There are a gazillion posts burning a hole in my Drafts folder and I promised myself I’d start publishing them one by one. I wanted to start with
, my cousin Mark’s restaurant in NYC. Named after Mark’s mom, my beloved Aunty Vivian, Vien serves fast, healthy, Asian fare. Vien
Photo credit: VienNYC.com
Vien lets you build your own bowl (or takeout box) by choosing your base (rice, noodles, quinoa, or salad) and your main (grilled beef, pulled pork, lemongrass chicken, turmeric tofu, or roasted vegetables) + your garnishes, sauces, and sides. It’s basically the kind of food I would love to have for lunch everyday, if I lived in New York! So good!
Photo credit: VienNYC.com
Learn more about Vien
here, or visit them at 220 Varick Street.
Lorina Tan is a 20-something food-lover who was based in Thailand for 2 years. I met her through the blog when she sent me samples Continue reading “Bangkok: A Guide for Vegetarians”
My cousin Queen read up on a lot of
Hanoi restaurants on Tripadvisor prior to our trip. was ranked as the city’s 6th best restaurant, and we decided to have lunch Gourmet Corner Continue reading “Hanoi Eats: Gourmet Corner”
was one of my favorite coffee experiences in Hanoi. My cousins and I walked over to the cafe right across St. Joseph’s Cathedral, but you can find them at various locations around the city. Cong Caphe
Continue reading “Cong Caphe”
is one of my favorite Hanoi discoveries. The hotel has been on my must-visit list ever since reading Sofitel Legend Metropole this interview with Anthony Bourdain. But even with my high expectations, I was blown away by how beautiful it was in reality.
Continue reading “Sofitel Legend Metropole”
During our Hanoi trip last May, my cousin Queen suggested we check out this place called
. More than a restaurant, it was a cozy and interesting space where “peaceful souls join together to cloud-gaze, think, and create.” The Hanoi Social Club Continue reading “Hanoi Social Club”
After a few days of eating mostly traditional Vietnamese fare, my cousins and I felt it was time for a change. We decided to have dinner at
, a colonial-style restaurant serving up French cuisine with a Vietnamese twist. Green Tangerine
Continue reading “Hanoi Eats: Green Tangerine”
Hanoi day 2, my cousins and I decided to book a tour to Ninh Binh, a province about 2.5 hours away from Hanoi by car.
Continue reading “Ninh Binh Day Trip: Hoa Lu Temples, Tam Coc River, and Bich Dong Pagoda”
My cousins and I spent a lot of time cafe hopping while we were in Hanoi last month.
was just down the street from our hotel, and it was one of my favorites The Note Continue reading “The Note Coffee”
I can’t remember if we had dinner at
our first or second night in Hanoi, but I do remember it being a really good one. Cau Go
Continue reading “Hanoi Eats: Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine”
My cousin Queen booked us rooms at the
, just a stone’s throw from the lake and right in the middle of the Old Quarter. Hanoi Imperial Hotel Continue reading “Hanoi Imperial Hotel”
Just a few weeks ago, I was in Hanoi with my sister Audrey and our cousins Queen, Olivia, and Natalie.
Continue reading “Hanoi Travel Notes + Things to do in the Old Quarter”
One of the highlights of our Tokyo trip was our sushi breakfast at the
. Tsukiji Fish Market Continue reading “Tsukiji Fish Market”
I’m so glad there was a Dean and Deluca just a stone’s throw from our hotel in Tokyo. We popped in almost everyday, either for breakfast, a quick snack, or a coffee fix.
Continue reading “Tokyo Eats: Dean and Deluca”
While strolling around the side streets of Omotesando, John and I chanced upon this cozy cafe called
. We had worked up an appetite from all the walking, but dinnertime was still a couple of hours away Mr. Farmer Continue reading “Tokyo Eats: Mr. Farmer”
When John and I were in Ginza, we always stopped by
for our waffle fix. Manneken Continue reading “Tokyo Eats: Manneken Belgian Waffles”