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Foods you love at Trader Joe's that got discontinued? [OLD]

Puffs 'n Honey cereal made by a now-defunct company called The Breadshop that was located in Santa Cruz, CA. They sold out to the Hain group of natural foods, and now the label only makes granola cereals. Too bad, because Puffs 'n Honey was the best cereal I ever had, and I used to buy it at TJs all the time back in the 1990's.

Jan 29, 2011
LeftCoastRider in Chains

What happened to all the good deli's in SF

No, it is not the same at all. My sister and I thought that is must be the same and met there for lunch a few years ago but were very disappointed. Perhaps Mel's bought the name, but the recipe is completely different. As someone said in a post above, the closest potato salad to Herman's is the San Francisco style that you can find in Lunardi's and some Safeway stores. It is not the same - too much mayo - but it is reasonably close. Herman's also had a deli in Sunnyvale, on Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road, but it must have closed at the same time.

Apr 06, 2010
LeftCoastRider in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Single Malt

Perhaps different taste perceptors explain the difference. My friends who share my preference for Highland or Speyside whisky all taste a medicinal iodine quality in the Islays. In a similar vein, my wife thinks brussels sprouts taste sweet and she loves them, while most people find them bitter. Thanks for the feedback.

Nov 19, 2007
LeftCoastRider in Spirits

Best Single Malt

This is fascinating...I have been drinking single malts for years, specifically Speyside whisky (The Glenlivet 18, Glenfarclas 25, The Macallan 18 and Glenfiddich 18 are my usual choices), but have never been able to understand why anyone would like Islay scotch. I realize that everyone has different tastes, but for those of you who enjoy Laphroaig, Lagavulin, etc., do you like the taste of iodine, or do Islays not taste like iodine to you? I do not wish to be disrespectful, I am just trying to understand how tastes can differ so much. Of course, who wants a boring world in which everyone likes the same things?

Nov 18, 2007
LeftCoastRider in Spirits

Favorite Beer in America?

That is true; same thing with gruit-based beers. I just prefer the taste of traditional beers and ales.

Oct 15, 2007
LeftCoastRider in Beer

Favorite Beer in America?

Great thread. It all depends on where you live, what you are exposed to and what your tastes are. I follow the Reinheitsgebot, or German Purity Law of 1516: beer can only contain four ingredients - water, barley, hops and yeast. By this definition, popular beverages such as Budweiser, Corona and hefeweizen are not beers, as they contain rice, corn and wheat, respectively.

I have been fortunate to have spent my life in California, Oregon and Washington, and so have enjoyed great microbrews for over 25 years. Although it is always difficult to pick only one or two favorites, some of my faves include Pike Kilt Lifter for a malty, Scottish ale (Pike Place Brewing Co., Seattle WA); Inversion IPA for a strong, hoppy beer (Deschutes Brewery, Bend OR); and Red Tail Ale for a good all-around amber ale (Mendocino Brewing Co., Hopland, CA). Some fun picks are Dead Guy Ale from the Rogue Brewery in Newport OR and Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co. in San Diego. I also really enjoy the amber ale at the Seabright Brewery in Santa Cruz, CA, but that is partially because I spent most of my adult life in Santa Cruz and that was one of my favorite hang outs.

Sep 04, 2007
LeftCoastRider in Beer

Foods you love at Trader Joe's that got discontinued? [OLD]

The Tuscan White Bean dip. It was great with the Middle Eastern flatbread, but it was discontinued several years ago.

Sep 04, 2007
LeftCoastRider in Chains