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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Amy's Pho Vietnamese Noodles and Subs, and More


My daughter and I like to check out different regional cuisines many are in little strip malls and would qualify as a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant. It is fun and interesting and we have found some really good food in Sarasota.

I will share with you where we went the past two Saturdays...first I wanted to try some Vietnamese pho. I checked out how to make it and even a local well known food blogger had a great recipe on her blog The Steamy Kitchen. As with so many things that I wanted to try I thought the only way was to make it myself. Until I spotted Amy's Pho Vietnamese Noodles and Subs one day as I was going to my husband's jet ski repair shop one day. So that Saturday we stopped in...

It is a small restaurant tucked away in a small strip mall on a part of 301 that is a little sketchy, but we are used to the area during the day because the bike shop my husband used to work at and his new shop are just down the street. Anyway we had to try it one day for lunch...

Maranda ordered the Grilled Chicken with Vermicelli, the portions sizes were very large, but that's okay we are used to taking food home for lunch the next day.

She tried the dipping sauce, but just a little. The waiter was very friendly and kept asking how she liked it. Also making sure everything was fine.

I ordered the Pho with rare beef...it arrived steaming hot...




The beef wasn't what I would call rare and I could of done without it, next time I'll order a different one. Or maybe try their Bun Cha which I hear is really good. The pho comes with a large plate of toppings of fresh Thai basil, sprouts, and chilies...



It was very good the broth was excellent you could taste all the flavors that went into it, and I am glad I was able to get such a large bowl of goodness! Later the owner or at least I thought he was the owner came out front and sat at a table near us and asked how everything was. Funny he too was so concerned how my daughter liked hers. He went over to talk to her when I went up to pay, then he smiled when she said she liked it, he told her to tell her friends. We will definitely go back there again, make sure you come hungry because their bowls are really big!


Last Saturday we went to the flea market up in Bradenton, when we were ready to leave we stopped here to pick up some very authentic Mexican food to bring to my husbands shop for lunch...
The women in the back was making the tortillas...pulling off balls from this big pile of masa dough...I had gorditas -beef, chicken and pork and we picked up some quesadillas and these were nothing like the quesadillas that you get at Chili's. Can't wait to go back and get the 4 tacos for $6.00. We ate it all before I remembered to get a picture of it.



Back to my yard and an update on my turmeric...here is the one that I planted in the ground, it is growing nicely...




...and some nice big banana leaves that I hope to use before the wind rips them up, don't they look pretty?

This is the turmeric in the pot, I will have to use this soon too. Now I have to find out how and when to harvest it and what recipe to use the tops in. Thanks for stopping by, and any suggestion on how to use the fresh turmeric pleas let me know!