You know about Kona coffee grown on the volcanic slopes of Hawaii’s Big Island and about those impossibly sweet pineapples, but on Saturday mornings in eastern Honolulu, the KCC Farmers Market gets rowdy with people after all sorts of other things. There are fresh abalone still alive in the shells and spiky deep-water shrimp to eat whole, yakitori-style, hot off the grill. Culinary students from Kapiolani Community College sell suckling pig meat inside buns baked with taro root starch. OnoPops has wands of vanilla ice cream frosted over with passion fruit sorbet and swirls of pureed strawberries and goat cheese sweetened with cane juice. A grilled chicken French dip sandwich from the Pig and the Lady, served at the KCC Farmers Market. Photo: Tejal Rao/Bloomberg But the most densely filled and dedicated line is the one for the Pig and the Lady, a Vietnamese food stall operating inside a cloud of grilled chicken smoke and anise-scented steam that rolls off a stock pot in the … [Read more...] about Why you must eat Vietnamese food in Honolulu
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Vietnamese awarded at Miss ASEAN contest The organisers of the competition said Thanh Vy's confidence and beauty shone out above her rivals, securing her victory and a place in the top three. Vietnam sent two representatives to the pageant: Pham Huong, F-Idol 2011 winner, and Dong Thanh Vy, an accounting student. Last year, Vietnamese beauty Dieu Han was crowned at the contest. Miss ASEAN 2013 was a girl named Amande Leong Li Ting from Singapore, and the first runner up was Amelia Thripura Henderson from Malaysia. The glitzy final was recorded on Fashion TV and is expected to be broadcast later this year. Traditional Japanese culture on display in Hanoi Hanoi's Vietnam National Museum of History will presentan exhibition of traditional Japanese culture and history from January 16 to March 9, 2014. The exhibition includes 70 artifacts covering ancient Japanese pottery, Japanese Buddhist sculpture, the Japanese war against Mongol invasion, and Samurai … [Read more...] about Art & Entertainment Headlines December 23
Dining Out Dining al fresco: Enjoying dinner under the sparkling lights in Truc Lam Vien's garden. — VNS Photos Green space: A corner of the restaurant's garden is home to a plant garden. Cafe Truc Lam Vien Address: 37 Le Dinh Duong St, Da Nang City Tel: 0511-582 428 Price: US$3-7/person Hours: 6am-10pm (12-02-2006) A traditional space in the heart of the city Da Nang hasn't really developed as one of Viet Nam's culinary destinations, but with its proximity to Hue, it certainly has potential. Vu Thu Ha finds hope in Cafe Truc Lam Vien. The noisy, crowded and chaotic city streets offer little refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily living. For visitors seeking a breath of fresh air, however, one restaurant provides an escape and offers a culinary experience that rivals the finest restaurants in Ha Noi and HCM City. Located in the city centre near the Cham Museum, Cafe Truc Lam Vien stands out among Da Nang's parallelpiped buildings and ever-growing sea of … [Read more...] about A traditional space in the heart of the city
The Hanoitimes - Enjoying an excursion to Sa Dec Flower Gardens, you will surely admire the vast lotus and bonsai in here. A forest of flowers of all colors and aroma are always available... Being one of flower centers of South Vietnam, Sa Dec Flower Garden is specialized in growing flowers and ornamental plants. Located in Tan Qui Dong Commune, Sa Dec Town, the garden occupies 60 hectares with 3,600 laborers. When Spring comes, Sa Dec bonsai village also starts its festival. Cars from everywhere come in crowds. All type of flowers and bonsai hasten to go to Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces to boast their beauty in Tet Holiday. Situatated by the bank of annually windy TienRiver of fertility and sun, flower village of Sa Dec is the homeland of hundreds "uncanny flowers and strange herbs". Here, you can see scarce and priceless bonsai of hundreds of years old. There are simple trees close to life of laborers like thistle, areca, fig, benjamine fig, ochna atropurpurea and … [Read more...] about Sa Dec Flower Gardens!
In the distant past, Tan Hung Village was not much more than a forest, with vast areas of land spread between houses. Tigers, foxes and a variety of birds found refuge within the borders of the village. After a family tragedy, one woman and her four brothers were forced to move south to settle. The first brother had chosen Bien Hoa as his home; the second one, Vinh Long; the third, Go Cong; and the fourth had selected Ben Tre to make his home with her. But unfortunately this brother had suffered a stroke and died, leaving her to live alone in this desolate land with two orphans they had picked up along the way. Her only weapon was a deep knowledge of traditional medicine that had been passed down to her by many previous generations. She knew about all of the medicinal herbs that could be found in the forest to cure conventional diseases and snake bites. Nang was also a midwife whom the locals tenderly called Vu Nang. In the afternoons, she usually picked an edible kind of leaves … [Read more...] about The night by the river