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#241 Pierogi

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 12:04 AM

Let me preface this by saying I haven't made a pilgrimage to TJs in several weeks, and, as notorious as they are for having products that are "here today, gone tomorrow", this may not still be available......

 

However.  When last there, I found a delightful, scrumptious, delicious little delight in the goodie aisle called, IIRC, "Spicy Ginger Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting".  I was happy to see it, because, at that point, all the sweets were all pumpkin, all the time, and I'm not a huge fan.  This was a nice, warm, seasonal treat that was a great change from the pumpkin whatever.

 

It's a loaf cake....about the size of a loaf of banana bread.  The cake is dark....likely got a decent amount of molasses and/or dark corn syrup, but not dense like you'd expect a "gingerbread"  type thing to be.  A definite "cake" texture.  Some good, autumnal spices, but not overwhelming of anything.  A good ginger hit.

 

The frosting also had ginger in it, and there were slices of crystallized ginger scattered over the top.  The frosting didn't cover the whole loaf.  It also wasn't overly cloyingly sweet like some cream cheese frostings can be.  It was a nice counter punch to the cake.

 

All I can say is, I hope they still have it when I visit the altar of the Trader again this week.  Try it if you can find it, absolutely a 2 thumbs up.


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#242 rotuts

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 10:13 AM

stopped my my Local, to pick up the usual ...

 

remembered the discussion on Cookie Spread ...

 

and got this to try out:

 

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only got two as they seemed they might be pretty dangerous to have around.

 

the Cognescenti on the staff assured me these were designed to scoop up the Cookie Spread itself.

 

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 11:05 AM

To each their own.  Does not excite me.

 

In the whole I simply don't find TJ to be especially thrilling.  As I said, TETO.


Edited by huiray, 17 November 2013 - 11:07 AM.


#244 rotuts

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 05:05 PM

tried on of the bars above.  very rich.  this is the type of chocolate i enjoy. about 5 segments with the filling in each one.

 

the filling was sweet and rich.  it has tiny bits of crunch in it, which i didn't care for. a bit like sweet fine grit. so small it seemed like it could have been a error to have that in it.

 

if this 'bar' had different types of 'truffle' in each seg, Id gain a lot of weight.  by truffle I mean smooth textures of different flavors.

 

not just chocolate,but maple, etc

 

the type of different smooth rich fillings you get in say, See's level candy.


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#245 MelissaH

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 08:45 AM

For those who are into a little heresy and laziness now and then, the muffins I made from the pumpkin bread mix were pretty good. I mixed it up just as the package instructed, and added about a cup of chocolate chips. I got 12 muffins from one package. They held up well for about three days, until my friends and I finished them. We preferred them slightly warm over completely cooled. The pumpkin flavor was there, not overwhelmed by spices as is often the case.


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#246 Toliver

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:36 AM

I tried the TJ's Mini Gingerbread Men iced with "white fudge" last night.

It's a very crispy/crunchy cookie which makes me think it'd go well with a nice cup of coffee or tea. They have a ginger "bite" to them, very assertive and almost hot. The "white fudge" reminds me of the icing on the Mother's Iced Raisin Cookies...not really chocolate-y but just a sweet glaze on the flat side of the cookie.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:49 AM

Hey they have a cute Chocolate Passport near the check out that perfect for gifts

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#248 rotuts

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 07:00 AM

around this time of the year  Tj's has been selling boxed truffles.  I used to get a bunch of these and send them to friends that lived

 

you know, in the 'Sticks'  they loved them

 

got one the other day:

 

Truff??.jpg

 

i tried one:  very little choc. flavor.  very very firm, not what Id expect w a Truffle.  After dissolving in 

 

the Mouth, very little choc. flavor, just an oily-ness.

 

looked at the box more carefully:  first ingredient is Palm Oil.  that's what you taste.  totally

 

@#$(%*^@#$%(_^(_@$^(+^&@#%&_(*^%@#T$^_&@#Q

 

:angry:     :wacko:     :blink:     :huh:  

 

looked even more carefully at the box:  not from France as the ones I remember were.

 

Form Canada, EH ?

 

:hmmm:

 

and Not from the Choc.Doc either !

 

FD:  the truffle standard for me is:  See's.  From the Store.  Not the Box.

 

took the box back to TJ's.

 

Avoid as if These were the Plague !


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#249 Shel_B

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:03 PM

Trader Joe's Rice Medley:  I don't know if this product's been mentioned before.  It's a frozen blend of red and two brown rices and black barley.  First, I love the convenience of the product, and have been using TJ's frozen brown rice to supplement the rice I make and freeze.  The ingredients are simple - just the rice and barley.  There are three ten ounce packages in each box, and we find that makes for two or three nice-sized servings - YMMV  The medley has a nice, earthy, nutty taste and a nice chew and mouth feel.

 

The rice cooks up, or rather, defrosts quickly - three minutes or less on high in the microwave and it's ready.  Unlike TJ's frozen organic brown rice, the Rice Medley is not labeled as such.  Give it a try if you've not already.

 

Sorry, no pics as my cameras are in the shop.

 

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#250 heidih

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 06:20 PM

I am about to take back a product for the first time since I became a loyal customer at their first store in Pasadena in the early 80's. I am not a returner but the coconut oil pan spray just ticks me off. I know coconut oil is solid at room temp - so why did I think this would work? I go to spray and it is clogged solid. Have you experienced this?

#251 Maison Rustique

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:45 AM

I am about to take back a product for the first time since I became a loyal customer at their first store in Pasadena in the early 80's. I am not a returner but the coconut oil pan spray just ticks me off. I know coconut oil is solid at room temp - so why did I think this would work? I go to spray and it is clogged solid. Have you experienced this?

I use this all the time and don't really have an issue. Maybe I keep my house warmer? LOL. It does collect around the nozzle, I just wipe it off and no real problem.


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#252 rotuts

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:03 PM

A recent Addiction for Me :

 

Tj's Pork tamale 'plate' :

 

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Ill take a snap of the Finished Plate.  Cilantro is missing as Im out.

 

if you live in CA:

 

much better:

 

http://elgrullensepaloalto.com/

 

or any hole in the wall taqueria in the west or SW.  none really in N.E.

 

comfort food for icy days.  lots of thai green birds helps lots of sauce/cheese etc

 

all done in the MicroWave.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 11:56 AM

I enjoyed TJ's Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup. It had a surprisingly good flavor. The sodium was kind of high, though. The label says a can of the soup is two servings :hmmm: (Yeah, right). So if one person eats the entire can, the sodium is 1160 mgs.  :shock:

I would love to try some of their frozen fried rice/Asian dishes but, again, the sodium levels per serving are far too high IMHO.



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#254 rotuts

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 01:35 PM

the vast majority of stuff at Tj's in the prepared sections has a lot of salt.

 

but that's the industry at large, not just TJ's.  they had or have a won ton soup.  its quite good.  also a Thai soup

 

you get a weeks worth of salt in each package  which seems to serve one human.

 

at least they have some lower salt chips and stuff like that.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 03:13 PM

I love their confetti rice, something I could not reasonably make myself. Rice with lemon grass, baby corn, other things. Two frozen packs in the bag, just wonderful, tasty, fragrant. But not something one could make in small batches at home, you can't buy two baby corns etc. Occasionally I buy their frozen Teriaki or Orange Something chicken, kids love it and I always get that rice to go along. Tasty stuff! And the chicken seems to be real chicken pieces, not some processed and glued back together to look all the same junk.


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#256 rotuts

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 03:17 PM

Wow
 
great suggestions
 
confetti rice
 
and
 
Rice Medley
 
Im trying them both soon !
 
 
sorry  I cant get the bold to go away
 
:hmmm:

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#257 BeeZee

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 02:40 PM

Trader Joe's eggplant "cutlets". In a box, frozen, breaded slices of eggplant. I baked them, it took much longer than the package directions indicated to get them golden brown and crisp around the edges. But a very nice convenience item...I used them to top a baked ziti to make a combo "eggplant parm/ziti casserole". Every bit was scarfed up by the guests.

Caveat...they have been in my freezer a while, so I don't know for sure that it is currently a stocked item.


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#258 Goatjunky

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 01:51 PM

Totally disappointed with the triple ginger brew (think i got the name right) i love ginger, i love gingerale. I was excited to try this and i love the bottle. Reality though is that it has an odd fruity flavor and makes my stomach burn

#259 brucesw

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 02:30 PM

Just saw this on Serious Eats - TJ's now has poutine

 

I've only been to TJ's a half dozen times since it first arrived in Houston this year but it's about time for a run (and I'm pretty sure poutine is not coming to a McD's near me anytime soon..



#260 Kerry Beal

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 02:57 PM

Totally disappointed with the triple ginger brew (think i got the name right) i love ginger, i love gingerale. I was excited to try this and i love the bottle. Reality though is that it has an odd fruity flavor and makes my stomach burn

I bought a bottle on the weekend - haven't tried it yet.  At least I'll have the bottle if I have to pour it down the sink.



#261 rotuts

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 03:02 PM

keep the "" evidence "" of what you do not like

 

take it back

 

it might help or not.



#262 Emily_R

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 06:22 PM

Hey all --

 

I'll be making a trip to Trader Joe's tomorrow, and need to buy some olive oil. I know they have a dizzying array -- any recommendations on which to buy?

 

Thanks!



#263 rotuts

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 04:30 AM

Ive tried many of them, and liked them all.   there are smaller bottles from California so you can buy a selection of different ones.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:22 AM

I put these two together last night:

 

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and

 

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and threw on freshly grated  TJ's Parmesan-ish cheese and a green salad

 

I liked it and it was easy.  the Turkey B. was frozen.  the pasta needed more than the usual amount of

added pasta water after cooking, but was good.

 

pretty much all I had to do was boil the water.

 

tasty for a cold night.


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#265 Shel_B

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:29 AM

 

TJ Fiber Spaghetti.jpg

 

 

 

 

Never saw that at the local TJ's around here ...


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#266 rotuts

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:01 AM

its even a bit thinner than traditional spaghetti which i like

 

its my 'house brand'

 

took another look at the package:  it has 6 gms of fiber vs 2 grams for the Organic from Italy.

the fiber is oat but you dont taste any oaty-ness


Edited by rotuts, 03 January 2014 - 10:07 AM.


#267 Paul Bacino

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:24 PM

Looks like Tj's put a list together of their top 25 for 2013 items!!

 

http://www.traderjoe...ories/index.asp


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#268 rotuts

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:36 PM

Interesting, and thanks !

 

it seems the Rbt Shaw wine selections  ( 2 buck Chuck for some, 3 Buck Chuck for me   (graft tax, MA) )

 

is # 5.  

 

as a student of the lower shelf, even I cant drink that stuff.

 

Ill have to get a Wig and some Dark Glasses from now on when I go there 

 

of Note:  My local store in MA gets about 45 % of its business on wine alone.

 

the Rbt. Shaw is stacked 8 - 9 cases high, three deep and about 20 wide at the end of the Wine Selections.

 

restocked every monday ....

 

what ever they have, its much cheaper there, especially the Top Shelf

 

and you can take it back.  sort of ...;.


Edited by rotuts, 06 January 2014 - 12:38 PM.


#269 Shel_B

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 02:51 PM

Stopped at the local TJ's this morning and discovered this puppy, price only $1.99:

 

http://www.clubtrade...ollo-asada.html

 

It's an excellent size to feed one or two, and a perfect size to pop into the Baby Breville.  Guess what's for dinner tonight ...


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 03:02 PM

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