Dot Com Pho – Cream Puff Pho Edition

This edition of Dot Com Pho comes to you from Pho Than Brothers in sunny Bellevue. Starting a new Dot Com Pho chapter is always tough. I sent out a Twitter tweet announcing the meetup and two users replied but only one showed up. You have to start somewhere so Harlan Yee of The Render Q and I hosted the first Dot Com Pho in Bellevue.

Than Brothers is a true Pho restaurant. Pho is all they serve. There’s are no non Pho dishes like lemon grass pork chop on rice or spring rolls. Every Pho dish comes with a cream puff dessert. The prices are extremely reasonable and they even offer an XL size bowl (must be an American thing). In addition to enjoying the Pho, this edition features the gadget of the week and the winners of the Guerrilla Social Media Marketing book. Enjoy!

*Update – Here’s the Dot Com Pho video from Vancouver.

55 thoughts on “Dot Com Pho – Cream Puff Pho Edition”

  1. d3so says:

    I never really liked fur, i mean pha, but this video really makes it look good.

    1. Congratulation for winning book.

      But why John told that you won first time.

      If I remember correctly you won John Chow’s book as well.

      1. John Chow says:

        Oh ya! That’s right! He did win in the last contest as well!

        1. Hey John,

          You missed me by one spot on the first try. You’ll have to do better the next time, I haven’t won anything yet.

          1. D3so, congrats and please remember to review the book as kind of agreed before the draw.

          2. Dan Lew says:

            Congratulations d3so, you deserve it too 🙂

          3. d3so says:

            Yes, I will review it as promised 🙂

          4. PPC Ian says:

            Congrats on winning! Very well deserved!

      2. d3so says:

        I didn’t win Johns book, it was a bonus.
        I did win the last giveaway which was the shoemoney DVD.

        1. In any case you are on a winning streak so make the most of it.

          Let us know when the review is ready. I guess you’ll be doing it on your blog.

          1. d3so says:

            yeah, it’ll give you an incentive to subscribe 😉

            or I could submit it as a guest post here.

          2. Would love to read review.

            Now we should think your new name if you will win next contest.

            3 win in a row … that will be a hatrick. (

          3. d3so says:

            What new name are you talking about?

  2. For some reason, I do not like it too but the video is giving me another mind, I will surely try it once again and see…

    1. The cream puffs look pretty good and did I get it right that they were included in the price?

      Otherwise the prices are similar to those in Vancouver Pho location.

      1. Hey John,

        It seems to me that you left a lot more in the bowl than usual. Could it be that it wasn’t the same as in Vancouver? The chef may have to visit Vancouver Pho chef to learn some tricks so that you like the food the same.

        1. I think both taste should be different.

          No fun if everything will be same everywhere.

  3. Joe says:

    It’s not the same without Michael, Stephen, and Ed showing up late all hung over! Ship those Canucks to Washington and hire them as your sidekicks.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      We had Dot Com Pho in Vancouver too. A total of 10 people (or so) showed up to ours. I’m uploading the video to YouTube right now, but as always, there was a lot more conversation off camera too. The only way to hear it all is to show up yourself. 🙂

      1. Hi Michael,

        I couldn’t make it this time but I’m glad it was such a good turnout.

      2. Michael Kwan says:

        And here’s the video of the Vancouver Dot Com Pho! Enjoy:

        1. Stephen says:

          And this is the gadget of the week…more or less…

        2. d3so says:

          Thanks for sharing the Vancouver dot com pho. Please record it every week 😉

          1. Yes, recording the Dot Com Pho in Vancouver every week is a good idea. People have grown to love it and not everybody can attend even if they are local every time.

          2. Michael,

            The video is good but whoever took it had very shaky hands or wasn’t careful to hold the camera steady. I know people who would get very dizzy watching it.

          3. Michael Kwan says:

            Yeah, I realize it was shaky, especially Marilyn’s part. I was trying to keep it steady by having my elbows on the table, but the table was shaking haha.

          4. This one was awesome dot com pho though …

            # Video was shaky
            # Lighting was not perfect.

            Except that nice to see old fellow. Michael keep remember that you should give camera to other people so that we can see you as well.

            At John video –

            I am sure sooner will be able to see more person and that restaurant owner will be your friend as well like at Vancouver.

          5. d3so says:

            I guess John is pro at shooting videos.

  4. Pho Dish looks great. I am sure you will get more visitors in next tweet 🙂

    1. Yes we also want that .. more and more visitors at both place.

      1. d3so says:

        Yeah, more attendees would be nice but the noise level would probably increase as well.

        1. Essays says:

          Don’t worry, they will be well mannered. 🙂

  5. Dan Lew says:

    Did I hear that you are going to Germany? Wow, you are really doing the rounds 🙂 What are you going over for John?

    1. I’m not sure if John mentioned it on his blog before or in person but I think he’s invited to speak at a travel event and also to a car factory excursion there.

      I’m sure he can correct me and add more details.

      1. Boy seems to me that last few months are really travelling period for John.

  6. Hey John,

    Do you think you’ll increase your comment rate if you made your comment links not “nofollow”?

    Do you make them nofollow because your Blog is big enough not to take on this technique or just for SEO purposes?

    I’m just curious on your opinion on this, Thanks 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      I think by default they are nofollow.
      I wouldn’t suggest anyone to make comments dofollow because spammers simply abuse it.

  7. Tyler Cruz says:

    Tip: Write several REALLY long comments and your chances of winning are increased 10-fold 😉

    1. d3so says:

      People have left really long comments.
      In the last contest i won with a small comment and in this one I won with a medium sized comment.

      1. Hi Tyler,

        It is a tip that makes a lot of sense but as D3so says, he has won with his short comments twice already.
        I tend to write longer comments on average and have won zilch.

        1. Wow Tyler …

          You provided valuable tips here as well.

          But these days style of selecting winner has been changed … thanks to iPad.

          1. d3so says:

            How was selecting a winner done before?

  8. fas says:

    Must be the most boring dot com pho.

    1. d3so says:

      lol it’d be awesome to have a one-on-one dot com pho with John chow.

      1. It would be and you’d get a plug in too as the only attendee. In the next few weeks there may be another chance that only you and John shows up if you go to Seattle.

        1. Comeon Guys John is new there … give some time and we will be able to see many great dot com pho as well.

          Have a look at the Vancouver Dot com pho …

          That is interesting.

  9. Matej says:

    Hello John,

    I have unpaid earnings from TTZ media ( year 2008.!). In fact I never received payment and have emailed you several times in regards to this issue.

    I would appreciate you to answer to my email message this time.

  10. VienChinh says:

    Food from VietNam

  11. John,

    We should setup a dot-com pho in Victoria – we have a lot to choose from here on the island.

    My co-workers and I love our healthy lunches.

  12. wow gold says:

    Looks like good food, making me hungry.

  13. John I think your blog is now really slow.

    You should think about it now.

  14. Krystle says:

    Noodles with cream puff? Hmm… I don’t know. Was it a good combination, John? 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      Well the cream puff was for dessert.

  15. I think I have seen that restaurant on a TV show once.

    Looks good though!

  16. timmytim says:

    holy shnitzles!that pho than bro is just minutes away from my house! John you should hold dot com pho at pho than bro at least once a month! maybe i’ll be able attend someday

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