Not a holy day

20 Apr

Welcome to my hell


I’m starting to give away all of my accounts at work to people on team. Which means, I have to go through 150+ accounts, see if there is any unfinished work on them, if I missed any defaults that haven’t been recognized and if not, go ahead and send glorious default letters out. Fabulous. So for the next week and a half, I am going to surrounded by files, looking for a new home.

Lunch was a beautiful disaster. Since I opened a can of refried black beans last night, I wanted to get to using them since it seems to take me forever to go through one can. I added salsa and cheese to a bowl of refried black beans and microwaved for two minutes to make bean dip with chips 

Ok, so it may not look delicious but how can you go wrong with a killer trio like beans, cheese and salsa? The plan was to have chips and dip, which is entirely appropriate, balanced meal for a 31 yr old working woman. But the chips I brought ended up breaking en route to work so I took the broken pieces and added to the mix.


I tried this Acai Berry Boost along with my bean dip meal. I added half of the bottle to 32 oz  cup of water and it was quite tasty!

My friend and I had plans for dinner and the place were were going to for Vietnamese, Ben Thanh, was in a *ahem* questionable part of town. We drove together since neither of us knew where it was and hello, safety in numbers. But when we got there, it was closed. Like no cars in the parking lot and no one had been there in hours, closed. I thought this couldn’t be right since I’ve read fabulous reviews on Yelp about this place and didn’t hear anything about it closing so what gives?  I texted one of my Vietnamese friends whose parents own a Vietnamese restaurant to see what the deal was

Her answer was justifiable since I went back and looked at their website and saw they were closed on Wednesdays—doh! Justifiable also since it is 4.20 but not so much because I don’t smoke the gang.

We saw some lovely sites en route to another Vietnamese restaurant

I guess one could be laid back and driving however I was curious if he had matching socks on and was he going to put on his shoes when stepping out of the car.

We ended up at Lang Van by pure luck alone. I knew it was somewhere in a questionable area but wasn’t sure about the location and since the location seemed a little sketchtastic, I never ventured out to see where it was. It worked out perfectly since it’s been voted Best Vietnamese restaurant in Charlotte multiple years in a row.

I could see why this place was voted the best Vietnamese in Charlotte since they were mad people get their hump on their! Hmmm, that doesn’t sound too good, it’s not like an orgy restaurant or anything, they were just celebrating hump day. I could have just backspaced or deleted that line but I am lazy.

We started with an order of jicama rolls with Chinese sausage in them

I ordered   bbq meatballs with vermicelli however the meat didn’t look like meatballs when it came out. But then again when my friend ordered the #47, the lady told her “No, you want the #45” so she may have switched my order while putting it in.

Guess she thought I look like a girl who likes to eat meat off a bone? And she would be right.

This was a flavorful, light, hearty portion with a mix of greens under the vermicelli however I made the rookie mistake of adding too much chile sauce. It worked out there because the staff was on spot with refilling my water, I think I must have had 11 glasses or so of water to wash down the heat. I like any restaurant that is that concerned with m H2o intake.

I got a pretty rockin fortune as well so I would say all in all it was a successful evening rolling through a questionable area. I am now curious as to who this unexpected source is going to be? Maybe an ex-boyfriend will win the Powerball tonight? Time to start sucking up!

Do you like Vietnamese food? If so, what’s your favorite dish?

Do you have any fun driving quirks?


21 Responses to “Not a holy day”

  1. Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg April 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Never been to a Vietnamese restaraunt before, but I’m all over those rolls with chicken sausage!

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      Oops-it was Chinese sausage. apparently my fingers arent typing what my mind is thinking tonight!

  2. Heather (All Sizzle No Steak) April 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Hee hee, that does not look like meatballs at all! My driving quirks involve NEEDING something sweet and chewey for long trips, an NEVER using AC. I don’t like drafts.

  3. christina April 20, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    I hope you ate that bean & chips with a spoon. That’s how i eat my crunched up chips and hummus. Sexy. That guy looks supser comfy in a totally scary way. I hope your fortune comes true!

  4. suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] April 21, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    Love Vietnamese food. Sometimes on a cold day, I crave pho because it’s basically hot noodle soup goodness. 🙂 And other days I love the cooler vermicelli. Yum.

  5. vixter2010 April 21, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    I’ve never been to a Vietnamese restaurant before, glad you enjoyed it. Your work sounds really stressful but not long to go now woo! I hope the fortune comes true, best buy a lottery ticket in case 🙂

  6. Jen@jensdaily April 21, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    Awesome fortune!! Good grief woman, I don’t know what your current job is, but doesn’t look too pleasant.

  7. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle April 21, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    GAH I hate it when people put their feet out the car window! I don’t know why, but it just drives me crazy…don’t do it!

    I’m a leaner…I like to lean on the armrest when I’m driving…you know…pimp style. It’s hot.

  8. Amy @ Second City Randomness April 21, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    I have a few friends who treated yesterday as a holy day.

    Also, my boss took a vacation day. Hmmmm… makes me wonder about that man…

  9. Monique April 21, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    I had viet last night too… but im sick so i had Chicken Pho. with an asshole date who didnt pay or offer to pay because i invited HIM out. fucking asshole.
    Your desk is a hot mess.
    Your fortune is true. I love the idea of possibly being your roommate. I also love the possibility of something completely knew and exciting for you. I just want you to be happy pumpkin pie. xoxox (my mom calls me that)

  10. Carly April 21, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    I’ve never had Vietnamese food, well not that i know of. After reading this post I think I need to try it out. Have you ever had pho? Is that Vietnamese? Ha, I hear lots of good things about it!

  11. Mari April 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    lunch doesn’t look very appetizing but damn I bet it tasted deeeelish!!! I could go for that, right about now.

  12. Rach @ This Italian Family April 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    Oh girl, bean dip never looks good, but it is always SO tasty!

    Haha! That’s so funny that she just changed your friends (and possibly your) order!

    The whole driving with the foot out the window thing… that’s just scary… o.o

  13. Diana@mymarblerye April 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    From balls to Asian humping…you have a secret camera in my house? Fave viet thing is the rolls and pho fo sure! Eek leaving a job sucks more than the job!

  14. lookingupwhileslimmingdown April 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    We have a yummy Vietnamese place here called Green Papaya. I will take you there next time you visit. Yum. I like pretend I’m in a music video and sing all loud and animated when I’m driving. That’s my quirk. 🙂 Btw…your hell looks like my office. Piles of files. NO bueno with my workspace OCD!

  15. Alex April 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    I was at Sprouts and saw a packet of the blueberry protein powder you use and then I said outloud “SHAKA”

  16. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt April 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    I LURVE banh mi. Mmm…those sandwiches are my fave.

  17. leashieloo April 22, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I also have issues finishing up a can of refried beans, wtf is up with that!

  18. Ashleigh April 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Your cube does not look like a fun time! But at least you have just a few more days and then you will be so much happier.

    I have never tried vietnamese food.. I am so boring.

  19. janetha April 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    your desk reminds me waaaay too much of mine. ughhhh pilessss!

  20. Callie {Rawxy} April 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Holy freaking crap – you pretty much summed up visually my definition of hell. That’s a tooon of files!

    Good luck in wrapping things up though – sending you mucho positive energy 🙂

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