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

No but I heard of Bludsos. I will give it a try. I have been to Woody's in Inglewood. Thought it was really good. Also Big Mama's Rib Shack up in Pasadena or Altadena whichever it is. I wanna try Jay Bee's which I saw on Trippe D.

I went to Jack's BBQ in Nashville. Really good.

about 12 hours ago
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I like BBQ a lot so I ate some in Nashville and Louisville. Surprisingly though we have just as good BBQ in So Cal as the American South. Maybe I will like White Castle more this time. Oh the pizza place Spinellis in Louisville is to die for.

You are likely right about TB being precooked and bagged elsewhere. No didn't try any mutton here but oddly my niece did at a Cambodian restaurant in San Gabriel, which is just east of LA.

about 15 hours ago
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Well I am sure Yum! Brands has changed the formula for the recipe but I am hoping regionally they still use more oil and stuff they could not get away with in CA. I think you are right about the train! I am also not a fan of White Castle but will go and eat there just because in CA we don't have it. Only went once before and that was 5 years ago in 2005 in Louisville and now I am back so I will go again.

Yes Mr_See there is good food in KY. Also just had great food in the past few days in Indiana and Tennessee as well as Kentucky. I want to go to the Kentucky Fried Chicken birthplace in Corbin KY but its too far away from Louisville.

about 15 hours ago
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I am in Kentucky now. I want to try TB here and see if it is better than in California. See, I heard fast food is better in other states than in CA because CA has so many so-called health laws that effect the way food is made in CA vs other states. I think this is true. I had a McDonalds Sausage Biscuit in Louisville and it was outstanding, but in Los Angeles it's bland. The fries were even better in Louisville. The biscuit itself was moist and very buttery but in LA its dry and bland. Even the sausage was more tasty. I will try TB here in Louisville before I head back to California. An example of CA health laws effecting food is in CA bromated flour is illegal but in New York bromated flouer is perfectly legal and bromated flour is very important in NY for the NY thin crust pizza.

about 16 hours ago
HoundDogz in Chains

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

What I meant was that Kevin likes the new TB but you and I don't because we have different taste than him. I can't understand how anyone could like the new TB but I guess it comes down to different taste.

about 16 hours ago
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Was that question for me?

Jul 28, 2014
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area

Why isn't White Castle in L.A.?

John, it might work now because of the hype from the movies and because sliders are big now. Also people want variety which WC offers in the sense these might be sliders but they taste unique. You do have a good point it might work these days. By the way, I was driving down Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood and saw WC and was surprised. My wife is crazy for WC since she is from Chicago. We pulled over expecting a new WC restaurant but it was a facade and they were giving out WC burgers but thing is they were the frozen ones they simply microwaved. They are okay especially for free but too bad they were not made fresh but of course they could not do that in a fake building. It was just to promote the movie.

WC is okay but not so great in my opinion. I only tried them once when I went to Kentucky. That was 5 years ago. I am visiting KY again and gonna try again to see how I like them this time.

One more thing John, I was as surprised as you to hear there was a WC in California as well. I only found out over 20 years after it closed by my co-worker who told me he went about 1981 or so.

Jul 28, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Different taste preferences, I understand.

Jul 28, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Why isn't White Castle in L.A.?

Early 80s in Van Nuys.

Jul 28, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Why isn't White Castle in L.A.?

Disagree. Yes there is a lot of ethnic food here, yes, burgers are king in LA. People of all ethnicities love burgers here in LA. Burgers do great here but WC won't because they failed once here already and people do not care for them LA.

Jul 28, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Why isn't White Castle in L.A.?

There was White Castle in LA some years ago but it did not fly. Overall So Cal people just don't care for it enough to last so they shut it down and went packing back where they came from. I have been to WC in Louisville, KY and I found it to be just so-so. When I go back to visit I will go again to WC just for the hype about it since we don't have it in LA but honestly they are just so-so. I know there was a WC in the Valley because a guy I once worked with said when he had gone he got his burger and couldn't stop laughing because it was so small and didn't realize it when he ordered it until he got it. He was even laughing when he told the story. Once again these just don't fly in CA.

Jul 28, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

HM8 I look forward to your results!

Jul 28, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Hi. I am going out of town but when I get back will try it out. Thanks for the Malic Acid tip. My friend owns a candy factory and uses Malic Acid in candy he wants to be sour and it sure taste good in candy.

Jul 24, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Maybe beyond long but it's because we are passionate about our old school Taco Bell and won't stop until we come up with a great copy of it.

Jul 23, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains
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Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Thanks HM8! I think the beef was not 80/20. I normally buy 80/20 but this time I used something a bit too lean. I will go with my usual 80/20 next time. I want to buy a couple of TB tacos and keep the wrapper and then after I make my own TB wannabe tacos I will wrap them in the wrappers and let them sit for a minute and see if the wrappers get soaked in grease like the originals. I am curious about this.

Jul 23, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

LOL, you must have worked at a record store.

Jul 23, 2014
HoundDogz in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Some people do.

Jul 23, 2014
HoundDogz in Food Media & News

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

Thanks for the info. That sounds like great instruction. I am going out of town and will try it when I get back. Once you experiment with different methods please let us know the results, I am very curious. Also, from what you describe it sounds as if TB from the '60s thru the '80s are very different. I was a kid in the '70s and a teen in the '80s and I just know it tasted really good then but don't recall the diff from the '70s and '80s but that's because I was so young I guess in the '70s. But I can tell that the '80s TB is way better than it is now.

Jul 23, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I finished making it and ate it. As I was making it, it seemed to be bland and missing something and all the time I was making it I was tempted to add cumin. Not sure if cumin was in Old School TB (OSTB) but I was tempted so I did add some. I added only 1/2 TSP and mixed it in. I know that's not much but it did add some additional flavor. I added another TBS of Peanut Oil as it was a bit dry and I recall OSTB being very greasy or oily. Finished and made some tacos. It still was missing the mark by a lot but I will say it's way better than anything TB makes now so I'd take this over that.

What I would do different is add less de-hydrated onion. The onion flavor was too overwhelming. I like onion but we don't want it to over power it so I will back off a little. Maybe add a little more cumin. Like I say not sure if OSTB had cumin but it will add a little to the blandness of the way it was and hope it brings out something better.

I have a bottle of Old EL Paso taco seasoning and I saw the ingredients and I don't see mention of chili powder but it does say Cayenne Pepper. I wonder if chili powder is not in it or if there is but it falls under the term "spices" that is listed. The stuff is more yellowish powder than it is red powder so it might just be that no chili powder is in it. I have not used this stuff in some time but next time I make tacos I am going to use it and see how it taste.

HM8 I hope you can make some soon so we can hear how your results are and how yours taste. Thanks!

Jul 22, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

HM8 skearwig was saying that the old school 1970s TB was just onion, salt, oil and water so I am trying to make some now. I will post my results. Then he mentioned the '80s version was different than the '70s version. I wonder how my '70s version will turn out. I used 3/4 cup of water, 1 TBS of de-hydrated onion, 1 TSP of salt, 1 TBS of Peanut Oil. I thought I had corn oil but don't. I would think TB would have used corn oil for the meat more than they would have used peanut but that's what I got. I used 1 LB of ground beef too of course. I don't know how good this will turn out or if I even got the right measurements. I am simmering it in the solution now. I am not browning meat first as you all have mentioned it's not the way to go. HUNGRY, I hope you come up with a good recipe because I wonder how mine will be when it's done.

Jul 22, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

I think it's fine. I have worked at places that have "dress policies" and it's just the way it is. I was working in the IT department at a hotel chain and we had to dress a certain way. It goes with the job. Even if I don't agree with the policy just say, I am fine to that they have policies because it's how they want their image to be.

Jul 21, 2014
HoundDogz in Food Media & News

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

I would like that if we could all try to come up with the correct receipt for old school TB. It might take a lot of experiments but will be worth it once we get it down. Speaking of chicken, all these places that had real pieces of chicken in their food items, whether pressed or solid are now made of some mushy stuff they call chicken. My dad used to not like McNuggets because he said it was pressed meat and it might have been but that's better than this foam stuff they call chicken in the McNuggets now..

Jul 18, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

True. I don't really like that chili flavor in the tacos.

Jul 18, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Thanks for the info on how to make it more authentic. I never added onion. I will do that. You mean dice up real onion or use the dried onion they sell in the spice section of the grocery store? Thanks. Will try in a few days and report back.

Jul 18, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

What do you guys think of this guy's taco receipt? He's not claiming it to taste like TB, old or new, and probably doesn't but what do you think of this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sack5...

Jul 16, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

This TB taco seasoning isn't bad but it still doesn't taste like old school TB. I haven't used it in sometime but I am going to give it a go again and see how I like it. I recall it pretty good but not like original TB but good enough so I need to try it again.

Jul 16, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Agreed HM8. They changed to the thicker stuff for efficiency rather for taste. Typical of YUM. TB lost my business years ago because of all these changes that made the quality less and made it taste bad. Yes, low fat cheese taste bad, hence the cheese at TB now. Sadly most people are too young to know that TB used to taste out of this world and those who are old enough don't seem to have good sense of taste like we do.

Jul 16, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I agree with you but just I probably had to doctor it a little more to make it taste right but I just use the stuff right out of box and I did sift out the green peppers you told us to. This is just an experiment. I plan on doing more. I really an interested in hearing your results. Thanks!

Jul 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Well, I made tacos with R-a-R. It didn't taste anything like old school or even current TB. I know you mentioned that there might need things added to the mix as well to make it right, but I wanted to try it as is and as is it's not right. Back to the drawing boards.

Jul 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Hi, mine says Make It A Meal. Yeah good idea, I will experiment and then take notes and see how it goes and get back to you guys and let you know how I like it. Thanks.

Jul 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains