The Muong ethic group living in Vietnam considers the kitchen as the soul of their house, where the fire is always kept burning to protect family members. That’s why, to build a kitchen before living in a new house is done carefully by the house owner with several mysterious rituals being implemented. The ethnic Muong live in northern Vietnam’s mountainous region, mostly in Hoa Binh province and some districts of central Thanh Hoa province. The population is over 1.2 million. Visiting a Muong hamlet, visitors can see houses-on-stilt built in spacious places and convenient for the daily activities. Normally in a house, there are two kitchens, located in two different places which are suited to the local climate and the owner’s lifestyle customs. The kitchens are cultural spaces unique in both material and spiritual meaning, and preserved by generations of the family members. The two kitchens are built almost the same in structure, but each has its own function. … [Read more...] about The Custom of Building New Kitchens by the Muong
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With 24 restaurants around the world, 11 Michelin stars, numerous cookbooks, and TV shows, Gordon Ramsay is the top earning chef in the United States, with an estimated global income of $38 million, according to a new list by Forbes.com. Scottish-born Ramsey, known to U.S. television audiences for his acerbic comments on "Master Chef" and "Hell's Kitchen", surpassed Rachael Ray, who earned an estimated $25 million for the year ending June 2012 from her TV show, magazine and cookbooks. Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck, whose 20 restaurants contributed to his $20 million in earnings, came in third on the list of top earning chefs who have a strong presence in the United States. Puck is based in California. "They are very diversified," said Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes.com. "There is nobody who just has restaurants. TV is a huge factor in making this list because they make so much more money from television than they can from their restaurants." Merchandising and cookbooks also pumped up … [Read more...] about Gordon Ramsay named highest earning chef in U.S.
Wall Street held its strong gain to the last minute of trading on Monday, buoyed by strong earnings from Caterpillar and hopes on a concrete resolution to the European debt woes. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 104.83 points, or 0.89 percent, to close at 11,913.62. Caterpillar, the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, soared more than 5 percent to lead the Dow after the company surprised investors on Monday by reporting a 44-percent quarterly earnings increase and record revenue. What's more, the company also raised its full-year profit and revenue forecasts, which greatly boosted sentiment as people always look the company as a key barometer to the global economic activity. The Standard & Poor's 500 was up 15.94 points, or 1.29 percent, to 1,254.19, the highest close in about three months, with basic materials and financials among the best performers. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 61.98 points, or 2.35 percent, to 2,699.44, which was … [Read more...] about Wall Street buoyed by Caterpillar earnings, Europe hopes
(VOV) -For the second series of season 2 of Gordon’s Great Escape, UK Chef Ramsay goes back on the road doing what he loves most— searching out the best food in the world and testing himself in extreme and demanding situations. This time he’s not just taking on one country, his appetite for adventure will take him through four of Southeast Asia’s most exciting culinary destinations: Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam. In preview clips now being shown worldwide Gordon cooks Vietnamese food for locals including pig ear salad, roasted pork, sweet and sour spare ribs, pork leg curry, caramelized salty pork, and noodle soup with pork. … [Read more...] about Chef cooks Vietnamese food – Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape
A heavy rain on June 17 not only flooded many streets in HCM City, but also caused serious traffic jams, inconveniencing residents all over the city. Engines stopped by water The rain started at around 4pm, with several areas of the city, including Le Van Luong Street submerged in as much as 50cm of water. Many drivers fell victim to engine failure as they tried to drive through the waters. The rain also flooded nearby houses, so people used what they had to flush out water. Flooded streets on June 17 In the meantime, serious congestion occurred along 4km of Kha Van Can Street. Even though police tried to regulate traffic, they were unable to ease the congestion due to large numbers of vehicles, small streets and construction areas. "I've been stuck in the rain for about an hour but I don't see way to get home at this point," said Le Thi Bach, a resident in Thu Duc District. Line of vehicles stuck on Kha Van Can Flooding has become a serious problem in HCM … [Read more...] about HCM City streets overwhelmed by rain