honeymoon food

Last year was pretty crazy.  Simon and I got engaged, went to Florida to look at houses, legally tied the knot, bought a house, and started the paperwork to get Simon a green card.  Here and there we planned a holiday together.  It wasn’t until shortly before we left that we realized that this trip was sort of our honeymoon.

We went to Hong Kong, Hanoi, Sapa, and Siem Reap.  To me, this trip was the culinary trip of a lifetime!  I thought about dim sum and wontons and noodles and pho for weeks before we left.  I posted in forums asking the kind residents of each city what interesting cooking tools I might find to bring home with me.  Simon and I watched Anthony Bourdain eat his way through Asia.

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{Mak’s Noodle Hong Kong}

Simon surprised me on our trip.  He willingly ate everywhere I dragged him to, without complaint.  He’s not a fan of “different” food, and usually (happily) subsists on food from the local Irish pub wherever we go.  I’m the annoying person who tries to “help” him by nagging him to try local delicacies.

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{teeny tiny peanut in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong}

So, to reiterate… I guess this was our honeymoon, and my husband was amazing the whole time.  I could not have been happier, and I mean that.  I remember thinking that I finally understood all that “If I could only be half as happy as I am now, that would be good enough for me!” sort of stuff.  That’s how I really felt… Like I was binging on happiness and that I would be lucky and satisfied with half that amount of happiness in my day-to-day life.

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{the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant -Tim Ho Wan’s- Hong Kong}

The very small thorn in my rose was the fact that the only camera we brought s u c k e d at taking pictures for this here blog.  I felt guilty for feeling disgruntled about not being able to BLOG about something properly, but also mad that I didn’t bring my phone as a backup camera.

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{street food sausages, Hanoi}

But the rage-y feeling passed, and I didn’t ruin everything with a violent mood swing.  Simon is clearly a lucky man.

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{first bowl of phở in Hanoi}

Seriously, could you imagine everything being perfect and wonderful and full of happiness, only to have your significant other pout that she won’t be able to show the world her ten readers a decent picture of noodles she ate?

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{?????, Hanoi}

Me either.

Sorry for the picture quality, is what I’m trying to say.

Onwards.

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{best phở ever, Hanoi}

Our first night in Sapa (Vietnam) we stayed in a homestay.  The women of the family let me help make rice paper spring rolls!

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Dinner was a huge, delicious feast.

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With a LOT of “happy water”.

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One of us didn’t feel so well the next day… And it wasn’t 75-years-old, travels-the-world-alone John.  I don’t need to point out which one  John is, do I?

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Since our new friend didn’t feel well enough to pose with the group for a picture, we brought the group to her.

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That’s way better than any food shot I could have taken anyway.

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9 Comments

  1. Congratulations! I didn’t know you got married :) This post makes me miss REAL Southeast Asian food!!! :(

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  2. lindsay

     /  March 11, 2013

    the food looks so amazing and congrats on the happy honeymoon! can we go get noodles sometime, like right now?

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    • Thanks Lindsay! Um yes, we should definitely get noodles soon! I bet there are some good little places around JLT.

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!! WOOOOHOOOOO.
    All the food looks crazy amazing. There’s a Vietnamese place in JLT I like (Hanoi, have you been?) so might be worth trying that?
    And seriously… we STILL haven’t met.

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    • I have not tried Hanoi yet! And I just got a whole lot less busy, so YES WE NEED TO MEEEEEET!

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  4. Cheri

     /  March 13, 2013

    Probably my favorite post…simply because it is so incredibly wonderful to hear how happy you are!!!!!

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  5. That looks good! I never thought of going to Vietnam but putting it to the bucket list now.

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