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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.

about 10 hours ago
Cathy in Chains

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

)

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

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 [OLD]

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 [OLD]

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 [OLD]

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