Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pho Across America's Victoria: Adventure in Mobile AL (Guest Post)

Back in 2007 my brother's and I took Japanese at a community college. In my 101 class I was extremely blessed to make a friend (something I wasn't sure would happen). Victoria was this friend!  Victoria and I have become great friends and even blogged on LJ back in the day!

Victoria currently blogs at Pho Across America where she chronicles her travels across all 50 states in the epic search for great Pho! Additionally, Victoria shares her international travels (which often also include pho), and, her passion for Asian cultures!

If I remember correctly, my friendship with Joie dates back to 2007. We took Japanese together at a college in San Diego and have been good friends since. Seven years later, many things have changed. We both have degrees and blogs. Joie is married. On the other hand, I'm still single, but I like it that way. Between working, traveling, and a general dislike of men, I guess I don't really have time for a relationship or whatever they're called these days.

Joie
Victoria & Joie

I've been running Pho Across America for almost two years now. It documents my quest to eat pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, in all fifty states. I post about pho experiences, my personal trips, cultural notes, and random things I like. If you can get on board, I consider you a Pho King or Queen. This month, Joie joined me for a "phoventure" when I visited her in Pensacola. I'd already done a pho experience in Florida, so Joie's husband Reggie drove us all over to Mobile, Alabama to cross off my 26th state.

Alabama
Making the most of our day, we first visited Mobile's main attraction, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Open to visitors at a low cost, it’s a cool way to spend a day. Touring the huge battleship will take a while but is a fascinating slice of military life, and there's submarine USS Drum to tour as well. There are tons of cool photo ops, and apparently, not to a soul to tell you what you can and cannot do. It's like an adult military playground!
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Our actual pho experience was at Pot Au Pho, and you can read a detailed account of it at Pho Across America. I rate the restaurant setting along with the quality of their pho, and Pot Au Pho scored highly in both categories. Believe it or not, the pho in Mobile was actually quite tasty! It was a perfect phoventure - even if they got my order slightly wrong.

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I'd like to thank Joie and Reggie for hosting me at their place. It was a lovely time and I'm so happy I got to combine work and play during this visit. Not to mention, I was the first friend to visit Joie and Reggie! Be envious!
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 Be sure to visit Victoria at Pho Across America, Instagram, and, twitter!

6 comments:

  1. I love this idea! It's so epic and purposeful. I know of some great Pho places up here in Alaska! :D

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  2. Hi Danielle! I've been to Anchorage and really enjoyed it. There's a lot of good food and beer in that city, but my pho experience wasn't that great. I went to Pho Vietnam 2 and it was a little disappointing. Where are the pho places you like?

    http://www.phoacrossamerica.com/2013/06/state-12-anchorage-ak.html

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  3. I LOVE pho! Check out Victoria's blog! I love to read about her travels, and, food reviews (I bookmark the one's she liked on my Yelp! Just in case I'm ever in the area, I know where I might want to eat!).

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  4. This looks amazing, what a great idea :)) xx

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  5. =O I love me some Pho!! There was this great hole in wall near my apt and it closed for remodeling like three months ago. It needs to come back. This adventure sounded like fun and I need to check out her blog for more Pho adventures!!

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  6. I love her blog! Reading about her adventures is fun!

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