A Pre-Election Meal

Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Election Day. It's 1:30 PM in Atlanta, and it's cold, pouring rain, and I'm hungry. AND I still haven't voted yet. Why I didn't apply for a mail-in ballot, I don't know. I could have very easily spent the entire day under the covers and online (window) shopping. In fact, that's all I wish I could do today. But today is Election Day. As if that wasn't already enough motivation to get off my booty and out of the house, I needed a little extra nudge. Enter the PHO.

Pho is my go to remedy for stress, sadness, happiness, sickness, just becauses, and cold rainy days like today. I suppose we can add Election Day to that list too. I thought to myself, if it's cold and raining outside, and I'm going to have to wait in a really long line just to vote (potentially outside in the cold), I might as well have a good meal before I go, right?

I was quite surprised at how easy it was to find a pho restaurant in Atlanta. (For some reason I keep thinking Atlanta doesn't have any Asian restaurants, when in fact, they do! Please don't judge me!) With a little bit of research, I came across Pho Dai Loi #2, which is conveniently located close to my home.

Pho Dai Loi #2 is like your typical pho/Vietnamese restaurant: great food, terrible service. It took the server several minutes to see me waiting by the door to realize that I wanted to sit down and eat there. Once I was seated, it took the waiter forever to come back to take my order. But once I ordered and got my pho, it was all smooth sailing from there.

It was heavenly. I got the pho with everything in it (I think it's called Pho Bac Diet). But it was the one that had the well done steak, tendon, tripe, and a couple of other things that I can't quite remember. The broth was pretty flavorful, but then again, I'm the kind of person who dumps hoisin sauce, sriracha, chili sauce and jalapenos in the broth for maximum taste bud pleasure. The pho as a whole had A LOT of meat. As a meat lover, I definitely cannot complain, however, I found some of the meat to be on the tougher side, a little hard to chew at times. I think it's because when I received the pho, most of the meat was already cooked. The key to having tender meat in your pho is that it should be raw when you receive it, and the hot broth is what cooks the meat. It's not something that would keep me from eating that pho again, but it's just something to keep in mind when you're at Pho Dai Loi. I also could have used a bit more noodles.

Still, the pho left me completely satisfied and oh-so happy. After chowing down on one of my ultimate comfort foods, I was ready to vote.

When I finally got to the voting place, I was surprised and extremely relieved to find that there was no line! I was in and out of there in two minutes. All that's left now is to tune into CNN and find out who will become the next president of the United States.

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