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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

The same thing happened when they had a pizza with vegetarian sausage on it a few months ago. They stocked them for just a few weeks and then never again. They were even advertised on the website.

I wonder if maybe it is some sort of test run and then they can't come to an agreement with the supplier?

Aug 30, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

Did you boil the ravioli? That's what probably caused them to rupture.

Aug 30, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

I have looked at the label but never bought it, because it is so easy to make and I always have the ingredients on hand.

Just mix soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and rice vinegar together. Proportions are about 3:1:1. Then you can add other ingredients for flavoring if you want, like chili oil, garlic, sugar, sriracha, green onions, ginger, etc. A large squirt of sriracha gives it heat and a slight sweetness, so I usually use that. If I have fresh ginger I will use that and a few red pepper flakes.

You could use a low-salt soy sauce so it won't be so salty.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

The Mission figs from California were back today and they are so good!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

That is probably correct because it doesn't seem like cheese ravioli would be seasonal. I saw yesterday that they have this new ravioli:

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

Aug 22, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Those people at Starbucks who tie up the milk counter fine tuning their drink

I don't say anything to them. I just push their carts out of the way either with my cart or with my hand, whichever makes more sense.

Today at TJ's a woman had her cart parallel-parked right up against the upright cooler where the lettuce is. Unbelievable!

Every once in a while someone even manages to park their cart perpendicular to the shelves in a narrow aisle, like they were doing a 180 and stopped in the middle to go get something.

Oh, don't get me started!

The most ridiculous thing like this that I've encountered was someone who asked if I would hold their place while they grabbed something. It was in a long line that started in produce and wrapped around three sides of the store and we were near the back of the line, still in produce.

He came back ten minutes later when there were about ten people left in front of me and tried to get back in line. . . I didn't let him.

Aug 20, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Those people at Starbucks who tie up the milk counter fine tuning their drink

It could always be worse. . .

http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-...

Aug 19, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Disappointing avocados from TJs

Definitely ask them for a refund. If no one lets them know there is a problem, they will keep selling the same rotten avocados!

Aug 17, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

Another Yay! for the figs. They are very good and I have bought a couple of clamshells so far. You must be on the West Coast, though, as they are $4.99 here on the East Coast.

I may even freeze some.

Aug 17, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

The flats of beautiful nectarines from California are back.

Mine aren't quite ripe yet, but I ate one anyway, and it was already sweet.

Big YAY! on these.

Aug 15, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

Another YAY for the Chicken Balti Pies. Filling was moist and tasty and there is a good ratio of crust to filling.

I defrosted them in the microwave and then finished them off in the oven with some Trader Potato Tots.

Aug 15, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

Gazpacho is always vegan. Not sure why that would detract from this gazpacho in particular. . .

Those people at Starbucks who tie up the milk counter fine tuning their drink

No, a real New Yorker says, "WATCH YOUR BACK" gruffly!

A few weeks ago, I was at TJ's standing almost right against the produce refrigerator and a woman leaned all the way across me to get something off the bottom shelf instead of going around or saying "excuse me."

She was short, so I immediately leaned over her at a 90 degree angle to get something off a higher shelf.

She found herself trapped and said, "Excuse me" in an aggravated tone. I grabbed a bag of carrots, stood up, and said, "You're excused!" and then walked away, ignoring her babbling irate response.

It's moments like those that make NYC worth living in!

Aug 14, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

The 6th AVE store is so much better than the Union SQ one. Much wider aisles and just more pleasant all around. Probably more customers but doesn't seem so crowded. The line moves fast even when it goes all the way around the store.

Aug 14, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

The west coast TJ's I visited a couple of weeks ago had more produce and some was less expensive (spinach $1.99 for 12 oz. vs $2.29 for 6 oz. here!) but the baked goods selection was very inferior to my east coast store's, especially for the fresh brown-bagged breads, cookies, and desserts.

The other strange thing is that all of the brown bags were taped shut! Here they are open. I never buy baguettes because they are right next to the checkout line and thousands of people come within a foot or two of them every day and many must touch or brush up against them. Yuk.

Don't know if that is general or particular to the stores. Selection can definitely vary store to store depending on what sells.

Aug 14, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

I love those particular pizzas and had one for lunch to day. It's similar to the mushroom tarte but the contrast between the relatively mild cheese and the acidic tomatoes is nice. I did slice some fresh mushrooms onto it.

However, it is hard to get it to come out right because the crust is thin and the cheese can be soupy while the edge of the crust is burnt and the middle of the crust is barely done.

Here's the trick:

Preheat the oven 50 degrees higher than it says on the box with the baking sheet in the oven. Really let it get hot, the oven and the baking sheet both.

Then take the tarte out of the freezer and put it in the oven on one end of the sheet.

Wait a few minutes and take a fork and sort of spin or twist the tarte onto the other end of the sheet. Then wait a few minutes and do it again, two or maybe three more times.

This repeatedly exposes the underside to a hot surface and makes it brown about as fast as the cheese and crust on top do. It also ensures that the top and edges brown evenly.

It will come out moist but not soupy, with a nice crisp crust even in the center.

Absolutely ridiculous to have to do all of that spinning and moving, but it works!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

Here it is:

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

Water, Organic JalapeƱo Pepper Puree, Tomatillo Puree, White Distilled Vinegar, Cane Sugar, Cilantro Puree (Cilantro, Vegetable Oil [Canola Oil and/or Olive Oil], Citric Acid [for Freshness]), Salt, Garlic Puree (Garlic, Water), Garlic, Spinach Powder, Lime Juice Concentrate, Habanero Pepper Powder, Xanthan Gum.

Trader Joe's New Product Guesses

Green tea cookies or ice cream or something sweet made with green tea.

Pumpkin cookie butter.

Pumpkin-flavored egg nog.

Pumpkin bread.

Frozen dinners with a protein, starch, and vegetable.

Papusas.

White strawberries.

Hemp something, maybe hempseed or hemp protein granola or energy bars, or hempseed crackers or bread.

TJ's-branded toothpaste, deodorant, bath soap, etc.

Something Cuban (not really imported from Cuba).

Aug 10, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Those people at Starbucks who tie up the milk counter fine tuning their drink

That's strange. Most adults know how much milk or cream or sugar or whatever they like in their coffee already. I don't even have to think about it. Seems like either they never had coffee before or just want to make a scene.

Aug 10, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

Sounds like some of my early sexual experiences, except for the cocoa powder. Think I'll pass on those.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

I read about a family that ate only food grown within 100 miles for a year and it was a miserable diet. I would prefer that my food be relatively local, but I don't really care enough to do anything about it, to be honest.

I rarely even shop at the greenmarket because it's so expensive compared to TJ's and some of the other grocery stores. Tomatoes that cost $5 a pound are more of a rare treat than the heart of my diet.

The big exception would be apples, which can be had at a reasonable price at the greenmarket, but last season TJ's also had apples from the region and they were less expensive at TJ's.

Aug 10, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

I eat all kinds of chocolate except for white "chocolate." Milk chocolate tends to make my throat gummy and it is so sweet that it almost makes my teeth hurt. I had a Hershey milk chocolate bar that melted and then reformed the other day and it was so grainy, sweet, and then gummy that I really didn't enjoy it.

Aug 10, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

Okay, I'll bite. What does TJ's put soy in that isn't a product that exists because it has soy in it, like fake meat or frozen soy milk desserts?

The only one I can think of is the chocolate babka and that's because it's a pre-existing item that is non-dairy kosher, not because TJ's decided to sneak some soy into it. I do read labels but I don't buy everything in the store.

Aug 10, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

Then I guess technically it could have been local, but most of PA is more than 100 miles away. There is plenty of produce grown in NY and NJ that was bypassed to bring it in from PA. Most of the eggs sold here are from PA, too.

It doesn't bother me at all, but since the greenmarkets here require produce to be from NY, NJ, or CT, calling produce from PA local doesn't meet the local definition of local. . .

I have discussed the idea of eating truly local produce grown in gardens and on rooftops in the city and everyone agrees that seems like a bad idea because of pollution.

Aug 10, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

Are the Costco ones truly fresh? Usually delis that sell them take them out of a can or tub. There's not some little old Greek woman in the back room with a stack of grape leaves and a tub of rice filling. . . well, maybe in Greece or Turkey.

Aug 10, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Aldi Vs. Costco

When you get the Aldi, go in and check it out. It is definitely a low-priced store but you may be pleasantly surprised. They will carry seasonal items and specials that are both very good and inexpensive. Some of the items are imported from Europe.

The dairy and baked goods may also be very good.

When I lived near an Aldi, they had some of the best cinnamon buns I've ever had for $0.99 for a foil tray of either six or eight, but those were regional.

The Grandessa line can be worth checking out, too. I used to get the Earl Grey teabags and they were the same as Trader Joe's, in a different package and less expensive.

They have a good return policy, so you have nothing to lose. Check out their ads online.

I agree with others, though, it's not really comparable to a Costco except that the items may be on pallets. It is very much smaller, has a limited selection, and sells normal quantities, and no membership is required. It's a good place to stop before you go to your regular grocery store.

Aug 09, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Aldi Vs. Costco

I like my food to be as fresh as possible, not just unexpired, so it does matter to me.

Aug 09, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Ever tip the bagger who helps you out to your car?

You should definitely tip unless the store has a "no tipping" policy. Even then it might be nice to offer a cold soda on a hot summer day.

In some stores the baggers may even be handicapped or whatever it's called these days.

bad manners to accept preferred treatment

Not if it is the person directly behind you because it only affects you and that person. I'll do it if they only have a couple of items and cash in their hand or if it looks like they are buying their lunch (deli sandwich, drink) during a work break and I'm leisurely shopping.

Kiddie lunch ideas from Costco?

duplicate post

Aug 09, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains