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September 09, 2019
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A Gastronomic & Travel Writing Tour De Force

December 8-14, 2019

There’s more to our Travel Writing & Photography Retreat than learning how to take your travel writing to the next level. Here's a taste of what our attendees will enjoy.

Vietnamese food has gained popularity all over the world. And we’ve made sure that sampling Vietnam’s varied and delicious dishes are a large part of this workshop. The Retreat is practically a foodie’s tour of Vietnam. It’s a culinary tour of Hoi An’s most tasty dishes — and most of it is on us!


Methods of cooking range from simmering and boiling to frying and grilling. Ingredients include chili, coconut milk, lemon grass, limes, tamarind, cane sugar, noodles, mango, papaya, pickled carrots, cucumber, and garlic, and much more.

Meat dishes include meatballs, cold roast pork, pates, fish, chicken, and beef. But there’s plenty for vegetarians, too. Vietnamese dishes are well-known for all their fresh vegetables and herbs, and there's plenty to choose from.

These are the culinary highlights INCLUDED in our Travel Writing & Photography Retreat:
• Meet & Greet with French-inspired Vietnamese tapas
• Opening Night Dinner at Miss Vy’s Signature Restaurant
• Boat trip across the river to the Hoi An Market with market tour
• Miss Vy’s Cooking Class. (You’ll get to make some of the dishes described below.)
• Celebration Dinner at the Secret Garden
• Personalized coffee and tea service during the class sessions

The Hotel Royal Hoi An has a world class buffet breakfast. (It’s 30 meters long, seriously!) And you can taste Vietnam’s rich coffee blends at any of the dozens of Hoi An Cafes while you’re out exploring. We think Vietnamese coffee is the best in the world.

Here are a few of our favorite Vietnamese dishes. If you join us at The Retreat you’ll have the opportunity to try all of them and so many others:

Banh Mi (Roy’s favorite!)
The Vietnamese equivalent of a “submarine” sandwich, these light and crusty baguettes are stuffed with a huge variety of fillings including ham, cold cuts, cheese, roast pork, pork belly, sausage, meatballs, fried eggs, pickled carrot and cucumber, cilantro, chili sauce, pate, and various gravies.

Banh Xeo (Roy’s other favorite!)
These giant savory pancakes are crispy crepes bulging with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts, plus a garnish of fresh herbs. Their name translates into “sizzling pancake” because they sizzle when they’re being cooked.

Preparing your serving of Banh Xeo is half the fun. To eat these pancakes, you cut them into manageable slices, roll the slice up in rice paper along with lettuce leaves, herbs, pickled carrot and cucumbers, and then dip them in a sweet sauce that’s served with the pancakes.

Bun Cha (Linda’s favorite)
Grilled meat, tasty meatballs, spring rolls, rice vermicelli noodles, lettuce leaves, and herbs served with a slightly sweet, flavorful bowl of broth. You combine whatever ingredients strike your fancy and eat it like soup.

Goi Cuon
These are the famous “summer rolls” with shrimp, pork, herbs and vegetables, rolled in rice paper. Served cold with a peanut dipping sauce. They can also be served deep fried.

Pho (Rice Noodle Soup)
This classic Vietnamese street food is a soup with chewy rice noodles, herbs, and tender slice of chicken or beef tenderloin or brisket in a hot savory broth. It’s topped with crunchy or spicy herbs, Vietnamese basil, mint leaves, lime, and bean sprouts, as a garnish.

Che (Vietnamese Sweet Dessert) These sweet dessert drinks are served in cups or soup bowls; a mix of coconut milk, sweetened beans, glutinous rice, colorful jellies, dried jackfruit, and many other sweet dried fruits.

Attend our Travel Writing & Photography Retreat in Hoi An, and experience Vietnam’s unique and delicious cuisine.

This is your last chance to sample the real thing and enjoy it with a group of like-minded people, in a fun & dynamic setting.



”We loved every minute of this workshop! For those of you who are on the fence, you will thoroughly enjoy the workshop, the excursions, the dinners with the group and the friends you will make. Wish we could be there again this year!” Pam Baker, 2018 Hoi An Retreat Attendee

”This is an investment worth making! Roy & Linda are a great teaching team. Roy’s method is like no other & with commitment to the steps, it works. Hoi An is knockout charming. I loved every minute, every raindrop, every mouthful of local cuisine & every morsel of education! Do not miss this!” Janet De Acevedo Macdonald, 2018 Hoi An Retreat Attendee

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