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4th Annual Pho-a-thon!!

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We celebrated our 4th anniversary the end of August.  For our anniversary- we go to the restaurants that we rated the highest within the past year.  We have a lunch meeting, and then meet up again for dinner (one day we will do a midnight meeting to make it a true pho-a-thon!)  In addition to the visits, we also have our Pholympics- where we compete in various categories for pho-medals!

For the lunch meet- we ventured out to Surrey again to Pho Tam.  We went there for our November meeting and it was our highest rated restaurant in this past year… actually, highest of all time!  Thus was the reason why we were willing to make the trip to Surrey just for a bowl.  12 members came to compete for the Pholympics.

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Here’s a picture of everyone getting ready to compete! The categories are: most bowls completed, fastest eater, spiciest eater, and most meetings attended.  Last year we made Pholicious medals for the winners.  This year we went for subtlety and gave little bubble wands with the Pholicious logo instead 😛  And here are the winners!

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most bowls complete– PhoSho!

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fastest eater– minipho!

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spiciest eater– evileyepho!

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most meetings attended- Cutiepho!

For the dinner meet- we went to Spices on Cambie Street.  I cheated and ordered a non-pho dish! :O It was actually nice to be able to try something different for once!  Their other dishes were very flavorful.  I would say they were better than their pho!

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The day was fun-filled and it was nice to be able to celebrate 4 years of having an excuse to meet up and try pho at different places 🙂  Thanks everyone for the wonderful memories!

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Red Pagoda

For the July meeting, we chose Red Pagoda on Commercial Dr.  It seems as if we have been picking ‘nicer’ restaurants during the summertime but it was only because we were hoping those places would have air conditioning 😛 That’s right, we’re wimps! 🙂  The Sunday we were there, they had closed off that section of Commercial Drive and there were vendors and performers on the street.  As a foodie, I am truly ashamed of how little time I have spent on Commercial Dr over these years.  So this was a good opportunity to have some pho and get to know the neighborhood a bit more 🙂

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The decor was very modern and simple- it was black and white with some red accents.  We went there for a 1pm lunch and there was only one other party there.   The service was very quick and friendly.  The menu had the usual Vietnamese dishes and also some Chinese and Japanese dishes.  They had a few different types of pho… including one that I’ve heard about but never seen here in Vancouver- satay pho (peanut sauce based broth)!

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spring rolls                                                  satay pho

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bon bo hue                                                      pho tai

They had one price and one size for the pho- $7.75.  The price was above average compared to most other places but expected for a fancier restaurant such as this one.  It was presented in a square bowl. The portions were good- the pho tai had 12 slices of meat but the meat was not of great quality.  The broth had lots of onions and thus had a sweeter taste.  I  thought it was a pretty tasty bowl of pho!  However, I wasn’t a fan of the satay pho.  The broth was too greasy for my liking.  Overall, the pho and all the other dishes we tried were all pretty good.  We rated it 7/10.

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yummy avocado shake

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