One of my favorite things in the world is trying new foods. It’s something that runs in the family. There’s something about trying something new that excites me, especially if the food is considered rare. Trying new foods in Vietnam, Laos, and Paris has to be one of the things I’m most excited about. I am very excited to try out banh mi, a baguette that Ms. Pham has spoken about in class. There are other foods in Vietnam I’ve found online that peak my interest, like cao lau (pork noodle dish), banh khot (vietnamese pancake), ca phe trung (egg coffee), balut (bird embryo still in the egg), and of course pho. I’ve started a list of all of the foods I want to try, but if I listed every single one it would take up too much of the blog post. Larb (meat salad), tam mak hoong (papaya salad), Sien Savanh (Lao beef jerky) and khao jee (baguette similar to banh mi) are all Laotian dishes I have on my list. Frankly, my list is too big to even be able to try everything while we’re there, but these are some of the dishes I’ve found most interesting and I hope they’ll be available at some point. As for Paris, I really don’t know that much about French food. I guess I’ll just go for a lot of the bread and pastries. It would be interesting to try escargot while we’re there, as I didn’t like it here in the states, but I doubt I’ll be able to find some within my price range. Trying all of this different stuff is usually one of the first things that comes to mind when I think about this trip. I know my family will have loads of questions for me, and I’d bet about 90% of those questions will be about the food.