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Yes, I meant Anglo-Saxon.Thanks for the info!

2008-08-13T03:08:00.000-07:00

Yes, I meant Anglo-Saxon.

Thanks for the info!



Jonathan,Do you mean Anglo as in Anglo-Saxon, or a...

2008-08-13T00:11:00.000-07:00

Jonathan,
Do you mean Anglo as in Anglo-Saxon, or as in white? In either case, I've never heard of that tradition. I only know of incense in that New Age way associated with just scents.

However, if you're using Asian incense sticks, the kind meant for the altar, it is a definite no-no to light it for the living. Incense and altar offerings are meant for the dead.

You can



That's a tasty looking spread of food there!I have...

2008-08-12T07:31:00.000-07:00

That's a tasty looking spread of food there!

I have a question related to ancestor veneration - there used to be an anglo tradition to burn incense if an honored friend visted your home. Are there any similar uses of incense or food offering to honor someone who is still living? I don't know, like would it be appropriate to light incense in honor of your favorite aunt, even though she



Hi Anonymous,Well, the food will have already been...

2007-06-03T05:33:00.000-07:00

Hi Anonymous,

Well, the food will have already been cooked and offered by the time dinner starts. Usually when guests are invited, it's just for the feasting. :)

I'm not sure where you're located, but an appropriate gift whenever you go to any Vietnamese or Chinese household is usually some nice seasonal fruit. You don't need to get fancy about it. Something from the farmers'



I am an American who was just invited to an annive...

2007-06-03T05:22:00.000-07:00

I am an American who was just invited to an anniversary dinner. Can you suggest any items I can bring. I do not ant to offend my host on this day.

Thanks.



Hi KLe,The la gai is really to color the banh it. ...

2007-05-07T22:27:00.000-07:00

Hi KLe,
The la gai is really to color the banh it. It doesn't really have a taste to me. Or maybe it's too subtle b/c wrapped in the banana leaf, I just taste the banana leaf. :P

In my family, almost everything is homemade. We've just always done it that way, but it's pretty rare these days.

t,
I don't mind the same foods. I don't cook them that often so I like it when



oh my God I haven't seen food like this for a very...

2007-05-07T08:23:00.000-07:00

oh my God I haven't seen food like this for a very long time. It brought back a lot of memories :D



That was a really interesting post regarding your ...

2007-05-07T01:35:00.000-07:00

That was a really interesting post regarding your customs. I'm Asian but catholic so we never really had customs like those.



your pictures make me super hungry/homesick for so...

2007-05-07T00:39:00.000-07:00

your pictures make me super hungry/homesick for some home cooking!!



why do they always make the same foods? im gettin...

2007-05-06T16:03:00.000-07:00

why do they always make the same foods? im getting sick of those.

i only like the jellyfish salad. thats what i eat at parties since everybody gets catered foods from our auntie.

i do miss grandmo banh nam. she used to make me go buy bananas leaves every week. she makes the best. i dont like it with mung beans as pictured.

t



The banh it la gai looks interesting. What does t...

2007-05-06T07:39:00.000-07:00

The banh it la gai looks interesting. What does the la gai taste like?

My family usually buys most of the items; we rarely ever make anything beyond xoi or soup.