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Rasamalaysia.com is offering a chance to win a copy of this unique new cookbook.   Here’s the link to enter by leaving a comment:  http://tinyurl.com/yjhfog6

Subtitled “Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens”, the cookbook offers a collection of recipes from various cuisines across Asia.

I must confess that I wasn’t always a fan of Asian foods while growing up.  I’m an American-born southern girl of Chinese heritage; many times I preferred to stick to good old macaroni and cheese!  But now that my husband and I have combined two distinct Asian cultures in our household, we are both ardent connoisseurs of all Asian cuisines.  (We’ll still join you any day for some scrumptious BBQ, NY Strip, or hearty American breakfast any day!)

I think this cookbook is a great way to not only celebrate our Asian origins, but to acknowledge and embrace our way of life in our American homeland as well.

Celebrations International Travel currently has sample itineraries for culinary tours in China, India, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam.  We customize all itineraries to suit your family or group’s preferences, budget, and travel timeframe.

Interested in visiting another country in Asia or elsewhere in the world?  Let us know and we will create the tour just for you!  Contact us to start planning your culinary tour today!

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Tonight we went out for dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant, Saigon Pho.   This little restaurant isn’t exactly a “hole in the wall,” but lacks atmosphere, making up for it with some of the best food.  (Isn’t that true of many local favorites?)

Although we eat there from time to time, what made tonight’s dinner unique was a whole red snapper, pan-fried crispy and topped with a light sweet-and-sour sauce.   I must note that the Vietnamese-style sauce is nothing like the syrupy stuff you might be used to getting with generic Chinese take-out.  Instead, Vietnamese sweet-and-sour is lighter in color and flavor and mixed with sauteed onions, sweet red peppers, tomatoes, and fresh pineapple, topped with cilantro.

What a treat!  The four of us devoured the 2 1/2-pound fish in no time, and the kids were asking for more.  This was just a simple Friday night dinner, but anyone who knows me knows I am all about great food.  What a great way to end a busy week.

If this sounds good, check out our Vietnam Culinary Tour.  The sample itinerary is there to whet your appetite and inspire your travels, but as always, we will customize any tour to suit your needs, wants, and time and budget constraints.  If you’re hungry for more, visit our Culinary Travel Homepage to see all of the culinary tour destinations we have posted.  If you’re interested in a destination that’s not posted, just ask us!


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