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Park Hyatt Saigon

2 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1

Tel: (08) 3 824 1234

Park Hyatt Saigon announces Park Hyatt Masters, a series of epicurean events throughout the year, showcasing the diversity of regional textures and flavors founded throughout Vietnam.

January 13-15, 2012

Flavors of CochinChina

Saigon was once the capital of CochinChina, the French colonial region of Southern Vietnam, where the European influence is evident in a unique use of ingredients and cooking methods.

Day 1 The art of claypot

Set off to Binh Duong to learn the ancient art of making clay pots, unique unglazed vessels in which a variety of dishes are cooked by steam. With your craftsmanship in hand, return to Saigon for a master class in clay-pot cooking, crafting cơm tấm (broken rice), caramelized pork belly, and river prawns in coconut water.

 Day 2 Bánh mì and brews

The day begins in the kitchen with the Park Hyatt baker, learning to make the perfect baguette, the foundation for the deliciously simple, yet satisfying, bánh mì. The filling is what gives this Vietnamese sandwich its multiple personalities, so you will experiment with four traditional ones: egg, pork, chicken, and beef. The culmination of this culinary experience pairs your savory creations with a tasting of several Vietnamese micro-brewed beers.

Day 3 Green afternoon tea

Taste a master selection of Vietnam's high-grade green teas, including the native lotus tea, along with a decadent array of sweet "green" confections. Master Pastry Chef Eng, reveals the secrets to preparing and pairing these dainty delicacies.

Caravelle Hotel

19 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1

Tel: (08) 3 823 4999

Website: www.caravellehotel.com

Choux & éclairs promotion

Chefs at Caravelle Hotel are whipping up much-loved light French pastries with classic cream fillings and rich toppings to serve in the Lobby Lounge on the ground floor.

From January 14 to 21 guests can choose from seven varieties of choux and éclairs including chocolate cream with poached pear slices and icing sugar, and toffee cream with sliced fresh bananas and broken walnuts at VND160,000++ per portion.

Pair your favorite pastry with a fresh cup of Lavazza coffee or Ronnefeldt tea for VND240,000++, or indulge with a flute of fine Taittinger champagne for VND310,000++.

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.

Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

15 Ngo Quyen St., Hoan Kiem Dist.

Tel: (04) 3 826 6919

Website: www.sofitel-legend.com

Spices garden Tet delicacies

From January 12 to 23 savor some glorious dishes conjured up by Metropole's veteran chef of 33 years, Nguyen Kim Hai. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, besides traditional Vietnamese dishes, the hotel will also present creative delicacies such as blue prawns in festive robe or roasted venison fillet.

Tet gifts

L'Epicerie offers an array of products and gifts for this holiday season. Its shelves are stocked with an assortment of Tet hampers and treats designed to bring added delight to the Lunar New Year, including Vietnamese specialties (giò, chả, bánh chưng "¦) and imported luxury products.

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$179.00++ per twin share (two people).

The package includes two nights' accommodation in a superior room (check-in either Friday or Saturday), daily breakfast buffet, and a 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, game room, fitness center, wifi, and the largest swimming pool in the province.

The promotion is valid until March 31, 2012.

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