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need help in indian trace nc outside of charlotte

Genaro's is located on 74 & Unionville Indian Trail Rd. It is very good. I never had Peruvian food before, but was pleasantly surprised.

Sep 19, 2009
bugmenot in Southeast

Wong's Noodle House in Mineola

I have eaten there & also had it delivered. I personally think that Chinatown Chef, the place that was there before, was better.

Maxie's Pizza---Taylor (Old Forge)

That might have been the way it was in '03. Things have changed. The place has gone downhill ever since.......(tip) don't order anything with red sauce on it.

Sep 13, 2009
bugmenot in Pennsylvania

Five Guys vs. In-N-Out

I've been to both, and as far as just the burgers are concerned, I prefer Five Guys. However, both are very good, and I really think it boils down to each individual's particular taste. Given that, I do love being able to put A-1 on my burger... Mmmmmmmm.

Aug 20, 2009
bugmenot in Chains

Taste aversion to alcohol?

the specific taste of the alcohol just makes me gross out. Although i would prefer it not too :P Definitely hard liquors, Anything where if u smell it, you can smell the alcohol. But fruity drinks and stuff i love :D.

Jul 31, 2009
bugmenot in General Topics

how to cook amaranth (the grain)

I forgot, I added a little Mirin too. -MC

Jul 29, 2009
bugmenot in Home Cooking

how to cook amaranth (the grain)

I did not soak it. I boiled 2 cups of water and added 1 cup amaranth covered and turned down to simmer for 20 minutes. Turned off burner, uncovered and added 1 tbs kalamata olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and a handful of toasted pecan pieces (sorta random), but it tastes great and the texture reminds me of couscous. I will repeat. -MC

Jul 29, 2009
bugmenot in Home Cooking

Any recs for Bogota Colombia?

Carbon de Palo. they have a couple of locations but the main one is on Avenida 19 and Calle 106 (19th Ave and 106 street)

The specialize in meat. awesome portions at pretty fair prices.

My favorite thing is the side dishes they give you. arepa, sweet plantain and a nice potato.
The overall ambiance is quite nice with live Colombian music. The service is just great.

go check it out!

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

I just wanted to let you guys know I received the Scorpion Bay de arbol hot sauce and it is fantastic. It really does taste like an authentic taco shop sauce. It's better than any bottled sauce I've had thus far. It's got a nice medium heat, though a wee bit hotter than the taco shop's, and it smells smoky, slightly tangy, with the almost bitter aroma of the de arbol chiles. This could easily substitute for the sauces the taco shops give you. It's really great. The downside is it is kind of expensive. I bought it online for $3.50 a bottle which isn't bad, but the fedex shipping is a killer at almost 8 bucks. Still, I think it just might be worth it.

Jul 19, 2009
bugmenot in San Diego

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

Thx for that suggestion Josh, but I'm too lazy to make my own sauce otherwise I probably would have done it a long time ago. It would taste a lot better than any bottled sauce I'm sure but it wouldn't keep for very long and I'd have to make it every week. I think it's much more convenient to have a bottle on hand.

Thx cigarlover, I didn't know there was a hot sauce store in san diego. I'll give them a call and find out!

Edit: I called the hot licks store and they do have the scorpion bay hot sauce. Although it's pretty expensive at 6.95 a bottle. I asked about other de arbol hot sauces and they didn't know of any. I just bit the bullet and ordered a couple of bottles online. It was about the same price as buying in the store. I'll let you guys know how it tastes!

Jul 13, 2009
bugmenot in San Diego

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

I haven't tried Valentina but I took a whiff of it (at the supermarket lol) and it smelled vinegary so I thought it probably wasn't what I was looking for. I've been researching around online and a found a brand by a company that's no longer in business but the sauce is still around and seems to be just what I was looking for. It's called Scorpion Bay De Arbol hot sauce

The sauce looks very similar to the taco shop's. It's thick and has a nice color and is described as being mild and smoky and smelling like oregano, which sounds good. I'm wondering why the company went out of business though when it seems like they created the perfect taco shop sauce. Any of you heard anything about this sauce?

Jul 09, 2009
bugmenot in San Diego

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

Ok so I bought 2 bottles of Salsa Encino and a bottle of La Costena Taqueria style salsa at Northgate. The Salsa Encino was pretty decent, although it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. I was looking for a sauce that tastes very similar to the hot sauce you get at the taco shops. You know, the orangish sauce that comes in the round plastic containers that has a mild, smoky, non-vinegary, hint of citrus taste to it. The Salsa Encino is more vinegary and has a snappier pepper taste.

I actually thought the La Costena was better tasting than Encino, at least on mexican food, which is all I tried them on so far. It's tomato based but not overpoweringly so like regular salsa on chips would be and tasted closer to what I wanted.

But I want something that's JUST like the taco shop style hot sauce. Does anyone know a brand like that?

I also bought a Zaaschilla Avocado salsa but I'm not too crazy about it. Tastes kinda sour.

Jul 08, 2009
bugmenot in San Diego

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

OMG thank you everyone! You don't know how frustrating it's been trying to find this stuff! This is my favorite type of hot sauce and the one that is the least sold in supermarkets. I'm going to buy a whole bunch of bottles tonight! Thanks!!

Jul 06, 2009
bugmenot in San Diego

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

This has really become a mission for me. I've been looking everywhere for some bottled chile de arbol hot sauce but I can't find it anywhere. I've been to Vons, Ralphs, Food4Less, Whole Foods, a few local mexican markets and none of them have it. I called Trader Joe's and they say they don't have it. I found a post here by a guy named Josh who said he bought some Salsa Encino chile de arbol at a Northgate market, but it was like a year and a half ago . I called the ones in Coronado, Chula Vista, and Escondido but none of them have it, although 2 of the places sounded like they weren't sure when they told me. I don't know if there was some language miscommunication. There's an Azteca Mexican Market in Mira Mesa that makes fresh chile de arbol hot sauce and sells it by the jar but I really wanted a bottled brand so it's easier to pour and hopefully doesn't need refrigeration so I can take it with me just in case.

The only place where I've seen plenty of chile de arbol bottled hot sauces is on the internet, but the shipping prices always kills it for me. I'm about ready to bite the bullet and just order it online but I wanted to check here one last time before I do. Anyone know where I can find some please?!

Jul 05, 2009
bugmenot in San Diego

where to get injera in the city?

There are plenty of places to find this bread in the east bay --- brundo next to cafe colucci and several markets in the mcarthur bart area come to mind --- but what about in SF? I don't think there are any ethiopian grocers, but what about corner stores?

I've heard rumor of some place in the tenderloin.


What is Your Favorite Non-Foodie Thanksgiving Dish?

I'm going to try this next Thanksgiving.

Jun 16, 2009
bugmenot in Home Cooking

Kimchee question

Kimchi does not go bad and it's very versatile. Once it starts getting too sour for you, just make some kimchi chigae or mixed it in your fried rice. Yum!

Jun 16, 2009
bugmenot in Home Cooking

Stupid easy recipes you really love

Here's some of my favorites.

Kimchi Reuben sandwich. Replace the sauerkraut with kimchi and the Thousand Island with regular mayo. Simple yumminess

Jun 16, 2009
bugmenot in Home Cooking

What is the most unusual, but tasty, sandwich you make or have made?

How about a kimchi reuben. Replace the sauerkraut with kimchi. Yum!

Jun 16, 2009
bugmenot in Home Cooking

Where can I buy Campari Sodas?

Yeah, I just stopped by Buon Italia in Chelsea Market today, and they had no clue what I was even talking about when I asked if they sold Campari sodas. They said they've never had them.

Jun 14, 2009
bugmenot in Manhattan

Is This the End for Waiters?

Do not set embedded videos to autoplay. If that's not possible, don't embed the video, just provide a link.

May 21, 2009
bugmenot in Features

Why do people like box cake better than homemade?

I get so tired of food snobs who prefer homemade simply because it's homemade, regardless of the taste. And then they call everyone else unrefined. I like boxed cakes. In fact, many times I prefer boxed cakes. They're easy to make, they taste good, they're crowd pleasers... why should anyone be ashamed to like boxed cakes? "From scratch" is not always the same thing as "better."

May 15, 2009
bugmenot in General Topics

Which is better GRay's Papaya or Papaya King?


You FAIL! They are NOT Sabrett. At least at the King, they use their own dog recipe which hasn't been changed since they first created it. Only thing Sabrett they use are the rolls. Their wieners are delicious, and much better than Grays. I dare say, Gray is probably the same deal.

I go to the one on 86th and 3rd. The Papaya drink there is very delish and frothy. Yum!
And Fairway (upper west side) sells Papaya King hotdogs!

May 05, 2009
bugmenot in Manhattan

El Yucateco Hot sauce: Differences between red and green

Hmm maybe it's not possible to bottle taco stand sauce, otherwise I'm sure somebody would have done it by now? I thought Valentina hot sauce might have been what I was looking for since it came in such a huge bottle, because I dump loads of taco stand sauce on my burritos, I thought they gave so much for that purpose. But I haven't tried it yet, though people say it's a good sauce.

I have Tapatio and it's definitely not the same as taco shop hot sauce. It's good but doesn't compare on mexican food.

I think the red El Yucateco was the one I should have bought. Other reviews say it has a smokier taste which I think is what I want, and you say it's not as hot, which is certainly what I want. The green is a little too hot for me. Also, the weird alien green color kinda turns me off. I agree about the consistency of the sauce. The green version also pours out in blobs. They need to work on that. It should be a lot smoother. Thanks for the info!

May 03, 2009
bugmenot in General Topics

El Yucateco Hot sauce: Differences between red and green

Anyone know what the differences are between the red and green versions of El Yucateco Habanero hot sauce as far as taste and heat? I've tried the green one and it's good but I wanted something slightly less "vinegary" tasting (yes I know el yucateco doesn't use vinegar) and not as hot. Does the red version fit the bill?

Also, is there a brand of hot sauce that tastes similar to the hot sauce you get at the taco shops? You know, the red-orange sauce they give in those little round plastic containers? I love the taste of that sauce.

May 03, 2009
bugmenot in General Topics

LA Hound in SF for 4 Days

I found Gary Danko more affordable for the amount of food you get for a fine dining establishment compared to others that weren't as good in terms of service.

LA Hound in SF for 4 Days

Personally, I would skip the Slanted Door. The view is nice and the food is ok but for the price you can find better food for less. Instead of the Slanted Door, you should go to PPQ Dungeness Island on Clement St and try the garlic roast crab, garlic noodles, and the imperial rolls.

Slanted Door is more of a "tourist" restaurant and not where the locals go. It may have been featured on Rachael Ray but that doesn't mean it's good. Also, try Good Luck Dim Sum instead of Yank Sing.

Gary Danko is great but you'll need reservations. I've been there for three anniversaries just because it's that good. Chapeau and Clementine are other restaurants to try that will run about $30.

Scoops in LA is probably comparable to Mitchell's and Bi-Rite Creamery in SF.

I wouldn't necessarily skip Mexican since it does vary by region. The Chipotle chain uses an SF style burrito and you'll find that in the Mission district. It's different from the San Diego style burrito and everyone has their own preference as to which one is more superior.

Katanaya is also a good ramen place to try.

San Tung is known for their chicken wings.

Oola's is open late (only dinner time hours) and has great ribs.

If you haven't already looked, you'll find more recommendations on

Mrs Whytes Pickles

Just wanted to let you know if you haven't found them yet, you can get these in Vancouver from Siegels Bagels, that's the only place I've found to carry them. It ends up costing $5 or so for a jar of 6 giant pickles.

Waring Pro or Cadco Convection oven?

Yeah, thank you jayt90!

We really need to find someone with the Waring Pro 1.5 cu foot model, to hear how that one is. There are only a few reviews online. Anyone on chowhound own one?

Apr 23, 2009
bugmenot in Cookware

Waring Pro or Cadco Convection oven?

Hi jayt90 - do you use a Waring Pro 0.9 cubic foot or a 1.5 cubic foot model? Is it still holding together well? Thanks!

Apr 21, 2009
bugmenot in Cookware