• Insider’s Food Tour of Seattle’s International District 09.05.13

    Taylor Hoang

    The International District may be one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, but it is also one of the most difficult to navigate. The various Asian cultures, stores, shops, restaurants and so on can get a bit overwhelming when trying to find the best of the best. Lucky you, we’ve got the scoop on an insider’s tour to the International District!

    Pho Cyclo Café and Lavender Jade Catering owner Taylor Hoang is hitting the streets with curious home cooks, diners and food enthusiasts alike to showcase the best (and often less traveled) places to shop for top quality Asian fruits, vegetables, curries, tofu, noodles and other Asian groceries at the best prices. She’s also dishing secrets on where to get the best cream puffs, noodle bowls, bbq pork and more. If that doesn’t sell you, the tasting samples along the way will, including a full lunch at her mother’s famed Vietnamese restaurant, Huong Binh, often voted the best Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle.

    Three tour dates this month (September 11, 14 and 18) means the spots will go fast! Taylor is also bringing back her popular cooking classes on September 10, 12, 17 and 19, which take place at the Sodo location of Pho Cyclo Cafe.

    Visit the website for more tour and class information, pricing and to reserve your spot for this one-of-a-kind insider’s tour to Seattle’s unique International District.

    Here are some of our tour photos!

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  • Evening Magazine Cooks with Pho Cyclo Cafe! 08.19.13

    Busy families know that dinner time is family time, so why not extend that to cooking time as well!

    Evening Magazine went into the home kitchen of Taylor Hoang, chef-owner of Pho Cyclo Café and Lavender Jade Catering, to see how this busy mom puts healthy, kid-pleasing dinners on the table!

    Taylor takes a traditional Vietnamese spring roll and adds a bit of the Northwest with salmon! What do you do if one kid likes salmon and the other likes meat? Do both, but cook it together so it’s easy and takes only a few minutes – Taylor has a great trick! The traditional fresh vegetables and herbs give the entire family a healthy dinner.

    Watch the video below to see how Taylor gets the entire family involved, from 20 month old Max to 4 year old Ella! It’s like building your own pizza, but much healthier! You can get the recipe on the website here, too. It really is as easy as it looks. Enjoy!

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  • Our newest clients: Pho Cyclo Cafe + Lavender Jade Catering 06.25.13

    Seattle is known for its vast number of places to find pho. We’ve had good pho, we’ve had bad pho, but it wasn’t until we listened to the experts – that’s right, local chefs – and then we realized where to get the best pho! We found it at Pho Cyclo Café, noted by many for its quality steaming hot pho, but we were equally impressed by its large menu of Vietnamese favorites. From banh mi to noodle salads, spring rolls to seasonal specials, Pho Cyclo has more Vietnamese options in one place than most of the other pho shops in town.

    Chef-owner Taylor Hoang started the company years ago and it has grown to four locations in Seattle and Bellevue. She’s got the business savvy, the chef palate and the cultural background to ensure her authentic, quality restaurants are serving up Vietnamese favorites. You’ll even find her taking part in Tom Douglas’ Culinary Summer Camp next month, leading instruction on how to make Pho Ga (chicken pho) and Bo La Lot (grilled beef wrapped in betel leaf). She also runs her own cooking classes out of the Pho Cycle Café Sodo location. We’ll have more on those classes and the new summer menu items soon – we’ve sneaked a peak already and we can’t wait for more!

    As if that weren’t enough to keep one woman busy, Taylor also runs Lavender Jade Catering. It’s the caterer of choice when looking for your favorite Asian cuisine, from Vietnamese to Chinese, Japanese to Thai. Beautifully prepared and cordially presented, Lavender Jade adds spice and variety to any intimate event or large gathering.

    We are proud to partner with Taylor, her four Pho Cyclo Cafe locations (Sodo, Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, Bellevue) and Lavender Jade Catering as our newest clients. We hope to see you over a steaming hot bowl of pho soon!

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