what's your taste?
At the start of this year, I knew I wanted to create something different and fun. So, like most artists, I decided to draw inspiration from my life. The inspiration came in the form of my relationship with my husband. Charlie was born and raised in America’s dairyland - Wisconsin. I would say that he had a pretty normal American childhood. I, on the other hand, was born and raised in Vietnam, up until my family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 7. My parents raised and fed me in the traditions they knew. I learned a lot of American life and culture mainly through school and friends.
Anyways, Charlie and I will be married 4 years this July. Despite the last 3 and half years, we’re still learning the ropes of being in an interracial marriage. One of the ways this is most apparent is in our tastes in food. I’d like to say that we’ve mastered the art of compromising when it comes to something as simple as food, but it’s a skill we’re still learning to navigate. There’s a lot of American cuisine that I love, but when it comes down to it, Asian flavors have my heart and taste buds. With his easy-going personality, Charlie is normally a good sport and obliges, and fortunately for him and me, he likes most Asian cuisines, too.
As I thought about our differences, it inspired me to create these “punny” food cards. Since Charlie’s from Wisconsin, and I often say he’s cheesy, this “Brie Mine” just seemed to fit. And as for me, Pho is by far one of the most well-known of Vietnamese dishes; one that was a staple in my house growing up.
I bet you can imagine someone these cards would be perfect for! I hope you enjoy them! Just curious, which one are you? Go, Team Pho!
Finally, just for kicks, here are a few places around NW Arkansas I usually head to to get my Asian food fix! For Vietnamese, no place compares to mom’s cooking, but Pho Thanh is a good alternative for me and my family! They have both a Fayetteville and Bentonville location. When I’m craving Thai, I love going to Thep Thai off of School Street in Fayetteville. The best place for ramen would be Meiji on Crossover, also here in Fayetteville. When I have time to cook or want to get special treats that I grew up with in Vietnam, my favorite place to shop is Asian Amigo in Springdale. Don’t let the name fool you, they have a great selection! And from Thursday to Sunday there’s a sweet mother/daughter team there who creates amazing food like banh mi, and delicious treats like banana wrapped in sweet sticky rice! Do you have any favorite restaurants or places to shop that I didn’t mention?
Pho, Miso, or Brie? Let me know in the comments below!
Love these cards?