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

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.

1 day ago
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I read that a few years ago and it does work. I rarely use powdered sugar but when I need some, I just but some regular sugar in the blender or the electric coffee grinder.

Aug 15, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

NAY for the New Mexico Piñon Coffee. I tried it twice and returned it.

Smelled stale and tasted like Maxwell House or Folgers. Didn't see any nuts and it didn't seem to have any piñon or other special flavor. Sort of a medium roast, bland coffee.

I think it did have piñon nuts in it because, like chicory, it clogged my coffee filter, but not as badly.

Pretty can, though!

Aug 13, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

A lower-case yay for the Mint Chip ice cream. Very subdued mint flavor and just the right amount of real chocolate. It really wasn't so minty tasting after the first few bites, but it was still rich. No green coloring, either.

Aug 13, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

I don't think the canned anchovies are seasonal. I get them to use on pizza occasionally and they have them year 'round. Even if anchovies are seasonal, canned ones are not, even at TJs.

I haven't seen the condensed milk before. Is that on the shelf or in the dairy case? If on the shelf, where is it usually?

Aug 10, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

There are some soft chocolate chip cookies in a bag with a window in the front that are good. There are several varieties in similar packaging. One is "Sutter's Formula". Another is oatmeal raisin. Sorry I can't remember the exact name but if you ask at the store with that information, the staff should be able to help you find them. There is another variety in the same packaging that is either a chocolate cookie or a chocolate with chocolate chunks cookie that is also good.

If you want little crunchy ones, the one in tubs are okay to me but you may like them. I am just not fond of that type of cookie.

Here is a photo of the Sutter's Formula so you can see the packaging.

Aug 08, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Is Legal Sea Foods a chain?

Yes, of course it's a chain.

Aug 07, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

It's also good in orange juice.

Aug 04, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I haven't tried the TJ's in particular but in general, it has a mild and distinctive flavor. In coffee, it reminds me a little of chicory if you use enough.

The flavor is somewhat like a cross between brown sugar and sorghum or cane syrup or molasses. Ttrockwood is right, nothing like coconut.

Nothing wrong with it, but I don't really have any particular use for it that regular sugar or unrefined sugar won't work for. Mostly I use it when I cook Thai food because I don't keep palm sugar.

Aug 04, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

YAY! for the champagne grapes. $1.99 for 1 lb. clamshell. Sweet, tiny bunches. I just eat the small stems, too.

A caution, though. They were picked a week ago, so it was necessary to look at about five packages to get one that didn't have mushy, leaking grapes on the bottom.

Aug 02, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

I bought a box. $5.99 for 2 lbs. They are very good, definitely a YAY! They are from Washington.

Aug 02, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

NAY on the New Mexico Piñon Coffee. $6.99 for a 12 oz. can. It is a medium roast and grind. No noticeable taste from the pine nuts and the coffee is very mild and requires using an extra scoop to get something drinkable. Just bleh and weak and non-descript, like bad diner coffee. Very disappointing.

Aug 02, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joes for diabetics?

Don't underestimate the frozen fruits and vegetables at TJ's. Not the prepared ones, but the plain ones. Mango chunks, blueberries, very cherry blend, strawberries, haricots verts, broccoli, corn, tri-color bell peppers, artichoke hearts, etc. They also have a very good selection of dried fruits and nuts. Cheese and dairy, pasta sauces with no sugar added, excellent quality olive oils, vinegars, etc. They will also have some seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables that will appeal.

You can explore here:
http://www.traderjoes.com/products/di...
and also look at the Frequent Flyer under Product News to see what they are featuring now.

Aug 01, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

They are dried and smoked broken pieces of pepper, larger than flakes. They are actually in a small plastic bag. You have to open the grinder, fish the bag out, open it, and put them in the jar.

Jul 29, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Ugh. I almost bought the chicken sausages one time and was trying to decide which flavor to buy when another customer told me that they were "kinda slimy" when he tried them. I decided that wasn't something I wanted to risk.

Jul 25, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

Ghost pepper grinder not in my store at all today.

Jul 24, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

I got one when they first came out. The peppers were smoked, like chipotle. I will check next time I'm in the store to see if they still have them.

Jul 23, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

I am eating one now and they get a YAY even microwaved. I've had worse Indian food in restaurants.

Jul 18, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

If you take the spinach out of the spinach salad and don't use the dressing, what do you use besides the container? ; )

Jul 15, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

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

If you like the raspberry sorbet, try the blueberry-pomegranate sorbet, too! I enjoy it with the frozen wild blueberries sprinkled on it.

Jul 15, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

It's richer and denser than most ice creams. That's why it's so good.

INGREDIENTS: Cream, Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Coffee, Espresso Beans, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Coffee Extract, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum.

Jul 13, 2014
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