Home, and falling over.
Briefly, a collection of dispatches from Southeast Asia:
Central Vietnamese-style pancake (banana, peanut, chocolate) and fresh passion fruit (Hue, Vietnam)
Chicken banh bot loc (meat, vegetables, and sesame to be hand-rolled in a very thin rice crepe), a signature dish of Hoi An
Pork banh ouc (very thick spongy rice crepe, bean sprouts, lettuce, and very, very spicy garlic chili sauce), a signature dish of Hue, Vietnam (we only got to eat it because our buddy the Orchid Hotel shuttle driver took us to his favorite roadside stand at the end of a very long day)
I have cinnamon ice cream (Hoi An, Vietnam)
The complementary fruit plate that came with the Orchid Hotel Honeymoon Suite (uh, different story). Counterclockwise: dragon fruit, teenytiny tangerines, fresh persimmon. Anyone who can identify the mysterious green thing gets a prize. (Hue, Vietnam)
We tried many kinds of Vietnamese beer. Saigon, Hanoi, Tiger, 333. They all tasted about the same. The lovely Alexis models one here. Cheers!
Double-fisting fresh salty apple juice and Vietnamese iced coffee at the Noi Ban airport in Hanoi at 5 am
Prawn cocktail. Those flowers are made out of carved cucumbers. (Halong Bay, Vietnam)
Breakfast on Cat Ba Island: hot Vietnamese coffee in the foreground; mango fried dough and a plate of cucumbers aft. (Halong Bay, Vietnam)
Things we did not order on Cat Ba. (File under #whatiswamber.)
Amazing street food stirfry. (Cat Ba Island, Vietnam.)