TET Blog

2019 will be the Year of the Pig

October 19, 2018
I'm looking forward to 2019 already and it's still only October. A lot of sadness happened in 2018. I'm praying that it'll get better.

Every new year, we all hope that it would be in our favor. We look at horoscopes, fortune telling sites and to our elders to find the answers to what it means for our year when Tet, lunar new year, comes around. 

I think that no matter what they say, we all have to try our best to work hard in our careers, relationships and health. You don't get healthy by sitting around at home nor find the love of your life that way either. So go ahead and jot down tangible goals! For example, don't just simply say: I want to lose weight. Say, I want to lose 10lbs or an x amount of weight. 

When it comes to love, I always think trying TOO hard to make a relationship work is bad too. Try but not force. Like for instance, if you'd like to ask someone out on a date, ask them out on a date nicely. If they say no, don't say 'please, give me a chance'. Just move on, and find another more suitable love prospect. Let things fall in line naturally. If there is that chemistry with 2 people, it'll be more special. Be you and be comfortable being you. 
 

Asian Corner in Charlotte for Pho and Banh Mi

September 9, 2018
For Labor Day weekend, we were in Charlotte, North Carolina to visit the Carowinds and also made a stop to our favorite banh mi restaurant called Le's Sandwiches and tried a pho restaurant nearby. They were both located at the Asian Corner shopping center.

I have never seen a Vietnamese sandwich this small and see it be so incredibly successful. The owner, who is always the cashier, only takes cash but charges tax on all of his transactions. I've never been handed a receipt from this place ...
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Tet in Charlotte, North Carolina 2015

March 7, 2015
This year, I celebrated my tet in Charlotte, North Carolina! The weekend festival was located at St. Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church and I was very impressed with its organization of the whole event. 

There were a total of 7 lions for the lion dance! It was the best lion dance show I have ever seen in the past 31 years of my life! Event was free and there were all sorts of games and food you can purchase. See some of the food that were available from the festival below. Everything was fantas...
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Making Bun Rieu for the first time on Thanksgiving Eve

November 30, 2014
I had some ground pork that I didn't know what to do with it on the night of Thanksgiving Eve and realized I had some shrimp paste and minced shrimp in jars that my mom left for me when she came to visit last year. 

I have never made bun rieu before and I suddenly decided to take a stab at it! I didn't have green onions or cilantro so I used chives instead. But other than that, I used most of the ingredients that was needed: fresh tomatoes, minced shrimp, shrimp paste, ground pork, pork bones,...
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Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Spring Rolls)

May 27, 2014
For Memorial Day this year, I made Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon). I like to include pork in my spring rolls but this time I only used shrimp. My navy veteran (husband) had to work so we did our grilling the day before. I know he shouldn't be working on Memorial Day since we want to celebrate all those military men and women who lost their lives for our freedom but his civilian work place (because we're now civilians) is open all year round. At least he got overtime hours. Anyway, here's ...
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TetSanDiego.com TetSanDiego.com has been running since 2011 and we've expanded to include all Lunar Year Festivals and Cultural Festivals year round in San Diego and not just Vietnamese Tet Festivals. Go to the 'Festival Locations' page to check out all tet festivals and other Cultural Festival and Community Fair locations!