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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

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

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

NOT THE SAME OWNERS
NOT THE SAME OWNERS
NOT THE SAME OWNERS

Brothers. Theo and Karl. One owns Aldi Nort (TJs) , the other owns Aldi Sud (Aldi)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trader_J...

http://business.time.com/2013/07/29/h...

http://business.time.com/2013/07/29/h...

To the OP- PLEASE go to the Chains Board, type in 'Trader Joe's" in the search box top of the page, where about 1000 posts are already started. The inventory is the same at every store. Fresh items are locally sourced (dairy, bakery, fruits, vegetables, flowers) and the quality may vary.

Aug 11, 2014
Cathy in Chains

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

Last year, the Pasadena store put out Pumpkin and a LOT of 'seasonal' items ON Sept 21- first day of Autumn.

Aug 11, 2014
Cathy in Chains

One man's exhaustive search for the best fish taco in SD. .

Assuming this part of the conversation is about the City rather than the County of San Diego, the Mariscos El Pescador truck is in the parking lot of the Chula Vista Toys R Us.

Aug 10, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Real dairy frozen custard in San Diego?

The Santee location (opening this week) is in the parking lot shared with Food 4 Less. I've stopped into the Chula Vista location many times and the custards as well as Italian ices are very good.

Aug 10, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

PASTRAMI DIP IN SD

Greek Style Chicken has pastrami sandwiches on rolls, but not dipped like The Hat or Tops. It's just sliced pastrami, grilled and served warm on the toasted roll. Good, but not quite the same

Aug 08, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

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

Oh. Well then the vegetable margarine means nothing as far as the ingredient list goes. Strange.

Mom gets the large Stroopwafels from a friend each Christmas, places on top of the hot coffee/tea cup and the steam softens the cookie. I get to try one a year. The minis will be like a holiday treat...

Aug 06, 2014
Cathy in Chains

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

Lactose intolerant/dairy free/vegan can only eat vegetable margarine (most margarines also contain lactose and or milk products). This is a better ingredient than Crisco for cookies.

Aug 06, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Keeping strawberries fresh ... in yogurt?

All berries last longer in a glass jar- blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries.

Aug 04, 2014
Cathy in General Topics

Lay's Potato Chips' New Flavors -- Seen or Tried Them?

You'll notice it's at a doorway/entrance to the grocery store (Albertsons in San Diego). You may also notice each display shelf is full. This photo taken Sunday afternoon. Frito Lay deliveries do not occur on weekends...

Aug 04, 2014
Cathy in General Topics

can i bring a yogurt cup on board an airplane

The second way; that statement was another reassurance to terrorists that explosives looking like liquids can get past security. It also gave some details, such as early hours and NYC area airports. Not reassuring.

The whole entitlement thought is another subject that has not much to do with reassurance; it's so rare to see people having consideration for anyone other than themselves that I've turned into my parents and just shake my head, hoping that someday when they are mature they will understand. I'm able to plan ahead and bring something allowable from home to carry onboard a plane; I follow rules and am oh so uncool.

Aug 03, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food
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can i bring a yogurt cup on board an airplane

Not reassuring at all.

Aug 03, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Any good Grocery-chain 'Hot Bars' ?

Like a salad bar (choose items and pay by the pound) but with steam trays.

I've tried the one at Whole Foods, but chose carefully, only taking a bit of things that interested me and seemed fresh, paid, sat down in the store and tried each item and then went back to get more of what I liked.

Aug 02, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Discrimination in Restaurants - does it influence where you dine?

I'm just frustrated with the premise of this post and hadn't read responses for a few days...then saw one back to me...it was early...excuses on my part.

Sorry again; I usually am more careful.

Aug 01, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Discrimination in Restaurants - does it influence where you dine?

Sorry. Thought I was responding above.

Aug 01, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Discrimination in Restaurants - does it influence where you dine?

I am not going to walk into a restaurant and ask if the management hires employees based on their asking for possible days off to attend to family members during their job interview.

I will not be asking about the break times and if every employee does take one nor to see the payroll and E-verify records.

I'm also not going to ask for statistics regarding the nationality, ages or race of every employee nor statistics regarding their preferred sexual preferences.

IF there is an ongoing lawsuit that is publicized in the papers and news, I might consider avoiding a restaurant during that time, since there will likely be news cameras around. After the results of a trial, I will then make a decision about whether or not to patronize that restaurant; there have been far too many false allegations recently regarding notes left on credit card receipts, patrons accusing management of discrimination and other incidents that make me wary of any accusations.

Aug 01, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Trader Joes for diabetics?

You can eat anything when you are diabetic, just less of some things.

Learn to read labels and enjoy your Trader Joe's. Plenty of choices in every aisle with high quality and low prices.

[I know my blood sugar is controlled with 20 grams or less of carbs per meal; lots of testing when first diagnosed. Your husband should be hovering around a threshold. Stick to it, add fiber to each meal to feel full and you'll be enjoying this new way of eating and shopping.]

Jul 31, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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costco restaurant card deals?

Yes. Local deals (County Fair, Legoland, a generic $100 face value good at any of 30+ local restaurants, some local spas, gym memberships and movies. All seem to be priced at 80% face value.

Costco cash and membership cards are always available. Those are priced dollar for dollar.

The Costco.com cards for sale are good for gifting to friends in other parts of the US. http://www.costco.com/gift-cards-tick...

Jul 30, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Lay's Potato Chips' New Flavors -- Seen or Tried Them?

Frito Lay actually does a lot of test marketing; I had received two smaller sample bags of wasabi (no ginger) to try more than three years ago.

I'd assume the flavors are OK, but have no desire to have chips other than regular as part of my very limited (20 per meal) carb intake. (Also diabetic).

Jul 29, 2014
Cathy in General Topics

Open Air Fish Market (@ The Embarcadero) to Start August 2.

Around the time articles like this started appearing, http://www.scientificamerican.com/art... I began only purchasing whole fish in restaurants and at markets, so I could see what I was paying for. Our only wish for a wedding gift had been 'good knives' and we do know how to use them, so it hasn't been a problem.

[I do trust Tommy and Catalina Offshore to be giving me what I order, though and know what I get from there was alive at most 24 hours prior.]

Jul 28, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Keeping strawberries fresh ... in yogurt?

Jul 27, 2014
Cathy in General Topics

Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

Well, it's no wonder you call some TJ patrons "loyalists". We have it a bit better than you and that's why we like it.

Jul 23, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

Yes, individual vegetables and fruits as well as pre- packed ones are in center bins (not refrigerated).

I'm talking about the open refrigerated areas along the walls.

Dairy, cheeses, lunchmeats, bagged lettuces, packaged veggies, hummus, salsas, whole (uncooked) chickens, steaks, bacon. Sandwiches, wraps, salads with add ins, containers of eggless egg salad, individual canned beverages and water bottles are also in the display areas, in a general grouping.

"My" (closest) TJs is right next to a hospital and I see employees as well as visitors walking over and picking up items for immediate consumption (as well as customers buying cases of wine and doing weekly shopping).

I'm in Southern California but have shopped at TJs in Michigan and Massachusetts and have seen all of those items in the open refrigerated areas also.

Jul 23, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

TJ items are either pre-packed and have that minimum weight or produce items are sold by the each.

There aren't any scales at the register. The Department of Weights and Measures does not have to monitor and test scales regularly, only random testing of the pre-packed items.

Grab and go meals are a big part of their business. The pre-made sandwiches, salads, packs of cooked chicken, turkey, even hard boiled eggs as well as 19 cents each bananas are easy and not quite as 'fast food'.

Jul 23, 2014
Cathy in Chains