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[hanging head woefully] yes, it's true. there is no good chinese in this town. mexican i can take or leave, but i have to get to SF to get some good chinese soon or i might die.

did you ever make it to pok pok/whiskey soda lounge when you were here. great thai, more authentic than most. if not, be sure to go next time you're in town.


I used to work at Schaubs. The best was when we cooked up a bunch of Fred's steak for the deli and then sliced it up. We were able to set the "heel" of the steak aside for snacking on our break. Yum.

Even though I worked at the store, I never knew the secret of the steak. Only Dave's family and those who married in know the secret of how to turn the steak black.

Yum. Excuse me, gotta make the drive to the mall and pick up a steak and some chicken sausages.


I'd eat that.

steven davies

In my town there is only Chinese.I've never tried Mexican.Is it really good for eating?

Deborah Dowd

I tried a version of this marinade I found on the net for my July 4th cookout and it was great. I would love to try the real thing to see how close I got!

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