I heard Co Nhan before I met her.
The nation’s hospitality industry not only stood up and took notice, but was stunned into silence when InterContinental Danang announced at the end of last year it had snapped up Michelin Star chef Michel Roux OBE to front their flagship restaurant La Maison 1888.
A 2013 Hanoi trend truly in the ascendant is the hybrid hangout space. Places you can go to have a drink, sure, but while you’re at it maybe attend a talk, watch a film, make something, hear poetry, create... As a ‘trend’ this one is hard to define, a bit blurry-round-the-edges. Not an overnight sensation, instead it’s a slow and steady burner.
Not so long ago I found myself in need of a day away from the noise and commotion of Hanoi. I asked around for recommendations for somewhere interesting to spend a few hours; a quiet place a bit off the beaten track.
When a baby turns one in Korea the parents often host a special party to celebrate. The most important ritual of the party is when the child is seated in front of a table covered with various objects that are said to predict his or her future.