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

Or eat a smaller serving.

Oct 18, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Grassroots petition for menu item

Try making it for County Fairs and see how that goes over. If it is good, companies will petition you because you will have been the kitchen and the test marketer.

Logically, I see packaging, storage and preparation obstacles: soft serve will either have to be super frozen so that when the pie is fried it doesn't melt yet the crust and filling are warm and crisp or the soft serve has to be inserted into a hot apple pie and will be melted by the end of a meal.

Chicken Charlie has special super cold freezers to be able to make 'Deep Fried Butter', which is wrapped in a tortilla, not a crust, and then fried.

Oct 17, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

The first time almond kringle was sold at TJs was last year. There was no pumpkin last year.

I only remember people mentioning it around Christmas. You might be able to find the earliest post if you look through last years threads.

Oct 17, 2014
Cathy in Chains

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

Link at bottom of this article says locations are in five states.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio...

Probably was sold off when Kmart started failing and then left California. I never followed any business articles about it.

Oct 17, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

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

Bit of Sweden?

Oct 16, 2014
Cathy in San Diego
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Furrs Cafeteria was at 54th and University.

Originally it was its own company, then bought by K-mart in the 80's, which is why it was located in their parking lot.

Oct 16, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

What products at Trader Joes to avoid?

No need to resurrect a thread that went from 2008-2011 when you can merely give a "Nay" on the monthly board. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/990762

Oct 14, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

No. The issue is why even advertise in a Fearless Flyer. People will buy as soon as they see an item and return it if they don't like it.

Go back to threads in 2011 (when the TJs threads were every six months going to quarterly). Same thing happened (items sold out in less than a month after first mentioned ).

Oct 14, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

If you notice, this thread was started September 16, when pumpkin items had already been spotted in the stores.

I've never seen the flyers advertise items which might be coming out (since suppliers may fail to deliver) so, this flyer is the one that would mention those items.

It just so happens that people found, tried and stocked up. The same thing will happen next year.

Oct 14, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Bean and cheese burrito

Try any place which specializes in carnitas- they make the best beans because of all the leftover lard.

Las Morelianas on Imperial Avenue in Sherman Heights has my favorite beans. A close second with tasty beans is Carnitas Uruapan on Spring Street in La Mesa.

Welcome to Chowhound.

Oct 12, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

A few times a year there are inserts in the local newspapers with ads and a small cut out coupon for nonmembers to shop for the 5% markup on that weekend. (I want to say around Thanksgiving/Christmas and Easter/Spring spruce up, maybe more than twice a year). Maybe it's only at those times and not a regular thing.

In any case, I was replying to Sunshine842 who *thought* you could get day passes.

I'd just ask the cancellation policy if I didn't find membership useful. You have to sign something, so it's in there.

Oct 11, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Those day passes at Sams and BJs allow you to purchase products at 5% more than members do. Costco does not do that.

I have seen people walk into Costco not showing a membership card, but it MUST be shown to make a purchase.

This is not only to assure the purchaser is a member, but:
A) To be used in case of a recall (in prior years, when food or safety items have been recalled, I have received a phone call as well as postcard from Costco telling me about something I have purchased which may (or may not have based on dates, store inventory numbers) been recalled).
B) If you are returning an item (the majority of which have lifetime guarantees). {Last week I overheard a man in the return line with lawn lights and the Costco employee was saying 'you bought a set in March 2011 and another set in April 2012, do you remember if this was the first or second set?'}

Again, you can get your membership money returned within the first 12 months.

Oct 11, 2014
Cathy in Chains

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Iowa Meat Farms and Seisels have the same owners. http://iowameatfarms.com

Perhaps you are getting posts pulled because *this* thread is about San Diego restaurants which closed in 2014. Moderators of a forum try to keep the topic concise, which is why there are rules.

You had been commenting on another thread which was about 'Who is familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?' http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/772159

Oct 11, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Sandwich Board in front of a restaurant

If your phone has photo capability, open an account, use a pseudonym keep all settings private, don't add friends.

Easier than clipping a coupon.

Oct 10, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

When it has both photos, that means some stores carry one brand and some stores carry the other brand. I've seen that on coupons for bottled water, breads and other items.

I don't purchase marinara, so can't tell you which brand my stores (San Diego area) carry.

Oct 07, 2014
Cathy in Chains

85°C Degrees Bakery ...

This one looks like it will have more tables than the Irvine location and looks a bit more like the footprint of the Chino Hills location.

Facing the front of the building: Baked goods to the right and you can probably go in to get them through that far right door. Walk straight ahead (through the left door, closer to Pieology) and beverages at the counter to the slight right with tables inside straight ahead. (At Chino Hills, you can walk straight though to tables outside in the back also). The thing I like here is the sea salt coffee and sea salt tea as well as the lemon iced tea, because no place else makes those. I try three pastries at most and they are good/fresh; nothing has a chance to get old at 85C.

In a single day, I went to 85C as well as Bon Epi in Irvine (same parking lot) then Sidecar Doughnuts (in Costa Mesa) then Cream Pan in Tustin as well as 'Lette and Euro Pane in Pasadena. Having had different Asian bakery products in San Diego (at 99 Ranch, Big Joy Family, Sage French cake) I decided that day that I liked Japanese bakeries the best. French still wins out for pastry and some Scandinavian and German bakeries make flavor memory joggers for me.

{In summary, I can find something to like anywhere and know that 85C will have fresh products, but if I get to choose, it would not be my first choice}{The crowds here will be similar to the Irvine location, since that one is close to many Universities-and will probably have to have 'crowd control' at times-allowing people inside the building at a steady rate. Other locations I have been to (Chino Hills, Garden Grove) don't have the steady crowds even on weekends.}

Oct 06, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

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

I had the rest of the anchovies you didn't eat from Tep's. Still buy them in the big (14 oz) can at the Costco Business Center.

Oct 03, 2014
Cathy in San Diego
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Trader Joes OR Costco finger foods

Yes. Prices and therefore inventory vary depending on location.

Oct 03, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Aldi

No. Just read the labels.

Welcome to Chowhound.

Oct 03, 2014
Cathy in Chains

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

Years.

Oct 03, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Questions on thanksgiving post...

Oh...forgot it's so soon.

Well in any case, I think people should test recipes throughout the year instead of letting a big holiday be the experimental first run. I really hate reading the 'I should have...' posts.

Oct 03, 2014
Cathy in Home Cooking

Questions on thanksgiving post...

Practice the pie recipe (and other recipes)over the next seven weeks so you'll not be experimenting on guests.

Oct 02, 2014
Cathy in Home Cooking

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Some frame brands are "Kirkland Green Initiative" - 95% recycled materials. I just thought they were good looking and only $39. Bought two (one regular and one sunglasses) and got 20% off the second pair.

Oct 01, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

We've belonged to Costco since 1984 and I've seen 'manager' sales at all the locations shopped. Sometimes only a few items, but it isn't anything new and it's either the floor/display model or almost expired foods.

I've also seen it at Trader Joe's, which 'never' has sales.

Oct 01, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

That's why they were on 'managers' sale. Manager wanted to clear out instead of throw out. It happens in all stores.

I consistently read dates on items and check for signs of spoilage before purchase. Bakery, dairy, produce, vitamins. Everything has dates.

If I see something bad or out of date, I will carry it to an employee or give to the checkout person. It's rare but does happen.

Oct 01, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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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.

Sep 29, 2014
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...

Sep 29, 2014
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