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First-Time Voter

First-Time Voter

I voted for the first time in 1972, when Richard Nixon ran for re-election and trounced George McGovern with one of the largest election margins in U.S. history – 60.7% of the popular vote and every state in the Union except Massachusetts. He ran as “President Nixon – Now, More than Ever!” I had waited […]

Authentic Asian Dining in Vienna: Oh, Holy Basil!

Authentic Asian Dining in Vienna: Oh, Holy Basil!

This business of authenticity can be very elusive. Enticing the Viennese to compose their own dishes from the elements, as the Thais do, leaves many diners perplexed. But several young ventures in Asian cooking are now serving up successes with traditional tastes and techniques of the Far East, and setting in motion a new trend […]

The Year of the Cat: ‘Silvester’ in Vietnam

By rights, this should have been the Year of the Rabbit – that’s what the zodiac calendar says in China, anyway. But in Vietnam, it’s the Year of the Cat. “We didn’t have enough rabbits,” a guide tells us. “But anyway, the characteristics are the same…” This is the Feast of Tet, the New Year […]

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