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Vietnamese Restaurant — a Review

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


Pho Thien Long 

      It’s cold outside. I’m hungry, but I’m too tired to cook tonight. I just finished with a long day of classes and I feel like bellying up to a big bowl of Pho. Pho is a wonderful Vietnamese soup comprised of broth, meat, noodles, spices, and assorted condiments. No one knows the exact origin of pho, but it has influences from both the French and the Vietnamese. The first known pho restaurant started in the 1920’s in Hanoi. It grew in popularity until the 1970’s, when fleeing refugees shared the recipes with neighboring countries. It found its way to America after the war when returning soldiers wanted the spices and variety that they were used to in Vietnam. Here in Humboldt we have few good options for ethnic foods. One place I have found to be very tantalizing is Pho Thien Long.  Located at 615 F ST., across the street from the Eureka Theater between 6th and 7th, Pho Thien Long is a Vietnamese restaurant specializing in Pho. Walking into the place you immediately get greeted with a warm smiling face as your nose gets hit with a plethora of aromatic scents. After I am seated, I notice how warm and inviting the place is on the inside (outside not so much) and how everything is well decorated. The reds and the golds invoke a memory of grand Asian restaurants I have visited in LA and SF. The tables are well organized so that many of the tables are pretty private, perfect for a nice quiet dinner where you can actually hear the person across from you. On the table are some tasty and spicy condiments, including four different kinds of chilies, hoision, fish, and soy sauces.  Looking over the menu there are so many delicious choices. They have nice appetizer or “Khai Vi” menu that has different types of spring rolls, a small 4 item vegetarian “Do Chay” menu, and a kids menu. Offering diverse choices in the pho they have beef, chicken, seafood, and tofu. If soup isn’t your thing, the vermicelli noodle plate “Bun” or the rice plate “Com” comes with different types of meats. Then, if you’re not in the mood for Vietnamese food they have Thai style specials that include soups, curries, fried rice, pan fried noodles, salads, and dessert.   Once our server saw we were finished looking at the menu he came over with a pleasant smile and took our order. First I ordered crispy egg rolls, “Cha Gio,” they were tasty but very greasy and only gave a small piece of lettuce to wrap it with. They didn’t last long. Then I tried to decide what pho to get out of their 26 varieties. I finally decided on the house special combo beef noodle, “Pho dac biet”, a combination of eye round steak, well-done brisket, fat brisket, flank steak, tendon, tripe, meatballs, and I had them add on a few fish balls to round it all out.    They placed this giant bowl in front of me with a small plate on the side for bean sprouts, Thai basil, lime, and jalapeño. Here stands in front of me an amazing site of steaming aromatic broth with a huge mountain of noodles, and various odds and ends of thinly sliced raw beef so it will cook only when its introduced to the broth. The meat and fish balls floated around the bowl, dipping and rising every time they hit my spoon. After adding the different types of chilies and the sauces, my soup goes from a murky tan to a dark red with chilies oil floating up to the top. The great thing about pho is that you get a basic soup, but then everyone can add their own ingredients at the table, making it to their taste.

  Coming from LA I’ve had my fair share of great Pho and this doesn’t beat them but it comes close. The servers were kind and prompt, the décor was tasteful and eye pleasing, the prices were reasonable (a large bowl of Pho is $7.95), the food was delicious, and it’s made with a great deal of local ingredients. This is one of my new favorite restaurants and I will continue to come back and leave that place will a FULL soup filled stomach every time.

Andy Abbott 

Interview with reggae artist Mista Majah P about his new first of its kind song “Rights”.

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

A while ago I received a email from a friend with a link to the sohum blog, Sohum Parlance II. On it was a story about a reggae artist who is the first to stand up to the reggae community and say something quite taboo and controversial by creating a song that suports gay rights. I decided it would be a good idea to interview him on my radio show Reggae Revival and below is that interview. It starts with the controversial song so sit back and enjoy! Mista Majah P Interview on Reggae Revival Radio Show talking about his new song “Rights”. by DJ Red Rasta

Patrick Gaskins

Give Change a Chance

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Often times I find myself looking back on certain goals I wished I had reached, and seeing that even though I never reached these goals, the journey that I went through was just as rewarding as the goal that was set.

Most of us had dreams in childhood that changed as we progressed through life. Some of us might see that our childhood dreams were fulfilled, and others may find that their dreams were not reached, but that the road that was taken to reach the dream was equally important as the dream itself.

Experience as a general concept is comprised of knowledge of, skill in, or an observation. This knowledge is then used to acquire a gain through the involvement of an event.  That definition may be vague, but experience is vague in its own way. Each and every individual has a mixture of experience that is truly original to them. Personal experience is not only what keeps life interesting by providing individuals with multiple interpretations and views, but it also is what shapes the path we take in our lives. Time is very much like a river, it will continue to flow even after our death. However, where we end up at the moment of death is influenced by where our experience guides us.

The history of the word “experience” is very closely related to the concept of experiment.  Both involve the lack and gain of knowledge. We try new things and receive new results.  Many scientists conduct an experiment with the intention of finding results that coincide with the proposed hypothesis. However, it is when the results come up different from the hypothesis, that the scientists truly learn how something works.

Reporters are another good example of the Goal vs. The Road to The Goal theory. They often run into what is called “the media blockade.” In this blockade, reporters are usually sent out to grab the scoop in a certain event. However, if reporters find that the event isn’t as informative as what was previously hoped for, then a new story has to be presented.  The new story can either be horrible, or it can lead to a greater story than the original.

Though trying new things is often very difficult for most people to do, it is very important for individuals to experience life a little differently every day. In the end, we’re only putting ourselves in the way of possibly finding something new and different. Give change a chance!

Trevor Smith

(ed. note) This is a Summary of the latest topic in Dave Silverbrand’s Journalism 5 class.  More information pending.

Freedom Riders Showing

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

freedom riders, for those of you who do not know, are an activist group in the 60’s who rode buses into segregated southern states to show africans should be free in our country. there group was so controversial, because they would protest any segregation in the south still happening. bus rides for instance, black people would have to ride in the back of the bus and when they wouldn’t give up their seats were removed and charged with a crime. this movement was so strong to our country there was a movie made about them and their journey through the south. pbs bought the rights to the movie and are showing it in may 2011. however our teachers ryan ememaker (political science) and dana maher (sociology) have givin their students an opportunity to put on a showing of “the freedom riders” before it is showed on air next year. the event will be taking place on college of the redwoods campus in the theatre on thursday December 9th. doors are opening at 6p.m. and film starting at 6:30p.m. refreshments and possibly a guest speaker are being reviewed by the class. our class also put together the protest against the cafeteria’s vendors, if anyone remembers that with the cookies in the quad on constitution day. if you enjoyed that and are interested in the film showing please come and support us on december 9th.

-ejoshua reyes

Arts Alive 10/2/10

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The Price of Fame

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

When you take a good look at young celebrities these days, you have to laugh a little.  At he same time, you have to pity them because there’s nothing they won’t do to stay in the spotlight.  Many have been reduced to marketing themselves, whether or not they have talent. Often, someone’s “talent” is depicted through how outrageous an image they present. Lady Gaga was a prime example of this when she decided to wear a fake meat outfit to the recent Music Video Awards.  It’s highly debatable whether many current celebrities really stay true to themselves and not something their publicist came up with for them.  This might be because they are told that who they “are” won’t sell and that they need to be something else to successfully market themselves. They learn that if they dress like Lady Gaga or do something scandalous it will get them noticed, so they lose their self-respect and in some ways their identity.  Oftentimes, when instant celebrities can no longer maintain their image they are replaced and disappear, becoming “who was that person again?”  Fame is short-lived for the majority of celebrities, and a similar rule applies to average people who become internet sensations.

People have always had a big desire to be famous, but not that long ago access to large media outlets was pretty limited. Today, however, all you need is a computer and an internet connection to get your message out. Making it possible for anyone to promote themselves and gain some fame for a day or even longer.  Ever since websites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter started, people have turned the web into their personal platform, showing a willingness to share just about anything just to get some recognition.  Because it’s so easy to broadcast yourself to a potentially unlimited audience, it is downright scary to see exactly how much information is shared. There is a simple unspoken rule many people fail to grasp, and that is: just because you can post something does not mean you should.  Some people expose more about themselves than most viewers would ever want or care to know about them.  Especially disturbing is that some people have invented new images of themselves, posting a mixture of facts and lies about themselves and others, all in the name of fame.

Take Facebook, a place where anything and everything goes.  If you’re a teenager, you may not think about the lasting effects of the posts you make.  Though you will find mostly teenagers with this problem, adults can also be blissfully unaware of how difficult it is to take back something once its been posted. For example, how often do we have to read about someone’s not being hired or even fired for something they posted on Facebook. People can blame the site all they want and claim that their account was suppose to be private, but they miss the fact that nobody controls what they post but themselves. A little responsibility would go a long way in this area!     

It’s bad enough that personal information is over-shared on major web hosting sites like those mentioned earlier, but now these sites share your information with marketers for business purposes.  To make matters worse, hackers and scammers have no difficulty getting a hold of “private” data from these websites. An article on Yahoo, “6 Things You Should Never Reveal on Facebook,” points out that more than 60% of people don’t even think twice about sharing their home address and phone number. In this recent survey, people also did not bother to block out strangers with privacy settings.  Users just don’t seem to care who sees what they post on the web, which, in many ways, is worrisome.

It’s because of this desire and willingness to “put themselves out there,” people sometimes become internet sensations. But how much is someone’s privacy worth now days? And where do you draw the line? Major celebrities realize they give up their privacy because it’s that publicity that keeps them afloat. But the average person will give that up for what? To be some sensation on YouTube for less then a week and never be seen again?

The option to make internet accounts private has not stopped users from sharing pointless and vulgar content that has been posted. We see this reckless behavior reflected on today’s generation. If you were to go to any high school, I am sure you would find that the majority of the population has some kind of web-hosting account. And because it has become the “in” thing, you will find that most of the teenagers would not think twice about posting a trashy photo of themselves. These young people don’t seem to care how they portray themselves or understand the consequences of their actions. If celebrities wear racy clothes, or show dramatic and pornographic pictures of themselves, then teenagers think they should do the same. People, young kids especially, need to think about the seriousness of posting their identity on the web for the whole world to see, and to understand that doing so is foolish and can even be hazardous.

If I were to label this generation, it would be to call it the self-absorbed, attention-seeking generation. For example, it seems like people must Twitter every move they make as if it’s so important the world needs to follow them. This is because celebrity “Wanna- be’s” forget that a luxurious lifestyle is only one part of the story. Being famous is not all that its cracked up to be, and there’s big price to pay for fame: your freedom and anonymity. And while it’s not a crime to have a Facebook, YouTube or Twitter account, it’s how you use these sites that matters.

 People need to think about what they want and if what they post will help them reach their goal without revealing too much of their identity. Because just like many forgotten or ridiculed celebrities, you could be remembered for something far worse. Examples of sad endings are more and more often scattered in the news. Being unforgettable can be a bad thing as well as a good. People should value privacy more because it becomes impossible to get it back, once its been posted for the world to see.