Bun mi, eat mi, love mi. If Bun Mi is any indication of what a Subway tastes like in Vietnam – I’m there. This was a sandwich packed with so many flavors and so far from the turkey subs that I am used to. And quite frankly, I’m not sure I could ever go back. Why bother? Yes, I suppose it is higher in calories than a plain turkey but there are times (most of the time in my world) when calories are just not important. Wait, am I allowed to say that? Let me rephrase: there are times when calories should not be the end all be all when delicious food is on the line. ;)

What is a bánh mì you may ask? According to Wikipedia: a Vietnamese baguette  made up of thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chili peppers, pate, mayonaise and various meat or tofu fillings


I had read about this restaurant in the Mpls St Paul Magazine and it just so happens to be on the U of M campus, which I like to visit and pretend I’m still in college…. ahh….the good life…for me. Not my Dad.  They recommended the Bun Mi Special which is BBQ pork and “specialty eggs”. Specialty eggs for the record are essentially scrambled eggs in some special seasonings. Not from crazy birds like I had suspected. Silly mi. This was amazing. In fact, it might just be the greatest sandwich I’ve ever had. Grilled pork, eggs, cilantro, jalapeno, carrots, cucumbers, etc……and sriracha on the side?

The other sandwich? I just wasn’t that into it. It was the “Vietnamese Classic” though so I did want to give it a try: BBQ pork, pork roll and pate. Pork roll? Pressed, steamed and sliced into little spam-looking pieces. The taster did enjoy it though and was sweet enough to trade me halves. I will stick with the “Bun Mi” Special from now on.

jam phyllo

jam & mascarpone

The sweet take on my mushroom & parmesan pillows. By the way, in the future I will just use the phyllo cups. So much easier – and more room for filling! These sweet treats contained a dollop of mascarpone cheese and a dollop of Crofter’s Superfruit Spread – South American (Maqui & Passionfruit blended with

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in my cupboard: holiday tea

The Holiday decorations are up and I’m ready to celebrate! (My decorations are pretty sad – no tree, nothing over-the-top but enough to get me in the spirit!) Celestial Seasonings Holiday Teas are the perfect way to celebrate the season without endless candy, cookies and treats! I love Candy Cane Lane – I bought so

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guest post: mary beth of live. work. design.

I was thrilled that Emily asked me to do a guest post for her while she’s traveling. Being one of Emily’s friends I am fortunate to sample some of the delicious food she prepares and features on A Nutritionist Eats. She’s got great ideas for making any meal healthier and more indulgent! She is keeps

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prosciutto-wrapped cod filets

Everything really is better wrapped in prosciutto, right? I have a love-hate relationship with cod. At times it seems so plain that I wonder why anyone would want to eat it and other times I crave its simplistic flavor. A favorite way to prepare is simply wrapped in a piece or two of prosciutto –

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haiti

the day has arrived

In case you missed it, I’m on my way to Haiti right now and will be arriving this afternoon. This trip is a different one for me on many levels. First being that I have to pack for a week in a carry-on…the last time I packed just a carry-on I flew to Milwaukee for

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pulled pork tacos

Here is another easy crock-pot meal taken from Health magazine (December 2009). This is my kind of crock-pot meal – place meat, salsa and seasonings in the crock pot and set the timer. I used a smoky salsa, cayenne pepper, cumin and chili powder and a 2 lb pork shoulder. (from the Co-op so the

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