The Pixies & Pho Hien Vuong–Greensboro, NC
Apologies for the delay in posts–this damn house will be the death of me! All weekend and Monday night was spent frantically finishing as many projects as possible before the guys who are refinishing the floors started. Those closets? All primed & painted (that was my main job all weekend)! The banister? Stripped of paint and the bulk of sanding done! Oh, and the kitchen? We so ripped off some wallpaper hidden under the awful piss yellow paint. Now that was satisfying.
Out of everything, the kitchen’s going to be a work in progress for the years to come–we’d rather have the money to do it right than to do much at the moment. So while we plan on priming & painting the walls, the awful 80s melamine cabinets will have to stay (along with an electric stove and not my dream fridge and all that good aged stuff). On the bright side, we did buy a used stove that’s much nice than the ancient, crappy electric stove that came with the house, so that will be nice, and, on the slightly bright side, since the fridge that came with the house died last week (with tons of food in the freezer, oy), we’ll have a slightly newer and nicer used fridge replacement. Used for used–sometimes it makes a world of difference!
Enough about the house though–last night we saw The Pixies! I had this great plan to find my external hard drive and upload a picture from the trip where I first hear the Pixies, but it’s in a box, so some babbling on will have to suffice. In 2004 (I think? You’ll have to bear with me, I wasn’t around for the era of music I most like), I rode down to a century bike ride with an older guy named Jim (I think). He drove his truck and we threw our bikes in the back and drove from Atlanta down south to Bleckley County (near Macon) and, on the way, he put on a CD of the Pixies. I’d never heard anything like it and, while he apologized for listening to old stuff, I fell in love with it. My die-hard affection for indie rock (especially from the 80s and early-mid 90s) was born during that truck ride and since then the Pixies have always been a favorite.
Needless to say, I was pretty darn stoked about actually seeing the live–I mean, it’s the Pixies for crying out loud. And the show was good but I really wish I’d been born about 15 years earlier than I was…everything was a little too clean, a little too (dare I say it?) old. The energy I expected just wasn’t there (but I guess it’d be hard to play the same album over and over and over again for years–maybe they should branch out?). It was thrilling to see them, but I just wish the show had been more satisfying. Can’t win ‘em all.
But, while the Pixies was a mixed bag (and trust me, it really was more on the awesome side of mixed), our dinner at Pho Hien Vuong was outstanding. While I would have liked to have eaten at Boba House (such amazing vegan food there, oh goodness), I knew I’d have to appease some meat eaters, and the thought of finding a veg-friendly Vietnamese restaurant is pretty rockin.’
For starters, G & both ordered a spring roll (his with shrimp, mine veg), and to my happy astonishment, the veg spring roll included marinated tofu! Yum! And it was one of the heftiest spring rolls I’ve ever eaten (in a good way–plenty of tofu and vegetables to even out the wrapper and vermicelli), which was good given the $1.99 each price tag. The peanut sauce was nothing special, but it hit the spot fo sho.
For the main course, vegetarian pho all the way. I can’t remember the last time I ate at a Vietnamese restaurant that offered veg pho (most of the time it’s beef broth with vegetables). The huge huge huge bowl was full of delicious vegetarian stock, silken tofu, broccoli, baby corn, mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, water chestnuts, pea pods, clear noodles, and probably some other stuff I’m misremembering. I threw in some sprouts and tons of their homemade hot sauce to even it out. Outstanding and simply delicious. I’m a huge fan of beef-based pho, but when given the option, I can’t help but get the veg selection.
G’s beef pho was outstanding as well and our friends’ dishes looked amazing too (ginger chicken and some beef and rice dish). Pho Hien Vuong get’s two thumbs up in my opinion and I’m definitely stoked to know about an amazing veg pho in a place I occasionally travel. The Pixies & veg pho–definitely a memorable (and delicious) night!
Pho Hien Vuong
4109 Spring Garden St
Greensboro, NC 27407