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Declining Quality at Whole Paycheck?

Hmmm,

I bought some of WP's organic bread. I thought it was a sure thing. It tasted just like non organic bread, maybe even a little worse. It's unfortunate that their quality has deteriorated so sharply in less than a decade, while the price of this item has doubled.

Perhaps the early/mid 2000's were glory times for organics?

I may have to hit up some of the farmer's markets. They're kind of a scene and a little crowded and stressful, but perhaps that's the sacrifice I make to get the freshest produce I suppose...

Mar 09, 2010
NewDude in Chains

Declining Quality at Whole Paycheck?

I've been buying a lot of stuff at costco and TJ's in order to compensate for rising food costs.

However, I just think it's healther to eat as much organic food as possible.

I returned to Whole Paycheck (henceforth WP) this weekend and bought a bunch of organic veggies, fruits, and pre made stuff like soups.

To be honest, I don't feel like the quality of the food is as high as it was when I first shopped there (back in 03 or 04).

I feel like Trader Joe's has done a much better job of maintaining quality although of course they've been hit hard by increasing prices as well.

Anyone else notice a decline in quality at WP produce? I'd say it's still better, but the difference is not as great as it once was.

Mar 08, 2010
NewDude in Chains

Has the Whopper Jr. shrunk?

I had a WJR a few months back and didn't think they skimped much or downsized. The difference between the WJR and value menu items from other fastfood places is that the WJR gives you some produce.

btw, I am NEVER in such a big rush that a WJR becomes mandatory. I'll always plan ahead before it comes to that! A few ounces of trail mix is much healthier for you.

Feb 25, 2010
NewDude in Chains

Domino's New Pizza

I actually find Costco's $2 slices to be clearly superior to Domino's. And you can get it piping hot fresh right out of the oven!

Jan 20, 2010
NewDude in Chains

Domino's New Pizza

I actually just saw their tv ad/promotion a day ago, and posted before I saw the ad. It's really not a good sign when MULTIPLE customers point out your product's crust tastes like cardboard, to the point that they would publicly air the comment and feature it on a nation wide spot. This tells you how badly their 'quality control' has slipped.

It's very simple as to why their product sucks:
1. they buy the cheapest possible ingredients.
2. they probably pay their workers next to nothing.

The main problem is 1: their ingredients are abysmal. Based on the comments in this thread, it looks like they've changed their recipe up a bit relying more heavily on seasoning, but they do not discuss any mention of higher quality cheese or flour, or meats or veggies.

If you take shortcuts, people notice.

Jan 16, 2010
NewDude in Chains

Domino's New Pizza

Domino's has been absolutely HORRID for at least a decade. Every once in a while, I'd be duped into a coupon special (like $4 for a medium), I'd eat it, and it had all the flavor and consistency of cardboard.

There is no logical or practical reason to buy "food" from this chain, really.

Actually, I remember why I did buy twice in the past few years. It was not only the low price. I remember it tasting good twenty some odd years ago.

Jan 11, 2010
NewDude in Chains

Best French Fries?

Haven't tried them in a while, but Jack in the Crack's curly fries were glorious years ago. Can't vouch for 'em recently...

Jan 03, 2010
NewDude in Chains

Costco 'samples' - why?

The samples are one of the fringe benefits of costco membership. I've gone on several occasions, tried just about every sample, and not even had to prep dinner, I had so much to eat! And drink. So much variety, too.

Dec 06, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Avoiding the Costco yearly fee and other tips?

I'd like to believe that the free food samples alone are worth the membership fee alone. You can save big time on tires, prescriptions, among other items.

Dec 03, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Huge Cheeseburger from Costco food court

I wouldn't mind getting a decent burger anywhere. The thing is, Costco usually has so many food samples when I shop there, the food court simply becomes an afterthought. On the fairly rare occasion when I actually eat at the food court, it's more for the satisfaction of paying so little for so much, rather than for the joy of eating the food itself.

Nov 27, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Double Homicide at Burger King

The food at fast food joints can be edible when it's actually just been prepared to order; during lunch hour rush, at the post club post 2 AM weekend rush at Taco Bell, etc.

But if you go in during lulls, forget it. I stepped into a taco bell mid afternoon. They had many rows of tacos lined up under heat lamps. Obviously, they had been prepped quite some time ago, and obviously, very few people were lined up (just myself to be exact), so whoever was subject to that food was going to be disappointed.

If you had to do the right thing, you'd avoid this garbage altogether. If you prefer your slop closer to edible rather than as a tool to help one regurgitate, go during peak hours: typically a weekday lunch hour.

Nov 27, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Starbucks sucks, but I stil go there

Get out of Philly

Nov 09, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Little Caesar's $5 Anytime Pizza

It's about the same quality, consistency and cost of generic frozen at a second rate grocery store.

Nov 03, 2009
NewDude in Chains

What can you not live without from Costco?

Their organic salsa is strangely addicting. And it is very slow to spoil.

Oct 17, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Taco Bell quality

It's a late night grease pit to soak up the alcohol after you hit da clubs. It's cheap, it's always open, and it's sinfully tasty. Add the drive thru and the convenience, and you're set.

What's the appeal of eating a taco cooked in a trailer truck anyway? How is this a sign of authenticity? I've seen the food produced at these stands and it does not look appealing.

Oct 12, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Fatburger: Nothing to write home about

Definitely. Fat is hit and miss. 2/3 of the time, I got a good burger. I was a repeat customer at both places. And both of the 'good' locations were quite busy. The third, the upstart, looked like a ghost town inside: no customers. Word travels fast.

I'm sure yelp can help you out if there are multiple fats in you area. Just avoid the dud location in the future.

Oct 07, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Subways new Buffalo Chicken sandwich

I have a tough time with subway, due to the odd consistency of their bun or whatever that thing is called, the thinness and blandness of their meat, and the odd concoction of vegetable toppings, which always tastes exactly like water, regardless of what veggies you ask for and regardless of their combination. And stay away from their vinegar. They always add too much and it winds up drowning the entire sandwich.

I was hoping their grilled chicken would be a nice change of pace, but the meat has the consistency of a sponge.

If I'm in a rush, I actually prefer Subway to burgers and sometimes to quiznos as well due to price. For better or for worse, Subway is everywhere. Like on every block. And it's dirt cheap. Sigh.

Oct 07, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito-Gone Forever?

Taco Bell is the ultimate late night pit stop grease pit for all young clubhoppers. I like these guys as an alternative to burgers, and I believe they have some sort of "healthy" menu with lower fat content. I've tried several items on this special menu and the food tastes exactly the same, likely because the meat is so highly spiced and salty.

One more vote for the Bell. This place rocks.

Oct 07, 2009
NewDude in Chains

When is Burger King going to realize that their fries SUCK?

I can't stand skinny fries of any kind any way.

btw, I've gotten cheapo frozen fries at chain grocery stores, baked them and absolutely had a blast. Without all the fat, you can eat more of them guilt free, and surprise surprise they taste great. Especially the crinkly cut kind.

TJ's has kick a## frozen fries, man. Even Safeway or any other chain grocery store will do the trick. Bake. And learn.

Oct 07, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Fatburger: Nothing to write home about

I've been to three Fats. Two were well established and long standing. One was in a brand new complex.

The established fats did their job properly. The burgers were cooked thoroughly and you could never complain about the burger being too small. The fries were cut thick and I thought they were terrific slathered with ketchup. Yes, the burgers do tend to run a bit dry, but in contrast with the wetness of the vegetables, I enjoyed the contrast.

The new fat just didn't know what they were doing. The burgers were consistently undercooked, and I was forced to stop going, even though it was very close to where I lived.

I don't live anywhere near a fats now, and I'm not generally inclined to eat burgers these days, even on a rare basis, no pun intended, but if you enjoy fast food burgers, feel free to check out a long established franchisee and they'll probably steer you right.

Oct 07, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Trader Joe's Anonymous

I consider myself to be a rational person. I know I should eat in moderation. I am also a busy person. I know it is a waste of gas and time to circle around a parking lot ten times in order to find a non-existent space. During off peak hours. Yet, I endure the nonsense anyway. Why? That's right, TJ's snacks are addicting.

I just went through half a bag of BAKED cheese puffs. First of all, no one eats baked cheese puffs. They only taste good oozing with oil. Second, no one eats half a bag per sitting. That's just...gross. I did it anyway. And it's past midnight..

Why, TJ's snacks are addicting.

The same thing happened with their chocolate chip cookies. I was disappionted that they no longer stocked their organic chocolate chip variety. So I had to "settle" for their non organic variety. Instant addiction. They're actually too dangerous to buy since I believe I'm capable of eating an entire tin in one sitting.

I picked up their pecan cookies out at random. Same thing. Literally could not stop eating them.

It's not fair. I'm trying to be sensible about portions.

Crazy atmosphere. Check. Nonexistent parking. Check. Dorky, talk too much, immature wanna be rockers and gothers manning every checkout aisle. Check.

But the cookies. And the cheese puffs. My goodness. And they cost next to nothing.

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Yes, I'm an addict. Sad, but true. Fellow addicts, revel and/or confess here.

Sep 29, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Red Lobster Endless Shrimp - Anyone?

I've only been to RL once. I enjoyed the heck out of it. Everything was lathered in butter and tasted really, really good. I was a little astonished at the size of our fellow customers. Most were well above the 200 lb. mark and a few seemed to be well over 300 lbs. even. No exaggeration. It's tasty, but it's certainly not health food.

Sep 28, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Domino's Pasta bowls

It's only a matter of time before Domino's goes out of business. Their product is embarrassingly subpar now. The last time I ordered, I was treated to:

a. plastic crust
b. plastic cheese: extra skimpy
c. tomato sauce: extra dry

And, it was lukewarm. The price was right at $4.99 but even then, it wasn't worth it. This place is just asking to file for chapter 7...

Sep 27, 2009
NewDude in Chains

No more Hebrew National Hot Dogs at Costco?

All hot dogs are junk food anyway, regardless of whether they are kosher are not.

Sep 23, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Any Other Jack-in-the-Box Lovers Out There?

No worries, man. We all know Jack LaLane wouldn't approve. It's either celery stick shakes or a sourdough jack and cheese. America, we have made our choice!

But yeah, I make a run for the border a few times a year. They have a low fat menu, and quite frankly, it tastes just as good as their regular menu. I don't miss taco bell's nuclear waste fat gel oozing out of their regular tacos at all.

As far as jack in the crack, I think they have a rice bowl with grilled chicken and veggies which is probably less unhealthy than their other items. I think the last time I got it with a fried egg roll though, so...

Sep 21, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Any Other Jack-in-the-Box Lovers Out There?

Dang man. You're gettin me hyped up for some Jack in the Crack greasebombs!

Sep 21, 2009
NewDude in Chains

When is Burger King going to realize that their fries SUCK?

The fries couldn't be that crappy if people still keep buying and eating them. It's not like BK is the only restaurant chain on the planet.

Sep 15, 2009
NewDude in Chains

When is Burger King going to realize that their fries SUCK?

They were definitely less crispy back in the day. Yeah, back when I didn't care about my weight, I used to really enjoy BK fries.

Sep 14, 2009
NewDude in Chains

When is Burger King going to realize that their fries SUCK?

When people stop buying them?

Sep 14, 2009
NewDude in Chains

Starbuck's Fresh Brewed Iced Tea...no lemon slice..only lemon sugar water!

Epic fail. Try TJ's Mango Iced Tea instead.

Sep 08, 2009
NewDude in Chains