Monthly Archives: February 2014

Let me count the ways to spend the 14th of February 2014

vdayValentine’s Day – whether you’ve been counting down by circling love-hearts around the days on your calendar, consider it a Hallmark cash-grab, deem it discriminatory to the single folk, or simply see it as a good excuse to holler at your loved ones, there are some very decent events on offer to mark the occasion.  Besides, it’s Friday and that’s reason enough to celebrate.  Below is an assortment of my prime picks for ways to spend the 14th of February 2014.


Dreaming of Vietnam(ese Pancakes)

IMG_1424 (2)This dish is a souvenir from my trip to Phu Quoc, Vietnam a couple of years ago.  I towed it more excitedly than any tourist with a stash of tailor made suits or a conical non la hat.  The food in Vietnam is really special.  I’ve eaten Vietnamese in Melbourne literally hundreds of times – lazy family lunches at our Victoria Street regular, wrestling over the last crunchy cigar-like spring roll to wrap in cups of crisp lettuce with strands of coriander and mint, mid-week pow-wow lunches gossiping over steaming broth and slurping slippery noodles, and boozy BYO birthdays staring inebriated eyes into plates of translucent dumplings. But Vietnamese food, in Vietnam, is very different.