“Beldi! Beldi!”, the vendor repeated while showing us the oranges. “It means it’s good for you”, my mom’s incomplete explanation.
As soon as the big feast, ceremony and fireworks on Lunar New Year’s eve end, people usually go to bed so they may wake up early the next day for a few other Tết rituals.
I’ll be listing as many traditions and folk tales linked to Tết as I can remember so this is going to be a long blog post but I hope this can give you an idea of Vietnamese traditions and culture.
Canada celebrates Thanksgiving a month before the States because being further up north, harvest season ends a bit earlier.
It’s always good to come back every now and then, see the things that have been there since you’re a kid still remain the same and see new things pop-up, especially street food restaurants.
The sidewalks here are used for everything but walking. Here are some obstacles you might encounter as a pedestrian:
Pho is simply a bowl of broth with rice noodles served with boiled beef, it can be any cut of beef, or chicken. However, depending on your geographical location, it can be served so differently!
Many Cape Malay dishes are thought to be Afrikaans such as bobotie or tomato bredie but the dishes are very much a marriage of East and West.
It took me a few months to realize Jozi had an urban culture sprouting in hidden places in the city: local food markets.
It started with walking to Mandela House and asking all the street vendors and restaurants on the way where I could find skopo or mopane worms.