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Stuckey's

When I drove out to California from Arkansas about 15 (!) years ago, I was amazed to see Stuckey's en route along I-40. I only knew it from "Sam & Max Hit the Road." We stopped at one and got a pecan log. This past winter, we drove to AR and back to CA, and I only saw closed, abandoned Stuckey's buildings. (There was one that might have been open, but I couldn't tell, and we didn't have time to check.) Alas. The coconut drink and pecan milkshake both sound good!

Mar 29, 2015
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Mr Taster's first report as a Portland resident! Boxer Ramen? Oy.

Kimchi dishes are common enough in izakaya, as far as I know, and kimchi ramen is also a thing in Japan (just do a google search for キムチラーメン to see).

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

I'm still looking for the onion dip mix, but I guess it's gone.

Mar 28, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

OMFG, the milk chocolate jumbles may be my new favorite candy! They're like really, really GOOD Turtles. The only problem is steeling myself to take one and then WALK. AWAY.

The Baconesque popcorn is also pretty good; more bacon-y than the handful of other fake bacon things I've tried.

Mar 24, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Honestly, if I'd just tasted it without expecting it to have paneer in it, I would have probably rated it a "yay." :)

Mar 12, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Meh: We just tried the masala paneer naan for the first time. I haven't ordered this in a restaurant in ages, but I was disappointed by the tiny grains of paneer (like half a piece of rice in size). Any paneer flavor was overwhelmed by the onion bits. It was okay, just not what I was hoping for.

We also bought the sliced, preserved lemons and the canned eggplant/tomato thing from Bulgaria, but haven't tried either yet.

Mar 08, 2015
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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

Oh. The Eastwood thing explains it. It's just a bunch of received wisdom of people imitating other people who learned everything they know from the movies. Got it.

(I don't put ketchup on hot dogs, but IDGAF if you do.)

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Is there a Chuao company store or something? Because I also have family that I could contrive to visit...Googling that now!

Jan 30, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

We spotted a bunch of new chocolate stuff today, presumably limited for Valentine's. One was a "Fireworks" bar. It looks an awful lot like Chuao's Firecracker bar, and the ingredients are almost identical (I think one position swapped, plus cayenne in the TJ's one that isn't listed on the Chuao). My husband says it's equally good (and half the cost), can't be sure whether it's identical or not. I don't like peppery chocolate so I haven't tried it.

I would be thrilled to have some Chuao at TJ's, though I really wish they'd actually both sell and label fair trade chocolate!

Jan 26, 2015
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

The Fremont, CA Costco has Chinese New Year items such as gift boxes of niangao. (I haven't been to Pittsburg or Concord Costcos yet, but I'm just going to guess that they don't.)

I also saw that they have the "antioxidant mix" with dried fruit and pepitas, which had become a staple in our house as an addition to oatmeal. I don't know if it was gone for a while and then came back, or what.

Jan 24, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Yeah, my husband thinks it's the Best Thing in the Entire Universe. (And usually I like bacon more than he does.)

Jan 18, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Sweet Sriracha Uncured Bacon Jerky: I DON'T KNOW. I think I like it, but that could be because I was on the road for two weeks and it's way better than any of that horrible paper-thin stuff that hotels put out for breakfast.

I need to try making this myself.

Jan 06, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

So, the (holiday) Trois Chocolats -- three different flavors of cocoa in a tin? Going to give that a YAEH, or maybe a MEAY. The chocolate is tasty, but the three different flavors are each in a silver packet, about 5x5 inches, which is folded in half and then folded again and crammed into the tin. So if you're not planning on making an enormous batch all at once...uh...hope you have a lot of tiny little clips, and that you can cram the bag back into the tin. Really annoying! I understand having a bag of powder inside a tin if it's one item, but three? Weird. TJ's halfhearted approach to packaging strikes again.

Dec 09, 2014
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Best Dinner Buffet - SF Bay Area (South Bay?)

Why not try AYCE Korean BBQ instead? Freshly made and a lot of it. I like Bob Sang in southern Fremont (practically Milpitas, right off of 880). There's a far more expensive one in Santa Clara, but it's also more chaotic and has the "stuff sitting out" thing that you are (reasonably, IMO) not fond of. The Bob Sang staff are also very nice and will help you out.

Cookie Butter Cheesecake at Trader Joe's

Uh-oh.

Nov 20, 2014
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Super Mira Market in San Francisco Japantown

Inevitably, when I go in, they don't have anything left. One of these days, though.

I assuage my sadness with a Swiss roll from Yasukochi's, the only Swiss roll I've ever liked (liked? ADORED).

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

I got the "Creative Snacks Co." one. :) They're not really THAT oily, just in contrast to the totally non-oily TJ's ones. :)

Nov 15, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Ahh! I wonder. I'll experiment a little with my spices next time they're out.

Nov 13, 2014
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

This reminds me of how much I miss TJ's frozen strudels--one of my first "OMG I LOVE THIS PLACE" TJ's purchases. :/

Nov 13, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

I wanted to like this, but it had an unpleasant, "off" flavor (which I've noticed in other bread puddings a few times). Don't know what it was, but I gave the rest of mine to my husband. :/

Nov 07, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

So glad it's not just me. I hate them SO MUCH! I cringe every time I walk in to discover they're out again. And this year, they also have miniature ones, being sold at each individual register in my store. It's impossible to escape the smell.

Smells like burning, as Ralph Wiggums would say.

Nov 07, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Pork Rib Bites with BBQ Sauce = meh/nay. They're no better than they ought to be, as the saying goes. Basically, you get the bone-in annoyance of home-cooked meat PLUS the chewy, overly lean blandness of institutional food in one handy box. I'll be surprised if these stick around for very long.

Nov 07, 2014
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

I saw almond kringle at my store yesterday!

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

The Costco ones are sweeter, I think, but also very oily. They're tasty, but I probably won't buy them again because of the oiliness. They also tend to be in clumps. I prefer the TJ's ones.

Nov 01, 2014
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Moss Room. Anyone been lately? [San Francisco]

Oh no!!! Thank you for posting this, though.
I'm really sad; I enjoyed the Moss Room a lot and have taken various special people there. :/ I'm totally skeptical about this Sodexo thing.

P. S. Sodexo has a subsidiary that manages prisons?! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodexo_...

Pumpkin It's It - Anyone seen it in the SF Bay Area?

I got them at the factory--I thought they weren't particularly worth the effort. Very little pumpkin flavor that I could detect. Trader Joe's pumpkin ice cream items, including the mochi-wrapped ice cream, are much better.

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

What?! Pumpkin O's? I missed them! I'll check this week.

Oct 05, 2014
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Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

Not really close, but it does put you right between La Costa/Republic of Cake or MJ's downtown (if it's before 3 PM).

Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

Hey guys, I'm popping back in to recommend Smith Family Farms produce stand. I picked up some Torpedo onions there today and I'm looking forward to trying them out. (Also some tomatoes that I think are Roman Candles, but not sure. Lots of heirloom varieties there, anyway.)

http://smithfamilyfarm.com/
(Actually, their Facebook page is more up-to-date: https://www.facebook.com/smithfamilyf...

)

I hear it's very crowded at the height of U-Pick season, but so far we've gone on weekdays or before 11 AM on weekends and it's been fine. They're having a Tomato Festival next weekend; I'm debating whether I'm going to be put off by the inevitable heat and sun or not.

Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

I went back to Nature's Bounty. The layout was frustrating: had to either stand in line to get a menu or push my way past everyone else. (The only things on the sign board are the smoothies.) However, once I finally made up my mind, my turkey sandwich was really good.