DAY 1 OF BROTHER VISIT…Saturday, May 26

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!

THE WATCH SELLER FINDS A FAST FIX FOR FREE FOR DAVE’S WATCH!

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.

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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)

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Note the bare lightbulbs nicely dimmed…hanging from flexible tubing from the ceiling.

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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.

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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….!

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