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


While we lived Florence, our friend Nate introduced us to his Italian friend, Yari. Yari was nice enough to bring us along on a weekend day trip to the Tuscan town of Lucca. Nate, Yari, and Davide are all photographers. Lucca is currently hosting a huge photo exhibit that includes 20 locations to see photo … Continue reading Lucca

Which ‘wich?

One of the reasons I love Italian food is that it trusts the ingredients to take center stage. That’s why every ingredient must be the freshest you can find. It doesn’t compensate for poor quality ingredients with pounds of sauce. Sometimes sandwiches can have so much sauce on them that the flavor of the actual … Continue reading Which ‘wich?