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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

Yeah, my TJ's in Eagle Rock, CA had a bunch (on sale @ $1.99!), then next week they were gone. I think they were just clearing them out.

1 day ago
annagranfors in Chains

How do you like your tacos...crunchy or soft?

Interesting article that bears out what I suspected...although a couple of Texan restaurants could lay claim to inventing the crispy corn shell, it was popularized by Taco Bell:

http://www.thekitchn.com/100-american...

...and then all our moms found Schilling's Taco Seasoning, new ready-to-eat taco shells and basically aped that formula. I know mine did, and hasn't had an authentic Mexican taco to this day. I enthuse about the wonders I've found on every taco truck here in Los Angeles, but she turns her nose up at the thought of a "taco" not made of ground beef, seasoning, cheese, lettuce and tomatos.

See also the linked article at the first one, the SF Weekly's "Where Did Crispy Tacos Come From?":

http://www.sfweekly.com/foodie/2011/0...

Every mom's favorite cookbook, The Joy Of Cooking, seems to have had some influence, too, though their recipe varies from the lettuce/tomato/cheese/ground beef version. (A "can" of tortillas...? Weird!)

Jan 22, 2015
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

I'd be content if they could just manage to sell the cheese curds–for being frozen, they weren't bad–they *did* have the squeak that a good poutine requires, although they were a little on the salty side. I could do the gravy myself and buy far better fries at the burger joint down the street...et voila!

(I should add that I just let them defrost in the fridge, as opposed to boiling them.)

Jan 13, 2015
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Progresso Chili...opinions?

Querencia, thanks for the comment, which makes perfect sense...if you OWN a slow cooker. I don't, at present.

I'm hoping to retire in three years or so, at which point, if $$$ allows, I may buy a few kitchen necessities (a slow cooker would probably be one) and explore at least a few of the culinary arts.

But thanks for the encouragement. :)

Jan 03, 2015
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Trader Joe's Frozen Poutine discontinued?

It's possible. I seem to recall other people mentioning it as costing $4.99, but the last few batches at my local (Eagle Rock, CA) TJ's were going for $1.99...clearing out the stock, maybe...?

Dec 31, 2014
annagranfors in Chains

Progresso Chili...opinions?

Thanks, all, for the comments!

Believe me, I *will* make homemade chili again–my work schedule currently prohibits anything that I can't throw in the microwave.

And I did buy a can of every Texan's fave, Wolf Brand (spicy with beans) yesterday...though sueatmo, you may want to stay away from it, since its sodium content is even higher than Progresso's. Hoping it's good...I've only ever been to Austin, TX, but the resto food was fairly amazing there.

Dec 31, 2014
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Progresso Chili...opinions?

I bit the bullet and gave the Smokehouse version a try...it's not half bad, but it's not great, either (ie., homemade). On the plus side, it's much better than any of the canned chilis available at my local Vons (Eagle Rock, CA), but that's not saying much...anything Hormel makes is inedible, likewise Dennison's, and my former go-to (though again, far from great), Stagg's, has really gone down the tubes. I think they had Bush's, and if I recall, yechh again.

I think I recall them having Wolf Brand, but passed on it thinking it'd be much the same–since then, I've seen quite a few posts here that rate it highly...might give that a try next time.

Basic review–as I said, not half bad–actual tomatoes, good beans, meats (beef and pork) fairly tasty, but a little soupy all in all...not surprising, given its provenance. (I'd added cheese and onions, as I normally would, but a bite from the side of the bowl sans additives wasn't bad.) Would I get it again? Um, maybe, if the price comes down, but even Wal-Mart has it listed at $3.88, so I'm going to guess that $4.50's about what most stores will be selling it for.

But if Vons has it, I'll try Wolf Brand first.

Thanks for the responses!

Dec 30, 2014
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Progresso Chili...opinions?

BouquiGarnet–I know it's easy to make, but believe me when I say I don't have the time.

Anyone actually tried the Progresso? Thanks in advance...

Dec 29, 2014
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Progresso Chili...opinions?

I like some (not all) of Progresso's soups, but looked at the top shelf above the soups in my local supermarket, and saw that Progresso's now making chili (two varieties; one "southwest-style" white chili with chicken and the other "smokehouse" beef and pork). Even on sale ($4.50 if memory serves), it's a bit pricy, even though it's 20 oz. and comes in a pouch "for added freshness".

Anybody here been there/eaten it (either variety)? What'd you think? (I can't find a canned chili that's edible any more, and don't have the time to make it from scratch.)

Dec 28, 2014
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McDonald's Burgers Ranked Worst in the U.S. - Cutting Menu Items

It was mentioned upstream, but just when I think I've finally had my last McAnything, they advertised the Jalapeno Double...and since there's a McD's two blocks away from my house, I decided to try it on the way home as a late night snack.

I've gone back for probably five more. I don't know if it's my love of jalapenos, or possibly the way they kind of disguise the basic McBurger taste, but I'm fond of 'em. Besides the basic jalapeno, they have "crispy" jalapenos (new one on me), a slice of white cheddar cheese product, and a ranch sauce.

Are they good for me? Undoubtedly not. Will I go back for more? Erm...yeah, probably.

Dec 17, 2014
annagranfors in Chains

Organix in Eagle Rock - Groceries, Vegan Sandiwiches, and Such

I guess I'm posting a response because I can't stand looking at the "0" responses any more...

I'm not a vegan by any stretch, but I get Chinese takeout at the Green Dragon next door on a regular basis, and I always feel sorry for this little store. It looks immaculate, well-stocked, and, well, deserted every time I look at it. Maybe I'm being hypersensitive, but every time I see the owner (or employees), they just seem disheartened beyond belief.

I think I'm going to have to pay the deli a visit, and hope that my fellow Eagle Rock residents do, too. I'm not ignoring the claim made by the OP that the grocery's painfully expensive, but it saddens me to see an obvious labor of love so undershopped. Eagle Rock needs exactly this kind of diversity.

The Wien Truck or The Wiener Factory, anyone happen to have any scoop on whether or not it might just possibly be returning ??????????????????

Kevin was a doll. I used to work at WB TV Animation (just down the road), and would go at least twice a week for the chili cheese dogs. After I'd gotten to know him, Sher, and the rest of the crew, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that he'd put *two* dogs in the same bun, and continued to do so–gratis–until they closed.

There's not a hot dog joint extant that comes remotely close to the glory that was the Wiener Factory. (Yeah, yeah, Fab's...for twice as much $$ and they *still* don't come close.)

Nov 03, 2014
annagranfors in Los Angeles Area

The Wien Truck or The Wiener Factory, anyone happen to have any scoop on whether or not it might just possibly be returning ??????????????????

...pleasepleaseplease *someone* post something hopeful...!

Nov 03, 2014
annagranfors in Los Angeles Area

vegetarian poutine

...so I went by my local Trader Joe's today, planning to buy some poutine and substitute the Oinkster fries, but *sob* they were out of stock. One of their guys checked on the computer for me, though, and said that they also have a vegetarian poutine–which they were out of stock on as well, dammit. (I was going to go buy some gravy at the local supermarket, and throw everything away except the cheese curds.)

So, Krjess...you might want to check your local Trader Joe's to see if they have it in stock!

vegetarian poutine

...oh, and btw–the man I spoke with at P'tit Soleil said that their "Poutine Christine" *does* have some beef stock in the gravy, so that's out.

vegetarian poutine

Spoke with P'tit Soleil, who said that they DO serve a vegetarian version–a tomato sauce with ratatouille. Again, I still have no idea as to the squeak factor.

TheOffalo's comment isn't the first I've seen to have testified for the Trader Joe's version...although the gravy would undoubtedly NOT be vegetarian, and I'd probably swap out the fries for some fresh ones of your choice. (Since I live in Eagle Rock, I should go get some of the Oinkster's wonderful fries.) But if the curds squeak, that's half the battle right there...you probably know of a good vegetarian "gravy", krjess.

vegetarian poutine

I haven't been and so can't testify, but P'tit Soleil in Westwood *supposedly* has Quebec-style squeaky cheese curds, and makes one called Poutine Christine that has a cognac peppercorn sauce, with no mention of meat.

You might call them and find out if there are other vegetarian options...and please please please–if you go, let us know if the curds squeak. (The downfall of every other SoCal poutine I've tried.)

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

And (not to be a Jonathan Gold sycophant or anything), but the carnitas at Roast To Go beats all of the newbies.

But I guess the well-paid corporate-types gotta have someplace to go eat exorbitantly priced food to match their exorbitantly priced condos in The All New Downtown LA, a place none of 'em woulda been caught dead in a few scant years back. (Remember "...east of La Brea...? EWWW!")

Aug 19, 2014
annagranfors in Los Angeles Area

Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

(...keeping it a little "twisted", ie., OT...)

...and Littlefork was on my list of places to go to try and find a good poutine...but a recent internet scan of all of their menus shows that they've taken that relatively plain iteration off, and added more "artisanal" poutines instead. Grrr, arghh, as Joss Whedon would say. (Maybe they'll still make it for you if you ask nicely...?)

The only place–and I have yet to make it there, either–that has a basic poutine (albeit w/o smoked meat) is P'tit Soleil in Westwood. (I called and had a conversation with one of their staff, and when I was in the process of asking about whether their curds squeak–an essential for good poutine–she laughed and said that she was from Montreal, and the curds were the real thing.)

Apparently Redondo Beach Cafe has both smoked meat and poutine, but I haven't seen the best reviews for the place.

Aug 04, 2014
annagranfors in Los Angeles Area

What food items have you only had canned but never fresh?

Of course she didn't *make* it, dear. She had one of her frequently-fired cooks make it. :)

Jul 26, 2014
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Liquid Cocaine

This is a drink that I wouldn't touch, given the ingredients (or even the alternate version that Homero mentions).

But whoever gave the drink its name has obviously never had cocaine.

Chik-Fil-A free food today if you dress up as a cow 7/11/14

...wonder what (would've) happened if you and a friend had dressed up as a pair or lesbian cows? :)

This is definitely a whacked out sushi list but I will post the link anyhow.

Thanks for the link, Servorg. You'll have to excuse me for not being too confident in US governmental reports these days. (Please see the recent NSA controversies.)

Also, please note the date at the bottom of the document linked to: 3/18/11.

Jun 19, 2014
annagranfors in Los Angeles Area

What food items have you only had canned but never fresh?

Actually, I think the Gilmore Girls got their mom/grandma to make artisinal Beef-A-Roni in one episode... :)

Jun 18, 2014
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This is definitely a whacked out sushi list but I will post the link anyhow.

Um, yeah...saw that today. Think I'll pass. Not in the mood for "A Taste Of Fukushima". :(

Jun 18, 2014
annagranfors in Los Angeles Area

Okay, tilapia's off the menu...any recommendable substitutes?

scubadoo97–if it was fish caught off the Atlantic side of the state, I'd agree completely, but I'm not so sure about Gulf-caught fish. And even the oil wouldn't bother me so much as the Corexit that BP poured on the oil spill. Wikipedia has a lot of not-so-nice info about what that stuff did to the Gulf marine environment. (And yes, I know Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, but I've seen/heard reports from Gulf fishermen who were in agreement.)

No, Mom's not immune compromised, but I just worry about, well, a LOT of fish these days. Here on the west coast, we've had reports about some of the fish having borne the results of the Fukushima nuclear spill.

I realize that I sounded kinda bourgeois in my original post when I mentioned eating sushi at upscale sushi places to (I'm hopeful) ensure that the fish I'm eating is safe. But where I used to eat sushi at medium-to-high priced places at least a few times a month, I've only gone a few times this year to the overpriced places–but their chefs take great care in using only the best fish. I'd just like my mom to have the same alternative, at a price she can afford.

And once again, thanks all for your advice! :)

Jun 10, 2014
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Okay, tilapia's off the menu...any recommendable substitutes?

Almost the exact center of the state, south of Orlando. And I've sent her links for both this and the last tilapia thread, and she thanks you for all your suggestions, as do I.

Jun 10, 2014
annagranfors in General Topics

Okay, tilapia's off the menu...any recommendable substitutes?

I had my suspicions about it from the outset, but the thread downstream seems to confirm them, with some commenters in disagreement. I never bought it, but my 80 year old (limited budget) mom was a big fan...until I spoke with her tonight and mentioned some of the downsides listed in the aforementioned thread.

But she *loves* fish...the problem is, she lives in Florida, and years after Deepwater Horizon, I still don't think it's a good idea for her to be eating locally-sourced fish.

Anyone know of a reasonably (if not comparably) priced alternative for her? I basically just eat overpriced (but safe...I think) sushi at the better Los Angeles sushi restaurants where the chefs are extremely picky about the fish they serve, so I don't know what's on offer at the grocery stores.

She'd (and I'd) love any good suggestions! :)

Jun 08, 2014
annagranfors in General Topics

El Tique in Highland Park ??????

Kevin...are you thinking of El Pique, perhaps? (Their truck is a block west of the La Estrella truck on York.)

If so, they've varied throughout the years (they made Gold's "Counter Intelligence" book back in the day), and do some things better than others. Their tacos de carnitas are pretty wonderful at the moment, while the tacos de asada aren't all that. All of that having been said, the line of customers there is usually as long as La Estrella these days, and that wasn't the case for a long while.

BTW, the IFC show "Maron" shot at least a few scenes at El Pique. (Marc Maron, a comedian whose podcast "WTF" is essential, whereas the TV show's not so much–lives not too far away from there.)

Jun 04, 2014
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obscure indian foods

Yikes...first of all, my apologies for calling you "George", Ernie...it was a *long* day.

And thanks for the info...Pharo's is relatively close to me. I've eaten at the sushi place (the name's escaping me) kitty-corner to them a few times, and often wondered about them. And they seem to have quite a few recs for their gyros. I'll give 'em a try!

May 31, 2014
annagranfors in Los Angeles Area