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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

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Also their menu hasn't changed in decades: Nothing frozen; various combinations of bun, burger, cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles and sauce; one size fries; serve yourself sodas; three flavors of ice cream shakes in one size.

Family owned. Employee retention is very high.

Sep 06, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Yes, the plain, unadorned basic Arby's sandwich, which used to be $1 if purchased in increments of five is now $2.50 with a coupon, limit two.

I used to buy ten and that would be lunch for the two of us for a week; no other ingredients; it reheats in 20 seconds in the microwave.

Wendy's, McD's and BK USED to have a "Dollar Menu" prior to 2000. Now all have "Value Menus". But all of that is apparently coincidental to the minimum wage hike.

Sep 06, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

From 2001-2007, Arbys sold their roast beef sandwiches five for $5.

Minimum wage went from $5.15 in July 2007 to $5.85, in 2008 it went up to $6.55 and in 2009 it went to $7.25 per hour.

If you have a coupon from Arby's, you can now get two roast beef sandwiches for $5.

That's a glimpse of the impact on my budget.

Sep 05, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

The 'meanness' seems to have started after the OP said "I am going to ask the menu and suggest a solution."

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I'm going to post this now, so that people reading the initial part of the September Board might read it and write it down on their calendar.

Last year, on Saturday September 21, we went to the original (Pasadena) TJs when it opened at 8 a.m.. An abundance of pumpkin based products were on the shelves or being stocked. I grabbed the pumpkin spice coffee because the year before she I purchased, it was gone ten days later, and it was the one item I had to have. The pumpkin based bars, mixes, canned pumpkin, beer as well as the coffee and a tea and many other items were all out.

I do not know if it was because it was the third Saturday or because it was the first day of Autumn, but keep that in mind for this year.

That is all.

Sep 02, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Cracker Barrel's "Wholesome Fixin's" menu

In addition to having the same floor plan at each location (bathrooms easy to find when you walk in after a long drive) and the ability to rent then return a Book on CD at any other CB location, the food choices are consistent and varied enough to allow for just about any dietary restriction while being tasty...

I anticipate road trips just to be able to order the sugar cured and country ham.

The Wholesome Fixins menu looks good. Several items will be tried this year.

Aug 30, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Good bread in No County

The space was empty last time I went to Major (on the first Wednesday of the month...ahem). Thanks for the lobster info.

Aug 29, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

How to eat Mexican Soup with a side of Tortillas?

A friend, born and raised in Mexico, holds the open tortilla on her hand and pours salt down the middle, then rolls it up and bites it intermittently when eating.

This is for soup as well as when a plate of meat with rice and beans is her meal; she never makes her own tacos (and giggles at the word 'burrito') out of the side of tortillas.

Aug 29, 2014
Cathy in General Topics
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Good bread in No County

Belen moved from Escondido to Valley Center. No more sandwiches or sit in bakery. Just a small place with outdoor seating if you want some coffee and a pastry.

Stopped selling at the Santee farmers market also. Still sold at Major Market in Escondido.

I like their breads the most.

New Location: a bit West of the NW corner of Valley Center Road at Cole Grade, you'll see a sign for a Veterinarian and "Little Barn Bakery".

Aug 29, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Grew up in Detroit and now live in San Diego. When we drive back to visit:

Cracker Barrel (both types of ham with biscuits)(closest is 3 hours away)
Steak and Shake (burger, chili and shake) (closest is Joplin, MO)
White Castle (burger; no cheese) (closest is St. Louis, MO)
Lions Choice (beef sandwich) (St. Louis,Mo)
Culvers (butter burger and frozen custard)
A&W (chili dog and root beer in the chilled glass)
Bob Evans (sausage and biscuits)
Olga's Kitchen (original)

Aug 28, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Do it at the checkout, don't even go to your car. Then you won't have to go through the hassle of asking for a refund.

Aug 28, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

A typical Trader Joe's stocks about 4,000 items and 80% ARE store brand/private label: Trader Joe, Trader Jose, Trader Giotto, Baker Josef, Trader Joe-San, Arabian Joe's, Pilgrim Joe's, Trader Ming, Joseph Brau, Joseph Handler, Trader Jacque, Joe's Diner, Joe's Kids and Trader Darwin are all regularly sold (American, Mexican, Italian, baked goods, Japanese, Middle Eastern, New England specialties, Chinese, beer, wine, French, frozen, child centric food and vitamins and supplements).

The other items in inventory are 'special buys', usually listed in the Frequent Flyer, which states facts about the item and that X number of cases will be sold at every store. Sometimes those items end up being a regular, and sometimes they are there only for the time of the Flyer or seasonal.

Aug 28, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

I thought it was more to encourage people to return the cart (get the quarter back) and keep the parking lot neat, without having to hire another employee to gather carts.

Aug 27, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

This is a link that shows the measurement of product in each cube (one cube of basil = 1 tsp, which I would think is a lot in a martini glass). http://www.mydorot.com

Of course, now I am on the lookout for all the other products shown on the page...

Aug 19, 2014
Cathy in Chains

NM Hatch Chile Roastings in SD

Oops...just saw that. My brother told me there was going to be roastings...and he had been on travel to Las Vegas and had that flyer...

Well, we can buy them raw there for a good price.

Sorry.

Aug 15, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

NM Hatch Chile Roastings in SD

http://www.northgatemarkets.com (It's one of the rotating photos on main page

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Scroll down on this page:
https://www.sprouts.com/home;jsession...

http://www.bristolfarms.com/promo/hat...

Aug 15, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

What are your favorite products to buy at Trader Joe's?

Many, many, many pumpkin and other 'Autumn' items were put on the shelf on September 21 last year. I was at the Pasadena store at 8:30 a.m. that day.

It was a Saturday and the first day of Autumn and I don't know if those were factors, but I made certain to write it on my calendar then and transferred that information to my 2014 calendar, so I can start looking then and stock up.

Aug 11, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Jack in the Box is now serving Croissant Donuts.

The photo ads on do show a croissant dough...maybe 'my' location was lazy?

Aug 11, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Jack in the Box is now serving Croissant Donuts.

They aren't croissants. They are the dough from the churros formed into a different shape. Fried to order and topped with cinnamon sugar, so there's that.

Aug 11, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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What are your favorite products to buy at Trader Joe's?

Brothers, who are both dead, who left their business and control of their money to TWO SEPARATE, unrelated, family foundations. They are competitors.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d9aa0f70-10...

If you shop at Aldi, they retain those profits, if you shop at Trader Joe's, they get those profits. The money is not intermingled. The management is not intermingled.

This is the same as Adidas and Puma, both shoe companies owned by brothers, but having nothing to do with each other.

Aug 11, 2014
Cathy in Chains