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Saturday, December 31, 2005

No Shoes...No Shirt...No Kristin

I have a new rule. When a restaurant has to put "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service" in its doorway, combined with the infamous "Restrooms for Customers Only", this is not a good sign. My family loves Pho. Pho is Vietnamese noodle soup, my Vietnamese friends have told me it's the "McDonald's" of Vietnamese cuisine, but that's not important now.

We went to this pho restaurant with all the healthy warning signals (the above signage) blocking our path...yet still, we ventured in like we were completely ignorant of what awaited us. Here's my favorite part -- my kids get up to look at the fish tank and my son Jonah comes back with this horrified look on his face, "Mom, Mom! That is the grossest fish I ever saw in my life!" He's waving his hands in front of him as if to say, Go Back, Go Back! "It's missing an eye and a fin. There's just a hole where the eye was! I think I'm gonna be sick."

Of course as my meal arrives all I can think is where is the eye? It's not in the soup is it?

We eat our meal in silence in homage to the eye, and I vow No Shoes, No Shirt, No Kristin because really, if you have to tell your clientele that it's inappropriate to dine barefoot, that about says it all.

This is my cousin Kevin's baby Kylie. : ) Happy New Year!!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 10:50 PM  
  Comments (6)
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At 12:16 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Eye fin soup. Sounds like the latest in Asian haute cuisine. I bet some chef actually came up with something like it and people are eating it not knowing.

I WON'T mention the Chinese place that had...well never mind what they had in the freezer. That was in Virginia anyway. Of course I don't actually KNOW what goes in my manapua do I?

That's a happy thought. Yikes!

At 4:29 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

eewww!!! i don't think i wanna go their either!

happy new year to you too kristin!

ps i just finished she's all that and i LOVED it :) can't wait for the next one :)

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Happy New Year, Kris! Blessings to you in 2006 as I'm so blessed by your friendship.


Uh...I'm with you...I don't want to eat somewhere where people eat barefoot...that's just, uh...GROSS! LOL

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Paula said...

Cute baby, scary fish!!

But I do love to eat barefoot at my own kitchen table, LOL.

Happy, happy New Year!!

At 2:41 AM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

I absolutely LOVE pho. But there ARE cleaner pho restaurants in the Bay Area. We had a favorite one in Santa Clara off of Lawrence and El Camino that had fabulous broth. 'Course, it was probably steeped in MSG, but it tasted sooooo good.


At 12:24 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

We had some pho yesterday again in Roseville. There's a Pho Hoa (my favorite) in Rancho Cordova about an hour away and we'll do that here and again.

It's my family's comfort food. My kids grew up at Pho Hoa in Mountain View. They still love to see the kids when we go back.

Go have one for me Camy, and then go across the street and get a bubble tea!!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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