I really enjoy reading Linda Hoang’s blog and following her on twitter. She has mentioned a few times that her dad owns a pho restaurant in Edmonton and I have been wanting to try it for a while now. I just needed a reason to be over in the Chinatown area, as I don’t live or work close by.
That reason came a couple of weeks ago when my mom and I went to see Oprah. Oprah’s event was at 7 at Rexall, so we decided that I would head straight downtown after work, where I would meet my mom, and then we would go for dinner before seeing Oprah .
Traffic seemed to be especially bad that day, so it took a little longer for my mom to get downtown than we anticipated. We weren’t too concerned though, as Vietnamese restaurants usually tend to be pretty quick.
We arrived at King’s Noodle House at about 5:45 and after quickly browsing through the menu we decided that we would share some spring rolls and pho with rare steak.
The food all came out very quickly. The spring rolls were hot, crispy, deep-fried perfection and filled with a nice assortment of veggies. My only complaint is that the little bowl of fish sauce we were provided did’t have a ton of sauce in it. Not a major issue at all, however, as I am sure the owner would have been happy to provide us with more had we asked. It just looked a little funny to me.
My mom and I ordered the large size bowl of pho to share. The broth had a really nice, deep flavour. It tasted like the broth must have been simmering away all day (in a good way). There was a ton of noodles, more than enough for us the share. The noodles were cooked perfectly, not too chewy and not too soft. The beef was also just how I like it, nice and rare, so that it didn’t over cook in the hot broth.
There was more pho than we could eat and it was the perfect warm meal to fend off Edmonton’s nasty, snowy, cold weather.
I really enjoyed King’s Noodle House, the only problem is that the location just really isn’t that convenient for me. If I was in the area, however, and looking for a nice, warm bowl of pho, I would definitely head back to King’s Noodle House.
And what about the Mighty Opes?
Seeing Oprah was pretty interesting. I really had no idea what I was getting into, but I thought at least it would be cool to see Oprah, the celebrity, unedited. I actually really enjoyed myself and good thing, as those tickets were not cheap!
I don’t think Oprah is perfect. I don’t think she walks on water or knows all the answers. I think she enjoys her celebrity friends, she loves her wealth and power, but really, who can blame her? Sometimes, during her talk, she was a little too religious and “new agey” for my taste. And I really have to laugh sometimes at the way she delivers her message– name dropping, using the voices– I waited anxiously for her to do a big “Hellooooooooo Edmontonnnnn” and she delivered. Classic.
What I did get from the evening though, is the sense that Oprah truly believes that she is trying to spread a message of kindness and positivity. Yes, she’s making millions while doing it, but hey people make money for a lot worse. I also got the sense that she is a lot more self-reflective than other people who have a lot of power, fame and wealth. I am sure there is a lot we don’t know about Oprah, but she was willing to admit some of her failures and shortcoming, such as her public “lashing” of James Frey, her network’s lacklustre ratings and how her show used to exploit people’s personal lives for shock value. I think what really impressed me though, is that she gave the impression that she truly wants to work on always being a better person. She not only owned up to her mistakes, but she also seems to want to learn from them. To me, that says a lot about her personally. Nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes, but how we choose to deal with them and if we choose to learn from them, that’s what matters.
Now, I took some of the things Oprah said with a grain of salt. I had to keep reminding myself that Oprah has become a finely crafted brand and that she is presenting a certain version of events and a version of herself. But, when it comes down to it, I can’t knock someone who spreads a message of living your best life, working hard to your full potential, being kind, loving and generous. Love her or hate her, I don’t think anyone can rag on anyone for spreading that kind of positive message. And really, I think it’s something we can all use a refresher on now and again. 🙂