Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Happy Lunar New Year! or as we say in Vietnam, Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

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To celebrate this, I wanted to share a Vietnamese specialty with you. Every new year, or Tet, my mom buys banh chung. Banh Chung is a glutinous rice cake filled with mung bean paste and tofu. It is steamed in a banana leaf, and extremely sticky!

This cake is a traditional meal for the new year’s, and it’s generally eaten with some pickled vegetables.

You can eat this as is, but also pan fry it. This is usually how we like to eat it. The sticky rice becomes crunchy and crispy, while the beans soften.

If you are interested in cooking these I suggest checking out Van’s Kitchen tutorial. Simply skip the fish sauce, and switch the meat for some tofu, tempeh or soy proteins, to make it vegan. Harm yourself with a lot of patience, but be ready for some serious deliciousness!

Anyways, happy new year! You get an extra chance to make resolutions and stick to them this time!

 

San Francisco Series: Day 5

Today we took a car and drove on the Golden Gate bridge to Muir Woods.

If you are planning to visit the giant trees, make sure to get there early: we were there by 8:15 and easily parked and did not pay the entry fee as the office was not opened yet (a signed said we could go in, no worries). Double win! Or should I say triple win: by coming in early you avoid big crowds and really take advantage of the magic, mystery and ambiance of the forest.

After a great walk, we headed to Sausalito where we enjoyed a great view of the San Francisco bay. We walked along the water and took in the great scenery. The sun was so nice!

We then rolled on to the Napa Valley where we were amazed by the size of the vineyards. It was so much bigger than expected. It was really impressive to see these giant fields!

When we came back to San Francisco we were really hungry, and so we stopped at Whole Foods. This store is so exciting for me as we don’t have them back home. We found great fruits, spreads and breads for our new year celebration.

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We started our celebration near the water, which was quite nice as the sun was setting on the bridge and the bay. Perfect way to end the year!

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For 2016, I wish you all to find something that your care about and explore that passion. I also hope that you will give yourself some time to take care of yourself and the people you love. Have fun in 2016 and take time to enjoy it!