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What to do with imitation crab meat

We like to make tostadaswith surimi. They're fast, easy and taste good to us. We just shred the meat and put it on a pre-made tostada (Perico is good because it is small and thin) or, you can fry your own corn tortilla and use that. Put a good portion of the crab and then squeeze lime juice, if you have key lime that is best, over the crab and top off withTapatio hot sauce.

Oct 02, 2011
Neta in Home Cooking

Any good recommendations for Barstow???

Del Taco as a recommendation is funny. We took our trip and found an Italian restaurant that I remember being taken to years ago when I had some work in Barstow. Now I can't even remember the name but it was the second Main St. off from the 15, turn left and it's there across from the IHOP. It was an old converted fire house. The sandwiches were really good and so was the homemade potato salad. I will keep your recommendations for the next time. Thank you.

Sep 18, 2011
Neta in California

Yummy Yummy Seafood Buffet Opens In El Monte

How does Yummy compare to World Buffet in West Covina? Which would you choose over the other?

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World Buffet
1003 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

Sep 13, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Any good recommendations for Barstow???

We're going to LV and would like to find a place 1/2 way to stop for a late bfast or lunch. Seems like we always end up at Tommy's or In 'N Out but I would really like to go and sit down and have a decent meal. We've tried an Italian restaurant on Main St and it was okay. Anyone know of a place? Thank you

Sep 13, 2011
Neta in California

Your top long beach restaurants

We tried At Last Cafe last week and really enjoyed our meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. The gravy on the potatoes was excellent and the leftover meat loaf the next day was even better. We also had a pear and arugala salad which was good. There was a gentleman next to us that had ridden his bike (M/C) from Orange County. He had the Manhattan style clam chowder and said it was the best he'd ever had. Man next to him also raved about his pulled pork sandwich. We will definitely go back from the SGV. We were there about 2 P.M. and while business was booming we were still able to get a table. The space is very small. They do take reservations I understand. My only complaint was the fresh lemonade was not fresh and the orangeade was watered down and tasteless. Other than that, we enjoyed a lot.

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At Last Cafe
204 Orange Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Sep 13, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Tripas Taco at Gloria's: So Good!

I would just ask for a taco de tripas de leche or tripas and they will understand either way.

Sep 10, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

El Gallo restaurant in ELA

I know there have been many posts in the past about this restaurant that closed a couple or few years ago. Seemed to have a decent following. Well, we passed by there today and saw some men putting a large commercial type refrigerator through the front door. I didn't have time to notice if there were any signs posted but looks like at least some restaurant, presumably El Gallo, will be opening in that location on Caesar Chavez in the near future.

Sep 09, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Tripas Taco at Gloria's: So Good!

Can't recommend any specific place for the tacos de tripas but just wanted to let you know that I believe what you are referring to is not tripe. They are the milk tubes for want of a better word. Full name is tripas de leche and they are delicious when fried crisp and put into a corn tortilla. You'll probably find them at most authentic taco stands that specialize in tacos. I used to get them at a stand on Garvey just east of Rosemead but I don't know if it is still there.

Sep 09, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Ensenada Style Fish Tacos in LA

I agree. We used to have a place in Ensenada and ate a lot of fish tacos. I asked a few vendors what type of fish they used and it was always answered shark. Shark, at least at that time, was really cheap but nevertheless delicious. Another note, the lime they use is the Mexican lime, aka key lime. To me, it makes all the difference in the world as to authenticity.

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Ensenada Restaurant
517 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Aug 31, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Fun Food Truck Gathering

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7734 in Pico Rivera has been hosting a food truck event
every Tuesday night for the past 4 weeks It seem very successful. They bring in different types of food trucks each week and there are five of them to choose from. They are set-up in the post parking lot with lots of tables on the side for people to eat. They have a patio behind the Post building where they have a full bar set-up including soft drinks. There is also a great DJ that plays a vast variety of music and has over 7,000 selections to choose from. There is no cover charge and parking in the industrial area is plentiful. From what I've heard, the food channel is going to be at this event sometime in the next month or so. Their interest is that this is a fund raiser for our Veteran's. The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 P.M. but some of the trucks pull in at 5:00 and as soon as they set-up they begin serving.

The VFW Post 7734 is located at 9128 E Bermudez
Pico Rivera, CA
One block north of Slauson Avenue and 2 blocks east of Rosemead Blvd.

Aug 30, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Rao's Is It Worth A Chowhound's Experience?

Thank you for clarifying that. I almost cried when I read Steve Green's report. We are going to LV in Sept and that is definitely on our list of places we have to eat!

Aug 10, 2011
Neta in Las Vegas

Where's The Lard?

I am not talking about that "white brick stuff". I said it was the lard rendered from the chicharron which is the liquid gold stuff and you find it at a Mexican carneceria..

Aug 08, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Rao's Is It Worth A Chowhound's Experience?

We're from California but always enjoy going to Nora's Italian Cuisine on Flamingo Rd. It is different in some ways but we've always had an excellent meal there and it doesn't break the bank. Their lemon drop martinis are the best I've ever had anywhere.

Aug 07, 2011
Neta in Las Vegas

Food Network Channel

Does anyone still watch this channel besides me? I myself find it boring. The cooks that I think are the best such as Ina Garten haven't made any new programs for years. I am also disapointed that they never seem to diversify. I was so happy when they added Mexican Food For Real with Marcella Valliladad. She is authentic and fun to watch. But have you ever wondered why they have never featured any real asian food programs. I would love to see authentic Thai, Korean, Chinese, Japanese shows because I would love to be able to prepare them almost as well as they do in the restaurants. When they have the next Food Network Star series, they always seem to gravitate towards the same type of people that cook exactly like what they already have showing It was refreshing the last time when they crowned Aarti the beautiful Indian cook as the new star. She didn't seem to last long though. And how many Italian programs do they need. Granted, Michael Chiarello and Giada are excellent cooks but there again, nothing really new. Just wondering what people think or do they ever think about the programming on this channel?

Jul 01, 2011
Neta in Food Media & News

Baby Blue Barbeque

After watching a DDD with Guy Fieri where he visited Baby Blue in Venice, we decided to make the trip on a Saturday in horrendous traffic on the W/B 10. Took a couple of friends with us. It was the worse meal we have had in the longest time. On the program, it looked inviting. One of the customers announced that he cried if they ran out of the mac n" cheese by the time he got there. I cried because they did have this mish/mash dish that was called mac n' cheese but there was no resemblance. It was an overcooked mess with curdled cheese throughout. They advertised baked beans as a side and all that was was some kidney beans and I guess pinto beans thrown together with no baked bean seasonings. Horrible. The pulled pork sandwich was one that any of us could make at home but better. It had some tasteless cole slaw on it which didn't add a thing to the flavor. The baby backs were dry and not all that. Our friend had the cat fish Po Boy and he actually liked it but he's like Mikey, he'll eat anything. I ordered kool aid since it's been years and years since I've had this drink and dissapointingly found out it was nothing more than canned Hawaiian Punch, no KA taste to it at all. The bill came to $70 without tip and that hurt the most. Our friend paid and i felt so guilty for even suggesting this place not knowing it was so awful. Just wanted to vent a little. Apparently there are people who like it because it was about 2:30 in the afternoon and the place was very busy, not packed but a nice size crowd

Jul 01, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Best Beef Dip Style Sandwich in Los Angeles (Long-ish)

On a recent "Emeril Originals" program he visited Philipe's. The owner showed him how Elias Barajas has been making this mustard since 1967. All it was was paprika, salt, "mustard powder" (didn't identify it as Colemans) white vinegar and what looked like a little cream or milk. That was what they showed
It's kind of like Cassell's where most people thought the potato salad was made with horse radish but it wasn't, it was made with mustard powder.
My vote for the best beef dip has to go with Houston's with their wonderful french fries. We have been going to Philipe's since the early 50's when the dips were 55 cents. I don't see much change in them although some other old timers think they were bigger and better then. I don't agree but to each his own

Jul 01, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

El Tepeyac #2 Coming Soon...

Is it in the old Camacho's location?

Jul 01, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Pizza in Montebello

You're right rickym13, even Red Devil was good. I would take Petrillos over Rio's as well. We've been going to Petrillos forever but now that Joe's is closer and we like it just as well, it's our go to place. It's Rio's only when it's more convenient.

May 10, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Pizza in Montebello

Not in my opinion. I think Joe's is so much fresher.

May 07, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Pizza in Montebello

Just across the street from Bollini's and down the block south is Joe's pizza. We like it a lot. I think it's the kind of pizza that would definitely appeal to kids too.

May 07, 2011
Neta in Los Angeles Area

Best Ice Cream Brand

I ditto that. I've always said this is what vanilla ice cream used to taste like in the 50's. And the price is right too. I've more recently been buying the no sugar added variety and it is equally delicious. I don't even look at the other brands anymore

May 04, 2011
Neta in General Topics

Help me choose a new low carb cookbook

I have many low carb cookbooks but I think the one that would be what you are looking for would be
The Low Carb Gourmet by Karen Barnaby. She has 3 spaghetti squash recipes that sound good. It's as the title says, lots of "gourmet" but simple type recipes. Another that has amazing lc recipes is The Ultimate Low Carb Diet Cookbook by Donna Pliner Rodnitzky. Her recipes are clean, fresh and very good.

Apr 30, 2011
Neta in Home Cooking

Spaghetti Squash as a low carb alternative

Where do you find liquid sucralose? I haven't looked recently but was unable to find in the U.S.

Apr 24, 2011
Neta in Home Cooking

Any sugar-free/fat-free taste as good as the real thing?

Diet Rite cola and cherry cola, Barq's diet root beer, Dove and Hersey's sugar free candy, York peppermint patties, sugar free.

Apr 20, 2011
Neta in General Topics

Spaghetti Squash as a low carb alternative

Thank you for this info. Eventhough this is a very once in a while treat, I'll take it to heart. I have tested for the dawn phenonmenon which I did at several different times. My result was negative for dp. The best way I think to deal with carb problems is to limit the daily intake to what the medical profession recommends. So, I will play with the spaghetti squash recommendations when the mood strikes. Sorry to go off track.

Apr 20, 2011
Neta in Home Cooking

Spaghetti Squash as a low carb alternative

Sorry, I thought the word "alternative" could mean there are others than spaghetti squash. Dreamfields has 5 grams of digestible carbs For myself, when I do indulge, I don't notice any big glucose spike. It works better than the whole wheat pastas for me and taste a helluva lot better. I'll bow out and let the spaghetti squasher continue with their subject mcf!

Apr 20, 2011
Neta in Home Cooking

Sugar free options

Sam' Club (also Wal Mart) have a delicious selection of flavored waters. The golden peach taste as if you're biting into a fresh peach. The best part is they are very reasonably priced.

Apr 20, 2011
Neta in General Topics

Sugar free options

Are there any other people out there that wish places such as theaters, restaurants etc would offer more selections for people with sugar restrictions in their diets? I do not care especially for diet coke or diet pepsi and sometimes need to avoid the caffeine altogerther but don't have that option. I sent an e-mail to one of our local movie theaters and suggested that they might want to offer a little more sugar free options then I wouldn't have to "sneak" in my own drink. The next time we went to see a movie they had added diet Dr. Pepper. It was a start but in this day of so many people being unfortunate enough to have diabetes, you would think that people that offer food and drink selections would be a little more up on these needs. I am not necessarily a soft drink or a candy addict but do like this little indulgence now and then when we do go out.

Apr 19, 2011
Neta in General Topics

Spaghetti Squash as a low carb alternative

I don't know how limited your carb intake is daily but as a couple of other alternatives to high carb pastas, there is Dreamfields spaghetti, penne, linguine and others. They are all about 4 to 5 carbs per serving. Then there are the shitaki noodles which I think (not certain) are carb free or almost. They are a much softer noodle and no bite to them but they can substitute okay in say a stir fry.

Apr 19, 2011
Neta in Home Cooking

Watermelon Rinds and why would anyone think they're good?

We're still here 40 years later !!!

Apr 15, 2011
Neta in Home Cooking