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Nashua Area News - Part 2

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

about 19 hours ago
Dave B in Northern New England

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

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

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: January 2015 - June 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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Manchester/Nashua recs + introduction

Cotton always gets lost in the 'buzz' among the newly opening places (where others closed) and the myriad restaurants changing hands that always creates that buzz. IMO Cotton does not get nearly the "love," it deserves.

No alliance with them here.... I just think Cotton is very dependable. Good food and cocktails.

Apr 05, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Love the dijon with white wine, and ALSO love the whole grain dijon. The tender little mustard seeds pop in your mouth when you chew. Great flavor and texture.

Apr 01, 2015
Dave B in Chains

Concord NH: Granite Restaurant at Centennial Inn

dfrost ~ thanks for your update.

I haven't visited the Granite Restaurant recently but when I have, it's been a nice dining experience.

Concord, being a small city, doesn't have many upscale options (The Granite Restaurant, Angelina's and O's?), but it's nice there are a couple of dependable places for the occasions one wants a good night out.

The Centennial Inn is a cool building, and they have done a wonderful job with the place, IMO. As I think about it, it's been quite a few years now since the building renovation and the introduction of the restaurant, and all seems to be going very well.

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Sounds like your picky eater friend did too!

Mar 10, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Looking at the ingredients... no shrimp paste listed.

"Sunflower oil, cherry peppers, shallots, sweet soy sauce (coconut sugar, black soybeans, salt, water), garlic, lemongrass, salt, citric acid."

Product of Indonesia

Mar 03, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

Are you referring to the samba mata? If so, then yes -- it was on the shelf as recently as two weeks ago at least.

Got a jar but haven't opened it yet (too many currently-opened jars of 'salsa' in the 'fridge), so unfortunately I can't comment on the taste or anything (yet!).

Mar 02, 2015
Dave B in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Yay - Neufchatel cheese

I ALWAYS try the Spotlight cheese.... I've found a couple of favorites this way. I grabbed a wedge in the white wrapping paper last week == until it sat in the 'fridge until now.

As fldhkybnva mentioned it is similar to Brie or Camembert, so if those flavors aren't in your love house, you probably need not apply.

For me, I'm having trouble not eating the whole wedge in one sitting. No question..... this is not a cheese for those who aren't big on soft-ripened cheeses. To each their own. Big yay for me. I would buy it again, and again.

Feb 24, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

I'm enjoying the info (thanks NU and others) and banter about cheese types, and those more suitable for a great grilled-cheese sandwich. With all the nice cheeses TJ's sells, I suspect there are several or many which would make a fantastic grilled-cheese sandwich.

Since others are sharing their pro-tips (their favorites), I'll share mine too, and it doesn't happen to be a TJ's cheese, which may be unfortunate considering the context of the thread; Market Basket and some other New England grocery stores have in their delicatessen a Hoffman's Super Sharp white cheddar. Ask for it sliced however thick you would like.

It seems like it may be a processed cheese product and it isn't all that sharp except when compared to typical "American cheese," but I'm telling you it makes a fantastic grilled-cheese sandwich. Melts beautifully and does have more twang and flavor than standard American cheese.

Feb 22, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

Don't see these thin, crispy and tender cookies mentioned often here;

Yay - Cookie Thins, in toasted coconut, Meyer lemon, and there was a third flavor at the store... maybe chocolate?

Had the coconut version at a fellow TJ's lovers house not long ago and thought, "wow." I don't like/buy a lot of sweets, but these made an impression on me and when I noticed them at the store the other day, I grabbed a box of the Meyer Lemon flavor.

Scrumptious, with a delicate texture, without being too sweet. Ingredients look pretty reasonable. Love these thin little cookies. Again, a Yay.

**Pardon the fact that my photo shows only a few cookies left in the sleeve in the box ;-) Don't know what could have happened to the rest of them?? Missing cookies.

Feb 18, 2015
Dave B in Chains
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Concord NH food news

I am essentially pre-apologizing for this post because it's not really new info or "news" related to Concord; but I can't help mentioning the delicious beef chow foon I got for take-out at Sunshine Oriental today (Loudon Rd, next to McDonald's).

This place has been mentioned a few times here... and I hadn't stopped by in a while. Like a year. For SOME unknown reason, I'd been craving beef chow foon and today was the day.

I'm a sucker for the wide, rice noodles soaked in the sauce, with the tender beef and scallions and onions. Carb deprivation caused me to eat the whole thing in one sitting, when I really should have saved some for later.

Feb 18, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

Concord NH food news

Thanks for the update to this thread. I don't get into downtown Concord a ton but look forward to stopping in. You have a nice FB page with great photos and regular updates. I do love cheese! :-)

Feb 18, 2015
Dave B in Northern New England

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

This may seem a bit of a strange question; but what exactly is the process for "returning" a product for credit or replacement?

As in, do you go to the customer service desk and state your case, and they then give you a credit slip to present at the register? Or something similar?

Feb 12, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

Yay - Coconut Chips

I never get excited about coconut flavors (or anything coconut) but someone gifted me a bag. Damn, but I could nibble on these things all day long.

Surprised I have anything nice to say about these, as I just don't usually care much about coconut stuff. They are now on my regular buy list as a sweet treat. I imagine they would be great sprinkled on ice cream or deserts too. I nomed them straight out of the bag and didn't waste any time.

Feb 09, 2015
Dave B in Chains
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

LaLa, I hope your info means they are back!

Did they look like these (pic)? Or is the packaging different?

Feb 05, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

<<Absolutely seconding this YAY for pickled beet lovers! Less sweet than the brand I can get in the supermarket (Aunt Nellie's), and nicely textured.>>

Thanks for the info. I sometimes buy Aunt Nellie's and like them well-enough, but now I MUST try the TJ's version.

The pickled beets in jar are now on my ever-expanding TJ's "to try" list.

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

<<is "yay minus" not as bad as "a big nay"?>>

Yay Minus = slightly better than a Meh Plus.

;-)

Jan 06, 2015
Dave B in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

It was a Meh (at best) for me. Great pungency, but there was something a little off in the aroma/taste arena.

Jan 06, 2015
Dave B in Chains

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

Yikes! $48 for THREE OUNCES?!

Yea.... I guess the TJ's version is quite the bargain by comparison.

Dec 29, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Oysters at costco

What I've heard: If storing for a period of time in the fridge, oysters will last longer "top side up." The "bottom" of the oyster is more cup shaped, and the top is generally flatter.

Theory being the oyster can open its lid and breath more easily without losing its brine liquid. Don't know if this is true for certain, but I've always done it.

Dec 23, 2014
Dave B in Quebec (inc. Montreal)