Dear SK

My First Crack at Pho

Posted By: gypsy on Aug 03, 2012 in Dear SK, Food, SE Asia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam

In a Nutshell (and do not use nutshells when making Pho): Pho—more or less pronounced “fuh”—is the traditional noodle soup of Vietnam. I won’t go into detail about the history of the dish, because I’d inevitably get it wrong. Nor will I get into flowery descriptions of its complexity or simplicity or the way it …

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In Memoriam: Rayün Cuerpo Escobar

Posted By: gypsy on May 16, 2012 in Chile, Dear SK, Latin America

The day Siena Kaya was born, the first thing I did was lie to her face. As the nurse put the tiny bundle in my arms, I looked into my daughter’s still blind and bruised eyes and, overcome with emotion, I told her, “I’ll never let anything happen to you.” For the first time, I …

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Dear SK – Manila, Philippines

Posted By: gypsy on Jul 29, 2011 in Dear SK

Dear Siena Kaya, Did you ever see a Jeep like this? In the Philippines, they call them “Jeepneys”.   A long time ago, after the Americans left a bunch of Jeeps in the Philippines, the local folks took them and made them into buses to take people to school and to work. They made them …

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