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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

These are awesome! I'm not a regular TJ shopper. in fact, I rarely go. But i had to go back for of these. Yum!

Apr 22, 2014
ITry in Chains

Crusty German Bread

check this link out at the Fresh Loaf, I think it's what you're looking for.

Apr 02, 2013
ITry in Home Cooking

Lunch near Riverside National Cemetary

I live close to RNC too. It's pretty sad when the best we can do is recommend IHOP. There's a couple of place up by Washington and Van Buren, Crem De La Crem Bakery, the sandwich shop next door ( I forgot the name) has some tasty Onion Rings. There's a Sushi (I don't recall it's name either) place in the little shopping center on the corner of Wood and Van Buren thats fairly decent.
I love Mexican food, though I'm not a fan of the Mexican Kitchen or of Anchos. For a great burger try Johnny's Burgers on the corner of Madison and Indiana, next to the 91.
I guess I need to try IHOP again, it's been a few years. :)

Nov 05, 2012
ITry in California

What Happens If You Love Pasta But Can't Eat Carbs?

Dreamfields pasta works for me.

Aug 17, 2012
ITry in Features

Is It Finally Cool to Like the Frugal Gourmet?

I still have my original hardback FG cookbook. He got me interested in cooking. It has good recipes in it. IIRC, when all that came about, he was getting kinda long in tooth. He had his merchandising deals and he was all over the place. Too bad he was a pervert.

Oct 27, 2011
ITry in Features

No Reservations: US Desert

I love the El Bulli episode too! It's pretty bad when my favorite part of the show was the car. I live in the area and know where he was. He definitely was not in the high desert as he kept on referring to it. He was in the low desert. Overall, it was boring. I didn't watch it. Desert dwellers are some strange folks.

Aug 12, 2011
ITry in Food Media & News

Bread making -- total beginner! Where do I start?

I feel your pain. All I wanted was a homemade bread that could come close to my mother-inlaw's bread. I found a recipe that I can actually get consistently good results form. Even my mother-inlaw approves! :) It's very easy. It's on the King Arthur Flour website, here's the link.

You have to try this recipe, it's awesome!


May 26, 2011
ITry in Home Cooking

Best Sandwhich in Orange County?

Sorry, I cannot agree with you. Their ham is ok. Nothing to write home about. I had one of their Cuban's a couple of months ago and it was entirely forgettable.
Plus, your post reads like an advertisement.

May 23, 2011
ITry in Los Angeles Area

What are your favorite dives and cheap eats WORTH THE DRIVE?

I would take a pass on El Abajeno. I used to love and recommend it. I took my wife and MIL last wednesday. It was crap. The oil that they used to cook the flautas was many days old. None of us wanted to eat even one. Their gaucamole is not guacamole. It's that running snot looking stuff that's made from a powder. Carl's Jr has better guac and that's not saying much. The cheese (I assume it was cheese) on top of the refried beans had that tart, bad cheese flavor. My Carne Asada burrito did not have carne asada inside it. It was some cheap shredded beef that was also old. The menu says it's steak...well, it's not chicken. I guess it might have been a steak at some point long ago...
I live in the IE, much better food out here. I had no idea that the food at El Abajeno had lost so much of it's quality. We were there on 3/31 at 1:30pm. No one was in there except for us and a couiple of other diners. It was a ghost town. What a waste of time and money. Thankfully, Randy's Donuts didn't disappoint!

Randy's Donuts
805 West Manchester Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301

El Abajeno
4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

Apr 01, 2011
ITry in Los Angeles Area

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

I do! Gotta admit though, Del Taco had a superior egg and bean burrito...

Mar 13, 2011
ITry in Chains

Where can I find the world's best burrito?


Mar 13, 2011
ITry in Los Angeles Area

When Loved Ones Don't Eat Organic

Dear Ms. 17, your desire to put only the best food before your old aunts is laudable. Keep in mind, as much as you hate to, you're still 17. While you presently have the knowledge and the excitement that goes with this new found knowledge, you need to temper it with the wisdom and maturity that only comes with age... Be patient with your old aunts and love them. They might even have something to teach you...maybe not, 'cause you're 17.

Jan 12, 2011
ITry in Features

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Does any one remember Taco Del Amo in the Del Amo Fashion Square? Were they Taco Bell with a slightly different name?

Dec 11, 2010
ITry in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Finally! Someone other than myself noticed the change! I noticed that they went to flour tortillas that I can only describe as rubbery. Prior to that, they were, for lack of a better way to phrase it, dryer. I preferred the older style. I'm thinking that they went to vegie oil in those, like as has been previously mentioned in their taco meat.

Dec 11, 2010
ITry in Chains

Design Your Own Terrible Cereal

"Woe betide"? LOL I'm going to have to use that today!

Nov 29, 2010
ITry in Features

new fries at Wendy's! (moved from Ontario board)


Nov 11, 2010
ITry in Chains

Introducing CHOW's iPhone App: The Thanksgiving Dinner Coach

I'd be interested if there were an Android version.

Nov 11, 2010
ITry in Features

What obscure recipe book do you have and love?

No blog..Cooks Source will just steal it..

Nov 09, 2010
ITry in Home Cooking

Did anyone see the glazed donut burger with bacon and fried egg?


Sep 17, 2010
ITry in Food Media & News

Cookbooks you shouldn't have purchased...which books just didn't work for you?

I still have my hard cover edition of The Frugal Gourmet. It was my first cookbook that I bought in my mid twenties when I finally got a place of my own with no room-mates. He was on PBS at the time. I made a bunch of his recipes. I loved his cheesecake recipe! It was so easy and it tasted pretty dang good too! I keep it now for sentimental reasons.

Sep 17, 2010
ITry in Home Cooking

Is It Wrong to Yell "Hey, Amigo"?

Is yelling what amounts to "hey you!" in a restaurant ever recommended? Maybe a quiet "Ola, Amigo" would be best.

Sep 16, 2010
ITry in Features

Does anyone like M&M Pretzel?

I do. I guess I'm the only one who does.

Sep 14, 2010
ITry in General Topics

Is there a Food Network show called Meat and Potatoes?

Yep it's a real show. I saw an ad for it last night. It's a show about a guy who's a glutton, touring the country and eating more than is necessary. IMHO

Sep 12, 2010
ITry in Food Media & News

Best Guy-Friendly Dessert?

Being a man, I wholeheartedly agree with Breadcrumbs. I personally don't have a very discriminating palate, so I would reverse the list, putting chocolate chunk cookies on top, then ice cream, then the pies and cobbler.
As I think about it, a barbecued dessert would peak my culinary interest over the aforementioned items. Including individual interactivity with the grill would be a plus all around. It' would keep us outside where we could be men and talk football or whatever and the woemn could be inside doing whatever it is that women do at those types of functions.

Sep 10, 2010
ITry in Home Cooking

Can L.A. Area Pitmasters Bring Credibility to "BBQ Pitmasters" On TLC

While I haven't seen the episode yet. I want to. I've been following Big Mistah and Prof. Salt on line for years. I totally agree about the Kingsford award. To me, this season, this show is all about product placement.

Sep 03, 2010
ITry in Food Media & News

Can L.A. Area Pitmasters Bring Credibility to "BBQ Pitmasters" On TLC

I agree. It would be nice for locals to be on the show for those who still watch it.
I was completely surprised by the shift in format. It's not for me anymore.

Sep 02, 2010
ITry in Food Media & News

Tacqueria in LA that makes tortillas on the spot like La Super Rica in SB?

Well that can't be good. It seems like it would ruin the tortilla. Is it for flavor or to keep it moist?

Sep 01, 2010
ITry in Los Angeles Area

Down Home with the Neeleys

It's entertaining. The only negative is Pat's laugh creeps me out. That hehehehe just creeps me out. But that's my issue. Ok two negative things. The way that the Neeley's are promoted, it makes them sound as if they're the only Neeley in town. His uncle, Jim Neeley who runs the famously delicious Interstate BBQ, taught him how to cook. Again, these are my own personal gripes. Other than that, they're fun to watch!

Aug 30, 2010
ITry in Food Media & News

Five Guys Burgers & Fries Opens in Cerritos

I went to the Cerritos location last Weds. My first time to Five Guys. My wife and I both liked it more than In-N-Out. My wife love's In-N-Out fries, but hates the buns. She like the buns at Five Guys, which I thought was amusing, considering that judging by the bags under the work station, they use Smart and Final's First Street crap!

Aug 23, 2010
ITry in Los Angeles Area

Sprouts in Pasadena Aug. 4

That's the experience my wife and I had at Henry's in Rancho Bernardo about a month ago. We bought the same things that you bought at Sprouts and were disappointed when we got home. Having said that, we love love love our Sprouts in Riverside. It's got the food we like, it's not crowded with the strangely pushy crowd that seems to gravitate towards TJ's. It's like 60 miles closer to us than Bristol Farms.

Aug 19, 2010
ITry in Los Angeles Area