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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Thanks for the laugh! You truly have the greatest comebacks!

Dec 05, 2014
shellsbutt in Not About Food

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

Yes, I love that tea! I stock up and get about 6 boxes to last me through the year. On chilly nights, a cup of Candy Cane green tea hits the spot and warms you up. I'm still working on the boxes from last year. I will have to remember to get some more next time I'm at Trader Joe's.

Dec 05, 2014
shellsbutt in Chains

Holiday Gift Baskets

Oh my gosh, Costco is inundated with them this time of year! Starbucks,Ghirardelli and so on. Last year I bought a few to give away to some family members and also bought one for myself. I swear, seventy five percent of the basket is packaging! You break it down and you have a few handfuls of basically junk. They look so cool that I'm tempted to buy some more, but I think it's a rip-off. My cats like to sleep in the basket if it's big enough, so I guess there's that going for it!

Dec 03, 2014
shellsbutt in Not About Food
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costco thick cut bacon

I will contact Costco as well. My husband sure misses it!

Dec 03, 2014
shellsbutt in Chains

Chick-Fil-A Anonymous

Yes, the chicken sandwich is great and I also enjoy the peppermint shake they offer at this time of year. Both In and Out and Chick Fil A have great customer service and the places are clean. No surly teenagers working there!

Dec 03, 2014
shellsbutt in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

Well, I went to Trader Joe's this morning and picked up a package of the glazed Weissella cookies. I know, I'm a sucker but I thought I'd give it another go and try them fully intact this time! Let's see if they taste any better. I'll have to wait until later to sample them, I just had a slice of the chocolate babka. I would rate it as Meh. I just had a small slice but I think it might be too rich for even me!

Dec 03, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

That is too funny about those Weissella Gingerbread cookies. I bought the chocolate ones last december. I kept trying to peel the paper off the bottom and ended up making a complete mess of the cookies. I gave up and took them back to customer service for a refund. I tried explaining how there was something wrong with the packaging. They said they are a big seller, gave me a funny look and handed me my money back. I went home and searched them on chowhound. I felt like a complete idiot!

Dec 02, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

I bought some last week, hoping it would be like the cider I've gotten up at Apple Hill from Rainbow Orchards. I totally agree with you on the taste, it's not good. Maybe it's just the power of suggestion? I love honeycrisp apples so I thought this would be great! It's too sweet for me. I gave it another big sniff, that's kinda what the cider in Camino smells like, but it just tastes a whole lot better. It's like drinking a cup of Fall to me.

Nov 05, 2014
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Apple Hill visit ...... any tips?

Thanks for your report! Beautiful photos of Apple Hill too. I've never been to Bill's Apples and Felice's Dolls. Driven by dozens of times, but I'm not a big fan of dolls. I'll have to stop in next time I go up. It sounds interesting. Glad you enjoyed Heyday Cafe. I've also tried and liked Sweetie Pie's and Cascada in Placerville. Did you happen to see any Mutsu apples for sale?

Oct 31, 2014
shellsbutt in California

Apple Hill visit ...... any tips?

Tomorrow should be a great day weather wise! It's supposed to rain late Friday into Saturday, plus the annual harvest run is on Sunday. Best to avoid that. Yes, please report back and let us know how it went and if you come across any great finds! Let me know if you spy any Mutsu apples. I have a friend desperately seeking some.

Oct 29, 2014
shellsbutt in California

Apple Hill visit ...... any tips?

We always stop at Abel's first for a fresh apple fritter. I've never tried their donuts. Rainbow's is next for their warm donuts and wonderful cider. We seriously stock up because I've never tasted any that can compare! We usually buy a couple of chocolate covered caramel apples from Fudge Factory at High Hill ranch. I personally like the apple pie flavored ones. I haven't had much luck with lunch up there. It's hit or miss. I've tried corn dogs from Boa Vista and bbq from Rainbow. They were both okay. I'd rather stop at Heyday Cafe on Main st in Placerville. Try going during the week if you don't care about the crafts. It's a zoo on weekends.

Oct 29, 2014
shellsbutt in California

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

Yeah, I hear ya. I bought the same cake for Mother's Day. That, and some chocolate covered strawberries and the chocolate raspberry cake. The tres leches cake was tasteless to me. Just blah. Costco desserts just seem dumbed down for the masses. They look pretty but don't taste like anything. But I still get sucked into buying them, hoping they'll be different!

May 13, 2014
shellsbutt in Chains
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orangevale/sacramento old yellow house restaurant

Since I live in Orangevale, I'll tell you what little information I know. I do believe it was named lw calders at some point. It's always stood out like a sore thumb on busy Greenback Lane near Hazel. It became Elegant Garden & Afternoon Tea. I went there one Mother's Day for brunch. The inside is beautiful! I think that closed down sometime in 2006? I believe it was then repainted green and was set to open up as a Wings N Rings, believe it or not! For some reason, it never opened and now it's been vacant for some time and is for sale. I think the asking price is one million. I can't seem to find much about it online other than it is a house of historic significance. It's a shame because it's such a beautiful place. I wish they could move it like the movie Up and place it somewhere else.

Feb 23, 2014
shellsbutt in California

New Year's Eve dining in Sacramento

Hello, does anyone have any ideas or advice for a good place to eat on New Year's Eve that would accommodate a group of 18? Looking to stay within the Arden-Arcade area and have Chinese or a good buffet in mind. Thanks!

Shelley

Dec 28, 2013
shellsbutt in California

Sacramento: Where to find tamales on Christmas Day or Eve?

They just had an article in today's Sacramento Bee about tamales and where to find them. It doesn't specify whether they would still be available on those particular days however. They list La Esperanza Bakery- 5044 Franklin Blvd 455-0215 and Carniceria Lopez #2-6201 Franklin Blvd 393-5957. Good luck!

Dec 18, 2013
shellsbutt in California

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #3 - 10/16/13 (Spoilers)

Love Actually is one of my all time favorites. I have to watch it every Christmas! Laura Linney's character was so clueless and I always scream at the tv. Sigh. What a missed opportunity. Maybe Bret will stick around with Last Chance Kitchen.

Oct 17, 2013
shellsbutt in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #3 - 10/16/13 (Spoilers)

I agree with you regarding Bret's appearance. I kept thinking I know this guy from somewhere. Maybe I'm crazy but he looks like Rodrigo Santoro, the actor!

Oct 16, 2013
shellsbutt in Food Media & News

The Great Pumpkin has descended on TJs!!!!

I definitely agree with you regarding the pumpkin bar mix! I couldn't put my finger on what the taste was, it was so bizarre. Maybe an artificial pumpkin aftertaste? I wanted to like it but had to throw it out. YAY also to the pumpkin "pop tarts". They just need a little more filling! The pumpkin butter is great as well.

Oct 03, 2013
shellsbutt in Chains

Awesome breakfasts or brunch in Tahoe (north or south)

We tried out Fire Sign Cafe in Tahoe City earlier this month. It was pretty good. My husband loved the french toast.

Jun 29, 2013
shellsbutt in California

Eating undercooked wheat berries

So I decided to try a new recipe in my cookbook by Ellie Krieger- wheat berry salad. I have never tried them before but it looked different and tasty! Sure enough, I found them in the bulk bins of my local store. Reading the recipe, I thought, this sounds easy. There was no mention of soaking these overnight. I put one cup of the berries in a pot and added enough water to come two inches above berries, per instructions. Okay, now simmer for an hour until tender. The problem was, I kept running out of water. I added some more since I still had half an hour to go. The timer went off and whoops! the berries were sticking to the bottom of the pot. They must be done! So now I've eaten this salad for dinner and it was quite chewy. I'm thinking I didn't cook them enough. I also researched a bit online and now I've got an ache in the pit of my stomach. Is this from anxiety or am I in for a night to remember?

Shelley

Apr 30, 2013
shellsbutt in General Topics

Has anyone tried Thomcord grapes?

I discovered these at my local Trader Joe's several weeks ago. I thought they were delicious! I've never had a Concord before that I recall, only Thompson. The texture was not as crisp, more jelly-like. There is still a small little seed, but I just swallowed them. I went back to buy some more but they were all gone :(

Oct 16, 2012
shellsbutt in General Topics

Sacramento - which of these restaurant.com spots are worth checking out?

I can only comment on a few. Espanol italian restaurant is an East Sacramento institution. I believe they've been around awhile. I went last year for a birthday lunch and it was pretty good. Old school italian. Strings Italian Cafe is a chain. I have been to several different locations for lunch, pretty decent. I believe the Waffle Kings restaurant serves Peruvian at night. I haven't been but my friend's tried it out and liked it.

Jan 25, 2012
shellsbutt in California

RIP: Jolly Burger (Citrus Heights)

What happened?? I went with my family a couple months ago to get a burger and rootbeer freeze. The drink was awful! Their shake machine had broken down or it was being cleaned, can't remember. There was a younger couple running things behind the counter. Several potential customers left when they found out about the shakes :( There was another hamburger place on Auburn Blvd, but can't remember the name. It wasn't the other hole in the wall down the street, but a chain, I believe. I wonder if they're any good?

Jan 05, 2012
shellsbutt in California

Peppermint Bark Ice Cream

I just picked up a pint of Haagen-Daz's Peppermint Bark ice cream. It's actually pretty good. It says white chocolate ice cream with bits of peppermint bark and candy. I guess this isn't new, but I never noticed it before. I usually pick up Dreyer's peppermint ice cream around the holidays for a treat. It takes me about a month to go through the 1/2 gallon( or whatever it's shrunk to now) because nobody else in the house likes peppermint! Are there any other seasonal ice creams to recommend?

Oct 14, 2011
shellsbutt in General Topics

What's your opinion of the Food Network magazine?

I also subscribed to it for a year. I've had subscriptions in the past to Cooking Light, Bon Appetit and Saveur. I was not impressed. To me, it was all filler and no substance, sort of like a junk food magazine. I'm thinking you could probably find the recipes online anyway, free of charge. Just my two cents.

Jan 19, 2011
shellsbutt in Food Media & News

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 1st quarter 2011 [old]

I agree completely in regards to the marshmallows. The inside is too wet and sticky-not a good texture. Now the peppermint marshmallows they had a few years ago around the holiday were great! They didn't a have a chocolate coating, but they were nicely flavored and soft and pillowy.

Jan 03, 2011
shellsbutt in Chains

Chocolate turkeys

I believe I've seen some foil wrapped chocolate turkeys in my local See's candy.

Nov 17, 2010
shellsbutt in General Topics

Where to find Askinosie chocolate in Sacramento

Thank you Susie. I think I will be sending myself a little present in the near future! They sound delicious.

Sep 07, 2010
shellsbutt in California

Where to find Askinosie chocolate in Sacramento

Hello, I was reading a blog post by David Lebovitz the other day and he mentioned trying Askinosie chocolate hazelnut spread. It sounds delicious and I was wondering if anyone here had heard of this product or where to get it locally. I did look up their website, they're based in Springfield, Missouri and they do ship. Has anyone seen it at Whole Foods or some other specialty shop? Thanks.

Sep 05, 2010
shellsbutt in California

Jolly Burger, Citrus Heights CA! New owners, great food!

Hey, that's funny. The rootbeer freeze is my favorite! I went back today with my husband and son for lunch. He tried the pulled pork and had the onion rings. My son and I had jolly burger and fries, along with the rootbeer freeze. Boy, that hits the spot on a hot july afternoon!

Jul 19, 2010
shellsbutt in California