28 May 2010
by Phuoc

So I have finished my thesis; I can finally breathe now. Now I play the waiting game to see how I did… *fingers crossed*

I know I said I’ll be back to blogging after all this madness but I have decided to take a holiday to the US (mainly California) for about 2.5 weeks. I’m leaving next Saturday, I can’t wait!  Up on the itinerary will be San Francisco, San Diego, LA, Vegas and Grand Canyon.

If anyone has suggestions on where I should eat in these cities, feel free to let me know.


PS I will be back to my blogging days when I get back, I promise! (I think I should weigh myself before I go to see how many kilos I’ll put on)


  1. kristy @ ksayerphotography

    Ooh, how exciting! I love America.
    If you’re planning to head to Disneyland make sure you check out:
    – Churros! There’s carts everywhere and you can’t get better tasting churros anywhere
    – Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney
    – The Blue Bayou

    They’re not fine dining affairs, but the food is delicious and fun 😀

    I could go on and on and on.. I’m a Disney freak – Been there on 5 different trips and refuse to spend less than a week at the parks.

    And don’t worry too much about gaining weight! If you’re anything like me when I travel, you’ll probably do ALOT of walking.

    Have a great trip.

  2. Maria

    Woohoo! Good to have you back! See you tomorrow! 😀

  3. Richard Elliot

    Congratulations on finishing the thesis!!!

    I’m no so good on my west coast eateries. I’d suggest:
    – Bouchon at the Venetian casino in Vegas. Run by the same people as the French Laundry.
    – Cheesecake factory at the top of Macy’s in San Fran for; well you can probably guess…
    – Chipotle take-aways for a tasty and quick burritto. It’s a chain so you should see them all over. Don’t have too many if you are worried about putting on weight! 😉

    When you are in Vegas don’t just stay on the strip, but make sure you head down to ‘Old’ Vegas one night as well to casino’s like the Freemont and Golden Nugget. (No food suggestions, just go for the experience.)

  4. Anh

    Have a wonderful trip, Phuoc!

    OKay, you have inspired me to focus on my thesis. Need to get it done…

  5. Mark @ Cafe Campana

    Yay for thesis completion. I know I had plenty of rejoicing when I did mine. I holiday is a great idea. I’m jealous.

  6. Vilzi


    Massive congratulations on completing the thesis! Must be breathing a sigh of relief =D Sounds like you are going to have a super rocking time in the U.S.! I say don’t worry about your weight for that 2.5 week interval! Go and enjoy the food they have over there so you can continue to share your experiences with us..

    Have lots of fun and take care aye =)

  7. Angie

    Congrats on getting your thesis done and good luck with the results!
    Aww lucky you, after all that hard work you deserve a nice holiday though =)
    Look forward to all the pics.

  8. Phuoc

    Thanks for the well wishes guys!

    Kristy: Yeah I’m going to Disnetland! Can’t wait! Are these churros better than the ones from San Churros??

    Maria: Party!

    Richard: Looks like I might not be doing Vegas after all now.. My cousins can’t take me. But that’s fine.. All the more excuse to go another time 🙂 I’ve heard of this cheesecake factory, very interesting.

    Anh: Thanks! Keep at it; it’s worth it in the end.

    Mark: Oh there will be lots of rejoicing tonight!

    Vilz: Thanks mate for your very kind words. I’m not too worried about the weight issue, I just want to see how much I gain because I’ll be doing alot of eating! See you when I get back 🙂

    Angie: I’m so excited for this holiday, everyone should go on a holiday every so often. I want to try make it an annual thing… 🙂

  9. Sydney Shop Girl

    HI Phuoc
    Lovely meeting you today.

    Congrats on finishing the thesis.

    Enjoy the US!!

    SSG xxx

  10. Dolly

    hey my fellow viet,

    nice meeting u… hope to read more of ur adventures sooon xxx

  11. Richard Elliot

    @Phouc – I wouldn’t stress to much about missing Vegas. It’s one of those places where expectation is better than reality.

  12. Trisha

    I’m going there too but not until July! We should trade notes – er.. rather, I ask you a million questions and you give me tips and pointers. We’re going to SF, LA, NY and DC!

  13. FFichiban

    Havvvee funnnnn eat lots of mega foods for me kthx

  14. Phuoc

    Sydney Shop Girl: Thanks, it was a pleasure to put a face behind the blog. Keep it up!

    Dolly: YAY! Another fellow Viet food blogger. Nice meeting you the other day 🙂

    Richard: And there’s always next time 🙂

    Trisha: Hehe.. Maybe I should put up some tips about planning a holiday perhaps? But feel free to email me and I’ll get back to you asap 🙂

    Richard: Of course! Here comes the (deep fried) food 😛

  15. Betty @ The Hungry Girl

    WOOHOOO!!! So freaking exciting 😀 Yep, you should definitely weigh yourself before and after, lol. I think I will have to do that too! Lol.

  16. Phuoc

    Let’s see who puts on more weight 😛

  17. The Young Foodie

    Hi Phuoc!

    I was in San Francisco a couple of months ago and these are my hot tips:

    – Eat Burritos in the Mission District
    – Visit Tartine Bakery (600 Guerrero Street), arguably the best bakery in the US
    – Gorge on Pancakes and Fried Bacon @ Sear’s Fine Foods (439 Powell St)
    – Indulge in Clam Chowder @ Pier 39
    – Try tasty Vietnamese @ Slanted Door (1 Ferry Building)
    – Fantastic French @ La Folie (2316 Polk Street)
    – Fine-dining @ Gary Danko (800 North Point Street)

    There are some posts of food in San Francisco on my blog:

    Enjoy your trip!!

    -The Young Foodie

  18. Phuoc

    Hi Young Foodie, thank you so much for your advice.

  19. Jen (

    Congrats on completing the thesis & make sure you eat up on my behalf 🙂

    Have fun!! xx

  20. Ellie (Almost Bourdain)

    Have a great holiday!

  21. Amanda @Spread my butter

    I hope you have an amazing time! I hope you’re going to enjoy every morsel you can fit in your tummy at the SLS!

  22. Phuoc

    Jen: Thanks and I will 🙂

    Ellie: Thanks, I am so far 🙂 It would only get better now

    Amanda: Thanks! I’m trying to get more mexican in me 🙂

  23. Stan

    Phuoc – Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by Valerie Confections, we hope you enjoy your chocolates. Travel safely, and look for us on twitter @valerieconfctns !

  24. Phuoc

    Hi Stan! Great meeting you the other day, thank you for being so helpful! Love your store 🙂

  25. Richard

    I love how you assembled your pictures! Btw, your ben & jerrys ice cream is still in our fridge, do you want me to mail it to you? haha

  26. Phuoc

    HAHA Do so! Awww… I miss our binges and late night movie watching.. Next time you are here we have to watch Meet the Fockers 🙂

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