After “PHO PLACE”, There Was “Tea Way”.

So, after the horrible and unfulfilling pho, Friend 1 suggested boba, bubble tea, referring to tapioca pearls, for those of you who have no idea if I’m speaking a foreign language, or you haven’t had these little “bubbles” of sweet starch.

There is also grass jelly, which is *almost* exactly what it sounds like, minus actual grass, other flavored jellies, basil seeds, that look like mini cat eyes…freaks me the hell OUT.

It was around 1 PM yesterday, and it was down the block from “PHO PLACE”.

The menu of what you could chose from was on 4 SONY LCD screens turned hot dog style.

Here’s what we got, starting at the one that looks like purple drank:

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Friend 2 got a Taro Milk Tea.
Friend 1 ordered a Rose Tea (I believe that’s what she said….shut up!).
I asked for a Black Ginger Tea.
And Sigot had a Honey Green Tea.

The place, though small, did not have tables in the middle of the room. Instead, there are 3 small tables to you right, as you walk through the door, with a wall-length orange couch thing. The age of that orange seat is easy to tell, considering that it’s shredded in places. One of the chairs has silver duck tape on it, to be a bit more descriptive.

The wall behind that hideous orange seat is refreshing:

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Very simple, minimalist, metallic, I liked it.

Now, back to the boba tea.

The purple concoction “tastes like cake”, and yes, it did.
The rose tea was very faint.
Mine had way. too. much. ginger.
Sigot, which I ordered from him, had the safest one, Honey Green Tea.
I figured that that one would be the one that is impossible to mess up.

TeaWay
2250 Irving St.
San Francisco, CA

Decor: 17
Food/Drink: 10
Service: 18

Cost: Again, it’s cheap, $2.50 for some, just depends what you order. I want to say that most, if not all, of the boba tea drinks are under $5. I did not look that closely; I was distracted by the fact that there were chicken nuggets on the menu *shudders*.

Would I come here again? Probably not, but if I’m in the neighborhood, I’ll stick with my safe bet, Honey Green Tea.

Seriously, if you mess that up, you should go home.

Like Cheap Food?…I mean CHEAP.

Okay, so, not to be stereotypical, but there isn’t really a name for this place, except PHO PLACE.

I’m 2nd or 3rd generation from overseas, and I don’t speak. For some odd, universe-y reasons, I can understand what a person is saying, unless my brain just cannot understand the phonetics.

Anyway, I’m going off on a tangent, and *you* want to read my words about food.

Because I’m a Food Queen.

On a separate page, I’m going to put up the ZAGAT scale.
I figured that it would easier that making my own, because people would get confused…but I’ll throw in my five cents as well.

If you have suggestions, more like complaints, refer to the “Who Am I?” page, sections 5 & 6.

Here goes!
*Drum roll, and a symbol, please*

This place is not impressive in the slightest. It has a faded red overhang, sandwiched between two other equally crammed store/eateries/not sure. The place is located at 2228 Irving St. in the Sunset District, south of the Richmond District. The tables are crammed together, and the one located closest to the door has a seat that *almost* requires one to bring a seat cushion or two, and a helmet. The door has a metal frame; it’s not a French door, but hey, getting hit in the back of your head by door will *always* hurt.

Our group went on Sunday, February 24th, yesterday, around noon. We waited for roughly 10-15 minutes.

After our group of 4 sits down at the battered wood-like table, away from the door, a lady brings 4 cups of tea, in plastic cups, that are shiny on top. That means grease. In my tea. No, not allowed.

Friend 2, who has been to this place before, said, “It’s cheap”.

(If I had known the extent of her describing of “cheap”, I would have hesitated, and considered other dining options).

Friend 1 ordered a #1 off of the menu. It appears to be beef pho.

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Friend 2 ordered a #2, which was chicken pho. Normally, I consider this blasphemous, because that’s not “real pho”. It’s beef or…beef.

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I ordered a skeptical #3, and my sigot just said, “Okay”.

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And the menu, cluttered, wrinkled, and tea soaked, did not have “fresh spring rolls”.
Then again, I had less than 2 minutes to make up my mind as to what to ordered. The guy who came to our table to take our order was impatient with me, and decided that since I was looking down at the menu, and not looking directly at him, jumped over to the table behind us. I literally looked up, and he was gone. I had a valid question: where the f^*k are the spring rolls!?

So, the guy walks a step-and-a-half back to our table, I order whatever the hell my eyes land on first, and off he goes.

There are 3 good qualities about this place, and then I’ll go back to being a food witch.

1. The bowls, as seen from above, are the Medium size, and are $3.95 each. That is pretty damn cheap.

2. There was a napkin dispenser on the table. Normally, you get one or two napkins for each person, and that’s it. Getting the attention of the “server” is impossible after that.

3. After that ‘meal’, which I was still hungry after, I accidentally left my green sunglasses on the table, next to the dining ware. The guy that was our ‘server’ came out and gave them back to me.

Where was I…..OH YEAH, FOOD XD!

The #3 I ordered was……a disaster. The broth was delicious, and I was smart to have ordered extra noodles, because that was the only really substantial thing in that bowl. The “meat” was 99% cartilage, i.e., skin and fat from the cow. I found a 2-inch piece of brisket that, again, did taste great, but was not enough to make up for the loss of $4.

Luckily, it wasn’t my job to leave a tip.

This place left me wanting *real food*, something that would fill my stomach.

“PHO PLACE”
2228 Irving St.
Located in San Francisco, California; in the Sunset District.

Decor: 8
Food:
Service:

Cost: $4 for a Medium bowl of soup, and don’t drink the free “tea”, in a plastic cup.

Will I go here again?
Out of fairness, yes, because I did not have a chance to peruse all 4 pages of the menu, at my pace. Weekends are not a fair judgement of the place; weekdays are more accurate

Word of Advice: Bring hand sanitizer. And a helmet, if you’re at the table closest to the door.

Why I Absolutely HATE Pre-Made Mixes

First, I will say that I’m not bagging on anyone.

But, frankly, I hate pre-made mixes.

H
A
T
E
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Pro: Yes, they are easy, because some company made it for you.

Con: They are expensive, because you have all of the parts, at home.

Also, they don’t always turn out the way they’re supposed to.

I just made a snicker doodle bundt cake, and turned out half the size it was supposed to be.

Sun dun DDDUUNNNN!!

I bought a book last year, a food related one, of course!

Apparently, every day of the year is “National ____________ Day!”.

And today is National Margarita Day.

And it’s my turn to cook the beer battered fish, for the tacos.

Getting belligerently drunk was and never has been **a thing** for me; if there was a food party, and there were a couple, then I’d be there.

Food is my love….and my sigot, of course *coughs, clears throat*

Pictures later

XD

Chicken, Not-So-Sloppy, Joe

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This was dinner…a couple of nights ago; I have the worst memory at times, and I’m pretty damn young. Sue me, if you wish!

Roasting involves patience, and I did not listen to my cooking instincts, and yes, they are burnt in the edges. They should have been taken out 2 minutes before they got here.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: CARRY OVER HEAT.
JUST BECAUSE YOU TOOK SOMETHING OFF THE STORE, OR OUT OF THE OVEN,
DOES
NOT
MEAN
“It’s done!!”

ALWAYS remove the food out of the hot receptacle/pan/pot, and let the food cool elsewhere.

…That should be a mantra or something!!