Category Archives: musings

Food for the greater good?

With a slow-going job search on my hands, lately I’ve been having entrepreneurial thoughts. Given my family’s disastrous experiments with business initiatives (failed restaurants, lost money, strained familial ties, etc., etc.) I am rather hesitant to even consider starting my … Continue reading

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The soup

It’s been over two months since I last posted and a lot has happened.  This blog is first and foremost about Vietnamese cooking, but I’ve always known that other topics would intrude.  I entitled the blog “in the soup” not … Continue reading

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Europe part 1: Portugal

Ah, Europe.  Like an old friend, She welcomed me back this summer with magnificent scenery, delicious food and friendly locals.  Now, Mr. No Nom de Blog will be quick to call me on my selective amnesia and remind me of … Continue reading

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Home again.

Another vacation, another long posting hiatus. After all the airplanes, trains, cars, subway, buses, and achy feet, we are home again.  This time it was a whirlwind 19+ days through Portugal and France.  There were many sites visited and much … Continue reading

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That’s not pho-nny!

I came across this NYT piece a few weeks ago and let it go. The writer seemed to have good intentions about making healthy, tasty soups and I’m a firm believer in “to each their own.” But then I wrote … Continue reading

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More Commune meals

In case you all aren’t already jealous of the Commune, go take a gander over at I Am the People. At the risk of sounding smug, every now and then I do marvel at how well we manage to eat. … Continue reading

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Valley Girl

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley (THE Valley for those of you from the area), the northwest corner of LA County and some 20 minutes from downtown LA. As a teenager in a terribly conservative Vietnamese family, despite … Continue reading

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Have you ever wondered???

Sometimes, when I am driving or walking, I look at other people–like the drivers waiting at the red light across the intersection, or the mother of three trying to herd her children through the local Trader Joe’s, or the older … Continue reading

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Giving and Receiving

Note: This post is not about food. I recently read a post by my friend Jason, a blogger at Daddyinastrangeland and a good friend from college, about his encounter with a man in need of assistance.  The man was homeless … Continue reading

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The Commune

Tonight, for dinner we had homemade fish tacos: seasoned cod, tomatillo salsa, Mexican crema, pickled red onions, and guacamole, with margaritas. It was delicious and refreshing on an unseasonably warm March evening.  And I didn’t make any of it.  In … Continue reading

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