Top 5 dishes you must eat in Hanoi (Vietnam) and where to find them! 

First of all, Hello welcome to Vietnam, or xin chao as we say over here.

Now, I must tell you Vietnam has some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted and that’s probably the biggest understatement. With its complete freshness and wonderful diversity the food is not only incredibly cheap but incredibly yummy!
First up;

BUN CHA.

Now for those of you who may be unfamiliar with Bun Cha let me explain what this dish consists of. Bun Cha is essentially Grilled Pork and noodles, but it’s the extra components that really makes this dish so delicious. The fatty pork also known as (Cha) is served with white noodles (Bun) a basket of fresh mixed greens and herbs usually but not limited to coriander, lettuce, mint and a dipping sauce of fish sauce, carrot and papaya.

Now don’t be confused there is only ONE real way to eat bun Cha, you take a small amount of each mix it together in the dipping sauce like a soup and tuck in.


COST?: Bun Cha typically costs around 30,000-45,000VND £1.61
WHERE?: This one is from Quan an Ngon

Next;

BUN BO NAM BO

Bun BO nam BO not only looks but tastes delicious. (Or so I’m told) Now I must say I don’t even eat beef but it’s hard not to feel good envy just looking at this dish. White noodles (Bun) make the base of this dish, mixed with green leaves, beef (BO) crispy shallots and crushed peanuts. This is more than the ordinary beef salad just look at it.


COST? 40,000-50,000VND £1.70
WHERE? 67 Hang Dieu

NEXT;

BAHN MI

Banh Mi is where you really get to see how the French have influenced food here in Hanoi. This baguette though, is more than just another sandwich. Usually given the choice of pork, pate, chicken or egg, you add cucumber coriander carrot and ‘spicy’ sauce to make the ultimate lunch snack. It’s the perfect fusion of Vietnamese and French food in one carbohydrate canoe. My personal favourite is honey chicken!


COST? 20,000VND -25,000VND £0.91

WHERE? 25 Hang Ca Street
Next;

FRESH SPRING ROLLS.

Now, i’d had the usual fried spring rolls way before i arrived in Vietnam, however i’d never had fresh spring rolls. I must admit that i now prefer the un fried version. I first learnt how to make these at my Hidden Hanoi cooking class . It’s a process where you take Rice paper rolls, and fill them with Vermicelli noodles, fresh green leaves, herbs, pineapple, carrot, chilli and crushed peanuts. You can also add in whatever meat/seafood base you prefer. I love this dish as it tastes super fresh and you can make it as adventurous or safe as you feel that day.


COST? 35,000-50,000VND £1.81
WHERE? 147 Nghi Tam Road (Hidden Hanoi)
PHO

Now I don’t think it would be possible to write a post on what to eat in Hanoi and not eat pho, its a must try. The amount of time that goes into this dish is what makes it so perfect. The broth is always left for the right amount of time to make the perfect base. Throw in the noodles, the chilli, the herbs and a squeeze of lime, wait hold that thought i gotta go, time for Pho.


COST? Around 35,000VND £2.00
WHERE? LITERALLY EVERY CORNER IN HANOI

Ok, now there are my top 5 dishes to eat in Vietnam! (Hanoi)

There are so many more I want to share with you so please comment below if that’s something you’d be interested in!

Thanks for reading,  Danielle Jade x

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The Bloggers Hangout – LFW- Event. What caught my eye?! 

Hello beautiful people, todays post is a look back on my day at the Bloggers Hangout event i recently attended.

The event was at 1pm and by that point i think i had spent enough time applying every highlighter i just purchased before putting on my new favourite all black Noisey May dress and requesting my Uber. The theme was all black chic which is perfect for my 99% black wardrobe.

Once my Uber dropped me off i was immediately lost! Perfect, well done Danielle. Luckily a fellow blogger was there to endure the hunt for the venue with me and we did eventually make it, even if we did think we were walking into someones back garden at one point.

The venue was smaller than i imagined but i do think that added to the atmosphere. It created the hustle and  bustle of an almost indoor market feel whilst maintaining the peace and ambience  any compact and well organised event would.

There were so many fabulous brands within the building and i loved chatting to everyone. All the tasters i tried were truly delicious, it would be so hard to pinpoint a favourite!

 
I did come away with some items, that i just have to share with you all though, as some of these really did catch my eye.

First up,

Cranes. This company is set up by twin brothers that put the focus of their ciders into the hands of tiny little cranberries. They have three very distinct yet very different flavours; original cranberry, strawberry and kiwi and my favourite raspberry and pomegranate.

 

 Not only do these ciders taste, crisp, clean and ultimately delicious, they are only 99 calories a bottle! Perfect for those of us who want to cut down on sugar.
The gift box of three retails at £8 which i think is perfect pricing, less than £3 per bottle for this unique cranberry cider.

Next up is a brand called get buzzing. You may have heard of these guys before, they are making delicious flapjacks with no nuts at all in the product. With 100% natural ingredients these snack bars are perfect for people on the go. They are also vegetarian which is an added bonus.

 
I took away the peanut butter flapjack as I didn’t understand how this could taste anything like peanut butter if it contained no actual peanuts.The flapjack tasted mainly plain at first but the more of the bar you eat, you get a sense into the fact that there is some peanut butter flavour incorporated.Now if I was to be super picky I’d say more peanut butter flavour please, but the point of this product isn’t for it to taste 100% like peanut butter it’s to create a taste illusion for people who may be allergic to nuts and that is brilliant.

Onto the next bar that truly fascinated me, the crobar.

 
Watching people’s faces as we are told this product contains cricket flour was one of my personal highlights within the whole event. There’s the immediate, ew. Followed by the temptation to try it, the questions of why!? Then the actual taste.
Fascinated I opted for the peanut flavour in hopes it would have a weaker taste than raw cocoa and I was correct.

 
I actually enjoyed the taste of this bar but not the texture. This product won’t crumble is an almost wet dough like texture that squished together. For me that texture is what I couldn’t get my head around more than the fact it had cricket flour in.

Next up, another favourite of mine. Bluebird tea co gave me two samples to take away. Immediately I loved the packaging. I drink tea nearly everyday. Peppermint tea has become my hangover remedy.

 
The Mojitea, is delicious! Peppermint and lime are two of my favourite flavours and I let this brew until it was quite strong to really keep in those flavours. I wouldn’t say it tastes exactly like a mojito but it is as close as a tea can get.

The morning kick tea, I wish I hadn’t brewed it for as long. Ginger can be quite a hit or miss flavour for myself and I think had I taken the tea bag out sooner I would have enjoyed this more. The smell of this tea however is incredible! It really does make me feel ready for the day.
Finally I started with a drink so I’ll end with a drink. (Well jelly)

 
From cocktail mania, Jelly shots. I’m sure on the day these girls had a mission to get everyone drunk, I obviously happily obliged. How could I say no?

 
Alcohol and colours that look like they came straight out of Willy Wonkas  factory. I’m in. The flavours were delicious. I would like all the flavours at every future party I host please!

Other brands I didn’t bring away testers from but highly adored include Co-Yo and the protein drinks co and Ross and Ross.

 
These brands certainly caught my eye, I found their products were fascinating and the brand representatives very informative and relatable. I wish I could post more about them however I’m afraid I didn’t take away products to fully review for you all now.

 
I had so much fun at the event, I think I’m starting to get the hang of these now, and going on my own isn’t half as scary as I think it’s going to be.

Thank you to the team over at Bloggers Hangout for inviting me. I cannot wait to see what else you have in store!

Thanks for reading Danielle Jade

(I better go eat now, I’m super hungry after this)

BloggersChristmasBurger

Hello everyone!

It’s officially the countdown to christmas, and what better way to celebrate the lead up to the big day than with new friends and extreme amounts of food!

That’s exactly what i did at the Bloggers Christmas Burger event.

 After being invited to join some other bloggers for a festive evening of burgers and cocktails by the lovely Pippa i was both excited and nervous to meet new people and get into the christmas spirit.

This would be my second blogger event i had attended and so i naturally went into panic mode as i arrived at covent garden and google mapped my route to the venue ; Brioche. It’s always the same few things that make me anxious, am i too early? Am i too late? Why didn’t i straighten my hair, this outfit is ratchet. Will i be the only one who doesn’t know anyone? Will they like the same things as i?And  finally the hope that they don’t mind someone who makes a joke out of 80% of all conversations.  You know the usual.

All my doubts and worries were immediately crushed though as soon as i entered the venue. I took a place on the end of the table, by the door and began chatting with some other lovely bloggers whilst sipping my christmassy themed cocktail.

  
As the evening continued we were all starting to become hungry bloggers and it was time to choose our burger and toppings.

 
I went for buttermilk chicken with halloumi and mushrooms, which i think should just be renamed.. THEMOSTDELICIOUSBURGERYOUWILLEVEREATBURGER- burger. The sweet brioche bun worked perfectly with the chicken and the generous array of sides they provided made the whole meal more like a feast! I mean, guys, there were curly fries. CURLY FRIES, do you know how old i was when i last had curly fries. It was just the best!

 
After taking quite some time to enjoy our burgers…(most of that time included fellow bloggers saying how full they were and i saying how they should ignore that feeling and power through) we eventually finished and were ready for desert. Now… YES.It’s true i like desert, and yes, Brioche delivered. This salted caramel sticky toffee pudding was perhaps one of the best puddings of my life. Now, if you think i’m over reacting here, then go try it, because i love being right! I’d go as far as to say it was perhaps the highlight of the night for me. I’m totally kidding, but it was that good!

 
As everyone began to finish their food and i sipped the last of my gin and tonic, the evening was coming to an end and i had had a wonderful time! I had eaten more food than i thought was possible, i had met new people and clicked instantly with some, as if we’d known each other forever. As we said our goodbyes, we were given a little xmas parcel, which i think was just the star of the top of the xmas tree (went for kid of a cherry on top of the cake thing here, just go with it,pretend it works 🙈)

 
Inside were gifts from the wonderful :
Beegood, Sass and Belle and Letterbox Gifts, so thank you also to you guys for providing me with xmas treats!
One thing i need to mention before i quickly say goodbye is that Brioche is a pop up! So do run and fill your faces with ALL THE FOOD, before it disappears.

 
Once again thanks for a wonderful evening!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Hotdogs or Champagne? Get the best of both here in London!

What would you say if i told you i’m pretty sure i have found one of the best places here in London to get a hotdog whilst sipping on a glass of Champagne?

Well thats a crazy combination i hear you say and as much as i agree, its also truly delicious!

The wonderful place to get this combination is called BubbleDogs! Located in Central London on Charlotte street.

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I recently visited with a group of around 8 other girls when celebrating a friends birthday! Upon arrival we were seated in our own area with old fashioned style school stools at the back of the room. The extremely helpful waitress came over and asked us what we liked to drink, she highlighted us different bottles of champagnes based upon what we all liked and recommended a bottle that was perfect for us. I will point out here that its the kind of place that does sell the champagne by the bottle and only a selected few by the glass so i do encourage you to go with someone else unless you want to enjoy that £50+ bottle to yourself then, hey, you do you!! 🙂

Whilst sipping our champagne the big moment was here, yes ladies and gentlemen. It was time to pick our Hotdogs.
The menu is pretty damn good, you can check it out here.

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I opted for the Philly Cheez on a vegetarian sausage! My oh my, it was SUPER cheesy and super delicious. We also grabbed some sweet potato fries and these little hot devil things, which i still have no idea what they were, but they were spicy and delicious. Can i also mention now NAomi had a hotdog called the MacDaddy IT WAS MAC AND CHEESE ON A HOT DOG = Mind Blown.
We got another bottle of the same champagne and carried on enjoying this weird and wonderful combination.

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I really would recommend this place to anyone who wants a little quirky London experience, its good food, great drinks and such a bizarre pair that you need to experience.

Has anyone else been here before?!
Let me know in the comments

Danielle Jade

New York Diaries; Day One-Part Two

New York Diaries

Day one; Part Two

Following on from my previous post here.

We left Radio City and head just down the street to Rockefeller Centre! For those of you who are wondering what this is, The Rockefeller Centre is home to a complex of 19 different commercial buildings from iconic ice skating rinks to the studios of SNL and The Today Show, Fashion, Food and Art exhibitions. It really has earned its place as one of NYC most famous landmarks.

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(The Rockefeller centre, just look at the size of it…Well look at the size of how much i could fit on my iphone screen ha!)

Instantly we were in love, the building is physically beautiful. Both inside and out. We decided now would be the perfect time to grab a bit to eat and so got a ‘slice’ and sat just outside the Rockefeller Centre and looked over the square.

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The centre of the square looked so relaxing and the detail in the architecture here was fascinating)

We had a look around some of the shops in that area including the NBC Studios shop, which had some fabulous merchandise of different shows filmed there. Myself and Naomi are both huge fans of comedy so were loving looking at the different SNL quotes on the shirts.

Heading on the L train we set off back home to get changed for our Dinner that night in Times Sq. Naomi had booked us a meal at the infamous The View restaurant. This restaurant was up on the 48th floor and in line with the top of some of the amazing skyscrapers that NYC has to offer you. Whats so special about this restaurant is how it rotates as you eat! You will go the whole 360degree turn throughout the course of an hour whilst you are there. So no need to worry about feeling sick from the motion, its not a rollercoaster! In fact if it wasn’t for the constant changing view id have forgotten we were moving. We went here at the perfect time, the sun was just setting and we got to see the city switch from day to night. PERFECT.

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Naomi and I at the top of The View rotating and eating- y’know the usual)

Now let me just mention here, this is not a place for travellers on a budget. This meal was most definitely a one off experience, and to be honest the food isn’t anything too special, which was kind of a let down, only to be made up by the amazing view of course. Now i would however recommend for the view maybe go to the mimosa Sunday brunch, as the buffet menu looked incredible for that and it is a lot cheaper at $59.00pp. On a positive side though, i had one of my favourite cocktails whilst in New York here!

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Deciding what to eat-Classic me, spending too long examining the menu)

Finally to finish what was becoming one of the best days of my life we left the restaurant and head to back to the Rockefeller centre to experience the top of the rock. Before going to New York we had the constant battle between going to the Empire State or Top of The Rock, but when asking the majority of people we knew had already visited the city, majority said go to the top of the rock as you will prefer the view with the Empire State building in it. So thats, just what we did, we arrived at about 10:30 and joined the queue up to the top we were placed just in front of a wedding party. The bride looked so beautiful and the whole group ecstatic to be getting that final perfect picture at the Top of the Rock. I’m sure that will be an experience the whole group will never forget.

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(Our view from The Top Of The Rock)

I don’t know if ill be able to explain just how incredible this view is as i truly think its something you need to witness to appreciate the beauty of the city. Its not often i am left speechless but i was overwhelmed by this view. Seeing all of the lights  i was in love with the greatness of New York. The buildings all different in height from the smallest to the tallest all offering such spectacles it really makes you feel capable of anything. Im not entirely sure how long we spent here, but i know i didn’t care to check the time. I was at peace, i was happy and i wasn’t concerned about anything but being in that moment.

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Here i am, content with being a little one in the giant city)

As it got later we were so tired from our fulfilled day we decided it would be best to head back to our accommodation in Brooklyn and call it a night at just gone Midnight.

It was the perfect first day in New York City.
Even if it did feel all a little surreal!

Danielle Jade.