I read cookbooks in bed. I cook every. single. day. I love feeding people and I believe in the power of sharing a meal.
@beatle9: Minor mixup- I'm Tina Vasquez.
@beatle9: I did not go to USC. It's strange to know there's more of us floating around out there!
I second Porto's. They have three Southern California locations and their Cuban sandwich is awesome.
In Downey, CA there's this little torta shop called Tortas Bravas that has excellent tortas ahogadas, which I don't think get enough play in the food world. At this place, the ingredients are super fresh, the tomato broth is housemade, and the bread is exceptional. It all looks deceptively simple, but a good tortas ahogada is hard to find and I hope you have time to eat at least one on your trip to California.
@Seriousb: When talking to Todd he was quick to point out that "food bikes" have been around for ages, but I think it's his addition of a sink, a compartmentalized griddle, etc. that makes Todd's bikes something special. He can build an entire bike based around a specific food's needs.
I've always wondered how to successfully make sweet potato fries at home. I don't have a deep fryer and tried roasting a couple of batches, but they kind of just turned to mush ... delicious mush.
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