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Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

Definitely go to Trader Joe's - everything is great! Coconut cookies (box is green), chocolate peanut-butter cups - AMAZING!, almond croissants (frozen section), bacon cheddar, carmelized onion dip... prepared salads - don't forget your cooler and get some ice!

Wegmans sodas are good - cherry grapefruit. Wegmans prepared foods section is also great. The store in Amherst - you'll be in Amherst for TJs anyways. You can also grab some horseradish cheddar at Wegmans. I forget the brand name - sorry!

Make sure to go with a list to TJs and an employee will be happy to help you find the items!

Make sure to eat a meal at Dinosaur BBQ downtown Buffalo - delicious! Bistro Europa is also GREAT!

Enjoy!

Here are some threads I'd suggest reading -

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966824

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/886880

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9774...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9620...

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

We got a cheap Black and Decker Rice cooker and it is amazing. Before that we could never get it right. Totally worth the money!

May 05, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chains

Paulette's in Leslieville - any info?

Is this place still open and would anyone recommend it?

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Mmmmm cilantro...

Apr 24, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chains

Your best reccomendation in Toronto

I was just saying that I wasn't that impressed considering the price. I wasn't recommending that the OP should replace it with a steakhouse.

Grocery items that you can't find in Toronto (but you can in the states)

California is great! Glad to hear you are able to get to TJ's sometimes!

Grocery items that you can't find in Toronto (but you can in the states)

Thanks prima - I will have to check it out next time I go. Have you seen the Trader Joe's threads in "chains"? Lots of suggestions there.

Your best reccomendation in Toronto

I ate at Scaramouche for the first and only time in February and was not that impressed. At that price point I would far prefer Jacob and Co.

I know lots of people who have enjoyed the pasta bar, though.

Grocery items that you can't find in Toronto (but you can in the states)

For anyone who does cross the border into the Buffalo area you should definitely make a trip to the Trader Joe's store in Amherst. I ended up going twice on my recent visit and they have many wonderful items at great prices!

Some great finds were: Cilantro Salad Dressing, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Bacon Cheddar (with real bacon), Habanero sauce (my husband says it's great), Cowboy Bark, Caramelized Onion Dip, Spinach and Kale dip, almond croissants (freezer section), Root Beer (made with sugar cane) and also their prepared salads. All were TJ's own brand and prices were extremely reasonable. Staff in store were very helpful.

Your best reccomendation in Toronto

I would recommend Jacob and Co. and Richmond Station - my favourite meals in Toronto. I have also enjoyed Buca, Campagnolo, Ascari Enoteca, and Queen Margherita Pizza (my favourite pizza in the city).

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

YAY - Cilantro salad dressing (was with the lettuce at the Amerst, NY location) - was okay on salad, then my husband made a roasted corn and bean salad and put some on that and it was amazing!

MEH - TJs Chocolate Almond Granola - I had it like cereal, with milk, and maybe that was a mistake. Next time I'll try it in some vanilla yogourt.

Apr 10, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Also tried the Spinach and Kale dip and thought it was pretty good. I really liked it with carrot sticks and TJs pita chips.

Apr 10, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Good ideas!

Apr 09, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

We have a box of Kouign Amann as well - haven't tried it yet!

Apr 09, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chains

August Visit to Chicago - Itinerary and questions

Thank GW - pregnancy brain wouldn't let me remember the name of it!

Apr 09, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chicago Area

August Visit to Chicago - Itinerary and questions

We went for late-night pizza one night at Lou Malnati's (late-night for us was at 9:30)! We had their chocolate chip cookie for dessert and it was decent.

There isn't too much right in the area. Whatever you do, don't waste a meal at Hash House a GoGo. It's mainly breakfast I believe, but I think it's just one of those over-rated places. We did go to that bar that lets you see the city from a really high floor which was probably a ten minute walk from the hotel. Best views there were from the women's washroom!

Do-rite donuts were only okay - Glazed and Confused were the bomb! Had twice from there. OMG they were so delicious. I had creme brulee and the second time a maple bacon long john. Must get! Also ended up grabbing chicago mix from the airport and it was really good.

Hope you have a great trip. We enjoyed the hotel. We had to be shown how to turn on the shower if I remember properly!

Apr 08, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chicago Area

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Yay - bacon cheddar - had it on a burger and it was great.

Yay - almost croissants (freezer section) - took them out the night before and baked up nicely, although some of the filling oozed out on the pan (thank goodness it was on parchment paper)

Meh - chocolate croissant (really a "pain au chocolat") - not as flaky as the almond and flavour was not as good either.

Apr 08, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

I think it is the big tub!

Apr 04, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chains

Trader Joe's Opening in Amherst - 2013

Thanks magic!

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - there should be a category "above" YAY! They are so good. Perfect amount of both flavors, creamy inside... I know I can't get a new bag of them for a long time so they are being kept in the basement and that way they will last longer!

Trader Joe's Opening in Amherst - 2013

I am hoping to make it back before baby arrives but that's probably not realistic so not sure when I'll get there again. Last night I tried a dark chocolate peanut butter cup from the package I got at Trader Joe's. They are in my pantry cupboard in the basement and if I want them to last they will have to stay there. So, so good!

Trader Joe's Opening in Amherst - 2013

I didn't make it to Paula's this visit - but in the summer I really enjoyed a Coconut Cream - delicious!

Trader Joe's Opening in Amherst - 2013

I checked out the Trader Joe's a few weeks ago when I was in the Buffalo area. I actually made two visits. I was very impressed with selection, price and service.

Some things we tried and loved:

Caramelized Onion Dip
Truffle-Mushroom Triangoli
Speculoos Cookie butter (original and the one with chocolate)
Cowboy Bark
Santa Fe Salad (prepared foods section)
Thai peanut salad with chicken (prepared foods)
Habenero hot sauce (hubby tried and loved)
Trader Joe's Root Beer
Cilantro Salad Dressing

We still have more things to try. Will report later.

Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

Thought the same thing about Grand Electric. I joked to my DCs that the waiters had to be trained in lip-reading!

Heading to Ottawa

For a really cool breakfast try Art Is In Bakery ( 250 City Centre Ave #112, Ottawa). Really great place with awesome food and definitely kid friendly.

Murray Street is a great restaurant but I cannot comment on the kid-friendly part - perhaps if you eat early it might be okay.

http://www.artisinbakery.com/
http://murraystreet.ca/

I don't even know where to start! 2 nights in Toronto

If you like Mexican, El Catrin in the distillery district has a really cool patio and pretty good food. Just don't order all the food at once because it comes out so fast.

I don't even know where to start! 2 nights in Toronto

+1 For Richmond Station - my favorite meal in Toronto this year.

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - March 2014 [OLD]

I'm already hooked! Not sure when I'll get back to the Buffalo area again though...

Mar 31, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - March 2014 [OLD]

I made a list of things to get when I was in the Buffalo area store. A girl that worked there helped me get everything on the list. She was very helpful and said "I feel like I'm on a game show"!!

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - March 2014 [OLD]

Wegman's sells a cilanto jalapeno hummus that is really delicious!

Mar 28, 2014
TeacherFoodie in Chains