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A recap of Pho Friday

27 Feb

I meant to write this post last Friday, but the day became crazy and my computer at work went down. So I’m posting it today instead.

My second Food Prowl story ran in the World-Herald on Friday. It’s about pho, Vietnamese noodle soup. I had the pleasure of eating with Trinh Tran, her daughter Thuy and freelance writer Niz Proskocil. We had a great time going to restaurants around Omaha, and I don’t think I could have asked for a better trio of judges. What’s your favorite pho in Omaha?

While I was writing the story last week, I saw a post come across Block 16’s Facebook page:

“Pho-que sandwich today! Vietnamese rubbed and smoked brisket on a bolillo roll with cilantro, basil, lime, radish and sprouts with Asian BBQ sauce. Come get a Pho-que!!!”
I already had a lunch scheduled that day. But there was no way I was missing this sandwich. (And if you pronounce the name correctly, well, you’ll get the joke.) I took a couple bites the first day, and then ate the rest the following afternoon for lunch. It had all the flavors of traditional Pho: crisp sprouts, bold cilantro and tangy lime, and also had a powerful spice and chewy, delicious brisket. I loved every bite, and it just goes to show that the simple flavors of Pho can translate in lots of amazing and surprising ways.
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Introducing Food Prowl

30 Jan

Last Friday marked the beginning of my new Omaha World-Herald food series, called Food Prowl.

I decided to start the series with one of the most iconic — and turns out, one of the most debatable — foods in the city: the Reuben.

The story was a lot of fun to write, and I had a great time eating with Mary Bernstein, J.J. Harder and Jason Bejot.

I’m already working hard on the second installment of the series.

Here’s a link to the full first story, and to a special version we created just for Omaha.com. I’ve created a list of the series at the right, and you can follow along with me each month as I eat my way through Omaha.

Have any recommendations or suggestions? Send them my way.