as with most things in tevinter, the food aspires to be effortlessly stylish & oppressively opulent. for those who can afford it, every meal is fine dining, combining rich flavours with expensive ingredients. it is a matter of pride for magisters to be able to transport exotic items to their villas, no matter how far away the source is. the most impressive ingredient, however, is lyrium, which is often mixed with spiced wine or tea at the more decadent parties. being able to acquire these ingredients illustrates wealth & power, and many use this to their full advantage with the tradition of VENDITATI LUCRIS – the offering of food made to a new neighbour, as both a greeting and a statement of superiority. traditional dishes include fugu sashimi, bun bo hue, honey-roasted figs, and red jasmine tea.
I’m fairly shy and awkward so sorry for being so unresponsive to messages :’(( Great news though! I picked up a second job as a librarian teehee. Of course out of all things I’d sign up to be around books all day lolz. My life is surrounded by reading AND I LOVE IT! I’m working on saving for a new car :-)) My uncle said he’ll give me half of whatever I make since I’ve been doing so well with my studies. AWESOME!
About to go enjoy some Bun bo Hue granny made before some Overwatch later (*＾v＾*) I’ve grown quite addicted to that video game oh jee!!
You like Filo food?! It’s so good! A friend introduced me and now I’m obsessed. What other foods do you like? (I could talk about food forever)
Congratulations! You’re high enough level to unlock my Food Nerd! Seriously though, I could talk about food alll day 😍 Confession, I hadn’t tried Filo food until @serensama suggested it to me! Now I’m obsessed too! As for other foods I like, let’s see if I can avoid a huge love post. Who am I kidding, I’m gonna talk a lot. I’ll limit it to stuff I eat a lot or regular staples.
Vietnamese: I eat a lot of Asian foods. I love pho, Bun Bo Hue - a spicy beef soup that usually is served with like blood sausage and this tasty shrimp paste, and Banh Mi. Yum. I actually was taught how to make pho from a lady I knew, and now I can’t stop.
Lebanese: I also eat a lot of Mediterranean foods and the like! Dolmas are my life, but for Lebanese specific, for the winter months I love a dish called Moghrabieh. It’s named after the type of couscous used for it, but it also has chicken and chickpeas and a really tasty broth. Perfect for the two days of winter we get here in Texas, haha.
Ethiopian: I love love Ethiopian jerk chicken. Also their traditional bread is so amazing. The closest Western equivalent flavor I can think of atm is sourdough, but it’s not exactly like it. It’s a flat bread that rolls easily and is kinda… squishy?
Japanese: Aside from sushi, I love having cold soba noodles in the summer. Add some watercress, shrimp, cucumber, and ahem, kimchi hahah. Plus we make the dipping sauce to go with it and it is a perfect summer meal! I love chicken karaage, ten don, just…. feed me.
Indian: We eat quite a bit of Indian food. Saag is a great non spicy dish made with spinach. I love food spicy enough to numb my taste buds though, so anything I eat I like to kick up a notch. Biryani, Korma, Vindaloo… gah I love Indian food so much.
I’ll stop there haha. Oh, if you haven’t yet, you should try dim sum too. It’s like a Cantonese brunch usually served with tea, and you order a bunch of small dishes and share with friends. Think of it like Chinese tapas :)
The raven slowly walks over to the red-haired female, making sure to stand behind the chair she was sitting in, and placing his chin onto her bun. Emerald hue curiously stared down at the book in her hands. "What'cha readin'?"
Nothing better than peace and quiet… You know when you don’t have the annoying Amane’s bothering you constantly. First his daughter, now him? Gosh, what a pain. Though if she ever were rude god would surely strike her dead. ‘Remain calm’ she repeated in her head. What could this incompetent fool possibly want? The ignorance of him. Doesn’t he know it’s not kind to bother women on their breaks?
“Oh? Yuichiro. Long time no see. Me? I’m just reading a random book… How are you?” She smiled.
The former imperial capital of Hue sits just below what was once the DMZ between North and South Vietnam and was, near the end of the war, the site of some its fiercest fighting. You’ve seen it in newsreel footage—and recreated (in England) in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”.
It’s one of the few areas of Vietnam I’ve never been.
Hue is, in many ways, a city of ghosts, of memories and spirits—and we play on that in Sunday’s episode. It begins with a camera movement inside a “Spirit House”—the dollhouse sized shrines that many believers keep outside their homes and businesses. The Vietnamese are largely ancestor worshippers. Helping your deceased relatives into the next life—and making sure they are happy while there—is important. On special days and holidays, families visit temples and pagodas and leave offerings, often food, sometimes replicas of money or appliances or luxuries for the departed. Things they liked in life that might make the afterlife more comfortable. Spirit houses, as I understand them, are designed to deal with the problem of hungry, dissatisfied spirits who may not be settled, who have, for one reason or another, unfinished business left behind. They sit out front, or near the house or store, usually filled with incense and offerings, in the hope of distracting the spirits away from the main destination.
In the weeks following the initial North Vietnamese taking of the city, many hundreds—if not thousands—of citizens, deemed dangerous or counterrevolutionary or otherwise undesirable, were summarily executed and buried in unmarked mass graves by the communist forces. When the United States Marines and army of South Vietnam retook the city, it was only at the end of brutal, house to house fighting and finally, air strikes, that Hue was retaken –flattening much of the city in the process. Many, many people were lost—their bodies never identified or recovered. This—the inability to find the physical remains of a relative—is a particular agony to Vietnamese.
For this reason, this episode is haunted by ghosts. We hadn’t intended it to be so. But that definitely emerged as a theme. You feel it as you drive the streets and early morning rice paddies on a scooter, walk the parapets of the ancient citadel, look at the flag hanging in the mist across the Perfume River. At one point, a young woman I’m having dinner with casually mentions that her mother doesn’t like her to go out after dark. Too many ghosts. Under almost every square of pavement…
And we descend down into the tunnels beneath a small village where a whole generation of children were born—and raised—in total darkness.
I don’t want you to think that this episode of PARTS UNKNOWN is some kind of a bummer. A depressing discussion of a war about which there are still strong feelings and disagreements here. It’s not. One of the crazily awesome, incongruous things about Vietnam that I’ve found from the first time I visited is how friendly, welcoming, quick to move beyond the past the Vietnamese are. It is an incredibly beautiful country. One filled with passionate, proud cooks,. And opinionated, enthusiastic eaters. You will see me with some old friends—and you will, as always in Vietnam, see me eating some amazing food.
And if you thought pho was the best thing..ever? Wait till you see Bun Bo Hue.
one song: Holding on to You - Twenty One Pilots two movies: Paranorman, Hercules (Disney) three shows:Criminal Minds, Doctor Who, Blackadder four people: Markiplier, Eddie Izzard, Rebecca Sugar, Beyonce five foods: pho, hu tieu, bun bo hue, sashimi, lasagna