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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

It was an adult treat when I was growing up. When I was finally allowed to have a piece- with coffee or tea, seated with the adults, it was a memorable treat and still is.

I'm glad you tried it.

1 day ago
Cathy in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

It's a delicate snack. Did you have a 2 inch slice? I'm thinking people are eating large portions and that ratio of filling to topping is overwhelming.

http://www.kringle.com/about/faqs.las...

1 day ago
Cathy in Chains

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

Sep 28, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

It's really sweet. 2 inch portions on widest part of a triangle or trapezoid- two inch on one and and one inch on the other end gives a good ratio of filler to icing. 12-14 slices or 16-20 wedges per Kringle.

http://www.kringle.com/about/faqs.las...

A small piece is served with a cup of coffee or tea. That lady ahead of you buying eight is probably going to freeze them and have a nice Thanksgiving dessert tray...

Sep 27, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Sorry this is not about old San Diego Restaurants; I am answering a question posed.

Go farther East on Main Street in El Cajon- Valley Foods has a steam tray area and about nine tables just when you walk in. You can see the two schawarma spits spinning and other items in the steam trays, a menu board and other items available are listed on top of the glass display.

We order kabobs (beef or chicken (or lamb-25 cents more) and also ask to pay for a flatbread- then walk over to the bakery and at the doorway, get a fresh flatbread while waiting for the food. Masgoof, fish filets roasted whole chicken, stews and soups as well as sandwiches made on their fresh baked 'bolillo' rolls. Not fancy but always fresh. You can even order pomegranate juice or yogurt drink from the fountain.

http://www.valleyfoodsmed.com

At Alforon, try the chicken tawook and lahm bajeen...and just about anything else. They have their own imported oven and each bread is made to order. It's small inside and oh so good.

Sep 27, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Theme of next parade is decided in mid-January. Design and building begins for some in February (there are float building companies as well as six individual entries which are all self built) and road testing (maneuverability and safety) has to happen at least three times before the parade. This 'final' version (the photo) is marked for colors to aid the volunteers in placement of glue and/or flowers in vials and helps if there is either a shortage of materials or rain...viewers will still see color. "Dry" decorating starts the Saturdays before Christmas and then florals start December 26-30. It is a year long process.

Attached is photo of the back and side of the float the camera won't show.

Sep 27, 2014
Cathy in Chains

On the go near the airport

Perry's is open only 6-2 daily.

Sep 24, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

LA County Fair - 2014 roundup

Those were at the San Diego Fair and weren't quite 'perfected' (it's the first Fair of the season and some people received un-crispy skins).

{On a side note, Chicken Charlie is opening a Brick and Mortar in San Diego in October...thinking he may be 'experimenting' with various Fair Foods or hopefully will offer complete meals that are reasonably priced.}

Sep 24, 2014
Cathy in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

I am only eating it in 2 inch wide segments and can taste (and enjoy) the pumpkin more than the sweet-ness. I know I couldn't have a big wedge of it.

Sep 24, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

With half and half, it tastes like the pumping spice latte with none of the sugar/sweetness, to my taste buds.

None of the flavors are artificial.

Sep 23, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Beef Guts $.99/lb

For a while, Carnival was making flatbreads and kabobs in store and becoming half Middle Eastern half Mexican (just like Kaelin's in El Cajon) but now is back to selling mostly Mexican with hummus, tabbouleh and baklava as the ME offerings. I like their tortillas, tortas, rolls and bakery sweets and opt for a quick meal in the cafeteria area before shopping (the stews are really good). The chicharrones, salsas and cheeses are good with good prices.

Sep 21, 2014
Cathy in San Diego
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

The Brussels Sprouts stalks are back. Still only $2.99!

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Pumpkin spice coffee on the shelf this morning in Pasadena. (Price tag wasn't up yet) (It was $7.99).

The Kringle here was also only pumpkin caramel.

For the heck of it, the third photo is the Trader Joe's float that will be in the 2015 Rose Parade. It's the 'back side' that won't be on camera. Lots of moving parts. (theme of the parade is "Inspiring Stories", theme of float is "Bedtime Stories"-and see? It's a raised bed garden!)

Sep 20, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Wine stores in North County

Tip Top Meats has a pretty large selection (and it's right next to a Costco).

Sep 19, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Sep 18, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

$6.99

I saw the online prices...which don't include shipping.

Sep 18, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

The only flavor was pumpkin caramel. (I put photos on the 'pumpkinindation' post).

It tastes very pumpkin with a bit of sweet. A small piece was enough. Yesterday a small piece, this morning a small piece, at lunchtime a small piece...

I hope this means seasonal flavors as the year continues.

Sep 18, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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San Diego Public Market - RIP?

Sep 18, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Pumpkin ice cream.

Pumpkin caramel Kringle (San Diego).

Sep 17, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Kringle was sighted by a friend today.

San Diego.

Sep 17, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Sunday. When Rock Church is in session. People directing traffic at each intersection, temporary signage, streets solidly lined with vehicles. Some area is reserved for the Trader Joe/Vons/ Starbucks/Panera/Five Guys area. Otherwise, all the way out to Slaters 50/50 lot is taken up.

Sep 13, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Mariscos German Locations and Hours

Far less exciting, but I do have several CHP and SDPD who are clients.

Instead of holding office hours, I drive to meet clients who are elderly, have strange work hours or who would rather I go to them instead of them having to drive 'all the way out to East County'.

I keep track of the mileage for taxes and it adds up. We live in a very large County.

Keeping on the subject- yes, the OP can go to the Carnitas Snack Shack in Del Mar and will enjoy the food with a most likely less wait. Atmosphere/crowd compared with the Taco Truck will be decidedly different, similar to atmosphere in Coronado; food will be great at all three places.

Sep 12, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Does Trader Joe's have something like....

TJ's did have Ginger Lemon Creme Cookies, around Thanksgiving/Christmas, for the past few years.

Sep 12, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Red velvet cake at Costco?

By December 25, 2008 (the date of my comment), I had only consumed chocolate/fudge flavored red colored 'velvet cake' and was never impressed with the flavor.

Now that you are following up with me (almost six years later), I must admit I have indeed had a chance to try bites of many versions of 'Red Velvet Cake' and have enjoyed the flavor of 'proper' versions, made with just a touch of cocoa and more buttermilk as the base, probably because those versions are less sweet.

A few weeks ago, I had occasion to try the Costco version and was not impressed. It was fresh, but quite chocolate/cocoa-ish and sweet.

Sep 12, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Red velvet cake at Costco?

Yes, since my post in 2008, I've tried many. Very few have had a buttermilk base and most have had a decidedly cocoa/ chocolate cake flavor.

The ones that did have buttermilk (three) were made from scratch; each was very moist and a bit 'delicate' with a light 'crumb' ...not the same as 'cake' cake...if that makes any sense.

Sep 12, 2014
Cathy in Chains

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

When we moved here, we'd go to the Farmers Market inside the Western Metals building. It was the most inexpensive place around. Now the Mexican and Medierranean Markets have the best deals.

If we do go to one of the more than 50 daily Farmers Markets in the County, I first check that it is a "Certified Farmers Market", where the actual farmers/family/staff sell *their* products.

After visiting Specialty Produce and recognizing several sellers from the "event" Farmers Markets shopping there, I made myself more informed. Specialty does purchase from farms within an about 200 mile radius, and I can purchase items there myself.

http://sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farm...

Sep 12, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Yes, on the top shelf next to the fresh and the Buffalo mozzarella (from Italy) at my location (San Diego).

Sep 12, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Mariscos German Locations and Hours

I've been on the 52 West a few times this week and the bridge crossing over/the 805 was very slow/stopped at 8:45 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. this week; there is construction of new carpool lanes on the 805 right there.

It would be quicker if you stay on the 805, but you know the alternate route on the 52 if it seems backed up.

You would be on the 5 to go to El Pescador and back to Coronado and then the 5 to the 163 to Balboa Park. As I said yesterday, if there are no events in Balboa Park or Coronado, you should have a smooth ride. (FWIW, I drive about 5000 miles in the County over a ten week period and have seen all the roads and know alternate routes and timing pretty well...)

Sep 12, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Mariscos German Locations and Hours

Less than 30 minutes on a weekend.

The biggest slowdown would be if something were going on in Balboa Park or on Coronado and getting out of there and then on to the 5. Once you take the L Street exist, it's just a left from the exit and right from the signal light (you'd have to stop if the Trolley is passing).

Sep 11, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

I was replying to a question.

Sep 06, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food