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SGV or dtla - fancy Easter candy?

You might want to pop in Joans on Third...I stopped for a coffee while at the Studio City FM and it looked like they had a lot of Easter candy, not sure what kind though.

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

I use that dijan as a marinade for chicken breasts, with a little honey. Makes a great dinner with super tasty leftovers to put on a salad. Only downside is how nearly impossible it is to get the baking dish clean afterwards :(

Mar 28, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

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

Try the jalapeno/cilantro one, if you like hummus with a little kick. It's great!

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

I've never gotten a kringle (doesn't sound up my alley) but I do recall from the holiday board that the kringles ship to TJ's frozen, and you can ask an emplyee if they have any frozen ones in the back, that way you can put it in your freezer without it thawing at all.

Mar 27, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Damn! Now you got me craving perogies!

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

Sometimes I write something with the best intentions, read it back, find that it could be misread as snarky, so I add a ":)", to let whoever reading it that I meant no snark. However, I have read very snarky coments with a ":)", which makes the whole thing seem very passive agressive. I know (from having relationships with signifigant others and friends) that emails and texts are not always read how they would have been said, prompting arguments and misunderstandings. So...what are your thoughts on the ":)" on Chowhound? Have you had a comment directed at you that was straight-up combative, but didn't feel like you could retaliate, since they wrote in a ":)"? Have you written something aggresive to someone but followed it up with a ":)" so you wouldn't have to face possible confrontation? No wrong answers, just curious. :)

Mar 26, 2015
schrutefarms in Site Talk

Hipsters on Hillhurst

And BTW Tony C when I first read your post I thought it said "Ice cream filled with cornstarch and onions..." :)

Mar 26, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area
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Hipsters on Hillhurst

What was the lemon buttermilk like??

Mar 26, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Will do!!

Hipsters on Hillhurst

It was more one of those things that I would think about while I was in the ice cream section of a grocery store. And also, since I was hesitant to pay $11 for a pint, I prob wouldn't shell out that plus shipping etc for something that I'm not gauranteed to like. However...if I get it from the Los Feliz location, fall in love, and then they close down...I will be doing just that! Or just learn to make my own :)

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Haha, I'll break down why I'm so excited...

Years ago I worked at a restaurant where we had a goat cheesecake on the menu, baked in a rosemary infused phyllo, with a cherry/black pepper sorbet, and topped with fresh rosemary. Simply put, the best dessert I've ever had the pleasure of eating (multiple times). Unfortunately, it didn't sell well, and was taken off the menu after just a few short months (I'm tearing up here.) It's a taste that I have always longed to experience again...
Fast forward a few years, I'm in Gelsons and I run across a pint of Jeni's ice cream-in a goat cheese and red cherry flavor! I got so excited! But then I saw the price, and really couldn't justify buying it. But I found myself often thinking about it. Finally I decided, f--- it, I deserve that $11 pint of goat cheese and red cherry ice cream dammit! But alas, it was not meant to be. I couldn't find that damn flavor anywhere! But I still look for it every single time I'm at Gelsons (or Whole Foods, or wherever). I had given it up for lost cause, until I read Manku's post. I am VERY excited to know that I can go a few blocks away and buy a scoop of ice cream that I have been longing to try for almost two years now, but I know in my heart will never compare to that long-forgotten goat cheesecake of a lifetime ago...

Mar 26, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Everything else just disappeared when I read about Jeni's Ice Cream opening...WHAT?????

Mar 25, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

What do you put in your chicken soup?

I always make a quick chicken soup. I buy a rotisserie chicken from the market, shred off all the chicken (and eat most of the skin; hanging head in shame). Set aside. While I'm doing that I throw a mirepoix in my soup pot with some olive oil; I cook it on low/med heat until the onions sweat. I then add two boxes of Imagine organic chicken broth, and the chicken. Sometimes some frozen peas and/or corn. If I am making it a chicken noodle soup I will boil egg noodles seperately, and then add. Season to taste with whatever herbs and spices I have on hand, or sometimes just salt and pepper. I will let it all simmer for a good 30 minutes or so before I serve. It's better the next day, and even better the day after that.

Mar 25, 2015
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Brunch potluck where all the brunch basics are covered...

I agree that something green is missing. Maybe a big salad? I love this one in the springtime--
mixed greens
sliced strawberries
sliced pears
tossed with a poppyseed dressing
topped with crumbled gorganzola and slivered almonds

(I love a lot of fresh ground pepper with this, but that might not be everyones bag)

Also, anytime I have a gathering, I usually make bacon wrapped-blue cheese stuffed dates.

1 package bacon
1 clamshell dates (about 15-20)
1 tub crumbled blue

slice dates on one side to open, and peel off the hard part where the stem used to be
take out seed, replace with blue cheese
wrap with one of the bacon half slices, secure with toothpick
bake at 350 until bacon is obviously done

Also, don't worry if you run out of bacon-I just make some without.

What do you like to do with left over pie crust?

I actually buy ready made pie crust with the intention of making cookies-they are so good!! I melt butter and mix the melted butter with honey, then brush on each cookie. I then generously sprinkle each cookie with cinnamon and sugar, then bake. My favorite!! They don't last long!!

Mar 22, 2015
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

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

Yes, it was the first time. Maybe I just got a funky batch?

Mar 20, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

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

I'll have to try that next holiday season...that and the urban legend that is the Caramallows...I couldn't find them in any store last year!!!

Mar 20, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

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

I don't know-kind of a tinny taste? I ususally buy the filtered apple juice and love it, this time I asked the guy restocking what his favorite was, and he recommended the McIntosh. Both my boyfriend and myself thought the same thing.

Mar 18, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

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

YAY to the coffee ice cream...really good, strong coffee flavor, with teeny bits of bean. I do wish it had chocolate chips. I think this one runs a close second to B&J's Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz (my favorite).
YAY to the grape leaves in a can...a bit oily, but the taste is great. I blot them before I eat them.
NAY to the McIntosh Apple Juice...left a weird taste in my mouth. Returned.

Mar 17, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

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

So, is it kind of like capponata?

Mar 17, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

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

Better than the Cotswold????

Mar 17, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

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

I put it on top of my veggie scramble in the morning.

Mar 17, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains
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PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

But I don't really consider a delivery charge being "bent over". I'm paying someone to do something that I don't want to do.

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

Agree with you that $7 more than the cost of the pizza isn't a good value for the pizza itself...but sometimes $7 can be a great value for the convenience of someone bringing it to you when you really don't want to go get it yourself!

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

My thoughts are...I know what I'm getting into when I order for delivery--a delivery charge and a tip. I could drive and pick up, which I sometimes do, but I choose to pay the delivery charge when I don't feel like dressing in something other than PJ's, laying on my couch, being sober etc...a delivery charge is a small price to pay for those times you don't feel like getting in your car, parking, facing a human, etc.

IKEA, a recent visit to their marketplace

Also, I forgot! I bought a bag of salty and sweet black licorice, wish I had bought more!!!! So yummy!!!!

Mar 08, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

6 a.m. bars in L.A . What's left ?

I'm on unemployment. And I still like you.

Mar 08, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area
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OMG breakfast burrito

I love the green better-it's less spicy! I have to seriously talk myself out of getting one every AM-not a good habit!!!! But soooooooo worth it!!!!

Mar 08, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

OMG breakfast burrito

I didn't realize it was the same guys as Golden State! Come to think of it, I do remember hearing they were opening a new place. Well, bravo to them. It's strangly difficult to find a great breakfast burrito, and this was by far the best I've had.

Mar 08, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

OMG breakfast burrito

I had such a great one today from Cofax, on Fairfax near Rosewood. A coffee joint that seems to offer (other than coffee) donuts from Donut Snob, and a veggie or chorizo breakfast burrito. I had the veggie with avocado. It was AMAZING!!!!! It came with some yummy house made green and red salsas. I do wish they offered sour cream, but it wasn't even that necessary. I can't wait to go back!!!!