On May 5, Sandwich Emporium participated in the Bacon & Barrels "the Coachella of Bacon" and entered our Pork Saigon Grinder into their competition. We won the Jefe de Porko and the golden ticket to the World Food Championships in Florida in November.
Scenes from Bacon & Barrels....
Peter's mom, who is from Hanoi, is one of the most gifted cooks. Peter and I have been together for over 15 years and one of her dishes that I absolutely love is her cha ca (the classic Hanoi sautéed fish with turmeric, dill and galangal served with vermicelli noodles) which she cooks on special occasions. I have always wanted to visit Hanoi and finally got the chance last March. We visited an old friend Sacha, who moved there to teach at an International School and spent four days touring and tasting different dishes.
A list of our best eats in Hanoi.
On my recent trip to Manila, Peter and I had a 7 hour layover at the Incheon International Airport .
I read that the airport, which is filled with luxury stores, is considered one of the world's best. What I did not expect were the cultural activites and tours which turned a potentially mind numbing and boring layover into a fun experience.
Peter, my cousin Frannie and I visited Saigon in March. For Peter, visiting Vietnam is a glimpse into his heritage since his father is from Saigon and his mom is from Hanoi. They fled the country in the 70's and settled in San Diego.
We were in Saigon 9 years ago and we could see the drastic changes. New modern buildings, fancier restaurants, more shops and international food chains (I was shocked to see Marukame Udon here since I had eaten in the Honolulu location a week earlier) and many more cars. Plus I heard that the first underground Metro Station will be built in front of the Opera House.
The city is clearly alive, full of color, vibrancy and buzzing energy...a growing metropolis full of ambitious people driven to succeed. If Saigon was the Paris of the East...Ho Chi Minh City looks like it is transforming into Asia's New York City.