Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ha Noi Redeemed!

We thought we would be easy today but nope, not our M.O. here in Ha Noi. We needed a fix and we found a great pastry shop on the street and bought this cake! The Duckers and the Belz will hit this hard!
After lunch and naps, we grabbed a cab to the OQ to pick up the ao dails from Thao Silk. We had to have a little fashion show at the shop and the tears flowed big time! Our girl is smashing in it! We then found this awesome little restaurant called Vine and it was like heaven on earth. Located by the Sheraton on the East side of Ho Tay we spent the rest of the afternoon having great food and fun with the Duckers and the staff who are so awesome. This is what we needed. This place did not fit into Ha Noi, but it was perfect, just like a place from St. Louis. From the food, music you have to go there if you stop here in Ha Noi. VINE Wine Boutique Bar & Café 1A Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi http://www.vine-group.com/. So that is our day in a nut shell. Cabs are here at 083o to head to the Ministry of Police to get Sophie's passport and then health checks at 1000. Van and Benjamain join our group as they are now in Ha Noi with their girl Kimberly. WELCOME!!!!!

YUM!! It will help pack back on the 5 pounds we have each lost since being here.

Outside of Vine

Sophie after her first Quesadilla.

THIS, is the smile we needed. Sophie is big into her mommy and not so much her Pop now, but it is fine. She will come around.

My beauty queen!

Mommy helping with the ao dai

Ha Noi beauty..... WOW!!!!


Anonymous said...

She looks so beautiful in her ao dai I love the colors. It is great seeing her smiling and enjoying the both of you. Everything is well in St Louis except for the fact that you guys aren't here. Just a few more days, though and the three of you will be home. We miss you and love you!

Granddad and Grandma

Jess and Joe said...

Sophie looks gorgeous in her ao dai!

Val, Mike and Brax said...

that is so precious. she will treasure that! you guys are the greatest parents EVER. i love seeing your journey!

Libby said...

The Ao Dai is beautiful! Was telling Sonny all about your adventures over there this weekend! He and Jenny wish you their best and say what a lucky litte girl Sophie is (I couldn't agree more!). It's cold and snowy here - enjoy the warmth. It's gonna be chilly when you return but that's okay, we just want the three of you home!

Anonymous said...

That cake looks fantastic! Glad you found some "American" food. It's so good to see Sophie smiling! One mare day closer to coming home! Yeah!!!

Laura Gordon said...

Oh, she looks so fabulous in her ao dai! I love the fabric. What a beautiful daughter you have!

Laura Gordon

Destiny said...

Sophie, that is exactly the reaction that I had when I first tasted a quesadilla!!! They are infact that amazing. I know a great place... we will have to go sometime. :-)

Anonymous said...


A smile that brings tears to my eyes......she is looking happy.

Love the ai doi! What a lucky baby girl you both have.

Hope all went OK today w/the visa and Dr. appt.


Anonymous said...

I don't think I have ever seen bigger smiles on either of your faces! I can not express how happy I am for you both! And I can't tell you how excited I am to meet her!
I would say enjoy your time there, but it looks like you are! Congrats! Again, I couldn't be happier for you both!
Anna Brown