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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - December 2012 [OLD]

Those maple walnut blondies are amazing but put me in a sugar coma. Wow, I've not experienced that before.

About meatloaf muffins. I think they're a big NAY. Not much flavor and not much too them.

Dec 12, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - December 2012 [OLD]

NAY! To TJ's irritating habit of offering some wonderful new product only to dump it a few weeks later. HATE that! It makes me not want to try anything new.

Dec 05, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Blue Bell ice cream - grocery stores that carry it

Oh my gosh. If it really happens, us Texas exes will be thrilled beyond measure.

Mosaic Cafe, Rockville

I like Mosaic Cafe very much! Their food is well-prepared with high quality ingredients.

Upper Crust Bakery in Silver Spring

More goodies to add to the list! Thanks for the tips --

Upper Crust Bakery in Silver Spring

I envy you! We've got lots of catching up to do. Told my husband my bread-making days may be over.

Upper Crust Bakery in Silver Spring

Thanks, that's now on the list for the next visit.

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

I like the side without the icing best. The icing is kind of cloyingly sweet.

Nov 26, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Upper Crust Bakery in Silver Spring

Wanted to put in an enthusiastic word for Upper Crust Bakery. I don't know how I've lived her so long without knowing about this place.

We bought four kinds of bread:

Russian Black Bread: dark rye with coffee and onion, topped with poppy seeds. The bread has too soft a texture to be all rye, so there must be some white flour in there too, plus gluten. Really excellent.

Sauerteigbrot: Haven't had this since we left Germany. Dense, chewy crust, and somewhat sour; exactly what it's supposed to be.

Sesame Semolina Bread: Just lovely, beautiful texture, nice crumb, great crust

Pumpkin yeast bread: not sweet, covered with pepitas. Excellent oven spring and texture.

I live about 40 minutes away, using the ICC to get there. It is worth the drive and the toll.

The prices are perfectly reasonable -- even cheap! -- and CHOW-worthy!

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

YAY YOWZA YAY! Kona Coffee Cream half-dipped Shortbread Cookies. Everything a shortbread cookie should be, with a wonderful real coffee taste. Made with the right ingredients in the correct ratio. Seriously, seriously good.

Does anyone remember the Haymarket coffee snaps that upscale groceries used to sell? These remind me of those, but the TJs are thicker.

I can go either way on the half dipped frosting. That's probably the only reason I didn't eat the entire box. There are only 12 cookies to the box, which is good for portion control.

Nov 09, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Bayou Bakery -- NOLA in NOVA? -- Courthouse (Arlington)

The bread really is wonderful at BB. They have it made for them locally. Love how the crust breaks into shards as you bite into it.

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Although it's not authentic, try melting some TJ's fresh mozzarella on the top of the garlic naans. Use a toaster oven, not a microwave. Just amazing. And no vampires will come near you!

Sep 21, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Have you tried the garlic naan yet? Really awesome by itself or toasted with fresh mozzarella.

Sep 09, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

The Bharta is really good. It's a joke that one package serves 3. In our house, it serves one. Absolutely wonderful and apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so -- they have a hard time keeping it in stock at my TJ's.

Sep 09, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Ooh, I saw those as well -- I'll try them next time! Glad to know they're good.

Sep 09, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Oh, lucky you! What a wonderful memory.

Sep 03, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Well, pooh! That's too bad. Not sure where TJ's source the grapes from, but if they come from the east coast they may lose all their umph before they get to your neck of the woods.

TJ's produce can be kind of sketchy, I've noticed. I buy from my farmers' markets all summer/fall, and then from the organic market the rest of the year. But when I saw those grapes, I had to try! Especially since Concord grapes haven't yet made it to our markets this year.

Sep 01, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Poorly Engineered French Fries

I hate all fast food fries. Well, I dislike most fast food, period. However, the fries at Checkers are the best you can get in the fast food category. They are larger than most, longer and are always served hot.

They appear to be cut from actual potatoes, and don't taste as if they're regurgitated Pringles.

Best of all, they do offer a small size.

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

I'm with your son! The bitty seeds didn't bother me in the least and I pretty much crammed as many as I could in my mouth at once. The taste is simply astonishing.

Aug 31, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

YAY YAY YAY!!!! Thomcord fresh grapes. I adore Concord grapes with every fiber of my being. Haven't found any yet down here, but found this hybrid at TJ's.

Well, I just ate the entire 1 pound carton of Thomcord grapes and they are OMG wonderful.

Alas, although I was just at TJs yesterday afternoon, I will have to make another trip to GET MORE GRAPES!

Aug 28, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Fantastic baguettes -- LeoNora Bakery, Arlington

I've been several times mid-week during the middle of the day. There is lots of parking on the street where the bakery is located.

Menu items that have "jumped the shark" in DC

I agree. I'm thoroughly tired of the salt-on-sweet trend.

Chocolate covered bacon is another thing that should go the way of the do-do bird.

Good Maryland tomatoes..

Yum, that's exactly how I like my tomato sandwiches. You have some great memories there.

Good Maryland tomatoes..

It sounds as if you're talking about Brandywine tomatoes. Can't speak for farmers, but the 8 Brandywine vines in my own garden (N. Potomac MD) have a few more weeks to go; they're still only the size of my fist and green. The San Marzano plum tomatoes are in various stages; some are just starting to get red. So you might be able to find some nice plum tomatoes.

Your local farmers' market should have some now, especially Early Girl, etc.

What to order at Ray's Hell Burger?

I'm fond of the roasted garlic, crispy shallots, and sauteed onions and mushrooms. They complement the burger beautifully.

The smaller burger is plenty. The regular fries are not worth the calories. Sweet potato fries are the way to go.

Good Food on C&O trail

I can also highly recommend Sheherazade in Shepherdstown on the main drag at the top of the hill near the stop sign. Really excellent sandwiches, deserts, and salads.

Brunswick (halfway between Point of Rocks and HF) used to have a place called Beans in the Belfry that served good coffee and sandwiches in a restored church. If it's still there, that will be fast and casual.

PBS the last bastion for REAL shows on cooking.

I remember those days -- my hubby and I had just moved back to the States and bought our first TV. I couldn't believe they had good stuff like concerts, etc. Bravo had good stuff, as well. Long gone.

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

TJ's frozen almond croissants. Like the chocolate ones, you let them rise overnight and then bake them in the morning. Truly wonderful. I can't decide which I prefer --- guess, I'll just have to keep taste testing them! Sigh. The things a girl's gotta do . . .

Jun 26, 2012
Transplanted Texan in Chains

Fantastic baguettes -- LeoNora Bakery, Arlington

You're so right -- the baguettes at LeoNora are truly wonderful. I'm in MoCo and make the 40 minute trip to Arlington a couple times a month to LeoNora.

Fantastic baguettes -- LeoNora Bakery, Arlington

Thanks for your report! We've spent a lot of time in France and these LeoNora baguettes can definitely hold their own. Wow.