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Pineapple Talk - How To Pick A Ripe Pineapple

Are you sure that the pineapple pictured is not a South African Victoria pineapple, not a North African pineapple? I have a Victoria pineapple plant growing in the backyard now but it's not fruiting yet. I have had some fruiting before and they were so good.

I agree with you on the Costa Rica thing. I think they pick them too early because they are afraid if they pick them ripe that they will go bad before anyone even buys one since pineapples go bad so fast. I have had one from Mexico that I bought at Smart & Final and it was picked ripe and sold at the store ripe and it was great. You need to eat right away if it is picked and sold ripe since they go bad so quick. Green goes bad fast too but not as fast as golden ripe, that's why they pick them green, they get some extra time in the store before going bad.

The pineapple industry tells us ripe can be from green to golden but to me green is not ripe and doesn't taste very good. That they say that to make you think green is good so they can sell them.

I love the Maui pineapples. They used to pick and sell them golden ripe but seems they are doing the green picking trick like most pineapples in the store now. I have many Dole Hawaii and Maui Pineapples growing in my backyard.

Aug 21, 2014
HoundDogz in General Topics

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

I don't know, I never had a pizza at TB but I am a pizza maker and a member of the Pizza Making Forum. I make pizza at home but professional quality. I actually make pizza so well that the local donut guy let's me trade pizza for donuts.

Go to the http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/inde... and register and ask about this. These guys at this forum are good and can figure out almost anything.

Aug 09, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Agreed, I hate anything but whole milk cheeses and sour cream as well. It was funny and strange that the thin graded cheese was back at TB but sadly not whole milk version. But that was Kentucky wonder if here in CA the thin is back or it's still thick.

Aug 06, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Maybe, but I think the ingredients and recipe formula was just better even on the Lite menu back then than the regular now.

Aug 06, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Actually last night I tried to make some "Taco Bell". I already had a bottle of Ortega taco seasoning. On the ingredients listed I don't see any malic acid like in the Taco Bell seasoning pack but I used it anyway even though I had just bought a package of the TB seasoning as well that day. I didn't brown the meat but just put in the meat along with the seasoning mixed with water and let it cook and simmer for about 25 minutes. Breaking it up as it cooked to get a smother texture. I did at two tablespoons of peanut oil as I didn't have coconut oil as some of you may have suggested. Also, I added a teaspoon of cayenne pepper just for the heck of it to see how it is with it.

Oddly enough even though there is no malic acid listed in the ingredients the taco meat did have a tangy flavor to it. I am not sure if that's because the bottle of seasoning I was using was pretty old, maybe three years old and maybe the properties of the seasoning changed over time because seasoning does change over time or if there is malic acid and they didn't list it but it falls under the umbrella of "spices" that is listed in additon to the other spices. I know it's not a spice but who knows what they do?

Used 80/20 chuck ground beef.

Overall it taste good, way better than anything Taco Bell puts out now but wasn't really old school original Taco Bell tasting. I enjoyed it though.

Next time I am going to use the Taco Bell seasoning pack and maybe try 73/27 chuck. I saw 73/27 at Walmart. That level of fat might seem extreme but it's worth a try. Also, I see a popular recipe for In and Out Burger and it claims that the fat content of I&O is 60/40 which is even more exptreme but supposedly that amount nails the I&O burger when made at home. So I wonder if the Walmart 73/27 will nail old school TB or at least lend itself to taste more like it when combined with the right cooking process and spice mixture if we can get that down right.

Aug 06, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

One thing I noticed was the cheese was back to the thin shredded strands rather than the annoying thick strands. Not sure if they went back to thin all over the nation or just locally because I have not been back to TB or Toxic Bell (LOL!) as you call it, here in CA, in months so I am not sure how it is now. But the bad thing is the cheese was obviously low fat or part-skim milk cheese and not the real whole milk cheese.

So do we have a definitive recipe now for old school OG Taco Bell before it became Toxic Bell?

Aug 05, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Funny, I am replying to my post. Actually the Taco Bell Lite items taste better than the "regular" TB now. Back then I tried it but went back to the regular menu but if I had the choice between old TB Lite and the current Tacos I'd go back to the TB Lite.

Aug 05, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Sad, I never made it to Papaya King and I wanted to so badly. Oh well I have my favorites as I mention so it's okay. Guess NY is where I have to go. I didn't get a chance to go to Skooby's when they had natural casing dogs but even with the non-casing dogs I liked it. Have to go again one day. I love natural casing dogs. Dietz and Watson's are great. I buy them at Bristol Farms and make them at home. I can't duplicate the chili I love so much at Top's Jr or Chronis.

Aug 03, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

For chili dogs I love Top's Jr in Alhambra and Chronis Famous Sandwich Shop in East LA. Chronis has the dog that snaps. I went to Chronis and took orders from co-workers and none of them been there before. One guy took one bite and he said really loud "d@mn, this dogs got that snap!" Most places don't have the dog that snaps but this does. Tops Jr does not but the chili is incredible at both places, Chronis having the edge. They are both Greek owned. Both not in Los Angeles proper but close enough to say LA.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/tops-jr-alhambra

http://www.yelp.com/biz/chronis-famou...

The one on Hollywood Blvd you might be talking about is Skooby's Hot Dog. I like it a lot but the dog does not bark ... uh I mean snap nor do they have chili if I recall.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/skoobys-hot-d...

Wait just checked they have Chili and nit really near the Chinese so this is not what you are talking about. Also, I hear Papaya King opened in Hollywood.

Aug 03, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Not sure but I do not think so.

Aug 03, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I understand. True would not make sense to eat WC when traveling if you get it locally. I like In And Out Burger and have it locally and like you only eat it four or five times a year too so why eat it if I am traveling if I have it locally.

Aug 03, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Well if I liked WC but had none near me I would eat at one when I travel. I do see your point though. I don't really like WC either so next time I travel and there is a WC I will pass on it.

Aug 02, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Of course, why would you? Goes without saying. It is obviously for tourist who are in LV already and want WC. No one is gonna travel here just for WC.

Aug 02, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

We might not have White Castle but we have Great White Hut -

http://www.yelp.com/biz/great-white-h...

Aug 02, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Well, I went to TB here in Louisville, and I can say that as you all suspected as well as I did, TB taste exactly the same here as in California, bad. I was hoping maybe they have territorial commissaries or kitchens that make, package and distribute the food to regions and possibly California would be the worse to do lack of oil used due to food laws and maybe Kentucky would be in a region where they don't care, therefore taste better. But no it was bad. Funny enough McDonald's taste better here tho. Back to the drawing bard! Let's come up with a definitive recipe soon.

Went to Skyline. Good quality. French fries excellent. Had a chili dog. Funny they are mini dogs. Never had a hot dog so small. It is the hot dog version of White Castle burgers. The price is low so the value is there, so its fine the dogs are small. I didn't care for the chili as I don't like cinnamon in food unless its breakfast food like, well, cinnamon toast. This is Greek style chili or hot dog sauce and Greeks like cinnamon in their foods quite often. In LA there are many hot dog stands and they are owned by Greeks but they don't have cinnamon in the recipe. There are two exceptional hot dog places that standout with exceptional chili or hot dog sauce as it is often known as. I prefer those over Skyline.

Aug 02, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

WC should do well in LV. With all the tourist and residents and all the legend behind the WC people will flock to it.

Aug 02, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Yeah but not me.

Aug 01, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I think you are right but I will report my findings.

Aug 01, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Rode my bike out there a couple of weeks ago.

Jul 31, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Thanks for the tip. I was not aware of Goldstar.

Jul 31, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

In and Out is good but it isn't my fave. I went to White Castle today. Loved the crispy chicken sandwich but the burger sliders don't do it for me. next time I visit here I will skip WC. I am tomorrow gonna try to go to Skyline Chili for the first time. Learned about it from Anthony Bourdaine when he was in Cincinnati. Will go to TB and see if it is different than in CA. Will report my findings tomorrow.

Jul 31, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Where are you located?

Jul 31, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Big Mista is great. He goes on TV on the BBQ competitions. He sets up shop at Farmer's Markets. Had his quite a few times at the Atwater Village Farmer's market.

Jul 31, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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.

Jul 30, 2014
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.

Jul 30, 2014
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.

Jul 30, 2014
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.

Jul 30, 2014
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.

Jul 30, 2014
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