Thursday, October 07, 2004

exotic locales

just back from vacation in Vietnam. Not just any vacation, I don't think I've had a day off since February. I think my body went into shock once we got there. Warm weather, cool breeze, freindly helpful people, and just stunning food. I kept thinking, "Daaamn, is this how normal people go on vacation?!?"

Amazingly light and crisp french bread, thick coffees, cold noodles dipped in a tangy fish sauce. Froie gras and goat cheese melted on toast over a salad dressed in vinagrette. warm deep fried chocolate balls with a coating of cinnamon and flour. hot and sour fish soup with taro stems. duck carpaccio with a sesame cracker. sesame coated squid bits. grilled tuna wrapped in rice paper wraps. I could go on...

Why didn't I get to Vietnam sooner? I'm an idiot. Stuck in China for so long. Now I have to figure out a way to get back to Hanoi. We smuggled in a bag of limes and handfulls of shiso leaves and lemon basil with no shame.

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