Duck Embryos, Pho and Other Tales from Saigon

Warning! Lots of food photos here!

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I’ll do the right thing though and start out with our first Pho in Vietnam:

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Beautiful, wonderful Saigon.

I get why this place has such a great reputation now. The people are lovely, warm and friendly.

Meriah Nichols -2It’s clean. Inexpensive. It’s hella charming.

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The food part has been kinda tortuous because Vietnam has had this huge agricultural awful-ness recently – farmers were spraying their crops with growth hormones and other chemicals. There is no regulation here, and now the fruit and vegetables are scary to eat (like, the farmers won’t eat what they grow, because they’re not sure about it…). Fruit stalls and street food were untouchable candy for us this trip – and careful as we were to only eat in places that Mikey’s mom recommended (except for that one Banh Min sandwich!), we still got pretty sick.

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Not the kids though. So that’s good!

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That was a snail that Micah was popping into his mouth just there. That kid… man!

I suppose all that Man vs. Wild we watched before we left on this trip (coupled with years worth of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern) have had an effect on this kid and his willingness to try things like Balut – duck embryo!

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Meriah Nichols -2-3He was totally wiped out by the eating.

We were all wiped out for the better part of two days. Jet leg isn’t for the faint of heart, seriously, that stuff just climbs in bed with you and holds you down

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Meriah
Meriah Nichols is a deaf artist, tech-junkie, Counselor (and sometime teacher), mom (one with Down syndrome), cat-lover, Trekkie, yurt-dwelling off-the-grid farmer's wife. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done.

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