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TJ's chocolate croissants

They're a holiday morning treat at my house, too. If I didn't limit myself, I'd probably eat them twice a week. At least.

Sep 29, 2010
Emm in Chains

TJ's chocolate croissants

The best thing Trader Joe's sells.

Sep 28, 2010
Emm in Chains

White Castle

Thanks for bringing back a great memory! I was living in Lexington in the early 1980s when the first White Castle in the area opened (on New Circle Rd. near Russell Cave). A co-worker and I made about a 10-mile round trip on our lunch hour, fought our way through the crowds, bought a huge sack, returned and LOCKED OURSELVES in an office while we worked our way through about 10 White Castles apiece. It was heaven on earth. :)

Sep 21, 2010
Emm in Chains

Are Whole Foods roasted chickens always so terrible?

Another vote for Sam's Club. Those chickens are substantial and what I'd call a VERY good value--I doubt if you could save very much by cooking one yourself.I've never had one that was over or undercooked.

Sep 13, 2010
Emm in Chains

Leaving Butter Out at Room Temp?

I've kept butter in a covered dish on the counter for years, and I've never gotten sick. I can recall once or twice when a small amount at the end of the stick did go rancid after a long period of time.There's no way you'd eat that by mistake unless you were in a coma. And even if you did, I'm not sure it'd make you ill

Aug 17, 2010
Emm in General Topics

Italian in Cincinnati

Trio has dependably good food and service, but it's pricy and not particularly Italian.

Aug 12, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

Italian in Cincinnati

My husband considers Barresi's the best restaurant of any kind in the Cincinnati area. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but it's absolutely wonderful.

Aug 11, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

Sonic 1/4 pound footlong chili cheesedog

I had one just last week, can't give it quite the glowing review zammdogg did, but it's fine for what it is. Plenty of chili topping. I'm not a big fan of the CheezWhiz type cheese, given that most chili dogs in my part of the country come with a big handful of finely shredded cheddar.

Aug 08, 2010
Emm in Chains

Aldi Trader Joe Connection?

Don't get me wrong: there are some items I won't buy at Aldi. But if it was your first trip there, I'm not sure how you would judge the quality of a lot of the merchandise. Yes, they sell brands you haven't heard of, but some of them are comparable to well known brands. I was uncomfortable trying them, so I made a point to just try one or two things each trip. Usually I was happy with my purchase.

I don't buy milk at Aldi, nor do I usually buy their frest meat. A frozen whole chicken I tried definitely seemed over-brined. I don't think their plain frozen vegetables have added fat or more salt than any other brand, though. Produce quality can be hit or miss--it's easy to decide whether to buy it or not.

TJ's produce in my area is way more pricy than at the large chain groceries, but of comparable quality. I wouldn't consider shopping there for produce.

Aug 08, 2010
Emm in Chains

Kosher in Cincinnati??

Their choices are probably somewhat limited, but perhaps other readers will be able to review Marx and Kinneret. At any rate, here's a handy list, including bakeries, etc.

http://www.nhs-cba.org/jewishcinci.htm

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Kinneret Cafe
8316 Plainfield Rd Ste 2, Cincinnati, OH 45236

Aug 05, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

Why do foodies like the McD's Filet o' Fish?

I used to love them, but now they're so tiny and pricy they're not worth the effort. For readers who have the Rally's chain in your area, their fish sandwich is everything the McDonald's filet used to be and more. And right now they're running a 2 for $3 special.

Aug 05, 2010
Emm in Chains

Why does Trader Joe's pasta taste sweet? [moved from General Chowhounding board]

And did the meat appear to have been thoroughly boiled before being mixed with the sauce?

Aug 02, 2010
Emm in Chains

Work lunch at Olive Garden - HELP!!

The suggestion was to order it, not necessarily to eat it. Nobody's going to notice whether you actually eat or not.

Jul 28, 2010
Emm in Chains

Work lunch at Olive Garden - HELP!!

Their pizza's not bad.

Jul 27, 2010
Emm in Chains

The Lady Will Have the Prawns

To the OP: If you're going to be that nitpicking and critical, you're setting yourself up for a lifetime of nothing but first dates. Granted, the perfectly mannerly 21st Century thing would be for him to have said "May I order for you?" But if there's a second date and you want to order for yourself, just tell him that you appreciated what he did as a first-date gesture but don't want to make a habit of it.

Jul 22, 2010
Emm in Features

Cincinnati - Strip Center Chinese Yeas and Nays

Not necessarily boring. Sometimes you just want familiar comfort food, which is really why I posed the question. Try the orange beef from Dillonvale if you're over that way.

Jul 20, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

Cincinnati - Strip Center Chinese Yeas and Nays

Thanks! I'm in the neighborhood sometimes; any particular dish you recommend?

Jul 19, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

Cincinnati - Strip Center Chinese Yeas and Nays

After a disappointing experience at my favorite area Chinese-American sit-down restaurant yesterday, I'm interested in searching a little harder for hidden gems in area shopping centers. Peking Garden in Dillonvale is pretty much the gold standard as far as I'm concerned. Although I recently tried the restaurant in the shopping center on Winton Rd. adjacent to the Reagan Highway and thought the food was a pretty good value given the extremely cheap prices. I'd also give a qualified okay to the one in White Oak Shopping Center on Cheviot Rd.

Jul 19, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

Fake Chocolate Mousse to Celebrate Me o'Clock

I liked the caramel mousse okay. It's no substitute for an actual dessert, but if you're just barely craving something sweet and more or less edible, it'll do the job for next to no calories. I'll probably go a really long time before buying a second package of the stuff, though.

Jul 15, 2010
Emm in Features

Trader Joe's - "prepared" foods

I like the gorgonzola gnocchi, the gzoyas, and the chicken/lime burgers. Far and away the best thing they sell, IMO, is the frozen chocolate croissants.

Jun 29, 2010
Emm in Chains

Double decker sandwiches in Cinncinati?

Interestingly, on another discussion board I read there's an argument that started about corned beef sandwiches in Cincinnati. It's gone pretty far afield at this point, but the bottom line is that nobody seemed to have anything to offer in terms of a traditional deli except Izzy's. I agree with the other poster here that Izzy's is nothing to write home about. Back in the day, 40 or 50 years ago, there was a real Izzy and a real deli with real deli food. Now it's just a cardboard chain with food to match.

Jun 28, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

Aldi

Aldi's prices on pantry staples are on a par with the big-box club stores, but you don't have to buy 20 pounds at once. As another poster said, it's a place to pick up basics, although the stores in my area also always have a selection of "special purchase" name-brand items. I also routinely buy bananas, eggs and some canned products like tomato sauce there. The quality of their cheese and German chocolate bars is good. In the stores in my area I haven't encountered the kids of maintenance problems the OP mentions: the stores are generally clean, well lighted, neat and well maintained.

Aldi is not a substitute for other grocery stores, but you can definitely save money on decent quality items by shopping there consistently.

Jun 27, 2010
Emm in Chains

Who has the best hot wings?

I haven't had them in a long time and don't know if they're still on the menu, but the best wings I ever had at a chain were at Outback.

Jun 16, 2010
Emm in Chains

Italian in Cincinnati

The location isn't terribly convenient, but Vincenzo's is very good:

http://vincenzos.net/

Jun 16, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

Processed-Cheese Craving Killer

I thought they were dry, icky and overpriced. Give me a pack of those cheap little square vending machine crackers any day over this product.

Jun 15, 2010
Emm in Features

Is This Really a "Lobster Dinner"?

I tried the shrimp and lobster ravioli and thought it was excellent, probably better than some of the so-called "gourmet" frozen mail order stuff I've had. I found it on sale at a local chain for $9 and something, which was also a lot more reasonable than mail order.

Jun 15, 2010
Emm in Features

Jungle Jim's international grocery store--worth a visit? And what else should I eat in Cincy?

Yes, hubby and I drive across town to Sleepy Hollow several times a year. Got to love the year-round Christmas lights, competently prepared food and friendly service. I didn't know about the fried chicken. I am so there now.

Jun 14, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

Jungle Jim's international grocery store--worth a visit? And what else should I eat in Cincy?

I agree it's hard to get out of the Jungle without picking up a cart full of goodies. One area the hubby and I never pass up is the reduced price section back behind the produce department. There's always a ton of still perfectly good produce and baked goods, some of which I pop into the freezer after every visit.

Jun 12, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

New York-style pizza - Cincinnati area?

I'm glad this thread got revived, because I just had a pretty good East-Coast style pizza at Aponte's. See http://apontespizza.com/ although you shouldn't expect the place itself to be as stylish as the web site: it's pretty basic, although clean.

Jun 12, 2010
Emm in Great Lakes

How does Dairy Queen stay in business?

There's an excellent Dairy Queen in my neighborhood. The owner/operator is almost always on the premises, and she obviously doesn't cut the kids she hires any slack in terms of customer service. She serves only DQ and chili dogs. I think that helps in terms of quality.

Jun 11, 2010
Emm in Chains