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To market, to market

Cooking class this morning, starting with a market tour. Wish Auckland had markets like this... everything is so fresh!!! Also bought some kitchen tools....can't wait to try them out πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ”ͺ🍍🌢 #marketlife #morningmarket #alwaysaboutthefood #makesmehungry #loveabargain #ouichef #learningtocook #vietnamesefood #vietnam #hoian #morningglory
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To market, to market Cooking class this morning, starting with a market tour. Wish Auckland had markets like this... everything is so fresh!!! Also bought some kitchen tools....can't wait to try them out πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ”ͺ🍍🌢 #marketlife #morningmarket #alwaysaboutthefood #makesmehungry #loveabargain #ouichef #learningtocook #vietnamesefood #vietnam #hoian #morningglory

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Life's tough

Spent the day cycling round the old town and villages... time now for some r&r before we need to head back into town to check on the progress of our purchases last night. Nervous!! #howstheserenity #chill #naptime #poollife #thinkingaboutdinner #alwaysaboutthefood #hoian #whatwork #lifesgood #swimswimswim #waterbaby #nokids #sochill
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Life's tough Spent the day cycling round the old town and villages... time now for some r&r before we need to head back into town to check on the progress of our purchases last night. Nervous!! #howstheserenity #chill #naptime #poollife #thinkingaboutdinner #alwaysaboutthefood #hoian #whatwork #lifesgood #swimswimswim #waterbaby #nokids #sochill

Winner winner chicken dinner 
Ok, lunch...hmm, maybe second breakfast?!? After being denied yesterday (ran out by 2:30pm!) I had to go back today to give this a go - the Viet version of chicken rice. Pretty tasty, and perfect portion size... but I think I still prefer the Malaysian/Singas version better.

#biased #chickenrice #originalandthebest #vietnamesefood #streeteats #hoian #comga #eatlocal #explorevietnam #foodietour #buzzfeedfood #instafood
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Winner winner chicken dinner Ok, lunch...hmm, maybe second breakfast?!? After being denied yesterday (ran out by 2:30pm!) I had to go back today to give this a go - the Viet version of chicken rice. Pretty tasty, and perfect portion size... but I think I still prefer the Malaysian/Singas version better. #biased #chickenrice #originalandthebest #vietnamesefood #streeteats #hoian #comga #eatlocal #explorevietnam #foodietour #buzzfeedfood #instafood

All of the lights

Arrived in Hoi An and after running around  getting things tailor made and making it rain US πŸ’Έ for about an hour (oh & also grabbing a banh mi on the go from the place made famous by Bourdain 😍) we then settled in for the night, wandering the old town and seeing the lanterns. 
Hoi An is certainly different from HCM... super pretty but also extremely touristy. Not sure how I feel about it yet... πŸ€”

#tobecontinued #allaboutthebenjamins #custommade #hoian #explorevietnam #travel #lanterns #oldtown #vietnam #banhmiphuong #allofthelights #misssaigon
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All of the lights Arrived in Hoi An and after running around getting things tailor made and making it rain US πŸ’Έ for about an hour (oh & also grabbing a banh mi on the go from the place made famous by Bourdain 😍) we then settled in for the night, wandering the old town and seeing the lanterns. Hoi An is certainly different from HCM... super pretty but also extremely touristy. Not sure how I feel about it yet... πŸ€” #tobecontinued #allaboutthebenjamins #custommade #hoian #explorevietnam #travel #lanterns #oldtown #vietnam #banhmiphuong #allofthelights #misssaigon

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No Pho mo

Last day in HCM/Saigon. Kinda sad to leave, esp when you're just getting used to the city. Went to the local pho place this morning for brekkie, and it didn't disappoint... bonus points, as they put us at their "chef's table" 🀣 (Check my Insta story) Can't go wrong with a pho dac biet in the morning, esp when it's $4 per bowl!!! 😍 Highly recommend staying in District 4, close enough to the city centre, not super touristy and amazing food options... Anyways, onto the next leg.... Hoi An, here we come!! πŸ›«
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No Pho mo Last day in HCM/Saigon. Kinda sad to leave, esp when you're just getting used to the city. Went to the local pho place this morning for brekkie, and it didn't disappoint... bonus points, as they put us at their "chef's table" 🀣 (Check my Insta story) Can't go wrong with a pho dac biet in the morning, esp when it's $4 per bowl!!! 😍 Highly recommend staying in District 4, close enough to the city centre, not super touristy and amazing food options... Anyways, onto the next leg.... Hoi An, here we come!! πŸ›«

Life on the Delta

Spending the day cruising the Mekong Delta. Amazing to see how they live on/off the water and really goes to show, you don't need much to be happy. I also had a pretty amazing banh mi at the local markets for 60c 😍 
#thevillagepeople #bytheriversofvietnam #takemetotheriver #mekongdelta #floatingmarkets #howtheotherhalflive #allaboutthepeople #asimplelife #happiness #dontneedmuch #localeats #freshisbest #marketlife #vietnam #explorevietnam #pandaadventures #traveljournal #peopleofvietnam #lovethisplace
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Life on the Delta Spending the day cruising the Mekong Delta. Amazing to see how they live on/off the water and really goes to show, you don't need much to be happy. I also had a pretty amazing banh mi at the local markets for 60c 😍 #thevillagepeople #bytheriversofvietnam #takemetotheriver #mekongdelta #floatingmarkets #howtheotherhalflive #allaboutthepeople #asimplelife #happiness #dontneedmuch #localeats #freshisbest #marketlife #vietnam #explorevietnam #pandaadventures #traveljournal #peopleofvietnam #lovethisplace

Tropical

Apparently a typhoon is heading this way, but since we're already here in the villages...why not explore by bike?!? 🌴🌧🌬🚲 #bitwet #justlikeauckland #rainraingoaway #typhoonwarning #wetwetwet #mekongdelta #vietnam #iwantoridemybicycle #justliketheairbike #bitmuddy #almostdroppedmyphone
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Tropical Apparently a typhoon is heading this way, but since we're already here in the villages...why not explore by bike?!? 🌴🌧🌬🚲 #bitwet #justlikeauckland #rainraingoaway #typhoonwarning #wetwetwet #mekongdelta #vietnam #iwantoridemybicycle #justliketheairbike #bitmuddy #almostdroppedmyphone

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Shellfish roulette 
Decided to test the power of Claratyne & headed to the local seafood street in District 4 last night, after beersies with an old client at Heineken. Totally worth the risk!! Sea snails in coconut milk, grilled clams with shallots & peanut, morning glory & some other type of abalone/sea creature.... all washed down with a beer!! Soooooo good πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ™πŸ¦€πŸŒΆπŸΊπŸ¦€ Thank god for Google & Instagram - making ordering a breeze... #noenglish #pointandorder #bitshellfish #beerfixeseverything #seafoodstreet #seafood #eatlikealocal #gladigotmyhepshot #district4 #saigon #streetfood #beersandseafood #seasnails #clams #underthesea #morningglory #vietnam #vietnamesefood #saigon #foodie #buzzfeedfood #instafood
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Shellfish roulette Decided to test the power of Claratyne & headed to the local seafood street in District 4 last night, after beersies with an old client at Heineken. Totally worth the risk!! Sea snails in coconut milk, grilled clams with shallots & peanut, morning glory & some other type of abalone/sea creature.... all washed down with a beer!! Soooooo good πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ™πŸ¦€πŸŒΆπŸΊπŸ¦€ Thank god for Google & Instagram - making ordering a breeze... #noenglish #pointandorder #bitshellfish #beerfixeseverything #seafoodstreet #seafood #eatlikealocal #gladigotmyhepshot #district4 #saigon #streetfood #beersandseafood #seasnails #clams #underthesea #morningglory #vietnam #vietnamesefood #saigon #foodie #buzzfeedfood #instafood

Point and shoot

Not sure I'm going to be able to switch back to Western breakfasts after this trip.... 🍜 All this for $2.50 (incl the tissue tax 😜) #noodlesforbreakfast #noodlesallday #justlikemydad #hutieu #nomenu #pointandorder #porknoodlesoup #porkribs #fallingoffthebobe #vietnamesefood #porknoodles #yutiao #soymilk #asianbreakfast #cheapandcheerful #hochiminh #saigon #vietnameats #streetfood #eatlikealocal #foodadventures
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Point and shoot Not sure I'm going to be able to switch back to Western breakfasts after this trip.... 🍜 All this for $2.50 (incl the tissue tax 😜) #noodlesforbreakfast #noodlesallday #justlikemydad #hutieu #nomenu #pointandorder #porknoodlesoup #porkribs #fallingoffthebobe #vietnamesefood #porknoodles #yutiao #soymilk #asianbreakfast #cheapandcheerful #hochiminh #saigon #vietnameats #streetfood #eatlikealocal #foodadventures

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We're oscar mike 
Had a Call of Duty moment today; spent the day wandering around & in the Cu Chi Tunnels... crazy to think people actually lived in there 😱

#tunnelvision #weregoingdeep #dontcallmeshirley #rulesofengagement #warzone #cuchitunnels #itsatrap #vietcong #vietnamwar
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We're oscar mike Had a Call of Duty moment today; spent the day wandering around & in the Cu Chi Tunnels... crazy to think people actually lived in there 😱 #tunnelvision #weregoingdeep #dontcallmeshirley #rulesofengagement #warzone #cuchitunnels #itsatrap #vietcong #vietnamwar

BΓ² lΓ‘ lΓ΄t

Dinner cost less than $2 tonight. Can't complain. Ventured off the beaten track to CΓ΄ Giang street to find these morsels of deliciousness. Def worth it πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ #sofresh #thoseherbs #cheapdate #bΓ²lΓ‘lα»‘t #streetfood #hochiminh #vietnamesefood #roadsidefood #vietnam #instafood #allaboutthefood #betelleaf #buzzfeedfood #foodie #foodadventures #pandatravels #exploremore #saigon
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BΓ² lΓ‘ lΓ΄t Dinner cost less than $2 tonight. Can't complain. Ventured off the beaten track to CΓ΄ Giang street to find these morsels of deliciousness. Def worth it πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ #sofresh #thoseherbs #cheapdate #bΓ²lΓ‘lα»‘t #streetfood #hochiminh #vietnamesefood #roadsidefood #vietnam #instafood #allaboutthefood #betelleaf #buzzfeedfood #foodie #foodadventures #pandatravels #exploremore #saigon

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