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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Pickle flavored Popcorn...Not as weird as one might think.

about 22 hours ago

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2015 -- HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

+5. Get well soon.

Aug 08, 2015
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Jeanette's Edelweiss Thousand Oaks

After reading local reviews about this new restaurant my wife and I decided to see what it was all about. The restaurant is sort of hidden on the backside of a strip mall which is typical of establishments in the Conjeo Valley. Our reservation was for 6:30, we arrived on time and were seated immediately. There were folks with no reservations trying to get in but it was clear that they were honoring reservations first which I was very happy about. They had community seating in the middle and back wall bench seating around the edges of the room. The back wall with bench seating became more uncomfortable as the night wore on. They had a few pillows around but each person really needed two, one for your back and one for your tush.

I ordered the German potato pancakes as an appetizer. For dinner I ordered the Jager Schnitzel with Spätzle and German Potato Salad. My wife ordered the Bavarian Goulash with Spätzle. The pancakes (3) were good size but seemed to have a bit more filling than potato. They came with sour cream and homemade applesauce which was heavy on the cinnamon but still really tasty. My wife’s goulash was just ok overshadowed by too much salt in the dish. My Schnitzel came out a bit over cooked but the dill sauce made a big difference in helping the dryness along. Unfortunately the spätzle was not hot on either plate which was disappointing. The potato salad was great. The dish isn’t my favorite but I order it sometimes just to taste it again. Because the servings are not necessarily large we both felt hungry after dinner so we ordered Apple Strudel and Apple Dumplings. Both were delicious but doughy which might be the way it is made and I am unaware of that.

Saturday nights they have a polka band show. It was sort of fun for a while. I like quiet dinners myself and if they are going to entertain me I prefer it be with people that can sing. The singer was hoisting beers, singing German folk songs (and YMCA btw-what is that about?) and running around the room trying hard I am sure but she was just not a singer. Once we left the place we became aware just how loud it was inside the restaurant because my ears hurt.

Service was held together solely by two very hardworking guys who served, bussed tables and handled everything else that came at them. For some reason the servers (not to be confused with waitress) were not aware what food went to which tables but these guys handled themselves with 100% professionalism and calm throughout it all.

Although this wasn’t the best experience it was fun and a way to support the mom and pop establishments in my area. I will certainly return when they get all issues ironed out.

The total was $67.00 with no tip and no alcohol.

2160 Newbury Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Tel. 805.498.7300

Aug 02, 2015
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Ice Cream Cake

I see them often at Jon's Markets. I cant vouch for the quality though.

Jul 26, 2015
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Vaka Burgers Express

**ADDL-I just got a warning from my McAFee security software that website security is in question...***

Jul 24, 2015
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Watermelon Rib Sauce


Jul 22, 2015
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Watermelon Rib Sauce

I want to make watermelon sauce for ribs as I had at the HardRock Cafe many years ago. Their recipe shows

Watermelon rind from about 1/2 of a small watermelon
1 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
1/4 cup distilled vinegar
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 pounds baby back ribs

I have to guess that the corn syrup is the main thickening agent and I want to eliminate it anyways due to the high sugar content so can I skip it and add cornstarch or something else as a thickener? It's ok that I I may have to have this on the stove a while to let it cook down.

Jul 19, 2015
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Best Desserts in LA?

Anything at Carrara Pastries but especially a Frittelle which is a sort of cream puff rolled in sugar. Also try the gelato.

476 W. LA Ave, Moorpark, CA 93021
28914 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills,

Jul 12, 2015
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Seek a free quiet place to meet

Panera! We have several tutors at mine that go there and sit most of the day. They wont bug you either.

Jul 09, 2015
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Costco food court changes

Mine in (So Cal-Ventura County) has just closed for two months but they arent saying what the changes will be. Are they closing in your city and if so what changes are being made. I hear they are dropping the brisket and adding chili but that doesn't seem to warrant them closing up.

Jul 08, 2015

Simi Valley vendors

Does anyone know of food trucks, food or fruit vendors that come to Simi or Moorpark on a regular basis? I know this is a long shot but I thought I would try asking.

Happy Fathers Day to all.

Jun 21, 2015
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In search of incredible lox?

Mark, Thanks. There goes the budget...:)

Jun 20, 2015
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Kosher Burrito across from City Hall Downtown?

If it was Kosher it would not have cheese with the meat.

Jun 10, 2015
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Ventura Fish-Albacore opportunity

Hi, Just received a note from the Ventura Fish Company, essentially a fishing boat that appears at the docks with fresh fish. This time they are offering frozen whole albacore at $2.00 a pound. No typo here folks.

Here is a piece of the email.
------------------------------------------------------------------------The Ventura II fishing vessel will be docked at the Ventura Harbor selling whole frozen Albacore at the low low price of $2.00 per pound. That’s right only $2.00 per pound, and if you like, we will “steak” cut your Albacore for free. In addition to our the albacore catch, they also have plenty of FRESH fish offerings such as

FRESH Sashimi grade Ahi Tuna, whole or market cut
• FRESH Mahi-Mahi
• FRESH Opah
• FRESH Swordfish
• FRESH Shark
• FRESH Wahoo
• Smoked Ahi Tuna and Smoked Ahi Tuna Pate

When: Saturday, May 30, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
When: Sunday, May 31, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Ventura Harbor Fishing Pier, Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, California
Just follow the TUNA signs

May 22, 2015
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Bakery items that will fly - literally - across the continent (Porto's, etc.)

Beas Bakery is a Jewish style bakery in Tarzana that has tons of stuff that can be flown across the states. You can also preorder the night before and tell them how you want it packaged. If you haven't been to Beas you are missing out big time. YUMM! BTW if going to the SFV seems to be a hassle at least know that Beas is right off the freeway two blocks.

May 18, 2015
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A Master List of The Oldest Surviving LA Restaurants

Excellent list. Wow!

May 14, 2015
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LA student film in need of cheap catering/ easy food ideas!

If PORTOS happens to be convenient they have many great quality but inexpensive items available on short notice.

Haggen Stores Yea or Nay

Followup: Haggen is not working out in my community. The ads are plain and have little of interest and the prices in the stores are high. I know of nobody that is happy with this new store. The stores are very empty. My friend does merchandising for various stores and hears all negative from customers. Maybe the next phases will suprprise us all.

May 12, 2015
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Good Hamburger Buns in Los Angeles

So Does Costco and they work great for hamburgers

May 03, 2015
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Vegan Gluten Free Bakery-Simi Valley

I just received a mailer today for FEEL GOOD DESSERTS which opened up in Simi Valley. I have not been (yet) but knowing me and my love for bakeries I will be there soon and post back to the board.

2355 Tapo St#12
Open 7 days 10a-6p

May 01, 2015
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Storing butter outside of fridge

WOW...I started this thread and it has gone it's course for sure. It's been very informative. Thanks everyone for taking to the time to chime in on the subject.


Apr 27, 2015
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Enterprise Fish

I cant access their wesbite-403 error. Anyone else have that problem?

Apr 23, 2015
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Famous Dave's Review

They have closed many in my area. Not long ago they failed health dept inspections repeatedly with long lists of corrections needed. On reinspections may many things were never corrected. I personally believe they didn't think it was worth correcting the problems and it was in their best interests to close up.

As far as taste, I agree the salt turned me off and I never went back either.

Apr 20, 2015

Banana Bread question

Yup. I think thats me! I overbeat. I bet that is it!
I use the amount of bananas I do as a replacement for a lot of sugar that is in most recipes and it also boosts flavor like crazy. Thanks for the information.

Apr 20, 2015
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Banana Bread question

Ever since I have been baking BB the bottom 1/8 inch comes out with a ribbon of what looks like uncooked batter which it really isnt. The specifics of my recipe that may differ with some others is I use 4-5 mushy bananas, 2 cups of flour, two eggs, baked at 350 for 60-65 minutes. I have heard that some folks melt the butter and not soften it but it makes no difference in my baking.

Any ideas for me?

Apr 20, 2015
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A New Brunch spot in Granada Hills,CA: Belgium Waffle Haus

Even if it was a plug which happens around here sometimes it was done with taste and got me interested. My wife is a Belgian Waffle fiend.

Apr 20, 2015
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Onion and Garlic Powder Question

Thanks everyone. You made my CH day. I feel vindicated that I made the same mistake as someone else. Another perk for CH!

Apr 20, 2015
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Onion and Garlic Powder Question

I usually buy mine from Costco but they were out so I bought a different brand from Smart and Final. The problem is that it is powder and not granulated and I have no idea how to make it work. It doesnt shake out of the bottle easily and it clumps together on the food I am seasoning. Is this type of seasoning not for seasoning meats and poultry and used for inside foods like soups and stews etc.? Is it used as a part of a spice blend maybe?

I am so confused!!!

Apr 19, 2015
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Buying Wild, good quality, Seafood? Los Angeles? Farmers Markets? Tips?

I didn't know they were selling today. I got an email saying they will be open next weekend 4/25 and 4/26. BTW, they are coming in with FRESH FISH this trip.
I am finally going!!!

Here is part of that email.

Weekend of April 25-26, 2015
The selection includes:
Fresh Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna, whole or filleted
Fresh Opah
Fresh Mahi Mahi
Fresh Wahoo
Smoked Ahi Tuna Belly and Smoked Ahi Pate

If you purchase whole fish we fillet for free while you wait. And while you wait, enjoy the entertainment provided by our crew as they perform the filet process right on the deck of The Ventura II. Then ask our helpful staff for cooking suggestions -- we love to talk recipes and have several favorites printed for you to take home to perform your very own fish concerto.

When: Saturday, April 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
When: Sunday, April 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Ventura Harbor Fishing Pier, Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, California

Just follow the TUNA signs
We are the Ventura Fish Company, and if you have never joined us for a Saturday/Sunday fresh fish market you are missing out on a unique experience. An experience even better shared with friends and family. Make it a point. Make it a date. We offer a fresh product that cannot be found anywhere else in California. That’s right, nowhere else in California. Right here in Ventura Harbor, accompanied by the actual crew that caught it, we sell our long-line fresh Ahi Tuna, Opah, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo and other seasonal fish right off our boat the Ventura II direct to you.
Please note the line for whole fish is to the left, closest to the dock edge, while the line for filets is to the right, closest to the tents.
Both Cash and Credit Card Accepted.
Questions? Email:
Keep in touch with us on Facebook.

Apr 18, 2015
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Vinegar in cooking potatoes

Thanks everyone once again. I aim to perfect my recipe for home fries. This place makes the best.

Apr 15, 2015
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