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Please suggest a wedding gift

A Vitamix would be the perfect gift!

My friend and I have decided this is what were going to give together when our friends children get married from now on, thats how much we love ours.
I bought mine at WS (totally unplanned) but there are so many more models and price points to choose from if you check the Vitamix site then what WS carries. Also, when they hv Roadshows at Whole Foods, Costco etc, they also offer great deals as well as QVC.

My other suggestion would be a Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven as Sharebear mentioned as well.

Mar 15, 2014
chocolate in Cookware

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

Haven't tried that popcorn but the Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil is very good…...

Feb 19, 2014
chocolate in Chains

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

Not new but will throw this out to those who may not of tried yet….

BIG YEH…Quinoa and Black Bean infused Tortilla Chips
(Luv these especially with some guacamole)

Almost a yeh….Lentil Soup with Ancient Grains….my first time eating Lentils and really liked. Everything in here seems very healthy except for the high sodium count which is a downer for me (670 mg p/cup)

Feb 18, 2014
chocolate in Chains

Recommednation for Hot Chocolate Drink Mix

Soo glad to hear you liked the WS hot chocolate! I know people go nuts when it shows up around the holiday and stock up since you usually can't get it after then. Luckily, on line they still had some and when they offer the free ship you can't beat it when it's on sale. Next year, you'll have to try the Peppermint bark hot chocolate. Sent it to my friends daughter at XMAS and she loved it.

Well sounds like you have plenty of good hot chocolate now at your house with all these great suggestions.I'm definitely bookmarking this thread too.

Just looked again at WS site. Their now out of Classic but they have the sampler pack available. It comes also to $6.39 w/shipping. Great sale! Both the Classic and Peppermint are good but have seen mixed reviews on the salted Carmel. Haven't tried it myself.
If anybody is interested, once on site , click on Sale at top then select Foods and you'll see it. For some reason if you just click on sale won't come up. You can also type hot chocolate in search bar and you'll see it too.

Feb 17, 2014
chocolate in General Topics

Recommednation for Hot Chocolate Drink Mix

Hi Chemicalkinetics…

Haven't been on the boards for awhile but just ordered another tin of WS hot choco. to send as a gift today and thought about you. Wondering if your enjoying the can you ordered from here?

I sure hope so but forgot to mention, for some reason if its not to your liking, WS has a great return policy. No questions asked and can even return at store although you ordered on line but again hope your enjoying it.

I wanted to thank you too for starting this discussion. Some great suggestions! Will definitely have to try a few.
Its been a long cold winter.

FYI… The hot chocolate I ordered today came to something like $6.30 including shipping. Offered free ship today for Pres, Day and an extra 20% off. Can't beat that when at XMAS its around $19.99. Hope your staying warm too w/ all these hot chocolate ideas.

Feb 16, 2014
chocolate in General Topics

Recommednation for Hot Chocolate Drink Mix

Your very welcome. Yes, its a great deal today. Soo glad I saw your post and could share….

Jan 27, 2014
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Recommednation for Hot Chocolate Drink Mix

Funny...
Don't think you'll be disappointed. I just bought 2 more myself to get me thru this winter.
(The diet one just isn't doing it for me today, may need to make a cup of the real thing)
Enjoy!

Jan 27, 2014
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Recommednation for Hot Chocolate Drink Mix

I just reread your post and now see you are looking for recommendation for "instant" hot cocoa. Although this isn't instant, William Sonoma's hot chocolate that they offer during the holidays is really good and its on sale now too. If you never have had it, you should definitely give it a try and today (1-27) their also offering free shipping.
I send so many of these as gifts during the holidays and everyone seems to love it. The classic is great as well as the Peppermint. I gave my friends daughter the Peppermint Bark one at XMAS this yr and she also loved this one as well.

I'm embarrassed to say, but as I'm typing this I'm waiting for my hot water and making myself a cup of instant hot cocoa too. I'm having Swiss Miss "Diet" cocoa. Definitely not Chow worthy, but if you need to be good and cut calories, only 25 cal. p/cup. Not bad for diet, but no comparison to the real deal.

I have both WS and Burdicks hot chocolate in my house now..both delish but I drink to much hot cocoa to be having them more then once a day so the diet helps. Sometimes, I put a few shavings from either in the diet one.
(Both WS and Burdicks are shaved chocolate not a powder)Both really really good!

www.williams-sonoma.com

Jan 27, 2014
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Washing Fruits and Vegetables

Yes, me too. I saw that on Dr Oz one day when he had dirty secrets revealed about restaurants and that was one of them. Soo sad.

Dec 02, 2012
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Washing Fruits and Vegetables

That is a scary! Definitely wash!!! and make sure you keep your immune system strong.....

Just reinforces you don't know all that your food has been exposed to before you buy it and take it home. Same goes for when you eat out at restaurants and the corners they cut.

Dec 01, 2012
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Washing Fruits and Vegetables

I use to wonder the same thing till I saw a kid touching all the avocados in the grocery store one day. Really grossed me out and couldn't even buy one that day. Soo, yes I do wash all my fruits and vegetables even my frozen berries that are supposably organic and triple washed. Sometimes I even put dish soap and wash the apples I buy since I like to eat the skin and think also of times where the apples have fallen on the grocery floor when I reached for one.
Just recently I had this same conversation with one of the workers in the produce dpt at Whole Foods and she suggested I use the vegetable/fruit wash. Since I was away from home was planning on getting it this week since I'm home now but like the idea of making that Vinegar and Water Spray that Chemicalkinetics mentioned above too.

Dec 01, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

Initially was replying to Ruth's post reg; "carrots are better then chips" but appreciated all the other healthy info regarding cucumbers and red peppers as well. I usually try to eat so healthy and watch what I eat but being home so much now and not working sometimes leads to mindless eating so just bringing these alternatives to the forefront has gotten me to get back on track. So thanx again for your help...

Oct 18, 2012
chocolate in Chains

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

Totally agree. Thanks for reminding me. Will start buying the baby carrots at the same time as well as red peppers and plastic bag small portions of each so it will be just as easy to grab as my pretzel slims w/out the unnecessary carbs as well as being much healthier. Thanx everyone!

Oct 15, 2012
chocolate in Chains

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

The mediterranean hummus is one of my favorite things at TJ. I could easily eat the whole tub in one sitting if I let myself. (I usually buy the "everything" pretzel slims to go with it as the calorie count is low for about 20 of them although this week tried the black bean and quinoa chips. They were good also for a change but usually wind up eating most of the hummus just right out of the tub with a spoon. Its that good!)

Oct 14, 2012
chocolate in Chains

20% off Pastry Sale at Williams Sonoma-Today Only

Just ordered some croissants myself. Even though their shipped overnight from the vendor, it takes a little over a week to process each order. I also found out that I could ask to have a "Holiday Hold"
put on these and that way they would ship a little later and arrive closer to XMAS. Only way to do this though is if you place your order by phone. Online doesn't allow you to do this. Can still mention "PASTRYSALE" and get the discount too.

Dec 07, 2011
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20% off Pastry Sale at Williams Sonoma-Today Only

Includes those wonderful croissants as well as alot of their other pastries. Does say there is a limited supply at 20% off so guess best to order asap if interested.

Also on a side note, last year I signed up for their Reserve Membership which was $30.00 for the year. With this, most things on their site ship free and during the year I also received several promotional sales that were just offered exclusively to us. I never thought I would say this, but it was more then
worth it. If you think about it, just 1 order of croissants or anything else for that matter, is atleast $10.00 or more in shipping. So if you need to send any presents during the holidays from here, its definitely a good deal. I have enjoyed
the convenience of not having to run to the store for my Illy Coffee on a regular basis as well. So much easier to just click away. Just a thought.

Dec 07, 2011
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Jupiter Seafood Recs

My best friend recently moved to Jupiter and although I haven't been myself to theses places, their definitely on our list to go when I visit her. "Leftover's Cafe" and Jettys as others mentioned for sure. I know she likes both of these places alot.

"Flash Grille" in Hobe Sound. - She recently went when her mom and some friends visited for the day. They all really liked it. I think she said they're only opened Thurs. -Sun now but I would call to be sure.

"Cafe d'Artisite" in Jupiter- I know she's been several times. Although it is a french restaurant, they always have a fish entree to choose from.

"Courtyard Grille" in Hobe Sound- upscale place but suppose to be very good.

Oh, what I wouldn't do to eat at any of these place now or just have some seafood. When I move back to Fl., hopefully real soon, I think I'll be eating seafood almost every meal too. (I moved temporarily to a place where the seafood isn't that great and I'm missing it big time especially after living on the coast my whole life and having access to some of the best seafood all year)

Aug 15, 2011
chocolate in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Help me pack a little more protein into banana bread

Yes, I would try the Greek yogurt too in place of the sour cream. Just to give you an idea, a 7oz container of 2% Greek Fage has 20 grams of protein. The no fat version has slightly less.

You could also opt just to have a protein shake along with your slice of banana bread each morning and solve everything. Thats basically what I do to make sure I'm getting enough protein with breakfast everyday. I use a whey protein powder and just mix it with water, I have 20 grams of protein each morning. If you start adding fruit then you get into more carbs. I'm sure it would be okay to also add it to the batter if you prefer but think you would consistently know how much protein you were getting each morning the other way.

I also like the Chia seed that MoCoMe mentioned. I try to sprinkle them into everything. Some say they have a nutty flavor but I don't notice anything. They are very high in fiber and the richest known vegetable source of Omega 3 fatty acids. They have 3x the antioxidants of blueberries, more calcium then milk, more iron then spinach, and is a better protein source then beans and soy. (I compared the ground flaxseed I have with the bag of chia seeds and the CSeeds almost has double. For 1 tblspn CS= 2.5gm protein vs 2 tblspn Flax= 3gm protein) I know your recipe calls for flaxseed meal so it may be different along with the consistency factor but in general you should definately try the CS sometimes and see what you think. Good luck!

Jul 31, 2011
chocolate in Home Cooking

Best pasta sauce in a jar?

Recently tried Mario Batali's tomato basil and loved it !

Jul 31, 2011
chocolate in General Topics

Trader Joe's Lemon curd in a jar

.....Ina Garten's fruit salad with limoncello......

Watched her make this the other day on the foodnetwork and looked really good. Was just about

to order some lemon curd from Williams Sonoma so I could make this too.

Jun 02, 2011
chocolate in Home Cooking

Ice cream and ___________ = a winning combination

"Enstroms "toffee crumbs.......and of course, some chocolate

Dec 30, 2010
chocolate in General Topics

Olive oil (Armando Manni and/or other premium oils)

Williams-Sonoma now has "Manni Oils"n some of their stores too. I was surprised when I
was talking to the manager at the Time Warner Center in NYC about something else and we got on the oil topic and she told me they had "Manni Oils"in their store and not just thru their catalog.

I thought if any of the stores were to carry it, this would make the most sense since Thomas Keller's restaurant is right there and he is a huge fan of this oil but she told me she thought other large " big city" WS would also have it in their stores. Also happened to mention how Manni himself came in their store and told them all about his oils....how neat that must have been!

Couldn't believe it when I saw it in the WS near me this past week-end in Ann Arbor. Its a nice WS but the mall is not one that you would call upscale in any way. I think I knew alot more about the oil then any of the employees working there. It will be interesting to see how long they carry it atleast in this WS.

Thanks Chowhounds for this wonderful find! I've been researching this since I saw it first mentioned here on the boards several years ago....I even had called my AMEX back in the summer to see if they knew of any place I could order it in the states soo was
really excited when I saw it on the WS website. I think they are also offering free shipping on it now too. Bought several as xmas gifts now just have to buy another one for myself.
(This was listed in a book I saw " 100 Things To Buy Before You Die". Hopefully, I still have some time.)

Dec 28, 2010
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Olive oil (Armando Manni and/or other premium oils)

Just ordered some thru Williams Sonoma. Beside the 2 olive oils they also
have the "Manni White Truffle Extra Virgin Olive Oil". I'm sure its just a holiday
item for now. I got the free shipping for a year that they offer for $30.00 so this was
covered under that which made it not so bad especially if you order anyways thru them during the year.

I use "L'Estornell Olive Oil" myself most often. Also bought a bottle of "Antico
Frantolo Muraglla" Olive Oil from Dean and Deluca recently to give to one of my best friends. Haven't tried it myself but got good reviews. The bottle is really pretty and reuseable too. All I need is a ribbon. I think she'll love it!

www.williams-sonoma.com
www.deandeluca.com

Dec 20, 2010
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Best Mail-Order Crab Cake?

So funny I am seeing your post now. Just finished watching the "Today Show" that I taped from
this morning and heard Kathy-Lee telling a story to Hoda about how she had some good friends stop by to drop off a XMAS present for her last nite and happened to mention how she warmed up some crab cakes she had from "Costas" along with making a salad etc. Anyway, I googled it shortly after and found the website and bookmarked it for future reference thinking what a great gift this would make.

Their in Baltimore, Md. and offer mail order. You may want to check on that "chow board" just to see what other hounds may have to say about this place. Hope this helps. What a great gift and I agree...some very lucky friends! Good luck!

www.costasinn.com

Dec 15, 2010
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Food Gifts For Holiday Giving

The croissants from Williams- Sonoma are always a nice gift to send especially at the holidays. They are offering free shipping on their peppermint bark until the 17th. (Fri.) which is really delicious as well.
(There are a few other food items that they are offering free shipping on till then too)

www.williams-sonoma.com

Dec 15, 2010
chocolate in General Topics

Which coffee cake do you prefer.....Boston Coffee Cake or My grandma's?

Just thought I'd pass this on....

Ordered "My Grandma's" coffee cake this year for those same neighbors that I was debating on
sending it to last year. What a nice surprise it was when I found out they were having a special and the gift tin ( while supply lasts) would be included with the price of the cake. A $4.00 cake tin charge along with my $2.00 coupon saving...not bad.

P.S. These coffee cakes were just featured on the "Today Show" as one of the best coffee cakes. If your lucky enough to have a store in your area that sells them, great to get one for yourself for xmas morning too.

Dec 15, 2010
chocolate in General Topics

Query: Where to buy imported French Chocolate bars in Miami?

Michel Cluizel chocolate bars are one of my favorites also. Epicure Market on Miami Beach has
them along with many other imported chocolate bars. Great place to shop besides!

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Epicure Market
1656 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Sep 23, 2010
chocolate in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

If anyone is looking for coconut M&M's

Just curious....Have you been able to find the pretzel M & M's and if so where?
I feel like I've been on a goose chase looking for these ever since you first mentioned these. (M &M's have always been one of my favorites)

Mar 25, 2010
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Babka / Jewish Bakery

Epicure Market for sure. I love that place.Their bake goods are phenominal. Their Babka's are very good too as well as their rugella. My sister-in-law swears their as good or better then any NY bakery. I use to routinely ship her up some and always brought a huge care package every time I visited my family up North from there. Once I even carried a whole cake on the plane from there. I have so many favorite things but its almost impossible not to get something good. Best to call the day before if you know you are going and specifically want a Babka. as everyday they don't always make them or if you get there in the afternoon, chance they will sell out. So if you call, they'll reserve one for you. Also, I prefer the whole Babka rather then the mini ones. As far as Passover, they do several differnt cakes as well. I always love their sponge loaf. It's just a great market and definitely worth visiting.

I think Epicure is so much better then Flakowitz. For me, I use to like Flakowitz years ago when they were in Lauderhill but now not so much. Expensive too.

Feb 18, 2010
chocolate in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

If anyone is looking for coconut M&M's

I recently called Mars customer service looking for these too. They told me they are now a permanent item but because alot of people are unaware of this they have been flying off the shelves but they should be available in Target, Walgreens and other places that have M &M's. I guess best to keep checking. Good Luck!

Feb 17, 2010
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