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Taste Test: The Best Frozen Burgers

I will admit to buying White Castle burgers once in a while. I prefer to put either mustard or HP sauce on 'em and they're ok, but they sure have a lot of calories for something so small.

We Try the New Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Frappé From McDonald's

Chain Reaction: We Try Subway's New Big Hot Pastrami Melt

subway has consistently made me ill every time I've had it so I avoid it like the plague.

If you want a chain pastrami that is a chain version of an LA style Pastrami Sandwich (i.e. like at Johnnie's) Togo's does pretty good. I always order with extra pickles and pepperocini because that's how I like it (and no cheese) and it's nice at a quality franchise. Of course at a f-d up one it sucks but that is why chains suck.

Best Bars Los Angeles: Where to Drink in Culver City

I've been to City Tavern and it's great. Had a great time with some friends there while in town. They had this great pretzel bun burger that I have yet to find an equal to elsewhere.

The Big King Is a Whopper of a Disappointment

The Big Carl at Carl's Jr is their clone of the Big Mac but it's a bigger burger and has better toppings. I like them but these days I find I can't finish them because they are just too big. Their special sauce is pretty good though.

Jalapeño Kicker Sandwiches Could Be Coming to a McDonald's Near You

the idea sounds ok but as always, with any new offering they are putting too many toppings on the burger that either make it too messy to eat or or just cancel each other out. jalapenos on a McD's burger sounds good, actually (preferably with some bacon on it too or a neutral non pepper cheese) but putting on all these others seems a bit much.

that said if they sell one near me I'll buy one to try it.

Reality Check: We Try Subway's New Sriracha Steak and Chicken Melts

eating this crap will definitely create some fiery footlongs the next day lol

Our Search for the Best Fried Chicken in San Francisco Part 2: East Asian-Style

You can now get San Tung wings at the new candy/ice cream place a door down from ST, Next Door Sweets, and have no wait.

How to Infuse Your Booze With Halloween Candy

Skittles vodka recipes abound on the Internet...always wanted to try that, but these look even better! chocolate and bourbon! awesome!!!

Why Have I Never Tried: Whatchamacallit?

I remember trying this before it came out in the 1970s. When I was a kid I had a friend whose grandfather worked in advertising, and would often get products early and would pass them around to his family and friends to try out and get feedback. We each tried a piece of it and liked it and our comments were duly noted....

What's Your Local Cheap Beer?

Rainier ale, Old Style (only in 16 oz cans please) are my favorites....Schiltz also.

We Try the New Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger from Hardee's & Carl's Jr.

They seem to take pride in how messy these "special" burgers are. The only 2 things I will order there are either the basic burger (which is actually ok) or the Big Carl with the 1000 island dressing. Sadly in SF both of our Carl's Jrs are located in one of the worst parts of downtown. last time I was in one , there was a guy literally bleeding on the floor by the soda machines. UGH.

The one in San Bruno by YouTube's offices, however is possibly one of the nicest ones I've ever seen.

Ask a Bartender: What's Your Favorite Whiskey?

pick one? omg how is that even possible? Ryes are always great (Jim Beam rye, Rittenhouse, Bulliet, and so on), a Jameson's shot is magic, of the bourbons, a Bulliet, a Woodford Reserve, or when you're in a dive bar, Jim Beam works, and for Scoth for God's sakes do NOT drink our family's alcohol (Dewar's) and get a Macallan or any of the more aged Scotches. (?)

Chain Reaction: McDonald's Mighty Wings, Revisited

This will actually get me to go back to McDonalds, even the nasty "Children of Men" themed one by Golden Gate Park on Haight Street which sucks LOL. A pity they can't sell beer at McD's in the US though.

Open Thread: What Words Should Never Be Used to Describe Food?

"mouth watering". makes me think of someone drooling on their food. GROSS

Snapshots from the San Francisco Street Food Festival

be sure to check out the inner and outer sunset...lots of great places out here!

AHT Giveaway: VIP Tickets to the 2013 Sacramento Burger Battle

Combination of "is the bun strong enough to hold it together and taste good" and " was the meat cooked properly"

New Mexican Festival Burgers Come to McDonalds Japan

these look similar to some Mcdonalds Mexican food items they tested in LA circa 2000. I remember they had a big mac with guacamole and salsa, a burrito and a few other items. They were actually pretty good, a step up from say, Taco Bell. (insert joke about that fact here).

The Cider Press Taste Test: Canned Ciders

Strongbow is a good cider, and lately it's been available on tap here in SF. I've never seen Blackthorn in cans - it's usually in 22 oz bottles. Costco is now selling a 4 pac of Crispin variants that are pretty good, and they're half price compared to the supermarkets.

7 Dishes Worth Traveling For In The Outer Sunset, San Francisco

I dunno...Santa Cruz is a bit sunnier than the Outer Sunset and it's become a lot more pricey. Personally if we're going to coin new names, I prefer "Outer Funset". I occasionally use "Inner Funset" (where I live) at the blog.

7 Dishes Worth Traveling For In The Outer Sunset, San Francisco

I can safely say I've NEVER heard it called "Little Santa Cruz." Dunno where you picked that up.

This is a good list. I'd add a few other items : the Irish Breakfast Sandwich and the fried chicken sandwich at the Beachside Cafe (owned by the same folks who own Java Beach), and the crab at Thanh Long.

Where to eat on PCH? Honeymoon on Cali Coast

Don't say "Cali" and don't say "Frisco."

The Food Lab Turbo: How To Make The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

My favorite bread was the now collateral damage in the Hostess collapse, Columbo, from San Francisco. It was an industrial sourdough that made for a good grilled sandwich, and it handled the other ingredients perfectly (usally 2 slices of Kraft American Cheese but not those individually wrapped ones)

The other boost was to spread some HP sauce on the inside. Perfect.

Of course, adding some bacon doesn't hurt, but it's not needed if you don't have it.

Dry-Fried Green Beans from 'The Chinese Takeout Cookbook'

Melisa's in SF makes this but with fried tofu...dunno how they do it but it's great! Normally I can't stand tofu but theirs with green beans is amazing!

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: McAfee's Benchmark No. 8 Bourbon

SF has this on sale right now for a flat 10 bucks a bottle. not great but better than stupid ancient age and that moss taste it leaves in your mouth.

Suggestions: Santa Monica/Venice/LA

I'm going to Venice Beach/Santa Monica this week. I lived here several years ago and a lot has changed. I could use a few recommendations for newer places to try out (restaurants, bars, etc). Although I'll have a car I am staying right by the beach so I can walk to most places.

I'll also likely hit Canter's and a few other non west LA places, but I would like to keep this mini vacation as relaxed and as casual as possible. any suggesions would be great.

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