Yesterday, I took a trip to the Asian grocery store, which is always a two-hour event - deciding on which fresh tofu to buy, choosing the best noodle stand to grab lunch, gawking at all the exotic fruit.
I used to live beside a great little pho restaurant. Even though their main attraction was the perfectly executed pho, my heart and taste buds were always more captivated by the noodle bowls. Fresh crunchy lettuce, a layer of soft noodles, scattered with crispy tofu. A delicious and colorful rainbow of flavors and textures finished with a sweet and savory dressing and a sprinkle of peanuts. My idea of a perfect lunch, light, and refreshing. The type of meal that lets you feel good about yourself.
Before I left, my last night at home, I was inspired by a creation eaten two nights previous. A picnic meeting in the park with dietitians, confident that I would discover some flavorful treats, I was quickly drawn to this simple fresh salad. Bright and colorful. Each mouthful gushing with flavor as I slurp the noodles into my mouth.