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Month: January 2018

Vietnamese Food to Try in Da Nang

Vietnamese Food to Try in Da Nang

The list of phenomenal Vietnamese foods to try in Da Nang is epically long. Here in this post we’ll touch upon a few highlights: Mỳ Quảng for breakfast or lunch: Available just about everywhere, but our favorite is Mỳ Quảng Dung (pronounced “Me Wang Yoom”).   Bánh Cuốn for breakfast: Available here and there. HERE is a popular city-side location, which is also a 2-minute walk to Bạch Đằng street where you can stroll the riverwalk and a 5 minute walk to the Han…

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OUR RECOMMENDED DA NANG, VIETNAM AREA EXPERIENCES

OUR RECOMMENDED DA NANG, VIETNAM AREA EXPERIENCES

If you’ll be spending time in Da Nang during your visit to Vietnam, lucky you! There is so much to do and see in and around the city. Here are some of the experiences we’ve enjoyed: Custom Tailoring: Bring digital photos of ideas for new pieces and/or bring favorite pieces from home that you want to have copied. Plan to visit a tailor early in your trip and budget for 2 more visits over 2-4 more days for a fitting and…

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TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VISITING VIETNAM

TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VISITING VIETNAM

We often find ourselves compiling recommendations for friends who are planning to visit Vietnam. In hopes that our tips can be useful to others who happen upon our blog, we’re now including them here, and will periodically update this post based on the feedback and additional questions we receive over time. We’re so glad you’re considering visiting!   VIETNAM VISAS The prices and term lengths around Visa requirements vary according to your nationality. For Americans visiting Vietnam, terms have changed…

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Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Soursop

Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Soursop

Soursop’s thin outer skin is bright green in color and covered in small, harmless spikes whose pattern reminded us of the barbs that line a cat’s tongue. The inner white flesh is creamy and fibrous and studded throughout with black inedible seeds that mimic the shape of candy corn. Soursop’s flavor transported us back to childhood: the artificial green apple flavor of a Jolly Rancher or Gummy Bear was manifested in this tropical fruit. We ate ours with a spoon,…

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Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Thanh Mai

Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Thanh Mai

Thanh Mai, which we refer to as “Luxury Fruit” are small, marble-sized fruits that seduce you with their mouthwatering fragrance, akin to berry-flavored Fruit Roll-Ups on steroids. Eaten as you would a cherry by popping them into your mouth, one-by-one and whole, the exterior bumpy texture yields to a smooth, tart, sweet interior surrounding a small pit. The taste is a bit like a blackberry, but words fail to describe how intense and supreme this flavor is. Due to their…

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Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Sapodilla

Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Sapodilla

Let’s begin with how to pronounce Sapodilla: You can say the “ill” as in “dill” or with a y-sound like “tortilla”. Our first go-round with the Sapodilla was less than fruitful, having unknowingly cut into a very UN-ripe specimen. The flesh was so tannic, it felt as though we’d rolled a stick of deodorant over our tongues. Blegh. Waiting a few more days before trying another, we were rewarded with a very different experience! The formerly firm pale white flesh…

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Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Quả Gấc

Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Quả Gấc

How could we resist this enormous, never-before-seen (by us) brilliant orange specimen? Although we expected its hefty weight, we were startled by the pliability of its skin: it was a bit like holding a thick, lumpy water balloon. Once home, we sliced into the fruit’s core and were shocked by the pile of grotesqueness that spilled out onto the cutting board. What looked at first glance like a mass of demon hearts turned out to be gigantic black seeds covered…

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