Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Postcards From Hanoi...

As we drove from our hotel towards the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, we came across some interesting sights of Hanoi...


Mr. Kelvin's hairdressing salon...


Another cafe...


Bikes everywhere...



What a "Marvellous" hotel...



Cashew fruit and rambutans for sale...


That must be a good and hearty breakfast...


Cheering for beer?


If BoConcept is here, that means communism is not really practiced here...



Beer from Munich?



A nice park...



The kind of heritage building I like,,,


An unusually quiet corner...



Indeed typical...




Some of the bikers can be menacing on the road...







Waiting to cross...





Good Morning, Vietnam!

Would I be plagiarizing if I were to title this post "Good Morning Vietnam"? Perhaps, yes, but who cares if a morning is as good as this one...


Fresh tropical fruit basking in the morning sun - dragonfruit, passion fruit and rambutan...


Aromatic and steaming hot chicken pho - that's a magical concoction...


Scrambled eggs and butter with croissant and black coffee...


Stuffing up my wallet for the trip around Hanoi today. And a couple of Vietnamese Dongs can actually, literally, make you a millionaire...
But hold on - one US Dollar buys you over 22,000 Vietnamese Dongs!


And Uncle Ho smiles on from these banknotes...
With my tummy full and my wallet filled in with the millions (of Dongs), I head out to explore the city...

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Old Quarter, At Night...

After our amazing dinner, we took a walk around the Old Quarter, checking out the quieter parts of the area...


Women indeed rock! And more certainly, the women in my life (read: my family) rock!


A club called Mojito...


Old French architecture still survives here...



The place is so retro, and that's the unique charm around here...


And it's time to snooze now!


I Don't Want Nirvana! I Want Great Food, Always! -- Part XXIX - Delightful Hanoi!

After a long day in the Ninh Binh province, it was time to relax when we got back to our hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and it was time for a leisurely and hearty dinner!


Clicking away as we wait for our order to roll in!


The restaurant had quite a warm feeling to it and we loved it...


And we managed to find a quiet spot, away from the boisterous and lively crowd!


A simple pesto spaghetti for Neeti with loads of vegetables...


There comes my Chả Cá Thăng Long - grilled fish, Hanoi style...

 Chả Cá Thăng Long is a magical balance of everything Vietnamese - different flavors and textures and colors. The catfish fillets are marinated in earthy turmeric, ginger, garlic, and fish sauce. The fillets are seared with scallions and dill and here it comes on a hot stone, with an amazing crispiness on the outside...
My Chả Cá Thăng Long was served with rice noodles, chopped peanuts and dipping sauces - sour, sweet and salty, soft and crispy, the Chả Cá Thăng Long blends in so many contrasts so elegantly!


And to end my meal, a very hot cup of ca phe - Vietnamese drip coffee...
Coarsely ground beans go into a French drip filter (the Vietnamese call it a phin), which produces the dark brew, a strong nectar, which is absolutely irresistible...


And the Vietnamese have incorporated colonial French influences into their cuisine and that shows up here in  the dessert - they Vietnam-ized the creme brulé with tropical stuff - we were served it with mint and a banana flambé!  And some cookies to go with my ca phe...


And the coffee was absolutely amazing afterall why shouldn't I shriek out "I Don't Want Nirvana! I Want Great Food, Always!"


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