a really fun cooking class, and a scooter/eating tour of the city. We stayed at the Riverside Hotel, which was nice, but I wouldn’t splash out that kind of money again. We also ate twice at the highly acclaimed Hoa Tuc restaurant. I wanted to like it, as it’s the most popular place in town, but it really didn’t take the whole dinner experience to the next level. I also got the feeling that every tour group in HCMC eats at this place every single night. I’m going to go all Anthony Bourdain next time I’m there.
New and Old
At a Chinese New Years party someone gave me a $100 note. Unfortunately, I had to burn it. Was it real? Now I’ll never know.
Not sure what these funny hats are all about.
Same same, but slightly different
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