Pho: Brisket and Meatballs


After ordering the summer rolls for appetizer, my desire for the main course was brisket and meatballs. I was curious to try something different. In the past, I usually order the seafood pho consisting of shrimp, squid, scallops, mussels, fish cake, and the rest of the ocean critters.

This time I had a different desire. The Brisket and Meatball intrigued me.  I ordered a large portion and I was surprised on how large the dish was. I could not finish the dish even though my love calls me an endless pit!

The Pho was soft, chewy and had a off white color to the noodles. The meatballs were tender on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. As for the Brisket, it was perfectly cooked in my boiling pho dish. There was something missing…. I reached over for the home made chilli paste and dispersed the concentration in my bowl. Alas…content in my pleasurable pursuit for a Pho afternoon dish.


Summer Rolls


Residents of Philly may not know this however they are spoiled by Vietnamese cuisine. Pho Ha is located between 6th and Washington Avenue in the heart of the Vietnamese District. My love introduced me to this location. For appetizers, we started out with summer rolls. Summer rolls are made with shrimp, rice stick noodles, rice paper wrappers, bean sprouts, mint leaves, basil leaves, cilantro sprigs, Serrano chillies, English cucumber, scallions, and Bibb lettuce leaves.

As for the peanut sauce, its a different story. Peanut butter, water, hoison sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, chile-garlic paste, garlic and sesame oil.

Birthday Wine


This wine was given as a present from a friend of mine. My birthday was in the beginning of July. I never tried a wine similar to this taste before. My friend Sam and I very taking our time to appreciate its taste. The wine is not full body type at all. Instead the flavors are subtle and lingers on the palate.

Cafe Fulya

Locate in Queens Village, Philadelphia, Cafe Fulya is an independent cafe serving potent Turkish coffee, tea, omelettes, and sandwiches. The location is small, cozy and vibrant. If your sensitive towards caffeine, the coffee will keep you awake for a good time. I found out this location through my love. Both of us stop by to enjoy breakfast and coffee early in the morning. Its great to feel part of the neighborhood.


Meal Deal

Meal Deal

3 choices of meat: 2 pork ribs and 1 pulled pork. My friends and I stopped by Khyber Pass Pub located on 2nd and Chestnut. The food is delicious. One of the best southern cuisine locations I recommend personally!

What’s your favorite southern cuisine location?