[HCM] “Cà phê” to Independent Coffee Moments in Saigon

As I've done a brief introduction of Vietnamese coffee in the Hoi An coffee post, the coffee scene in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh city) is more vibrant and westernized compared to Hoi An. There are myriads of cafes in the city, such as that the entire building has a cafe on each floor. The entire city is exploded with cafes due to its own coffee culture, but I managed to find some of the so-called "third wave" cafes!

[HCM] Banh Mi Crawl in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)

Do not tell people that you've been to Vietnam if you did not have, at least one, banh mi! "Bánh mì" means bread in Vietnamese, but people used it to refer the banh mi sandwich, which the fillings varies from places to places. The baguettes are normally 3/4 foot long. They're sliced from the side, filled with assorted meats, such as luncheon meats or grilled pork patties, pâté, and finished with Vietnamese pickles, cucumbers, coriander, and choice of chili sauce or chili. Now the question, where to get banh mi in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh city)?

[HA] “Cà phê” Moments in Hoi An Ancient Town

Coffee production has been playing a major role in Vietnam's economy since early 20th century. Nowadays, the Vietnamese-style coffee is known all over the world for its special brewing method. People in Vietnam consume quite a lot of coffee daily, and it is seen everywhere, from the street vendors to coffee shops. That being said, how can one visit Vietnam without trying authentic Vietnamese coffee?

[HA] A Foodie Tour in the Enchanted Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An is a beautiful city located in the Central Vietnam. Moreover, the Hoi An Ancient Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient town is situated a long the Thu Bon River, which allowed a lot of Chinese and Japanese brought goods to Vietnam for business. They left an incredible legacy, such as Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples and ancient warehouses, which bestowed the town a touch of various cultures. As Hoi An used to be a cultural melting pot, it reflected on their cuisines as well.

[MTL] Haitian Love – Agrikol

As a newbie for Haitian food, my verdict after a visit to Agrikol was I loved it! Agrikol is a fairly new restaurant and bar locating in the Gay Village area, which serves some Haitian food with interesting cocktails. It's also one of the few restaurants in Montreal that people start to line up outside before its opening time. If you've never had Haitian cuisine, I suggest that you do!

[MTL] A Boutique Café – Le Butterblume

Le Butterblume, locating on the main, is a restaurant, a cafe, as well as a boutique. This hybrid cafe is started by a team of the Pâtisserie Rhubarbe and Olive et Gourmando alum, which is at the border of Mile End and Little Italy. Not only the owners, Julie Romano and Nadine Boudreau, have strong restaurant résumés, so does the chef, Jens Ruoff. After my first visit, it has become one of my favorite weekday and weekend brunch spots!