This week I am going to try to combine all 3 photo challenges into 1 post :) I have done 2 together before and after Island Traveller tied all 3 together last week I thought I would give it a try too ;)
Alisa over at Where’s My Backpack posted the travel theme FOOD. Whenever travelling you should try the local cuisine and what they are famous for. I am not an adventurous eater, but I do try to sample a nibble of something different and try it when travelling. In doing so I have discovered some great foods to tantalize the palate. Island Traveller’s theme for the week is ADVENTURE and what couldn’t be as adventurous as traveling and trying some new foods? Word Press set the theme DREAMING… and I am always dreaming of a vacation and where to go to next… Check out each of these posts to join in the challenges or to see more :)
Last April we went to Vietnam and I saw people with big steaming bowls filled with noodles. I am always weary of food on the street, so I never gave it a second thought. At our breakfast buffet, at the resort we stayed, they had a noodle cart set up and the sign said it was a traditional fare. The cart was providing a soup called Pho (pronounced Fah).
Despite the heat I decided to try a bowl and was hooked! Rice noodles with bean sprouts, fresh basil, wedge of lemon and a little tiny piece of hot pepper was an awesome combination. On top there are choices of meat; beef, pork or chicken. Meat is used sparingly, but a few pieces is all you really need to compliment this bowl of goodness. My favourite was the seasoned pork, but it must have been a Seahorse resort specialty because I have not seen it elsewhere. Back in Shanghai we found a place close to our house at the Kerry Centre that is a Vietnamese restaurant and for $15- $20 (100 RMB) we could each have a gigantic steamy bowl of Pho and a plate of spring rolls.
You may remember reading my Vietnam posts and I talked about our cooking class. We learned how to make fresh and deep fried spring rolls. John’s favourite is the deep fried, but I tend to like the fresh which are refreshing on a hot day. Most have mint leaves, carrot, cucumber and may or may not have some meat. The place near us also makes a fruit/veggie combo with carrot, cucumber, apple and dragon fruit. YUM! Here in Canada John found a place that is a small Vietnamese restaurant and they make a delicious Pho and we tried the vermicelli too. That is a rice noodle with meat, cucumber, lemon grass and choice of meat. It is just like Pho without the broth… oh so delish. Price is great too for approx. $20 we both get our fill. The spring rolls are pretty good too. The best part is the Vietnamese owner (or worker) who is so sweet and friendly. If you are ever in St Catharines check out Fresh Rolls on Forth Ave.
Travelling to Vietnam was an amazing adventure. We loved the city, the people and the food. The beach and the simple life was fantastic. Laying by the pool or on the beach was relaxing and filled our heads full of dreams for a return visit and more vacations like this. Coming into Vietnam was a little adventurous as we had to get rerouted due to a typhoon. Landing in a strong cross wind jerked the plane and gave the heart a jolt like it does when on some roller coaster ride that suddenly drops. The pilot did a great job and landed us smoothly and safely.
After a busy school year for me and my husband just writing a HUGE exam we were dreaming about time together and relaxing. He has been watching some travel web sites for good deals and yesterday we ventured off to the travel agent and booked another vacation to Cuba. This will be our third trip to the sunny island and we are dreaming of fun in the sun, the music and great people. Cuba is not a destination for food, as their cuisine is bland and limited to what they can import. Mojotos and fresh fruit are always on the menu and that is good enough for me :) SO more adventures await as I dream about the soft powdery sands, turquoise waters and gentle salt filled breezes…
Don’t forget to check out the photo challenges and stay tuned for more…