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

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.

about 2 hours ago
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

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
BuildingMyBento in Chains
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What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

Unless it's a place where a Western/US-influenced breakfast is less common.

While living in Shenzhen, I'd go to The Flying Pan in Hong Kong for pancakes and sides. Not that it was ever a pleasant experience, but it hit the spot once in a while. They're open late too.

Georgian in Brooklyn: Pirosmani vs. Tbilisi vs. Tone Cafe vs. Mtskheta

Oh, it wasn't rude at all; rather the service was just very slow.

Still, that they have a toné (the oven for making bread) on-site is cool, and hearing a language spoken that I rarely hear anywhere else ads to the ambiance.

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Best Sandwich at Subway?

Shucks, since the CH redesign, I can't tell as easily if I've already posted in a thread.

Anyway, I dug the shrimp avocado sandwich at Japanese Subways. Had it in Osaka, and maybe even Shenzhen, China.

Feb 13, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Communal tables at restaurants - your opinion please?

Thanks for reading, jr54_1! If you have any suggestions for food topics, please let me know.

Georgian in Brooklyn: Pirosmani vs. Tbilisi vs. Tone Cafe vs. Mtskheta

I've been to Tone a few times. The food's always good, but the service is not. Always went for the adjaruli khachapuri, and a couple of times for the three "dips."

The first time I went was around the time it opened, and that was the only time they served bread right after we sat down. Then again, filling up on bread while the main course is bread...is no different than eating bread with pasta. So, go for it!

Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

I'm still holding out for cakalang pampis...

Communal tables at restaurants - your opinion please?

Not a fan of benches, but I am a fan of food...so, at Clyde Common in Portland, OR, US, I dealt with it.

Otherwise, I'm used to communal eating. I'd be missing a lot of the local flavor - c/o street vendors - if I didn't want to share a table. Same with banquet-style restaurants in China.

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

I am obsessed with Stacy's EVERYTHING

Gee, never heard of Bakery Thins. However, I'm also a supporter of Stacy's cinnamon sugar and chocolate pita chips.

Now to see if those Bakery Thins are at Amazon...

Anyone know where to find this exact brand of Adjika? (Georgian/Abkhaz Pepper Paste)

Did you try asking at any of the Georgian restaurants in Brooklyn?

Feb 12, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Hokkaido Hairy Crab

Going at night works.

Say...are any of the other Mitsuwa Marketplaces in the US set up like the Jersey one was in the early '00s and prior to that?

It was more of a destination back then. I'm hoping Torrance still has it that way, if anyone knows.

Feb 12, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

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

I'm digging the pesto alla Genovese. Problematic because pesto use to be hit-or-miss for me, and now it's hit-hit-hit.

Remember Ocean Spray's Mauna Loa juice drink?

I remember trying this flavor and cranberry-peach at their Massachusetts HQ, and being disappointed about never finding them back in NY.

I eat it my way

Both ways are good. For me, any restaurant that is liberal with its limes and moyashi is worth a visit.

I eat it my way

Sometimes I've had fattoush prepared this way, other times the pita has been baked.

Either way, ladiid!

Breakfasts so good you had them again for dinner

Sushi in Japan, for sure.

Breakfast buffets in Turkey - they know the score. Cheese, walnuts, cold cuts, various jellies/honey/kaymak for bread, vegetables, and sour cherry juice.

Generally, I'll eat anything anytime of the day...

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com