Pho 2

Pho me. Stat.

It was a snowy night…

A combination of the heat pump not working… slash in the midst of repairs…

A wanderlust filled heart…

An ache for vacations past…. And a craving for those little plastic chairs and tables we so delicately perched over… slurping our broth and noodles.. allowing drops to fling this way and that.

Not a care in the world for where those drops ended up.  Just a need to demolish this concoction. The salty, spicy and flagrant bowl of warmth.

I also had free beef soup bones in need of using…

SO I MADE HOMEMADE PHO!!

Php Toppings

I LOOSELY based it off of this recipe:

I excluded what I did not have and let the broth simmer for over 9 hours…

Now it will never compare to those mornings in Hanoi we spent hunched over our bowls.. But this will do. This will more than do!

Pho 1

Pho 2

What is your favorite Pho recipe?

In a Blink

Blink and everything is different.

Things you’ve imagined, applied for, worked to achieve. A long drawn out path it seems…. and then you blink.

That which you dreamed, sweated over and stressed…. happened.

Do you ever feel that way? Something that seemed so far off, whatever it may have been… and all of a sudden it is here.

You’ve gone from shaking your fists at neurotic drivers, to walking 20 minutes to work every day.

It amazed me today, walking home, watching the river…. how fast things change.

And some changes call for celebratory dinners.

You could not find a better place than Borough to celebrate anything! It was the best meal I have had in a long time. I’ve heard rave reviews, but had yet to go.

I am ready to go back.

The potato leek soup was perfect and from now on I will need to top dishes with quail eggs…. (have I mentioned I normally hate eggs?)

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The Sweetbreads. My first time actually.

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AND that octopus was perfect. After so many disappointing octopus dishes lately, this one was a welcome treat.

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The duck with the Taleggio grits.

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Amazing. I further cleaned this plate.

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The dessert was beautiful. I’m not a sweets person…. but when celebrating… 🙂

How do you celebrate change?

Bringing Back the Weekend

In this episode of bringing back the weekend, we pretty much cover all of my favorite things.   What girl turns down wine, seafood, and shopping? Especially when all of those things can be found under one roof? The Public Market has to be the best place ever.

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Whatever you are craving, you can find it there.  Want to sip away the afternoon?  Just do some wine tasting… and sample flavors from all over.

Craving a margarita?  Some sushi? How about some soup to combat the never ending winter?  Its all under one roof.

Stare at lobsters all day?  or during a two hour lunch?

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Sample some of my favorite seafood delights?

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Proceed to shop for wine….. Can I admit that sometimes I buy wine just based on the label?

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And sample some olive oil like the sophisticated people we are….

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Can we just bring back the weekend already?