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My Learning Journey in Canada

“Why do you come to Canada?” the immigration officer asked, looking up after a glance at my passport. “I live here,” I answered with a smile. That...

Casa Loma – The House on the Hill

What do X-Men and The Handmaid’s Tale have in common? They were both shot in Casa Loma, a 64,700-square-foot castle located in midtown Toronto. Originally owned by Sir Henry...

Eating Bánh Xèo (Sizzling Crepe) is a Multisensory Experience

There are few Vietnamese dishes that can evoke as many of our senses as bánh xèo (sizzling cake or sizzling crepe), a bright yellow crepe stuffed with an explosion of protein goodness,...

You’re Be Pleasantly Surprised with Fast Food in Vietnam

Bin is a nine-year-old boy living in Saigon. Like other kids, he is excited about his coming birthday, when he will be showered with presents and play with his friends with limited parental...

A Primer to Vietnamese Coffee

Coffee was deeply ingrained in the Vietnamese culture after its introduction to the country by French missionaries in 1857. “To get coffee” in Vietnam is “to talk” or “to discuss”. Once an expensive...

How the Vietnamese Diaspora Keeps the Phở Spirit Alive

For more than 20 years, Tuấn Võ arrives at his restaurant at 8 a.m. and gets everything ready before the first guest comes at around 11 a.m. When service ends and all...

A Vietnamese Food Adventure – These Dishes Are Not for the Faint-Hearted

Vietnam’s strategic geographical location endows the country with a long coastline, dense forests, plains and mountains that support a wide array of agricultural crops and animal habitats. These blessings from Mother Nature, together...

Vietnam’s Unique Contribution to the Global Pantry

Two main cultural forces influenced the development of Vietnamese cuisine over history. Centuries of Chinese occupation brought in noodles, roast meats and steamed buns, among others. Decades of French colonialization led to...

How To Enjoy Vietnamese Meals With Grace And Confidence

Learning table manners is the first lesson for many Vietnamese children. The country’s standard for consuming food with grace is one of the basic principles for human development. As...

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