wintersweet's Profile

Title Last Reply

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

The Greek cheese spiral at my TJ's (California) is definitively savory, and must be baked because the dough is uncooked.

Hearth & Table in Lincoln City, OR

My partner and I found ourselves in Lincoln City, OR, a few weeks ago. The place we stayed in was great, and the beaches were beautiful, and the bookstores were great, but the food situation seemed kind of...lacking. We decided to try Hearth and Table, and it was a good choice. At dinner, they have various small plates/snacks/appetizers and pizzas (good, not great--but we picked the ingredients, so that might have been our fault). I think I would order more of the small plates if I went there again, and get their recs on pizza. They had what looked like a pretty good beer list. Atmosphere's minimal, but service was good. You order at the counter and they bring out the food. Anyway, give it a try if you're in the area. Pictured is the scotch egg that we ordered, on top of what tasted like house-made mustard. The sausage is local (I forget the name). It was my first scotch egg, so I can't compare, but it was delicious.

Jul 01, 2015
wintersweet in Pacific Northwest

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

Yeah, I heard that sometimes they just straight up have Hodo tofu, but since I'm still working my way through a case of organic Morinaga, I didn't look very hard. I'm looking forward to trying the yuba despite my skepticism. :)

Jul 01, 2015
wintersweet in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

The new kimchi STILL hasn't shown up at my TJ's. I did ask, about a month ago, and they said it was coming. :/ (And thus I had to make a pilgrimage to a Costco an hour+ away, which carries the big jars.)

Jul 01, 2015
wintersweet in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

Fremont, CA: Yuba "noodles" from Hodo Soy in Oakland, two flavors (sesame, spicy) in one $8.99 package. Haven't tried them yet. When I had yuba in Kyoto, it was a revelation. Not too sure about this version.

Also, Indian sweets from Nanak Mithai, including kaju katli, kaju rolls, and rasmalai. These are in big boxes in the refrigerated section, $10-12 a box. I wanted some, because I enjoy the dense, fudgy nature of this kind of sweet, but a whole box? Maybe not.

These items definitely aren't carried at my "home" Costco an hour away. Sigh. (I was in there for a giant jar of kimchi, also not available at my local Costco.)

Jul 01, 2015
wintersweet in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I like most of them; none of them are brilliant, but they offer a pretty good taste-to-ease ratio (never mind the low price!). You can add more pepper or cheese or whatever to them for more flavor. Some nights it's just nice to only make the protein main from scratch and then heat up one of the grain + veggie sides...

I do NOT like the Chicken Fried Rice; there's just nothing good about it, IMO. (However, the Japanese Style Fried Rice is pretty tasty, and even better with additions. I keep it around for emergency meals.)

Jun 22, 2015
wintersweet in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

They rename a lot of things that they think their audience won't recognize. We had some of it the other night with a salad. It's rich, but tasty. I have nothing to compare it to, though! I've never had the Real Thing.

Jun 22, 2015
wintersweet in Chains

Grocery Outlet May 2015

There's finally a Grocery Outlet that's sort of convenient to me, so I went by to check it out. I noticed they have Kam Yen Jan lap-xuong sausage--for some weird reason, at the local GO it's over with the chocolate and candy. ???

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Thanks for the tip! I buy King's when I have to, but I'm not thrilled about it. I'll look for Sunja's.

May 25, 2015
wintersweet in Chains

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

The Japanese fried rice is fully stocked at my local TJ's...

May 24, 2015
wintersweet in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

What?! I hope so! I would prefer a larger amount, but it was nice having an acceptable kimchi available at TJ's. (It's not a brilliant kimchi, but since I try to avoid ones that have either shrimp or MSG in them, it's a limited selection for me to start out with.)

May 24, 2015
wintersweet in Chains
1

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Yes, I want to know, too!
We recently discovered that Fresh and Easy's frozen pupusas aren't bad, and I would love some curtido to go with.

May 24, 2015
wintersweet in Chains

Chef's Table on Netflix

Yeah, I really liked that one, too. Next time I'm down there...

Your favorite omni apps at TJs

I think the samosas have more flavor on their own than the tacos or taquitos do. (Though it'd still be nice to have a yogurt sauce or tamarind sauce on hand.)

May 01, 2015
wintersweet in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Yeah, macadamias, and it's a HUGE can! (Since TJ's recently introduced a honey macadamia nut, I wonder if macadamias have become cheaper or something...)

May 01, 2015
wintersweet in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Coconut Macaroon Macadamia Nuts: Way too tasty.

They're quite sweet, so some people won't like them anyway (and of course, there are those poor souls who hate coconut), but man...I think they're delicious!

Apr 29, 2015
wintersweet in Chains
1

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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.