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

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?

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

Found this photo online.

1 day ago
pugsam in Chains

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

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

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

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

In the late 60s, as a teen, I moved from Northern Virginia (no TB's) to the San Fernando Valley (plenty of TB's).

TB immediately became my go-to. I think tacos were something like 29 cents. Does that sound right?

And they were delicious. I was in heaven.

(And, I ventured into LA classics such as El Rey's....Is that still going strong? Garbage Burrito, anyone???)

A few years later, I moved back East. By then, TB's had popped-up there.

But, I felt that they were not as authentic and good as the California version.

These days, TB is still on my occasional fast food list. I get only the simplest things -- tacos and basic burritos. TB's "fancy" items are gloppy, using the same gloppy stuff in different permutations and combinations merely to up the price points.

Feb 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Both; which really enhances and releases the flavor.

Feb 05, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Mrs. Pugsam loves those beets.

Feb 05, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Meh+ (which is just below Yay-) for the Fireworks chocolate bar. Didn't have as much KICK! and POP! as I'd hoped for.

Feb 03, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Yah - Sweet Sriracha uncured bacon jerky. Pricey, but a flavor bomb! Love it after a few seconds in the microwave.

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

Excellent Cara Caras at our store in Cville, VA

Jan 24, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

Yes, that's a very good way of saying it!

We had it last night, over basmati rice.

The curry is very tasty....slightly rich....and slightly spicy.

Jan 23, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Thanks for that link, especially because it tells how to easily reverse the recent "improvement"!!!!

:-)

Dec 24, 2014
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Has the display format changed here? It used to be that I saw all posts on one page, with the ones that I'd seen previously collapsed, and the new ones in full text. That made it quick and easy to catch-up on what's new.

Now, I see the full text of every post - including all the hundreds that I've viewed before - and they're spread out over multiple pages.

What a pain!

Is this happening to everyone, or is it because of something that I did? (And could fix?)

BTW..........MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!!!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Coffee cream panettone all sold out, at my store yesterday. No more this season, they said.....

Dec 19, 2014
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Yum! We'll look for that panettone! Here's the description on your Scar Pier web page: "Panettone without raisins and candied fruits, with coffee flavoured chocolate chips and filled with coffee cream and icing sugar (30g icing sugar bag), hand wrapped with green decorated paper and tied by a satin ribbon." Drool.

Interestingly, the Scar Pier item is listed as 1100 grams, which is about 39 ounces. That archived FF piece (from last year?) says it's "a mere $4.99 for each 26.5 ounce cake." And Capogiro says the TJ's (Trader Giotto's?) price is $12.99....

Mysteries worth investigating!

Dec 17, 2014
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Is it a TJ's-branded item?

Or from some other brand?

such as this: http://www.capriflavors.com/images/ba...

Dec 16, 2014
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

CoffeeCream Panettone......???? Interesting! More description, please!

Dec 16, 2014
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Yay-minus for the Amaretti. Nice enough, with good amaretto flavor, but didn't really knock my socks off. My box had 14. However, the price was $3.99, not $2.99.....and that's what the Fearless Flyer says, too. $3.99. I checked.

Dec 09, 2014
pugsam in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

My store (Charlottesville, VA) says that dried mandarin oranges are discontinued. Not sure whether they mean the crispy or the soft, or both.....because I didn't know there are (were?) two kinds.

True elsewhere?

Nov 15, 2014
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 (Part II) [OLD]

I agree with all that, Russ. We've been TJ's people for many years, in other places, but the Cville location is only about 1 year old. No tradition in this region. So, many of the crew are noobs to the whole ethos. And, I suspect, based on a few experiences, that may mean that they don't know that they aren't supposed to BS the customers.......

Littleflower, I'll check out that other thread!

Nov 15, 2014
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 (Part II) [OLD]

Dunno!

Didn't know there are (were?) two versions.

Which kind is the one that people here have praised?

Nov 15, 2014
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 (Part II) [OLD]

My store (Charlottesville, VA) says that dried mandarin oranges are discontinued.

True elsewhere?

Nov 15, 2014
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Any special favorites among the stocks and broths sold at TJ's?
(veggie, chicken, turkey, beef, or whatever)

Or are they no better than the standard supermarket brands?

Nov 03, 2014
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Are they very heavy/buttery? That's a negative for us.

Sep 26, 2014
pugsam in Chains