Gastronomic pilgrimage

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Little Saigon in Westminster, CA.
Our first day was dedicated to Orange County, where resides probably the largest Vietnamese community outside of the country. We wanted to try all the yummy dishes that, some say, are even better than the authentic cooking at home. We wanted to feel like at home.

Needless to say, the day started with bathroom lineup and lots of time for makeup and hair. Then we made a detour to the airport to replace the rental car, due to aunts found on the dashboard. We got a bigger SUV with no extra cost, and could sit 2-2-2 comfortably. Sweet! Eagerly anticipating the food in Orange County, we skipped the breakfast and hit the road. Soon enough, Sang got too hungry and grabbed my arm for a bite!! But I'm just so much stronger than her, heheh.
Phuoc Loc Tho - Garden Mall
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We didn't get to Brodard until 2pm, where a long line sent us to a smaller restaurant specialized in Central Vietnam food, with all items at $3.99. My favorites were "bun bo hue" and "banh bot loc", famous delicacies from Hue. I visited Hue once back in the mid 90s, and tried many yummy specialties of the old capital. This restaurant's cooking is a bit different, but still so good...mmm...

Thao's mom and brother joined us. She's very friendly and warm. After lunch, she took us to a Vietnamese hair saloon where Nancy N, Thao and me got pampered. They did a good job I think. Later I checked out Yogurtland nearly and really liked their fruit toppings. I wonder why there's only one shop here in Carrollton, TX. I like their business model.

We drove around, signs in Vietnamese are everywhere, blocks after blocks. Westminster in Orange County is a place where cash is King! From restaurants, hair parlors, to shopping malls, grocery stores... And everything, even fruits with price tag, is negotiable, perhaps except the food court. That's just not a sustainable way of doing and growing business. We then visited Phuoc Loc Tho, the famous shopping mall that we'd heard of so much. Nancy N tried on a conic hat to take photos, and immediately got scolded by her compatriot shop owner: $1/photo!
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Little Saigon in Westminster, CA.
Little Saigon in Westminster, CA.
Phuoc Loc Tho - Garden Mall
Phuoc Loc Tho - Garden Mall
Orange County is for food lovers.
Orange County is for food lovers.
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