I eat at the Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi not often, but it’s one of my favorite places in all of Hanoi. Even those who poo-poo the sheer idea of the Metropole in a city like Hanoi—a topic in and of itself altogether—can’t deny how majestic the place feels during this time of year. I will come here again soon, most likely next week, because December in Hanoi, at this exact location, is as close to Heaven as I’ll ever likely get.
Vine Restaurant & Wine Bar has a new Mexican menu. It’s excellent on Western standards. On Hanoi standards it’s otherworldly.
Although so much time has gone by since my days at Rice, there are some things, like great friendships, that still remain.