Advice and ideas to experience the places your feet take you in deep and meaningful ways. 



To experience Hanoi, Vietnam means experiencing its street food.  It's really unavoidable.  Shops that spill out on to the sidewalk are everywhere.   Wonderful little store fronts managed by proud and welcoming chefs.  Most specialize in one dish.  Just find a spot with a lot of people, sit down on stool and wait for a bowl of deliciousness to appear before you.   Must tries:


Bun Cha

Grilled pork patties served on vermicelli nooodles with fresh herbs

Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim - 67 Duong Thanh - Old Quarter

Bahn Cuon

Steamed rice crepes filled with minced pork, mushrooms and ground shrimp.

SE Corner of P Hang Non and Hang Dieu - Old Quarter


Bahn Ghoi

Deep fried pastries filled with minced pork, vermicelli and mushrooms.

52 Ly Quoc Su - Hoan Kiem Lake (near St. Joseph's church)

Lau (Hot Pot)

Type of stew where ingredients are placed in a simmering pot of stock and cooked at the table.  Typical dishes include thinly sliced meats, vegetables, noodles or ramen and fresh herbs.

Lau Vu Phong - 167 Phung Hung - Old Quarter


Pho Bo

A Hanoi breakfast staple of broth, noodles and beef - add chiles and fresh herbs.

Pho Gia Truyen - 49 P Bat Dan - Old Quarter (only open 7-10 am)


Bun Bo Nam Bo

Noodles with beef, mixed with sprouts and other herbs.

67 Hang Dieu - Old Quarter


Grilled meats and vegetables cooked at the table and served with spicy sauces and fermented cabbage.

Corner of P Hang Bong and P Phu Doan - Old Quarter - Pick from a selection of vegetables and meats on one side of the street, then take a seat across the street outside a store front that is a fast food restaurant during the day


How To Find Great Ethnic Food

The availability of great ethnic food is no longer a unique quality of big cities. The trick is knowing how to find it. This article offers a few ideas on how to seek out the best ethnic food in any city.

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Columbus Budget Travel Guide

Columbus, OH is an approachable and affordable city packed with things to do and great food to eat. As featured in Budget Travel Adventure's Travel Guides, this guide offers advice and suggestions on how to experience the best Columbus has to offer. And maybe, just maybe, it will convince you that it’s a place that should be stopped-in to not flown over.

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Self-Guided Columbus Itineraries

Whether you're a Columbus local looking for something to do, or an out-of-towner who needs advice on fun family trip ideas, these self-guided tours on Columbus, share some of my favorite things to do and offer up a local point of view on the best Columbus has to offer. You'll find full itineraries for a family weekend, a taco truck tour, and Ohio State game day. All for under $3 each.

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Photo Brief

Get to know places and spaces in a handful of images. Clicking on a Photo Brief link will take you to my Facebook Album page.

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