Monday, July 27, 2009

New town, new tastes

Apologies for the delay. Since we last spoke I've traveled across the world and returned only to move to another state. The good eats have been abundant so there is a lot of catching up to do.

I am recently back from Southern Vietnam where I and the rest of our group provided chiropractic care to the needy. I wish I could say the food was the best part of the trip but I can only say it was an afterthought after many long days of sightseeing, relaxing at a beautiful resort, and of course sweating it out for patients in various hospitals. Some of the food was awesome but most of it not quite as exciting as you'd think. Vietnamese food has never been on the top of my list of preferred cuisines but I did have pho most mornings for breakfast, spring rolls at nearly every meal, fresh seafood, and enough fish sauce to drown in.

The real food highlight of the trip were the fruits. Instead of sweet dessert, every meal was followed with exotic fruits like dragon fruit, rambutan, mangosteen, lychee, and tropical variations of watermelons, oranges, bananas, and pineapple.

I hope to return to Vietnam in the future to truly explore the flavors of the region. Due to the size of our group and the circumstances, I think we missed out on a lot of the good eats of Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau.

We have said goodbye to Florida and relocated to Pittsburgh. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the food is so good here (and cheap!) that I find myself not cooking often. Because there is good food on every street, this blog may evolve into something a little different. I hope to share all of our Pittsburgh dining experiences here with you beginning in the days ahead.