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

It's still available in South Florida.

Dec 16, 2014
Alfred G in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

No truffle oil is worth buying.

Nov 30, 2014
Alfred G in Chains

I don't like Tilapia. Do you?

Farm-raised tilapia is a popular source for fish, not only because it is widely available in the US, but it is also very inexpensive. Almost all tilapia served in the U.S. is from China and the orient. Before you stock up on Tilapia, you may want to know about its correlation to inflammation. Recent studies have concluded that eating Tilapia may worsen inflammation that can lead to heart disease, arthritis, asthma and a world of other serious health problems. People who resort to eating more fish as a way to get their dose of omega-3-fatty-acids and lessen their risk of heart attacks may want to hold off on the tilapia. In fact, scientists have found that the inflammatory potential of tilapia is far greater than that of a hamburger or pork bacon!

Tilapia is also the lowest bottom feeder. Fish farmers rely upon tilapia to keep the fish tanks clean; the tilapia are added to tanks of farm raised fish to eat the droppings of other fish in the tank. Tilapia can also tolerate grossly over crowded conditions. Fish farmers in China (where 90% of U.S. consumed tilapia come from) will often harvest the primary stock and add thousands of tilapia afterwards to Clean the tank and maximize the farm's yield.

Fish farmers want all male tilapia because they grow larger and are less aggressive. Production of all male tilapia can be accomplished by artificial sex reversal. To artificially create sex reversal, the physical sex direction of the fish is manipulated by the feeding of methyltestosterone prior to and during the early sexless stage of the baby fish, called fingerlings. This technique was first developed in Japan in the 1950s for sex reversal of aquarium fish and species of carp. It was demonstrated as commercially feasible in the 1970s. Fish raised in this manner grow bigger quicker because they do not need to expend energy in developing reproductive organs and require less feed. If properly applied, the sex reversal treatment can be 98 to 100% effective.

Treatment with methyltestosterone is now the chosen method of producing tilapia in fish farms worldwide. Virtually all tilapia sold in traditional American supermarkets and grocery stores is tilapia fed with methyltestosterone.

17 alpha-methyltestosterone is highly toxic to the human liver and linked to cancer.

Nov 25, 2014
Alfred G in General Topics

SoFla Thanksgiving and Fruit Pies

Can't top Costco for a great apple pie.

Looking for a Nice Dinner Spot in the Fort Lauderdale Beach Area

I have dined at 3030 Ocean and it is excellent. Highly recommended.

Naples Waterfront

You might want to post this on the Florida Board which covers Naples.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

I had the same problem. They were supposed to be U15 which is a nice sized shrimp (under 15 to a pound). I noticed that the size varied from very large to medium. I counted the shrimp and was surprised to discover that there were 20 shrimp in a one pound bag that should have held no more than 15. Your picture is very accurate. Will not buy again and I might mention it the next time I am in TJ's.

Nov 02, 2014
Alfred G in Chains

Lamb Shanks in the Slow Cooker?

Just came across your excellent recipe. One question . . . what size can of diced tomatoes?

Oct 23, 2014
Alfred G in Home Cooking

Blue Willie's BBQ

LIL - Many thanks for your opinion. Since I live in Boynton Beach I think I will stick with Zinger's. I agree about the total package.

Blue Willie's BBQ

Many thanks.

Blue Willie's BBQ

I would love to know how it compares to Zingers. Does anyone know?

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

Great list . . . thanks for the insight.

Sep 03, 2014
Alfred G in Chains

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

That's funny, I found the choco raspberry jelly bars to be completely tasteless. To each his own, I guess.

Sep 03, 2014
Alfred G in Chains

Anyone familiar with Naked Wines?

And you would be wrong.

Jul 29, 2014
Alfred G in Wine

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

I spent 35 years in the restaurant industry in very high positions. Our chefs would always encourage patrons to return food if it wasn't to their liking. Much better to solve the problem at the restaurant than to have it appear on Yelp after the fact when you cannot correct what was perceived to be wrong. ALWAYS SEND FOOD BACK IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED!

Jul 29, 2014
Alfred G in Chains

FLL to West Palm

Bay Bay's on Okeechobee. The best fried chicken you will ever eat.

Kapow! Noodle Bar in Boca's Mizner Park

Check out China Dumpling in Boynton. http://chinadumplings.com/

Desperately Seeking Indian Food In PBC

There's a relatively new place at 1516 North Dixie Hwy in Lake Worth that deserves a mention. Check out www.flavorofindiafl.com Great menu.

Also check out http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9720...

Blue Willie's BBQ

No question about it, they handled it improperly. I say this having recently retired from a very senior position in the hospitality industry. My restos had a simple rule . . . if the customer had a strange, off the menu request, and we had it in stock, we served it. And this is for a lot more complicated operation than Blue Willie's.

Where on US 1 is your place?

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

Nay to the choco covered raspberry gells. Absolutely no raspberry flavor.

Jun 17, 2014
Alfred G in Chains

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

They're in Palm Beach County Florida also.

Jun 06, 2014
Alfred G in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2014-June 2014 [old]

Frozen U15s are available in my TJs in South FL.

May 18, 2014
Alfred G in Chains

Is it worth driving 30 miles to get to Trader Joes?

They are also building one in Palm Beach Gardens.

May 17, 2014
Alfred G in Chains

Duck King in Boca Raton

That being the case, you have to try Grand Lake on Okeechobee in West Palm Beach. Excellent Hong Kong/American-style Chinese food.

What hot dog brand is best?


May 07, 2014
Alfred G in General Topics

Why is there no fresh guanabana in the US?

You can buy guanabana at Roberts is Here in Homestead, FL.

May 07, 2014
Alfred G in General Topics

What Would You Miss if You Moved?

Natalie's is my backup. Lightly pasteurized and almost as good although a little more expensive. Where do you find Harris Family Farms OJ?

What Would You Miss if You Moved?

For me it would be Kennesaw orange juice fresh squeezed and unpasteurized. This is my go to OJ since Blood's is no longer in existence.

Hell's Kitchen Spring 2014 season spoilers

The best comedy show on TV.

Best places to go for BBQ in West Palm Beach?

You will get a better response if you post this on the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale board which, believe it or not, encompasses WPB.

Apr 29, 2014
Alfred G in Florida