Just a quick mash note here - went to my neighborhood Food 4 Less (Lake Ave., Pasadena) to pick up some potatoes for supper, and there was a food demo table set up emitting some great smells from the electric skillet. Now, I'm used to getting nice bites of interesting stuff at Trader Joe's, but in the supermarkets they're usually flogging big-brand convenience foods and/or desserts, or frozen pizza at best...and this is a far from upscale store. Well, the woman said something to me in Spanish, which I took in high school and promptly forgot, so I said, "Pardon me?" She pointed down to a pile of flour tortilla wedges folded over something and said, "Sample chorizo?" "Drool," I replied, and she placed a wedge on a napkin, smeared a nice glob of crema over it and then topped it all with a cube of manchego cheese. OMG, as the IM kids say. Three of those things would've been lunch. Four would have my Primary Care Physician putting me on water and Rye-Krisp. But DAMN it was good...
The point of all this is if you spend time around here shopping where the Latino folks and the Asian folks (and a lot of other kinds of folks as well) shop, you can in the course of a few hours get a pretty nice little Small Bites meal in many genres. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than the national chains, too.
I wonder if she's still there...it's a couple of hours before suppertime, and I bet I need something else...
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