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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

Loved it too. Still have two bags in the freezer because I liked it so much I would buy 6 bags at a time. I will cherish my last bites of the kimchi fried rice.

Goodbye, kimchi fried rice. You were great while you were around.

about 17 hours ago
Dave B in Chains

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

ohmy,

We must share a similar enthusiam for TJ's! Since I omitted the frozen portion of my TJ's list you wouldn't know but the frozen artichoke hearts are a regular purchase. It has about 25 items on it including the tamales and the garlic and basil cubes. Thanks for the tip on the haricot verts. I've gandered at the package in the past but haven't tried them yet.

I realize some of my 'list' has discontinued items on it. I keep them there in case I get into a discussion with an employee and can ask about them... just in case they have some inside scoop about a returning product. I figure it doesn't hurt to give them feedback that there is an interest in the now missing product :(

Thanks.

Aug 26, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

jrvedivici - it took me a little while to find the stuff I was interested in but now that I’ve been shopping TJ’s for a few years I’ve found quite a few items I like - that it seems I can’t generally get elsewhere. Most of my ideas of new items to try come from people discussing it on the regular monthly CH thread. I don’t want to eat the same stuff day-after-day, year-after-year which is part of why I love TJ’s.

When I make my occasional TJ’s trip I have an ongoing, continually-changing/updated shopping list in my phone so I don’t forget things I might want to buy. For you, I cut out the frozen items I like (there are many) so this part of my list is comparatively short.

You may or may not have any interest in the stuff I LIKE, but this is why I like TJ’s as most of these items are not the same quality or taste, or are just not available in general at my regular grocery store options. Just an example in response to your comments. Of course I don’t care whether you shop at Trader Joe’s or not.

Meats (fresh):
Korean chicken sausage
Uncured chicken, nitrate-free hot dogs
Smoked Fresh Turkey Kielbasa
Ham - spiral-sliced, uncured

Cheeses/Fresh/Refrigerated:
Raw sauerkraut
Handmade Tamales (large pack of 10) only at XMAS
Honey Tangerine juice
Cilantro jalapeno hummus
Goats milk creamy cheese
Himmel Bla (blue cheese)
Burrata (mozz cheese stuffed with cream)
Double-cream Gouda
Toscano Cheese soaked in Syrah
Melkbus Gouda
1000 Day Gouda
Unexpected Cheddar
Cambozola cheese
Le Delice de Bourgogne triple cream soft cheese
3-year "Artisan Reserve" extra-sharp cheddar
Goat cheese
Red Leicester

Snacks/Condiments/Grocery:
Cashew butter
Artichoke hearts in can
Steak sauce
Carolina gold BBQ sauce
Pomegranate vinegar
Pane Guttiau "music paper" crackers
Garlic salt grinder
Salsa Verde
Salsa Authentica
Toasted seaweed snacks
Tortelini w/pesto filling (dried)
Thai chili paste (dry, with lemongrass)
Instant hot cereal - Multigrain triple berry
Spicy Seaweed Ramen soup
Dijon Mustard (with white wine)
+4 mustard set (for gifts, avail. during holidays)
Rice Orzo Pilaf Mix
Quinoa Black Bean Chips
Corn & Chile tomato-less salsa
Mixed berry scone mix
Olive oil - California Estate
Pita Chip crackers (plain better than wheat)
Cashews 50% less salt (bag)
Salt & Pepper pistachios
Smoked Sardines
TJ's Real Mayonnaise
Red pepper spread
Kalamata olive extra-virgin oil
Felafal chips
Brown jasmine rice
Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil
Brioche toasts (crackers like Melba)
Canned corn

Aug 25, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

Harts - if you don't need to open the PB right away, what I do is leave it on the kitchen counter and invert the jar once a day for several days. That seems to get it 90% mixed.

Thank you, Portsmouth hounds!

Thanks for the report -- glad you enjoyed NH and in particular Portsmouth. It's a great little NH town.

Aug 21, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

fldhkybnva, would you be be willing to describe how you made the sauce, and really the whole dish? The shrimp dish with broccoli and goat's milk creamy cheese sauce sounds great. I've just been waiting to try the Argentinian shrimp I have in the freezer and your creation might be the perfect way to do it.

Aug 15, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Whole Foods Nashua??

After watching the video I'm pretty psyched now to check the place out. The club inside with 32 craft beers on tap and what sounds like cool menu offerings...... hell, it could be a dining destination.

Aug 14, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Moving to Amherst, NH: Looking for recs in Amherst, Milford, Bedford, Manchester, Nashua

A couple of things to get you started for farm stands in your area. I imagine others may have much more to add.

Lavoie's - the real deal for fresh veggies and in full-swing this time of year. I think they grow all (or most) of what they sell right there on the family farm.

Lull Farm - huge selection. More upscale and pricey. http://www.livefreeandfarm.com/

Also, adding Angela's Pasta and Cheese in Manchester. Great little shop for specialty foods since you will be working in Manchester. http://angelaspastaandcheese.com/

And welcome to the area!

Aug 14, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I had the same question about cooking those shrimp. I just bought some but haven't done anything with them yet. When you say saute quickly, is that from the frozen state, or do you defrost them 1st, such as a few minutes in a water bath?

Aug 06, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Dinner stop near 90 in Massachusetts or 95 in Maine?

Good to hear we are on the same page and you enjoyed. Brisket heaven. It's not a low-cal experience, but whatever ---- we have to eat well once in a while.

BT's french fries are pretty darn good too. Not that I would go to a place just for fries - it's simply another bonus about the place. Next time I'm definitely doing the Ruben. The visual is still in my head.

Aug 03, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Dinner stop near 90 in Massachusetts or 95 in Maine?

Bobbert said it all. BT's is BBQ done right. They are at the top of my list of the BBQ places around New England I've tried.

Aug 03, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Was that a "yay?" Doesn't sound like it. I guess Yay and Yeah are two different things ;-)

If I were to attempt to interpret this, I think it might have been a:

Meh
Yay
Big Yay

.....in that order for the items mentioned.

But I'm not really sure.

Jul 30, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

weez - that would work fine as long as your 'Scorpions' are very well-dried. Otherwise when placed in a similar container they could get moldy.

I've saved a couple of the TJ's grinders for a similar re-use purpose, one being for Szechuan peppercorns (prickly ash) I bought at an Asian market. The TJ's grinder has worked perfect for that.

Jul 30, 2014
Dave B in Chains

When do you use leeks?

grey - that's some great leeks inspiration. How on earth did you get fresh leeks without grit though...... I ALWAYS have grit in the bottoms every time I've worked with fresh leeks.

If only I could just chop/dice/slice the fresh leek parts with the abandon I do with an onion, I'd use fresh leeks much more often as I love the flavor. The tedious cleaning process lowers my fresh leek love, alas.

Jul 30, 2014
Dave B in Home Cooking

New Hampshire Shopping Trip

In Merrimack, Buckley's is pretty hard to beat for good upscale dining.

http://buckleysgreatsteaks.com/

The beef stroganoff is one of those easily overlooked items I keep going back to.

Jul 30, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

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

My timing was lucky. After trying it a couple of weeks ago I was able to grab one of the few remaining wedges on another visit this week. I recall there were only 3 or 4 left.

Who knows..... maybe it will reappear, like the Red Leicester did (yay) after it's Spotlight debut.

Jul 26, 2014
Dave B in Chains

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

My pistachio opener tools arrived (two for $10 including shipping) and I will say I'm surprised at how effective and easy to use they are.

Had to make another TJ's stop yesterday just to get more Salt & Pepper Pistachios so I could test my new opener tool. The sacrifices I make.

And my fingernails are in magnificent shape after all this pistachio experimentation. Go figure - people start talking, and stuff gets done.

Jul 23, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

And while we are on the TJ's spice grinders subject, a couple of months ago in a prior thread, Chow People were talking about the ghost pepper grinder.

I've asked about it in-store, but employee consensus seems to think it was a flash in the pan.

Any sightings?

Jul 23, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Best Lobster Rolls in Portsmouth NH

Nope. It's not.There's an awful lot of fantasy about that -- mostly unwarranted. If a cook/restaurant in Minneapolis wanted to present a great lobster roll they could as lobster is quite portable. The price would likely be higher, but there really isn't any magic in it.

Jul 22, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Good restaurants in Southern Vermont?

In addition to the great Brattleboro area suggestions, I'll add Top of the Hill Grill. Really good BBQ (pork & brisket), but they have a huge menu so for kids or others who are picky/not pure carnivores there are many other offerings. Burritos, chicken sandwich, etc. There is some covered dining area but this is a place best enjoyed on a nice day as the view and setting is "outdoorsy" in a great way.

It is very family-friendly. Mac n' cheese and burgers and dogs and chicken for the kids if they're not into brisket & pig. When I've been there seems like kids are always around.

I've stopped there a few time last couple of years and always loved the food, but more recently a buddy and I did the Mudder (May 29) at Mt. Snow and stopped at Top of the Hill on the way back to NH, and holy-sh*t if that didn't hit the spot. We probably looked like cave-men gobbling down the meats.

Jul 22, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Yoken's Portsmouth is Closing !!!!

Awesome that you resurrected this 10-year-old thread. Brings back those fond memories, again.

Thanks.

Jul 21, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Favorites from the new Trader Joe's

Sweet100s ---- definitely see carolinadawg's recommendation if you have some TJ's love and adventure in you. I predict you'll fit right in.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980914

Jul 19, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Lunch on the way to Boston

SweetTooth, what are you looking for? Quick sandwiches, or an upscale lunch?

Depending on the answer to that question, I'd say Concord or Manchester, New Hampshire, based purely on your logistics. You are either one or two hours from Boston, depending on the traffic.

Now that we've settle the WHERE....

Traveling with kids, or a romantic spot, etc? Seafood? Pub/tavern?

Jul 16, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

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

I just added that to my TJ's list. Will give it a try!

Jul 14, 2014
Dave B in Chains

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

I did try the salt and pepper pistachios and boy they are great! I didn't have a lot of luck with the thumb-saving technique. Probably need more practice. This time I ended up going back to the traditional thumb-nail wrecking method. It was worth it.

I never thought to look before, but there are some specifically designed tools out there. Thinking about ordering the plastic ones at 2 for $9.96 with free shipping!

http://www.pistachionuts.net/
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw_L3...

Jul 14, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

I just searched the thread and did find that a couple of people mentioned Bergenost and liked it. Must have missed the mentions, or just wasn't paying attention.

Glad to see some others enjoyed it too. This is one of the reasons I love TJ's.... so many new and interesting things to try. I almost certainly never would have grabbed a wedge of Bergenost if it had been at the grocery store, but it being a spotlight cheese there's a really strong chance it will be something different and special.

Jul 14, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Boston to Storyland... Any good roadfood?

Street 360 in Portsmouth has an interesting and varied selection of dishes and I enjoyed the food on a recent stop for lunch. They are open until 9PM.

They are fairly close to the highway.

http://streetfood360.com/

Jul 14, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Yay for the current spotlight cheese, Bergenost.

I haven't noticed any mentions of it here. It's a somewhat unusual cheese and seems fairly unique (to me). It reminds me of a young, fresh, slightly moist Gouda - salty, with a bit of pungency (in a nice way). There is a neat cratered separation layer (see photo) in the center which isn't evident until you start slicing and handling it.

I always buy the spotlight cheese, and am rarely disappointed. I suspect the Bergenost won't be to everyone's liking, but I think it is a wonderful cheese.

Jul 12, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Why is hummus expensive?

But I find that to be true even when I make from scratch, whether from canned, or dried chic peas I boil (I'm done with that method, BTW -- I'd rather pay $3 for 10 oz, myself).

Jul 08, 2014
Dave B in General Topics

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

Deanna - I did find that although they are fully cooked according to the package info, the inside texture is "mushy" unless you grill/heat them well. I think that is fairly typical of many chicken "sausage" type products.

Heat them up well and the texture firms up and they become even better, IMO.

Jul 08, 2014
Dave B in Chains