It defies logic, but I actually don’t love Mexican food.
It’s got melty cheese (drool), fatty meat (adore), fatty fruits (guaca-lovely), and crunchy salty things (my kryptonite), but for some reason, when put together, Mexican just isn’t something that makes my mouth water. (Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy it and wouldn’t turn it down! But it doesn’t top the ethnic-foods hierarchy for me.)
No, the top place in that hierarchy belongs to Vietnamese food.
A couple of summers ago, I spent a few weeks in Vietnam and dammit, if I wouldn’t go right the hell back.
Vietnam is a broke foodie traveler’s paradise. Gorgeous beaches, cheap beer, awesome French-influenced food. I’ll endure crappy roads and 20-hour bus rides all the live-long day for that.
(Also, I loved traveling in Vietnam because everyone there speaks French. I cannot speak French, but I did study it in high school and have apparently retained just enough vocabulary to believe that I can speak it. Especially after an afternoon of consuming strong drinks that cost less than a value-menu Chalupa.)
Anyway. I’ve always loved Vietnamese food, but that trip cemented its place in my heart.
So tonight, I turned down the fried chips and seven-layer-dips and made myself a delicious – and healthy! – Vietnamese dinner.
Crazy name aside, this dish is actually super simple and – and! – beautifully showcases the flavor of fish sauce. Because this recipe calls for a lot of it. But I promise, it tastes nothing like the weird smelly stuff that comes out of the jar. Fish sauce is magic when mixed with sugar and lime.
While pondering dinner, I decided to give that Triangle Brewing Company Belgian White Ale another shot.
I first tried this beer on Easter Sunday, while in a Champagne-and-maple-syrup-induced coma. I didn’t care for it then, but vowed to give it fair shot another day.
Today, I approached it with an untainted palate and bolstered it with a fat slice of juicy orange. And it was much better. If you like Blue Moon-type beers, you’d love this one. I don’t know how widely available it is though – I’d never heard of Triangle Brewing until recently!
Today’s run was nothing remarkable, but I popped out for a quick 5+ miles after belatedly wrapping up a project. At 70* and sunny with low humidity, it was gorgeous running weather!
Happy Cinq de Mai! Also, pas des phoques sur les bicyclettes!
A street sign in Ho Chi Minh City. No seals on bicycles…?
Your guess is as good as mine!