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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - February 2013 [OLD]

Nay: Tea Tree Shampoo.

Just like the Giovanni "Tea Tree" Shampoo from the health food store, this is not Tea Tree but mainly peppermint. Peppermint is an irritant, is very cheap and smells completely different than tea tree essential oil. Ok for washing sweaters, but not for hair.

Mar 26, 2013
Kaiseki in Chains

Let's talk about Penzey's:

The one spice mix that I find very very good is their Balti (for chicken).

Another blend of theirs that I use is curry.

Other than that, I have many Penzey's spices but not blends.
Tried their Herbes de Provence once, the blend contained mint, which does not belong there (in my view).

I make spice "tea": a cup of water with a pinch of cardamom, Ceylon cinnamon, a couple of cloves, let it boil and sit for a minute and add milk. This is very cheap tea, and the cardomom has always been phantastic.

Mar 26, 2013
Kaiseki in Chains

Whole Foods: quality of their preapared foods.

Thanks for both answers. Glad to know it's not just me who finds the prepared foods at WF unappealing, and also think it is due to the cooks, I wonder about whether they get any training. I can have just a serving of mashed potatoes, but not when they are loaded with oil such as a couple of months ago.
Although my screen name may imply otherwise, "simple" and fresh is what I am looking for. When traveling (which is often), I used to go into a WF when I saw one, to get a little rice and veggies or beans or pasta for later in the evening. Being somewhere only for a day, cannot go back to the store to give feedback the next day. Had the impression that it was WF culture as such that has declined.

Mar 26, 2013
Kaiseki in Chains

Whole Foods: quality of their preapared foods.

As I travel a lot since many years, and out of habit, enter a Whole Foods now and then to buy a meal - although I should know better by now. Today, after such a visit, had to throw over half of what I bought. This has happened before.

- rice was undercooked, almost raw. It was called Basmati, but was not fragrant.
- soups and mashed potatoes contain a large quantity of a disgusting-tasting cooking oil.
- Roast beef from deli: at up to $ 22 a pound - tough and tasteless.
- Risotto balls that are not made with risotto rice, but a low quality rice.
- Carots with unwashed green herbs that contain sand.
- Lentils that are not cooked properly.
- Chicken that's pink inside.

The thing is, one cannot contact Whole Foods about their low quality, one has to contact the specific store. Corporate seems responsible for the recipes, yet the customer cannot give them feedback.

Mar 26, 2013
Kaiseki in Chains