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Oct 20, 2006 05:05 PM

gems at Trader Joe's

I have stumbled across a few items from Trader Joe's that I can highly recommend:

- Frozen French Onion Soup
- TJ's Frozen traditional Tiramisu (not the frozen tiramisu torte): It's better than most of the tiramisu I find at restaurants. You have to thaw it out in the refrigerator for 2.5 hours.
- Trader Ming's Instant Peanut Satay noodles: The noodles are actually pretty good; the most "al dente" instant 2-minute noodles that I have experienced. Even though it says "satay," I don't think there is any meat in it; just peanut sauce. I don't recommend the Pad Thai or Kung Pao versions.
- TJ's Frozen chocolate lava cakes: I bake them for the full 17 minutes, to get a slightly crunchy exterior. Better than what I usually get at restaurants.
- Tarte D' Alsace: a version of a pizza with a very thin, crispy crust; ham + caramelized onions + gruyere cheese.
- Schloss Biebrich champage: It's around $3.99, and it has a plastic cork, but it has a very clean, dry taste.
- Loacker chocolate-hazelnut wafers. Even more addictive than nutella.
- The hemp granola cereal.

Most of the other frozen foods I've tried from TJ's are disapointing, with the frozen pizzas particularly bad.

Can anyone recommend other gems at Trader Joe's?

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  1. Disagree entirely on TJ's frozen pizza. Their three cheese pizza is better than most parlor pizza in the DC area.

    1. Love the Trader Ming's Satay noodles ...and it is meat!
      It's a yummy quick snack.

      1. I LOVE Traders......I have never bought anything there that I didnt like. Love the Blue Tortilla's, Mushroom Rav's and the Spinach/Artichoke Dip. They have the best deals on wine and always have my favorite Chianti....not to mention 2 Buck Chuck!!

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        1. re: LovesFoieGras

          You can also make that Spinach/Artichoke Dip as directed, and then toss it with some TJ Bowtie pasta, and a little Parmesan Cheese....YUM!

        2. To the Owners of Trader Joe's:

          I know you must be reading this (!!!). Can you please tell us when you'll be opening in Canada, Toronto being your likely inaugural city?

          Some of us have actually been to your stores and love your products, while others of us continue to read and drool...

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          1. re: FlavoursGal

            You can correspond with TJ's directly on this, which should get you better results:

          2. We love the Tuscan Pane. We also buy the David somebody-or-other frozen Chocolate Tort. It's a lowered fat type and is still very edible. And all we drink is TJ's French Roast.
            They also have a great Walnut/Cranberry Tart.

            They used to have a moderately hot Salsa, but they discontinued it. I think it was called Salsa Taquera. But it's not surprising. Finding truly hot salsa anywhere (in New England) is difficult.

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            1. re: RIChowderhead

              I like getting the TJs Garden Salsa in the fresh aisle near the salads, and adding a little hot sauce (or a lot!) to it. It tastes delicious, and that particular salsa has a shelf life of 3 or 4 months in the fridge.