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“Free Lunch” at Good Girl Dinette

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Back in college, my economics professors lectured that there was no such thing as a free lunch. I believed them with every ounce of my Adam Smith-loving heart up until last week, when my friend Lien and I were treated to a free lunch. Local news station KCET generously footed our bill at Good Girl Dinette as part of a weekly web series called “Free Lunch.”

Good Girl Dinette is a sweet little spot in  Highland Park where “American diner meets Vietnamese comfort food.” In this clip, you’ll see us eating, girl talking, and meeting Diep Tran, the fabulous woman behind the restaurant. We had a blast filming the segment and hope that you’ll enjoy it just as much.

And if you can’t get enough of our witty commentary, check out this “extra helping” where we offer A Vietnamese Lesson Over Pot Pie.

Thank you to the KCET crew, Katherine Spiers, Diego Nunez, and Gabriel Jeffrey, for taking us out!

Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey

Over a year and a half ago, while I was still living in Saigon, I was tapped by the producers of Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey to appear on a segment they were taping in Vietnam. I wasn’t hip to Mr. Stein’s culinary accomplishments at the time, but was glad to be of service. After all, sharing the virtues of Vietnamese food is easily one of my favorite things to do.

The show finally aired on BBC Two in the U.K. last month, and the above clip features a little glimpse of yours truly—Thanks to Graham of Noodlepie for digging it up on You Tube. I always get a kick out of meeting bloggers in real life or seeing their mugs revealed, so I thought I’d share this little snippet with you.

To view the episode in its entirety, click here.

Bánh Mì & Me in the New York Times

Julia Moskin investigates the exciting evolution of the humble bánh mì in her latest article, “Building on Layers of Tradition.” I’m stoked to be included in the piece and am excited to share with New York Times readers the awesomeness that is the Vietnamese sandwich. Without further ado, explore the art of bánh mì on gas•tron•o•my.

Bánh mì in Saigon

Bánh Mì Bratwurst

Bánh Mì Cá Sardine

Bánh Mì Döner Kebab

Bánh Mì Lá Lốt

Bánh Mì Thịt Nguội

Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng

Noodlepie’s Sarnie

Bánh mì in Alabama

Phở Quê Hương – Birmingham

Bánh mì in California

Á Châu – San Diego, [2], [3]

Ba Le French Sandwich & Bakery – Alhambra

Bánh Mì & Chè Cali – San Gabriel

Bánh Mì Mỹ Tho – Alhambra

Bánh Mì Mỹ Dung – Los Angeles

Lee’s Sandwiches – Alhambra (locations nationwide)

Mr. Baguette – Rosemead

Saigon’s Bakery & Sandwiches – San Gabriel & San Jose

Bánh mì in Missouri

BBC Asian Bar and Cafe

Bánh mì in New York

Xie Xie

'Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey' Taping

My fifteen minutes are ticking away…

Last Sunday, I met up with the crew from Rick Stein‘s Far Eastern Odyssey at Ben Thanh Market to tape a segment for their episode on Vietnam. I introduced Rick to bánh hỏi thịt nướng (steamed vermicelli rice noodle cakes with grilled pork) and bún chạo tôm (fresh vermicelli rice noodles with shrimp paste and sugarcane). Both were hits!

The most interesting aspect of the taping was seeing how these travel and food shows that I enjoy so much are made. There was no prep beforehand and we pretty much did everything on the fly, which was casual and not the least bit nerve wracking. However, if Rick or I said something noteworthy or funny, we had to repeat it a second and third time so that every angle was properly captured on film. Who would’ve thought?

This episode is one in a series of six about food in the “far east” and will air in 2009. Since it’s a BBC show, it will most likely not air in America. Fortunately, I will be receiving a DVD. Woot.

UPDATED: August 18, 2009

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