Daily Archives: October 14, 2017

Her Name Is Helena . . .

Jan and I headed out about 2:15, first down to the Sugarland area and Floyd’s Cajun Seafood where we took Nick and Terry Russell when they were here a couple of weeks ago, dropping off their RV at PPL.

I didn’t realize it until the next day, but I lost my checkbook there. Or at least I thought I did. And when I called a couple of days later, and talking to the manager, I found it had been turned in, and by another manager. I told them we were in Conroe and it might be a couple of weeks before we got down there.  They said no problem, and it would be in the safe. Then leaving Floyd’s we headed back up Hwy 6 and the Grand Parkway to Brandi’s in Katy.

We were all getting together at Little V’s Vietnamese Bistro for dinner to give them a try. Yes, we’ve eaten there many times in the past, but things have changed since then.

The last time we ate at Little V’s was March 8 of this past year. the night before we left on our big 3 month out west travels. And since then, Tuen, the owner, had sold the place. And the reviews since then have been mixed, some good, some not-so-good.

So this afternoon we were going to give it a try.

We got to Brandi’s a little after 4pm and got a look at her new baby.

Brandi's Helena

Brandi says her name is Helena, though I don’t know why. She’s a fully-loaded 2017 Ford Escape to replace her slightly long-in-the-tooth Lexus. Really nice, and red, Jan’s favorite color. A very nice ride.

As far as Little V’s goes, it was really delicious – if we hadn’t eaten at Little V’s pre-sale. But in comparison it just didn’t quite match up.

We started off with our usual Pork Spring Rolls.

Little V's Spring Rolls

The insides were good, but there was a more chewy wrapper with a different texture. Just not quite as good.

On the entrée front, Lowell said his Phở was good, but something was ‘missing’. As far as my Shaking Beef Vermicelli Bowl, it was the same theme.

Little V's Shaking Beef 2

The ingredients and the ‘taste’ was the same, but the beef, which was melt in your mouth tender and unlike any I had ever eaten, was cut differently and not near as tender, but more chewy.

Jan and Brandi always split an order of the Chicken Curry.

Little V's Chicken Curry

And Jan said the same thing. The Curry was good, but just didn’t have the intense favor of Tuen’s version.

Finishing up, the Crème Brûlée spoons were the only thing that lived up to the original.

Little V's Creme Brulee

Smooth pudding with a crunchy sugar crust. Just perfect.

Little V's Brandi and Landon2

Wrapping up, if we hadn’t eaten here under Tuen’s regime, it would be one of our new favorite places. And I guess it still is.

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