Hot Chocolate at Cafe Nhan, Hanoi, Vietnam

Today we met up with my friend An. An is from Hanoi but I met her in the US when we were both doing a course together there. That was in 2004 and I haven't seen her since so it was so nice to see her again and to get a little introduction to Hanoi from a local perspective. We spent a few hours visiting the Temple of Literature, the first national university in Vietnam. It was build in 1070 and is dedicated to Confucius. An tells us that this is a popular spot today for students studying for exams. [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:46+00:00 September 12th, 2012|ASIA, Hanoi, Vietnam|

Hot Chocolate at the Sofitel, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi has a Chocolate Buffet. Yes, you heard me correctly; an all you can eat buffet celebrating chocolate. I found this out while doing my research on Hanoi and so we made a point to visit the Sofitel near the French Quarter one day at 3pm, right when it started. The Sofitel is quite a stunning hotel. It is a gorgeous colonial style building. The hotel also has a very rich history and several information panels along the walls introduce you to some of the highlights of that history. Guests at the hotel also [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:47+00:00 September 10th, 2012|ASIA, Hanoi, Vietnam|

Hot Chocolate at Cafe Nang, Hanoi, Vietnam

What better way to start off a day trip to Hanoi than an early morning walking tour of the Old Quarter. At 5.45am we meet up with our guide Tuy to explore the empty streets and narrow alleyways of this old and vibrant city. Everyone is just waking up and getting to business. Baskets of freshly made noodles are being dropped off in front of restaurants. Tiny plastic chairs are being set up along the sidewalk where the locals are sitting to eat their breakfast of Pho or rice pancakes filled with ground pork and mushrooms. At the end of [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:47+00:00 August 27th, 2012|ASIA, Hanoi, Vietnam|

Hot Chocolate in Japan Airlines Lounge, Narita Airport, Tokyo, Japan

I joked when I knew I was going to have 4 hours at Narita Airport that I’d have to find a hot chocolate to tell you about in Japan. I have never been to Japan before but have always wanted to visit so I was so excited to have a sneak peak at the airport. The airport is full of little stores selling beautifully packaged sweet treats made of red beans and green tea. I bought a few for my family and then proceeded to the lounge. I was so lucky to have access to the Japan Airlines Lounge on [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:47+00:00 August 25th, 2012|ASIA, Japan, Tokyo|

Hot Chocolate at The Blue Pumpkin, Siem Reap, Cambodia

After two days of visiting temples I was ready for another hot chocolate. Today my tuk tuk driver, Chanthy brought me out of Siem Reap along a bumpy bright red dirt road to the stunning Bang Mea temple. One cannot escape the buses of Korean tourists which have even made it here (1.5 hours away from the city) but other than that one bus load there was no one else around and the place was very quiet. The temple hasn’t been restored yet so you can walk right into the buildings, climb over the rocks and feel like you have [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:47+00:00 August 22nd, 2012|ASIA, Cambodia, Siem Reap|

Hot Chocolate Le Tigre de Papier, Siem Reap, Cambodia

While on a recent trip to Vietnam, I was lucky enough to be able to make a side trip over to Cambodia to visit Siem Reap. After a day visiting the stunning temples of Ankor Wat I decided to make my way to Le Tigre de Papier at 5pm for their cooking class. The class lasts 3 hours, starting with a  1 hour visit to the local market to buy some vegetables and fruits for our meal and then 2 hours of cooking. This is a very different kind of cooking class. First of all each of the 6 participants [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:47+00:00 August 20th, 2012|ASIA, Cambodia, Siem Reap|

Hot Chocolate at Legend Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Today is my first day in Vietnam and what better way to start the trip than with a hot chocolate. Because of the French influence in this beautiful country, I am expecting some interesting hot chocolates on this trip and this first one certainly did not disappoint. After a breakfast of wonton soup and fresh fruit, we sat at the bar/café in the Lobby of the Legend Hotel in District I. It is Sunday and the place is quite busy. Many locals have come to the hotel to eat brunch and use the pool.  The bar/café is pretty quiet, but [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:48+00:00 August 3rd, 2012|ASIA, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|
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