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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Campari! You struck a nerve. Fabulous stuff, in a Negroni, on the rocks, with soda or tonic, or many other ways.

In Virginia, it's available only from the state ABC stores. Current price: $32.90 for 750ml.

Caitlin, what's the price where you are? Anyone else have a local price to share? (TJ's or not.)

Aug 25, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Ranch? As in "Ranch" dressing? (Which I don't care for. Don't like mayonnaise-oriented stuff......)

Aug 23, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Your clarification is most gratifying and highly edifying.

However, I trust that - despite the manifest virtues of the LRS - ratings anarchy and creative chaos will continue to prevail on this site.

Aug 20, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Thank you. Does your taxonomy make use of the "minus" (-) inflection? Also, is there a "HUGE MEH," a "MEH +" or a "NAY +"?

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Point of order here, Littleflower: Which is higher -- "HUGE YAY" or "YAY +"? This is important.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Thanks. I called, and they do have the Pontis. Just for smiles, I also called the Cambridge MA TJ......ditto. So, I need to wake-up the Virginia region!

Aug 18, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Our TJ's (Virginia) can't do hard liquor, only beer and wine. Vermouth is under the wine license.

Aug 17, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

WHERES THE VERMOUTH???!!! On these threads, I've praised the Ponti vermouths (red and white) that have long been a TJ's staple. But, they abruptly vanished a few months ago, and the promised replacement has never arrived.

So I ask you, brothers and sisters, does your TJ's carry vermouth? Do you know the brand, size and price?

The Pontis were $4.99, for a liter, and IMHO were better than substantially more expensive mass-market leaders such as Cinzano, Martini & Rossi, and Noilly Prat.

During this drought, my Manhattans and Martinis are suffering! (I know that there are excellent super-premium vermouths out there. But they're too pricey for everyday swilling.)

Aug 17, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Bought the green bottle yesterday, and made an all-TJ's entree: grilled Mahi Mahi burgers with Green Dragon sauce, on ciabatta baguette. (Toasted the bread on the grill, and cut the MM burgers in half to fit the sandwich.)

Terrific flavor combination.

The Green Dragon earned its way to our every-time shopping list.

Aug 14, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Can't resist noting that another component of vomit is.........water.

(Sorry! I know that nobody likes a smart@ss!)

Aug 13, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Thanks for that. We haven't been happy with the quality of the chicken in these frozen Chinese items.

The Tempura is now on our list!

Jul 22, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

We got a good crisp by cooking for about 40 minutes, with the last five cranked-up to 450F. Need to watch it, though....the brown comes on quickly at that temp.

Also, as soon as we took it out of the oven, we poured off the liquid in the pan. If we hadn't, the bottom crust would've become soggy.

Jul 18, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

And then I followed NuMystic's link even farther, to this heart of darkness temptation:

http://food52.com/recipes/36712-blue-...

I'm going to try it, using TJ's crumbly blue cheese.

Jul 18, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

So I looked at the Amazon reviews for 21. Wow!

It's now on our must-try list.

May 24, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

+1 on the Inca Corn!

May 22, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Sounds like a perfect flavor combination. Do you cook the nachos before or after drizzling them with the sauce?

May 15, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Yay+ for the Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce. Just tried it recently, after seeing a post about it here some months ago.

As the label says, "It has tang, it has heat, it has garlic, and it has sweet." Basted on something and grilled or broiled, it creates a terrific glaze with great flavor.

May 15, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

OMG

May 14, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

We're on our second bottle of watermelon-cucumber. SO drinks it straight; I find that about 1/2 oz. is very interesting in a martini.

May 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Apparently, it's the new "IT" drink....

http://modernfarmer.com/2015/03/move-...

May 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

NOT insane.

To clear your head, you could get more exercise.....but that might not workout.

Maybe one of your excellent Dolin martinis or manhattans?

May 05, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Found this photo online.

May 05, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Yes, Dolin is FINE. (But pricey. Worth it, where its excellence comes though. Overkill for lesser uses, I'd say.)

Red vermouth cooking tip: Great for caramelizing onions, adding to a pan glaze, and other uses where its sweetness is appropriate. At only $4.99 for 750ml, Ponti is the bee's knees for things like that.

May 02, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Big Yay for the Ponti brand vermouths (both red and white), which I've seen only at TJ.

They're better than the big-name brands, which are much more $$$.

Not only great in drinks, their complex flavors also allow for many creative cooking uses.

May 01, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

LOL, my store is Charlottesville....not so far from you!

Apr 27, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

Could you post a photo? My store says they have researched this, and can't find anything about it in the TJ system......Thanks

Apr 27, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Check the older reviews first, and then follow the sad story:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-rey-tacos-...

Feb 10, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

I'm starting to think that you have no love for TB.....

Feb 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

I found some photos.

Feb 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Not as gloppy as the fancy stuff. :-)

Feb 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains