If it looks good eat it!

One of my favorite TV shows is “Bizarre Foods”.   The host Andrew Zimmern often closes with show with the phrase “If it looks good eat it”.   Vietnam offers a smorgasbord of  great foods, some Bizarre but that is a personal thing.   I am finding myself looking beyond the food and focusing on the people behind it.    For example there a thousands of Pho (noodle soup) restaurants in Hanoi, some operated out of peoples homes, sit down restaurants or off the back of someone’s  bike.  One night I asked who has the best Pho in town, I was directed down the alleyway to 23 Phu Doan, and off I went.   When I arrived the address was a service garage, my immediate response was I am lost again, but there were a few people sitting inside so I asked and they said I would have to come back in the morning around 7:00am.   They did not speak English but I could tell by their body language they were excited that I was seeking out their Pho.     A little bizarre but I had to come back to complete this experience.   Meet Ms. Ngo, she has become a legend serving her Pho for many years in a make shift kitchen operating in a local service garage.     PHO3

You can just see the joy in her eyes, she loves making people happy as her grandkids are by her side helping to prepare the individual bowls for customers.

It’s a family business, from 6:00-9:00am she serves Pho, at 9:00 her son opens his service garage and they all live together in the back of the building.   It’s just a way of life here most people live in the back or top floors of their business.   When it’s dinner time they set up a table and have a family gathering along with the customers.  It becomes more than the best Pho in town when you learn about the people.      More photo’s of the Hanoi food and market places….Hanoi Food

I would like to close on a totally different subject that is like food that can bring people together from around the world for a common cause.   As many of you know I enjoy volunteering for youth sports and have been involved with Little League baseball for the past 25years.     For the past 3 years I have volunteered at the Intermediate Little League World Series in Livermore CA.   The event started today and will run through next Sunday August 7th.   I wore my LLWS shirt this weekend and many people asked about my interest in baseball, which gave me the opportunity to tell them all about the LLWS.    It’s a great event, go out and enjoy some great baseball.   If you don’t live in the area you can catch the final game next Sunday on ESPN.    This morning I was able to catch one game via the live feed on the website http://www.intermediateworldseries.org.   I felt honored when Rick the broadcast announcer gave me a shout out for participating from Vietnam.   Thanks Rick, Dave,Bill and the rest of the crew I will tuning in for more.. late at night or early in the morning……go D57.LLWS



  1. Bob,
    I really enjoy the pictures and hearing about your adventures in Hanoi. You have a great way of telling the story and you might want to pursue journalism as a side job. Regarding baseball, it has always and will always be my favorite sport. I played it a long time while growing up in the South. A couple of years ago I went to Williamsport, PA to watch Mo’ne Davis (the girl) strike out a number of boys in the Little League World Series…..I had a fantastic time and the park and atmosphere was second to none. My next ballpark adventure will be attend a few games at the College World Series in Omaha, NE. Bob, keep the e-mails coming.
    Take Care,

  2. Looks yummy and exciting, we are enjoying your adventure along side of you so keep blogging! Love you big brother😘💋

  3. Your photos are great as usual. One thing I really miss from Ghana…. food and eating was always a community event…. brought everyone together! Enjoy and thanks for the updates!!

  4. Hey Bob, great to see all the great food you are trying. As you know baseball is my thing also and great to see you in your official shirt. Keep up the great work and look forward to seeing your next post. Take care buddy and missed you at our national meeting last week. Look forward to catching up when you return.

  5. Bob – Love the blog! Fun to see the photos and learn about the culture, foods, markets and of course sports! What a great story about your adventure to find Pho! Thanks for sharing stories and photos!

  6. Hi Bob, I love the stories. You are building bridges and friendships through food 🙂
    Pho is my Dad’s favorite dish and it is always a treat for us to take him to his favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Have a great week and I look forward to reading your next blog.

  7. Food and sports…two things that bring people together! Loved the story and really appreciate the sense of family and community the people of Vietnam seem to embody. While my kids don’t play baseball (they prefer lacrosse), I played softball in college and took up baseball after graduation. It is definitely a great game! Very cool that you’ve been involved all those years. Keep livin’ the dream out there, Bob!

  8. Bob, wow these are all terrific stories and pictures you are sharing. So cool that you are able to seize the day with this opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and share your expertise. Really great that you had the shoutout at the game thousands of miles away. So glad you we’re able to make this aspiration of a Pulse assignment a reality. Take care and look forward to more great stories and photos. God Bless you Bob,

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