Top 6 Things to Eat in Vietnam

The biggest surprise about the food in Vietnam was how fresh it was. The country is small and everything, produce and meat alike, is rushed daily from the countryside to the ciites. Everything is cooked outside in neighborhood street kitchens so the sights and smells are tantalizing. Tom and the boys loved learning about the…

Getting Fat in Hanoi

The paths you walk to get through the market are one person wide with shops on either side, the zoning laws appear to be somewhat random with a fish shop next to a grain shop next to a fruit shop…. I explained to them both that if they remember how to put this whole meal together they will score some great points with the ladies when they get older. That was beyond their level of comprehension, but I predict we will look back 5 years from now and one or both of them will use some or all of the skills we picked up to whoo members of the opposite sex…. I had tried to convince them is was a different kind of soy sauce but now they understand that it is made from small fish and not small beans the tenor of our meals has changed.

Top 6 Things to Eat in China

We ate like pigs in China. The food is cheap, plentiful and tasty and far superior to anything we’ve gotten in Chinese restaurants at home. By the time we got to Yangshou, the younger kids were ready for some Western food and went back to their old favorites of pizza and lasagna. Dax could eat…

Out To Dinner In Yangshou, Be Back Later

There were at least fifteen Chinese to every foreigner, and they were still obsessed with grabbing Asher for pictures, a skill which it seemed no Chinese could master since Asher would bolt away and hide every time anyone got remotely close to her…. Aside from the tours on the Li River, the Yang Shao Mud Caves, and so forth all that there was in the quite town of 300,000 was a single street packed with restraunts and discos…. We managed to buy 2 fried rice plates, sizzling beef, sweet and sour pork, three cheese pizzas, a plate of pasta, garlic spare ribs, roast goose and beef noodles for under twenty dollars, finally cutting down on food costs after insanely priced Australia and New Zealand, I mean three bucks for a candy bar?… The problem is that in a country where the only indigenous instruments are flutes and a single string instrument, you don’t build a good rhythm base among most people, and so most end up dancing like McKane, Kieran and Asher, a lot of jumping around with no real connection to the songs beat.

Getting Fat in Beijing

I could probably start any post with the line “getting fat in…” After a steady diet of pies, fast food, and the world’s best black licorice in New Zealand and Oz, I was looking forward to healthier fare in China. I was sure it was the high fat content which had caused me to lose…

Dinner with China

When we arrived at China, the family got the bags (with some trouble), and went outside to look for Tong’s friends who were picking us up. Tong was a Chinese lady that we met in the Armidale branch. We were thankful for their help, so we said we would take them to dinner some time.…

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Top 6 Things to Eat in Australia

Australian food was familiar and for the most part yummy. You can tell we suffer from chronic sweet tooth, as three of us chose candy for our favorites. But this is probably fair, since the candy aisles in Australian supermarkets are like nothing you’ve ever seen–long, luscious, and addictive. You used to be able to…