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The Foundry, Manchester NH

That is one hell of a mushroom!!

Aug 18, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Brigante is one very bland-looking cheese. This is one of those situations which proves we often "eat with our eyes," as I was prepared to be bored.

I'll be awaiting the impressions of others. I'm often lacking in the descriptives department -- I just know what I like. That's why I ALWAYS try the Spotlight Cheese ----- to discover new goodies I would otherwise miss. Most Spotlight Cheeses are wins with me (only a few exceptions) and I feel the Brigante cheese is one of those Spotlight wins. Great flavor!

Aug 17, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

After a recent vist;

Spotlight Cheese, Brigante = big yay. A bland white color so nothing visually striking, but all sorts of flavors going on with that cheese. Great stuff. I'll let the cheese-o-philes try to describe it, but if you're a cheese lover I have a hard time imagining how someone could not like it.

Green Dragon Hot Sauce = yay. Already getting a lot of love here as a new release, and I concur. Very fresh flavor with some cilantro in there. Subjective for sure, but I don't think it's very hot at all. My girlfriend who can barely withstand a dash of Tabasco on something slathered on about 2 tsp of Green Dragon on her eggs Sunday morning and didn't wimper once.

Greek Yogurt Dip with JalapeƱo & Organic Corn Chip Dippers = ongoing, proven yay items for me and I have to keep buying them because I can't resist. So good on their own......so good together.

Aug 17, 2015
Dave B in Chains
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The Foundry, Manchester NH

If they have already opened, I'm surprised I haven't noticed anything in the local paper. Surely news from media or Chow folks will appear soon.

Aug 13, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Added it to my shopping list - sounds yummy.

I also like the TJ's Habanero Hot Sauce. Really nice habanero flavor. Very hot, but not insane for those who have fairly high heat tolerances.

Aug 11, 2015
Dave B in Chains

Coastal Maine TR

Great review(s)! I like the way you broke each location into a separate post with the respective photos. Nicer to read through I think, compared to one really loooong review.

Aug 10, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

Small Fried Clams

I had never been to Ceal's but I found myself in Hampton last week and drove over the bridge to see if I could satisfy my clam craving. I did like the clams.... tender and sweet and nicely fried. And the bellies were indeed fairly small, not that I have a preference as I'm also good with large bellies as long as they aren't gritty.

Also got a lobster roll which I was less impressed with; it's as if the chunks of lobster were positioned mostly on the top of the roll, making it look bigger, but there wasn't much inside the roll itself. The lobster pieces kept falling off the top of the roll which made it hard to handle. I consider it a pretty skimpy roll. Overall flavor experience was just OK compared to what I think of in a great lobster roll.

I didn't make note of the prices for each of the two items, but I was a bit surprised by the bill; for a tiny, little-bitty smallest available order of clams (I'm talking REALLY small) and the lobster roll I believe it was about $26-27 including tax.

Aug 07, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

pistachio oil

I may be imagining things, but I *think* I may have seen it at Market Basket recently.

If that doesn't work, give Angela's a call....I'd be a little surprised if they didn't carry it.

http://angelaspastaandcheese.com/

Aug 07, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

Manchester, NH area recs needed

Just noticed this today, for a few more ideas...

http://manchesterinklink.com/cheap-ea...

Aug 07, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

Lunch and dinner in Providence, RI?

The Rhode Island foodies here on the Northern New England boards (Maine, NH, VT) probably won't be as much help as the foodies on the Southern New England boards.

Jul 28, 2015
Dave B in Southern New England

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

Russ, that's my go-to TJ's hummus. Yay. I rarely leave the store without one of those in my cart.

A possible subject for debate; I suspect it might be made for TJ's by the Sabra hummus people. Can't say for certain, but I feel the clues are there.

Jul 23, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

Pure evil :-)

The TJ's blue cheese and roasted pecan dip (near the hummus in my regular store) is pretty outrageous stuff for the blue cheese lovers among us. I bet it would be damned good warmed and poured over good potato chips.

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

Same here. Nice enough, but I desire bolder flavors in cheese. I doubt I'd buy it again either. I didn't try melting it but it SEEMS like it would be a good melter for dishes that call for a mild melted cheese ingredient.

Jul 15, 2015
Dave B in Chains

Brunswick/Bath/Harpswell, ME: What's Good?

As someone who has tried the lobster roll at both Red's and Sprague's, I can't offer any objective feedback on the differences, but I by far preferred the Red's roll. Somehow I just liked it a lot better.

I'll wait in the Red's line if I'm not in any hurry and the weather is nice. After a long ride in the car it can sometimes be a good excuse to get out and stretch the legs.

Jul 14, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Is the Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage one of those that is already fully cooked, or is it fresh?

Jul 06, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

In an earlier discussion about the TJ's tater tots many folks seemed to 'Yay' them, so I bought a bag. Wasn't all that impressed......reminded of regular old tots, so currently a Meh. I still have some left so upon next try I'll crank up the heat and time and see if that makes a difference.

Jul 06, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

I recently tried it and like it too. Since the original Lea & Perrins seems to have been discontinued, I'm finding the TJ's version to be the next-best thing compared to others I've tried.

Jul 03, 2015
Dave B in Chains

Nashua Area News - Part 2

The menu looks great to me. Nice variety -- I really don't like huge menus. Give me 15-20 well-executed options and that's perfect.

Jul 03, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Also a Yay from me on the canned dolmas. There are a regular item for me. I just wish they offered one with meat in it. Still darn tasty...love the lemony flavor.

Nashua Area News - Part 2

That's good news - the parking. It can be tough at Buckley's during prime time and some additional spaces will help.

Jun 30, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Harts, that is appalling, and thankfully not at all the experience of the TJ's I shop. Since I started getting hooked on TJ's I've considered the staff at the store I shop at as one of the positives of the experience; it never takes me long to find someone to help me find an item, and they are 95% of the time eager to help, friendly, enthusiastic and patient (Nashua, NH store). What a bummer your experience sounds like. If that were the norm, TJ's sales and popularity would suffer greatly.

<<Big NAY also for the South Hills (Pittsburgh) TJs. Nasty employees. Short-staffed (which might account for their nastiness). I asked four different employees for items that I couldn't locate and each and every time got a "how would I know, why are you talking to me?!" look. To end the trip on a low note, the checkout guy packed potatoes, sweet potatoes and a 3# bag of rice on top of clamshell organic strawberries and organic grapes and organic avocados.>>

Jun 14, 2015
Dave B in Chains
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Nashua Area News - Part 2

With a name like Pigtail it has promise of meaty things beyond pizza, perhaps?

Jun 14, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

North Conway, NH: a good place to toast/remember a loved one?

This suggestion isn't quite along the line of going someplace to be served, but consider packing a picnic basket and your toasting glasses and drive up the short, steep road to the top of Cathedral Ledge.

Park and then take the short walk to the viewing area at the center top of the cliff. The setting and view is inspirational. There is a fence around the edge to help keep your young ones from wandering into harms way.

Jun 14, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Same here as a moderate yay, more-or-less. Really nice flavor, but more spongy than crispy. My only real complaint is it's very "sticky," --sticking to my fingers in a big way. Not a deal breaker, but wow - it felt like my whole arm was coated in the stuff by the time I was done. I'll probably buy it again, but I'm also prepared for the Partially Popped Popcorn kernels as the preferred popcorn pleaser for my pallet.

Jun 11, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

Now you've got me wanting to try them! I don't buy a lot of things of this type, as I'm afraid I'll gorge on them, but there's something so satisfying about a good potato snack hot from the oven. I had some "gourmet" tater-tots at a restaurant recently and I can't get them out of my mind..... so the TJ's version might calm me down.

Going on the shopping list.... thanks.

Jun 02, 2015
Dave B in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

While I try to resist the urge to reply to old threads, this caught my attention as I was a BIG fan of the TJ's giant white beans in tomato sauce in the jar.

Turns out, I recently discovered my local (NH) Market Basket carries the Levant brand of a similar item. Mostly middle-eastern type products. I bought a jar and didn't feel that I liked them as much as the TJ's version, but I did enjoy them. Something about the tomato sauce not being as flavorful.... but still...

Jun 02, 2015
Dave B in Chains

BBQ in Southern NH

In addition to Goody Cole's http://www.goodycoles.com/

I also suggest you contact Lemay's (Goffstown, NH) to see what they have to offer for BBQ catering http://lemayandsonsbeef-bbq.com/

Their website isn't all that developed, but I have been aware of their wholesale meat business for 20 years and recently started buying meats from their new retail store. This is how I learned about their BBQ catering, but I don't know anything about it other than to say the meat and prep quality at their retail store is excellent so hopefully the correlation to their BBQ catering is as good.

May 31, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

Nashua Area News - Part 2

My apologies if I'm behind with certain lingo, but I'm not sure what "B-dub" is??

May 28, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Is the kimchi refrigerated, and what other items might it be stocked with? Putting it on my list to try.

May 27, 2015
Dave B in Chains

Looking to rent a private home for a 100-150 people wedding. Northern New England.

In addition to Airbnb, VBRO.com is another good resource.

May 11, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England