French pastries, buffet for Tet at Caravelle

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Caravelle hotel in Ho Chi Minh City will start 2012 with a sweet note, serving French pastries and feasts during the run-up to Tet (Lunar New Year festival) later next month.

The Choux & Eclairs promotion from January 14 to 21 will offer light French pastries. Seven varieties will be served, including chocolate cream with poached pear slices and icing and toffee cream with sliced fresh bananas and broken walnuts, starting at VND160,000 (US$7.61) per portion.

The pastries can be paired with Italy's Lavazza coffee or premium Canadian tea Ronnefeldt for an extra VND240,000, or with champagne for VND310,000.

There will be two days of holiday buffets on January 22 and 23 to celebrate Vietnam's biggest holiday, with Asian and Western dishes put alongside traditional Tet delicacies like the glutinous rice cakes bánh chưng and bánh tét.

Fresh fish and other seafood, grilled and barbecued meats, and warm oysters will be passed around while desserts will feature a chocolate fountain and Vietnamese treats.

The dinner starts at VND1,013,000 (US$48.20) per person.

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