Is it possible to get quality Vietnamese food in a restaurant in Hanoi? My chances aren’t looking good.
When it comes to traveling, my sightseeing perspective centers on markets instead of monuments and museums. Curiosity and appetite are my guides and I expect to get lost, which invariably, happens more often than I’d like. (I’m still sharpening my map-reading skills). Hanoi, to my foreign eye, is immune to the voracious hands of commercial commerce. No big-name supermarkets here; not even a single Starbucks or McDonald’s. I do see a KFC and a Segafredo coffee shop, one of each, and that’s it. [Read more…]
Hanoi’s streets are so thick with smells that I think I can eat the air. Whereas last night the sidewalks were pictures of calm, the emerging day is witness to burgeoning armies of tables and chairs and little stools where an adult’s knees come up to her chin. But no one seems to mind. The majority of Vietnamese life is lived on the street. [Read more…]