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Park Hyatt • Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Park Hyatt, Ho Chi Minh City

This killer dish isn’t as much about the food as it is about the environment. Imagine you just landed in one of the most foreign places you’ve ever seen. You were accosted by hundreds of thousand of motor bikes swarming around your cab as you journeyed to the heart of a city that’s been renamed for a man who has won two major wars in the name of his country and beliefs. Then suddenly, almost as quickly as it began, the may lay of Vietnamese commuters, the never ending hi pitch of the throttle slammed on fast, the smell of the fumes spit out by a catalytic converter-less 115cc engine abruptly ends. You turn into a driveway that at the top has one of the most pristine white facades you’ve ever laid eyes on. That is to say, the Park Hyatt Saigon is an oasis.

I sat on the inside of that palace when these perfectly poaches “American” eggs and wonderfully fried “British” chicken sausage rolled up to the back door of my hotel room. I swung open the doors. The fresh, thick air pushed in against…

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Ban the Bánh mì

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Saigon Sandwiches-San Francisco

I have been to Vietnam. I have had this sandwich a hundred times. The above is raved about as the best in San Francisco but I sure hope they are wrong. I realize I am not in Saigon and I don’t hold this sammie to the standards that only a third world, health code-less country can achieve but this barely beats Blimpie. Tasty but not worth the trek from my Noe Valley temp digs to the edge of the Tenderloin. Seems to me that…

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Vietnam Home Cookin

Tuesday, December 1, 2009



My favorite meal I have had so far in South East Asia is from a place called Dac San Hoi An, in Hoi An Vietnam. Hoi An is small little shopping town with a lot of places to eat. Very authentic restaurants all over and great deals for shopping. We hired a taxi for the day and set off to Hoi An for a day of shopping and eating. We didn’t have much time for either because Hoi An is about 40 minutes from the ship. After doing some shopping we came to Dac San Hoi An. There was a prefix menu and no one in the restaurant…

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The Marble Mountains of Da Nang

Monday, November 30, 2009



Vietnam is known for it’s cheap eats but we decided to go to a resort where it is not so cheap. During the day we hiked into the marble mountains. They are quit amazing to look at. They just jet out from the ground from out of nowhere. They are not your typical looking mountains. Oh yeah, and they are marble. There are marble shops all around the mountains with some beautiful stuff. When you hike up the mountains there are caves you can go into and find temples. One of the caves was bombed in WWII and left big holes at the top of the cave where light shines as beams into the cave. It’s really cool and beautiful.

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The Best Day at the Best Price

Wednesday, November 4, 2009



This is definitely in my top 3 days on a cruise ship. It is my first time in Vietnam and we port in Nha Trang. We really didn’t know what to do but we had a map and some possibilities. One of the things on the list was to go to a day spa. When we left the ship we got bombarded by guys that wanted to be our taxi. We finally settled with a guy for $10 to take us to the spa. Some how he took us to the 2nd thing we wanted to do which was to go see these towers that were built in the 7th century…

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