Portraits // Ý

Okay, something magical happened today. It was sunny in Port Alberni and it was 12 degrees Celsius. Seriously amazing. Y, my lovely counterpart, immediately made the excellent suggestion to finally take some pictures of her in her ao dai in the nice weather. This portrait shoot also timed itself well with the Lunar New Year (Tet), which all of us Canadians will be celebrating with the Vietnamese half of the group on Saturday morning. It was so perfect to be able to take these pictures right before the big holiday.

Speaking of Tet, we are planning a big fundraising event (suddenly the numbers have swelled to nearly 200 people) and the entire group in the thick of cooking, making decorations and organizing our silent action. It is incredibly fun and incredibly tiring. My new absolute favourite Vietnamese dish to make is Banh Troi, a sweet chewy rice flour "doughnut" filled with sweet bean. They are gingery, coco-nutty and  all around delicious. I got in some good practice because we are making 500 of them for tomorrow. It won't be only the banh troi that will be a little coco-nutty by the time the event is all over...