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Is it just me, or is Galco's really gross?

I don't get that smell you smell. I like going in there. It's like going back to when I was a kid when mom and pop stores were around and you got to know the owner(s). I like the way he runs the place. Sure it's mostly sodas and beers now rather than groceries but I get that old school grocery vibe that I used to feel as a kid in the '70s. Great place.

Dec 10, 2013
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area

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

That's right about Jack In The Box. They use beans with the meat and it is a paste. Never had a taco like that before. Whether good or bad, taste great or horrible, it's brilliant. Taco Bell used to be so good as you know too. Wish they would just make the meat the same as before. Tight wads won't do it at Yum brands.

Jan 29, 2013
HoundDogz in Chains

Shakey's Changed The Recipe For Mojos And They Are Horrible Now - Your Thoughts

Not sure when because I don't go to Shakey's much but about three years ago was the last time I went to the buffet and had the Mojos and they were not good at all. They lacked the taste and texture of the way they used to. I thought maybe it was a fluke so tonight I went to Shakey's, a different location this time, and just ordered a drink and Mojos and they were horrible again.

Have any of you noticed they have changed? I used to love the way they were and wish they were the same. I used to be able to eat lots of them but I could hardly finish my order tonight because they didn't taste so great.

When a restaurant changes recipes it's for a number of reasons and some are -

1) decrease the cost of making the item by using different ingredients, therefore maximizing profits. That is if people still buy the item after it's changed.

2) Health reasons. Make items more healthy in order to spin that on the public hoping that will increase sales of these food items, therefore maximize profits.

3) They are not selling so well as is originally so they change the recipe hoping to improve the item which will hopefully increase the sales and maximize profits.

4) Vendors for the ingredients went out of business or raised prices so they change the product ingredients to keep the item in production at a low price.

Regardless of changing them I don't want to buy them any longer. They just aren't what they used to be nor do they taste right or good now.

Younger generations won't notice and will probably just buy them and eat as if nothing is different but for those who are aware of these do you notice these are different now? And how do you like the change?

James

Jan 25, 2013
HoundDogz in Chains

Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Exactly they were excellent, grease and all.

Jan 25, 2013
HoundDogz in Home Cooking

Where To Buy Unhusked Coconuts In the Los Angeles Area???

Too low for a fully grown coco palm but remember they don't grow outside of the tropics normally so if I do get this to grow inside it's going to grow really slow and take forever to get to the ceiling. As long as the temperature does not drop below 60 and it stays watered it won't die but because the house isn't hot and humid like Hawaii just say it will probably grow super slow. Hope it grows but time will only tell.

Jan 25, 2013
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area

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

Oops sorry.

Jan 16, 2013
HoundDogz in Chains

Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

That's why the tacos were so greasy that the paper they were wrapped in were drenched with grease. Funny enough you guys did a great job because the shells were so perfect they looked like they came from a factory. I thought they were greasy because of the meat but since you made them yourselves by frying them that explains the greasiness. If only TB did things the old way they would still be great.

Jan 16, 2013
HoundDogz in Home Cooking

Where To Buy Unhusked Coconuts In the Los Angeles Area???

Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

Jan 16, 2013
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area

Where To Buy Unhusked Coconuts In the Los Angeles Area???

No, I did not get the partially husked kind and try that but at the Chinese store they sell the husked ones like any other American store and I notice that sometimes they have some that are sprouting already. There three "eyes" on each coconut and when a coconut sprouts it sprouts from one of the eyes then the sprout travels thru the husk and grows the coconut tree. Without the husk you see the eyes and on occasion they have some that are sprouting. I have tried this years ago only to have the coconut break after awhile and then it's useless. I saw a guy on the YouTube who was growing from a husked one and he put it in a bag and added water and in a few months it would sprout and then he'd put it in a pot with sandy soil. Well he inspired me to try again from ones I found sprouted already and that seemed to work. It's growing slowly. So Cal is too cold for coconut trees outside so I do all this growing indoors. It's still too young for a real tree, it's still sprouting and will take years if it does work to develop into something that looks like a tree.

Jan 16, 2013
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area

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

I agree with you whatever the heck YUM was up to did change the taste. I'm just saying that other poster was saying it's opinion and I say okay it's opinion and in my opinion it taste different now and horrible.

If you see my postings I have been saying that Taco Bell taste horrible now. So no, I don't eat like dogs. I agreed with you on many of your post now you think I am disagreeing with you.

Did you not see that I am the original poster and the main theme of my post that this new Taco Bell taste bad? Where do you get that I think it doesn't when in fact I was just agreeing with the other poster that some might think it taste the same and that is their opinion. Read my posts and the other posts.

Jan 06, 2013
HoundDogz in Chains

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

You confirmed it. Smaller cups for the consumer. Too bad for those who like these. I do.

Dec 31, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

He is saying it was different and not necessarily better. Okay I know it's about opinions and one might differ from mine but I will say is that I started this thread and it was my opinion that Taco Bell was way better in the '70s and '80s and maybe just maybe into the beginning of the '90s. That was my opinion and my original post. So yes you don't have to tell me that these are opinions because I know.

Dec 30, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I liked the Chilioto. I wish they still had it. Did it not sell well is that why it's gone?

Dec 30, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

My niece noticed that the diameter of the Reeses Peanut Butter cups is smaller now. I don't know if that's true but she thinks so. Smaller and charge the same and the company makes more money and we spend more for the same quantity. Who wins and who loses? We do lose and they win.

Dec 30, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Yeah that's why I asked.

Dec 24, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I am not sure who you are referring to but I never said anyone was wrong or a fool but I can say it does taste different now than then and in my opinion so much better. Now I don't really care for the taste that's why I don't go to Taco Bell any longer.

Dec 19, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

True there can be differs in opinions but I think the vast majority of the people will tell you that Taco Bell tasted way better in the '70s and '80s and maybe part of the '90s.

How long ago did you first eat at Taco Bell?

Dec 19, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Hi that was me. I was 43 when I started the thread and now I am 45 so you are right, early 40s. It's been 2 years and 1 day since I started the thread.

No Taco Bell tasted way different back then it did. It really did. Many people here even agree with me.

Dec 07, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Glad to help. I think you'll like Classico. Walmart depending on which one will have it.

Dec 07, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

SPAM is a staple of Hawaiin cooking too. The GIs in the war that were stationed in Hawaii were given SPAM to eat as their normal meals so after the war the Hawaiian culture just took to it and kept eating it to this day.

Dec 06, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I'd have to agree. I tried fresh tomatoes and it just doesn't taste as good believe it or not as canned tomatoes. I have been using Classico Ground Peeled Tomatoes and they are excellent. Some say on par with 6-in-1. I use the Classico because the cans are smaller than the Escalon so I don't have to deal with too much at once for storage.

Dec 06, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Very true. If they can save 2 cents they'll do it even if that 2 cents difference could essentially be the difference between a good or a bad product.

I bet some of the execs who call the shots at Yum or Taco Bell would never eat at their own restaurants. The food is edible so if they had to for show they would but I bet they would feel the food is pretty bad.

Dec 04, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

You are so right HUNGRYMAN8. Think about it those of use who are older who knew the quality and taste of Taco Bell back in the glory days so to speak know the difference but those who are young have no clue. Then again some people who were old enough to eat at Taco Bell say in the '80s might have no clue because they don't pay enough attention to food quality and taste and might have no idea the taste is different now.

I wish Taco Bell would go back to the old ways and just charge a little more. Or have a Taco Bell Classic menu and the current menu. Maybe a limited one with just the old school tacos with the good meat but we know that is not gonna happen.

If I could go back in time to say 1985 I would for sure eat at Taco Bell every day I was there before I had to go back to the future (great movie too). In the movie Burger King was featured, wish it had been Taco Bell who sponsored them like they sponsored I think it was the movie Demolition Man.

By the way the cheese is not shredded finely now as it was years ago. They are thicker shreds which adds the wrong texture too. They actually used finely shredded cheese even after they changed the meat to the bad tasting meat. When they changed the cheese I called Taco Bell customer support to ask about that and the woman said no it was always like that. No it was not the cheese was finely shredded even when the meat was changed it stayed finely shredded for years until one day they changed it. Even if the cheese was good quality the taste would be different because of the texture.

Taco Bell has plenty of customers so they won't change and go back to the old good ways.

Now I know why I only go to Taco Bell maybe two times a year at most and I regret it after but I go for old time sake even if it is different now.

Dec 04, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

You are so right Mr_See. Even though I am the Class of 1985, I have an old yearbook from 1954 from the same high school I graduated from. It might has well been a million years difference not just 31 years. I have other old year books from my old school and other schools. People in the year books from the old days looked much healthier and happier than the kids now. My class of '85 even looked healthier and happier than kids now even though we used to eat fast good back in '85. Back in 1954 I there were fast food joints but as you note things were not all pre-made and super processed. Kids were not as fat and just looked healthier. In 1985 by then fast food was king but not to the point it is now and even Taco Bell was still good at that point in time.

You are right we are losing our food traditions in this country. If Papa Johns has a large pizza for $11 and get a second one for half off then makes you wonder. I can't say if PJ is junk or not but just think that with all these price wars I wonder if the quality suffers. I think so.

Dec 04, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I go to plenty of authentic Mexican places but those tacos are different that the Mexican influenced Taco Bell tacos whether it was Taco Bell of the glory days that a lot here miss or they are from today the ones we don't care for. I doubt it would cost them a lot to make the tacos the same as they did during the glory days today if they would do it. But every cent counts to a cheap parent company like Yum brands. So if it would cost them 10 cent more and they think that raising the price 10 cents or so would cause customers to not eat there then they would not improve the quality at the fear of losing customers.

I'm not asking they shred the lettuce on site or the cheese but at least make the meat right. Also I don't think it's only the raw meat ingredient but the spice formula they use now as well as the as many pointed out the process in which the meat is cooked. If they would get the right spice formula again and return to the same process of cooking the meat it would taste much better and the cost of using better real beef per taco should not cost a lot as the poster above somewhere noted.

Dec 04, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I actually had the new pizza that they make now and it's good but I actually like the pizza they made before they went "fresh". Oh they use canned tomatoes. That's still pretty good in my book because I am a big New York style pizza fan and make NY style pie also and I know making from canned tomato is still very respectable. I don't find Sbarro to be a bad place but because they are in the mall they get a bad rap. I think though the canned sauce they used before was better than the new sauce made from tomatoes. I sometimes make sauce from canned tomatoes and comes out good.

Dec 04, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I totally agree with you that I would pay more for Taco Bell if they made it the same way they did back in the glory days of the restaurant.

You are right about YUM brands skimping to increase profit. They do this at the cost of taste and quality.

Dec 03, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Sbarro, well Sbarro is pizza not tacos but Sbarro for example is now boasting that they make everything fresh now. The dough was always made on site and fresh but the sauce was canned and the cheese was per-shredded baged type. Now they stress that they make their sauce from fresh tomatoes and freshly shredded cheese. So they make sure people know it's all from scratch and fresh. They were kind of expensive before and I think the price is the same so they didn't raise the prices when they went fresh.

I have been to El Taco the place Glen Bell had before he started Taco Bell. This is in Downey. I was hoping that it would taste like old Taco Bell. Does not but it is good quality. They use real beef I'm pretty sure and they use fresh ingredients like Taco Bell once did.

I love watching the old Taco Bell commercials on YouTube from the '70s and '80s. Such memories of good food and good times.

Dec 03, 2012
HoundDogz in Chains

Pineapple Talk - How To Pick A Ripe Pineapple

Call this number and they can tell you where you can find them. They are the distributor here in Los Angeles for the pineapples - (661) 854-0644. The distributor is called AR-CAL. They will direct you to a place near you in Santa Monica where you can find Maui if they sell them out your way. Sometimes Bristol Farms sells them but of course Bristol is an expensive store but not as much as Gelsons.

Nov 27, 2012
HoundDogz in General Topics

Pineapple Talk - How To Pick A Ripe Pineapple

Thanks much. I'll check it out.

Nov 27, 2012
HoundDogz in General Topics