My first experience of Vietnamese food was the Metropole in Hanoi and then on a boat in Halong bay. It was the beginning of a gastronomic adventure that changed my interest in food even today. The picture shown is a salad prepared on board THE LAGOON EXPLORER. Young men staffed the boat. One was obviously a food sculptor. Each meal always had a surprise carving. If you look closely in the picture, you will see that the tomato is no tomato, but actually a graceful swan...one of many creatures created on our plates by this creative crew.