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November 2014 Openings and Closings

Thanks, MC Slim JB, I'm particularly missing the salted caramels and chocolate-filled beignets!

Dec 05, 2014
nandrew in Greater Boston Area

November 2014 Openings and Closings

Do you have any idea what Lee is doing now? I understand she's not at Bread&Butter, at least that's what they told me when I went in there.

Dec 04, 2014
nandrew in Greater Boston Area

Discontinued at Trader Joe's - January thru June 2012 [OLD]

This is a little off topic, but if you live in the Boston area, puzzler, the Harvest in Central Square has great bulk candied ginger.

Feb 12, 2012
nandrew in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's - January thru June 2012 [OLD]

They had similar sounding walnuts years ago--couldn't believe it when they disappeared.

Jan 30, 2012
nandrew in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's - January thru June 2012 [OLD]

For what it's worth, at a fundraiser a couple years ago I sat across from a guy who said he had been the, I think, CEO at Trader Joe's before retiring. He said the company would discontinue items that even his wife really loved.

Jan 26, 2012
nandrew in Chains

"Nutrition Facts" on Trader Joe's Items

Yep, that makes sense. And no, they're not tasty enough for that much fat (I had never had them before so figured I'd give them a shot). Thanks, ghg!

Jan 18, 2012
nandrew in Chains

"Nutrition Facts" on Trader Joe's Items

So, on those Sesame Sticks, I did check on my scale and for the 30gm that was supposed to be one serving size there were only 22 varied sized pieces, not the 28 that it said on the bag. That would still only be between 7-8 calories per piece and they seem pretty greasy to me. I *hope* that's accurate...

Jan 17, 2012
nandrew in Chains

"Nutrition Facts" on Trader Joe's Items

Good suggestion on the scale--I do have one, so I'll try it. Also, I used to know the calories for grams of protein, fat and carbs--I'll look online and try adding things up too. Thanks!

Jan 17, 2012
nandrew in Chains

"Nutrition Facts" on Trader Joe's Items

I wonder who comes up with those numbers, an independent agency or the companies themselves...

Jan 17, 2012
nandrew in Chains

"Nutrition Facts" on Trader Joe's Items

Has anyone else wondered how accurate the nutritional information on the packages at TJ's is? I'm specifically referring to calories but maybe other things like fiber. I've wondered this in the past (they used to carry plastic containers of what I think they called antipasto with a lot of sundried tomatoes and olives swimming in olive oil, which was supposedly fairly low calorie). Now I have a package of Sesame Sticks where, even though the 2nd listed ingredient after wheat flour is soybean oil and when I put them down on a piece of paper, the paper was left with grease spots, the listed calories is 170 for 28 pieces, or about 6 calories each. This seems impossible.

Jan 16, 2012
nandrew in Chains

TRADER JOE'S and Whole Foods- BEST PRODUCTS

I think you could mix *anything* with mayo, bacon, sunflower seeds and raisins and it would taste good! ;-)

Jan 16, 2012
nandrew in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's - January thru June 2012 [OLD]

Yes, I was particularly unhappy about the chili spiced pineapple!

Jan 14, 2012
nandrew in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

Yes, this sounds like one of those mathematical paradoxes! Eventually there will be nothing on the shelves. ;-)

Dec 27, 2011
nandrew in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

Thanks, ghg, I intellectually know there must be good reasons from Trader Joe's perspective when an item is discontinued, but it just seems to happen so often and just when they've gotten me addicted to something!!

Dec 26, 2011
nandrew in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

Chile Spiced Pineapple is gone. They said it was discontinued in October. I had stocked up with a bunch of it around then so only found out last week that it was gone. I thought maybe if I bought a lot at once that it *wouldn't* be discontinued (because they'd think it was a popular item), so I guess that doesn't work.

Also missing from the shelves (with no label on the shelf, though I didn't ask about the item since I was already so depressed about the pineapple) was their Gentle Facial Cleanser (orange scented) and related Regenerating Antioxidant Moisturizing Face Lotion. Sigh...

Dec 26, 2011
nandrew in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

I live in Cambridge, MA and the River St. Whole Foods has Peppadews in the antipasto bar ($9.99/lb). The Fresh Pond store seems to have added some oil to the product, at least did the one time I got them there. I'm addicted to these little sweet/spicy peppers!

Dec 26, 2011
nandrew in Chains

Buy Whole Spices for Longer-Lasting Flavor

Harvest Food Coop in Central Square sells bulk spices (so you can buy as much or as little as you like). I know they have some whole spices, though I can't tell you exactly which.

May 13, 2011
nandrew in Features

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 4th Quarter 2010 [OLD]

Hi opinionatedchef, If you go to traderjoes.com and click the little "contact" button at the bottom of the page, you can submit questions. Usually they answer in a day or 2; this time it took longer.

Jan 26, 2011
nandrew in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 4th Quarter 2010 [OLD]

Hi goodhealthgourmet, Here's the response I got from Trader Joe's today (I'd buy a case if I were you):

Thank you for your email. The Peri Peri Peppadrops were an opportunity
buy, which means they were purchased in limited quantity as a one time
deal. Unfortunately, we have already depleted our stock in the east
coast. We still have some supply for a few more weeks of stock on the
west coast, so these customers can purchase them for just a short while
longer.

If we are able to acquire another harvest opportunity buy in the future,
they will return to all stores.

Jan 26, 2011
nandrew in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 4th Quarter 2010 [OLD]

Thanks--maybe I'll complain at my local store (or on the website).

Jan 20, 2011
nandrew in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 4th Quarter 2010 [OLD]

Are they still around, goodhealthgourmet? If so, where is your store? I'm in Cambridge, MA. My local Whole Foods does have the same kind of little peppers in their olive/marinated veggie bar, so I've been buying them up. They're not quite as plump (maybe because they haven't been sitting in a jar), but they're a pretty good substitute.

Jan 20, 2011
nandrew in Chains

unsweetened dried cranberries?

Am I the only one who likes the TJ's unsweetened cranberry juice?

Jan 20, 2011
nandrew in General Topics

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 4th Quarter 2010 [OLD]

A baaaaad day at TJ's today: they've discontinued the peri-peri peppadrops, which I am addicted to. It seemed like a relatively new item. Interestingly, I just looked at the website for the company on the label (Mozambique Spice Company), and they cost more than twice as much as TJ's was charging. So maybe that's why they were discontinued.

Dec 21, 2010
nandrew in Chains

Where did Lee of Chocolee go?

Let me know what you think. Tell Lee the "Salted Caramel Lady" told you to try them!

Apr 21, 2010
nandrew in Greater Boston Area

Where did Lee of Chocolee go?

Wow, tigerswims, sorry you were disappointed in my favorite chocolate place. My experience with the croissants, which I tried for the first time a couple weekends ago, was much more like ilovedessert's. I thought the croissant itself was one of the best I've had and the chocolate inside just the right amount. My weekend-only favorite there though are the chocolate beignets, made to order--they are to die for. Of the chocolates, I love the salted caramels, which I think are perfect, though I do know other folks who don't like the salty aspect.

Apr 20, 2010
nandrew in Greater Boston Area

March openings and closings

Well, I went there on Saturday afternoon and it was not open (and I was dying for those beignets which are unbelievable). I just emailed her so am hoping to find out what's really happening with the reopening.

Mar 24, 2010
nandrew in Greater Boston Area

Flour Bakery and Cafe Coming to Cambridge

If you like the Soho Globs, you should get (from the library maybe) the Rosie's Bakery Cookbook and make them. They are great and MUCH cheaper than buying them.

Feb 24, 2010
nandrew in Greater Boston Area

CherylAnn's challah at JPLicks in H Sq!

I just saw Cheryl Ann's challah yesterday at the Harvest Coop in Central Square. Very exciting!

Jan 28, 2010
nandrew in Greater Boston Area

Oreo and Cream Cheese "Truffles"

I made these last week and everyone LOVED them. One tip--DON'T use white chocolate chips for the decoration (and I'm just guessing, don't use chocolate chips to dip the centers in). Mine wouldn't melt correctly and I just ended up throwing away a big glob of white chocolate which refused to drizzle. I also had a few oreos left over (since there are a few more than one pound in a package of Oreos), so I dipped them in the leftover dark chocolate. OMG!!

Jan 28, 2010
nandrew in Features

Festive Drink crawl - your favorite places...

Yes, the correct spelling is "long." ;-)

Jan 05, 2010
nandrew in Greater Boston Area