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

Super Yay! to the mango/cream ice cream bars. The ones without a popsicle stick. Last year I was obsessed with the coffee/cream flavor. This year I picked up the mango ones and I like them even more. They are delicious.

Jun 26, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Me too! We had some for lunch the other day. My husband and I are both big fans. Will definitely be a repeat purchase. The breading toasted up very nicely in the oven.

Jun 26, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

Meh to the frozen zucchini fries. They were very greasy. But I also ate the whole bag - so the flavor was there. I think I need to cook them longer in the oven next time to crisp them up. The crispy ones were very good. There were just too many mushy ones.

Jun 24, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

Jun 19, 2014
Briek in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

+1 on the chevre with honey. So delicious with fresh fruit.

Jun 19, 2014
Briek in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

These are probably one of my top 5 items at TJs. The vanilla ones are my favorite.

Jun 19, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

I love the rice pudding! It saved me in the first few months of my pregnancy when I had terrible morning sickness. It's very easy on the stomach in my opinion.

Jun 19, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

Yay! for the green curry simmer sauce. We added some shrimp and veggies - served over jasmine rice. A perfect quick and easy dinner. Excited to try their other simmer sauces because this was my first time tasting one.

May 23, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

+1 on the shaved Manchego. We've been adding to salads. So tasty and convenient! Would be great on some crostini with fig spread!

May 20, 2014
Briek in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

I tried lots of new items this past week.. some yays some not so much...

Yay!

Coconut Cranberry Granola - soooo delicious. I've been making parfaits with fresh blueberries, vanilla yogurt and this cereal. It's very high in fat so I'm not sure it'll be a constant purchase but I'm 8+ months pregnant and not worrying about it!

Dried Fuji Apples - picked these up in the new items shelf. Love them! They are actual apple wedges as opposed to rings. I keep them in my desk and snack on them.

Shrimp Nuggets - repeat purchase, still loving them!

Rice Pudding - I can't believe I've never purchased this before. I love rice pudding. Enjoyed it much more than Kozy Shack.

Horseradish Hummus - yum! Has a kick - delicious with fresh veggies or pita chips.

Mexican Quiche - loved this! So easy to heat up for a quick breakfast/lunch.

Meh....

BBQ Chicken Pizza - it was okay. The BBQ sauce on the pizza wasn't great. I probably won't buy again. Especially because I love that Tarte D'Alsace so much and would rather eat that.

Veggie Chips - I found these to be very greasy. They are really just potato chips.

May 14, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

I'm not a fan of the penguin gummies. I thought the filling tasted like cough syrup. But I LOVE the mango gummies.

Apr 17, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

+1 on the almond croissants. My absolute fave breakfast treat. I've had a box of Kouigns Amann in my freezer for a few months now. I keep forgetting that they're in there!

Apr 09, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

That cherry jam spread on a wheel of Brie and baked in a puff pastry is so delicious.

Apr 09, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

I'm also a fan of the savory baked tofu. I wouldn't say it's a regular purchase but it's definitely a repeat buy. I like to add it to the crunchy salad mix.

Apr 09, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

I actually buy this all the time and just eat it raw with the goddess dressing. But I like super crunchy salads. I can see how the texture might be too hard for some. Sometimes I'll add the TJ's baked tofu and a handful of chick peas to it for lunch.

Mar 27, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

I second that! One of my favorite snacks... the crisps and the honey goat cheese.

Mar 24, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

That's too bad. Like everyone else on this Board, I find the produce at my TJ's (in Connecticut) to be spotty at best. I also picked up a few bananas on this trip. They were barely ripe and still a bit green when I bought them. Somehow overnight they all turned brown and mushy. I still ate one but it was well past its prime. It's very inconsistent.

Mar 21, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

Yes! They are my absolute favorite. They are called Mango! Mango! Gummies. I just picked up a bag a few weeks ago. They are in an orange and yellow package.

Mar 20, 2014
Briek in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - March 2014 [OLD]

Yay! for the Shrimp Nuggets. They browned up great and were delicious dipped in TJ's cocktail sauce (for me) and TJ's sweet chili sauce (for husband). This will 100% be a repeat buy for us as we ate the whole package for dinner.

Yay! for the Organic Blueberries. I believe the package said they originated in Chile. Great batch of blueberries. All of them were sweet and plump. I'm heading to the store again today to buy another carton.

Meh for the Penguin Gummy Tummies. I've been on a real gummy candy kick lately. The smell of cough syrup overwhelmed me when I opened the package. I'll eat the entire bag but definitely will not buy again. I much prefer the mango gummies.

Mar 20, 2014
Briek in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

A few Yays! and Nays from my latest trip to TJ's.

Yays! :)

Mango Mango Gummies - love, love these! If you like gummy candy and tropical flavors, you'll like these.

Wild Mushroom and Black Truffle Flatbread - another big Yay! Smaller portion than it looks like on the box. My husband and I paired it with a salad and made it for dinner last night. I thought the flavors were delicious and the flatbread got nice and crispy on the bottom. The truffle flavor is moderately strong.

Sort of Yay... the cherry juice (not tart cherry juice).. I believe this was in the fearless flyer for this month. I like it, don't love it. It sort of tastes like a cherry jolly rancher in liquid form. I mixed it with seltzer and liked it much more than drinking it straight.

Nay...

Frozen Creme Brulee - we were not impressed. The filling was way too oozy. The chocolate melted while it defrosted and turned into a big mess. The flavor was okay but we would never buy again.

Feb 17, 2014
Briek in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

+1 on the Mandarins. Bought a bag over the weekend and they're almost gone. We haven't had one bad one yet. They are all super sweet.

Feb 17, 2014
Briek in Chains

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

8 oz may not be enough, but walnut oil also makes for a delicious nutty aioli.

Nov 22, 2013
Briek in Chains

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

I love those morello cherries. I agree, they're great over ice cream. They also are great in cocktails. I'm definitely going to try throwing them into fudge. Thanks for the idea!

Nov 13, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

Meh to the Inner Peas. I liked them as a crunchy alternative to potato chips, but they are pretty greasy. I did finish the bag, so they weren't terrible. I probably won't buy again for the grease factor.

Yay! to the low-fat ice cream sandwiches. They are pretty good for being low-fat. The ice cream has a definitive milk-like quality (rather than being creamy) but they are a perfect treat when you want something sweet but not too heavy.

Oct 11, 2013
Briek in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

Meh to the pumpkin macarons in the frozen section. The filling was pretty good. A nice pumpkin flavor with some tasty spices. My problem with the macarons is that the almond shell was very soft and didn't have any bite to it. They sort of fell apart. The flavor was there just not the texture of a good macaron.

Oct 07, 2013
Briek in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

I laughed out loud at your description of the apple cinnamon chevre. I felt exactly the same way about its appearance but it's delicious.

Oct 07, 2013
Briek in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

I love these cherries and Manhattans are exactly what I use them for! They have them year-round at my Trader Joe's.

Oct 07, 2013
Briek in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - September 2013 [old]

Homemade mayo is delicious and super easy. I usually use a mix of walnut and olive oils and make it in the food processor. I might try walnut and grape seed next. That looks like a popular alternative to olive. I love the rich nut flavor that the walnut oil adds.

Oct 07, 2013
Briek in Chains
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - September 2013 [old]

We also like it. I agree that it's not too oily. Perfect for an easy appetizer. (We also like the one made with artichokes).

Sep 27, 2013
Briek in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - September 2013 [old]

This is a little off topic.. but I recently made a homemade batch of mayo (my usual recipe that I've made a lot of times), and it tasted extremely bitter. I was suprised by this having made it so many times. I had to toss the entire batch, which was a sad sight. After some further research (aka googling), I found that olive oil (which is a component in my homemade mayo) becomes bitter if over-emulsified. I'm wondering if the organic mayo had any olive oil that became a victim of too much processing. End of story!

Sep 27, 2013
Briek in Chains
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