Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Finding Nemo

It may look a lot like Christmas in Vietnam but the work is still going on here.  Both here and in China, Christmas is slowly becoming a more important event.  Decorations and lights are everywhere.  Yet, Chinese New Year is the REALLY big event and that doesn't happen until the end of January.  So, work goes on as usual here and the factories are pumping out product as fast as they can.

We were very fortunate to meet some wonderful people at the Las Vegas Hardware Show this past May, who run an excellent ceramic factory.  We placed an order with them and flew out here to visit to check out how our order was coming along for the Spring 2011 selling season.

Of course I can't show you what our ceramic line-up looks like because that's a secret until they hit the store shelves in April.  But I sure can show you what the KILN looks like here in Ho Chi Minh....

This gigantic oven pumps out glazed pots 24 hours a day these days.  There are 3 of these BIG BABIES at this location. 

The factory we visited was fascinating!

There were acres upon acres of drying greenware as far as the eye could see.  We were just amazed to learn about the process of making ceramic pots from start to finish.

Unfortunately, my post is not going to be about that.  Nope.  My post is about the DINNER we had after we were done at the factory.

By 8 pm, our hostess brought us to a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant so that we could try some authentic cuisine from the region.

The chicken in orange sauce was UNBELIEVABLE!

The beef satay with lemon grass was yummy too!

But what was the COOLEST part of the meal was the VEGETABLE SCULPTURE, in my opinion!

Fashioned from a SINGLE CARROT, these fish shaped legumes were a work of art!

This little fellow looked just like NEMO!  I wanted to take him home with me but the Big Guy thought we might get in trouble at Canada Customs on the way home.  So, I had to leave him behind.

I wonder, do you think they RE-USE this little fella?!  I contemplated his future with trepidition.  Would he go directly in the garbage?  Would he live to sit on another dinner plate again?  Hmmmmm!  I was waxing sentimental about this little fella.  Our dinner companions must have thought I'd lost my mind.

"It's just a CARROT!"  the Big Guy reminded me. 

So.......I left Nemo behind.  He'll have to find his own way home, I guess.
Besides the amazing food we ate that evening, we also were entertained with authentic Vietnamese music.

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for LIVE MUSIC!

What a great experience.  I wish all my blogger peeps could have been there.  But since that's not possible, I made sure to take a video just for YOU! 


8 Responses to “Finding Nemo”

Becky K. said...

Such adventures you are enjoying!

The factories must be inspiring!
To see all of the pottery that is being produced....oh my.

Marina said...

Thanks for the tour, the video with the music - I really enjoyed it - and the photos of the dishes! I wanted to taste some of them...Yummy.......

Donna said...

What an amazing experience...and food!!! Thanks for sharing the tour!!!

Rosa said...

That food looked a LOT more appetizing than most of what we ate when we went to China. :D

momofcrt said...

What are the instruments they are playing? The lady playing the guitar-like one looks bored ;-).
I wouldn't want to fight the one on the opposite side, those picks on her finger look dangerous!
What a neat experience.

Rosa said...

Hey, I've posted so now it's your turn! ;D

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

looks lovely! hope you had a great Christmas and here is to a very Happy New Year!!


sweetsue said...

Oh wow, that dinner looks delicious! Just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year!