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Our recent CA trip was alongside some folks who now live on the east coast but who grew up in SoCal.  They have rather mass-market tastes, thus we *had* to stop off at all the drive-thru joints that they remembered from their youth, but can't get "back east."  

 

As such, I present the following listicle: 

 

West-Coast-Exclusive Quick Service Restaurant Chains

 

1) El Pollo Loco

2) Del Taco (It's basically Taco Bell, but good.  And with a side of fries for some reason.)

3) In-N-Out (Underwhelming, given the reputation. They serve literally 2 things-- there's no excuse for the fries to be so sh***y)

 

...

 

999) Jack in the Box  (Who actually eats this?)

 

(Carl's Jr. doesn't count, as Hardee's exists out here.  Also, it sucks, but not as much as Jack in the Box does.) 

 

 

Aside, this thread again makes me miss having the time to actually do somewhat creative cooking.  It's just too hard a sell to the wife to ask her to watch the boys (1 & 3 yo) without help for 3 hours on a Sunday afternoon so that I can make something new and interesting.  (Someday they'll be old enough that I can just tell them to watch TV or play with their legos or whatever.  Sigh.)  I've been reduced to reiteration on my staples, with emphasis on the items that the kids will deign to eat.  (The baby likes my chili.  His older brother just wants a plain hot dog.  I'll make a meatloaf tomorrow-- they both eat that.) 


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Went to a friend's house and had duck a l'orange. Was delicious.



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ok, am not a bon appétit fan, but the tater tot waffle is an inspired idea.

 

ingredients as follows:

 

4 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces
Flaky sea salt
8 ounces thick-cut smoked bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 32-ounce bag tater tots (preferably Ore-Ida), room temperature
3 ounces sharp cheddar, coarsely grated (about ¾ cup)
Sour cream and cilantro leaves with tender stems 
 
prep found at link.
 
 
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I've been making a lot of pasta with lamb lately because those are two of my wife's favorite things

 

Last night it was mint and rosemary lamb chops with pappardelle tossed in a creamy (and buttery) tomato sauce


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Very straightforward, Ribeye steak, 'shrooms, onions, chips and a nice bottle of Malbec.
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Leftovers from a few days ago. Singapore noodles and Mongolian beef from this Vietnamese place nearby because I like their take on these dishes.

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Our recent CA trip was alongside some folks who now live on the east coast but who grew up in SoCal.  They have rather mass-market tastes, thus we *had* to stop off at all the drive-thru joints that they remembered from their youth, but can't get "back east."  

 

As such, I present the following listicle: 

 

West-Coast-Exclusive Quick Service Restaurant Chains

 

1) El Pollo Loco

2) Del Taco (It's basically Taco Bell, but good.  And with a side of fries for some reason.)

3) In-N-Out (Underwhelming, given the reputation. They serve literally 2 things-- there's no excuse for the fries to be so sh***y)

 

...

 

999) Jack in the Box  (Who actually eats this?)

 

quick observations.

 

west coast people likely lump del taco and jack in the box together-- is 2:30 am food. bars close and folks not wanna go to denny's and so they end up at the aforementioned, if only to use the restroom... which likely evokes comparisons to trainspotting.  24/7 is the major (only?) appeal o' the del taco and jack in the crack. 'course so many o' the west coast mexican fast food chains is limited regional (e.g. tacos de acapulco, adalbertos) one might not realize they is actual part o' chains. ask surfers where they go for mexican food at 7:00 am is likely your best guide for mexican fast food. regardless, is weird to hear anybody sing praise o' del taco as is punchline fare for the most part.  friend is vomiting in the morning and likely you will make a joke 'bout how such is deserved result for hitting up del taco after bar hopping.

 

in n' out does have shakes, so three items? *shrug* is a large "secret menu" locals know 'bout, but even so, it is minimalist.  burgers is good, with fresh ingredients and the prices is cheap. am having difficulty finding fault... though their fries is kinda odd and not for everybody.

 

so cal? missed roscoe's chicken and waffles and tommy's? no asian fast food mentioned? roscoe's does takeout, but isn't actual drive thru at most locations.  even so, am mild shocked if it were left off the list o' 999. tommy's is kinda iconic so cal. is a fair number o' asian fast food places, much/most o' which is terrible, but asian box, for example, is worth a visit... or two. am near certain there is asian box locations so cal.

 

ah well, next time in cali, ask manifested, hurl or Gromnir, 'mongst others, for advice.  sounds like your traveling companions were no friends at all... though am gonna admit, we like pollo loco. 

 

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Edited by Gromnir, 10 September 2017 - 10:18 PM.

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Asian Box would be most welcome. Quik Wok won't even know what hit them.

 

 

True, after the trainspotters crash out, a cottage industry of breakfast enthusiasts converge along the coast, pre-dawn to sunrise. Possibly the best local and regional fare for mexican, or waffles, veggies, eggs, fish, bacon, avocado everything ... the usual, but somehow so much better, served in open-air sidewalk cafes that vanish by 11am. Reasonably priced, too, for the most part. Should be criminal to settle for Jack in the Box.



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But I actually like Jack in the Crack. Craving an ultimate cheeseburger on sourdough now... Grumble grumble.

I wish we had In-N-Out here and fast Mexican like we have in AZ. The Mexican food I've had in Colorado had been disappointing. So many filler ingredients, what I wouldn't give for a Nico's Taco Shop or Los Betos let alone an El Molinitos. True story, my wife never liked Mexican food until I took her to my favorite spots in Tucson.

Edited by ShadySands, 11 September 2017 - 12:21 AM.


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El Pollo Loco is pretty solid. I'm more about the sandwich shops though. Mr. Pickles is my new favorite.



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Naugles...I havent hear that name since 1989.



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Sushi last night at Cherry Hills Sushi Co

 

I had some sashimi and like 7 or 8 hand rolls


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Cook Out is my go to guilty pleasure ****ty fast food joint, but I'm not sure they have those outside the Carolinas. I'm a sucker for their Cajun Style and Cheddar Style Chicken sandwiches. As a bonus they have a selection of sides you can get in a combo, not just fries. Best of all, it's dirt cheap.

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Last night our dinner was Dry aged striploin steak, very interesting and tasty process


Edited by Fiach, 16 September 2017 - 12:33 AM.

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Cook Out is my go to guilty pleasure ****ty fast food joint, but I'm not sure they have those outside the Carolinas. I'm a sucker for their Cajun Style and Cheddar Style Chicken sandwiches. As a bonus they have a selection of sides you can get in a combo, not just fries. Best of all, it's dirt cheap.

 

They're in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia and Alabama in addition to the Carolinas.


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Basic Lasagne, the only difference being that I marinate the pasta sheets in green pesto (olive oil, basil, parmesan reggiano) for a day, prior to cooking. Nice Shiraz (Syrah). :)

Edited by Fiach, 22 September 2017 - 01:52 AM.


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Raylan: What do you know about kidneys?
Ash: They're the Cadillac of beans.
 
so, Gromnir had kidney beans sitting in our pantry for the past few months and we finally decided to do something with'em.  weren't gonna make "chili" 'cause while we recognize beans and tomatoes is chili staples in some places, we can't bring our self to defile decent chili with such ingredients.  
 
so we instead decided to make the world's easiest red beans and rice recipe.
 
sure, am knowing smaller red or pink beans is more traditional, but am actual preferring the deeper flavor o' kidney beans for our red beans and rice.  even so, am admitting we commit a culinary faux pas and will endure whatever scorn and ridicule is directed our way for violating The Code.  
 
1 lb kidney beans-- rinsed aggressive and then placed in fridge overnight in...
2 quarts o' water
2 onions-- chopped
2 bib celery-- chopped (do not discard leafy portion)
1 immaculate bell pepper-- chopped  (btw there is a difference 'tween three and four lobe peppers.  for long simmers, we typical choose 3 lobe)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (depends on your love/hate o' heat)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1-2 teaspoons thyme (depends on how strong is your sausage... particular if sausage is bland, add a bit more thyme)
2 (don't laugh) bay leaves
1 lb sausage (andouille, or whatever) cooked and cut into 1/2' slices
 
rice
 
1) soak beans overnight
2) add beans and water in which beans were soaking to a large pot along with onion, celery and pepper.  bring to a boil, reduce heat to achieve simmer and then cover and let cook for 90 minutes.  do not stir 'less you somehow lose water to evaporation and need to add more to keep from becoming a dry paste... which you should not need to do. 
3) after 90 minutes o' watching college football, add remaining ingredients (sausage and spices) to your pot. stir a couple times. cover the pot again. let cook 30 more minutes.  
4) cook your rice.
 
add a portion o' cooked beans to rice in a bowl.  if you got a favorite hot sauce, feel free to go overboard with the heat... or not.  you now got a big bowl o' comfort food with minimum o' effort. congratulations.
 
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Chilli con Carne with brown rice and nachos, few bottles of miller draft to wash it down.

I serve the chili in a bowl with layers of grated cheese, chopped raw onion and cream fraiche, (soured cream) all mixed together sandwiched between layers of chili. With Cream fraiche on the side for dipping and scooping with the nachos.

I don't go for Mad hot chili, where you can only taste heat, so I guess it would be medium spicy, I think it's much more tasty like that. :)

Edited by Fiach, 30 September 2017 - 04:44 AM.





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