On this rainy Sunday, we visited our local Vietnam-in-Virginia, Eden Center. Here one finds a dizzying collection of all things Vietnamese, from fine crisp spring rolls to beautiful gold bracelets, every variety of hot pepper paste to delicate satin slippers...
Lunch at Huong Viet was so good and already has me dreaming of a return visit! Jamison ordered an incredible shrimp dish (Tom Cang Kho Tau) with jumbo, heads-on shrimp grilled to perfect, smoky sweetness in a tangy light caramel sauce, served with a bright lotus-carrot salad and rice cakes:
My dish, Banh Cuon Cha Lua, was also very good, and all about the play of its textures--silky "pork delicacy", rice crepes, and crispy mung bean cakes:
Ostensibly full, we shared a serving of ginger ice cream anyway, influenced by all of the pastel, happy treats surrounding us in this pretty shop!
This golden pig adorned a jeweler's window:
There are so many places to explore here! Some additional treats:
A banh mi bento for Monday, with a yummy version from Banh Mi So One, Thai basil, sliced cucumber as baran. Sriracha and mayo are blended in the yellow pepper along with a basil sprig. Starfruit, blueberries, papaya, strawberries and an exciting score from this weekend's produce shopping: Cara Cara oranges (per Sherimiya's recent post) add color and juicy sweetness: