8 Must-Try Street Food in Vietnam

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Vietnam is one of the Southeast Asian foodie destinations that have a vibrant street food scene. There is a wide array of delicious dishes and treats you can relish for cheap in the streets of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and other cities across the country. Exploring the many delectable street foods is one culinary adventure for the bucket list. Here are some Vietnamese dishes to try when visiting the country.

Banh Canh Cua
Banh Canh Cua
What is it: Noodle dish similar to udon, it is made of thick noodles — made with rice or tapioca flour or a mix of both — and crab; served with green onions, fresh lime, and green onions

Banh Cuon
Banh Cuon
What is it: Steamed rice crepes with ground port and mushrooms for fillings, served with fish sauce and chili on the side, often served for breakfast but can be eaten anytime

Banh mi
Banh mi
What is it: Sandwich made with Vietnamese baguette filled with meat like pork ham, pate gan (liver paste), cucumber, green onion, coriander, chili, pickled carrots and white radish

Bun Bo Hue
Bun Bo Hue
What is it: Soup made with lemongrass, chili, and meat, seasoned with paprika, fermented shrimp paste

Bun Cha Ha Noi
Bun Cha Ha Noi
What is it: A dish consisting of grilled pork and noodles; served with fish sauce, carrot, garlic, and young papaya

Bun Moc
Bun Moc
What is it: Soup dish made with rice vermicelli noodles, pork and mushroom broth, and served with slices of lua (pork meatloaf)

Bun Rieu Cua
Bun Rieu Cua
What is it: Crab and tomato soup

Pho Bo
Pho Bo
What is it: Soup dish consisting of beef and noodles, a popular Vietnamese dish for locals and tourists alike

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Sawdust In My Coffee? No Way!

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Imagine yourself waking up in the morning and smelling an oh-so-good familiar aroma. You slowly get out of bed, help yourself to a steaming cup of brewed coffee, sit down on the couch, put your feet over the center table, and sip your coffee while reading the newspaper.

Ah, things are going well for you. However, there’s one article that caught your eye. As you read it, your eyes grow wide. The news article mentions that there’s sawdust included in coffee and that you might be drinking a cup with it. You think, “Sawdust in my coffee? No way!”

Luckily, there’s another news article that debunks this claim.

Back in August 2014, the American Chemical Society stated in a report that twigs, soybeans, wheat, and wood might be included in coffee. As expected, this report caused quite a stir among coffee lovers. However, it’s worth noting that the said report wasn’t an official study of filler ingredients that might be included in coffee; a new method was announced instead to detect the said filler ingredients. The report also mentioned that because of climate change, sawdust might soon be included in coffee – just in case its crops disappear completely soon.

But, fret not! Modern Farmer has confirmed in another article that in the United States, there are actually legit methods (Thanks, FDA!) of determining if the food you’re eating or drinking only contains what it’s supposed to contain. The Food and Drug Administration is also responsible in preventing both unhealthy and economic additions from being ingested. They even use fancy microscopes just to check if coffee has any filler ingredients included in it, which – so far – has not been encountered yet.

Furthermore, the National Coffee Association gave more light to this issue as they released their own article. It stated that the country has no record yet of any filler ingredient incident and that the ACS’s promotion of the said report just implied a problem with coffee adulteration, which they also debunked as “not the case.”

And there you have it! There’s really no need to worry about your coffee having sawdust in it. The only time sawdust will be involved is when you work on a new project with a cup of coffee by your side or by simply making a coffee table out of sawdust. Even more so, it will only happen if you keep on using tools like saws or those found on http://sawingpros.com/best-reciprocrating-saw-reviews/ when cutting wood pieces.

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Some Of The World’s Best Coffee & Juice Bars

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Ah, coffee! Ah, fresh juice!

Okay, how about coffee and fresh juice?

Here are some of the world’s best coffee and juice bars:

Whisk

Located in Charleston, South Carolina, Whisk is best known for its hot coffee, fresh juice, and made-to-order salads. It was founded with the mission and vision of Charleston Hospitality Group to promote health and wellness via food and drinks with 100% natural ingredients. Their products also don’t come with sugar, puree, syrup, or any ice-based ingredient – further ensuring the quality of their products. They also offer parfaits and pressed juices, both of which are made with well-picked fruits and other natural ingredients.

Their menu also includes oatmeal, tea, customized juices, and signature juices (both kinds of juices that you can also make at home via juicers and blenders those seen in the top 10 personal blenders list).

Frazier Farms Market

Located at Oceanside Boulevard (first branch) and Vista Village Drive Vista (second branch) and two other branches in California, Frazier Farms Market is best known for a variety of food and drinks such as coffee, juices, smoothies, acai bowls, and more – all of which are made from raw and organic ingredients. It was founded in 1971 by Bill Frazier with a high-value standard and a passion for both food and good health. It was also founded not just for one person to be healthy, but for the entire family to be healthy.

Their menu also includes customized juices, customized smoothies, customized acai bowls, juice cleanses, tea, and more.

Nugget Markets

Located at multiple branches all over Sacramento, Marin County, and Sonoma County, California, Nugget Market is an epitome of both history and modern-day health and wellness – best known for its juices, smoothies, coffees, acai bowls, and a whole lot more. It was founded in 1926 by Mack and William Stille with the mission and vision to provide a wide selection of high-quality products, along with excellent services and reasonable prices. It was also founded with the needs of every person in mind – in the form of raw, organic, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and other kinds of food products.

Their menu also includes a variety of main courses, side dishes, mocktails, vinaigrettes, sandwiches, salads, soups, and a whole lot more.

Already visited these coffee and juice bars? How did it go? What’s your favorite dish or drink and why? Do you know any other coffee and juice bars? Share them with us on the comments section below!

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For the Love of Food: Eating Right

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Eating right often brings to mind ideas of living with a lot of restrictions when it comes to food. Many foodies would probably balk at the thought of thought of avoiding some delicious foods and treats. And for traveling food lovers, no trip is complete without exploring the local cuisines not to mention the random delectable finds to see while on the road. But a foodie lifestyle does not have to mean choosing between culinary adventures and eating right. Sometimes, all it takes are some small adjustments to how you choose and savor the food you eat.

1. Eat regular meals. Maybe you just want to sleep in or in a rush to get to an appointment that skipping breakfast may seem like a good idea. But whatever your reasons may be, avoid skipping your first meal or any meal for the day. Breakfast is an essential part of the day as it refuels your body after going without food for several hours. By skipping breakfast, you are extending the fasting period. Starting your day on an empty stomach can diminish your capacity to function effectively. It could also trigger hunger pangs which could prompt you to overindulge on snacks or on your next meals.

2. Watch out for excessive sugar intake. You may not be keen on the idea of giving up sugary beverages for the rest of your life. But that does not mean you cannot cut back on your sugar intake. Watch out for anything in excess when it comes to sugary drinks or treats. You can start with slowly cutting back on sodas and other sweetened beverages. Drink water or other alternative low-calorie drinks like unsweetened tea or black coffee. Gradually cut down your daily intake of beverages and switch to more water. This may take some getting used to but the benefits to your health will more than make up for the sacrifice.

3. Choose nutrient-rich food. Your diet relies on your food choices. Eat well by making better food choices. Give yourself time to go over menus thoroughly. Choose foods that are filling and nutritious. You should not worry about missing out on great tasting food if you stick to a healthy diet. There are many scrumptious high-nutrition foods you can savor if you take the time to find them.

4. Know your healthy snacks. Finding healthy snacks when you are in a rush or on the go may not always be easy. You have to know your nutritious treats so you can pick them quickly if you have to. Carrying around some delicious and nutritious food also helps you avoid grabbing unhealthy treats. You can bring some small-sized packs of edibles like nuts, plain crackers, or homemade energy bars or trail mixes that you can enjoy when you feel like snacking.

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