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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

YEA - the dark roast coffee. Can't beat the price and flavor!
YEA - the Quattro Formaggio. This was delicious on pizza. Which leads me to...
YEA - the whole wheat pizza crust. Smelled "alcohol-y" when I took it out of the bag, probably due to prolonged fermentation, but once it was baked and topped, it was very good. I need to work with it to get better oven spring, though.
YEA - the gluten-free frozen waffles. No funky aftertaste like with Eggo type products.
YEA/NAY - the Danielle meats. Nay on eating them straight out of the package - greasy and limp. But sliced and cooked on top of the aforementioned pizza? Made a world of difference - nice and crispy with a good bacon-y flavor.

Nov 17, 2012
littlemrslarge in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

Nope, same ones. Maybe we just got a bad bag? They weren't awful, just really bland.

Nov 13, 2012
littlemrslarge in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

Made my second-ever TJs trip today - much better prepared than the first time around. :-)

YEA - the frozen precooked brown rice. I seemingly cannot cook brown rice without it boiling over, so this stuff is great for me.
YEA - the little 3-pack of 72% dark chocolate by the registers. Chop those babies up and add them to your next batch of chocolate chip cookies, instead of the regular chips.
YEA - the dark chocolate coconut caramel bar (but not wild about the $1.99 price tag!)
YEA - the Speculoos Cookie Butter. Oh my gosh, this stuff is good.
NAY - the sweet potato chips. Too thick and not salted (or at least we couldn't taste it).
NAY - the Pizza Pollo Asado or whatever it's called. I didn't care for the texture, and the refried beans melted off the pizza and onto the bottom of my toaster oven.

To try: Joe's Dark Roast coffee (smells awesome), Quattro Formaggio cheese blend, whole wheat pizza dough, gluten-free frozen waffles (no, we're not g/f, but these looked good!), Nigari silken tofu (shelf-stable), TJ's organic tofu (refrigerated), red lentils, roasted coconut chips, frozen Brussel sprouts, frozen spinach & artichoke dip, sipping chocolate, "Danielle" italian sliced meat combo, TJ's traditional Marinara sauce, and Vermont Artisan white cheddar. Will report back! :-)

Nov 11, 2012
littlemrslarge in Chains

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe Items.. to hunt for in 2012

I picked some up today at the Knoxville, TN store (tiny place that it is.) The sipping chocolate here is "cocoa powder, cane sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter". Wonder why yours was different? (I was tempted by the peppermint hot chocolate next to it, but since it had a higher price tag and less volume, I decided to stick with the sipping chocolate and add my own peppermint flavor.)

Nov 11, 2012
littlemrslarge in Chains

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe Items.. to hunt for in 2012

Ditto - I get my vanilla bean paste (sometimes Nielsen-Massey, sometimes Lorann) at TJ Maxx or Ross stores! Can't beat $5.99!

Nov 05, 2012
littlemrslarge in Chains

Quinoa..now feel ill..

I know this is an old post, but the same thing happened to me. Quinoa's now on my list of "intolerant to" foods, along with mushrooms and a few other odds and ends. Bummer too, because it's such a hot ingredient right now - but I simply can't eat it without suffering!

Nov 04, 2012
littlemrslarge in General Topics

Kingsport TN dining suggestions

I used to live in Johnson City and work in Kingsport, so these are old stomping grounds! :-) You'll have to eat lunch at one of the Pal's restaurants. Best overall fast food restaurant I've ever encountered and a favorite among local residents - their service is fast, orders are always accurate, and the food is good! Also, if you're up for a bit of a drive, head down to Cootie Brown's in Johnson City or Ridgewood BBQ in Bluff City, both are about 20 minutes from Kingsport proper. Scratch Brick Oven in Johnson City is also awesome but it's mostly a take-out place (pizza and bread.) Skip the Riverfront Seafood Co. in Kingsport, it's not worth your time. Hope that helps!

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Cootie Brown's
2715 N Roan St, Johnson City, TN 37601