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Greetings from Kristina and David in Vietnam

Greetings from Kristina and David in Vietnam

Old Jul 9th, 2009, 10:22 AM
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Yup, loving your blog, and can't wait for the full TR.
I'm taking note of your Hanoi food recommendations for my trip later this summer.

Have fun and stay hydrated.
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Old Jul 9th, 2009, 10:30 AM
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For those of you headed to Hanoi, here's an excellent resource for good restaurants:

http://newhanoian.xemzi.com/venue/ca...staurants#1/11
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Old Jul 10th, 2009, 01:01 AM
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Food from Hanoi Day 2 is now posted on my blog.
http://formerchef.com

Hot as Hades here in Hoi An. Jellyfish in the sea.

Having a coat made in town. Looks like it will be beautiful, but trying on wool in 100 degrees and 90% humidity is torture.
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Old Jul 10th, 2009, 10:33 PM
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Picked up my coat today and it's lovely. If anyone needs a tailor in Hoi An, I can recommend "Hoi An Cloth Shop" at 154 Tran Phu St. Ask for "Queenie" (Quyen).

Had a great moment today. We thought we were leaving tomorrow but realized we had another day. Love it when that happens!
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Old Jul 10th, 2009, 11:29 PM
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I'm bringing you some electrolytes.
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Old Jul 11th, 2009, 02:18 AM
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Lori-We've been looking for gatorade here and can't find it. Thought it was available in Thailand and might be here, but no go.
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Old Jul 11th, 2009, 07:05 AM
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Great websites and the photos are incredible. Then again I knew they would be.

Hope you enjoy Saigon and the food as much as I did. If you are there on a weekend don't miss Lang du Lich Binh Quoi where they serve 80 kinds of Vietnamese food in a beautiful garden about 45 minutes by bus from the center of the city.
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Old Jul 11th, 2009, 04:51 PM
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nywoman-I remember your report and how much you loved the food there. I'm sure that influenced my decision to go there.
I wanted to go to that weekend place, but unfortunately we aren't there at the right time.
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Old Jul 11th, 2009, 10:52 PM
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Vietnamese Tapas in Hue! Glutenous rice, dried shrimp, fried pork skin. http://twitpic.com/9q4at and http://twitpic.com/9q4do

More Hue tapas; banana leaf packages w/ glutenous rice, whole dried shrimp and pork fat http://twitpic.com/9q5f4 & http://twitpic.com/9q5hf

(those above were based on a recommendation for a place made by ekscrunchy, thanks!-hopefully she will see this)

Hue's version of Pho- Bun Bo Hue- http://twitpic.com/a3h9a

"Roll your own" Nem Lui with pork, starfruit, rice paper and peanut sauce in Hue http://twitpic.com/a3gzb and http://twitpic.com/a3h15

The best beer so far; Huda-Made in Hue, "Brewed with Danish Technology" http://twitpic.com/a3g76

More form Hue-Bahn Khoai-"pancake" (more like an omlette) w/shrimp and meat http://twitpic.com/a3g2g and http://twitpic.com/a3g3s
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Old Jul 12th, 2009, 12:04 AM
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Loving your pictures.

Glad you are enjoying your trip...I am enjoying reading about it. Thanks.
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Old Jul 12th, 2009, 01:50 AM
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Thanks Magical! David wanted to make sure you got the email which said he received the stuff you sent for his class. He has a stack of thank yous from the kids to send when we get home. Can you email us an address? See my profile for link to web site and email.
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Old Jul 12th, 2009, 06:13 PM
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Leaving our beach paradise and on our way to Saigon!
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Old Jul 12th, 2009, 06:51 PM
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Kristina, it's fun to follow along with you. I'm looking forward to the full report once you are home!
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Old Jul 12th, 2009, 07:28 PM
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Money, tickets, passport.
Check check check

electrolytes for K
check

Getting on the plane in a few hours. I'll see you at your hotel this evening. If I don't show up, I'm still at my hotel trying to get across the street; come rescue me.
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Old Jul 13th, 2009, 01:04 AM
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Greetings from the Saigon Sheraton!

For you SPG members:
We had booked a standard room with cash plus points (per night, 4000 points plus $90). On arrival they offered an upgrade to a brand new towers room for an extra $81 a night (ouch). Includes, breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and internet.
I said no, but then Dave asked if we could upgrade with points. Yes, indeed. For another 6000 points a night.
So, here we are in the Towers Lounge, enjoying the free "afteroon tea" and wifi.

We are anxiously awaiting Lori's arrival and looking forward to going out to eat in earnest.
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Old Jul 13th, 2009, 01:28 AM
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LOL Lori!!
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Old Jul 13th, 2009, 06:47 AM
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Kristina...your blogs are so helpful, pics, fab. My husband and I are planning our own trip to Vietnam and are reading mixed reviews on hotels so we are anxious to hear your reviews in the cities you are traveling to. Hoi An disaster? We will definitely be following you on your trip and blogs. We are going this October. After reading all your food comments, we are so excited - we love Vietnamese
food here in the states. This is our first Aisa trip so we are researching lots of blogs. Your's is the best. Have fun! Fran and Steve
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Old Jul 13th, 2009, 08:41 AM
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While Mr. and Mrs. Kristina are having free snacks and wifi at the sheraton I'm here 2 blocks over listening to the construction crew under my window at 10:30 pm. Kristina insisted I not get the $20 room with no window. This would generally be good advise, but in this case, not so much!

There is internet in my room; the cable hangs down from the ceiling and does not reach any of the furniture, so I built a tower by putting my suitcase on top of the nightstand so it would reach. Charming.
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Old Jul 13th, 2009, 05:55 PM
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fmr0130-thanks! No real disaster with the room in Hoi An. Nothing that a little extra $$ to upgrade could not fix. There will be more on my website (well before you go) once I get home.

Lori-Oh, poor you! You neglected to mention the awesome meal we all had in a little restaurant which included Tamarind crab claws and fresh spring rolls (among other items), all for under $7 a person. Or the street vendor selling, of all things, roasted potatoes and eggs near the market (so good!).
Or the overpriced drinks on the rooftop of the Rex. You are not suffering all that much, but the image of the tower you built to reach your computer cable IS pretty funny.
We are now enjoying our breakfast and David wanted to say he thought of you as he contemplated the cheese plate.;-)

I have posted Day 3 of Hanoi Food to my blog:
http://formerchef.com
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Old Jul 13th, 2009, 07:09 PM
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lori....want to return to corporate??
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