Take time out to enjoy..

Take time out to enjoy..
Relax, renew, regain, regrow, reflect

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Vietnam .. lets start in Hanoi..

 Crepes for dessert tonight.. just the lightest.. fluffiest.. yummiest ever!
 We're sitting at Le Terrasse at the Sofitel Metropole..watching the world go past..
At La Terrasse, inspired by the famous Parisian cafés, visitors are plunged into the heart of Hanoi's bustling urban life. Observing passers-by, reading the papers, sipping a glass of Perrier, time slips by imperceptibly. Café furniture, antique ceiling fans and the streetlife … a whiff of France wafting right in the heart of Vietnam

 Its a fabulously casual spot where friends catch up.. you have to get here early though, otherwise you won't get a table!
I'd go to Spices Garden any night!
Vietnamese culinary tradition redefined with Frenc flair. Enjoy views of the lush gardens courtyard and swimming pool. Embark on an adventure of the palette with the exotic flavours of Hanoi's bustling cuisine, with "pho" noodle soup, tender spicy barbequed pork and the freshest of garden vegetables, spices and herbs. 
Chefs Madam Van, who has worked in The Metropole kitchens for 17 years and Madam Kim Hai form a duo familiar with all the secrets of traditional Vietnamese recipes, such as Pho, the very popular Chinese soup that one can buy from vendors on every street corner in Hanoi. Every lunchtime there is a spectacular buffet: overflowing with a multitude of entrées and main courses. With cutting edge decor, candy colours and new veranda, dinner at the Spices Garden is a whole new experience, revealing the many different facets of Vietnamese cuisine and its finest specialities from both North and South. Hanoi nems and spring rolls from the north, prawns with lemongrass from the Hué region, Saigon chicken, plus an infinite variety of ways of preparing beef including a recipe formerly used for cooking tiger meat. Utterly unique, from its decor to the quality of the cuisine, this restaurant astonishes even Vietnamese guests.
 But my bed is calling me! Super soft perfect pillows..
 My room is very inviting.. very peaceful
See you tomorrow morning.. I'll be up bright and early for Tai chi with the locals, or a walk in the park.

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