open farm community, dempsey

pricey (what else would you expect of the spa esprit group?), but decent lunch/ brunch place for women. that last part isn’t any manifestation of feminism, but an observation that the only men in the restaurant throughout my meal were the ones in the kitchen.

this is my second time here, and on both occasions I’ve ordered the mud crab curry papardelle. I’m not sure if this consistency says more about the cooking, the menu choices, or me, but it’s a rich dish that marries the sweetness of crab with a slight, ever-so-moreish heat. you see from the photo that it comes with plenty of crab meat, as well as crispy sage (?) leaves that I wish were more generously sprinkled, because they sure add an alluring fragrance (and flavour).

my sister had the red snapper this time, which was beautifully-plated – a thick fillet of fish fried crispy, mounds of barley cooked in squid ink, and other daintily-plated accoutrements. quite delicious, but not quite filling on its own.

it’s a nice place, and very well-designed – rather reflective of what the spa esprit group has come to be. I’d recommend lunchtimes here as the sunlight streams in in a most delightful manner, and the yummy mummys create an ambience all of their own.

blog work, home

I thought I’d share with you a little of what I do when I’m not out eating – there’s a lot of quality control that goes into these posts, though it could also be rightfully and justifiably said that I have a decent amount of OCD.

I hope you’re out eating something good, or doing some good. have a great weekend!

xx

p.s. I realize it might not be apparent here, but all those photos differ by perhaps a fraction of a degree. complete madness, as my sister might say.

bam-bam-bam-bam (hum to beethoven no. 5, please)

trepidation

I know it’s been a weekend of radio silence, but I am back – and I am excited, but also all sorts of hmm-maybe-I-shouldn’t-do-this. I’ll be trying out something new for the posts starting tomorrow, and it’s a format that gives me more creative control, and my random survey of (un)willing friends has turned up mostly positive (the rest of you, I’ve been crying myself to sleep).

please let me know what you think, and if you’re wondering if I would like the truth or something beautiful – then I would like the first, all done up as the latter.

see you tomorrow!

backend work: geographical gastronomy

I’ve been rather frustrated with indexing my posts since starting andmorefood – I was never sure what would be useful for you guys in navigating the posts, and all that manual listing on the previous out-and-about page was both tedious (and didn’t seem quite worth all the effort for turning out merely as a long and rather meandering list).

so let’s try something new, shall we? I’ve just spent a couple of days trying to organize the posts onto maps – so that you can find restaurants near places you’ll be visiting, or use for planning out your days. I’ve also reinstated the search bar, just in case you’re looking for something specific

you’ll see it all here on geographical gastronomy, listed also on the sidebar. let me know what you think?

xx

p.s. the blog turned two years old just a few days ago: this calls for cake – and thank you all for sticking around!

the versatile blogger award

versatile blogger award

the very talented sophia at silk and spice and michelle at bite by michelle were kind enough to give me this award (thank you very much!) – these women are great cooks and brilliant photographers, so I feel very humble and grateful that they would.

as part of the award, I now have to figure out seven facts to tell you about myself – but safe ones, right, so I won’t have to kill you after telling:

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not cool, man, not cool

stolen!

I write on this ol’ blog as an indulgence to my food- and word-loving soul – and I know the internet is no safe place – but still, stealing someone’s content wholesale without asking or informing, is the epitome of serious uncoolness (and a sign of evil).

the offending – and offensive – site has removed all the text (and most of the photos bar one) after I emailed them, but that doesn’t erase the animosity I felt and still feel. I’m not linking them here – because driving traffic to them is nothing they deserve – but really, to all you budding websiters out there – most of us will share our content. all you’ve got to do is ask.

the original post is here: https://andmorefood.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/ngoc-suong-marina-restaurant-ho-chi-minh/.

liebster award, no. 2

liebster

the awesome grub blog was kind enough to give me my second liebster award (thank you!) and here goes:

liebster award rules and requirements

post eleven facts about yourself.
answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.
choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post.
go to their page and tell them.
remember, no tag backs.

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liebster award

liebster

collegetownkitchen was kind enough to give me this award (thank you!) – given to newbie bloggers – and it took me a while to decide what is safe to release into the bloggersphere and so here goes:

liebster award rules and requirements

post eleven facts about yourself.
answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.
choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post.
go to their page and tell them.
remember, no tag backs.

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