January 4, 2012
kumquat tea

On a warm day a hot cup of kumquat tea is very refreshing.  

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December 11, 2011
my birthday cake/s

thanks to Jaap and Hong I had these delicious birthday cake/s from Givral. Thanks guys  

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September 2, 2011
strange service

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf have a policy that requires the customer to wait at the counter to pick up a coffee or other beverage but they serve food to the table. Usually if I’ve ordered food and a drink I just sit down as the staff bring both to my table. Imagine my surprise […]

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July 30, 2010
food

For a long time now I’ve been thinking about writing about food. Well, I sometimes do write about food but in a very unstructured manner. Food is important, without it what do we have to look forward to after a nights fast or a long hard day grinding away at the keyboard. I recently created […]

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August 29, 2007
of dogs and rats and fresh beer

Living in Viet Nam means adapting to local conditions of cleanliness and hygiene. If you want to eat and drink with the locals then you had better be tolerant of conditions that would not be acceptable in more developed areas of the world. Vietnamese people are well aware of this and tell me that it […]

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July 26, 2007
friends, seafood, beer, what more could you want?

Last night I met at this place on Pham Ngoc Thach St with 3 of my former colleagues from RMIT. Janice (on the left) is teaching in New York now and is back here on vacation. This is the 3rd night in a row that I’ve eaten oysters here. And why not, these are the […]

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September 15, 2006
back in Ha Noi

Ah Ha Noi! What a beautiful city you are! I’m so pleased to be back in Ha Noi, working once again with ARLEMP and living at Khach San Terry Diep. This city is truly intoxicating particularly when you are living in an alley that simply teems with life. In the mornings there is a market […]

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February 21, 2006
last rice & pork

It’s fitting that my last meal in Viet Nam was at my favourite rice shop, Nguyễn Hiền on Nguyễn Thuong Hiền St, which is a small but very busy street that has many food shops and stalls some of which are open until very late at night. The rice shop is only a few minutes […]

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