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IN HANOI

Le Club

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

15 Ngo Quyen St., Hoan Kiem Dist.

Tel: (04) 3 826 6919

Email: sofitelhanoi@hn.vnn.vn

Website: www.sofitel-legend.com

Oriental salad and raspado

During August, cool off with Le Club's tasty classic Middle-Eastern oriental salads and flavored raspado (shaved-ice) treats.

Enjoy live jazz performance by Charmagne Tripp every Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:45 p.m. onward.

IN HO CHI MINH CITY

Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City

242 Tran Binh Trong St., Dist. 5

Tel: (08) 3 839 7777, ext. 8000

Email: dine@hcm.equatorial.com

Amazing new moon cake flavors

In anticipation of the upcoming mid-autumn festival, the Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City has created a new series of high-end moon cakes, which will be presented in five elegant boxes made from the finest materials available.

Create your own individual gift from a selection of 13 sumptuous flavors from the traditional roasted chicken, green bean and green tea to the hotel's exclusive summer mango, passionate jade, chocolate fudge, and (for the very first time) an extra special scallop & shark fin moon cake. Prices range from VND458,000 to 1,298,000/box.

Reflections Restaurant

3rd floor Caravelle Hotel

19 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1

Tel: (08) 3 823 4999

Michelin-Chef Jerome Brochot plates up inventive French fare

The man who delighted the culinary world by turning leftover hay into sherbet is about to give Ho Chi Minh City a lesson in cutting-edge Gallic cuisine. Michelin-star chef Jerome Brochot will exhibit his creative bend with a Burgundy-inspired menu at the Caravelle Hotel's Reflections Restaurant from August 8 to 12.

The 34-year-old Michelin chef grew up on a farm where his ingenuity first came to the attention of critics. The chef's inventiveness has won him a creative reputation.

For five nights at the Caravelle, chef Brochot will offer a distinctive French menu and two set menus featuring favorite dishes from his restaurant in Montceau-les-Mines.

Foodies in the city will have an opportunity to see chef Brochot in action during a one-time cooking class held on August 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the private rooms of Reflections Restaurant.

Participants in the Master Cooking Class will learn how to prepare three unique dishes: farmers guinea fowl glazed with its juices, spiced guinea fowl sausage, with crunchy green asparagus and beans; beef tenderloin, butter-search with duck liver and bone marrow, and pan juice drizzled macaroni gratin; and Quercy-style lamb rack and loin on garlic comfit, with sweet pepper stew pastille.

The cooking class is priced at VND980,000 and includes a flute of Taittinger Champagne, a light tasting menu and desserts.

Yu Chu Restaurant

InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel

Corner Hai Ba Trung St. & Le Duan Blvd., Dist. 1

Tel: (08) 3 520 9099

Email: dine@icasianasaigon.com

Yu Chu (Emperor Kitchen) is the InterContinental Asiana Saigon's signature restaurant, located on the first floor. The restaurant marries contemporary presentation and stylish surroundings with authentic Cantonese and Peking cuisine. As diners look on, our skillful chef prepares hand-pulled noodles, fresh dim sum and hot wok dishes in our open, impeccably designed show kitchen. Guests can see flashing steel knives and fiery explosions from open gas burners which the cooks operate dexterously with their knees.

From now until the end of September, delight your taste buds at Yu Chu and receive a 25 percent discount on a la carte orders.

Pendolasco-Italian Garden Restaurant

87 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1

Tel: (08) 3 821 8181

Fax: (08) 3 914 4994

Website: www.pendolasco-restaurantvietnam.com

The oldest Italian restaurant in HCMC has an Italian cook, a classic garden and traditional barbecue.

Jet Studio

688 Le Hong Phong St., Dist. 10

Tel: (08) 3 830 9809, (08) 3 833 5781

Website: www.jetstudio.com.vn

Professional studio specializes in recording, mixing songs and making albums for everyone from amateurs to professional singers.

A good voice is not necessary, just the desire to create your own high-quality CD, from recording to cover design.

IN PHAN THIET

Pandanus Resort

KP5, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet

Tel: (062) 3 849 849

Email: rsvn@pandanusresort.com

Website: www.pandanusresort.com

The Pandanus Resort is offering a gourmet getaway weekend promotion for only US$159.00++ for two people (twin share).

The package includes two nights' accommodation in a superior room (check-in either Friday or Saturday), daily breakfast buffet, and Saturday evening poolside barbecue buffet with an extensive selection of Vietnamese and international entrées, a variety of salads, pastas, desserts and fresh barbecued seafood.

Guests can also use the tennis and badminton courts, bicycles, the game room, fitness center, wifi, and the largest swimming pool in the province.

The promotion is valid until October 31, 2011.

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