First name:: Cathy
Middle name:: Quynh Nhu
Like your name:: I like Catherine more than Cathy. SO sophisticated.

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26 Responses to “The Gastronomer”

  1. 1 Karen October 4, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Love your posts on Vietnamese foods. I haven’t visited VN for nearly 7 years and are desperate to go back to visit. Thanks for the tips on where to find good local foods. Keep up the good work & enjoy what VN has to offer!

    • 2 Thao July 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm

      Hello Cathy,

      Just let you know that Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey will be at last broadcasted tonight on Thursday 16th of July on the BBC2 at 8:00, which we are longing for. Cambodia is the first country he has chosen. You can watch it on the BBC Iplayer, if you miss this series.

      I am the chef’s fan since I have emigrated from Saigon to London in 1996. And my husband now join me to watch any of Rick Stein’s series.

      I missed an opportunity to meet our favourite chef during his trip to Vietnam last year. You are a lucky girl ! If I had a chance to meet him, I would recommend my family’s restaurant in Thu Duc to him so that he could taste some delicious food.

      I really love your website because it is interesting and informative. We are looking forward to watching you and Rick Stein on the TV in due course.

      Best wishes,

  2. 3 Luke October 4, 2007 at 6:09 am

    Cathy, or should I say Ms Gastronomer,

    I found your blog recently while googling some info about philly restaurants and found it both excellent and very informative. I also found your book review section and found it to be spot on. I thought I might recommend a book for you (& perhaps the astronomer). I recently picked up the “Molecular Gastronomy”, an english translation of a book by a french chemist and gastronomer, Herve This. The book is actually part of a series “Arts & Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History”. I found it absolutely intriguing because it wound its way through the kitchen, the table, the mouth, nose, throat, and history of good food, as well as the language we use to describe it, all from the perspective of the molecular and tissue level of food. Of course it is not a ‘food fiction’, ‘art of food’, nor a ‘how to’ book, but it is a rare and rigerous little treat on the why and whyfore of everything from salt to foie gras to gels to wine and roasts, and it doesnt seem too shallow or much like a school book. Anyway, my partner and I are about to visit philly for the first time and per your blog we now have several options, so I wanted to say hi, thanks for the interesting blog, and keep writing.



  3. 4 Nina November 25, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Cathy,

    I stumbled on your website when searching Vietnamese food websites. I’ve enjoyed it very much so far, since my Mom is Vietnamese and I LOVE my Vietnamese food. What I couldn’t find is what you and your boyfriend are doing there? I’m thinking of quitting my job and going there for a few months… however, i’m not sure i’m interested in teaching English. I was just wondering what other job opportunities exist. I’m from Canada. Hope you’re enjoying your time! I would love to be there!


  4. 5 Coach Schultz December 22, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    I very much love your website Cathy!!! Having spent so much time in Thailand and Myanmar, looking and reading at this I got so hungry for all of those foods that you can’t find in the USA! (Why is that?) WHen I eventually make it to VN, I will know exactly what I want to eat, thanks to you!

  5. 6 kevin norris January 6, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    first off, love your blog. i feel like such a taker. thought i would drop you a thread to say thanks. waz born in Britain, raised in Philly, was a sou chef La Bec Fin back in-da-day and now reside on the L.E.S. and married to a sweety i met in Saigon, so i feel an eery connection. been using your site like a dog chewin a bone and wanted to say Kudos to you, Astro man and Graham. Cheers and keep up the good work ! Truly, Special K~

  6. 7 Gastronomer January 7, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Hey there Special K – thanks for dropping a line. Eerie connection indeed! The next time I’m in the L.E.S., my friends and I are going to head to Momofuku Saam Bar for the pork shoulder. You and the misses should join us!

  7. 8 Summer January 9, 2008 at 4:55 am

    Wow, I totally love your blog. I’m a food lover too. If only I read your blog 3 years ago while I’m still in SD, I will follow your recommendations on restaurants to search for good food. But na… maybe it’s not too late, I might visit SD again and maybe I will visit those cool places you have mentioned in your blog. So, keep the posting coming. Just curious, how do you burn all your calories after eating so much food?

  8. 9 Gastronomer January 9, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Thanks Summer! It’s never too late to visit America’s Finest City ;-). And about keeping fit – I’m an avid runner and try to take the stairs whenever possible.

  9. 10 kevin norris January 11, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Catherine, thanks for the invite, we’d love to chow down on some dead piggy with ya’ll. we just got back from a month in Siagon yesterday, still dealin with the jet lag. Much tuffer comin back, i’m sure you know. On another note, you ever been to Menchanko-Tei ? great (cheap) Japaneese noodle house 131 E 45th perfect on a cold winter NYC day/night. my e-mail drop us a thread when you back on the rock, later, K~
    PS we checked out Bon Xeo 45 Wifey calls in Vietnamese pizza

  10. 11 Kai Friese January 29, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Dear Cathy Danh,

    my name is Kai Friese and I edit a monthly travel magazine in New Delhi. I’m writing because I’ve assigned myself a story on Saigon, and, inspired in no small part by your blog, I plan to focus substantially on the food.

    I know this is a bit presumptuous but I wanted to ask if I could meet you during my visit (Feb 1-5) and possibly go out for a meal.

    Needless to say I’ve enjoyed your writing very much.

    Best wishes,
    Kai Friese

  11. 12 Britta February 2, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Great blog–Glad to see you’re still enjoying food : ) How’s Vietnam? I’m not THAT far away–only a mere 7 hour flight or so to Australia. I’m currently living in Adelaide, on the southern coast. Kind of a backwater, but lots of good food, including the best gelato I’ve had outside Italy. (lots of bad food too. the Aussies seem to like both extremes). I especially liked your airline food reviews, I encountered similar sandwiches on Chinese airlines, though at least they gave us little golden airplane pins : ) Lemme know what’s up with your life!!

  12. 13 Cain June 19, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Hi Catherine,

    I just wanted to let you know how much ive enjoyed reading your bog, and SO MANY PICS!!

    Im heading to Vietnam in September and i am already salivating over all the culinary delights that await me.

    Reading through your blog and also Noodle Pie have given me so much more knowledge and understanding of what to look for and what to stay away from.

    I CANT WAIT!!!

    Thanks Again


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