We are going into our 5th month of quite cold and damp soul-chilling weather (i know, i have NO sympathy from any of you in new england!) It's a damp cold that really gets into you and is hard to get warm. On a recent especially-cold trip to northern Vietnam, in a town called Sapa, we stayed at a socially conscious boutique hotel, Sapa Rooms with very little heat (environmentally conscious too!) that served the best moroccan tea: individual cups were made with cinnamon stick, star anise, lime, fresh mint and some honey. We would pile on layers to go down for breakfast.* I reproduced it yesterday afternoon. The perfect warmer for my chilled family!
*I would love to return to Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel [http://www.saparooms.com/intro.html] in a warmer season when the rice paddies are green and the mist has lifted slightly. A charming place and an intriguing area with very friendly people and a good purpose!
hotel metropole, depuis 1901, hanoi
old world, exquisite in every detail (the biggest treat!)
chubby, weather-chapped cheeks, edible thighs, saucer eyes and that universal desire to play
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