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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

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.

Cookie Butter Cheesecake at Trader Joe's

Uh-oh.

Nov 20, 2014
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains

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
wintersweet in Chains
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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
wintersweet in Chains
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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
wintersweet in Chains
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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
wintersweet in Chains

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.

Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

Tamale Lovers is OUTSTANDING. I went to a similar-sounding place on my last I-40 road trip, and Tamale Lovers blows it out of the water. Even their sweet ones are good! I think my favorites so far are the chicken mole and the sweet corn, but their beans are also very good. (Bits of ham and plenty of flavor, more like my mom's bean soup than typical taqueria beans.)

Thanks for the rec; I'll be back here many times in the future despite the distance from my home!

Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

It's very casual and feels like more of a take-out place, definitely not a eat-in-a-hurry place. The service seemed fine to me, but I apparently have really different expectations for a hole-in-the-wall bbq place than some people do. The ribs were really good.

Yasukochi's Sweet Stop, SF

Yes, I know they're famous for the crunch cakes, but their cake rolls are out of this world! The fruit and the real cream and the soft sponge cake are SO delicious. I have bad luck with their hours, but it's worth a couple of missed connections.

Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

Thanks, it's been a good use of my free time. :) I haven't been to either Matchmaker or Hazel's, but Hazel's certainly is archetypal-looking!

Mixed Grain -- Korean in Walnut Creek

I believe Pollo Pollo in Pleasant Hill (so random!) is part of the same family of restaurants. We had their "Kill Me Spicy" chicken, and it was VERY spicy. I could only eat about 3 pieces myself. Good, though!

Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

Update: There's some excellent produce to be had at Smith Family Farms. (Haven't investigated any farm stands with pie yet.) I think I'll be doing a lot of cooking with vegetables and fruits this summer! Also, while unpacking, I found an ice cream maker...

New and VERY welcome: Doré, a French bakery in Brentwood. I've had clafoutis and a few other items, and they were all excellent. (But after living in Fremont, $3.25 for a small coconut tart *hurts.*) Anyway, it's not like I've ever been to France, but these are really good pastries. If you're in the area, drop by and give them a try!

Oh, and P. S. on La Costa: We have discovered the seafood side of the menu and like them much more than before (although my mother-in-law raved about the veggie quesadilla, which is the sort of dish that rarely inspires raves). My husband is hooked on the aguachile.

Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

I have been to the L&L, which is very close to where I live. I thought it was disappointing compared to other L&Ls, honestly. However, I'll check out Jerry's! Thanks.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Stupid question (?): what do you do with the rest of the polenta if you just slice off a couple of slices? I'd like to do this but I'm not sure if it can be stored...

And the vegetable masala burgers are delicious (I wouldn't have expected them to be, but they were sampling them at my local TJ's--now a must-buy!).

Jun 04, 2014
wintersweet in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

Yes, thought this was terrible and weird. Like the bibimbap, a huge letdown compared to the real thing--even WITH lowered expectations for frozen food.

May 24, 2014
wintersweet in Chains

Yakiniq Cafe, SF in Japantown- sweet potato latte, yuzu honey tea, etc.

I miss Philippe's, but even without this, it sounds like my type of place. Thanks!

Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

Pleasanton and Walnut Creek have far more than this area does, but they're not practical for weeknight dinners out etc. (In fact, Pleasanton and Berkeley are about equidistant from me!) Thank you though. :)

Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

I'd forgotten about it...I went there once a couple of years ago and thought it was so-so, but now that I live here, that might be different. And maybe I just had the wrong thing. :)

I have gone around downtown Antioch a bit though. Mostly dive bars and unimpressive-looking tattoo shops. I was disappointed, because my first visit was to Nature's Bounty and a bead shop. Turns out that's all there is of interest there. :/ Pittsburg's downtown is a little better (BBQ, bakeries, a bookstore, a bike shop... brewery...apparently many good things that start with B!)