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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

I dig the Trail Mix cookies too, but the texture makes it seem like they're stale upon arrival.

about 16 hours ago
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Palate Memory.....................

There's a Manadonese (regional Indonesian cuisine) sambal called dabu-dabu. It's not terribly complicated to make - though having fresh bird's eye chilies is key - but it's part-and-parcel of Manado cooking that is very difficult to find outside of Indonesia.

Last week however, in Queens (NYC) I came across an Indonesian food festival which surprisingly had a Manado booth. They also happened to offer dabu-dabu; eating it took me back to the first time I tried that cuisine, in Jakarta, and subsequently having a mouthful of fire for ten minutes. Now, it's been whittled down to two minutes...

Jonathan
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about 16 hours ago
BuildingMyBento in General Topics

Triscuits flavors...any good?

I'm partial to the one with caraway seeds.

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Bread baskets (always overdo it), whipped cream and Reese's pieces. But when in Japan, pretty much everything at their convenience stores...save for the mayonnaise-gone-wild stuff.

Jonathan
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

Definitely like the Rosemary & Thyme Maple Toffee Sunflower Seeds. May even throw 'em on oatmeal, though they overpower other possibilities.

Also like their Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chip Rounds...but I still prefer to have fresh guacamole with them.

Jonathan
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Apr 21, 2015
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Chinese vs Italian Pine Nuts (pignoli)..big price difference. Taste difference?

IIRC, Heilongjiang (a Chinese province) is a big supplier of pine nuts. Had a glass of pine nut "juice" at a Heilongjiang products store in China last year.

Though, I'll have to try the Italian and Chinese versions from Kalustyan's or so to see about differences in taste.

Jonathan
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Peeps!!!!!!!

I'd like to try the Peeps "milk," but haven't seen a carton in NYC yet. It sounds terrible, but eh, it'll be a good story for the grandkids...

St. Joseph's sfinci

I went into an Italian bakery in Philly over the weekend. At that particular store, they called sfinci a "zeppoli." No one I asked knew what a sfinci was, but it was neither the time nor the place for a Venn diagram...

Mar 23, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Japan Week – Great Japanese Cultural and Food Event at Grand Central

Oh right, the greatest nostalgia trip about Japan "Three Days" was the daigaku imo mountain.

In case anyone is interested, daigaku imo translates to college potato...

Mar 23, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Japan Week – Great Japanese Cultural and Food Event at Grand Central

I've taken that NJ Transit bus in 2000 and earlier this year.

Outside of rush hour it takes about 30-35 minutes from the Port Authority.

Mar 23, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Restaurant Secret Shopping

If it only covers 2/3 of your meal cost, how frequently are you "making $10?"

Korean sushi -- What's the difference?

Are you a Kogi groupie or something?

When I find a pulled pork sample of kimbap in the RoK, I might reconsider.

Fresh Direct - recent delivery a disaster. Others have bad experience?

"a one gallon jug of spring water somehow leaked and dripped water on the wood floor of the apartment"

If the floor wasn't wood, the jug would've been kind enough to not...spring a leak?

Mar 14, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Peanut Butter and. . .

Carob chips and whipped cream

Street Foods in Queens

Seeking any help (particularly with procuring food vendors?)?

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I bought it two days ago, and now it's almost gone!

Thanks for the heads up...I'm seeking meal recommendations for the remaining 1/3 of the jar.

Mar 05, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Post Your Favorite Food Fotos...

I saw this at a "deli" in Dubai. Maybe if they weren't button mushrooms...

Have you ever given yourself food poisoning?

Yep...forgot to ask to "hold the ice."

Not to mention, the tap at my first Jakarta apartment dripped oil.

Is dessert optional?

If you're not a fan of serving desserts, cook a Chinese meal...

Seriously, the "dessert" I most commonly saw while living in China was a plate of tomatoes covered in granulated sugar. Or, on planes, it was a small dish of grape tomatoes and/or lychees.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Ah yes, but if they used mostly pine nuts, the price would go up-up-up

Mar 02, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

No kidding, sambal matah? Does the TJ's version have shrimp paste? For what meals do you like to use it?

Glad to see something Indonesian in a non-expat market...

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Mar 02, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Why Don't the Chinese Eat Outside?

Ah, a 12-year old reply...

I noticed plenty of restaurants in China where tables were placed on the sidewalks and even in the middle of the street...for nighttime eating.

Kimchi: Can I eat it like vegetables?

I...don't know, but I do know that a waitress at the Sosan Hotel in Pyongyang was horrified when I asked for a fork.

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

Anything with mentaiko and Hokkaido-born butter?

Feb 26, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Thanks!

It's mainly because I liked doing Ctrl + F for my handle and seeing if there are any replies.

Feb 26, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

Since I'm in NY, I think an interesting date (but not as the first, I guess) would be to ask her to pick out ten different things at at a Fairway supermarket (or more audaciously, the Food Bazaar in LIC). I'd get my ten and we'd compare back at one of our apartments.

What's your favorite cake?

Not sure, but lately I've taken to kue lapis (from Indonesia).

Sacher Tortes are up there too.

Eataly?

I always liked their focaccia, and get particularly enthusiastic when wading through the olive oil/pasta sauce aisles, but was very disappointed in their mozzarella di bufala and prosciutto.

I'm willing to give their cheese another go though.

Feb 24, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

When the vibe of the place just doesn't feel right

One restaurant I went to in Pyongyang had its doors locked before and after my tour group ate there.

But it was damn good duck bbq.

In that case, I'll give that restaurant a pass...

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Not a fan of this pagination thing, but anyway...

Meh to the Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies. Yawn. No, they're not BAD, just up the game. A Cracklin' Oat Bran-type of cookie? That would be great.

Meh-Nay to the Reduced Guilt Guacamole (with Greek Yoghurt). I really don't like buying the reduced/"low-" foods, and this was a grab-it-and-go mistake. Then again, if I added some of the TJ's Everyday Seasoning into it, there might have hope.

On another note, how is Trader Joe's manchego (more importantly do they have it?...)

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Feb 24, 2015
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