It’s so lovely to be invited back to the wonderful Turning Earth. We spent a lovely weekend (7th & 8th October 2017) surrounded by beautiful ceramics and feeding the crowds at this seasonal event. ART, COLOUR & FOOD are such a perfect combinations 🎨🌈🌿
My name is Gina and I was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. I came to England at the age of two where I grew up with my elder sister.
We lived in a strong female household, which included my Mother and Grandma.
My Grandma had an enormous influence on me as a child, I would spend fascinated hours watching her cook, and then eventually assisting her in our little kitchen.
Grandma Quyen, who turned 99yrs old in February this year, was my inspiration to start Hanoi Cà Phê. Sadly, She was diagnosed with Dementia a couple of years ago. It was during this time that I sought to find a way of keeping my Grandmas stories and recipes alive, hence Hanoi Cà Phê was born.
In Vietnam, we always involve food and eating whether in happiness or sadness. It’s a beautiful way of bringing family, friends and strangers together to share experiences and feel united.
I want to retain my family recipes and feed everyone I know and meet the delicious Vietnamese food I enjoyed as a child, always lovingly cooked by my Grandma.
“Cooking with Love provides Food for the Soul”.
As I’m huddled under my umbrella in East London waiting for my overcrowded bus home, I’m dreaming of the warm colours, temperature and food that I’ll soon be experiencing. Look at the amazing vivid colours of Vietnam – layers of history and character, every corner fills me with fascination. I will be embarking on my culinary research trip to Vietnam at the end of this month. I know this will be an important and nourishing trip for my soul and mind – Vietnam, I have missed you!
This week we have been lucky enough to experience and taste the Basque regional cuisine in Northern Spain. From green tomatoes, ultra fresh giant shrimps (which Eddie helped me prepare and cook) to renowned Pintxos bars in San Sebastián serving the finest tapas style snacking food, we have been well fed with food and inspiration!
I will certainly be taking elements of the fresh, colourful and vibrant Vasco flavours to influence Hanoi Ca Phe.
Love – Food – Travel – Inspiration!