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Popeye's

Go to Popeye's website, look up the phone number for the location you need to know about, call them, and ask how late they will be open. Hours vary per location and may vary depending on the day of the week.

Oct 17, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I have bought the salsa verde a few times. Jarred salsa is always too salty for me. The salsa verde is good but I prefer the Hatch salsa because of the heat.

Now that you mention the lime in the Hatch chile, the acid component tasted slightly off to me, like the citric acid predominated. I chalked it up to the tomatillos because sometimes they have an odd tangy flavor.

Oct 17, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

No way pumpkin seed brittle is worth $30 a pound. Really, for that price, I would rather make it myself. $5 in ingredients and $25 for an hour of my time spent making candy would be worth it.

Oct 17, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Today they did have a few containers! I am eating the second (small) bowl now. I give it a definite lower-case yay but I can see how it is getting some mehs.

It has a lovely texture and mouthfeel and an excellent flavor, but it is almost too much caramel taste at one time for me and it is also a bit too salty. The saltiness is nice at first because it dampers the sweetness, but after eating a bowl, it is an overload of caramel and salt both. So I think it is best eaten in small servings--which may actually be an advantage.

I can see buying this on occasion but no urge to keep it in the freezer all the time like the coffee ice cream.

I think some chocolate chunks would be very nice with it and of course walnuts or pecans would work as well for a turtle-like dessert. It would also be very good served with pecan pie during the holidays.

Oct 17, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

The Hatch version tasted salty to me, too! Of course, I sometimes forget to add salt when I'm cooking and buy the unsalted nuts.

Oct 16, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

No, it's different, here's the TJ's ingredient list.

Oct 16, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I'll give the roasted Hatch chile salsa a YAY!

I was surprised and pleased at how hot it was as usually grocery store salsa is so mild. However, it was not overly hot and the heat faded fast, but it's definitely a bit hotter than their other salsas. I usually add some hot sauce to salsa but didn't need to.

It was a little too salty as someone pointed out. With the acid and heat it doesn't need all that salt, either, especially since it is usually eaten with salty tortilla chips.

As Little Flower points out, you could adjust the heat level by mixing it with the salsa verde.

Oct 16, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Check the ingredients. The WS brittle has these ingredients:

Sugar, pumpkin seeds, butter (pasteurized cream, salt), corn syrup, microbrew ale, spices, baking soda, vanilla extract, soy lecithin (emulsifier).

Note the microbrew ale. My guess would be they are not the same because I doubt the TJ's would have the ale in it.

Oct 16, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Oh I was so mad. I went this evening and of course they were out of several flavors of ice cream and almost out of the rest but they didn't even have a sign for the salted caramel gelato. I wanted it so bad.

Just want to point out that this gelato would probably be wonderful eaten with the coffee and/or chocolate ice cream!

Oct 16, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

That I am going to get if they have it!!

Oct 15, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I probably won't buy the mix, but I have some coconut flour and next time I make pancakes will add some of that and some shredded coconut to half the batter. This is a good idea!

Oct 15, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's Different Prices in Nearby Stores !

There is definitely regional pricing and they often note that in the Flyer. Is it possible that those two stores are in different regions even though they are close together? If not, ask the manager about the price difference.

I have noticed that they have marked down some seasonal items after the season was long over on rare occasion. They didn't mention it on the sign or say it was on sale, just changed the price, but that was a much larger price difference, in the same store, and on seasonal items.

Oct 14, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Stonewall Kitchen sells it, too. There's an ingredient list there.

http://www.stonewallkitchen.com/shop/...

Ingredients:
Enriched Malted Wheat Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Sweetened Toasted Coconut (coconut, sugar, dextrose, salt), Sugar, Buttermilk Powder, Baking Powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), Coconut Milk Powder (coconut milk, maltodextrin, sodium caseinate), Natural Flavor, Malt Powder, Sea Salt
Contains: Wheat, Milk, Coconut

Oct 13, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

The shredded coconut in the pinkish bag is good. It's not a treat, but it satisfies the taste for coconut and isn't too sweet. Works well on ice cream (gets crunchy) or on cereal.

Oct 11, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Whole Foods vs Trader Joes.....

If you don't eat any salt you will die.

Oct 07, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Oh for Pete's sake! Three aren't that many threads on the Chains board, anyway.

I agree about having one TJ's thread. I have it bookmarked. I do check for other threads relevant to my interests but like the one thread. It even bugs me a little when people post to last month's thread.

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

I never help bag at TJ's because the cashiers don't seem to like it. They are very careful in packing the bags and know where they want stuff to go, like Tetris. They are very good about putting frozen stuff together, making sure chips don't get broken, and getting the weight balanced between the bags. They are very efficient. When I try to help, it slows things down.

The customers are mostly schlepping their groceries home. I imagine that at a TJ's where the customers take their groceries home by vehicle, they might not be so careful in packing the bags and wouldn't mind customers helping out more.

I don't mind so much when the cashiers are very chatty or almost silent, but it does bother me when they are sullen and borderline rude to me but then very friendly to a coworker and then right back to sullen with me again. At worse, I am neutral towards them, never rude or sullen, so it doesn't seem deserved.

The only cashier who has really bothered me by talking too much was one who had an extremely foul mouth. I curse, but in appropriate situations and quantities and degrees, so it takes a lot to offend me. He really overdid it in quality and quantity.

I had the same cashier a couple of weeks later and he had toned it down a great deal, but I was still flinching every time he cursed, waiting for it to accelerate and intensify. So inappropriate.

Oct 07, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Best Trader Joe's Wontons, Gyoza, Asian Noodles; How do you use them?

I keep the chicken goyza in the freezer all the time to use in making a quick pot of soup for lunch. I have also pan fried them, putting in a splash of water and then covering the cast iron pan after they have browned so that they are like potstickers.

The shrimp goyza are also good and the Thai vegetable goyza are good but have a cabbagey flavor that only appeals to me occasionally and which I only like plain, not in soup.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Yay! to the Laceys cookies in a tub with milk chocolate, caramel, and macadamia nuts. Nice texture and a good balance of those three ingredients. One is enough to satisfy a craving for something sweet and chocolatey and gooey and they go great with a glass of milk or cup of coffee.

I admit that I like the way they melt a little and provide an excuse for me to lick my fingers!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

YAY! on the frozen Porcini Mushroom Lasagna that someone mentioned last month. It is very rich and a bit indulgent. If you grew up eating the occasional casserole made with condensed mushroom soup and consider that a comfort food that recalls childhood, this really hits the spot.

I do think a couple of more pieces of pasta would have given it a better pasta to sauce ratio, but that is easily remedied by eating it with bread or even a little leftover rice or pasta.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Maybe a "What's new at Trader Joe's?" thread would be helpful, like the discontinued item thread.

I discover a lot of items that are not new to Trader Joe's but are new TO ME on this thread. I try to get one thing I have never tried before each time I go to Trader Joe's and most of the time, it is something I read about on these very helpful monthly threads.

Oct 07, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Slightly related, NAY on the frozen Spinach & Kale Pie, which replaced a very good Spinach Pie, which I had just discovered and purchased twice before it was discontinued. : (

Actually, NAY on Kale. Spinach is so much better in general. Turnip greens, collard greens, cabbage--I'll take any of them over kale.

Oct 06, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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What Would a Move to Organic Milk Cost Starbucks (and Us)?

Mooving to organic milk only addresses a small bit of the problem. Much better to start using soy and nut milk and avoid animal products altogether if there is a genuine concern about the effects of milk on people, cows, and the planet.

Oct 05, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I use the regular chicken goyza to add protein and a little starch to what would otherwise be vegetable soup. They are good that way.

Oct 04, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

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!

Sep 28, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

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

Sep 28, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

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

Sep 28, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

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 [OLD]

"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 [OLD]

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