Author Archives: Michelle Rosenthal

The Hanoi street food scene

  As you attempt the navigate the sidewalks of Hanoi, you are constantly bypassing or walking through one of the thousands of street food stalls, with patrons spilling out onto the narrow sidewalks. Street food is a slight misnomer, as … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve in Hanoi

A long overdue post… Hanoi is known for its vibrant street food scene and the list of must-try dishes is immense: bun cha, banh cuon, and pho bo, just for starters. We needed professional help. That's where Daniel Hoyer came … Continue reading

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Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls

There was a distinct lightness to everything I cooked at the Saigon Cooking School. Fresh herbs, paper thin rice paper, clear coconut water – it could have easily been billed as a healthy cooking class. We started with fresh spring … Continue reading

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Motorbike madness in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City really does have the frantic, intense energy you read about. Not only are the streets jam packed with motorbikes, but when traffic gets bad they simply hop up onto the sidewalks and drive there. Crossing the … Continue reading

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Cambodian coconut curry

Khmer food has a gentle sweetness and soft spice to it. Like the culture in this beautiful country, it is friendly and accessible on the surface but also complex and multi-faceted. Coconut cream, fish sauce, palm sugar, and lemongrass feature … Continue reading

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Better late than never: Christmas in Cambodia

I had expected to be amazed by the temples of Angkor, and I was. What I hadn't realized was just how wonderfully hospitable the Cambodian people are, how charming Siem Reap is, and how delicious Khmer food can be. In … Continue reading

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The cliches about Chiang Mai are true….

It really is a traveler's haven. Gold and crimson temples dot the streets, orange clad monks allow visitors to observe their daily chants, locals are friendly, and you can just as easily order the ubiquitous bowls of yogurt, museli, and … Continue reading

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My day with the elephants

Everyone does it. You come to Chiang Mai, you ride elephants. It would almost be trite except that elephants are such fascinating creatures that it doesn't matter that every other tourist in the vicinity is having a similar experience. I … Continue reading

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Coconut soup and other delicious discoveries in Chiang Mai

For some reason, I’ve never ordered coconut milk soup before. It always looked heavy to me and the temptation of noodles and stir fry would lure me in first. No longer. I learned to make chicken in coconut milk soup … Continue reading

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A love affair with green curry

I came for the pad thai but I left with an abiding love of green curry. My day with “A Lot of Thai” was exactly that – six dishes later, the only thing I could possibly be expected to do … Continue reading

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