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Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

Have you tried La Paloma in Duarte?

May 20, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

There are many types of Sriracha sauces available, so the taste may differ between brands. I think it's okay, but I prefer other hot sauces.

May 19, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

Mojo potatoes are awesome.

May 18, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound's Impression of Popular Food Critics

They are useful sources of information, but my taste buds are not the same as theirs. I typically rely on reviews by certain Hounds, friends, or family members because we have very similar tastes.

May 18, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Chicharonnes, Cracklins, and Pork Rinds - Do the names mean anything?

ChicharrĂ³n aren't always the same in Latin America. In El Salvador, it's shredded pork.

May 14, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

LA student film in need of cheap catering/ easy food ideas!

Buy a bunch of Vietnamese sandwiches and some water. It'll cost about $1.75 or $2.00 each. Some restaurants, such as Saigon Bakery in San Gabriel, give you a free sandwich if you order two. Keep the filling separate from the bread so that it doesn't get soggy unless you intend to eat it right away.

Best Vietnamese or Teochew in WSGV

1. Summer Rolls in Rosemead for Central Vietnamese food (formerly Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa).
2. HP Pho Ga Bac Ninh in Rosemead for chicken-based pho.
3. Thien Tam in El Monte for vegetarian food.
4. Saigon Bakery for banh mi, baguettes, or French bread.

May 11, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Chinese For One

It seems you are looking for a restaurant with small tables. There are a number of restaurants that would fit your bill. For example:

101 Noodle Express (Arcadia or Alhambra)
Tasty Garden (Arcadia)
Chang's Garden (Arcadia)
Jin Jiang (San Gabriel)
Wang Xing Ji (San Gabriel)

Time to get rid of the microwave?

I'm trying to determine if kaleokahu is afraid of radiation in general or just microwave radiation.

May 05, 2015
raytamsgv in Cookware
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Is my chicken still safe to eat?

As long as your refrigerator is cold, it should be fine.

May 05, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

Ordering Vietnamese dishes

There's a restaurant in Oregon called "Pho King Good". Try to pronounce it correctly...

May 05, 2015
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Ordering Vietnamese dishes

Of the restaurants I've been to, "nem" is short for "nem nuong", which is a type of pork that can be used in certain types of rolls (nem nuong cuon). It's typically made with uncooked rice paper wrapped around raw veggies, rice noodles, and meat (nem nuong in this case). It's assembled and then presented. "Cha gio" is a different type of roll altogether. It's typically much smaller, made with an egg-based wrapper, and cooked fillings. It's deep fried and then presented.

May 05, 2015
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Time to get rid of the microwave?

Are you concerned about effects of infrared radiation on your food?

May 05, 2015
raytamsgv in Cookware

Year Four for my garden and finally! I have high hopes for my seedlings making it. But still.... a question

The seedlings look leggy. Put the grown light a LOT closer to them (few inches away from the tops). If you do not have a fun, gently brush them with your hand.

Those seedlings are still small. I doubt they will be root bound anytime soon.

May 04, 2015
raytamsgv in Gardening
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Pollinating Tomato Plants

I've never needed to shake my plants.

May 04, 2015
raytamsgv in Gardening
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Ordering Vietnamese dishes

To be fair, the current written form of Vietnamese was based on the work of a French Jesuit, Alexandre de Rhondes. It was not designed for an English speaker at all.

May 04, 2015
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What type(s) of cuisine are you just not interested in cooking?

Indian foods. I love Indian cuisine, but the amount of work and ingredients are overwhelming.

May 04, 2015
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Youtiao aka chinese crullers ?

I've never had sweet youtiao. I've eaten it with everything you can imagine. In fact, there is a dim sum dish where the youtiao is wrapped inside a rice-based wrapping and served with soy sauce:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhaliang

May 01, 2015
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Norwegian farmed salmon better than Atlantic farmed salmon?

Norwegian farmed salmon is just Atlantic salmon that was grown and raised in Norway.

Apr 30, 2015
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Help/Suggestions Needed for Chinese Style Wedding Banquet

Will it be held at the restaurant? If not, then it limits your options severely.

Otherwise, I don't think any restaurant would mind serving it buffet style if you ask. It's actually easier for them because everything comes out at once, and the wait staff won't need to do as much. But if you want nice heating trays, you might need to provide those yourself.

You will need to go to the restaurant to choose the menu items you want because of your price and menu requirements. They will have no problems cooking whatever you choose.

Be aware that $25 per person is a low amount. You can always ask the maitre d' to help you figure out a menu.

Apr 29, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

basil from the supermarket

Perhaps you would have better luck if you purchased them from a nursery and ask them about the right time to put them in the ground in your area.

Apr 29, 2015
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Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

They are often caught in the ocean and then sent to China for processing. Some types of fish are farm-raised and processed in China.

Apr 28, 2015
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Vegetarian Chinese in the Western SGV - Some Questions

I haven't been to Bodhi after their move, so I can't say. At Fine Garden, I've had only the dim sum. It was just okay--pretty much the same ingredients cooked in different forms.

Apr 27, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian Chinese in the Western SGV - Some Questions

Try Vietnamese vegetarian at Thien Tam in El Monte. Almost all their dishes are vegan (with the exception of egg noodles). It's a small place in a non-descript strip mall. But the food is excellent. You might need reservations because due to the size.

Beef from Australia and fish from China, in a supermarket near you.

A lot of the fish is not actually raised in China but processed in China.

Apr 27, 2015
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Is there still hope for these seedlings?

They're history. Start over and follow the advice the others have given.

Apr 24, 2015
raytamsgv in Gardening

The D.I.Y. Tomato

That's why I have many plants in my garden: economies of scale.
I had a poor harvest last year, but I actually made a small profit. I also grow from seeds and save seeds, so that costs drops pretty quickly.

Apr 24, 2015
raytamsgv in Gardening

basil from the supermarket

I don't know about your neck of the woods, but my basil plants typically grow to be about 2 feet tall in the ground in Southern California in our nice, long growing season. Start off with repotting the plants in small containers and then move them to bigger ones as they grow out. Once the ground is warm enough, put them in.

Apr 24, 2015
raytamsgv in Gardening

Egg roll wrappers??

Egg roll wrappers are in the refrigerated section, not the frozen one. They fry up very nicely.

Apr 22, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Tips to cut grocery bill

I'd recommend keeping all your receipts for two months and then calculate how much you spend in each category (e.g. alcohol, dairy, produce, pre-made items, etc.). Then plan your cuts in every category until you reach $500 per month.

Apr 22, 2015
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