Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hanoi: Provecho

     For our travels throughout Vietnam, Ani and I got help from a wonderful person and travel agent names Lai. She co-owns iProvecho with her partner Daniel Hoyer (author of Culinary Vietnam, TamalesMayan Cuisine: Recipes from the Yucatan RegionCulinary Mexico: Authentic Recipes and Traditions, Fiesta On the Grill, and Tacos (Santa Fe School of Cooking Series)).
     iProvecho is a Western classic restaurant with a great bar, lots of Mexican influence here. Considering Daniel is the main chef behind alot of the food projects, there's a load of delicious influence.
     Ani and I stopped by here to chat with Lai, whose travel office is located right in the doorway! She speaks perfect English and knows some great things around Vietnam (of course)! She helped organize out trip and rides and flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne, and Ha Long Bay (though this was cancelled due to a typhoon) everything was under $400.00!!
     I thought and found it hilarious that back in the states I have read all of Daniel's books and it tooka  coupel meetings, and staring at these familiar cookbooks behind his head, for me to make the connection! WhA!
     One time while there, Lai shared some of iProvecho's gaucomole with us. Avocados in Vietnam are literally $0.10 a pop and I didn't spoil myself with any of them, until this generous offer.

fresh toasted totilla chips and delicious gaucomole! (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     The chips were freshly toasted and I think the tortillas were home/house made. They had a great corny crunch and maybe some paprika and spice jacke dup in there. The gaucomole was rich with avocado and fresh onions (red and white), tomatoes that were beautifully sweet, and cilantro that...made my eyes nearly water (I MISS cilantro!)      If your wanting some great Mexican Western noms, want to kick it with some interesting lovely people, or travel around Vietnam...check out iProvecho, talk to Lai...enjoi enjoi enjoi!!

18 Hang Be, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
It is about 3 blocks from Hoan Kiem lake.
Phone #: 0912223996
email: provechohanoi@gmail.com

Directions: 3 blocks north of Hoan Kiem Lake (just past



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