Best looks of SS 17 from the runway

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As Fashion Month concludes in a few days in Paris, I want to share my favourites from the “Big 4” Fashion Weeks and what I like about them.

TOMMYxGiGi collection

from New York Fashion Week

I like supermodel Gigi Hadid’s new takes on Tommy Hilfiger’s signature classic nautical style, which added a little edge and fire to the look.

Burberry S/S 2017 collection

from London Fashion Week

Burberry brings back Victorian-era ruffles and bellsleeves, which adds a nice feminine touch to the otherwise androgynous look by the English fashion house.

Ralph Lauren S/S 2017 collection

from New York Fashion Week

In his Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Ralph Lauren reinterpreted the spirit of the American West for modern, glamourous woman of today.


I can’t wait to see the rest of what Paris Fashion Week has in store! Let me know what your favourite looks are in the comments below 😉
XOXO HONG PHUC

My favourite Vietnamese dishes

As you know, I was born in Vietnam and lived there until I was 7, so Vietnamese food has a special place in my heart. What I love about Vietnamese food is that dishes are simple and based on fresh ingredients, with distinct flavours and subtle variations by region. They are both healthy and delicious!

Not sure what to order at a Vietnamese restaurant? Try one of my favourite dishes below 😉

1. Phở bò

pho

No list of Vietnamese food would be complete without the most widely available dish, pho. My particular favourite is pho bo, or beef rice noodle soup, which consists of a salty beef broth, fresh rice noodles, and various kinds of beef, accompanied by a plate of basil and fresh beansprouts. I like to dip the meat in a side plate of hoisin sauce and Sriracha.

2. Thịt kho tàu

thit kho

I used to ask my mother to cook this dish all the time in high school. This everyday dish is made of marinated pork and eggs braised in coconut juice. The sauce is so versatile that I eat it with rice as well as use it to dip vegetables.

3. Bánh xèo

banh xeo

Named for the sizzling sound made when the batter hits the skillet, banh xeo is a savory Vietnamese crêpe filled with pork, shrimp, green onions, and beansprouts. You can eat it either by itself or wrapped in mustard or cabbage leaves and dipped with fish sauce.

4. Bún bò Huế

bun bo hue

Similar to pho, this Hue delicacy is perfect for lovers of meat and spicy foods. This soup dish contains a round rice noodles and lots of beef and pork in a spicy beef broth, garnished with lemongrass. It needs no additional ingredient due to its perfect balance of spicy, sweet, sour, and salty flavours.

5. Bánh mì thịt nướng

banh mi

I do not typically like bread, but banh mi (or Vietnamese sandwich) is an exception. This common lunch staple is a French baguette (usually sliced in half) containing meat, cheese, pickled vegetables, cilantro, chili peppers, etc. I like mine to have grilled meat (thit nuong) inside.

6. Bánh bột lọc

banh bot loc

Typically served as appetizers or snacks, banh bot loc is a chewy tapioca dumpling wrapped in banana leaf containing pork and shrimp. I enjoy dipping these in fish sauce but they can be eaten alone as well.

7. Cơm tấm

Com tam is a Vietnamese specialty made from broken rice served with grilled pork, bì (shredded pork combined with shredded pork skin), steamed egg, prawn paste cake, and pickled vegetables. In restaurants, it typically comes with a bowl of fish sauce and a bowl of soup broth.

8. Xôi lạp xưởng

xoi lap xuong

Xoi (sticky rice) is very popular in Vietnamese cuisine, as both savory and sweet dishes. Xoi lap xuong is made of sticky rice, Chinese sausages, dried shrimp, shredded pork, and quail egg. It makes a great snack or lunch.

9. Bún thịt nướng chả giò

bun thit nuong

Bun thit nuong cha gio is a flavourful dish that consists of cold rice vermicelli noodle topped with grilled pork, basil, mint, fresh beansprouts, and spring rolls, and garnished with roasted peanuts, pickled vegetables, grilled garlic pork sausage, and grilled prawns. I like to cover mine with an abundance of fish sauce.

10. Gỏi cuốn

goi cuon

Every culture has a dish that is typically prepared and enjoyed with the whole family, and for Vietnamese people, goi cuon (spring rolls) is it. Typically, rice paper is softened by dipping it in water, then laid on a plate. Desired stuffing (meat, shrimps, lettuce, etc.) is placed inside and the rice paper is then rolled up and eaten with peanut sauce. I prefer to eat mine with fish sauce because I do not like peanut sauce.

Honourable mention: Fish sauce

nuoc mam

What exactly is this fish sauce that I kept mentioning throughout the article? It is Vietnamese people’s favourite condiment, extracted from the fermentation of anchovies and sea salt. I commonly use it as a dipping sauce by mixing it with lime juice, garlic, chili peppers, sugar, and water. It is great on practically everything!

Have a great Monday! Let me know what your favourite Vietnamese dishes are in the comments below 🙂

XOXO HONG PHUC

 

 

 

 


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Burgers and shopping

Yay for the weekend! Hope everyone is staying warm and cozy 🙂

My weekend began with dinner at Illegal Burger, which many people call the best burger place in Norway. The joint was very crowded and much smaller than I had expected, but we managed to snag a seat.

our burgers and fries

The Hot Mamma Deluxe burger

The “Hot Mamma Deluxe”

Enjoying my delicious Gourmet burger
Enjoying my delicious “Gourmet” burger

After dinner at Illegal Burger, we headed to Lambertseter Senter and checked out the various shops before going to Cortezzi‘s 6th birthday celebration. There was a red carpet and lots of champagne – just how we like to do shopping 😉

 

Cortezzi's birthday celebration

We bought some shirts and received a goodie bag! I really liked the atmosphere (and the champagne, of course).

Overall, a great start to the weekend. Let me know what your plans are in the comments!

XOXO HONG PHUC