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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

YAY - Parmesan-Gouda cheese. It's got the texture & grate-ability of gouda with the salty/umami of parm. Used it in some florentine turkey meatballs since I was out of regular parm...would also be good in fondue, methinks!

Jan 23, 2014
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

Nay - sweet potato tots. Even baked at a higher temp, they never quite get crispy and moosh when you bite into them. I'll stick w/ the regular fries.

Jan 01, 2014
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2 Days in Tofino - rate my choices

We're just back from a week in Tofino. Thanks to those of you who mentioned Cyn at Night! We were glad to have another new option. My husband called the boar ribs, a special, his best meal on this trip. It was pretty chill for a Thursday night in summer. In addition to the boar ribs, we did the brisket. It's definitely good value for the price relative to other spots in Tofino & Ucluelet - brisket came with a non-mayo, basil potato salad (yay!), corn, beans and a slice of herb bread.

Spotted Bear and Tacofino held up to our good experiences last summer. Fair warning, Tacofino is now putting a chipotle mayo on their burritos, so if that's not your thing...

For a quick lunch, Common Loaf was also good, had a slice of the Greek veggie pizza which was on a whole grain crust (similar to their peasant loaf) and the mac and cheese another day.

Aug 26, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

I boiled them, maybe more like a minute & a half. I didn't rinse them, which I should have done. They were slightly slimy, but went straight into broth, so it didn't bother me all that much.

Jul 24, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Qualified yay for the Fresh Rice Noodles in the refrigerated section near the tofu.

Comes with (2) 6 oz. packets and is product of South Korea. They're decent if you can't easily get to an Asian market and you want to whip together a noodle soup for a quick lunch. 1 of the 6 oz packets is basically a serving, though the nutrition label on the back goes by 2 oz servings (yeah, right). They're remarkably high in fiber -- it claims 3 g per 2 oz. serving. I think it was also remarkably high in sodium - I threw away the package, but I want to say it was 280g per serving.

Jul 24, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

They're crispy. And pretty dang good with a scoop of vanilla sandwiched between 'em. :)

Jun 25, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

This is gonna seem like a funny one, but yay to the Rolled Oats. How good can oats be? Well, the oats are just fine, the yay is mostly for the oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the bag! They are GOOD! It just calls them gluten free oatmeal cookies...and even though they have a cup and a half of sugar (oy!), I'm convincing myself the fiber in the oatmeal balances it out. ;)

Jun 22, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Nay, nay, nay: Turkey Corndogs (in the freezer section). This was a guilty pleasure purchase and I caved since we generally don't have hot dogs around (husband doesn't eat them). I should have known better...

I didn't have any delusions that these would be match what you'd have at the mall or a fair, but the corn breading was on the sweet side and a bit flabby from being microwaved, and the hot dog nearly flavorless. Granted, microwaving it probably wasn't the ideal heating method, but I wasn't in the mood to wait around for the oven to heat up.

May 06, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 1st quarter 2012 [old]

Now you're talkin'! I will have to check 'em out. Thanks for the rec.

Apr 01, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 1st quarter 2012 [old]

"Just OK" on the frozen Belgian waffles. Only 4 to a package? They toast up nicely and are very light, but sorely lacking in the egginess department. But maybe I was hoping they'd be more like a liege waffle. Either way, not something I'd run out to get and fill the freezer.

Mar 31, 2012
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Kauai Report (Mostly North Shore) - Feb/March 2012

We spent a week on the North Shore in Kauai at the end of Feb/beginning of March. It's much more mellow and not particularly a food destination (say compared to Poipu), but there's plenty to enjoy. Some highlights:

Hamura Saimin -- Ok, it's in Lihue, not on the North Shore. We ate here 3x, yes 3...after we landed, once during the week and we picked up to-go as we headed for the airport to come home. It's an institution. My bowl of choice was the Special Saimin (won ton, ham, hard boiled egg, bok choy) and you've gotta get BBQ chicken or beef skewers.

Pat's Taqueria (Hanalei; Black Pot Beach Park): Taco Truck + surfers = delicious Mexican chow. The carne asada taco is the standout. Kalua Pork is good, too. The tacos are crispy taqueria style (versus hard shell). Fillings are generous.

Hanalei Pizza (Hanalei) -- Solid pizza, super friendly service. We had the Veg-Head + pepperoni and took it to-go. We enjoyed some BYO wine while waited (they were nice enough to provide real glasses) and even offered us some appetizers...a pizza that had gotten a little overdone by their standards, but was actually just extra crunchy, not burnt.

Hanalei Farmers Market (Saturdays, opens at 9:30 a.m.) -- Get there when it opens (or even a little before). Frequented by both locals & tourists, it's a great source for strawberry papayas, mangoes, rambutans, avocados, salad greens, local citrus. The other half of the market is crafts and prepared foods. Try Sal's Salsa & the Kauai Kunana Dairy feta.

Foodland's Char Siu Chicken Legs -- It's the grocery store in Princeville, but if you've got a kitchen where you're staying, pick up these pre-marinated drumsticks and bake 'em up in the oven. You probably can't get them at home -- delicious.

We also tried Postcards and Bar Acuda in Hanalei. Postcards is mostly a fish place, and I'm not much of a fish eater, but the husband liked it. They do have a few non-fish items and some delicious taro fritters. Their first come/first serve seating can be a little kooky, so go a little before they open for dinner and put your name in or line up and be prepared for a crowd.

Bar Acuda, I'd call modern American tapas. They feature some local ingredients and it's perfectly tasty, just nothing really unique.

In Lihue, we tried twice to catch the malasada lady in front of Kmart, but never timed it right. Opening time is approximate, but we'll definitely we trying to catch her on our next trip.

Mar 29, 2012
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