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

Does anyone have any idea why comments are being removed from the thread? The only time I had a comment removed from Chow boards was when it mentioned little squeaky creatures in an establishment. I haven't seen any comments that would be problematic like that and deserving of removal. Spam maybe?

Jun 29, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Oh lower case "yay" for the Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers with Black Beans & Roasted Corn. They're on par with the few other commercial (frozen) black bean burgers that I've had, at people's houses and in restaurants, no big thrill but good enough to eat.

It bugs me that they take healthy ingredients and then add so much fat and salt to them, though.

I just microwaved them and slapped them on bread with ketchup or barbecue sauce.

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

YAY! to the cans of San Pellegrino sparkling fruit beverages, blood orange and lemon. I like being able to just buy one can as I don't drink a lot of sodas. Normally I would just buy a bottle of soda and add juice but these are convenient.

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

Maybe they should slaughter their own chickens and cows in each restaurant, too. If they did that, people would probably miss that yeasty fresh-baked bread smell!

Jun 25, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

Yes, "artisan" donuts taste better. . .

Jun 25, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Whole Foods overcharging NYers

Here's another way grocery stores overcharge you: Overly-sensitive scanners that ring things up twice! It is very important to watch items being rung up and to check your receipt to make sure this has not happened. It is a frequent occurrence for me at Trader Joe's.

Another grocery store that I shop at often has the wrong price in their computer so something will be on sale but will ring up at the regular, non-sale price. Even when I point it out, they only correct it for my purchase and don't do anything about the problem as far as the price in the system. So watch for that, too!

Something else they do there is use the wrong produce code so that the item is charged as something different that costs more per ounce. For instance, the cashier may not really know what something is, such as a variety of pepper, and just ring it up as some other type.

I will say that everything that I have checked the weight on from TJ's has been slightly heavier than stated, never lighter, but I don't buy many things there sold by the weight that would be expected to vary, just pre-packaged produce.

Jun 25, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

Yes, these have been sitting out for a couple of weeks now. I think the problem is my store is urban and customers have to carry everything home or have it delivered.

Makes you think twice before buying milk AND juice, a five pound bag of citrus, a watermelon, or something bulky like a box of nectarines. I usually dump clementines out of the box into a bag before carrying them home, but nectarines would bruise.

So I think people just don't buy them like they would if they drove to the store, and they sit and sit and then get donated or trashed when they are no longer in condition to sell.

Jun 24, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

In this case, I think the fruit is just old rather than mishandled. It is packed in a box with an insert that cradles each piece. Apricots, peaches, and pears seem to perpetually be either under- or over-ripe and at their peak for eating for only for a day or two.

Jun 24, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

YAY! for the new organic almond butter. A friend gave me a jar because she didn't like it. It seemed fine to me but it had zero salt and was too sweet, so I added a little salt to the jar and it is really good now.

Jun 23, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

The ones in the big boxes (4 lbs.) were already too ripe at my store today. They would have been good today and tomorrow but then would have been rotten. A few already were rotten. It's a shame since they had dozens of boxes.

The smaller boxes with six in them didn't look good at my store.

Jun 23, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

It is odd that the smell is so divisive.

Usually if food smells good, it smells good to everyone who likes that kind of food.

However, many of the people who think the Subway odor is foul enjoy yeast bread and its fragrance. I love sourdough bread and yeast rolls.

I think people always bring it up because the odor is so bad that many people can't or won't eat there. It is a major problem. It is not like "oh I think McDonald's fries are too salty" or "Sonic hamburgers are gristly." No, this is "Subway smells so gross I can't eat there."

I literally hold my breath when I have to walk by a Subway. The smell of the exhaust makes me slightly nauseated. I can often smell them from the street behind them, not just the street they are on.

Jun 22, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

The Roasted Vegetable Multi Grain Lasagna is good but it is not a lunch size.

Jun 22, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Thanks, I was wondering about the nectarines. I know if they are no good I can get a refund, but for something that heavy and bulky, carrying it home is a major issue if it is not worth eating.

Jun 22, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

They smell exactly alike, but the intelligent yeast is able to proliferate and spread rapidly, so the odor is much more intense.

If you open the bin and sniff the yeast rolls at the market, that is ordinary yeast.

When you walk by a Subway, that is obviously a superior and infinitely more dangerous yeast.

If you think it smells good or can't smell it at all, your brain has already been placed under their control.

They will eventually wipe humans from the face of the earth.

Breathe deeply. . .

Jun 22, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

The sandwiches smell like onions and vinegar, but the exhaust from the stores smells like some kind of intelligent alien yeast that is plotting to colonize the planet.

Jun 22, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

I had rather have a Subway on the corner than that guy who is protesting it. The Subway probably smells better. : )

Jun 22, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

A 16 oz. bag of frozen cauliflower is $1.44 at Walmart.

The 12 oz. bag of cauliflower scraps is $1.99 at TJ's but it is organic, so that balances out it being scraps. That is the equivalent of $2.65 for 16 oz. Is it worth 84% more because it is in little pieces and not at Walmart?

I really don't buy cauliflower very often and when I do it is fresh. I had just as soon have broccoli.

The only cauliflower dish that I can think of that I could ever crave is this:

www.nytimes.com/2009/12/20/magazine/2...

I have never made it at home because it involves deep frying.

Jun 22, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

They are so easy and fast. I had some with leftover rice and lentils the other day. Just put them in the bottom of a glass dish and spooned the rice and lentils over them, put the lid on and microwaved.

I also use them with the frozen Indian meals because they are quite filling enough.

Those meatless meatballs also make great meatball subs with the organic tomato basil marinara and some of the paper-bagged bread at TJs. I put them in the glass dish, put the sauce over it, heat, dump it on the bread, add cheese. Takes less than five minutes.

Jun 21, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

I saw it in the FF but thought that was expensive for cauliflower scraps. : )

Jun 21, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

Tonight I cooked some of the soy Italian sausages with onions, bell peppers, garlic and broccoli. Halfway through I tossed in some leftover penne and then poured some of the organic tomato basil marinara over it. Added a couple of tablespoons of leftover red wine, too. That was a fast meal.

That same sauce goes well with the frozen breaded eggplant and the breaded cheese sticks, too.

Jun 21, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Jack In The Box Tacos

Taco, Regular Filling Ingredients: Beef, Chicken, Water, Textured Vegetable Protein (Soy Flour, Caramel Color), Defatted Soy Grits, Seasoning (Chili Pepper, Corn Maltodextrin, Spices, Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour [Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, and Folic Acid], Salt, Garlic Powder, Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy, and Wheat Proteins, Monosodium Glutamate, Onion Powder, Natural Flavors, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Succinic Acid), Salt, Tomato Paste, Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Caramel Color, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Spices, Tamarind, Natural Flavor, Sulfiting Agent).

Tortilla Ingredients: Ground Corn, Water, Lime. Cooked in Canola Blend Frying Oil. Contains Soy, Wheat

Taco Sauce Water, Tomato Paste, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Chili Peppers, Modified Food Starch,Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Spices including Paprika, Xanthan Gum, Dehydrated Garlic, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (preservatives), Citric Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Dehydrated Onion, Beet Powder, Caramel

http://assets.jackinthebox.com/pdf_at...

Jun 21, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

If you don't like it, you can always take it back.

I keep jars of the Organic Tomato Basil Marinara and the Arrabiata sauces in the cabinet all the time.

A quick dinner is pasta plus one of those sauces and the meatless meatballs microwaved or cooked in a skillet with broccoli and bell peppers. Fifteen minutes start to finish.

Jun 20, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

When I tried the gummies, I thought I got a bag without any lime at first. The lemon and lime ones are almost the same color and of course the flavors are similar. In Spanish sometimes limes are called "green lemons."

The pink grapefruit flavor is the best!

Jun 20, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's Employees Dish on Their Secretive Employer

It's on the website, too.

www.traderjoes.com/faqs/general-infor...

At my store they use the intercom and say, "One bell, blah blah blah." If the cashier needs a manger they just yell "three bells" over at the crow's nest or whatever they call it.

Jun 19, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Best soups at Trader Joe's?

The boxed Cream of Portabella Mushroom Soup is good but they only sell it during the holidays. I bought a box and the next time I went it was gone for good. People must stock up on it.

Jun 19, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Here, this made me think of you. These eggs probably taste like salt and sugar instead of butter!

www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/how-...

I disagree that eggs have no flavor. I eat hard boiled eggs plain and sometimes with salt and they definitely have flavor. Even the whites have a mild flavor.

Also I knew a cat who would go crazy over eggs, begging for them any time anyone got near the refrigerator. He would lap them up raw. If they didn't have any flavor, he wouldn't have done that. Any human psychological anything that would affect the perception of flavor wouldn't have applied to him, either, since he was a cat.

Cilantro tastes soapy to some people. Maybe your taste buds can't detect egg flavor?

Jun 19, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

"We reserve the right to refuse...." Whole Foods

At my store they accept breast milk donations for mothers who are not able to produce enough milk. There are three recliners with pumps.

Jun 18, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

"We reserve the right to refuse...." Whole Foods

I must admit I used to eat at a buffet in Philadelphia and they had excellent chocolate chip cookies. I would take three or four and wrap them in a napkin. When I was leaving I would point to them and tell the cashier, "I'm stealing your cookies" and she would just laugh and wave goodbye.

Jun 18, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's Employees Dish on Their Secretive Employer

Honestly, I didn't learn anything new at all from that. It doesn't even sound like those employees are very knowledgeable.

Their top ten favorite frozen foods, however, I agree with, except the cookie butter cheesecake bites, which I never have tried because I got burnt out on cookie butter before they started putting it in everything. I think that cookie butter fad died out before the kale fad got going good.

I bake the mozzarella sticks at a higher temperature than the package says. Yes, the cheese spills out on the baking sheet. Leave them in there until that leaky cheese is just getting brown and crispy and then take them out. By the time they cool off enough to eat, they will be perfect. I'm sure they are not supposed to leak, but they taste so good, who cares? If they didn't leak, they wouldn't be as good!

Jun 18, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

A big fat NAY! to the Toasted Oatmeal Flakes. They are crispy and tasty, but they made the milk sweet. Nowhere on the front or back of the box does it say that they are frosted.

Yes, I read the ingredients before buying them, and it lists sugar and small amounts of honey and molasses, but the Bran Flakes also have sugar as an ingredient, and they are not at all sweet. The Bran Flakes certainly don't make the milk taste like it has several spoonsful of sugar in it like the Toasted Oatmeal Flakes do.

Now I'm scared to try any cereal with sugar in it. : (

Jun 18, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains