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48 Glorious Hours of Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam
During the 45 minute or so cab ride from the airport to downtown Hanoi, I contemplated what the city might be like. I knew very little about Vietnam or what to expect from Hanoi other than what I had concocted in my head after obsessively watching Anthony Bourdain’s travels unfold on Netflix. As I gazed at the city’s “suburbs” passing by in a flurry of bright colors, mopeds and rice fields, my anticipation grew; I knew something good was to come. After getting dropped off at my hotel in the Old Quarter and taking a brief glance at the sights around me, I was overcome with the nervous excitement of a new love, and the object of my desire, Hanoi. In the next 48 hours I crammed every waking moment taking in the city, strategically weaving my way on foot through the chaos of oncoming motorbike traffic, shopping for handicrafts and artwork at the abundance of colorful shops, fending off highly motivated (may I say aggressive?) street vendors, people watching my way around Hoan Kiem Lake, sipping thick Vietnamese iced coffee sweet with condensed milk, downing $0.25 Bia Hoi beers at “Beer Corner” and my favorite, sampling as much street food as physically possible...

To read the rest of my experience with photos, visit my blog article at: http://www.thebrazengourmand.com/48-glorious-hours-of-hanoi-street-food/
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