Tag Archives: Viet Nam

T is for Tôm Chua (Sour Shrimp)

The cuisine of Việt Nam’s old imperial city of Huế features a number of local specialties that aren’t so well known in the rest of the country. The lightly fermented shrimp condiment called tôm chua, sour shrimp, is one of … Continue reading

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Discovering Cơm Hến (Clam Rice) in Việt Nam

Feeling quite chuffed that my short essay about a lesser known specialty dish from Việt Nam (called cơm hến, clam rice) has been shortlisted for the Third Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. The essay, Discovering Hến Rice in … Continue reading

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Travel Essay “Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam” Shortlisted!

I’m thrilled to have my essay Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam shortlisted for the Third Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Contest. Writer, traveller, and I Must Be Off! blogger Christopher Allen unveiled the longlist on July 27, but revealed the … Continue reading

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In Memory of Chef Shane Brierly

Shane Brierly November 11, 1965–July 2,2014   What a shock to receive the news of Chef Shane Brierly’s passing. A brilliant executive chef, kitchen manager, staff trainer, master of LN2 ice cream, and (often naughty) wit, he has left us … Continue reading

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Flash Mob 2013: The International Flash Fiction Day Competition

It’s here! FLASH MOB 2013 is live!  FLASH MOB 2013 is a hybrid competition and blog carnival. To  celebrate International Flash Fiction Day, writers around the world penned flash stories, sent in a copy to the four judges, and published their pieces on … Continue reading

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Litstack’s Flash Fiction Challenge

The fine folks over at Litstack have posted their 7th flash fiction challenge. This time, the prompt is one of my photographs, Through the Grille, taken in Huế, Việt Nam. The rules of the challenge are simple: Using the photo as a … Continue reading

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Linh and the Fortune Tellers

Linh and the Fortune Tellers – now published in issue 11 of the  Maple Tree Literary Supplement. Excerpt: “My Vietnamese mother-in-law believes there are good days and bad days for everything. The date and time of any undertaking, she insists, … Continue reading

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Days Like This

Pleased to announce that my personal essay, Days like This, has been published by Pure Slush. “I was almost asleep when a vague change in the shadows made me open my eyes…” Curious? Click the link to read the rest! Warning: not for … Continue reading

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Reading the War: Part 2

A reading list and a look at wartime photography (Read part 1 here.) My book review of The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli was published recently by the great folks over at diaCRITICS, an online magazine “covering all things related to … Continue reading

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