Saigon

Review: L’Usine in Saigon

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Tucked away down a tight alley in the heart of Saigon, one of the city’s most pleasant cafes perches in an upstairs loft. Only a short walk from most of the city’s major sites, like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Opera House, L’Usine is a quiet oasis. Although it's on the major shopping street of Dong Khoi it’s hard to find to the untrained eye. It will require a short walk down a dark alley lined by clothing and accessories boutiques; once at the end follow the signs up the stairs and you'll find the cafe. Read the rest of this article on Travelfish.org

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Saigon’s Reunification Day

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Everyone knows that travelling to Saigon during Tet can be a bit of a headache, with many restaurants and shops closed and transportation is limited. Tet, however, isn’t Vietnam’s only celebrated holiday that can throw you for a loop: Reunification Day on April 30 (followed a day later by May Day on May 1) marks the rejoining of North and South Vietnam under one government. Like a major holiday in any city, there will be some changes to the usually day-to-day operation of the city. If you happen to be in the city on Reunification Day, here are some things you can expect. Read the rest...

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Why I LOVE my job!

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I couldn't resist sharing this sweet post my friend, Lisa, wrote about my blog today. Lisa and I met in a Saigon book club  and were introduced to each other as the "bloggers" of the club. Since we were so techno savvy, we quickly became good friends; she even gave me a convection oven for Christmas! Oh, did I mention she is one of the nicest people I have ever met?! Here's what she said: 'I’m pretty sure Angela Schonberg does not really know how much I admire her. Her Travelfish blog is not only a source of inspiration for me as a blogger, but also full of information that has made my Saigon...

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Saigon motorbike driving tips: Dealing with Police

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Traffic in HCMC is ridiculous: it’s noisy, congested and totally awesome tonavigate. To look at the traffic from the outside it would most certainly seem chaotic; people driving on the sidewalk, almost no regard for traffic lights, people swerving around people at whatever speed they desire. It’s so crazy that most people would be surprised to learn there are actually traffic laws that are actually enforced. Read the rest of the article on Travelfish.

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How To Make Banh Xeo

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Finished shooting the second half of my TV interview! They need a couple shots of me working and walking around town and we can call it a wrap! Speaking of wraps, after cruising the downtown streets of Saigon and enjoying some coffee in the park, that's what today's portion of the interview was about: making banh xeo! I'll admit, I thought banh xeo would be pretty easy to make and, for the first few minutes, it was. You're going to need some banh xeo flour, pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, and a plate of mustard leaves and lettuce that you will be using later. We also decided to add some green...

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