Here’s a peek at what we did on DAY 1
Our first stop was to check if Dave’s watch could be repaired. The young watch seller opened up the watch and scratched off a bit of corrosion, wouldn’t take a cent and wished us a Good Day. (He knows me a bit and hopes I’ll return to BUY one day soon!) He’s a good marketer! The watch kept running. Miracles…good service really does happen here!
Lunchtime! Restaurant Nha Hang Ngon is famous for it’s huge selection of Vietnamese dishes all cooked in small kiosk-like venues around the perimeter of the place. The sights and scents are delightful and the food famously delicious!
Inside the huge open courtyard is a lovely cool fountain.
The Vietnamese Fresh Springs Rolls are famous…and healthy.
Banh Xeo…or Rice Pancake is a large crepe made from rice flour and stuffed with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts. It’s eaten with lettuce and herbs rolled around a chunk of the pancake.
Time for Coffee. A cool (air conditioned!) trendy-ish cafe nearby – i.d Cafe. It would be quite in place in downtown San Diego…or Vancouver…or maybe Paris! (As I’ve mentioned before, there is a huge French influence in Vietnam…left over from French colonial days)
Note the bare lightbulbs nicely dimmed…hanging from flexible tubing from the ceiling.
At Home in the late afternoon for Coffee and homemade Cheesecake!
Dinner was spent over Crispy Grilled Fish at the Ben Thanh Market Outdoor Cafe.
The atmosphere is casual and the air is coolish-ok…as long as the fans keep buzzing around us!
About 9pm we walked a block down the street to one of Vietnam’s premiere jazz clubs…Sax ‘n Art. Gotta love that New York…or is it New Orleans…vibe!
And that’s the end of Day 1….!