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

YAY, I suppose, to the Pecan Pralines. I bought these to put in a salad, which I did, but it wasn't a very big salad and they are all gone. I suppose the fact that they are shelved with the candies rather than the nuts, and that the first ingredient is not pecans but sugar, should have tipped me off. My husband told me not to bring them into the house again.

Lobster Crepes in or around Ogunquit

The Merry Table in Portland has a seafood crepe with lobster and scallops.

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

I just got the last jar at my store. Nice and creamy (the last cashew butter I bought, which was years ago, was dry and crumbly) and it made nice blondies.

Aug 17, 2014
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Grocery store on our way?

I think the TJs in Saugus is the easiest--right there on the right side of Rt 1, easy to get in and out. I think they built it to get the northbound traffic before they had any stores in Maine or NH.

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

Another one that's good with butter and cinnamon sugar is the frozen plain naan.

Jul 16, 2014
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Portland from a different perspective

I just saw a sign outside Central Provisions offering Small Plates Lunch from 11-2. I've never been there, but some people on here love it.

Portland Good Eats and Activities Trip Report - LONG

Yeah, the hurricane stirred everything up.

Inexpensive-to-midrange lunch spots in Portland, ME's Old Port district?

The Blue Rooster for hot dogs and tater tots! (Also brussels sprouts, if she is so inclined.) And B Good for burgers (way better than Five Guys).

Portland Good Eats and Activities Trip Report - LONG

Great choices! I'm a fan of Empire too--glad you liked it. Too bad you missed the Kamasouptra at the mall.

We were at Crescent yesterday too, and we weren't happy at all--way too windy and cold. Sorry you didn't get a good beach day (ordinarily that's our favorite beach).

What's the best recipe off a supermarket item label you have made recently?

That Hershey's recipe has produced every birthday cake I've ever made for my kids, and I've done it in every possible configuration: layer cake (ladybug shaped), sheet cake (butterfly shaped), cupcakes, bundt and loaf to make the number 10, you name it. The great thing about it is how fast and easy it is, too--the first time I made it, I went into the kitchen to make a cup of tea and banged out a cake. Very moist and yummy too.

Sugar-free ketchup

Any organic ketchup is HFCS-free (sugar sweetened).

Jul 01, 2014
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Portland, Maine daytrip with kids

The place you walk to from (or to) the farmer's market is the Holy Donut. They have a couple of savory items (bacon and cheese, maybe?) and meat pies, but it's mostly incredible potato-based sweet doughnuts. I wouldn't call it lunch, though, and you aren't really going to get lunch at the market. (Note that there is a great playground in Deering Oaks park too.)

Definitely Flatbread for dinner after the boat--it's right next to the ferry terminal.

Seafood places for non seafood lovers.

I would also suggest the Port Hole, which has non-seafood options, and you get the experience of sitting out on the wharf at sunset.

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

I'm pretty sure they have some rosemary. They definitely have a flavor.

Jun 02, 2014
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Trader Joe's in Burlington, VT

Welcome to the cult! You can post your reviews on this monthly thread on the Chains board:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9774...

I just got some really good white peaches at the Portland store, which is surprising since the produce is so hit-or-miss.

Portland Maine dining with...two toddlers

Artemisia is lovely, as is the playground right next to it, where one of you (assuming two parents) can take them if they lose it!

Portland Maine dining with...two toddlers

Fore Street has been consistently outstanding for decades, but that's another one where I, at least, would not take little kids. (I think there was a discussion of this specifically on this board a while ago.) Others may disagree, of course, but I tend to be conservative about this, and of course I live here; when you're on vacation, everyone has to eat.

Portland Maine dining with...two toddlers

I would agree. There are basically two kinds of restaurants here--family-friendly and Get a Sitter--while other cities have more of an in-between. I'm not sure why that is; maybe it's because the population here is mainly families and retirees, without a lot of the childless professionals in the middle?

Portland Maine dining with...two toddlers

Green Elephant is great, although I've never been there with my kids.

As for sushi: I would not bring toddlers to Miyake. Yosaku is excellent and very kid-friendly, but another choice would be Pai Men Miyake, which has a broader menu of noodles and unbelievable pork buns in addition to a few sushi things, and is much more kid-appropriate.

Calling All American CHs Not Raised in CA!: Did You Grow Up Eating Artichokes?

Yes, but my mother grew up in California. She was not a great cook, but she did steam artichokes and melt butter. I loved how milk tasted sweeter after I ate them.

May 16, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

Excellent if you're on a boat in choppy waters as well.

May 12, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

Or cook them in the oven with no added oil, and blot it all up when you take them out. I like them a lot, but I agree they need a sauce. The Gyoza Dipping Sauce is good.

May 11, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

I recently discovered the fresh stir-fry vegetables (in a round container in the veggie section), and it's great. It has peppers and broccoli and mushrooms, but also baby corn and other things you would never be able to buy in small quantities. I guess if you were very fussy with your stir-fry and wanted to add different vegetables at different times you might find it frustrating, but I liked it. I don't remember if it had carrots, but it wouldn't be hard to pick them out.

May 03, 2014
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Rudest grocery checker remark

That's Whole Foods in a nutshell.

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

I think it's other drugs too. I was once on a NSAID for my gut and the doctor told me not to drink grapefruit juice because it would increase the effect. I wondered why they didn't just prescribe it with the grapefruit juice and cut the dosage.

Apr 21, 2014
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Are you snacking on anything right now? **Springtime Edition**

I'm the only one eating buttered matzo all day?

Apr 16, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Big YAY to the return of soy yogurt! We now know for a fact that it's Whole Soy, as their plant was out of commission for the past 8 months or so and is now back. (I thought it was Silk, but I am happy to be wrong.) TJs still just has strawberry and peach, but that's fine with me.

I wanted to review their Passover products but when I was there on Saturday they didn't even have any matzo. I could have sworn they had it in the past, but maybe I missed it.

Apr 13, 2014
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Vegan, Kosher for Passover Recipes

You can get KFP baking powder with potato starch.

Apr 07, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Get the big tub next time.

Apr 04, 2014
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Cooking When You are Poor

Nothing much to add on the budget shopping tips, but I have recently discovered (about seven years late) the no-knead bread thing, and wow, is that easy and economical. One bag of flour and a 3-pack of yeast and some salt is what, five bucks? That's probably 10 loaves (I have no idea how many cups of flour are in a 5-lb bag, but it's 3 cups per loaf) and each one would be a good $5 in a bakery. You can google all around for it, but I like the Smitten Kitchen version, with active dry yeast (it needs a bit less than 1/2 tsp.)

Apr 02, 2014
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