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

The blueberries at my store said organic on the sign but not on the clamshell so I didn't buy them. Did yours actually say organic on the package? I should have asked when I was there, it just seemed weird to me.

Jul 28, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

NC Triangle - Best Chili Relleno?

Shared wonderful pupusas and and a delicious torta ahogada today at Tacos Y Pupusas Las Marias thanks to this thread. We loved everything. We will definitely be back.

Jun 28, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast
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Raleigh---- July

I'd love to see the menu for Death and Taxes if it's not too much trouble. Thanks!

Jun 19, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

3 nights Raleigh -- Briar Creek area ---- Where would you eat

Mateo for dinner, Rise or Monuts for breakfast...lots of others too but those are the first that come to mind that you will enjoy.

Jun 18, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Pardon me, I took a swung and missed with the animal choice, apparently in the wrong direction. Thank you for the correction and the disdain.

I'd love to watch HBO's Years of Living Dangerously. Mind if I borrow your HBO Go login? :)

Mar 19, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Palm oil is not an unhealthy oil and I'm pretty sure that I read that TJ's is using safe palm, not the stuff that is causing gorilla habitat deforestation.

Benefits of palm oil: http://draxe.com/benefits-of-palm-oil/

Mar 19, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

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

HUGE NAY and a sad face :( for the preserved lemons which I was looking so forward to trying!! I wonder if I got a bum jar because these things are the most tasteless non-salty sad lemon slices I've ever tried in my life. After reading some comments about them being salty before I tried them, I was sure to lightly rinse and pat dry as stated on the label. I tried them after doing so and was like, wow, these aren't salty at all, I must've washed all the salt off. So tonight I tried them again - this time no rinsing - there was NO difference! My jar tastes like they forgot the salt. I think I may even return the remainder to the store because I'm so disappointed.

Anyone else have this experience or did I get the only tasteless jar?

To end on a positive note - Big YAY to the Sweet Sriracha Bacon Jerky. Wow, that stuff is just delightful.

Mar 19, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Rabbit in Raleigh

Walk Ahead Farms sells rabbit at a few locations locally (their farm is in Youngsville):

http://walkaheadfarms.weebly.com/

Feb 28, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Do you shop at Aldi's?

Weird. The Aldi stores in my area sells Duke's Mayonnaise which is better than Hellmans, in my opinion.

Duck Breasts in Raleigh

Walk Ahead Farms sells them (and other pastured meats) at the Wake Forest and Midtown Farmer's Markets. They have them right now in limited quantities, as per their email marketing. https://www.facebook.com/WalkAheadFarms

Feb 05, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

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

My store in NC had a large display of the Moros away from the normal citrus section when I went yesterday. I nearly missed it but was on the hunt due to this thread. I bought a bag and had one last night - WOW! It was fantastic. I highly recommend them.

Jan 29, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

Thank you for mentioning this. I went looking for the mango two weeks in a row and was disappointed to not see it. I hope it returns soon.

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

I had the same reaction and I stupidly tossed a perfectly good box of broth when I thought it had been tampered with. Then I realized it was a (terrible) new design but it was already too late. :(

Jan 11, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

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

Yes, that chocolate babka was so good, a very strong YAY here too.

Jan 03, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

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

I think that's what I picked up this week. I was pleased by the price however it's not anything like any smoked salmon I've had before. It's so dry, almost like a very salty jerky. It was a definite MEH that I will not be buying again.

Jan 03, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

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

Did you see the porchetta recently in stock? I asked an employee about finding it just this week and she had absolutely no idea what I was referring to. She thought it might have been a holiday specialty that was no longer being carried. I searched high and low in the refrigerated meats section to no avail. I was really hoping to try it if it is something that is not a seasonal product.

Jan 03, 2015
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Appetizer-size tortillas in Raleigh

There still is- Panaderia Artesanal https://www.facebook.com/panaderiaart... , I believe. It's located right next to Pho Far East on Capital and New Hope Church Road.

Dec 19, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Juju Opens in Durham

That menu looks really good. I don't get out to Durham often but when I'm there next, I hope to try it.

Dec 19, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Looking for a restaurant in Raleigh, NC area?

I haven't yet been but my mom (also a chowhound just not a poster) has gone multiple times and has raved about it - Garibaldi -http://garibalditrattoria.com/ this is in Fuquay-Varina.

Little Hen, as someone suggested, is absolutely wonderful but be prepared to spend a lot of money, it's not a cheap meal by any means.

A new Mexican restaurant (not the typical type - more upscale) has also recently opened in Cary - Totopos - http://www.totoposfoodandtequila.com/ and has received good reviews.

KoMoKoMo is good but it was not great when we were there last about two months ago. It used to be better however I'm not sure if we just caught them on an off night.

Dec 18, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

We ended up going last week to Captain J's as we were still craving a fix since we didn't get to go for Thanksgiving.

Brace yourselves...Things are not how they should be at good ol' Captain J's. :(

We were seated and began to look through the large color photographed menu picking out our alltime favorites but when the waiter came to take our order he said that we shouldn't have used that menu (even though there was one placed on each table) and that there was a new chef (more on that later) and they were only using the small, typed menu so we would need to replan our choices.

We went for XLB, panfried buns, crab with scallions and ginger, and a few other dishes that were less than memorable. We were told that the new chef was really into plating so everything looks very fancy (um ok but I don't care about sliced cucumbers on the sides looking pretty, I want the food to be good).

The XLB came out and were in a metal steamer with what looked like plastic shelf liner underneath not the usual paper/doily. They looked very thin but I've never had a problem in the years I've been eating XLB to get them out of the steamer. This time that was not the case. Each one we tried to gently manuever out of the steamer brutally ripped leaving the soup and some of the other filling on the container. We were not happy so we called the waiter over and he said, oh ok, I'll get you another order of them since there must have been a problem. While we wait for the XLB to come back out we receive the crab dish. We have eaten the spicy crab many many times and have fallen in love with that dish so when we asked if the crab with scallions and ginger was prepared in the same manner with just different seasoning we were told yes, it's the same. That did not turn out to be accurate as the original crab dish had been much more enjoyable since the shell was edible (it was still hardshelled crabs but the shells had been fried in such a way that they were soft and you could eat them whole) while the crabs we received on this visit were hard and all the meat had to be picked out of the shells - messy, slimy, and about 1/2 the portion we used to get of the spicy crabs previously - but hey, the plate was "decorated" so I guess we shouldn't care that it wasn't very good. Oh and half the crab pieces we got were raw to the point of not being edible. The new chef thinks that deep frying a tortilla into bowl is a fancy way of plating also. It was very weird looking and culturally inappropriate(we had at least two dishes that came in these stupid fried tostadas).

The waiter brings out the second order of the XLB and the SAME exact thing happens to them. Not one made it out of the steamer intact. NOT ONE. The waiter comes over and apologizes and says that he'll give us a discount for the XLB and that this was the new chef's first day on the job. Oh god no wonder. We ask what happened to the other chef and confirm that this is actually chef #3 but he cannot tell us where the original chef went. We also notice that none of the lady waitresses are there. Not sure if there is a connection there but it was understaffed to make matters worse.

Overall all the food was mediocre, not worth the money spent, and nothing I would crave going back for. Nothing stood out as anything actually good and the panfried buns we got were nothing like the ones we had ordered on previous occasions either, they were greasy little fried balls filled with pork and dripping of oil.

It's hard to know if Captain J's will ever return to the glory that it was during the reign of the first chef but we are in no hurry to go back and be disappointed guinea pigs again. I'm very sad to write this report as Captain J's was my favorite restaurant in Raleigh and I hope that others take one for the team and report in in a few weeks or months to let us know if there's any reason to return.

Does anyone else do XLB in the Triangle area? If so, please advise. This is a devastating loss to us.

Dec 08, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast
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Stuck at Claim Jumper for Thanksgiving - Please Advise

I had the same thought, like of all the places to choose after a fitting that would not be the one! It's a great way to ensure that the fitting you just had was a waste of time, lol.

Nov 29, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

FYI, Captain J's was not open on Thanksgiving this year even though I had called to confirm that they would be open.

We ended up at Royal India for a Thanksgiving buffet (with Indian turkey even!) which was delicious and relaxing as well. We weren't alone there either. The only sadness was that I was really looking forward to Captain J's and having leftovers but this just means we will be making another trip there soon to get over the sadness.

Nov 29, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Grass-fed prime rib in Raleigh or nearby?

I just got an email from Ray Family Farms (near Wake Forest, NC in Bunn) about their grassfed roasts -

http://www.rayfamilyfarms.com/shop/

Available Cuts:
Tenderloin – $26.99 per pound, 2 – 3 pound roast
Prime Rib – $18.99 per pound, 5 – 7 pound roast
Bone-In NY Strip – $17.99 per pound, 8 – 10 pound roast
Sirloin – $12.99 per pound, 8 – 10 pound roast

These roasts are perfect for carving:
Sirloin Tip Roast Beef – $12.50 per pound, 6 – 8 pound roast
Top Round Roast Beef – $12.50 per pound, 9 – 10 pound roast
Eye of Round Roast Beef – $10.50 per pound, 4 – 5 pound roast

All cuts are pasture-raised and grass-fed Gourmet Galloway Beef.

Cuts are limited. Roasts will be ready for pick-up in mid-December.

Grass-fed prime rib in Raleigh or nearby?

Last year Trader Joe's actually had a frozen grass-fed 3 or 4 rib roast in the freezer section. I would be surprised if they didn't carry it again this year but you should probably call them to find out if this fits your needs.

Nov 21, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

Has anyone been recently? I read a post on Yelp which indicated that the chef left. Is there any truth to this and if so, does anyone know how the quality is lately?

We decided that we would head over there for Thanksgiving this year rather than do a traditional turkey type of meal and I just want to be sure we're making the right decision as we've always loved Captain J's in the past.

Nov 18, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

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

You're apparently my chocolate tasting twin. I agree with your post 100% on all fronts!

Nov 17, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains
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Thanksgiving recommendations in the Raleigh area?

I'm not sure if anyone realizes or cares that this post was initially made in 2013 (it's helpful to others regardless of the date I imagine).

This year we're going much more casual by heading to Dean's Seafood in Cary for their Thanksgiving buffet. It looks to be a good time and we have been impressed with their Sunday brunch offerings so we decided to try out their Thanksgiving.

I do like the idea of One Restaurant in Chapel Hill for the future and will definitely keep that in mind for next year.

The Washington Duke Inn experience last year was good but the upper hand by far goes to Herons for their Thanksgiving buffet.

I will also agree with the poster who said that feeding children junk food is abominable and at $25/child I would insist my hypothetical child would eat from the main buffet personally. The thought that children aren't interested or able to eat normal adult food is a topic for another thread however I find it insulting for restaurants to dumb things down for kids.

Nov 06, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

Sorry to be the lone voice of dissent here but I tried the Turkey Cranberry Apple Sausages after reading this thread and was miserably disappointed. HUGE NAY for me as they tasted like week old hotdogs that had sat around while someone cooked Thanksgiving dinner near them. Way too much sage (and I love sage) not enough apple or cranberry and the texture was just like hotdogs. Blech. Not at all what I was expecting. You win some you lose some.

Oct 15, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Eastern NC cheese biscuits

Please tell me that's not a typo and that's the name of the actual restaurant! I'm at work so I can't dare to Google it for fear of getting fired, lol. If that's legit, that's the best restaurant name I've heard. I hope it's good otherwise it's a waste of a great name on a lousy place. :)

Oct 15, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

Nay - (new to me) Butternut Squash Risotto - mushy and a lousy excuse for risotto. I will not be buying this again.

Yay - Chimichurri Rice with Vegetable - (this is also new to me) and I think it's pretty decent. I'd probably buy this again in a pinch.

Oct 05, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains