The King of Soups

  I am a soup lover. Bean soup, meat soup, potato soup, noodle soup, clear soup, vegetable soup, creamy soup, bread soup, rice soup, shrimp soup – I could go all Bubba from Forrest Gump on soup for hours.  Except gazpacho.  I … Read More

Weekend Getaway: Washington, DC

At some point, we’ve all been asked for advice on visiting our hometowns, from providing tips for acquaintances and colleagues to playing full-on tour guide and host for visiting family and friends.  And, odds are you’ve asked people in your circle … Read More

The Best Pizza in Vietnam

Who eats pizza in Vietnam, right? I used to be one of those snarky people who said things like: “I can’t imagine why anyone would travel all the way to Asia, only to eat pizza when they can get it … Read More

The “Ancient” Imperial City of Huế

This is how I referred to Huế, until I found out that it was the imperial capital of Vietnam during the not-so-ancient Nguyễn dynasty (1802-1945 CE).  Oops.  Never hire me as a tour guide.* You might forgive my ignorance if you’ve seen … Read More

Backpacker Whiskey Sours

Is there anything better than a good, stiff cocktail?  I’m talking about one made with quality booze, not all muddied up by neon mixers and too much sugar.  The kind of cocktail where one is fun, two will really get … Read More

Nha Trang: Nha-t My Favorite

Once upon a December ago, we spent Christmas in Đà Lạt.  While it was the perfect place to spend the holiday, a week of chilly temps there left us eager for some sun, sand, and surf, so we set out … Read More

City of Thousands of Pines

Our first big destination north of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was Đà Lạt, a mountain town in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and “city of thousands of pines.” After managing to skirt HCMC on our way north from the Mekong, … Read More

The Mekong Delta

Is the Mekong Delta on your travel bucket list?  If not, it should be. The Mekong River, known as Sông Cửu Long in Vietnamese (“Nine Dragons River” for its nine major branches), is the longest river in SE Asia.  It originates … Read More

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