Firstly, thought you were going to get off without more pictures of my darling kids? Think again!
The last day of school was one of celebration.
Gavin and I had lunchmunch at Cuc Gach to celebrate the end of the year, then randomly plopped down at Yogurt Space on Phan Xich Long for a special treat. I love Fro-Yo (frozen yogurt) and we have been to several joints around town and I think that this was my favorite by far. Lots of good fresh-fruit and confectionery toppings and flavors, but about half the price. Only 80,000 for two HUGE cups. Can't beat that!
I bid adieu to my first graders by letting them do what they do best: watch movies and complete hidden picture worksheet activities. Before branding me a deadbeat teach, avert your critical gaze and hear me out: They were so hyped up on sugar from their homeroom party that I doubt they even noticed I was there and only floated down from space when I abruptly wrangled and corralled them for a photo.
Friday night was one of celebration. We were felling like French and thought we would the new and hyped Le Bouchon de Saigon (40 Thai Van Lung, D.1) a try. It did not disappoint.
Since we didn't have reservations, we gladly took a seat at the well-sized and inviting bar. We went for several small dishes and had a nice feed.
The French Onion Soup and Smoked Salmon Tartar:
A delicious Caesar Salad. Tossed with an agreeable amount of homemade dressing, with the perfect anchovy kick.
A massive and reasonably priced half-order of green-lipped mussels in a white-wine, garlic broth, served with thick-cut Belgian fries. It was reported that they were sweet, plump, and delectable.
And a fantastic, yet un-pictured, homemade Creme Brulee. Lively place and solid offerings, we shall return to Le Bouchon de Saigon .
On Saturday afternoon, the continually dependable Black Cat delivered to our door. A burger for him and a burrito for me.
A late and languorous Sunday breakfast with friends.
We went to K Bistro (another Gallic stronghold) in the Pham. The breakfast was workmanlike and dutiful, although slightly disappointing. The company was splendid!
Did I mention that it rained a lot the last few days?
Tuesday was a long overdue lunch date with Sara and John.
We went to Khoi Thom @ 29 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, D. 3. I loved the colorful tables and chairs and the open outdoor seating. Their take on Mexican-Vietnamese fusion worked surprisingly well and it was resonably priced.
Some of our dishes: Chips and dips.
Chili-peppers wrapped in bacon.
Pork spare-ribs with garlic fried rice.
Sweet potato quesadilla.
Fruit and an avocado smoothie.
We're off for Malaysia tomorrow morning. Looking forward to rest, relaxation, and exploration after such a busy last few months.