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Sep 29 2011

Blockhouse coffee shop in Hanoi

blockhouse coffee shop in hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge – At this coffee shop, you will sit down near a black loophole to sip a cup of black coffee and see the sunset on the West Lake.

At the crossroad between To Ngoc Van and the road around the West Lake, there is a special coffee shop inside a blockhouse.

This blockhouse is called “Mother blockhouse”, which is connected to the “child blockhouse” by a trench. The two blockhouses are in the dense system of blockhouses in the Red River delta, built by the French. Sitting in the blockhouse, one can observe a vast area.

The “Mother blockhouse” is over 100sq.m, built by white stone and concrete, with thickness of 60-80cm. The blockhouse has two doors, which are very small. One door is sufficient for one person, and the another door is very low, which requires guests to bend to get through.

There are narrow corridors inside the blockhouse, with loopholes. An iron staircase stands at the center of the blockhouse, leading to the cylinder-shaped tower on the second floor. There are also many loopholes on the tower.

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Sep 21 2011

World’s best street food listed by CNN

world%e2%80%99s best street food listed by cnn

Certain cities around the globe have cult followings built entirely around their street-food cultures. Below, a definitive guide to seeking out the best bites in the world’s most bountiful (and greasy-fingered) destinations.

1. Hanoi, vietnam

The narrow alleyways of the city’s Old Quarter yield a treasure trove of breakfast delicacies for the jet-lagged traveler. Street vendors set up as early as 5:30 a.m. to prepare sweet green rice wrapped in banana leaves, sesame- and coconut-filled dumplings in ginger syrup, and rich coffee poured over sweetened condensed milk (but watch the ice).

2. Los Angeles, California

Near L.A.’s MacArthur Park (at South Park View Street between Wilshire Boulevard and West 7th Street) is old-school vendors trade with hundred of local feature food stores.

3. Ensenada, Mexico

It’s a rare city in Mexico that doesn’t have great street food, but the tacos de pescado in the Baja port town of Ensenada, demand a special pilgrimage. Join the masses at the city’s fish market for corn tortillas piled high with battered fried halibut, shredded cabbage, pickled onions, avocado, jalapeños, and sweet-tangy crema-mayonnaise sauce.

4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The nation’s first capital is also home to some of its oldest and most beloved portable fare: soft pretzels, Italian ices, and, of course, cheese steaks, now being reimagined in Vietnamese and Mexican versions. Locals get theirs at the century-old, seven-block-long Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market.

5. Singapore

In its many hawker centers (or food courts), such as Chinatown’s Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore delivers a civilized street-food experience — complete with table service. Patrons can usually ditch their belongings at one of the marked tables, browse the offerings (ranging from Chinese fish ball soup to spicy Malaysian pork-rib prawn noodles), and give their table number at the counter.

6. Puerto Rico

The food stands along Piñones Road about 30 miles east of San Juan make some of the island’s best frituras, or fried snacks: coconut arepas, piononos (plantains stuffed with beef), and bacalaítos, a mixture of pancake dough and salted cod. If you hit the strip around sunset, you might even catch an impromptu salsa-thon.

7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Health-conscious Cariocas, as locals are known, hit up Ipanema’s Sunday market in Praça General Osório square, open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., for grilled-shrimp skewers and the occasional dessert splurge: churros stuffed with dulce de leche. The less guilt-inducing alternative: a fresh coconut drink or an açaí shake from one of the stands along Copacabana Beach.

8. Marrakech, Morocco

In the city’s rambling medina, grilled-meat hawkers will cook to order any cut you bring from one of the many nearby butchers. In the evening, head to the night market at Jemaa el-Fna and settle in at the communal tables for chickpea stew, boiled snails, and strong mint tea poured the traditional way: from a pot held perilously high above the glass.


9. Brussels, Belgium

Art nouveau architecture, the European Union headquarters: Who cares? Brussels is all about the frites (which, we assume, account for the bulk of the nearly 250 pounds of potatoes a typical Belgian consumes annually). At the city’s standard-bearer, the Maison Antoine kiosk in Place Jourdan, the secret to success is in the sauces: pineapple ketchup, beer-flavored carbonnade, and mayonnaise so tasty it’s almost a dish unto itself.

10. Vienna, Austria

Stroll the city center and you’ll encounter numerous Imbisses, stands selling sausages and sliced Leberkäse (a baked loaf of ground beef and pork) topped with mustard and folded into Semmel rolls. And to try the local caffeine fix of choice, head to the cafés of the 18th-century riverside Naschmarkt for a Wiener Melange, an espresso drink with steamed milk and whipped cream.

11. Istanbul, Turkey

Happily for all the travelers who make their base in the Sultanahmet district (home to the Hagia Sophia), the stalls beside the nearby Grand Bazaar can compete with any in this food-rich city. Have your pick of mussel skewers in garlic sauce, grilled corn, roasted chestnuts, and permutations of kebab too plentiful to count. (Feeling adventurous? Try the kokoreç, chopped lamb intestines seasoned with hot pepper and oregano.)

12. Tel Aviv, Israel

Mouthwatering falafel abounds throughout the Middle East, but this waterfront city is also home to a unique treasure: the Iraqi Jewish specialty of sabich, a pita sandwich stuffed with fried eggplant, chopped hard-boiled egg, and pickled cabbage and beets. To get right to the source, head to the stands of neighboring Ramat Gan, where the dish was invented.

13. Bangkok, Thailand

For centuries, Thai food sellers operated out of boats along the canals that formed the city’s main transportation system. In recent years, roadside cafés have all but supplanted the custom, but at Taling Chan floating market on the western edge of the city, vendors still grill fish and steam crabs directly on their boats every weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

14. Portland, Oregon

With more than 400 carts selling everything from Korean tacos to Carolina-style barbecue, Portland is a microcosm of mobile meals. Lunchtime crowds gather near SW 10th Avenue and SW Alder Street; later on, night owls head across the river to SE 12th Avenue and SE Hawthorne Boulevard for deep-fried cherry pies and savory crepes, served until 2 a.m.

Sep 18 2011

Why travel to Vietnam?

why travel to vietnam

Vietnam has exerted itself to be a favorite destination of more and more tourists. There’s a Hanoi elegant with friendly people, a Sapa with colourful-dressed minorities, a Halong Bay with amazing caves listed on UNESCO World Heritage. There’s a Hue romantic with palace and rain, a tranquil Hoi An where you can have clothes made in one day, a Danang dynamic by Han river. There’s a Nha Trang with best bays of the world, a Saigon busy and modern like Newyork, a Mekong-delta with fascinating floating market. The North, Centre, and South of Vietnam all bear a deep cultural trace, which remains in tourists’ memories for years. With everything from mountains to seas, from cold to hot weather, from city to countryside, Vietnam has everything you may come up with!

When to Go?

Vietnam has three different regions – the North, Central and South – each with different weather patterns and different rainy seasons.  This means that there is neither a best time nor a bad time to travel to Vietnam. Hot summer or cold weather is not that big a deal. Beaches are always available from North to South. Sapa and Ba Na and Dalat all offer great places for cool temperature. You know you can find your favourite kind of weather all year round!

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