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American guy with a friendly smile left a good impression in the hearts of the people and visitors here.

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Translation is a fascinating mystery. My American friend Andrew went to Vietnam and started cleaning up trash and became a celebrity there. As I read the translated stories about him, I discovered some very enjoyable side effects of translation. Artifacts from a Google translated article about a good guy who went to Vietnam from America. Foreign boy scavenging around bushes, grass miles every afternoon. Andrew J Smith is the same American. The first impression of […]

Pot Roast Katsu at Ramblin’ Jacks

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There are infinite ways to combine flavors, textures, essences of foods, but it is really hard to produce a combination that is both new and good. So, how about some slow cooked pot roast? Call it what you want, it’s pot roast – fully infused with what tastes like a tomato paste, worchstershire tang. Bread it in panko and fry it up. Provide a wasabi aioli. These crusty savory chunks should not be called “Beef […]

Coqueta, The View at Marriott, Farallon, & State Bird Provisions

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After sipping incredible gin (gincredible?) cocktails at Coqueta, and sipping in the sight of San Francisco from the top of the Marriott, we embody our dream of food. We arrive at State Bird Provisions and tell the hostess Lindsey is in the restaurant business. Hostess says, “so you like insanity”. The wait is two hours. So we walk down the street. No satisfactory for cocktails and apps without a wait, so we take a Lyft […]

Music

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I am a music lover. I love it so much that I don’t understand people who don’t love it. I love it so much that I am afraid. I am afraid that it will stop making me feel like I might get lucky, like I am a teenager, like I am about to die, like I am a million miles away, like I am nestled in the heart of everyone I love whom I’ve never […]