Charleston Eats: Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine

Pho Bo from Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine in Park Circle.

Pho Bo
Pho Bo

A nice beef broth with rice noodles and thin slices of sirloin. Could have  used some more noodles though.

If it wasn’t for the cilantro in the broth, it would have been excellent. Those of you who actually enjoy the taste of cilantro would probably like this a lot.

In today’s church bulletin

Snowpocalypse 2018 + 6

Six days after the near record snowfall, almost all of it is gone except for in the heavily shaded areas. Yesterday was the first day since December 31, 2017 that temperatures went above 5°C, which is some kind of record I think.


With a high of 14°C, there was a lot of melting happening yesterday. Almost all of the snow in the front yard is gone, except for some of the piles along the sides of the driveway.

Front yard Snowpocalypse 2018 remnants
Front yard Snowpocalypse 2018 remnants
Back yard Snowpocalypse 2018 remnants
Back yard Snowpocalypse 2018 remnants
Back yard Snowpocalypse 2018 remnants
Back yard Snowpocalypse 2018 remnants

I think pretty much all the major roadways are back to normal now. With another 14°C day today, the rest of Snowpocalypse 2018 should be gone by the end of the day.

Snowpocalypse 2018 + 3

Went out on a quick morning walk to the main road outside the neighbourhood to see what kind of condition it was in.

Still a good bit of snow in the neighbourhood.

Snowy front yard
Snowy front yard

Around the neighbourhood, the roads looked pretty clear with a few icy patches.

Mostly clear road
Mostly clear road

Up towards the entrance there was still a fair bit of frozen stuff on the road though. Made for a bit of slippery walking.

Icy entry
Icy entry

Out on the main road, it was still pretty icy. Not a lot of exposure to the sun, so there hasn’t been a whole lot of melting on the road, and what melting there has been just freezes overnight.

Icy road
Icy road
Icy road
Icy road

It’s about 2.5 km out to the main highway from here, and I suspect a few parts of it will be pretty icy. There were a few cars driving down the road, all going pretty slowly. If you take it easy and don’t make any sudden moves, it’s drive-able. Not something I care to venture out into though.

The current forecast high for today is only 1°C and 3°C for tomorrow, so there isn’t going to be much in the way of melting around here until the heat wave starts on Monday and temperatures return to somewhat more seasonal values.

Weather forecast 20180106
Intellicast forecast 20180106 (temperatures in °C)

I figure by Wednesday, almost all the remnants of Snowpocalypse 2018 will be gone.