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CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

CNN has long since been a reputable source for anything informative in any capacity. The poor network should be put out of its misery. Unfortunately, the same can be said of every other corporate "news" channel currently broadcasting.

Just watch or listen to Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! program–the only real televised (or video-streamed) news that's worth a damn. Unfortunately, Amy doesn't do the food beat, but that's why we all come here, right? :)

about 7 hours ago
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Dominos' pizza making pizza with a fried chicken crust

...um–the item ("Specialty Chicken") isn't exactly a pizza, just kind of chicken fingers topped with various condiments. (Watch the video.)

Apr 14, 2014
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Groups Asking Congress To Make FDA Test Food For Radiation

Wow...no replies to an issue that deserves hundreds.

Seems kinda par for the course though, these days. The average US citizen doesn't much care about regulation (of all sorts), climate change, rampant NSA abuses (and yes, they knew about Heartbleed for two years before you heard about it this week–IF you heard about it at all) and a plutocracy that's replaced democracy. What was it that Benjamin Franklin said when asked about a brand spanking new US..."(you have) a republic...if you can keep it." Unfortunately, we're far too concerned with social networking and the latest iPhone or XBox to worry about trivial things like safe food. "Mission Dumbed Down" successful...we're amusing ourselves to death.

And I say this as someone who would love to have foods that we could feel safe eating...but I'm on the verge of giving up. We get what we're given, and probably what we deserve. And that makes me outraged, beyond sad, and depressed beyond belief.

This is the way empires end. Except this time, we're going to drag the whole world down with us.

But, hey...I heard a rumor that the McRib's coming back soon! Nom nom!

Apr 13, 2014
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Wow, Bone In Ham is showing up at 99 cents/lb!!

Better stock up now...!

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/05...

(The source of the story is Agence France-Presse, one of the most respected news organizations in the world.)

Apr 05, 2014
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How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

I think it was about the time that the Supreme Court decided the election in 2000 that I decided "as much as I want, whenever I want" (except before/when driving or at work). Mostly beer, though, since around the time our current POTUS proved to be basically the same thing in different packaging (and with pretty words!) that I discovered that I was suffering from hyperanxiety, and was prescribed 20 mg. of Valium/day, and found that anything stronger led to falling down/fainting a lot. God, I miss Lagavulin...!

Apr 05, 2014
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Wow, Bone In Ham is showing up at 99 cents/lb!!

coll, I was commenting on the price and process only, though I don't find pork as a rule to be as tasty as it once was.

You'll find me at one of the many superlative Los Angeles taco trucks happily chowing down on tacos de carnitas or pastor at least a few times a month. Or enjoying Applewood smoked bacon at a restaurant breakfast.

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I *am* disheartened by the treatment of livestock in general, but am not rich enough by any means to buy free-range meats, and don't foresee myself becoming vegan.

But if you ever take a trip from LA to San Francisco on the I-5, about halfway there, you'll find a factory farm that many Californians callously refer to as "Cowschwitz". Actually, you'll smell it first, and then on the east side of the freeway, you'll see thousands of poorly treated cows cramped and miserable. It *will* put you off your beef for a while.

Apr 04, 2014
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Wow, Bone In Ham is showing up at 99 cents/lb!!

Um, yeah. They've ceased a long time ago. Unfortunately, the reason you can get that for 99¢/lb. is because factory farming, where the poor animals are mistreated from birth until death, has become the norm. Oh, and don't get me started on FDA regulation. There IS none, for all intents and purposes.

Sorry to be the turd in the punchbowl, but do some investigation into US livestock production. Google's your friend, there...

Apr 04, 2014
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Anyone know who/what will replace Tom Bergin's?

Thanks! Hadn't heard of Littlefork, but will try them soon! (Redondo Beach is too much of a drive, but thanks anyway, moreplease. And I'll have to look up Soleil, Kevin.)

Apr 04, 2014
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Anyone know who/what will replace Tom Bergin's?

Um, whatever that might be, poutine it's not. Irish cheddar's no match for cheese curds.

The Canadian Cafe (?) that used to be somewhat east of Sierra Madre made a good poutine. Not *great*, mind you, but an honest version. Alas, they've been gone for at least five years. The "artisanal" poutine thingies that've been showing up around town just don't cut it...sigh...

Apr 02, 2014
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Chick-fil-A kickin' the Colonels butt

In the end, Chick-Fil-A just isn't all that. Fast food chicken sandwich with nothing to especially recommend it.

But even if it was great, I'm tired of homophobes, and wouldn't give 'em my money.

And KFC's gone so far downhill that I'm never eating there again. Shame, as they used to be good...about 40-50 years ago.

Apr 01, 2014
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The WF turkey dogs or even the now also defunct Wien Truck turkey dogs, anywhere to still get those ?????

Sorry, kevin...I tend to get passionate about things like this...we all loved WF, a true chowhound's kind of place, and I suppose I'll always be bitter that it's gone. (As with so many other places that should still be around.)

But my apologies for making you depressed.

Mar 18, 2014
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The WF turkey dogs or even the now also defunct Wien Truck turkey dogs, anywhere to still get those ?????

1) I was going to amend my response by saying that the property owner who kicked WF out to bring Pinkberry (then ubiquitous and the very definition of overrated) in is actually the one who still owes the karmic debt.

2) I loved WF and loathed (betcha couldn't tell) Pinkberry, so I was kind of comically stretching the point. Although there's nothing comical about a homeless man being beaten by a billionaire's tire iron.

3) To expand on both points, WF was greatly loved by its patrons, and shouldn't have been done dirt by the property owner in favor of the latest in a long series of Flavors Of The Month, which seems to have lost much of *its* patronage. Call me old-fashioned, but WF was almost worthy of landmark status, and the city should have stepped in to prevent a historic little restaurant (remember the cartoon wall?) from being demolished, especially when Pinkberry could've taken over one of a thousand nearby locations that nobody cared about.

Los Angeles (and its surrounding areas) doesn't much seem to care about its history...witness all of the googie-style restaurants torn down to make way for AutoZone stores.

Mar 14, 2014
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The WF turkey dogs or even the now also defunct Wien Truck turkey dogs, anywhere to still get those ?????

Try Google News. It's there. Although the quote I used in the comment pretty much tells the tale.

Mar 14, 2014
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The WF turkey dogs or even the now also defunct Wien Truck turkey dogs, anywhere to still get those ?????

Never believed in karma, until today...the Wiener Factory, you'll remember, was kicked out by the property owner, who leased it to Pinkberry (like we needed another). I can't remember if they ever even opened there–I didn't have the stomach to drive by.

But I just saw a news item today–Google "Pinkberry yogurt chain co-founder gets seven-year prison sentence for beating homeless man". That's all I'm saying. (The homeless man, although badly injured, survived.) Karma's real, and it's a *bitch*.

Mar 14, 2014
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Who still drinks soda?

Oddly, a lot of people mention drinking diet soda...that was when I *quit* drinking soda, for the most part.

I'd (kinda) gotten used to diet soda with saccharine, but aspartame came to town, and after a half can of Diet Coke, I had something approaching a migraine. Tried again; same results.

Hi. I'm Anna. I'm a phenylketonuric. ANYTHING with aspartame gives me a migrainish headache. (Which really pissed me off when I found out that even "regular" sugared gum now features aspartame as an additional sweetener. (Also, aspartame appears to not be the best thing to put in your body...Google it...)

So (harrumph), back to the subject at hand...I'll still have an occasional soda *with sugar*. (Jarritos or Mexican Coke and tacos...nom nom!) And GOD how I wish someone would replicate the original A&W root beer and Vernor's Ginger Ale, without the HFCS. But especially the A&W. I'd pay double.

Mar 14, 2014
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Ground Beef Prices

Sorry, folks. We screwed the pooch. This is the new normal.

We could probably put up all the solar panels and wind farms and other alternative energy sources that we should've years ago, but the planet's had quite enough of us, thank you.

This is where all the fun begins. Oh, and remember to thank The Masters Of The Universe, our friends on Wall Street, when dogs, cats and pigeons are on the menu. Horse meat? No longer a scandal, but a delicacy!

Sigh.

Feb 25, 2014
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Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

"Je ne sais quoi", dude.

Close, but no burrito. And Proust and his madeleines would frown disapprovingly. :)

Feb 13, 2014
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What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

The Sri Lanka Curry House on Fountain and Highland (1980s). God, they were wonderful, and lovely people too.

And another vote for Wiener Factory–I stood behind Dick Clark at the old Burbank location once–but the Ventura Blvd. was the best, and one more for Jay's Jayburger.

And lastly, though it was hardly a restaurant, the taco truck that used to be on 3rd and Witmer ca. 1980–1983...never had better carne asada in my life. The asada torta was PERFECT.

Feb 06, 2014
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The Gutter Cafe (in Mr. T's bowl) does anyone remember it ? And have the girls resurfaced anywhere ????

Remember it well, at least for breakfast on the weekends, which were wonderful and inexpensive.

I'll be watching this thread to see if anyone knows where the women went, because unfortunately, I don't...

Jan 29, 2014
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Homestate = Texas Frito Pie and more

Would love to know if they serve their breakfast menu all day, but calling them, I just got a message as to location and hours. If anyone knows, please pass it along! Thanks in advance!

Jan 18, 2014
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The WF turkey dogs or even the now also defunct Wien Truck turkey dogs, anywhere to still get those ?????

Ya know, someone needs to put together a Kickstarter to get Wiener Factory open again. *I'd* kick in. Never found a better chili cheese dog, and they were so sweet, they started putting an extra dog in mine for free.

Jan 16, 2014
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I love to cook from scratch but every now and then I can't resist...(insert name of convenience food here)

Even though I've dabbled with JITB tacos (and liked 'em), you have to ask yourself if something is "cheaper than food", then it's probably suspect somewhere along the ingredient chain.

"Cheaper than food", BTW, is the motto of my favorite burger joint ever, Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burgers in Ann Arbor. They, however, sold nothing for $1, except for the drinks. The burgers started at around $3, and were very obviously made from good ingredients. (The restaurant is currently without a home, as the voracious U of M bought the property on which what should have been classified a landmark to create post-grad student housing. They're determined to reopen, and I'll be there when they do.)

Jan 11, 2014
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Foods you wish the big 'fast-food' drive-through would offer.

POUTINE.

I have NO idea which of the chains could pull it off, but they seem to do it easily in Canada. I suppose it's the cheese curds that'd be the hardest thing for a chain to do *well*.

Still haven't tried TJ's version, but it's getting good reviews. But it'd be nice to have SOME chain down here do it better than adequately, served hot and fresh.

Jan 06, 2014
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How much choice do we really have?

It's a fascinating but unsurprising read, and lamentable.

But you can extend the same modus operandi out to almost any industry now, unfortunately...

...*sigh*...

Dec 30, 2013
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Trader Joe's Now Sells Poutine!

Um, if you're referring to the "Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013":

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926238

...*I* can't find any discussion of it. (Or maybe I'm trusting my iMac's "find" function too much...but a cursory glance up and down the page yielded nothing, either.

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The Serious Eats folks seem pretty fond of it, with a few exceptions...if my Eagle Rock, CA store has it, I'm grabbing some next time.

Dec 18, 2013
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Looking to stock the freezer with frozen Trader Joe's items.

+1 on the Mac and Cheese–without a doubt the best frozen version I've had.

And I'm always surprised that the Butter Chicken doesn't get much love...the Tikka Masala's good, but the Butter Chicken's just that little bit better, IMHO.

Dec 13, 2013
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Taco Bell vs Del Taco

When I lived in Hollywood in the 80s, I used to go to the Naugles on Santa Monica and Highland all the time. (I worked at a photo lab three blocks away, and lived three blocks south of Naugles.)

They weren't great, good plus at best, but compared to the Pink Slime chains we've got on offer these days, they were haute cuisine.

If one magically materialized close by, I'd be there in a heartbeat. (The arteries connected to said heart would be hardening with every bite. Would I care? Nope.)

Dec 10, 2013
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Naked Body Sushi

Sorry, kevin, but there's absolutely no reason for it, unless you want to pretend that you're having a grand time while Rome burns.

There are many wonderful sushi restaurants in LA, and far more places where "eye candy" can be seen. The sushi will be better at the aforementioned wonderful sushi restaurants, too.

Nov 04, 2013
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How do you watch your figure?

With increasing dismay. I figure that in years to come, a combination of lack of edible food and climate change will melt the pounds away (and then some) anyway, so why not gorge while I have the chance?

Wish I could say I was kidding... :(

Oct 28, 2013
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So McDonald's is replacing Heinz as its ketchup source ...

ipse...I read about this in a post elsewhere:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/25...

...but McD's hasn't used Heinz in LA for years now. According to the article, only two major markets in the US (Pittsburgh and Minneapolis) were still using it.

As long as Heinz keeps making Baked Beanz in the UK, I'm cool. (The great British standard, Heinz beans on toast, can't seem to gain a foothold here...it should, but you *have* to use UK Heinz–any US substitute renders it inedible.)

Oct 26, 2013
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