August 18, 2010 § Leave a Comment
30 friends from across the globe converged in Calcutta (West Bengal, India) for our friend Mukund’s wedding. Many of us met in college, in my case during study abroad in Florence, Italy. My new Canon EOS 50d came along for the ride. Here are some photos of the celebration week, which began with an overnight in New Delhi with a fellow Miamian making the journey.
July 10, 2010 § 5 Comments
Now that the whirlwind Indian wedding week is over, I’ve traveled through the luxury lined terminals of Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport to arrive Hanoi, to visit my cousin Jonathan and his wife Hoa and do a little exploring of this city on my own before heading back to the states on Friday. I’ll be moving into a hotel this afternoon for the duration of my stay, but how perfect it was to stay with Jonathan these couple of days. He and Hoa (pronounced wah, flower in Vietnamese) have given me the ultimate in crash courses on culture, language, and most importantly, food! I think I’m getting a handle on the Vietnamese way of life, and I have them to thank. I’m learning some Vietnamese, but it’s a bitch! First of all, letters and their combinations sound different. Nh sounds like ing, so banh mi actually sounds like ba-ang mi. Then you have accents, plus when you address different genders and ages there are different words you use! I have a few staple phrases down…
Yesterday, my first full day here (having arrived at night on Friday,) we took day trip to Nam Dinh, the second town about 2 hours south of the city that the French developed into provincial outpost. It’s where Jonathan’s in laws live, and we were going to visit its street food market and learn how to make pho bo (beef pho) from Hoa and her mom. « Read the rest of this entry »
May 11, 2010 § Leave a Comment
March 16, 2010 § 2 Comments
I have a stash of fun video footage from South Beach Wine & Food Festival so now is as good a time as any to share one such clip. The occasion is this Week’s TIME Magazine which contemplates Daniel Boulud’s Burger Bash entry, more complicated than most. It wasn’t the winning strategy at the end of the day, but do bells and whistles ever really have a chance against a classic? Check out Josh Ozersky’s story on page 63 to find out his argument. Oh yeah, and if you use a magnifying glass, you might notice my photo is credited, too