Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GOOD NIGHT NOODLE BLOGGER TASTING

Last night I headed up to Ballston Spa for the blogger tasting of Good Night Noodle; a new venture for Nancy Holdman, the owner of Good Morning Cafe and her business partner, Chef Linh Sullins.  The women are opening Good Night Noodle in April where they will transform the aesthetic of the breakfast café to accommodate that of a Vietnamese Noodle Café. Their main focus will be pho. If you're like me and have somehow never tried Vietnamese food before, pho is a noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, meats. 



For my first pho experience I decided to invite Sarah from Old Maid In America to come along and enjoy some of the authentic Southeast Asian cuisine with me. 


As we entered the door to Good Morning Café we were welcomed by this little fella...




Sarah and I started off with a Vegetarian Summer Roll and a Shrimp Summer Roll with dipping sauces.




Both of the sauces were nice, but I'd have to say I enjoyed the cashew one best. 



The Veggie Roll was extremely light and refreshing. I can definitely see myself craving this on an exceptionally hot day this summer!


The Shrimp Rolls....


Were deeeeelicious! 




We sat down to begin our meal and were given a small plate of pickled carrots and English cucumbers to start. Apparently there are oodles and oodles of health benefits from Apple Cider Vinegar!? 


Seeing as how I have never had Pho before, I was a bit confused as to why there were plates of fresh ingredients on each table. But Linh explained it to me and I was excited (and ready) to personalize my pho with the perfect crunchy, sweet, sour, salty, & spicy combination. 




Linh aims to keep her meals low in sodium, so she excluded the fish sauce from the dish, allowing us to add as much or as little as we'd like.


It's chicken pho time!









Throughout dinner Linh and Nancy reminded us of their motto - ‘Eat Good Do Good Feel Good’. The concept behind their food and restaurant is so refreshing.  They exclude all of the bad ingredients, like MSG, and strive keep everything as simple, fresh, and local as possible.

When Good Night Noodle opens in April, they will launch their Direct Impact Giving (DIG) model: For every bowl of pho purchased at their restaurant, Linh and Nancy will buy one pound of rice for the Poysomroung Village, their adopted community in Cambodia.
How AMAZING is that?!








I am officially a fan of pho!
It was so comforting, hearty, and down right delicious, yet it didn't make me feel an ounce of guilt for (almost) finishing my entire bowl.

To learn more about Good Night Noodle, their DIG Model, and the rest of their amazing mission click here. And be sure to keep up with them on Facebook

2 comments:

  1. We went to Good Night Noodle last week and it was fabulous. I'll be publishing my post shortly. I read this before I went and your post pushed me over the edge. We had a great meal and a wonderful time. Nancy is the best. And thanks for including my blog in your blogroll.

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  2. Hi Kim!

    I'm so happy you tried Good Night Noodle, they're amazing! I (unfortunately) haven't been back yet since I wrote this post, but it's on my to do list for the near future! I'm looking forward to reading your post...can't wait to see what you tried.

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