Month: January 2012

Bun Cha Gio

Bun Cha in Hanoi. Photo by SRD

It has been nine months since I returned from Hanoi (an epic journey documented elsewhere) and I am still haunted by Bun Cha. Many people come back from Vietnam extolling the virtues of Phô but for me it was Bun Cha, a dish I think I ate only once. It is noodles and broth and grilled meat and crispy spring rolls and fresh vegetables and chilis, garlic, and fish sauce. I remember the street stall where I ate it. It was basically in a construction site, built against a wall and covered with a tin roof. (more…)

Fact and Fiction

I am morbidly fascinated with the people who debunk Dan Brown’s novels. Brown has created rolicking adventures that are not even that well written but tap into what anybody wants in a story. You don’t even have to be a “conspiracy theorist” (an entire category the debunkers love to look down on) to think there might be mysteries, things hidden in plain sight, “more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (more…)