Miss Vy

Cooking with Miss Vy

    Vietnamese food is the epitome of fresh, I am discovering.  Market stalls are piled high with green goodness and every meal layers on herbs...
fish sauce

Something fishy in Vietnam

  Before I lived in Southeast Asia, I knew that fish sauce--that fermented, salty essence of the sea--is an indispensable condiment for many of the...
Ben Thanh market at night, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ben Thanh Market’s metamorphosis

In the evening, the streets on either side of Saigon’s Ben Thanh Market sprout bustling restaurants, set up after the daily market closes at...
Ben Thanh Market

Saigon’s Ben Thanh Market

    The Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is one-stop shopping central, just about 24/7. Top quality fruits and vegetables, seafood and...
Basel Fasnacht

The (mostly unwritten) rules of Basel Fasnacht

Life in Switzerland is orderly, no surprise there. Fasnacht turns that tidy world upside down—for starters, it takes place during the first week of...

Gulf Coast seafood heaven

After a sunny February morning’s visit to the Fresh Market in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, my companions and I were in search of seafood. We...

Flying South? Try Concourse E

Earlier this month, I paid my second visit to One Flew South, an upscale restaurant in Concourse E of Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport, recently listed...
Lightered Knot opens in Wiggins, MS

The Lightered Knot

Until recently, I’d not considered the virtues of fat wood, or what folks in South Mississippi call “lightered knots” or “lightered” for short. A...

Sliding into 2011 with a Basel Sylvester

As I went about my business yesterday, picking up goodies for a Sylvester (New Year’s Eve) apéro with friends, each merchant cheerily wished me...

Basel’s Christmas market-Tis the season!

Basel’s Christmas market is the largest and most traditional in Switzerland. The merchandise on offer is of high quality, albeit pricey, and I always...
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