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Mexican restaurants in Dallas years ago (1960s-70s)

I grew up in east Dallas and there was an El Chico Mexican restaurant in Lakewood not far from us. We used to go there some. My mother and I Iiked Tex-Mex and my father didn't mind going there because they had good fried oysters in season and, otherwise, the fried chicken was pretty good. Is it still there?

My mother worked near, but not right in downtown Dallas. Sometimes we would meet for lunch at an El Fenix restaurant. It was close enough she could go there on her lunch hour. I think this was their original location and had handmade tortillas. I remember a dish I particularly liked called Shrimp Veracruz.

Is Spicy & Tasty still good?

I took a taxi to Spicy and Tasty last night after I arrived at my hotel and got some food to take back to my room. I had dumplings in red chile sauce, noodles with meat sauce and sliced pork with fresh chile. The dumplings were pretty good. The noodles with meat sauce was bland and didn't have much flavor. I had to add soy sauce and chile-garlic sauce to make it taste better As for the sliced pork, it was very greasy. It had the Sichuan peppercorns, but not too much chile and was, frankly, a little bland for my tastes. It was like the Exxon Valdez oil spill on a plate. In fact, all of their food was greasy, but the portions were very large. I was very disappointed as I wanted to have some really good Chinese food while I was here. Where I live in Mexico is a waste for Chinese food.

Today I went to a mall on the corner of Roosevelt and some other street and found a grocery store, Sky. I got most of the items on my list to take home and since they have a deli with cooked food, got some cooked food from their deli for lunch. Overall, it was better than the food from Spicy and Tasty.

I don't know what I'll find tomorrow, but I leave early Friday morning, so I hope I can find some really good Chinese food tomorrow.

Sep 26, 2012
RevImmigrant in Outer Boroughs

German foods in Queens

Is there a German deli or a store in Queens that has a lot of German food products? I'm looking for Kuehne Senf, Semmelknoedel, Spaetzle, etc. I'm staying in East Elmhurst for 2 days.

Sep 23, 2012
RevImmigrant in Outer Boroughs

Guide to the New World Mall Food Court

Does the New World Mall have an elevator that is accessible from street-level?

Sep 23, 2012
RevImmigrant in Outer Boroughs

Is Spicy & Tasty still good?

Does the Golden Mall have an elevator?

Sep 23, 2012
RevImmigrant in Outer Boroughs

Chinese restaurant near LaGuardia Airport hotel

I will be arriving at LaGuardia Airport at 7:30 PM. My hotel is the LaGuardia Plaza. Since I will have been traveling all day and having lunch during a long layover at DFW, I will want to have something to eat, preferably not at the airport. Does anyone know of a good Sichuan or Hunan restaurant close or fairly close to this hotel? Takeout is fine as long as the food's good.

Sep 06, 2012
RevImmigrant in Outer Boroughs

What's the difference in all the "Tex" foods? [moved from Texas]

Shanagain, I live in Mexico near Guadalajara. Black beans are used more in Mexico City than in this area. Here they use flor de mayo beans or peruana beans more than black beans. Both are good, although I prefer flor de mayo.

Jun 17, 2012
RevImmigrant in General Topics

Asian and Italian restaurants in San Antonio with outdoor seating

Are there any Asian and Italian restaurants in San Antonio with outdoor seating? I prefer Chinese, Japanese, Thai and VietNamese for Asian. Greek is good too.

Jun 17, 2012
RevImmigrant in Texas

Tasting menu at Sustenio

First of all, let me say that I haven't lived in the US for 19 years and haven't spent much time there during the last 19 years, so I'm not familiar with prices. Is $85 USD for the tasting menu for one person or for a group? Could someone please explain, if it's for one person, what makes it special enough to justify that kind of price?

I will be sure to avoid this place if I go to SA in August or October.

Jun 17, 2012
RevImmigrant in Texas

Chili--Beans or no beans? [moved from Texas]

I happen to like beans in my chili. I don't care if it's PC or not. I'm eating it so I make it like I want. I do not put tomatoes or jalapenos or anything else in chili, just ground beef, beans, tomato sauce and the spices.

Jun 17, 2012
RevImmigrant in General Topics

Asian grocery stores in San Antonio

Thank you, HollyDolly. I think it was the TNK on N. New Braunfels just outside of Ft. Sam. I remember that it was close to I-35, but I haven't been to SA in many years, although I lived there in the 70s. And I didn't realize that Ft. Sam is now closed to through traffic, although I'm not surprised.

May 31, 2012
RevImmigrant in Texas

Asian grocery stores in San Antonio

There used to be an Asian grocery store near Ft Sam right off I-35. They had many different items, including dishes and cookware. Is it still there? I may be in SA this fall and want to know.

May 10, 2012
RevImmigrant in Texas

Restaurants near SF Airport

This one looks good too with food I like and they also have takeout. I will definitely put these on the list.

Restaurants near SF Airport

This one looks promising and they have takeout. The food sounds good.

Restaurants near SF Airport

Wolfe, most of the places I've been to with a smoking ban, i.e. Germany, have smoking at the outside tables. I was in San Diego last July and could smoke at the outside tables. We have a smoking ban here now too, but you can still smoke at the outside tables.

Restaurants near SF Airport

Thank you for your prompt response. Unfortunately, Sodini's Bertoluccis is closed on Monday, which is the day I will be there.

A friend, who lives in Marin County, says the SF Airport has lots of restaurants and some of them are pretty good, but I would like to avoid the airport restaurants since I smoke and don't enjoy non-smoking restaurants. f I thought I could get it past Customs, I would bring leftovers from home and eat in my room since I usually have good leftovers and I will be eating out in Asia for a month..

In Berlin and looking for Kaya (Singaporean coconut jam)

The best Asian market I found when I was there was the Vinh Loi. They have 3 locations, but the biggest, and in my opinion, the best was the one on Rheinstrasse. There was also a newer and very good Asian market on Kantstrasse in Charlottenburg a few blocks from Aroma and Good Friends Chinese restaurants. I did find some things there that Vinh Loi didn't have.

Feb 20, 2012
RevImmigrant in Europe

Restaurants near SF Airport

I will be staying at a hotel near the SF airport one night in mid-March and want to find a good restaurant with outside seating, preferably no Asian since I'm on my way to Asia and no Mexican since I live in Mexico. Also I would prefer something not too expensive. I'm always appalled at the prices when I go to the US, which isn't very often. I found better food and better prices in Germany when I lived there.

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

My parents were ethnic German (north German) and Norwegian so we had boiled potatoes 6 nights a week and then the 7th night we had fried potatoes made from all the leftover boiled ones. we also had either Norwegian meatballs or Frikadellen once a week. I never thought of this a "poor" food; this is what north Germans and Norwegians eat. I didn't realize until I was in my 20s that Americans (not ethnic German or Scandinavian) thought meatballs were a great economy dish and was what you had when you couldn't afford anything else. We had roast beef (with boiled potatoes of course) every Sunday and always had some kind of meat, usually beef or pork, for dinner. My parents both worked and we always had good food, not fancy, but good.

Jan 25, 2012
RevImmigrant in General Topics

Restaurant recommendations for Manzanillo

Does anyone know of any good restaurants in Manzanillo with outside seating? I will be there for 3 days next week.

Nov 10, 2011
RevImmigrant in Mexico

Recommended pressure cooker?

I have a WMF Perfect double I bought in Germany 10 years ago. It has one lid and two bottoms. It's excellent. You can't remove the lid until the steam goes down as a safety feature.

Sep 14, 2011
RevImmigrant in Cookware

German between Dallas and Ft. Worth

This place sounds really good, but Spaetle isn't Bavarian; it's Schwaben. My late husband, a native of a small town in Schwaben not far from Stuttgart, made Spaetzle and wanted to eat it all the time. He hated boiled potatoes, the old North German favorite.

The best sausage you ever had

My uncle Arno was born on a farm and lived on a farm his entire life. My father's grandparents immigrated from the German states (Hessen and Preussen) in the 1850s. Uncle Arno butchered his own meat, had a smoke house and made his own sausage, not too many different kinds, but the kinds he had were as good as I've had in Germany. My father used to say you have to use some of the better cuts of the meat to make good sausage and not just use the worst cuts that aren't much good for anything like Americans tend to do. Uncle Arno (and my grandfather's) sausage was a mixture of pork and beef and had some fat too, but wasn't too fatty, enough to cook or smoke properly and taste good. And Aunt Sophie's homemade white bread just made it all taste that much better; they had homemade butter too.

Sep 07, 2011
RevImmigrant in General Topics

What is Chicken Fried Steak? Is Brown Gravy a Travesty?

Paulj, calling it Texas Schnitzel is the easiest way to describe CFS to Germans, but, as we know, es ist nicht zusammen total. Schnitzel is coated with egg and bread crumbs; CFS is coated with egg and flour. As you know, Wiener Schnitzel has NO Soss. Many people serve cream gravy with CFS, but my Norwegian mother made pan gravy (and just breaded the cutlet in flour without the egg before she fried it in her cast-iron skillet in melted Crisco) and served it with boiled potatoes. Norwegians (and north Germans too) eat lots of boiled potatoes and make fried potatoes out of all those left-over boiled ones.

I live in Mexico and you're right about the Milanesa, but it is usually served without sauce/gravy. The cut my mother used was thicker than the Mexican Milanesa. They tend to cut all meat very thin here, even such cuts as rib eye that we would normally cut much thicker.

Sep 06, 2011
RevImmigrant in General Topics

Restaurant recommendations

stevewag23, Suehiro (I think it's on Av. LaPaz) has a bar where you can smoke and beautiful decor - the food's the best Japanese in Guadalajara. It's close to downtown. Suntory on Av. Chapultepec in the Zona Rosa has outside seating and also has good food. Both are expensive by local standards.

The local zoo's nice too, although it can't compare with the German zoos, particularly the Tierpark in Berlin (the old East Berlin zoo during the Communist era),which has the best cat house I've ever seen; the Berlin Zoo (the original Berlin zoo downtown near the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaenktnis Kirche - the one damaged in the war with the unrepaired, but covered spire, now a museum to peace),also with a good cat house; and the Thueringen Zoo in Erfurt. The German zoos exhibit the animals, particularly the cats, better than anywhere I've ever seen, although the new zoo in Poznan has an excellent Siberian tiger habitat, much like their habitat in the wild.
Thanks to all of you for your help.

Jun 28, 2011
RevImmigrant in San Diego

Restaurant recommendations

Stevewag23, lucky you! I left eastern Germany on the Polish border last year. You could still smoke in restaurants in Poland, but Germany passed smoking ban that took effect in January 2009 (I think that's when it started).

I will consider one indoor, non-smoking Chinese restaurant if the food is really good for just one time. Where I live in Mexico and, in fact, all of Mexico, is a wasteland for Chinese food. No good Chinese restaurants that I've found. There are two good Japanese restaurants in Guadalajara; one has smoking in the bar and the other has outside tables.

When I travel, I only eat out one meal a day and get food from the grocery store to eat in my room, so I only have to worry about one meal a day for about 3 days.

I'm going to the zoo. Does anyone know about the food places at the zoo? Are any of them any good, cost, etc?

Jun 28, 2011
RevImmigrant in San Diego

Restaurant recommendations

Thank you. I will probably stay at the Motel 6 on Hotel Circle and will have a rental car. I would prefer outside seating since I smoke (unless the restaurant has an indoor smoking area).

Jun 26, 2011
RevImmigrant in San Diego

Restaurant recommendations

I may be in San Diego for a few days around 20 July. I would like to have lunch on the 20th in a nice Chinese restaurant, preferably Sichuan or Hunan cuisine with outside seating. Other restaurant recommendations are also appreciated (no Mexican or steak houses, I live in Mexico). I like Greek, seafood, Italian, Japanese, Thai.

Thank you.

Jun 26, 2011
RevImmigrant in San Diego

Best Butter- European or American ? [Moved from The Best board]

I prefer the European butter. Here in Mexico I buy Lurpak (unsalted); when I lived on the Geman-Polish border, I bought Polish butter. I only buy unsalted butter. The European butter is richer and has better flavor than the American butter. I think the reason European butter doesn't come in quarters is that European recipes, i.e. German recipes in German, measure butter in grams not cups or half-cup, quarter cup, etc.

Jun 24, 2011
RevImmigrant in General Topics

If you could only eat products from ONE animal for the rest of your life...

I'd pick pork. It's one of the most versatile meats around, has excellent flavor, cooks well. I lived in Turkey for a year and couldn't get pork and really missed it. That's when I realized how much pork I really eat. I took a short trip to Germany while I was there and brought back some ham and sausage!

Jun 24, 2011
RevImmigrant in General Topics