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Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Just got home with TJ pumpkin ice cream and Kennebunkport pumpkin beer. Was surprised to see the mini-ice cream sandwiches above (didn't see them in-store.) Another option is to just put a spooonful of pumpkin ice cream between 2 TJ triple ginger snaps. Easy and yummy! Been doing that for a few years now.

Putting a dash of TJ pumpkin spice in coffee is delicious, and better (imo) than the pumpkin-flavored coffee beans.

Might try the pumpkin cornbread mix--anybody try that yet???

Sep 27, 2014
drmoze in Chains

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

Yay to the coffee-garlic bbq rub. Made some excellent steaks and burgers with this. (Will try it on turkey burgers soon.) And Yays to the Unexpected and English Coastal cheddars--TJ's best cheddars IMO.

A conditional Yay to the sweet potato gnocchi--they are kinda dense and chewy, but I like them still!

And then there's the Cookie Butter ice cream--would give it a Yay but it disappeared too fast, so I'll have to try it again to e sure...

Sep 07, 2014
drmoze in Chains

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

I think the frozen key lime pie is gone. :( (It may be seasonal?)

Sep 07, 2014
drmoze in Chains

Good Fried Chicken in the City

Amen to Charles! (For those not hung up on trendy/upscale establishments)

Sep 07, 2014
drmoze in Manhattan

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

Exactly. Ice cream servings are specified by volume, but many ice creams whip a lot of air into them (so you get less ice cream in the same-sized container). TJ's ice cream is ridiculously heavy, more actual ice cream in a given volume, thus more calories for the same volume serving. (BTW, this ice cream is rebranded Steve's Double Rainbow, and it is excellent!)

A big yeah to the vanilla and Jo Jo's ice creams too. Heck, and to the peppermint chip and chocolate ones!

Aug 01, 2014
drmoze in Chains
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Whole Foods vs Trader Joes.....

Besides the taste aspects, remember that salt is also a preservative. Adding salt helps keep many foods from spoiling when chemical preservatives aren't added (and we don't want those, do we?). Also, as an update (food-related because many decisions and questions, like those here, can be based on salt/sodium content), salt/sodium is now being sen as not so bad as reported for most people, and there's no hard number on what to limit it to. Salt doesn't cause heart disease; it may exacerbate conditions in some people who are already afflicted. Also, the sugar in ketchup is probably worse for you than the sodium. ;)

May 31, 2014
drmoze in Chains

Damn, I want some Skyline Chili!

I just made a large batch last week (an amalgam of a few similar recipes) and it came out great. Would love to buy the original, but this is a tasty alternative that those of us who live far away can have any time!

May 31, 2014
drmoze in Chains

Trader Joe's Corn spaghetti or brown rice pasta

The black bean spaghetti is very good and looks cool. Cook it less than the recommended time and it'll be firm, not mushy.

May 31, 2014
drmoze in Chains

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

Agree the turkey burgers are great. No strong flavor (takes seasonings well!) but they are tender and juicy no matter how i cook them.

May 31, 2014
drmoze in Chains

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

seems like the ends/pieces is a crapshoot. My package was >80% pure fat, had the equivalent of about 5 slices of 'regular' bacon from an entire package.

May 31, 2014
drmoze in Chains

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

Do you shop at 14th St or UWS? because the TJ at 21st/6th is hugely spacious, and not crowded at all until mid-late afternoon, generally.

May 31, 2014
drmoze in Chains

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

I can't buy this anymore. It barely lasts a day. However, I give a NAY to the horseradish flavor. (And I generally like horseradish, wasabi, etc.)

May 31, 2014
drmoze in Chains

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

I bought the ends-and-pieces and got even less edible bacon out of the pound. Half of it was whole bacon-shaped slices of pure fat; the rest was mostly fat. So, a NAY for this (unless you are just looking to get some bacon grease!)

May 31, 2014
drmoze in Chains

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