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A Taco Bell taco meat filling lawsuit?

i always thought it obvious that that it was full of fillers. obviously, taco bell is not going to be using a high-quality, high-percentage of beef for their items - look at the low prices. that being said, i still think it tastes good... i've always considered taco bell a guilty pleasure!

Jan 25, 2011
trishyb in Chains

Does Yelp carry any weight with you? [moved from San Diego board]

I think you're right about there not being as many long-time posters on CH. It just seems that the ones who are here tend to be standoffish toward newer posters and can come across as unwelcoming.

Jan 24, 2011
trishyb in Food Media & News

Does Yelp carry any weight with you? [moved from San Diego board]

I wouldn't disagree about elites sometimes receiving special attention. For example, Bottega Louie is notorious for not accepting reservations and long wait times. Last year a group of 8 of us (with 6 of us being elite yelpers) wanted to go there for dinner on a Saturday night. When we called to ask for a reservation, we mentioned that we were a big group of elites. We never demanded a reservation, but just nicely asked if we could be accommodated. And we were - a Saturday night 8:00 reservation. Of course, Bottega Louie received glowing reviews from us.

Jan 24, 2011
trishyb in Food Media & News

Does Yelp carry any weight with you? [moved from San Diego board]

There are definitely elites who were chosen because they are active in posting reviews (a lot of time the benchmark is having posted a certain number) versus the social aspect. They were either nominated by another elite or yelper or the community manager took notice of their contributions. But a big percentage of elite reviewers are just very active in yelp socially or "popular" amongst other yelpers. The reviews are an afterthought.

I don't think anyone on CH has necessarily been out of line toward me in the past. I just felt that CH tends to be less welcoming to newer posters. It can be difficult to post because sometimes other older posters treat newer posters as "outsiders."

Jan 24, 2011
trishyb in Food Media & News

Does Yelp carry any weight with you? [moved from San Diego board]

The few (really good) Yelp reviewersI know usually just stalk CH, they are simply turned off by some of the stuffy attitudes here.
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i have to agree with you about this. i originally signed up for CHi in 2007 and began posting on the boards. people, in general, were respectful, but i did run into people whose comments and postings struck me as either pretentious or clique-ish... i.e. stuffy. in 2009, i quit posting on CH and moved over to Yelp.

yelp is much more of a social machine. there are many 20 and 30 somethings looking to socialize, especially through the talk boards (which typically have nothing to do with food.) but, it too, is very clique-ish, especially because of the social nature of the site. i was an "elite" yelper, had over 100 reviews, had a handful of my reviews chosen for "review of the day," and had several hundred "friends." over time, i figured out which reviewers were really into food and which reviewers were there just to be on yelp. (and even elite reviewers cannot necessarily be trusted because "elite" isn't a title bestowed upon a reviewer for the quality of reviews. rather, it has more to do with organizing and appearing at yelp functions or get togethers, being popular with other yelpers, being known by the community manager, etc.)

i no longer write for yelp, but miss having a place to sound off about food, so i'm back on CH to give it another chance. in general, there is more knowledge and more care about food on this site, but it can be challenging to post here due to standoffish attitude by some hounds toward newer posters.

just my 2 cents having been on both sides.

Jan 23, 2011
trishyb in Food Media & News

Subway's Veggie Rip-off

i used to order the veggie delite a lot. i noticed that some subways do add an extra layer of cheese for free and some do not. i think it depends on what the franchise owner has instructed their employees to do. i never requested the extra cheese; it was just automatically added without additional cost to the sandwich.

Jan 23, 2011
trishyb in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 1st quarter 2011 [old]

yay to the pesto and sundried tomato torta... it is such a tasty dip and big hit at parties.

Jan 23, 2011
trishyb in Chains

what foods does your city have that mine doesn't?

sure, thousand island on burgers happens all over the place. my original post was about this specific condiment called "fry sauce" that i have only seen in utah. (there are even a variety of brand names.) even other out-of-state transplants to utah told me that they had never seen it until they moved to utah. you had likened it to thousand island, and i tried to explain that it differed. they only use it for fries - not on their burgers.

i'm surprised that you have only noticed ranch for fries recently... i have seen ranch offered with fries for at least the last 15 years or so.

Jun 03, 2009
trishyb in General Topics

what foods does your city have that mine doesn't?

no, it's not thousand island... less mayo-y and no relish/pickles in it. and other than people requesting the sauce from in-n-out for their fries here (i'm an angeleno, too,) i have never seen thousand island as a fry condiment. ranch is always offered.

May 31, 2009
trishyb in General Topics

Your latest 'addiction'?

home-baked cookie bars with reeses peanut butter cups and peanut butter chips in them. i use 2 rolls of pre-made cookie dough, press it a pan with the candies (2 layers) and bake them for half an hour. then i cut them into squares. i have to bake a batch every few days... yummy!

May 30, 2009
trishyb in General Topics

what foods does your city have that mine doesn't?

i'm a lifelong californian, but lived temporarily in utah from january through mid-may. i discovered fry sauce, which i have never seen anywhere else. it's a ketchup-mayo mix with spices served with french fries. it's sold in stores there and served in all restaurants. families even have their own recipes.

May 30, 2009
trishyb in General Topics

What does "healthy" mean to you?

i thought your reply was very sound and healthy... i have recently embraced the ideal that being a healthy eater is being an intuitive eater. i have really begun to let go of the whole "good" /"bad" food concept and allow my body to guide my food choices, including cravings. i think depriving ourselves of our cravings (be it out of a desire to lead a "healthy" lifestyle, dieting, or simply fear) backfires - hence, the epidemic of overweight, obesity, and eating disorders in our society.

May 30, 2009
trishyb in Not About Food

Los Angeles coffee - I'm calling you out (many boos, and one hooray)

this was such an exciting post for me to read as my first foray back into chowhound after being gone for over 4 months! having been temporarily located in utah county, utah, where finding even a starbucks required google map searches and a bus ride, coffee has pervaded my mind constantly. that being said, as a former resident of seattle and lover of coffee, luxxe is pretty damn good. if i lived closer to santa monica, i'd probably hit it a couple of times a day. (i know you're addressing drip and espresso, but if you get a cappuccino there, they do the most beautiful example of microfoam - not the fluffy aerated stuff that caps everything at starbucks.) the coffee is smooth, coats the tongue with its richness, and has a fully saturated flavor. very lovely.
i also like king's road, which i do hit daily. but i think their roast is extremely dark and better serves the purpose of either iced coffee or mixed with milk for espresso drinks. it's a dark and smooth without being bitter, but has lost some of the complexity of its flavor to be enjoyed plain. it's just a little too earthy and smoky by this point to be enjoyed with being tempered down to bring out its coffee-ness.

May 22, 2009
trishyb in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2008

<$25
m cafe de chaya
the griddle cafe
joan's on third
clementine
bossa nova

>$25
angelini osteria
jar
animal
drago
mastro's

Dec 03, 2008
trishyb in Los Angeles Area

I need a great restaurant for my girlfriend's birthday.

i think tasca is a nice place for a romantic birthday dinner. it's has a nice ambience, good selection of wines and prosecco cocktails, and delicious food. it's a small plates restaurant, which offers the chance to sample a variety of their dishes. wine and sharing small plates always make for a enjoyable evening!

Nov 11, 2008
trishyb in Los Angeles Area

New candy discoveries this Halloween?

even better than butterfingers are the reese's crispy crunchy bars, which i had for the first time this halloween. they are similar to butterfingers, but actually have peanut butter layers mixed with the crunchy candy layers and some finely chopped peanuts throughout (more like crunchy peanut butter, than big peanuts like snickers or baby ruth.)

i gave these out sparingly after tasting one and kept them for myself!

Nov 10, 2008
trishyb in General Topics

torta de aceite

You can also get them at Joan's on Third all the time.

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Joans On Third
8346 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Nov 10, 2008
trishyb in General Topics

How many times a day...?

i can get by with just one regular meal a day - usually a late lunch or dinner. in the morning, it's pretty much always a nonfat latte and half of a muffin or scone from my neighborhood cafe. the rest of my eating is usually snacking a couple more times a day - i.e. the rest of my breakfast baked good, frozen yogurt with fruit, a slice of toast with butter, an apple, etc. i am trying to get on a more regular eating schedule and not wait so many hours between eating (i often go 6-8 hours without eating something.)

Nov 10, 2008
trishyb in Not About Food

What foods are a MUST for Thanksgiving?

i'm glad to see that my family is not the only one that has rice at thanksgiving dinner! my mother is from korea and my sister's MIL is from japan, so our families have always served steamed rice at almost every meal, including thanksgiving. there is always the requisite mashed potatoes and stuffing for starches, but half of the family (including my four darling nieces) must have steamed rice to eat.

Nov 05, 2008
trishyb in General Topics

Favorite places to eat at often

bossa nova on pico on the westside is a good place to grab an inexpensive meal. their portions are large - you can share or take home leftovers for lunch the next day. they have lots of options - pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, brazilian grilled meat plates, appetizers, etc. an added bonus is that it stays open until 4am.

Nov 01, 2008
trishyb in Los Angeles Area

Foods That Make You Happy

a big stack of fluffy pancakes with melted butter and real maple syrup and a perfectly microfoamed latte. follow that with a really well-frosted cupcake and an ice cold milk, and the day ended great in my book.

Oct 09, 2008
trishyb in General Topics

How often do you have dessert :)

i have dessert at least once a day after a meal, even if it means going out for nonfat frozen yogurt with fresh fruit. i also have at least one sweet a day for a snack, too, like a cupcake, muffin or cookie. i never keep it in my house (helps portion control when you go out for a serving) and i buy things from bakeries and ice cream stores that use high quality natural ingredients so everything tastes ultra-satisfying and rich. i didn't really have free access to desserts or sweets growing up and had a mother preoccupied with my weight. needless to say, sweets became a binge food during my years as an anorexic/bulimic. my nutritionist encourages me to have daily dessert to stave off binges and to remind myself that a desserts can fit into my life in a healthy way.

Oct 09, 2008
trishyb in General Topics

Are there childhood foods of your partner that you cook to make them happy?

feijoada isn't really one of his favorite foods (hard to believe, i know!) luckily kibe and pasteles are a lot less time consuming to make, too!

Sep 26, 2008
trishyb in General Topics

Are there childhood foods of your partner that you cook to make them happy?

my long-term bf and i broke up a couple of months ago, but we are still somewhat civil to one another. when we were together, i learned how to make his two favorite brazilian comfort foods (his parents were both brazilian and spent much of his childhood there.) as a surprise i would make kibe (brazilian version of the lebanese meat and bulghur wheat torpedos) and pasteles ) pastries fried and filled with a savory meat filling.

Sep 26, 2008
trishyb in General Topics

Hollywood Delivery

I think Bossa Nova Sunset delivers within those parameters. Very good brazilian and brazilian influenced italian. Some of their pizzas are outstanding (I recommend the portuguesa.) The don't close until 4:00 am.

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Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
7181 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Sep 26, 2008
trishyb in Los Angeles Area

bLamb! bLamb! Where is the best?

Not unusual, but perfectly done steakhouse style rack of lamb cannot be beat at Mastro's in Beverly Hills. It easily surpassed the bone-in filet as my number one red meat choice when dining carnivorously.

Sep 26, 2008
trishyb in Los Angeles Area

The Exquisite Heat of Oaxaca - Monte Alban [Review] w/ Pics!

Monte Alban is my favorite for oaxacan - actually mexican, in general. I like to order a few things and share. Love the banana leaf tamal with black mole - so moist and flavorful, right down to the last bite! I also enjoy, as mentioned by exile, grilled empanadas with quesillo and flor de calabazas. They are so complex yet delicate in flavor. I also like their version of the clayuda quesillo... I always explain it as to newcomers as an ultra tasty tostada like they've never had before. I get so sad when friends on the westside suggest el cholo's in santa monica or don antonios on pico because it's that familiar goop.

Sep 26, 2008
trishyb in Los Angeles Area

Yuca Frita in LA/OC?

i love it at bossa nova brazilian restaurants. they cut it like steak fries and sprinkle it with parmesan. i like to have them fry it extra crispy.

Sep 20, 2008
trishyb in Los Angeles Area

Awesome breakfasts in LA, I can name two. How about you?

sow your oats or wholey moley pancakes and french press dark roast at the griddle. my absolute fave breakfast!

oatmeal cooked in nonfat milk topped with fresh strawberries and slivered almonds and an iced double nonfat latte from toast. the oatmeal is always perfect and they top it with a generous amount of fresh berries.

Sep 20, 2008
trishyb in Los Angeles Area

Favorite - Can't Live Without - Kitchen Technology

rice cooker, excellent coffee grinder for freshly ground beans, and the microwave.

Sep 18, 2008
trishyb in Cookware