Perfectionist Procrastinors Pho Life

by Holly on August 2, 2011

in Asian,dinner,gluten-free,reviews,vegan,Vietnamese

I received a box of Happy Pho to review for the blog…10 months ago.

This really exemplifies my Everythingtarian life.

You see, I am a perfectionist procrastinator.

This means that while I love to-do lists and look forward to cramming my days with as much as I can bear to fit in, I often forget what’s on my to-do list. When my proverbial light bulb goes off and I do remember, I procrastinate doing the task(s) at hand for as long as I can rationalize. And then, when I finally decide I can no longer fight the inevitable hands of time, I expect the task to be done perfectly within the minimal time constraints I’ve allowed myself.

Just in case you think I’m crazy, there’s a Facebook group to prove I’m not alone.

And so here I am rationalizing to you and to everyone over at Happy Pho (my sincerest apologies for the unacceptable tardiness of this post) why this product review is coming exactly 310 days after I initially received my box of Zesty Ginger Happy Pho.

Run by two amazing women by the names of Thao and Karen, Happy Pho focuses on making an authentic version of Vietnamese pho (pronounced: fuh) that is natural (MSG-, soy- and egg-free!), gluten-free and sustainable for the environment…not to mention they give away free products to bloggers who don’t blog about them. Good people + company, me thinks.

Pho happens to be one of my favorite ethnic foods AND makes for one of the best basis for puns.

Pho real.

Pho sho.

Pho shizzle.

Really, the possibilities are endless. Don’t get me started.

With the simple addition of just six ingredients – tofu, cabbage, green onion, cilantro, ginger and lime – and a generous squirt of Sriracha, this heartwarming bowl of pho came together in a mere 20 minutes. Yes, 20 minutes! That means that I really have no excuse for not making this earlier. I simply cannot say, “Well, my dear Everythingtarian readers, I don’t know about you, but I’ve just been so busy this past year I simply didn’t have 20 minutes to spare!”

Because it would be lies. All lies.

I am pretty sure if I had 20 minutes to Photoshop my face in for Jennifer Aniston’s and paste it into a photo next to Jake Gyllenhaal, I had time to make pho.

And not just any pho – really good semi-homemade pho! A rich broth, fiber-filled brown rice noodles and the perfect amount of spice made for a really delicious dinner. In fact, my friend Ilsa and I decided that on a scale from 1 to pho, we would definitely give it a 3.pho.

While I received this box for free in exchange for this review, I am definitely going to scout out Happy Pho retailers in the Madison-area and buy a box with my own money…perhaps the Garlic Goodness flavor? I mean, it’s the least I can do for delaying this review for so long.

Just don’t count on me doing it anytime soon.

Perfectionist procrastinators pho life.


Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] August 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

So many titles – no matter what you are, you’re awesome!

Suzanne August 2, 2011 at 8:46 am

Off to check said facbook group out! :)

Meal looks incredible

Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde August 2, 2011 at 8:52 am

Facebook group sounds perfect for me :)
Love the photos and that soup looks delicious!

Andrea@WellnessNotes August 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

There is stuff on my to-do list that’s been there longer than a year…

Glad you got around to making the pho. We love pho. It sounds delicious. And easy. I’ll have to look for it.

emily (a nutritionist eats) August 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

I picked some of this up at a Whole Foods in NYC because I’ve never seen it in the Midwest, but just HAD to try it!

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby August 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

WE ARE SO THE SAME PERSON! i worked two doubles in a row and finally had a day off yesterday. instead of making up for lost sleep, i did like 5 loads of laundry, cleaned the entire apartment, ran errands, and dyed my hair.

ummmmmm, when will us beastly procrastinating perfectionists get together to pho-toshop (i crack myself up) and eat pho together?!?! we could start a support group and errthang.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

I would Pho Sure like to eat your Pho!

I am not a procrastintor. But I AM a perfectionist. Something I’m trying to work on…daily! :)

Hillary August 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

I don’t know that I’ve ever had pho? But it looks great, pho real.

Amanda August 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

oooh that looks DELICIOUS! And gluten-free too? I’m sold! I am an big fan of pho!

Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I’ve had this in restaurants, would love to try it myself!

Better late than never :)

Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles August 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I love pho! So much, in fact, that I often crave it even during the thousand degree California summer <3

Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses August 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm

That is ME pho sho!!!! Gah. This reminds me I STILL have a Swanson’s post I need to write {after I received their package 5+ months ago} The pho looks awesome tho.

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

This looks awesome!

A few years ago, I would eat pho like three times a week! Eventually, I figured I could go without the MSG and sodium ;)

KaraHadley August 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Wait…so what is in the box? The noodles and broth?

Lauren August 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Holy goodness, this looks incredible. I’ve never had Pho but I’ve ALWAYS ALWAYS wanted to!!!

dana @ my little celebration August 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Ha. You so clev-ah. I love me some friggin’ pho.

Katie August 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I always take an unacceptably long time to review products…makes me feel like a schumck. Also, how did I miss that photo-shopped picture of you and Jake? Made my night, for sure.

Linda August 3, 2011 at 2:18 am

Mmmm!! That looks good pho sho! :)

I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on some Happy Pho.

Your posts always make me laugh or smile…..or both! Thank you!! :D

Meister @ The Nervous Cook August 3, 2011 at 4:35 am

I just tried this stuff the other week! It was really good for dinner, but the leftovers were a bit strange: All the noodles sort of mushed together into one giant chewy mass. So it tasted great, but it was weird eatin’ for sure. (Or “pho sure.”)

Sarah@The Flying ONION August 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

This looks FABulous!

And I’ve been such a crazy procrastinator lately, myself. I can so relate with this post. ;)

Parita @ myinnershakti August 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

Wow…you just described me! I’ve been searching for a way to articulate my behavior and perfectionist procrastinator describes it perfectly! I may have to join this FB group for support haha!

Missy August 3, 2011 at 11:45 am

First time commenting here! Hi!

I just have to say that it was well worth the wait, right? That looks so so so good.

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn August 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Tuhhhhwins! I am such a procrastinator perfectionista…I procrastinate like it’s my job and then I expect myself to bust out money-worthy work in the smallest ever amount of time. Pho sho.

Sami August 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I submitted a paper due at midnight last night at 11:57, just after I completed it. How’s that for procrastination? (:

pho sho.


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

You crack me up pho real. That looks delicious… Pho shizzle (okay now in starting to feel dorky :) )

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