Green papaya salad.
Happy New Year, folks! Hope yours was a blast, and hangover-free (mine, not so much—oops).
Last week was amazing—the highlight for me was definitely the sold-out tablehopper “Pho La La La La” supper at Pot de Pho. The place was packed with 75 charming and friendly and interesting tablehopper readers. I gotta say, I love my readership—what a delightfully social bunch you are. We feasted on chef Khai Duong’s flavorful and fresh Vietnamese cuisine, which paired smashingly with the wines from Pine Ridge. Thanks to all who came, helped, cooked, and poured—it was a wonderful sendoff to the year. I hoped to have all the pics uploaded before I left, but that just didn’t happen. Am looking forward to hosting more suppers very soon!
As you’re reading this, I should be on a plane to Mumbai, hopefully sleeping well and sitting next to someone delightful. And you always have to have a takeoff theme song—this trip’s is “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin. Awww yeah. My sister and I are going to convene at the airport, and then we’re traveling around South India for the next three weeks (Goa, Kerala, Bangalore/Bengaluru). Not to sound like a broken record, but I won’t be checking voicemail or email (so please, no calls or emails if possible!), but I do plan to send out occasional transmissions on my Twitter feed.
I’ll have another pre-loaded column going out to you next week, and I will be officially “back” the first week of February! Let’s rock 2010!