Last night’s first episode of “Cake Boss” finds Buddy Valastro in Atlantic City, N.J. at the Steel Pier with his family and enjoying the rides. Buddy met with the Catanoso brothers, Anthony, William and Charles a week earlier who want Buddy to make a giant carousel cake in tribute to the first stage of their renovation.
A more challenging ride today. Pedal from Van village to Xo for lunch. Bike up into the mountain and follow the contours of the mountainside before dropping down into the Mai Chau Valley and Proom Coc village. Overnight at homestay.
Z talked about ‘jumping off.’ He’s reading a book about Kit Carson and his trip vietnam from Missouri to New Mexico in the early 1800’s. When someone decided to leave Missouri for further west they were jumping off. This was crazy dangerous and took a huge leap of faith and commitment. I know it sounds way corny and it did to us the night before the game, but if you think about it, it was relevant to our situation. Jump off to beat the Cowboys. Maybe Z is the pep talk expert. I mean, before the New Orleans game the topic was ‘be excellent,’ a line from George Carlin in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Finish your culinary journey in the north. Head to Hanoi, where the food follows a spicier standard. Think you can handle it? Many of the country’s most famous dishes, such as pho are from the north. You’ll also enjoy a culinary journey through Hanoi, with a full day street food and cooking class session. Experience the bustle of Hanoi at the local market before heading out to a very exclusive restaurant that is open only a few hours in the afternoon.
3) I got strange looks asking for take away food in 2008. Especially coffee. Maybe, in part because in Canada we call it “take out”. But also because it was inconceivable for the Vietnamese that a person wouldn’t have time to sit and drink a cup of coffee. Now you can get “take away” everywhere, part of the westernization of the Vietnamese culture, specially in tour vietnam City.
They also provide other benefits such as cooling your head and providing shade. They are made of polystyrene, which is similar to what coolers are made of; a foam-like material that keeps heat out. Also, modern helmets venting systems force air through providing a constant cooling breeze. Tests have shown that these features actually make a helmeted rider cooler than a bareheaded one, even on a hot day or tough climb.
The Hanoi Hilton is another top viewed sight. This is where American POWs were kept by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, though little evidence is shown of the actual conditions during that time. The Army museum details the long military history of the country and is interesting to provide context on the modern day.
The result is very disheartening as the Chinese are sitting pretty and own 1/3 of the US economy. The US has shot itself in the foot. Obama has a lot to do.