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Dear Goat: This year, I wish for…

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Happy lunar new year everyone!  I am not a good Vietnamese girl when it comes to celebrating Tet. Honestly, once Tet rolls around, I’m still recovering from the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years trifecta.  I can’t handle all the … Continue reading

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Yesterdays

We visited the old alma mater recently, a one hour drive away but 18 years away from the lives we live today.  It had been four years since our last visit, when Soup-er Boy was barely 5 and Soup-er Girl still … Continue reading

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Summer eating

It’s that time of year again–evening meals outside on the deck with tasty grilled fare and cold drinks.  After a two delicious meals out at some first-rate restaurants–to celebrate Mr. No Nom’s birthday (Sarma) and our 14th wedding anniversary (Journeyman)–I’ve … Continue reading

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Peach Kuchen

Okay, so this isn’t a Vietnamese dish.  But there are so many lovely peaches at the markets now that I can’t help but whip up a yummy peach tart. Plus it’s a hit with the entire commune–young and younger! Several … Continue reading

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Vietnamese-Americana, or at least how I remember it

I know it’s just my age group and all, but there’s been a lot of articles and social media posts about turning 40, as if no other group has done so before us. Instead, we feel the need to publicly … Continue reading

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Busy

This is my first post in over two months. Yikes. To say that life has been busy is an understatement. Many of my working-mom/dad friends out there will completely understand the daily juggling act of morning routines, drop-offs, pick-ups, office … Continue reading

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Family food: com gia dinh

Sometimes dinner is just dinner–nothing fancy, nothing complicated.  Way back in the day when my family ran a restaurant in SoCal (a venture that failed rather spectacularly), we offered com phan gia dinh (family dinner).  Every evening, families who had … Continue reading

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Summertime baking: blueberry-lemon tart

Growing up, I often craved American foods that my family did not make, such as mashed potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, and apple pie.  As a teenager, I mustered the courage to try making some of these dishes–thinking about those … Continue reading

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Summer: the puzzle gets ever more complicated

Summer has finally arrived, and with it, the complicated family, work, camp, daycare puzzle gets even more complicated.  (Yes, I did just write “work”; more on that in a moment.)  With the warmer weather, we also get to deal with … Continue reading

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“The best vacation ever”

“This is the best vacation ever.” Those were the words spoken by Soup-er Boy about our recent trip to Tulum, Mexico. High praise indeed from a well-traveled seven year-old.  This trip marked our family’s first trip south of the border, … Continue reading

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