vegetable cart

Groceries with Destiel ft Sabriel
  • Gabriel: Sammy! (holds up chocolates)
  • Sam: Put them down. (places vegetables into cart)
  • Dean: (rushes to Castiel with pie) Cass!
  • Castiel: No, Dean. (places fruit into cart)
  • Gabriel and Dean: (pouting as they stomp their feet)
  • Sam: Both of you stop and put those items back.
  • Gabriel and Dean: (go off together)
  • Castiel: Why do they always do that?
  • Sam: They think they can get their way if they double team.
  • Gabriel and Dean: (both chewing gum)
  • Sam: Didn't we just say no candy?
  • Gabriel: Technically, you said no to my chocolate.
  • Castiel: You both knew what we meant.
  • Dean: (pops his bubble) Well, were your guys innocent baby boys, Daddies should specify orders.
  • Sam: (glares at Dean)
  • Castiel: I'm going to specify both of your spankings when we get home. (tugs Dean by his ear)
  • Dean: OW! Owwww! Owww!
  • Sam: (drags Gabriel along with the cart)
  • Gabriel: Oww! Owwww! OWwwww!
Morning Street Market · Vietnam

With the surge of food truck culture nationwide the past few years, more and more people are accustomed to eating on the street. We still have the occasional friend that is uncomfortable eating street food (can you believe we’re still friends with them?), and generally most of our eating in the U.S. is still done in traditional venues like restaurants. But in a country like Vietnam, the street is where all the action happens. It’s where you not only grab your meals, but also where you shop for groceries. For our first Vietnam story, we wanted to give you a look at a local street market in Ho Chi Minh City.

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As you walk around and explore the city, you can’t help but notice how many markets there are. You can turn a corner and down a small alley there could be a vibrant morning market filled with fresh veggies, meats, seafood, and freshly cooked meals. That’s how we discovered this hidden gem. Located at 137 Trần Đình Xu in District 1, it’s within a few blocks from where our apartment is and we’ve been stopping by most mornings to eat breakfast and soak in the culture. As you stroll down this tight corridor, dodging motorbikes mind you, there exists a slice of daily life for locals. Vendors vend their goods in front of their home and shoppers stroll through picking up what they need for a home cooked meal.

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You can literally find everything you need here. Proteins like chicken, pork, shrimp, crab, still- flopping fish. Fruits like dragon fruit, mangoes, longan, rambutan. Since we haven’t started cooking at home yet, there’s no shortage of street food to eat. There’s classic Vietnamese noodle soups like Hủ Tiếu (pork base with rice noodles) and Bún Riêu (crab and tomato broth). There’s , Bánh Mì with freshly baked baguettes that just melt in your mouth, and you can even end your meal with your choice of Chè (desserts). We also love that most street food vendors here cook a different item daily. One morning it might be Cháo (porridge) and the next it will be Chả Giò (crispy spring rolls). The variety is endless and the energy of this street makes you wish you had enough stomachs to taste everything.

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Bánh Khọt: Mini fried pancakes

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Hủ Tiếu: Pork base noodle soup

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Bún Riêu: Crab and tomato base noodle soup

137 Trần Đình Xu, District 1 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Colour and crunch

For those of you with vegetarian inclinations (and that includes many people who just love the look and taste of vegetables) here’s a picture to brighten your day. Eating a jam doughnut or a chocolate brownie may make you feel good for a minute, but that’s often followed by the over-full ’why did I do it?’ moment.

Scroll down for another bright idea.