The Pomegranate

Winter is heaving its final gusts of biting wind. Late February is homestretch territory. Sunny days begin to outnumber overcast ones. The thaw has not started yet, but its back is about to crack under the sun.  Spotting a punchy ripe pomegranate in the grocery store from December through February reminds me of spring pleasures. … Continue reading The Pomegranate

The Best Banh Mi

The Banh Mi sandwich originated in Saigon under French occupation during the mid 19th century. It’s a blend of French and Vietnamese staples: bread, pork sausage, coriander, cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon, pâté, jalapeño, and mayo. These are the “standard” but we saw and ate many banh mis that included different ingredients. One time a woman cracked an … Continue reading The Best Banh Mi

Dinner At SPOONS

Our final night in Siem Reap was spent at Spoons. We took a $3.00 tuk tuk and were delivered to a bamboo tree house-like building. It’s open air and the bamboo interior has just enough tables to make this place intimate but not overcrowded. Spoons is so much more than a restaurant. Spoons is run … Continue reading Dinner At SPOONS