I was going with a friend to World Market to pick up a case of this really great $6 bottle of wine. 

Basically, 2005 was a great year for Cabernet Sauvignon so Hess Vineyards decided to create a label to sell some of this extra product.  The wine is called XS ’05 and for $6, it’s perfect to be your everyday wine.  It is a screw top (personally, that doesn’t bother me, but I know it does bother some).  I’m not a sommelier, so if you don’t believe, me, check out this blogger’s review.

Hess XS Red

Before we went to pick up our cases of wine, we decided to try Saigon Saigon in Pentagon City. 

  • Food:My friend ordered the small bowl ($7.95) of pho while I ordered the large bowl ($8.95) of Tai Nam pho.  As always it came with jalapenos, fresh basil, bean sprouts, and limes.  The beef was a bit thick though for my taste, but the broth and noodles were good.  I don’t think there was much of a difference between our bowls except that I got more broth than she did. 
  • Service: Polite and friendly
  • Atmosphere: The interior has a comfortable, soothing feel. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall:If you live in the area, you can get them deliver (call 703-524-0800).  The menu can be found here (Menu Side A and  Menu Side B — click on the photo icon on the bottom right hand to make the menu screen bigger). This restaurant is owned by the same folks who own Asia Bistro and ZEN.  Since I have a tendency to go to Pentagon City for DSW, I’d definitely come back for a quick bowl of pho.  It’s not the greatest (that’s the place where they serve the raw beef on the side and it cooks in the broth — anyone know where that is?), but it’s decent.  It works  you know?


  • Hours: Serving lunch and dinner daily
  • Address: 1101 South Joyce Street; Arlington, VA 22202
  • Ph: 703-412-0822