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Best Pizza in Queens ??

Nick's is good but not worth going well out of your way for in my opinion and that's coming from someone who lives in the neighborhood.

Dani's in Kew Gardens is extremely popular but only worth a stop for those who are fans of particularly sweet sauce.

The real standout at Il Vesuvio is their Godfather pizza, the rest is generally good but unremarkable. (Was a regular there as a former Bayside resident)

The sicilian at V.I.Pizza on Bell is indeed good but not nearly as rave worthy as some of the faithful make it out to be. Good if you're in the area but definitely not worth traveling for.

Grimaldi's in Douglaston was never anything but a mild disappointment across a half dozen visits. Center of their pies are almost always soggy while the outer crust is bland and dry which overshadows their otherwise enjoyable sauce, cheese, and toppings.

Pizza Classica in Forest Hills/Richmond Hill on Metropolitan is pretty good. The brick oven pizzas in the restaurant are better than the okay regular pies from the counter.

Alfie's on Jamaica Ave is a solid neighborhood joint.

The Della Nona upside down pizza from the wood burning brick oven at Trattoria 35 on Bell Blvd is worth a visit for.

1 day ago
NuMystic in Outer Boroughs

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

"i made a huge mistake buying the thin ginger wafers.

i can't stop eating them. it has only been 45 minutes and i'm about done with a sleeve! not too sweet, crisp, tiny bits of ginger..."

Didn't you know that the individually packaged sleeves are the subliminally mandated serving size?

I refuse to fall prey to such unscrupulous tactics and demonstrate my indomitable strength of will by eating BOTH in one sitting. Take that TJ's overlords! *shakes fist*

Mar 22, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

I hear you Trock. I'd be fine with a candidly labeled 50/50 almond cashew blend because at least that would be actual nut butter thickness whereas this is basically thick cashew sauce consistency.

As far as oil, most of the big name retail cashew butters add a *bit* of oil to help with the processing (Maranatha and Woodstock do too) the *amount* added here is the problem. So much that it's not even thick enough to cling to a butter knife or spoon at room temp.

Mar 21, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

The new Chia and Flax PB from TJ's is our new staple now for anything that doesn't require completely smooth peanut butter.

Mar 20, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Yep, but I don't mind that at all. Straight almond butter is still quite a bit thicker than the TJ's cashew blend.

Mar 20, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Have done that too greygarious and while that's great for something like spreading on sliced apples it's no in recipes that count on cashew butter being the typical firmness at room temperature. Also doesn't work for anything where you don't want the cashew butter to be cold.

There are loads of savory and sweet applications that need it to hold at room temp so even if you can spread it thick while cold it would be running off loose as soon as it's warmed.

Mar 20, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

By contrast we absolutely LOVE the Crunchy Cookies w/ Belgian Chocolate which we felt are superior to Milanos in absolutely every regard. Prefer the smaller size, the cookies themselves, and prefer the quality of the chocolate to any of the Pepperidge Farms ones. If they come out with mint and raspberry versions like the Milanos we're done for.

Yay/Nay on the Cashew Butter - Being that Cashew Butter is so damned expensive everywhere else we'll still buy this regularly but it's obvious the cost savings is thanks to it being *heavily* cut with added oil. It's so thin that you could literally pour it out of the container which is nothing like what you get from a real 100% cashew butter. Flavor is good and the price is right but the super thin consistency means it also won't work for a lot of applications and we'll still have to resort to making our own when we need it thick.

Mar 20, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

So sorry to hear that Ttrockwood! Always take the time to ask at customer service when you can't find something. They can let you know if it's just out of stock, an item they don't carry, and which locations it is in stock at either way.

Mar 20, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

My sincere apologies Erika. The reply was definitely not intended to direct disdain towards you personally! Was more about the TJ's labeling since the Orangutan thing is just one small facet in a much more complicated issue. The "not the place for geo-political debate" part was more self-directed as to why I was pointing elsewhere for more info rather than actually going further into it here.

As for Years of Living Dangerously, I was mistaken about it being HBO, it's actually Showtime and the whole series is available for free to Amazon Prime subscribers.

If you don't have that either the first full episode is free on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brvhC...

Mar 19, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

These are in an *entirely* different league than the TJ's ones. Definitely give these a try on your next visit to Costco.

Mar 19, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

It's Orangutans not Gorillas and their habitat is the very least of what's wrong with Palm Oil but this isn't the place for a geo-political debate about that.

If you're genuinely interested in broadening your understanding give HBO's Years of Living Dangerously a few hours of your time.

Mar 19, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

I'm not sure about the "Easter Jelly Beans" but we didn't care for the "Gourmet Jelly Beans" we tried at all.

Unlike other gourmet flavored jelly beans the flavor of these is *only* in the outer coating so after a very short while you've got nothing flavorless chewing gum in your mouth. Ick. Also tougher and chewier than most other brands. One of our least favorite sweets purchase at TJ's ever.

Mar 18, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

MEH - Grecian style Egglplant (Canned)

I'm with lingua on this one. Underseasoned, too much oil (soy), and not a particularly great value compared to countless jarred eggplant options (Zergut, etc.) widely available at middle eastern / kosher shops often at a slightly lower cost per oz. but packing more flavor.

It's not bad, and I'll pick it up when I'm out of jarred and happen to be at TJ's but it's certainly not rave-worthy unless you've never had another shelf stable eggplant product to compare it to.

YAY - TJ's Dark Chocolate Milanos errr, I mean Crispy Cookies w/ Belgian Dark Chocolate. 'nuff said. :)

Mar 18, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

@sciencediet - if you still want to do it in the pan using a lower heat and lidding will solve that problem

Mar 17, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

While I agree that it's nothing special when compared to the real seriously paneer stuffed variety you get in better restaurants I do have to say that I found it FAR more enjoyable than their regular frozen Naan which we tried and found wanting. This is the only one we found decent enough to eat along with a few of their better pre-prepared indian entrees. (our staples are the frozen Paneer Tikka Masala, the Madras Lentils & Chana Masala shelf stable Tasty Bite relabels)

Mar 08, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Not to worry lukfam, another member (greygarious) reported on their experience related to exactly this issue last month:

"GREAT news! Thanks. I will stock up. I've often used partial, refrigerated tubes many months past expiration, and they were always good as new. I've also had unopened ones, from various sources, at room temp, that were not used till well past package date."

Mar 07, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Warmed how?

Mar 06, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Activated charcoal has long been used for nausea as well.
http://www.charcoalremedies.com/vomiting

That said I'll always reach for ginger first if I have it on hand in any form. (powdered ginger works too)

Mar 05, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

No regular red tomatoes but in addition to the hatch chiles it's also got plenty of tomatillo like other salsa verde.

Pleasant amount of heat and was fine with it's smoothness but also found it to be a bit on the slimy side consistency wise.

Mar 04, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

The Kalamata and Calif. Estate are also my two TJ's staples so I'll be especially keen to hear how you feel the KS Tuscan compares.

Mar 04, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Small Yay - Irish Porter Cheddar (spotlight cheese) $9.99/lb

Very nice flavor and texture though no actual porter flavor comes through.

Would only buy for presentation value on a cheese plate or if I need a softer with almost as much flavor as Cabot Extra Sharp.

Mar 04, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Used the majority of my jar smothering the TJ's frozen tamales. Was enjoyable enough, but not quite enough to repurchase since.

Mar 04, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Let us know what you think of the KS Tuscan calmossimo! Tom Mueller at Truth in Olive Oil has said it's quite decent for supermarket bought EVOO but didn't rate it as highly as TJ's Kalamata. (which is one of my two TJ's faves)

Mar 03, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Preserved Lemon is used in a lot of North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, most notably tagines.

As for the salt being less than typical that's definitely not the case compared to the jars sold at Sur La Table or the top listing on Amazon.

In fact the TJ's has more than twice the salt than either.

TJ's preserved lemon nutrition info (360mg per 14 gram serving):
http://forums.egullet.org/uploads/mon...

For top listed one at Amazon (160mg per 15 gram serving):
http://www.shopwell.com/mediterranean...

For the brand sold at Sur La Table (160mg per 15 gram serving):
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calo...

Mar 03, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

The preserved lemons were a Nay for us. Too heavy on the salt and not enough lemon flavor.

Mar 03, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Except there are a ton of more affordable options if cost savings is the goal.

I actually prefer toasted walnut and almond based pestos to pine nuts even without considering cost, and hemp seed pesto is just amazing.

In fact walnuts are exactly what TJ's uses in their Pesto Genova and even with the premium that goes with shipping and stocking a refrigerated perishable item it's only $2.99 for a 7 oz tub.

As for the price of pine nut based pesto Costco sells exactly that and it's not prohibitively priced.

All of that said, it still brings us back to... Potato??? Replacing a protein rich and lovely flavored nut with an empty starch filler? No thanks. :)

Mar 02, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

St. Patrick's Day?

Mar 02, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Totally understand, I often do the same. Still can by adjusting those settings. I usually just depend on my email subscription and older posts being collapsed from view to keep up but being able to do the "find on page" is still handy on occasion.

Feb 28, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

How does Fairway coffee compare?

It's worth noting that for all the marketing about them roasting daily and high turnover, much of the bean you're getting at Fairway was roasted weeks earlier.

First, not every flavor is roasted daily. Ask the coffee section staff point blank and they'll tell you that any particular flavor is only restocked a couple of times a week.

Then when they're refilling their bins, I've never once seen them empty their bins completely, they just keep topping them off with freshly roasted beans and mix. Every bin I saw during restock was at least half full of older coffee.

So at any given time half the coffee was roasted in the last few days while a good portion of the mix was roasted much much longer ago. (by dilution the longer it is the less there will be but still)

That said I've seen no decline in the quality of my favorites and still enjoy it more than a lot of beans I've gotten from more expensive boutique roasters.

Feb 28, 2015
NuMystic in Manhattan

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Totally get that littleflower but the problem I'm highlighting is that these have such a batshit crazy amount of salt compared to even the cheap college dorm staple ramen blocks that if you were to cut this seasoning packet down to a reasonable amount you've also by extension decreased whatever little other flavoring there was to be found beyond all that salt.

At that point why even bother? TJ's already sells plain rice sticks, so for a fraction of the cost, a few minutes in boiled water with any one of the TJ's sauces you've got an even cheaper meal that's just as quick and easy. (even easy enough to be done at the office with nothing but hot water)

More importantly I was pointing out that if you absolutely need a self contained meal with no messing about at all, just a few inches away, one shelf above are the Annie Chun's dried noodle bowls which are not as insanely over-salted so you wouldn't *have* to diminish the other flavors found in the packets they contain.

Feb 26, 2015
NuMystic in Chains