Many moons ago, I packed my bags and headed to France to embark on a matrimonial adventure. Sounds peachy, right? Well, it wasn’t all buttery croissants and leisurely strolls along the Seine. Adapting to life here hasn’t been a picnic, but fixating on the unpleasant aspects of living in France and yearning for the familiarity of home were tainting my experiences here. So as I rang in the Year of the Goat, I decided to turn over a new leaf. Resolving to leave behind my morosity and to start fresh that year, I hatched Plated Palate to breathe some new life into my appetite and cooking. 

Come join me on my journey as I rediscover the cuisine of my own culture and that of my adopted home country. Here you will find a collection of recipes of my favorite things to cook and eat–mostly Vietnamese foods and French pastries–peppered with occasional stories of my life in France. I hope that the traditional Vietnamese and French dishes on my dinner table will inspire you to fire up your stove more often, explore new flavor profiles and try new things in your kitchen.

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  1. Hi Nita, I started my blog for exactly the same reasons. I love your photography. Your food looks gorgeous.

    1. Hello Hyeon,

      Thanks for stopping by and for the sweet comment ~ you’re too kind! Looks like you’re not too far away and just across the pond from France :)

  2. Francis says:

    Great blog

    1. Thank you Francis! I’m glad you like it :)

  3. Alex Le says:

    Thank you for sharing great stories and recipes. I was born in Saigon and grew up in Paris. I moved to California at 12. I love your blog for the great recipes that are not over complicated. I am caring for my mother who only eats Vietnamese food. I appreciate your photos and tips.


    1. Hi Alex,

      Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and your thoughtful comment. I’m so thrilled that you enjoy the recipes and stories. I would love to hear how some of the dishes turn out if you try any of my recipes :)

  4. Hello from Boise Idaho -,your blog and photos are stunning- I look forward to cooking your culinary journey’s.

    1. Hi there Phil! Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by. I’m tickled to hear that you enjoy my photos and blog. xoxo

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