Hay Qua!! Creative Viets, Banh Mi tasting, and more…

This Saturday, there is what looks to be an amazing thing happening that I was asked to participate in! It is called HAY QUA! Mini Fest, which brings together young creative Vietnamese people of New York City. “Hay qua” is a superlative that means a variety of things such as “so good!” “so interesting!” “so skilled!”, etc..

I will be on a food panel as an expert, tasting the best Vietnamese sandwiches New York City has to offer. All the speakers are extremely creative, talented, and Vietnamese. It’s an all day event, check it out this Saturday! Here’s the press release:

New York City, NY (June 20, 2009) – The elusive best Vietnamese sandwich, or bánh mì for fanatics, of New York will be within reach on Saturday, June 27th at the Bitter End (Greenwich Village). Some of New York’s top bánh mì creators are entering their wildly-popular masterpieces in the Tasting portion of “Hay Qua!” Mini-fest. The tasting will precede the decadent food-themed panel moderated by Serious Eats’ Tam Ngo, speaking to the likes of Food Party’s Thu Tran, An Nguyen Xuan of BEP, Food Blogger Mindy Lvoff, LUNCH blogger Yen Ha, and An Choi’s Tuan Bui. Audience members will have the chance to savor the passion that goes into each layer, slice, and spread of this new foodie favorite.

Hungry fans can register to taste and judge the bánh mì, amidst the exhilarating line-up of creative Vietnamese American thinkers, dreamers, and champions on The Bitter End stage. Join the room full of bloggers, designers, architects, writers, chefs — wide eyes, smiles, laughter, and that renewed sense of possibility and dreams. It’s going to be a good Saturday.

As with all good things, tickets are going quickly due to popular demand and limited seating. Register today to save your seat, as you won’t want to miss Tim Be Told bandmember Luan Nguyen, French-Vietnamese chef An Nguyen Xuan, Brooklyn Rail publisher Phong Bui, Obama campaign photographer Bao Nguyen, architect Yen Ha of LUNCH blog, filmmakers, singer/songwriters, among many others.

Get our $50 Combo Deal! Hay Qua in the day, KollabNY at night! That’s $25 to listen to over 20+ inspiring AA speakers in the daytime! (fashion consultants, bloggers, environmentalists, architects, publishers, film-makers, spoken word artists and more!) And for another $25, a chance to listen and watch Asian American Talent (singers/songwriters/comedians/hip hop groups/dancers).

Banh mi tasting at Hay Qua + Pink Berry reception @ KollabNY!
What more do you want?!

Register this weekend: www.thatsneaat.com

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Bitter End

147 Bleecker Street

New York, 10012

Saturday, June 27, 2009

from 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM (ET)



  1. actually pretty into sau voi corporation on walker and lafayette (i think?)
    very fatty grilled pork, i always get banh mi thit nuong, and then you can also pick up some cds or panties while you are there! do NOT get the banh da lon! it is the worst i’ve ever had!!

  2. HOLY SHIT! if i wasn’t movin’ today, and if it wasn’t $30 to go ( i mean rly?) i’d be there in a second. THERE ARE MORE THAN 5 VIETS IN THE CITY? damn.


    –other Thu

  3. wow if only i didnt have to go to boston. “hay qua” is a staple of the viet-lish that my cousins, brother, and i liked to employ.
    so who won? and have you tried the new place on bedford? its pretty good. my mom even bought like 5 sandwiches to take home.

  4. I would have loved to go to Hay Qua!, the round-up of speakers and presenters, including you, sounded amaaaazing. I was thrilled –and then jealous– to see so many Vietnamese doing independent work in the arts, and getting to hang out with each other in one place!!

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