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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Yes, the kugel is new. I think it was either pumpkin or pumpkin spice kugel. I saw it in the freezer while waiting in line, but it was with the desserts. I'm not tempted by any of the pumpkin stuff but will enjoy the eggnog ice cream!

1 day ago
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

YAY! for the small Persian cucumbers sold on a styrofoam tray, 6 cucumbers, 14 oz., $1.99. Nice firm texture and cucumber flavor. I cut them at an angle because they are fairly small.

These are produce staples for me, all YAY!:

Organic carrots
Romaine hearts
Celery hearts
Mini pearl grape tomatoes

2 days ago
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Yes, "bechamel" and "too rich" doesn't make sense in the same sentence! Definitely sounds like it is worth trying.

2 days ago
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

If it has tea as an ingredient, it has caffeine, unless it specifically states it is decaffeinated.

If it is made with rooibos instead of tea, that has no caffeine.

Sep 27, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

"Meh" to me is for something I wasn't thrilled with and won't buy on a regular basis but might get on occasion or something I don't like because of my own taste but which other people might very well enjoy because the basic quality is good.

Sep 27, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I took that back, too. Neither the ginger nor the coating was any good. The manager didn't seem surprised.

Sep 27, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I'm East Coast and the produce varies from wonderful to stuff that shouldn't be offered for sale. I frequently find bags with rotten fruit (white moldy citrus, for instance) and hand it over to the employees. The staff is mostly enthusiastic young people, but they sorely need an old-fashioned produce man to tend the fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Another YAY for the dolmas. I picked some up a couple of weeks ago based on the recommendations here and enjoyed them, mostly with salads, and got a couple of more cans a day. Three of them really makes a salad more filling and the mint gives another flavor dimension!

Sep 23, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I usually just see it labelled Grade B. Have you checked at your grocery store? Enforcement of regulations like this depend on consumer reporting. Even then it is spotty.

Sep 16, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Grade B is sold in New York all the time but it is supposed to be labeled "Extra dark for cooking" in pint or larger bottles.

Sep 15, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I just cook them in the microwave and slap one between two pieces of bread. Quicker, easier, and just as zesty!

Sep 15, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I noticed cans of crab meat for $1.99 this week and gathered up enough courage to try it just to see what a $1.99 can of crabmeat is like.

It's imported from Thailand and the flavor is very mild. It was very small grey flakes with only a few very slightly larger pieces of pinkish leg meat.

I made crab salad for sandwiches by adding fresh lime juice, mayonnaise, diced sweet red onion and celery hearts, and black pepper.

For that, it was just meh due to the mild flavor and fine texture. It would be a yay if used as a filler for mixing with a better quality crab meat for crab cakes or as the base for a bisque.

Sep 13, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

This may be regional, but the Paula Red apples from Vermont are a big YAY! Tart and crisp.

Aug 30, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Sounds like a "meh"!

Aug 30, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

YAY! for the Organic Refried Pinto beans in a pink can. A little high in sodium, but no fat and high in fiber. Very tasty with tortilla chips and salsa. It would be easy to make but too much trouble considering this is $1.09 a can.

Aug 29, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Yes, mealy peaches are completely inedible unless you put them in a smoothie. Same for apples.

Aug 29, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

The last carton of TJ's coffee ice cream that I bought was icy and had obviously gotten too warm at some point. I ate it anyway, but I hope this doesn't become a regular occurrence.

Aug 27, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

Yes. Try some of the frozen Indian or pasta meals or pizzas.

Aug 26, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Another YAY! for the cartons of pineapple juice. I usually mix it 1:2 with orange juice.

Aug 26, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

It may be regional, as well as particular to a store.

I definitely have had problems with dairy and there are issues with produce and flowers at my store. They don't bother to put water in the flower buckets.

I have never bought non-frozen meat or poultry. I was looking at the chicken sausages one day and another shopper volunteered they were slimy when he bought them, so I didn't get them.

I have taken milk back for a refund because it was sour well before the use-by date even though it was icey from being in the coldest spot in my refrigerator.

It is necessary to closely inspect the fruits and vegetables to make sure they are not damaged or overripe. The bananas usually turn black from bruising quickly no matter how carefully I handle them, so they must be handled roughly before I get them.

Aug 26, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Yes, indeed. I must of picked up and examine ten boxes before I found one that was okay. That is often the case at my TJ's--overripe or damaged fruit left out with the rest. Sometimes there is none of a particular type that I will buy.

I went into Fairway the other day and was shocked at some of the huge piles of mushy fruit. They needed to throw a lot of it away.

Aug 21, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Yes, it really aggravates me that they don't take care of them at my store. I mentioned it to one of the employees and she didn't seem to know that they even needed water. Incredible but true.

Aug 20, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

YAY! for the mango mochi ice cream.

They aren't at all new, but I tried them for the first time today. Very flavorful and fun to eat and good portion control.

Aug 20, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

I love the frozen figs, too, but they are rarely in stock.

Aug 19, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Ignorance on the part of the manager. Confront him nicely. Ask him what the anchovy season is and when they will be ordering them. Tell him they are available in other TJ's year 'round.

Sometimes when I ask about items that are not in stock they obviously either don't know how to find an item in the computer or can't find it or don't understand the information there. They have told me all kinds of incorrect information at my store when I have asked. Some of the employees will simply pretend to know something or guess rather than admit they don't know. When the frozen breaded shrimp was discontinued the employee tried to tell me they had never carried anything like that. Absurd!

Aug 19, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

They are just choosing not to stock them in your store. There were two rows of them in my store last week and they aren't just sitting there gathering dust.

Maybe you can ask them to order a case for you. Other grocery stores will do that, not sure about TJ's. Go up to the service counter and ask.

At my store they will look or pretend to look in the computer and give a phony status, but you can tell them that you know for a fact that other stores are stocking them.

You could also just buy them at another grocery store. They are not hard to find, at least around here. I also get them at the $0.99 store.

Aug 18, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Yes, new this month:

http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/...

16 oz. jar

Aug 17, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

TJ's plants are often a great deal. They have good prices on flowers, too, but they almost never have water in the buckets at my TJ's so they don't last very long and there is no point in buying them.

Aug 17, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Probably the same here, too. That just reinforces my point that the Fairway ice cream was way overpriced compared to TJ's.

Aug 17, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

TJ's coffee ice cream is really good. It's my favorite. It's also a very good price at TJ's--is it $4.49 or $4.99 for the quart? (It's actually a full quart, not a pint!)

I went to Fairway today because they had their own brand of ice cream on sale at two for $6. That's pints, not quarts. They had some new flavors I wanted to try, like fig and Saba. I also wanted to compare their coffee ice cream to TJ's.

Turns out those flavors are considered premium ice creams and were not even on sale. They were the full price, $5.49. Again, that's a $5.49 a pint, not for a full quart like TJ's. No way was I going to pay well over twice the price compared to TJ's. I just made them refund the sale and crossed the street and stopped by TJ's on the way home.

Aug 15, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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