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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

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

MEH for the spotlight cheese; the aged Mahon.

Unless you like weird cheeses this one probably isn't for you, and probably won't appeal to the masses. I always try the spotlight cheese out of curiosity, and while I find its texture and 'funk' appealing, I can't see myself buying it again when I've found so many regular, favorite other TJ's cheeses.

Yea... I kinda like it - a little. But not a lot. First bite is, um, off-putting... then it grew on me... just a bit. For the cheese adventurers among us only.

May 06, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

My one experience with the Argentinian red shrimp did not go so well. I acknowledge it could have been a bad batch or bad storage.... but it was bad enough I can't imagine lamenting their absence.

May 04, 2015
Dave B in Chains
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Seeking food adventure in VT (not Burlington)

For the OP seeking fun, quirky and interesting, I concur that Top of the Hill Grill would be a worthy stop. I'm a bit of a BBQ snob and while I haven't been to Curtis' to compare, I've always been satisfied with the 'Q at Top of the Hill.

They have a very large menu with a lot more than traditional BBQ too. The atmosphere is half the fun, so I wouldn't be as enthusiastic on a rainy day because sitting outside to eat makes the experience. I ALWAYS look for an excuse to go to TOTH when near Brattleboro.

May 04, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

Lunch in Dover NH area?

Seeing this reminded me of a wonderful lunch I had in Dover recently at the 7th Settlement brewpub. Even if you're not a beer lover and you're not there for that (I think they brew some great beers), the food was really good. It's a nice space in an old mill building.

Sandwiches, burgers, pizza and some other items. Their rendition of 'tater tots was spectacular and I found myself wanting another order of them.

http://7thsettlement.com/

Apr 30, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

Crush Pizza - Nashua NH closed

Agreed.

It's not the pizza quality that caused them to close IMO, the one time I went it was tasty... it was the weird service and menus, etc. that caused me to be unexcited to return -- and I never did. I recall being frustrated and confused about some things, and it just shouldn't be like that.

Apr 28, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

Good, and thanks. I liked those grits quite a bit. Very helpful to see they are returning to TJ's!

Apr 20, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

When someone first mentioned the Brooklyn Brine Co pickles a few months back, I looked for them in my local (NH) store and they didn't have them, saying they were "regional."

I hope the footprint grows, as both the IPA/Onion and the original version sound great.

Apr 13, 2015
Dave B in Chains

15 people for Mother's Day Dinner in Portland, ME

Not really a 'Chow-hound' type location, but what about DiMillo's?

Apr 13, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Same here. I hadn't tried the mini-Basque cheese until recently and I don't recall who mentioned it. But thank-you.

I've found you MUST let it come to room temp to get at all its flavors.

Eating a bit of it right now....

Apr 05, 2015
Dave B in Chains
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