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Your Top 5 Trader Joe's Products? - 2014

Wow, it seems that the concept of "five" escapes you. ;)

Is that EVOO much better than the others (say, as salad dressing)?

Feb 28, 2014
drmoze in Chains

How far would you drive to Trader Joe's?

hmmm... TJ's is at the end of my block, less than a 2-minute walk, and I don't own a car, so under the circumstances I wouldn't drive very far at all to it (if I could!). But if I lived elsewhere, and had a car, I would say maybe half an hour (or more if other destinations were near it), and I'd stock up bigtime!

Nov 23, 2013
drmoze in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

Not new but new to me, but YAY to the curry white chicken salad. Not too wet (although I like mayo!), raisins add a hint of sweetness, chicken is tender, curry flavor is present but not overwhelming. Also a big YAY to the Reine Dijon Moutarde in the ceramic pot, and the ginger spice cake (with delicate frosting). Tried all of these based on recs here. Thanks!! And a huge YAY to my ongoing favorite coffee, Cafe Pajaro, and the unparalleled Kerrygold butter (unsalted). Try the together! (Seriously!! Add a big chunk of this butter to fresh-brewed coffee, no sugar, no milk/cream. You'll be pleasantly surprised!) The TJ smoked Sockeye salmon is also tasty, and a local bargain at $17/lb. Smooth texture but not too mushy, great delicate flavor.

Nov 23, 2013
drmoze in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

Tried the dolmas and really liked it. Rice isn't super-tender, but good flavor with a hint of mint. It's in oil so you may want to blot them dry if you don't prefer them 'wet'! Great picnic snack!!

Nov 22, 2013
drmoze in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

I prefer to brew my favorite 'regular' TJ coffee (Cafe Pajaro these days) and then add a dash of TJ's Pumpkin Spice. Tastes fresher than the pre-flavored beans and you can control the amount of spice, from just a hint to heavy.

Nov 22, 2013
drmoze in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

If you like the Unexpected Cheddar, try the English Coastal Cheddar. Generally similar (and excellent!).

Nov 22, 2013
drmoze in Chains

No Pound Plus 72% at TJs??????

not. even. close. That would be a HECK of an autospell glitch! :D

Nov 22, 2013
drmoze in Chains

Trader Joe's Best Coffee Picks

Cafe Pajaro is a solid bean to try, or the organic Sumatra (didn't like the dark Sumatra).

Aug 18, 2013
drmoze in Chains

Are People Still Enamored by Tasting Menus?

Wait, your 'expectation' is based on price rather than quality? I've had a few tasting menus (and read about several more) that are of high quality for far less than $150 (unless that glass of wine is $50+!). Price and quality are not necessarily correlated, IME.

And yeah, tasting menus are more fun with a small group of people, as an extended social eating experience. Nice for an occasional dining change of pace.

Jun 04, 2013
drmoze in General Topics

Favorite Convenience Food?

If you're referring to NYC, it consists of 5 'boroughs.' And are Staten Island bagels really good? I kind of assumed they would be more New-Jerseyish than NYCish....

Jun 04, 2013
drmoze in General Topics

Bite-y Onions--When Sweet Onions Are Not

I've had sweet and tasty red onions (thinly sliced) a few times--very rarely, and served at restaurants. I generally taste an onion sliver in any salad I order, and more than 9 times out of 10, they are sharp and yucky (and are put to the side). But once in a great while the onions are sweet and tasty. I wish they all were of the sweet and mellow variety!

Jun 04, 2013
drmoze in General Topics

Best Cheeses from Trader Joes [moved from Los Angeles area board]

The Unexpected Cheddar is great, as is the English Coastal Cheddar. Both are far better than cheddars costing 2-3x as much at 'fancy' supermarkets and cheese shops.

The English Cheddar with Carmelized Onion is also good but very different--it may be too sweet for some!

The various Toscano cheeses (I've had the Syrah and cinnamon ones,not the black pepper yet) are also incredibly good. And the Italian Truffle Cheese is killer, and was a big hit at a party a while back.

I'll be buying 2 of the above today; just not sure which 2 yet...

Jun 04, 2013
drmoze in Chains

McDonald's Daily Double

Also not worth it in my book. And the "virtual whopper" analogy doesn't work for me; the taste of BK's meat is far superior to the generic McD patties, which tend to make me feel queasy. (No other burger seems to do this,homemade or chain.)

Jun 04, 2013
drmoze in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's - January 2013 through June 2013 [OLD]

Not sure of your exact price reference, but I just got a 4-pack of these (swiss cheese flavor) at Costco for $6.50. 8 wedges per pack.

Jun 04, 2013
drmoze in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

Conditional YEA to the new (dried) Korean spicy seaweed salad. (You have to like regular seaweed flavors to like this.) There's about 7-8 different types of seaweed; soak in cold water for 10 minutes to reconstitute, then drain. The different seaweeds are tasty; quite different from 'standard' seaweed salads. The sauce is very spicy and rather sweet; one envelope lasts 3 seaweed salads. (But it makes a great dipping sauce for some Thai/Chinese appetizers!)

Another yea to the frozen chicken in mole sauce. Very tasty, meat-heavy entree. Sauce is delish--I wish they sold it in a jar! The rice is dense but overall a yummy meal for 2!

And a BIG YEA to the English coastal cheddar--divine, firm, moderately sharp cheddar with those delicate crunchy mineral bits.

Oct 16, 2012
drmoze in Chains

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe Items.. to hunt for in 2012

FAR better than their pumpkin spice coffee (or anybody's) is to brew up a cup of your favorite coffee (Aeropress brewed for me!) and add a dash of TJ's pumpkin spices. It has the fresh pumpkin spice taste with no chemical hints, and the coffee is as good as you want to make it!

Oct 16, 2012
drmoze in Chains

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe Items.. to hunt for in 2012

A spoonful of TJ's pumpkin ice cream between 2 of their thin triple ginger cookies is DIVINE!

Oct 16, 2012
drmoze in Chains

Lower-moderate priced Italian in Manhattan?

I was going to suggest Via Emilia (close to 23rd St and Union Square subways, 21st between 5th and Park). I believe they are still cash-only. Great pastas and dishes, reasonable prices, nice modern/mellow atmosphere.

Oct 16, 2012
drmoze in Manhattan

BOO! Trader joe's organic peanut butter change

And cleaning the food processor afterwards as well? No thanks!!!!

Sep 30, 2012
drmoze in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's - July thru December 2012

Is mango lassi gone for good or just temporarily unavailable?

Jul 25, 2012
drmoze in Chains

Roadtrip! What Trader Joe's and Costco items would make it into your car?

I dunno if Costco water could beat TJ's half-liter bottles for 17 cents. And for snacks, the TJ's honey pretzel sticks are totally addictive. (And they can be dipped into Speculoos cookie butter! Or TJ's pub cheeses.)

Jul 25, 2012
drmoze in Chains

Trader Joe's Most Favored Products of 2011

Steve, you DO need to try the soy chorizo! I'm a meat-eater, but I like this better than the real thing. My fave is heating it up in a skillet (remove from the plastic casing first!) and then scramble eggs into it. Roll that up in a tortilla with some cheese and it's better than 95% of the breakfast burritos I've had while eating out.

I've tried about half of this ist. My only 'meh' of what I tried is the frozen onion soup (18). Good concept, baked it up, soup part was pretty good but the crouton/bread was barely there and flavorless, and most importantly, the cheese was weird--odd texture, tasted like plastic. And FOS has to have killer cheese!

The peanut butter (8) is awesome, and the frozen mac/cheese (9) is a killer easy comfort food, better than many restaurant offerings. I made a killer easy dessert : take 2 triple ginger snap cookies (2), and add a spoonful of pumpkin ice cream between them. Has to be tasted to be believed. (Alas, the pumpkin ice cream is seasonal.) Haven't tried the speculoos yet--afraid of getting hooked!

Jan 07, 2012
drmoze in Chains

TJ's coffee - whole bean

I'll second the Bay Blend, and the Fair Trade (not regular) Sumatra is also very good. And making it in an Aeropress is divine; I might as well trash my 2-3 french presses.

Dec 20, 2011
drmoze in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2011 [OLD]

I'm an omnivore, and I love the soy chorizo! Great flavor, very crumbly, and seems to be 'greasy' like the real thing. I brown some in a skillet, scramble in some eggs, and it is delicious. One of the few soy products I actually like.

Nov 17, 2011
drmoze in Chains

BOO! Trader joe's organic peanut butter change

TJ's valencia peanut butter with roasted flax seeds is amazing. I don't care whether or not it says 'organic.' And somehow it never separated, and the texture from the fridge is very spreadable, not hard.

Nov 17, 2011
drmoze in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 4th Quarter 2010 [OLD]

A fresh 'Nay' (although I like the vast majority of my TJ purchases!): The coconut shrimp (frozen box) was 'meh' at best. Tasted too much like the batter, not much coconut flavor, not much shrimp flavor. And the texture was flat, despite having baked them tom a slight crisp.

Dec 05, 2010
drmoze in Chains

Only Tools Don't Tip on Takeout, and Other Rules of Gratuity You Should Know

So, what I get from this article is:
1) I should give large tips, even for bad service, to encourage the poor service to continue. (The server will never know or care if I return!)
2) I should tip for take-out where I haul my butt to the establishment to retrieve my order. (Should I charge the restaurant for the time and effort of my pick-up?)
3) I should tip in cash to encourage servers to cheat on their taxes by not reporting income. Uh-huh.

For the record, I have never worked in a restaurant, generally tip 30%, and do tip less for bad service.

Dec 05, 2010
drmoze in Features

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 4th Quarter 2010 [OLD]

Not sure how new these products are, but I just tried them so...

YEAs: Spiced Cranberry Cider (great balanced flavor), Jalapeno Pub Cheese (didn't last long!), Bool Kogi (not new but makes great Korean tacos w/corn tortillas, shredded cabbage, sauce of your choice!), Au Gratin Potatos (frozen, just sampled today)

NAYs: Chicken Chow Mein (cooked in pan, noodles too gummy-flavored, too salty overall); Take-out Thai noodle boxes (small size, blah taste and texture); Chicken Vindaloo bowl (frozen--not bad, but not spicy at all and vindaloo should be VERY spicy!)

Nov 19, 2010
drmoze in Chains

What's NOT GOOD at Trader Joe's??? [OLD]

Been shopping TJs a lot lately. Main dislikes are the eastern noodle dishes in the "Chinese Take-out" boxes. (Vacuum-packed noodles and foil sauce pouch.) Tried the pad that and the peanut satay noodles. Texture was off, as was the taste. Smallish serving with a lot of calories. Definitely needed meat or veggies added. Give these a pass.

Sep 09, 2010
drmoze in Chains

Best Shaved Ice

Nyonya (Malaysian). Their ABS (rose water) and Chendol (condensed coconut) are both awesome. I can never decide between them, and sometimes get both!

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Nyonya
199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

Sep 09, 2010
drmoze in Manhattan