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

What do you use for the coating?

Nov 13, 2014
quof in Chains

Grub Street Food Festival

Sadly, I started my vacation with a stomach bug, or maybe food poisoning, so I was slowly regaining my appetite and didn't want to attempt anything highly spiced. I wanted Mac 'n Cheese, so circled the vendors to see who was offering it, then chose Delaney. (Another vendor had Lobster Mac 'n Cheese, a no go for me even when healthy). I expect a BBQ joint to offer side dishes that are equal to their meat, not simply as an after thought.

Oct 07, 2014
quof in Manhattan

Grub Street Food Festival

Delaney Barbecue - absolutely awful mac and cheese. Grainy, watery sauce, and barely lukewarm. Little tiny cup for $7. I wish I had spent the cash and calories on something else.

Oct 06, 2014
quof in Manhattan

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

That's why you just eat the whole thing at once.

Sep 25, 2014
quof in Chains
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Trader Joes return - Do I need a receipt?

Yet another reason to love TJ's. Thanks, guys, they'll go in my suitcase for my next trip to NYC.

Sep 06, 2014
quof in Chains

Trader Joes return - Do I need a receipt?

A well meaning friend gave me sugar free chocolate almonds from TJ. Seems a shame to throw them away, but I know without opening them that I won't enjoy. Can I take them back to get some real chocolate : ) ? They're Timothy's Confection, rather than TJ's brand, if that makes a difference in showing that they were purchased there.

Sep 06, 2014
quof in Chains

Looking for a odd restaurant in Nova Scotia

Nope, I don't go in campgrounds!!!

Aug 31, 2014
quof in Atlantic Canada

Feedback for my draft itinerary

I'll elaborate on my distaste for Two If By Sea. Their pastries are big blobs of greasy dough, raw in the middle. Their coffee is not exceptional, but passable. The worst, perhaps, is their Too Cool For School service. I once ordered a latte, specifying skim milk. I tasted it and said it didn't taste like skim. The waiter said "Oh, yeah, we don't have skim milk." Apparently, the customer doesn't need to be told that when they order. On more than one occasion, the waiter has looked past me and served his friends, who were in line behind me. I find it all too cliquesh and junior high for my taste.

Aug 31, 2014
quof in Atlantic Canada

Feedback for my draft itinerary

Two if By Sea is not good. You should have a back up plan for breakfast at Coastal, it's very hard to get a seat, particularly given that it's a holiday weekend and the students will be back in town.

Aug 29, 2014
quof in Atlantic Canada

How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

Most provinces do NOT have a different minimum wage for tipped vs non-tipped workers, and in those that do the difference is less than a dollar. It's not like the US where food servers can be legally paid less than $3 an hour.

Jul 15, 2014
quof in Not About Food

Looking for a odd restaurant in Nova Scotia

I believe you are thinking of the diner that used to be near the entrance to the Blomidon Look Off/Cape Split. The name escapes me, but it closed several years ago. Perhaps DeeDee's?

Jul 15, 2014
quof in Atlantic Canada

Places to eat w/kids and advice on activities

Yeah, Tripadvisor is full of posts from parents who don't understand why people who pay hundreds of dollars for Broadway tickets don't want to share the experience with infants and toddlers. All Broadway theaters have age limits for entrance. Even children's shows like Annie have an age limit.

Dec 19, 2013
quof in Manhattan

Places to eat w/kids and advice on activities

Glad you knew, many people don't check!

Dec 18, 2013
quof in Manhattan

Places to eat w/kids and advice on activities

I trust you know your three year old won't be allowed into the theater?

Dec 18, 2013
quof in Manhattan

Pain d'epice

My point is - the names may translate, but they are not the same thing. I've eaten many versions of gingerbread in North America, and many versions of pain d'epices in France. They are entirely different foods.

Nov 02, 2013
quof in Manhattan

Pain d'epice

Gingerbread in North America is nothing like the pain d'epices sold in France. The pain d'epices is darker, richer, with less ginger and less sweet. It's delicious and I've never found anything like it in North America. I need to find an authentic French bakery.

Nov 02, 2013
quof in Manhattan

texas girl lookin' for sweet treats

Well, the MSP location has a webcam, it might be amusing to check it out.

Sep 11, 2013
quof in Manhattan

texas girl lookin' for sweet treats

If you are in town on September 17, Shake Shack is offering a one day only concrete that includes the Cronut in butter caramel frozen custard. Only at the Madison Square Park location. Sad cuz I don't arrive until the 18th.

Sep 10, 2013
quof in Manhattan

Cronuts that good???

I'm sorry, at what possible time is it too early to enjoy a fresh sweet pastry??????

Aug 15, 2013
quof in Manhattan

Coffee and baked goods near downtown Century 21

I'm planning an early morning trip to the downtown Century 21, then would like to find somewhere within a few block radius to refuel with coffee and a treat. It needn't be breakfast pastries, I can eat a cupcake or big cookie at any hour.

May 11, 2013
quof in Manhattan

Breakfast and lunch ideas for Halifax needed.

Not a breakfast spot, but you must go the Smiling Goat right next door to the Lord Nelson. Hands down the best coffee in Halifax.

Feb 27, 2013
quof in Atlantic Canada

Breakfast and lunch ideas for Halifax needed.

Janes closed a couple of months ago. Try the Ardmore Tea Room or the Armview Restaurant.

Feb 27, 2013
quof in Atlantic Canada

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - January 2013 [OLD]

That sounds like a return product, I know I bought something like it at least 2 years ago and a quick Google shows they had a PBJ bar in 2010. I believe it included potato chips as well.

Jan 27, 2013
quof in Chains

Boards list

Is anyone else having difficulty accessing the Boards list? When I click on one board, I can't see the list of other boards and the only way to access a board that isn't on the "Choose a Board" list is to do a search because the "show more" link doesn't work. It's been going on for days now and it is annoying!

Feb 26, 2012
quof in Site Talk

Strangest Starbucks Drink?

I once overheard a woman ask if the hot water for tea went through, or any where near, the espresso machines. Because she wanted tea, but was deathly allergic to coffee. Starbucks seems like an odd destination for someone with such a malady.

Dec 26, 2011
quof in Chains

Where to buy Vietnamese cinnamon?

Penzeys in Grand Central Station.

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Penzeys Spices
Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017

Oct 11, 2011
quof in Manhattan

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2011 [Old]

Before trying them, I read a comment that they could be passed off as homemade. One bite and I agreed.

Aug 22, 2011
quof in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2011 [Old]

They are the Highbrow Chocolate Chip cookie. And they are awesome.

Aug 21, 2011
quof in Chains

need champagne vinegar

I don't know what quantity you are looking to buy, but I have seen it for sale in Winners and Homesense. Pete's in Halifax or Bedford probably has it as well.

Aug 15, 2011
quof in Atlantic Canada

recs for tasty baked goods in Halifax?

Unless they have changed recently, Two If By Sea croissants are horrible - huge blobs of dough that aren't cooked all the way through.

Coastal Coffee on Robie Street has great muffins - Toblerone, and Peanut Butter and Jam - but only on weekdays.

Jul 06, 2011
quof in Atlantic Canada