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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 1st quarter 2011 [old]

greygarious Jan 1, 2011 10:11 AM

Here's a reboot for the new year. New, or new to me, is the caramelized nut trio, with almonds, cashews, and walnuts, in a rectangular clear plastic container. Won't buy them again - they are too hard to stop eating!

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    DarkRose RE: greygarious Jan 1, 2011 03:23 PM

    Nays recently:

    Roast Beet Salad - It looked really good in the carton, and my partner loves roast beets, so I got it for her to take to work for lunch. There were small containers within with the beets, dressing and some mandarin orange slices. By the time you took those out, there was pretty much NO actual salad left, maybe four bites, along with a lone slice of chicken. And despite being several days before the "use by" date, the greens were inedible - slimy, is what she said. It all got tossed and she had McD's instead.

    Organic Beef Roast - I've had these before and they were quite tasty, and good to have on hand for a quick meal when you've forgotten to take something out of the freezer. But this last one we had was so fatty and sinewy and just plain tough that it was inedible. If I'd saved the receipt, I would have taken it back for a refund, it was that bad.

    Yea:

    Middle Eastern Feast - this was something I found in the prepackaged salads area, and consisted of generous portions of tabouleh and hummus, 3 ping pong ball sized falafels with dipping sauce, and pita wedges. This too was for my partner for lunch, and she said the tabouleh especially was amazing, the best she's had, even at restaurants. I had sent a small grilled chicken breast left over from the previous night's dinner, but she said ultimately, the feast itself was more than enough, with the falafels being heartier than one would expect.

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      walker RE: DarkRose Jan 1, 2011 03:33 PM

      They'll take it back even if you've misplaced the receipt.

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        givemecarbs RE: DarkRose Jan 1, 2011 03:36 PM

        They might still give you a refund even without the receipt DarkRose. Other hounds have posted that you only have to tell them that you didn't like the item at some TJ's. Thanks for the reboot greygarious. I have been on a baked brie kick ever since I scored some brie en brioche at Costco. I tried the TJ's brie in pastry that comes frozen. I baked it up and found it very enjoyable. My friend liked it too but wished I had remembered to buy some apples or something to go with it. We gobbled it up!

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          greygarious RE: givemecarbs Jan 1, 2011 04:54 PM

          They used to have a small frozen round of brie wrapped in phyllo that I loved.

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            givemecarbs RE: greygarious Jan 1, 2011 11:49 PM

            That sounds amazing greygarious! I used the puff pastry from TJ's to wrap some brie from Costco with some leftover cranberry walnut compote from Thanksgiving that I made and also added some TJ's caramel sauce. Yum yum!

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              CookieLee RE: greygarious Mar 3, 2011 12:05 PM

              They still have it at the TJ's in my neighborhood. (Brookline, MA)

              A big yea: Marinated Lamb Tips, and Cabernet marinated pot roast. Also, the Indian Fare Punjab Eggplant.

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                littleflower RE: CookieLee Mar 3, 2011 04:05 PM

                CookieLee - how do you prepare the marinated lamb tips? I love Trader Joes seasoned rack of lamb but have yet to try the marinated lamb tips. Any information that you can provide on how they taste/preparation would be very much appreciated!!

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                  Dommy RE: littleflower Mar 3, 2011 06:01 PM

                  I grill them on a super hot grill pan. The key is not to let them dry out of over cook as they can get tough. Then I serve them with the Frozen Naan and Mediterranean Humus.

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                    littleflower RE: Dommy Mar 3, 2011 09:07 PM

                    Dommy - sounds great, thanks for the tips on the lamb tips!! They will go great with Trader Joe's frozen naan - yum!!! I do not eat beef (from cows) but do eat chicken, pork, fish, turkey, and especially love lamb. Lamb is the closest that I can get to beef in taste, and got hooked on to TJ's b/c of their great selection of lamb.

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                  greygarious RE: CookieLee Mar 4, 2011 12:41 PM

                  Are you sure? I know they have a refrigerated dough wrapped brie but I am talking about frozen, wrapped in phyllo, and was told years ago that it had been discontinued.

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                DarkRose RE: givemecarbs Jan 2, 2011 07:17 AM

                Thanks for the heads up, Walker and Carbs. I'll keep that in mind for next time! I would have thought a receipt was necessary to show WHEN an item was purchased (so they know you haven't had something in the freezer for a year or you didn't just hold on to something past its expiration date or some such. I've had several disappointments lately, I'm kind of bummed about them at the moment.

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                  josephnl RE: givemecarbs Feb 2, 2011 12:16 PM

                  TJ's has a pretty ironclad no hassle return policy. You definitely do not need a receipt. Just bring back the packaging, and any remains (if reasonable...say for snack items, cheese, etc), and they'll give you your money back or something else if you prefer. That's one of TJ's selling points in trying to get you to try new things. Have never had them give me any problem with a return!

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                yfunk3 RE: greygarious Jan 1, 2011 05:42 PM

                Yay - their par-baked Ficelle loaves (2 for $1.49!). I'm hooked on these. Not sure I'll ever buy another kind of baguette from anywhere else again!

                Nay - their cha siu bao. Flavorless. The price is right, and I love the size. The outside bread also isn't horrible, but the filling...ugh.

                Yay - pomegranate soda. Delicious, but calorific and sugary. A nice treat every once in a while for this non-regular-soda-drinker.

                Yay - puffed pastry, of course. The price is right and the size is great. Love that you don't have to unfold it like the other brands I've encountered elsewhere,because it ALWAYS breaks along the folds no matter what! This will be my go-tp frozen puff pastry from now on.

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                  chez cherie RE: yfunk3 Jan 2, 2011 05:56 AM

                  yfunk3, a word to the wise---clear out the freezer and HOARD that puff pastry. it's now stocked seasonally, and will disappear after the holidays. (to me, puff pastry season is all year, so i have about a dozen boxes stashed!)

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                    DarkRose RE: chez cherie Jan 2, 2011 07:23 AM

                    Wow, the puff pastry was a nay for me. I baked some up last night to do a caramel apple tart as the finale to an amazing dinner, and it did not puff up at all. Having no other options, I went ahead and used it, and though the flavor was good, it was so hard/tough that I couldn't easily cut it, had to pick it up and eat it like pizza, which was messy, given the melty caramel I'd spread over it. Not sure what went wrong here.

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                      buttertart RE: DarkRose Jan 2, 2011 08:01 AM

                      I've had trouble with their puff pastry puffing too, possibly due to storage issues with it (at their end, not mine).

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                    Dommy RE: yfunk3 Jan 20, 2011 12:00 PM

                    We found the Bao passable... but perfer the ones you get at Chinese markets...

                    --Dommy!

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                    chops888 RE: greygarious Jan 2, 2011 06:53 AM

                    Good stuff:
                    rosemary raisin crips for $3.99 These are similar to the raincoast crisps at whole foods that are $6.99. TJ's version is a smaller crisp, not as uniform in shape, and a little more peppery

                    the multigrain bite size crackers have a good strong flavor. a little salty but still addicting

                    the bite size round crackers that look like ritz

                    frozen mango puree. its 16 oz for about $1.69. It's very sweet and I use it in baby food recipes.

                    Nay:
                    the TJ brand beer - I forgot which one I bought but it had a very strong lingering bitter aftertaste

                    roasted tomato chipotle salsa. its very sweet and has a taste of canned tomato

                    wine crackers - these are little hard round balls that basically just taste like flavorless dough

                    peppermint marshmallows - the outside chocolate is too hard and thick compared to the soft center. the texture is just not right. the marshmallow inside is overly gummy

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                      Cachetes RE: chops888 Jan 2, 2011 07:08 AM

                      I agree re. the chipotle salsa. I liked the smokiness of it, but it wasn't quite right.

                      I also recently had their fresh salsa for the second time. The first time I bought it, maybe four months ago, my husband and I agreed that it was great. This past time, it was really blah - no flavor at all. It might have been that the tomatoes are out of season.

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                        invinotheresverde RE: Cachetes Jan 3, 2011 10:48 AM

                        Same exact experience here. I also chalked it up to bum tomatoes.

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                          roxlet RE: Cachetes Feb 20, 2011 08:22 AM

                          I agree. Took one taste of the Chipotle salsa and tossed it. Horrible taste -- acrid almost.

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                          shellsbutt RE: chops888 Jan 3, 2011 11:36 AM

                          I agree completely in regards to the marshmallows. The inside is too wet and sticky-not a good texture. Now the peppermint marshmallows they had a few years ago around the holiday were great! They didn't a have a chocolate coating, but they were nicely flavored and soft and pillowy.

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                            Dommy RE: chops888 Jan 20, 2011 12:00 PM

                            We also really liked the Rosemary Raisin Crisps... excellent with stinky cheeses...

                            --Dommy

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                              clearskies0810 RE: Dommy Feb 1, 2011 10:47 PM

                              The rosemary rasin crips are amazing, especially with the gruyere cheddar cheese blend and a dab of fig jam.

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                                coney with everything RE: clearskies0810 Feb 14, 2011 03:49 AM

                                damn you guys for putting the rosemary raisin crisps on my radar :)

                                I think they're awesome, but $4 for a box of crackers...

                                So good with goat cheese and fig preserves!

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                                  Dommy RE: coney with everything Feb 14, 2011 10:37 AM

                                  But as the OP mentioned, they are still MUCH cheaper than the crackers they emulate and I am unfortunately addicted to as well...

                                  http://www.amazon.com/Lesley-Stowes-R...

                                  So now, I convert the savings into REALLY good cheese... :D

                                  --Dommy!

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                                    Caitlin McGrath RE: coney with everything Feb 14, 2011 07:46 PM

                                    Last year, Chowhound maplesugar posted a link to a copycat recipe for the rosemary raisin crisps that she likes, in case you really want to be frugal.

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/728884

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                                      Briek RE: coney with everything Apr 19, 2011 10:40 AM

                                      Agreed! I never knew these existed until I read about them on this board! Now I'm addicted as well. Ate the entire box in one night.

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                                elise h RE: greygarious Jan 2, 2011 04:57 PM

                                The new "cream of portobello mushroom soup" in the shelf stable carton has a floury and artificial flavor. Too bad, though I have eternal hope for other future products.

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                                  Dommy RE: elise h Jan 20, 2011 12:01 PM

                                  Yeah, we were hopig for more flavor... it was kinda flat..

                                  --Dommy!

                                2. goodhealthgourmet RE: greygarious Jan 2, 2011 07:05 PM

                                  you beat me to it! i came to the board to see if there was a new one yet - i was going to re-name it the "Yum/Yuck" thread because the yea/yeah/yay confusion drives me crazy ;)

                                  i keep forgetting to post a big yea for the Toasted Pine Nuts. i usually prefer to buy raw nuts, not toasted, but i finally caved and bought a bag a few weeks ago because i can't bring myself to pay the obscene prices for the Italian nuts and i refuse to buy the ones from China. according to the package the TJ's nuts are from either Korea or Russia, and best of all...they don't cause pine mouth!

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                                    greygarious RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 3, 2011 06:58 AM

                                    "Don't yuck someone's yum" is a golden rule for foodies - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/11/mag... - which this judgmental thread tends to flout, so I vote for keeping the yea/nay title. ;-)

                                    I've bought the TJ's brand and never experienced pine mouth, but am not confident that it won't happen, since the Asian pine species are the ones with the potential for a problem. Fingers crossed!

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                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: greygarious Jan 3, 2011 08:57 AM

                                      oh i'm familiar with the rule/quote, actually that's what gave me the idea...i personally think that saying nay to someone's "yay!" is just about the same thing :)

                                      oh, and don't jinx us on the pine nuts!

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                                        thursday RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 21, 2011 04:12 PM

                                        Agree about the pine nuts! Well worth it to save me from over-toasting as I often do-

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                                      VegasEl RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 26, 2011 10:10 PM

                                      I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I experienced pine mouth syndrome for 9 very long days from a dish made with TJ's pine nuts. It's now made me very cautious.

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                                        RWCFoodie RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 6, 2011 02:26 PM

                                        I hadn't heard of "pine mouth syndrome" - I can't be the only one! Here's a link:

                                        http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2...

                                        I bought 2 bags of the dry roasted pine nuts from TJ's - hope I don't have a problem with them...

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                                          Dommy RE: RWCFoodie Apr 7, 2011 09:19 AM

                                          Roasting seems to help... most people report it when they have eaten them raw. Honestly though, I heard about Pine Mouth last year and haven't bought pine nuts since. I just don't want to take the risk until the figure out what it is...

                                          --Dommy!

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                                            RWCFoodie RE: Dommy Apr 14, 2011 10:31 AM

                                            Thanks Dommy, hope that the dry roasting does help. I've never had a problem eating raw pine nuts.

                                      2. goodhealthgourmet RE: greygarious Jan 6, 2011 10:44 AM

                                        nay for the decaf whole-bean French Roast coffee - much too sweet for me. i was looking for a decaf alternative to their excellent Sumatra, and this definitely isn't it.

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                                          shaebones RE: greygarious Jan 6, 2011 11:35 AM

                                          Yay for the BBQ Roast Pork. Over by the fresh meat. It's already cooked. Just empty into baking dish, cover w foil and roast for 20-30 minutes. Tender tastey and easy. I served it w homemade coleslaw and a baked potato. Was a great easy weeknight meal. Leftovers for tonight too! :)

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                                            artemis RE: greygarious Jan 6, 2011 12:44 PM

                                            Nay to the Pizza Olympiad (? - the olive, feta, and tomato frozen pizza), yay to the flat pizza with ham, onions, gruyere, and creme fraiche.

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                                              hto44 RE: artemis Jan 7, 2011 05:07 AM

                                              Oh......yes! yes! yes! the Tarte d'Alsace is so yummy. Aso love the Bird's Nest but I wish they would crisp up better in the oven. Maybe I need to cook at a higher temp.

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                                                CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: hto44 Feb 16, 2011 06:12 AM

                                                I MUST have a Tarte d'Alsace in my freezer at all times. I could eat one by myself if left to my own devices.

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                                                  uwsister RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie Feb 20, 2011 08:50 AM

                                                  You mean it's not a single serving?

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                                                    CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: uwsister Feb 22, 2011 08:21 AM

                                                    :)

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                                                      jungirl RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie Apr 16, 2011 04:43 PM

                                                      every time the Tarte d'Alsace is not on the shelf (especially in NYC Union Square location) and I've asked an employee if there are any in the back, they always say "that is one of the best products we have. it is sooooo good". it's a major addiction, and i keep about 3-4 stocked at any time. make sure you bake straight on the rack for the crisp. great solo dish nor if you HAVE TO share, cut in squares with a pizza cutter for a fancy-ish appetizer for guests. i've tried the alsatian tartes at Danny Meyer's The Modern and DB Bistro Moderne in NYC, and I still think the TJs one is better.

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                                                        janethepain RE: jungirl Apr 25, 2011 06:50 PM

                                                        Haha, I've always wanted to try the version at the Modern, but thannks for saving me money!

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                                                          emily RE: jungirl Apr 29, 2011 05:25 PM

                                                          Agreed ~ much prefer the TJs version to The Modern's!

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                                                  givemecarbs RE: artemis Jan 13, 2011 11:23 AM

                                                  I like the Pizza Olympiad and have gotten it a few times. But I'll try the flat pizza you mentioned artemis. January is a great time for food research. :)

                                                3. Aromatherapy RE: greygarious Jan 9, 2011 05:17 AM

                                                  Meh: Wild Rocket Salad (packaged arugula). Nice and fresh, but barely any arugula flavor. Gave up and stir-fried some with garlic, it was good in a generic greens way.

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                                                    thursday RE: Aromatherapy Jan 21, 2011 04:14 PM

                                                    Oh, I disagree! I buy at least a bag a week and use it in all my grain salads, stir-fried, wilted...but I do have very sensitive taste buds, so perhaps someone who enjoys super-sharp arugula would be disappointed...

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                                                    uwsister RE: greygarious Jan 11, 2011 01:18 AM

                                                    Yea for Candy Cane Jo-Jo ice cream, especially with Candy Cane Jo-Jos smashed in. 5 extra Jo-Jos for 3 scoops is my personal golden ratio.

                                                    French truffles are still yea.

                                                    Meh for Egg Nog Cookies.

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                                                      stomsf RE: uwsister Jan 11, 2011 08:57 AM

                                                      Thanks uwsister! I'd actually give a nay to the egg nog cookies -- I found them to be rather bland and not interesting.

                                                      But to counter the nay, a hearty YAY to the gingerbread men with white chocolate icing -- YUM!

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                                                        uwsister RE: stomsf Jan 11, 2011 09:49 AM

                                                        Yeah, I said "meh" 'cause I didn't hate them but those egg nog cookies are pretty close to nay. I ate one and didn't want anymore and I'm a total sugar addict.

                                                        I'll have to try those gingerbread men w/ white chocolate icing!

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                                                          uwsister RE: uwsister Jan 13, 2011 10:47 AM

                                                          You know what - I ate another one of those egg nog cookies and those are DEFINITELY NAY. Taking them back today.

                                                          Still addicted to Candy Cane Jo Jo ice cream & cookies, however.

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                                                      yfunk3 RE: greygarious Jan 11, 2011 05:10 AM

                                                      Yay - low-fat smoked gouda. Usually, low-fat cheese taste so flavorless to me, but the smoked gouda was just as good as most full-fat smoked goudas I've had.

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                                                        Dommy RE: yfunk3 Jan 20, 2011 12:01 PM

                                                        One word of warning though, it does not melt. Hubs made the mistake of picking this up for my Mac N Cheese... disaster...

                                                        --Dommy!

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                                                          alkapal RE: yfunk3 Mar 19, 2011 06:33 PM

                                                          their reduced fat brie ain't bad.

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                                                          princsoreo RE: greygarious Jan 11, 2011 09:00 AM

                                                          Yum to the frozen fudge-filled chocolate chip cookies. They are way too good!

                                                          1. RWCFoodie RE: greygarious Jan 11, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                            While I have lots of Yays for TJ, occasionally I run into a Nay:

                                                            Trader Joe's Spicy Chai Latte...

                                                            Usually I make Chai from scratch, but was having "the girls" over and was in a hurry so thought this might be nice. Yuck - it was so overly sweet that it made our teeth hurt - we tried diluting it more adding milk, still Yuck.

                                                            Will be taking it back today...

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                                                              HastaLaPasta RE: greygarious Jan 12, 2011 03:10 PM

                                                              I'm sure its really only seasonal at holiday time and probably gone by now, but nay to the giant do-it-yourself gingerbread man kit. The cookie itself isn't very gingery but is rather citrus-y, which is quite disappointing.

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                                                                betterbeheaven RE: HastaLaPasta Jan 13, 2011 10:02 AM

                                                                Huge nay to it! Maybe my cookie got stale but I found it practically inedible. It's still in my store, now price reduced to $0.99

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                                                                chops888 RE: greygarious Jan 13, 2011 09:54 PM

                                                                multigrain pretzel thins - I don't taste the "multigrain" aspect much. also they seemed to have kind of a stale texture even though I just opened the bag. Also there are a lot of broken ones in the bag. not enough salt.

                                                                multigrain tortilla chips. I forgot the exact name but these are my favorite tortilla chips now. They have a rye seed taste to them, although I did not see rye on the ingredients.

                                                                I bought two different flavors of their boxed Indian food dinners. It comes with two entrees and rice, near the canned section. All terrible flavors and looked like mush, bland. The rice smelled funny.

                                                                eggnog cookies were salty to me.

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                                                                  givemecarbs RE: chops888 Jan 14, 2011 11:37 AM

                                                                  I have to try the multigrain chips now! I love that taste!

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                                                                    jungirl RE: givemecarbs Apr 16, 2011 04:45 PM

                                                                    the multi-grain pretzel nuggets are addictive. my boyfriend will go through a whole bag in one sitting.

                                                                2. onceadaylily RE: greygarious Jan 16, 2011 10:07 AM

                                                                  Yea: The organic wheat and flax seed bite sized crackers. I thought the first one was pretty good, but the aftertaste, which seemed to urge me to keep eating them, sealed the deal. We ate almost the whole box in one sitting, and now keep urging each other to eat those last six crackers out of politeness.

                                                                  Yea: A cheddar that I tossed in the cart when I remembered that I had forgotten to get it from my other market. We were surprised at how much we both liked it.

                                                                  Mixed Reviews: The TJ Joe Medium roast coffee was perfect for me (it has really nice cocoa notes), but the boyfriend thought it tasted weak. We then bought TJ Joe dark roast, which he thinks is 'fine', but I've had heartburn everyday this week. Also, he *loves* the frozen mango cream bars, but I thought it tasted very saccharine, like fruit-flavored syrup (he said I was 'eating it wrong', but I did not care to investigate further).

                                                                  Nay, with great disappointment: The roasted nori snack. The first one tasted okay, and the texture was good (aside from being too oily), but the more of them I ate, the more I noticed a funny taste, like burned chemicals. The taste not only lingered, but seemed to grow stronger. I had to use mouthwash and brush my teeth twice. Too bad.

                                                                  Nay: The parmesan. To be fair, the taste was what I expected at that price, but it began to sweat and change color the day after I opened it, even though it was well-wrapped.

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                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: onceadaylily Jan 16, 2011 02:48 PM

                                                                    re: the nori snacks, i attribute the funky aftertaste to canola oil - which, for some reason, i didn't notice on the label when i first read it or i wouldn't have bought them to begin with! they're also extremely greasy. better & cheaper (though not as convenient/portable) to buy packages of plain sheets & just season & toast them yourself.

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                                                                      onceadaylily RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 16, 2011 03:49 PM

                                                                      They *were* terribly greasy. When I opened the package, the grease from the inside of the packaging coated my fingers before I even touched the nori itself. But the day after I bought the snack, I discovered nori at a good price at one of my markets (less than two bucks for the standard package), so your suggestion is welcome.

                                                                      An additional Yea: I just cracked open the jar of large Greek green olives for a dirty martini, and they are quite decent. The olives are nice and buttery (with no tough leather), and the brine isn't nearly as chemically saturated as the supermarket brands. Not as good as the olives I had to give up (which shot up to eight bucks for a smaller jar), but better than usual supermarket suspects, for a portion of the price. I can use these olives.

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                                                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: onceadaylily Jan 16, 2011 05:19 PM

                                                                        brush the nori sheets with a teensy bit of toasted sesame oil, and pass over the gas burner a few times...unless you have an electric stove, in which case you can bake them in a 325-degree for a couple of minutes. you can also add a drop of soy sauce or a sprinkle of sea salt.

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                                                                          onceadaylily RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 16, 2011 07:48 PM

                                                                          Thanks for supplying a recipe and saving me from cocking my head at what google supplied. I wanted to try this out this week. All I need is the nori.

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                                                                            goodhealthgourmet RE: onceadaylily Jan 16, 2011 07:59 PM

                                                                            any time! though i'd say qualifies as a "recipe" about as much as Paula Deen's peas or Rachael Ray's bacon ;)

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                                                                              onceadaylily RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 16, 2011 08:28 PM

                                                                              Ha. I don't think peas need butter. And should you cook bacon in EVOO?

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                                                                                goodhealthgourmet RE: onceadaylily Jan 16, 2011 08:40 PM

                                                                                ha! :)

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                                                                      Caitlin McGrath RE: onceadaylily Jan 17, 2011 10:45 AM

                                                                      I didn't buy the organic wheat and flaxseed bite sized crackers myself, but tried some that someone brought by. I can see how they have that quality that keeps people eating them, like Wheat Thins. In fact, I thought Wheat Thins when I first tasted, but then realized that what they taste like is those stoned wheat crackers.

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                                                                        greygarious RE: Caitlin McGrath Jan 17, 2011 11:21 AM

                                                                        Are those the thin, hexagonal ones? I bought some bite-sized crackers a few months ago that I found too salty, unlike the bite-sized 12-grain crackers and mini-rice crackers with soy ans sesame. I put them in a jar so no longer have the box, and yesterday used TJ's unsalted peanut butter to make sandwiches for the hungry squirrels. I don't use much salt but the PB was too bland without it. Rather than using it as is or salting it, I've used it for pad thai and other cooking. BTW, the crackers were the perfect size for squirrelwiches.

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                                                                          Caitlin McGrath RE: greygarious Jan 17, 2011 11:55 AM

                                                                          Yes, they're hexagonal, so probably the same thing. I haven't sampled very many of their crackers (my go-to cracker is Ak-Mak - wheaty, whole-grain, low-calorie, not salty, high in fiber), but am a bit gunshy after trying the multigrain savory thins some while back, which are extremely salty.

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                                                                            onceadaylily RE: Caitlin McGrath Jan 17, 2011 01:01 PM

                                                                            Yes, they are pretty salty, but I think it helped that we were eating them with a mild cheese, and that helped balance it a bit more. The boyfriend is one of those that not only prefers salty things, but isn't adversely affected by them. I don't mind it, but my body tends to protest a bit.

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                                                                        spinachandchocolate RE: onceadaylily Feb 12, 2011 09:12 AM

                                                                        Are you talking about the seaweed snacks in the individual green packages? If so I'm obsessed with those things!

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                                                                          onceadaylily RE: spinachandchocolate Feb 12, 2011 01:18 PM

                                                                          They weren't individually wrapped (just a stack, inserted sideways, in a plastic container, with a plastic sleeve. The packaging was yellow, with a picture of the snacks in a glass bowl. Different products maybe?

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                                                                            goodhealthgourmet RE: onceadaylily Feb 12, 2011 04:12 PM

                                                                            same product. i'm pretty sure that by "individual" packages spinach&chocolate means single *serving* packs (though the TJs are technically 2 servings per pkg), not that each nori sheet is individually wrapped...and [i think] the packages are very light yellowish-green with dark green writing, which would mean you're both correct ;)

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                                                                              onceadaylily RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 13, 2011 07:51 AM

                                                                              We are each correct on both matters perception, then. I should have saved some of those snacks for the boyfriend to try, and then asked him what color the package was, in an impromptu Rorschach.

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                                                                                spinachandchocolate RE: onceadaylily Feb 13, 2011 09:34 AM

                                                                                Sounds like the same product. Shocked you don't like them. Everyone I know who has tried them loves them. They're also often sold out at my local TJ's.

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                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: spinachandchocolate Feb 13, 2011 09:40 AM

                                                                                  it's just like anything else at TJ's - some people love 'em, others don't. like the Tom Yum cashews & Chili-Lime nuts - i think they're awful - like eating a mouthful of soap...yet other Hounds rave about them.

                                                                                  re: the nori snacks, i think the canola oil is the reason for the difference in opinion - some of us are just more sensitive to the flavor of it. of course i can't speak for anyone else, but that's what ruins them for me.

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                                                                        caseycm RE: greygarious Jan 16, 2011 03:59 PM

                                                                        Yay to the frozen mini-croissants. They are the next best thing to having them in France.

                                                                        Yay to their boxed cake mixes. The ones I've tried can be made in a flash and are delicious. They are good to keep on hand in case somebody says they are coming over and you only have a few minutes to whip something up. The Vanilla Cake is my favorite, but the Ginger Cake is wonderful also.I made a quick and easy ginger pear tatin, adding the box mix to the caramelized pears, and it came our perfectly. The Chocolate Truffle Brownie mix is oh so chocolaty, and the banana bread mix is like made from scratch -- esp. if you add your own walnuts and some fresh banana.
                                                                        For me, Nay to any of their fresh meats. I've tried several, and have been, at the least, disappointed and sometimes just have to throw it out. Costco meat is far superior, IMHO.
                                                                        Nay to their frozen chicken tenders. They had no flavor whatsoever. I'm spoiled by eating fresh organic and free-range chicken.

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                                                                          givemecarbs RE: caseycm Jan 16, 2011 04:47 PM

                                                                          Been meaning to try those mixes caseycm, thanks for the info. Now I can't get the really old song "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" outta my head.

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                                                                            mackrelmint RE: caseycm Jan 19, 2011 10:26 PM

                                                                            Good to hear! I have a box of the coffee cake mix in my pantry; hope it measures up like the ones you've tried. I think I'll need to scoop up the banana bread mix on my next visit.

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                                                                              givemecarbs RE: caseycm Jan 21, 2011 12:06 AM

                                                                              I loved the brownie mix caseycm thanks for the rec. I wish I had stuck to your list though. I tried the TJs corn bread and it is more like corn cake, so very sweet. Back to making my corn bread from scratch I guess. Only spent a few years in the south but I hate yankee corn bread now.

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                                                                              NicoleFriedman RE: greygarious Jan 17, 2011 06:29 PM

                                                                              I love TJ's almond milk. I assume it's the same brand as Almond Breeze, but I prefer the larger TJ cartons. I put it in everything from my decaf coffee to pancake batter. (I prefer the vanilla unsweetened)
                                                                              I also enjoy the pumpkin soufflees, though you have to eat two of them due to their puny size:}
                                                                              I do not like their lunch bowls; too sweet and not enough food.

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                                                                                pasuga RE: greygarious Jan 21, 2011 12:41 AM

                                                                                Yay always to their grilled lemon chicken, which is great for lunch or dinner on top of a salad. or just for a bite or two during the day when you need some protein. Yay to the chicken/barley soup, tastes homemade. Recent Yay to the stoned wheat crackers which taste just like the ones I usually buy at Star Market but are less expensive.

                                                                                Big Yay to the recent tomatoes I've bought in one of the Cambridge. MA stores that actually taste like tomatoes - about the size of golf balls - they were wonderful for this season.

                                                                                Nay for the horrible strawberry lemonade they were stocking last summer. Took one mouthful, ran to the sink and spat it out, it was so artificial-tasting - and poured the rest down the drain. Big waste of $. Nay to TJs for no longer stocking the beef stew they carried for years - it was really good and a nice take-home for single folks like me who don't want to make a big pot and eat it for a week. Nay for their rye bread, which is sliced so thickly I have to make open faced-sandwiches or can't taste the filling - and doesn't taste half as good as Arnold's.

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                                                                                  thursday RE: greygarious Jan 21, 2011 04:16 PM

                                                                                  Yay to the yogurt-covered pretzels- addictive!

                                                                                  Yay to the cheddar-gruyere blend cheese - the nice melt and bite of gruyere for gratins and quiches, but not so expensive.

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                                                                                    CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: thursday Feb 22, 2011 08:26 AM

                                                                                    Ooh. I have to add the cheddar-gruyere to my list - that would be perfect for grilled cheese.

                                                                                  2. trishyb RE: greygarious Jan 23, 2011 11:43 AM

                                                                                    yay to the pesto and sundried tomato torta... it is such a tasty dip and big hit at parties.

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                                                                                      DarkRose RE: greygarious Jan 23, 2011 10:35 PM

                                                                                      Yea for the frozen latkes. I've been seriously craving latkes lately, but there is nowhere serving them in my area, not that I've found, anyway. I baked these up per the suggestion on the box and got a decently crisp crust on the outside. Might try leaving them in longer next time, but my oven temp is unreliable, so not terribly sure I was up to full temp to begin with. They have great potato flavor with just a hint of onion to them (subtle enough to not offend my onion hating partner). They're smaller than the ones I'd get at my favorite Jewish deli in Cleveland, but they're quite dense and a little goes a long way. If they were lacking anything imo it'd be salt, but then I'm a salt fiend, and it's easy enough to add it yourself. I enjoyed mine with some of TJ's unsweetened applesauce and they tasted perfect. Next time I think I'll get some good brisket and have them together, the way I used to at my favorite deli back east.

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                                                                                        cheesecake17 RE: DarkRose Jan 30, 2011 04:27 PM

                                                                                        I buy the latkes and keep them around to heat up one or two as a snack. I find that if I pop them in the micro first for a minute, they cook up much quicker in the oven. They take a lot longer than the package says either way.

                                                                                        Also bought a few new items today... Longboard tortilla chips (didn't try yet), baked onion rings, chocolate covered smores (in a small plastic container, on top of the freezer), and butter toffee crunch (near the smores). The smores bites were really good, much better than I thought they would be.

                                                                                        Not sure if this is new... but they had single serve containers of yogurt with an attached container of granola or almonds. I bought a pomegranate, vanilla, and apricot mango.

                                                                                        And.. seems like they never have the vanilla soy ice cream in stock anymore. Last 2 or 3 times I was in the store they had none and couldn't tell me if they were getting any more. Anyone else notice this?

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                                                                                          jessicheese RE: DarkRose Feb 8, 2011 09:46 AM

                                                                                          I adore the latkes and try to always have a box in my freezer. I cook them at 400 in the toaster oven, directly on the grates, for 20 minutes and they come out perfect. I tend to eat them for breakfast on the weekends, but will try the brisket pairing anther time.

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                                                                                            jungirl RE: jessicheese Apr 16, 2011 04:49 PM

                                                                                            I always have the latkes with TJs spiced apples (in a jar) and TJs light sour cream. They served them like this once as a sample, and got me hooked.

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                                                                                          stargazer2190 RE: greygarious Jan 23, 2011 10:53 PM

                                                                                          Nays recently:

                                                                                          The Mac & Cheese bites were disappointing. Not crispy at all on the outside even after baking them for twenty minutes.

                                                                                          The frozen spanokopitas were also very bland and lacking in the filling department.

                                                                                          Yeas:
                                                                                          Soup & Oyster Crackers: Crunchy and addicting and perfect for soup. They remind me of saltines but in like a goldfish form.

                                                                                          Spiced Apple Cider: Good flavor without being overly sweet. Try it warmed up!

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                                                                                            operagirl RE: stargazer2190 Jan 26, 2011 06:53 PM

                                                                                            They've had those oyster crackers for a long time, and I second your recommendation. They are great, and a little heftier than other ones I've had. I haven't bought them in forever, but now I just might have to . . .

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                                                                                              qianning RE: operagirl Feb 13, 2011 06:34 AM

                                                                                              agreed on the oyster crackers.

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                                                                                              nsxtasy RE: stargazer2190 Feb 13, 2011 11:28 AM

                                                                                              >> The frozen spanokopitas were also very bland and lacking in the filling department.

                                                                                              I believe they have two versions: little ones as appetizers, and one big one as an entree or side dish. We recently had the big one and your comment is very accurate!

                                                                                            3. ldubois2 RE: greygarious Jan 24, 2011 03:16 AM

                                                                                              Yea to Fire Roasted Vegetables. Quick to make stovetop and great with grilled chops, chicken....probably good with pasta.

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                                                                                                DarkRose RE: greygarious Jan 26, 2011 01:01 PM

                                                                                                I haven't tried them yet, but a couple of new things I picked up on my shop yesterday:

                                                                                                Frozen "American Kobe Style Burgers (Wagyu Beef) - they come two in a box, a half pound each pre cooking weight. Not cheap at $5.99 for the two of them, but I figured I'd give them a shot.

                                                                                                Vegetable and Rice Bento Box - this is a frozen meal with I think 9 small compartments, each holding a different item (soba noodles, baked tofu, Japanese eggplant with miso, off the top of my head) with the last three compartments containing small rice cakes with various seasonings (sesame and seaweed, curry and I forget the third one. maybe yakinigiri?). Also $5.99 for the box.

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                                                                                                  givemecarbs RE: DarkRose Jan 28, 2011 06:32 PM

                                                                                                  Was eyeing those Bento Boxes DarkRose. Let us know how they were.

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                                                                                                    DarkRose RE: givemecarbs Jan 31, 2011 03:08 PM

                                                                                                    Finally got around to trying the bento. In a word, NAY. And that's big NAY.

                                                                                                    Following the directions on heating resulted in the veggies being utterly limp and overcooked, unappetizing, and for the most part, tasteless. Even sharing it with my partner, most of it went in the trash.

                                                                                                    The rice cakes were so loosely formed that they fell apart when we picked them up, but they had good flavor (seaweed and sesame, curry, and teriyaki). Maybe three bites each in size. The pumpkin with shiso looked mushy and unappealing, as did the Japanese eggplant with miso; we didn't even try either of them. The spicy stir fried green beans were the tastiest of everything, with nice heat and a good sesame oil flavor, but I can make these myself and they're better when I do. The edamame with carrot was atrocious. The beans were mush, as was the single flower shaped slice of carrot with them. There was a mushroom in there as well, and it was so tough my partner couldn't even bite it in half. The soba salad was like chewing rubber bands. But the worst of all was the tofu, I think it was teriyaki flavored. I'm no tofu expert, but this was the most horrid things in the whole box. There was two cubes, which closely resembled those egg raviolis that Wylie Dufresne does at WD 50, and they were so rubbery and so mealy inside that I nearly gagged when I took a bite.

                                                                                                    So, imo, not worth the $6. Avoid at all cost. The only nastier thing I've ever gotten at TJ's was the frozen al pastor pork.

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                                                                                                      givemecarbs RE: DarkRose Jan 31, 2011 04:27 PM

                                                                                                      Ouch! Thanks for the info DarkRose! You took a bullet for all the hounds!

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                                                                                                        gnomatic RE: givemecarbs Feb 1, 2011 08:37 PM

                                                                                                        Totally agree with givemecabs. That bento box was very intriguing, but I wondered how would the various vegetarian dishes hold up to reheating in the Microwave and in the same container...apparently it doesn't! Thanks DarkRose.

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                                                                                                        artemis RE: DarkRose Jan 31, 2011 06:28 PM

                                                                                                        YIKES. take it back for a refund. i didn't bother to get a refund on the nasty $2.49 black pepper tofu and mushroom, but for $6 - refund!

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                                                                                                      greygarious RE: DarkRose Mar 13, 2011 05:38 PM

                                                                                                      I didn't read the fine print so was surprised that the Kobe burgers were 8 oz. Way too large, IMO. I defrosted a patty and reshaped it into two. Accidentally overcooked it but it was still tender and juicy. The other one's for tomorrow. I don't think the flavor was anything out of the ordinary.

                                                                                                    3. mollyomormon RE: greygarious Jan 28, 2011 11:36 AM

                                                                                                      Yea to the skin-on roasted and salted marcona almonds! they're a little greasy, but oh man are they delicious...

                                                                                                      1. onceadaylily RE: greygarious Jan 28, 2011 06:51 PM

                                                                                                        I've just tried the soy chorizo, and I'm sure that product has been around for a while, but this is a firm yea from all corners of the house. I really thought I would hate this stuff, but the boyfriend has solid instincts. And, as soy products go, the price was fantastic. As were the 'soyrizo' and egg tortillas we had for dinner.

                                                                                                        And the newest TJ coffee to enter the house is the dark sumatra, which inspired two people on very opposite sides of the coffee line to narrow their eyes as they looked at each other, and say, "Okay? Yeah? Okay. Yeah." Still a few bucks more than we wanted to spend on our 'cheap coffee quest' though.

                                                                                                        And the canned hatch green chiles . . . well, they have not been reduced to the sweetness and consistency of baby food . . . and here, in the Midwest, I'll take it.

                                                                                                        And the organic vegetable bite crackers taste *faintly* of Chicken in a Biskit. No comment.

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                                                                                                          buttertart RE: onceadaylily Jan 29, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                                          Hydrolized vegetable protein effect, I trust?
                                                                                                          We love the soyrizo too (and this is about the farthest thing from a vegetarian household going).

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                                                                                                            bulavinaka RE: onceadaylily Jan 30, 2011 04:31 PM

                                                                                                            I'm not sure if your TJ's stocks both the TJ's brand soy chorizo as well as the actual "Soyrizo," but we find the latter to be much to our favor. The former has a much more gritty texture and the seasoning isn't as much to our liking. The latter cooks down nicely and lends/blends itself well into dishes. I know Soyrizo and eggs isn't diet food, especially when adding any kind of cheese, but it gets props in our home. I know everyone has their taste preferences - we just think it tastes more like Mexican chorizo and has a similar texture. Maybe I'm just biased because (I believe) the Soyrizo product was first on the market.

                                                                                                            Here's TJ's:

                                                                                                            http://www.iateapie.net/images/brands...

                                                                                                            Here's the "real" fake deal:

                                                                                                            http://www.manified.com/wp-content/up...

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                                                                                                              onceadaylily RE: bulavinaka Jan 30, 2011 05:35 PM

                                                                                                              "I know Soyrizo and eggs isn't diet food, especially when adding any kind of cheese, but it gets props in our home." As far as I am concerned, it's protein and calcium. ;)

                                                                                                              I thought we had the TJ's version, but neither of those pic's matched what we had (it was a continuous 'sausage', bent in an oval for packaging), but was *much* softer than what we are accustomed to. I found that adding a bit of olive oil to the saute helped to give it the visual cues I was looking for before I added the eggs. We did like the seasoning though, but that is compared to the more affordable fresh (Spanish) chorizo we get here (at a very cheap market, so . . . ). We found the flavoring of this to be more in line with the popular supermarket brand of chorizo, though a bit milder in heat.

                                                                                                              We've only just changed our diets, and were not even aware of such a product before. I'll be sure to keep my eye out for the 'real fake deal' though.

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                                                                                                                bulavinaka RE: onceadaylily Jan 30, 2011 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                The consistency that you describe sounds more like the Soyrizo - kinda mushy? Compared to the TJ's brand, it's harder to work with at first, but like you mentioned, olive oil helps in the end product.

                                                                                                                So your family has changed diets - to vegetarian? Cutting down cholesterol? Both? None of the above? :)

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                                                                                                                  onceadaylily RE: bulavinaka Jan 30, 2011 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                  It was a bit mushy, but I had done a bit of research before cooking and was prepared for it.

                                                                                                                  I'm pescatarian, sort of, since the end of November (the BF still has other types of meat when he eats out). At home, we eat mainly fish, but allow for the few pigs, cows, and sheep that (within our budget) are given healthy and happy lives, and then cuddled and sung lullaby's before . . . well, you know. So, yeah, mainly just the fish. ;)

                                                                                                                  I can braise meat like nobody's business, so, it's been an interesting few months *not* doing that.

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                                                                                                                    bulavinaka RE: onceadaylily Jan 30, 2011 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                    We've been cutting down on various mooing, baaing and snorting proteins in our household as well. Cutting down is the key phrase for us. We tried vegetarian for a while - anything with a face as they say, but... If you ever saw, "Finding Nemo," remember Bruce the big Great White? "Fish are friends, not food..." Smells blood - "Oh - that's good - INTERVENTION!" Your heart is in the right place, and hopefully it will love you back for it...

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                                                                                                                      onceadaylily RE: bulavinaka Jan 31, 2011 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                      Haha on the Nemo reference, and thanks for the encouragement. I was banned from fishing trips as a child because I cried about the worms . . . and THEN the fish. Now, I still crave bacon. Damn it.

                                                                                                                      I tried to go vegetarian twice, and failed each time. I think letting myself have the fish, and making an allowance that I may eat other kinds of meat (if I find a local place that handles the livestock respectfully) is the only way I can stay the course.

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                                                                                                                        walker RE: onceadaylily Jan 31, 2011 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                        If you stand around, looking, in museum type aquariums, you'll see the fish eating each other.

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                                                                                                            mom22tots RE: greygarious Jan 28, 2011 07:00 PM

                                                                                                            Just tried the "Ultimate Vanilla Wafers"...not sure if they are new or just new to me, but they have real vanilla flavor and flecks of Madagasgar vanilla. Big hit at my house.

                                                                                                            1. EM23 RE: greygarious Jan 29, 2011 05:58 PM

                                                                                                              New love for the 21 Seasoning Salute - a sodium-free seasoning mix that coated my very delicious pork chops tonight.
                                                                                                              See review here http://www.examiner.com/healthy-food-...

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                                                                                                                stomsf RE: greygarious Jan 30, 2011 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                OK, new YEA! for me. The Tom Yam (should be Yum?) Soup in the frozen section (Green package). It's a frozen soup packet with a second packet of wontons (mushroom and spinach) and a third spice packet with chilis, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, etc. I bought it a few weeks ago but it's been languishing in the freezer as my gut said I'd be sorely disappointed.

                                                                                                                I love to be surprised this way! Though it's less of a Tom Yum and more of a Tom Kha -- definitely a undercurrent of coconut milk in the soup. But I added the full spice packet (I love spicy) and also added a couple of extra pork gyoza to the bowl as I was hungry. Totally surprised how good the soup was, especially for a frozen soup that was heated in the microwave (no stovetop instructions on the package).

                                                                                                                Will get a few of these next time I'm at TJ's. It was a definite WIN/YEA for the day. :-D

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                                                                                                                  sciencediet RE: stomsf Jan 30, 2011 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                  I like that too, although it does feel a little weird to unwrap this frozen Tom Yam popsicle and put it in the microwave. Extra gyoza is a good idea.

                                                                                                                  I also like the Rice and Bean chips with adzuki beans--they have a depth of flavor that I've never encountered in tortilla chips.

                                                                                                                2. chef chicklet RE: greygarious Jan 30, 2011 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                  I've been mildly dissapointed a few times at Trader Joe's. Only with that they don't carry certain condiments or items I would think a store like theirs would. I can remember in particular asking for miso and all they had was a miso soup packet mix, I was so astonished that they wouldn't carry it. I can't recall the other items but they were things they should be carrying by now.

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                                                                                                                    paulj RE: chef chicklet Feb 3, 2011 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                    Why should a store like TJ carry miso? I assume you want a plastic tub or bag, with a choice of 3 or 4 strengths? They don't specialize in products that you could easily get from 99Ranch or other large Asian groceries. Have you noticed their tofu - in 2 individually sealed half pound blocks. That's hardly something a serious tofu eater would buy, but is convenient for the occasional user.

                                                                                                                    While they have diversified some, they still are strongest in areas where they can provide a bargain (good quality for a great price), or offer a unique product. Their puff pastry is a good example. It is much cheaper than WF's all butter pastry, but better quality than the Pepridgefarms stuff other groceries sell.

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                                                                                                                    random amblings RE: greygarious Feb 1, 2011 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                    Don't know if this is brand new, but I could eat the Chicken Asada several times a week! It isn't the former Pollo Asada, but has poblanos and two grill-marked chicken breasts in each package. The sauce has citrus-y flavors, but the poblano really gives it the little boost that makes it exceptional. Perfect on a soft taco, or over rice. Crave-ability, Score 10!! Using TJ's frozen rice, you could have this on the table in under 5 minutes.

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                                                                                                                      ns1 RE: greygarious Feb 2, 2011 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                      Mac n Cheese bites - surprisingly good, toast for ~12 minutes and the exterior becomes quite crunchy. Similar to their regular mac n cheese except breaded and fried
                                                                                                                      - Counterpoint to poster above: do it w/o the baking sheet.

                                                                                                                      Mac n Cheese - same as above except a full portion. great w/ applewood smoked bacon found w/ the rest of the bacon. I prefer the bites since I can get my mac n cheese fix on w/o eating an entire portion

                                                                                                                      Applewood Smoked Bacon (nitrate free) - TJ's has two versions, a cooked and a non-cooked. The non-cook one is awesome, great smokey flavor. Easily my favorite mass produced bacon ATM.

                                                                                                                      Frozen enchiladas - good enough for a work lunch

                                                                                                                      Frozen spinach lasagna - terrible. don't get it. lots of spinach but bland as hell. Much prefer Amy's for frozen veggie lasagna.

                                                                                                                      Frozen pad thai w/ cashews (veggie) - also terrible. Lots of bean sprouts means it's a wet mess after it's been cooked. Flavor is all wrong too.

                                                                                                                      Thai curry sticks - a great snack. I have a box on hand all the time.

                                                                                                                      1. ocshooter RE: greygarious Feb 2, 2011 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                        My all time Yeas are:

                                                                                                                        Unpasteurized orange juice. Smaller container, more expensive, but as close to fresh squeezed as you can get. The only way to make a screwdriver
                                                                                                                        Grapefruit juice. Better than the best options I can find in a regular supermarket, pulpy, sweet, and perfect for a greyhound
                                                                                                                        Middle Eastern flat breads. Perfect for mini pizzas or as a doughy alternative to tortillas.

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                                                                                                                          ns1 RE: ocshooter Feb 2, 2011 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                          if we're referring to the $8 fresh squeeze OJ then yes it's great. If you're referring to the ~$6/gallon OJ I think the $6/gal fresh squeezed OJ @ Costco is better.

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                                                                                                                            ocshooter RE: ns1 Feb 2, 2011 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                            The unpasteurized one. It is only sold in 1/2 gallons.

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                                                                                                                              ah yes, that one is quite good.

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                                                                                                                          preppie foodie RE: greygarious Feb 3, 2011 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                          Yays: the mango/organic yoghurt parfait. Great for dessert though a tad on the sweet side. Macarona almonds with dried rosemary--way too tempting, Bay Blend/Hawaiian blend coffee, the multigrain pita crisps--apparently they have sesame in them but my bag didn't have any hint of it, rosemary ham, triple ginger crisps, mini pitas. frozen shrimp. Crabcakes are a good quick dinnerin a pinch--get the tartar sauce to have with them.

                                                                                                                          Nays: mint/vanilla yoghurt. Just tasted sort of odd and slightly chemically. I've also been unimpressed/let down with their muffins. Salmon sort of meh--just not as good as fresh.

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                                                                                                                            josephnl RE: greygarious Feb 3, 2011 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                            A big yea for a few of the Greek products...the Greek feta cheese packed in brine is excellent, so are the Greek kalamata olives packed in olive oil. Add some tomatoes, cucumber, onions, capers and a lemon vinaigrette and you have a terrific Greek salad!

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                                                                                                                              Dommy RE: josephnl Feb 3, 2011 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                              My favorite when they have it is the Isreali Feta! Not too salty, a touch creamy... so good on everything!

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                                                                                                                                josephnl RE: Dommy Feb 3, 2011 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                I've not tried the Israeli feta, but the Greek packed in brine is excellent, and refrigerated has a really long shelf life.

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                                                                                                                                  chompie RE: josephnl Feb 3, 2011 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                  I can't eat much pepper or anything spicy and it looked like a lot of items might be.. So wondering what people recommend from TJs that would be mild, bland is ok...but good, like for prepared foods, soups , frozen apps or dinners etc. Also don't eat meat or chicken... Thanks!

                                                                                                                                  Any good pasta sauce that is low acid and mild, not peppery?

                                                                                                                                  Wondering also about a couple other things. Are the latkes the same as the frozen Golden ones, or more shredded? Peppery or not?

                                                                                                                                  I see mixed reviews on puff pastry.. thought about getting the cresent roll cans to use as puff pastry for apps. Any good? better or worse than Pillsbury?

                                                                                                                                  Does TJs have a good pie crust?

                                                                                                                                  Are the oyster crackers like the Olde Cape Cods.. puffy and lightly salted? (love them) or the Saltine ones.. flat and oversalted?

                                                                                                                                  I see bad rfevies of pep mallows and eggnog cookies.. I sent a big box of a bunch of the holiday cookies and candies. Were any of them good or did i send yuk stuff?

                                                                                                                                  Yay on the blueberry walked into a bar bars and the mirapoix..
                                                                                                                                  Thanks so much!!

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                                                                                                                                    onceadaylily RE: chompie Feb 3, 2011 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                    The oyster crackers are puffy, and *very* lightly salted. Our house really likes them as well.

                                                                                                                                    I can't say what TJ's has that is on the blander side (I like spice and heat), but I think the puff pastry at TJ's is actually a bit cheaper than crescent rolls (IIRC), and would be willing to experiment if I ever found it in stock. I can tell you that using crescent roll dough in some applications can be problematic, as it tends to brown quickly but remain a wee bit uncooked on the side that has contact with the filling.

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                                                                                                                                      mmgth RE: onceadaylily Feb 6, 2011 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                      I am nowhere near a Tjs but if anywhere near I buy 8+ boxes of their oyster crackers and I can tell I'm not the only one doing this by the way they run low/out on/of them.

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                                                                                                                                      givemecarbs RE: chompie Feb 4, 2011 12:06 AM

                                                                                                                                      chompie, I am still working on a cute six-sided box of multi-flavored joe-joes. Whoa that is a lot of hypens! The box says the cookies are decadently enrobed and they aren't lying. There are four kinds, ginger, peanut butter, peppermint and double chocolate and they are very good. I kind of wish I had shown less restraint and eaten them sooner as girl scout cookie time is upon us and these chocolate covered joe-joes have ruined me for the scouts' offerings I usually look forward to in bleak february in the NE US.
                                                                                                                                      I'm rationing out my chocolate truffles and only have a little bit left of the dark chocolate almond bark. I'm sure your care package had some home runs as well as the gutterball the eggnog cookies were reported to be. I love mixing my sports metaphors.

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                                                                                                                                    RWCFoodie RE: Dommy Feb 13, 2011 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                    Totally agree Dommy - that Israeli Feta is awesome. Rich and yummy...

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                                                                                                                                  littleflower RE: greygarious Feb 5, 2011 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                  I went shopping at Trader Joe's this afternoon and went straight for the aisle where the cookies are...and had a pit feeling in my stomach when I did not see my beloved Milk Chocolate Covered Butter Biscuit Cookies!!! I asked the manager and sure enough...they have been discontinued. SOO disappointed....they were absolutely divine, and a bargain at $2.79 a box. I did pick up a few new items today to try....if you have had any yay/nay experiences with these, let me know. I will let you all know how I like them later on this week....

                                                                                                                                  Roasted and Sliced Turkey Breast in the refrigerated section (the one in the black square tub, not the deli kind)
                                                                                                                                  Balsamic Rosemary Chicken Breasts in the refrigerated section, already cooked
                                                                                                                                  Garlic Mashed Potatoes (instant kind in the box)
                                                                                                                                  Peanut Butter Cream Cheese (sounds YUM)

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                                                                                                                                    mom22tots RE: littleflower Feb 7, 2011 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                    We were very underwhelmed by the balsamic rosemary chicken breasts...sort of mealy. Let me know what you think...it was a while ago that we tried them and never bought them again.

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                                                                                                                                      littleflower RE: mom22tots Feb 7, 2011 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                      thanks for your take on the balsalmic rosemary chicken breasts...I haven't tried them yet but will let you know what I thought of them when I do...

                                                                                                                                      so far, one yay and one meh -

                                                                                                                                      Very BIG YAY to the Roasted/Sliced Turkey Breast that is in the black square tub in the same section as the already cooked chicken breasts, refrigerated meals, etc. Moist and looks like it was freshly carved....and very fresh!! Extremely impressed, and perfect when paired with turkey gravy over rice. Yummy.

                                                                                                                                      Meh to the peanut butter cream cheese....you all may have a different take on it but it was strange....a little two sweet to be savory yet a little too savory to be sweet. I would definitely buy the turkey again but probably not the peanut butter cream cheese.

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                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: mom22tots Feb 12, 2011 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                        I tried the Balsamic Rosemary Chicken Breasts - on a scale of 1-10 I give them a 7. I know I can make them better tasting and of course cheaper myself. Nice to have around in a pinch though. I liked the Roasted Sliced Turkey Breast in the prepared meals section more.

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                                                                                                                                      chinchi RE: greygarious Feb 6, 2011 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                      Yay for the frozen sweet potato gnocchi in brown butter sauce.

                                                                                                                                      Not exactly a "nay," but certainly less enthusiasm for the refrigerated chicken asada I picked up after reading a recommendation in this thread. I found the marinade vaguely sweet, almost BBQ like, and uninteresting. The topping was supposed to be rajas, grilled onions, and red bell pepper, but there was literally one small strip of red bell pepper in the package. I won't buy this item again. Cheaper and nearly just as quick to make my own pollo asada.

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                                                                                                                                        chinchi RE: chinchi Feb 7, 2011 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                        Forgot to include the sweet potato gnocchi has a SAGE brown butter sauce.

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                                                                                                                                          CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: chinchi Feb 16, 2011 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                          The sweet potato gnocchi are on my 'for my next TJ trip' list. Glad I won't be disappointed.

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                                                                                                                                            elise h RE: chinchi Feb 28, 2011 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                            Add this as another TJ masterpiece! While I never had home made or freshly made sweet potato gnocchi with sage butter sauce, this was divine. The flavors combined perfectly; nothing tasted artificial. Texture was toothsome. Going to stock up on my next trip. Thank you chinchi!

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                                                                                                                                            Briek RE: chinchi Mar 31, 2011 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                            Big fan of the sweet potato gnocchi! Enjoyed it last night for dinner. It was delicious!

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                                                                                                                                              thursday RE: Briek Mar 31, 2011 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                              Seconded! Or thirded...or what have you.

                                                                                                                                              Surprisingly good for a frozen meal.

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                                                                                                                                            sciencediet RE: greygarious Feb 7, 2011 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                            Word to the wise: when it says "an irresistible snack" on the package, that's not hype, it's a WARNING. These cinnamon almonds will be the death of me.

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                                                                                                                                              cheesecake17 RE: sciencediet Feb 7, 2011 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                              Cinnamon almonds.. sounds delish. Are they sold near the nuts/dried fruit or in the plastic containers above the freezers?

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                                                                                                                                                sciencediet RE: cheesecake17 Feb 7, 2011 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                In the nuts/dried fruit aisle.

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                                                                                                                                                njkori RE: sciencediet Feb 8, 2011 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the warning! I am so, so succeptible to those irresistible snacks!

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                                                                                                                                                Applause for uncrystallized candied ginger. It doesn't have quite the bite of Ginger People's crystallized ginger medallions but the price is reasonable and keeping them pliable is easier because the pieces are smaller.

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                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: MplsM ary Feb 8, 2011 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                  this has always been one of my favorite TJ's products...i like it so much better than the dried ginger coated in sugar. it's disappeared a couple of times over the years when they've run into supply problems, and i always freak out :)

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                                                                                                                                                  jadekarrde RE: greygarious Feb 10, 2011 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                  They just put out a white chocolate that is 45% cocoa butter. it tastes like chocolate. very sweet, but wow, it doesn't just taste like waxy sugar like most white chocolate does.

                                                                                                                                                  The Wagyu burgers are pretty much my new favorite item. Delicious cooked in the pan or on the grill. I buy two boxes every time I go because I'm afraid they're going to run out and I won't have any left (yes, I'm already hoarding a new item).

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                                                                                                                                                    greygarious RE: jadekarrde Feb 11, 2011 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Is the white chocolate their own label? They've had TJ white chocolate chips during the holidays for many years, and they are good. They used to carry random-weight chunks for holiday baking too, which a clerk told me was Ghirardelli, but discontinued it when the maker could no longer meet the price requirement.

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                                                                                                                                                      paulj RE: greygarious Feb 11, 2011 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                      They've been getting some of their chocolate from a Columbian source, such as their 85% bars, and hot cocoa mix.

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                                                                                                                                                    gemsquash RE: greygarious Feb 11, 2011 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Yay to the frozen sweet potato bites. They're small phyllo pastry shells with sweet potato and nut filling, light and not too sweet but still satisfying.

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                                                                                                                                                      MikeG RE: greygarious Feb 12, 2011 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I think it's relatively new, but a big nay to the frozen Lamb Vindaloo. The portion of meat was small, even for a frozen entree, pretty tough and it tasted more like generic "meat" than identifiable lamb, but I can live with that in a $4 frozen entree/emergency food. But it just didn't taste good. Not only is it bad-curry-house vindaloo-style, it's a poor rendition of bad-curry-house vindaloo. The chile-level was OK for a mainstream product, moderately, if not fiery hot. But otherwise it just had a muddy, generic "Indian spice" flavor. No sweetness, no sourness. Just chile and something that might have been too much cheap garam masala before it was cooked to death. Blah. Pity, since it's unusual to find lamb convenience foods and the meat - presumably the expensive part - was tolerable. Hopefully they'll try another lamb entree before they give it up entirely, but the vindaloo is just bad.

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                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: MikeG Feb 12, 2011 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Wouldn't it be nice if they had a (good) frozen Roasted Leg of Lamb dinner? Yum!! I know they have the rack of lamb available but a frozen leg of lamb meal would be great.

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                                                                                                                                                          bulavinaka RE: littleflower Feb 12, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Aside from the cost (TJ's is a tough bargainer with its sources), I think a big hunk of meat - frozen - might be a tough sell. I'm thinking from the time out of the freezer to the time on the table might be excessive for the average TJ's customer.

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                                                                                                                                                            Dommy RE: bulavinaka Feb 12, 2011 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                            They do have a very decent rosemary rack of lamb in the freezer section... but you have to cook it yourself..

                                                                                                                                                            --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                              bulavinaka RE: Dommy Feb 12, 2011 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                              We've tried it and found it decent too. But a whole leg? Frozen? That would be a marathon defrost/roast/serve. And even if the frozen was already roasted before freezing, I think the defrost time would be very very long, and I have no idea what the end-product would be like...

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                                                                                                                                                                littleflower RE: bulavinaka Feb 13, 2011 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Oops, sorry...I didn't mean to describe it as a "whole" leg of lamb...I meant that it would be nice if they had a frozen TV dinner-like meal that included a few slices of leg of lamb with say a side of rice (similar to how the frozen Indian meals are packaged). I know that may seem like very wishful thinking but it would be a dream of mine!!

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                                                                                                                                                                  bulavinaka RE: littleflower Feb 13, 2011 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Gotcha - I was thinking,"the Greek expeditionary group of scientists returned to base camp in Antarctica with great anticipation for a nice Easter meal featuring leg of lamb, only to find that geologist and part-time cook Yorgos (who is also known for his stash of ouzo) neglected to leave the TJ's frozen leg of lamb out to thaw. Undaunted by Yorgos's ouzo-induced slip-up, group leader Nicolos proclaimed, 'not to worry Yorgos - you can guard this frozen leg of lamb here in the Antarctic permafrost while the rest of us return to Greece tomorrow. The next team will appreciate your roasting them this leg of lamb by the time it thaws out next Easter.'"

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                                                                                                                                                                    greygarious RE: littleflower Feb 13, 2011 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Have you tried the refrigerated sous vide Lamb Shanks with rosemary and mint (neither are overpowering) by Cuisine Solutions, from Costco? Very tender and luscious. Two individually sealed shanks in the package. You reheat in microwave or oven. The package does not recommend freezing them, but I did so with one of them, later thawing and oven-heating, and found no difference in quality.

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                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: Dommy Feb 13, 2011 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  It seems you have to really like rosemary to like that rack. I found the one we got to be unbearably strongly seasoned.

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                                                                                                                                                            josephnl RE: greygarious Feb 12, 2011 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I'd give a semi-yea to the frozen Mojito Salmon. We always keep a package in the freezer for a quick, inexpensive, healthy and reasonably tasty dinner. The salmon filets are of pretty nice quality, and with minimal enhancement the Mojito sauce/topping is pretty good. After defrosting, I spoon off and strain the topping (it's too watery), then perk it up with fresh lemon juice, evoo, red pepper flakes, and chopped parsley. Sure the salmon is nowhere near the same as that which can be bought fresh, but for something to pull out of the freezer and quickly get to the table with minimal fuss, it's pretty tasty!

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                                                                                                                                                              qianning RE: greygarious Feb 13, 2011 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Yea to the Low Sodium Chicken broth, least salty one I can find anywhere.

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                                                                                                                                                                operagirl RE: qianning Feb 13, 2011 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                +1 to that! It's something like 70mg per cup, I think. Organic as well. Use it all the time.

                                                                                                                                                              2. trolley RE: greygarious Feb 13, 2011 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                yea to the canned pineapple juice-that is if you're into canned fruit drinks. i usually prefer fresh juice but there's something about this juice that brings me back to my childhood.

                                                                                                                                                                1. nsxtasy RE: greygarious Feb 13, 2011 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Yea - frozen French macarons. Yummy!

                                                                                                                                                                  Nay - frozen pumpkin souffles. Too small.

                                                                                                                                                                  Yea - frozen creme brulee in chocolate shells. But they take longer to thaw than stated on the box (allow two hours, not one).

                                                                                                                                                                  Yea - frozen Pithiviers, recently renamed as "Puff Pastry Filled with Almond Cream".

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                                                                                                                                                                    Dommy RE: nsxtasy Feb 14, 2011 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I adore those French Macaroon... I bring them to parties on a fancy plate... heh... ;)

                                                                                                                                                                    --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                    novicenoms RE: greygarious Feb 13, 2011 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Pizza Bites - Trader Joe's style

                                                                                                                                                                    I used Trader Joe's pizza dough, pizza sauce, and a mozzarella block for this recipe and it turned out AMAZING! Everything had a really good flavor ,and it turned out to be super cheap to make!

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                                                                                                                                                                      BlueTrain84 RE: greygarious Feb 13, 2011 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yea to the frozen reduced guilt mac and cheese! Creamy and cheesy and doesn't taste 'light' at all, plus it's relatively low-fat and low-sodium for a frozen meal. I'll be eating this once a week at work!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Dommy RE: BlueTrain84 Feb 14, 2011 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I fell compelled to thank you for that feedback, but know that in th end I might curse it! ;)

                                                                                                                                                                        --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                          CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: BlueTrain84 Feb 16, 2011 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Woo hoo - another item on my TJ list - glad it'll pan out!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                            CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: BlueTrain84 Feb 22, 2011 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            They were sampling this yesterday - it was really yummy. My 3 year old gobbled it up and asked for more!

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                                                                                                                                                                              sablemerle RE: BlueTrain84 Mar 3, 2011 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Second that yea for the Reduced Guilt Mac&Cheese. It really is creamy and cheesy and doesn't taste at all like a reduced-fat meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                sparkareno RE: BlueTrain84 Mar 11, 2011 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I bought one of these & had it for lunch today. I can't give it a Yea. The portion size is real small (don't be fooled by the size of the box) and it had a bit of a chemical taste to me. On the plus side, it is real creamy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  sablemerle RE: sparkareno Mar 19, 2011 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, but the original one is supposed to be *two* servings (yeah, right), and the Reduced Guilt is one serving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    aching RE: sablemerle Mar 21, 2011 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Reducing the portion size is a very effective way of reducing the guilt, I thought! =)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  aching RE: BlueTrain84 Mar 17, 2011 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I tried it the other day and quite enjoyed it! It's not as rich (or as big) as the full-guilt version of course, but it's very tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    stopurmakingmehungry RE: BlueTrain84 Mar 30, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I love the reduced guilt mac and cheese, I eat about two of them each week with some frozen peas mixed in. The reduced guilt filet of sole was decent, but nothing to write home about. I picked up some reduced guilt cioppino, but have yet to try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I also love their soy milk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dommy RE: stopurmakingmehungry Mar 30, 2011 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I also really liked it... nothing too chemically... just a bit grainy... I add their Frozen Broccolli Florets.... very nice quality broccoli!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        walker RE: stopurmakingmehungry Mar 30, 2011 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I saw the reduced guilt breaded shrimp but was wary of it; anyone tried it yet?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Nay - frozen Trader Giotto's Eggplant Parmesan (Grilled - Not Fried)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        whitneybee RE: greygarious Feb 15, 2011 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yay to the Canned Organic Red Beans and the frozen mixed bell pepper strips. Both tasted good and held up nicely in the chili I made over the weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          cheesecake17 RE: whitneybee Feb 15, 2011 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I bought the frozen mixed bell pepper strips last week. I'm going to cook them tomorrow night with brown rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Their frozen spinach and frozen artichokes are also excellent. Last night I made a spinach and artichoke tart that came out great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            sciencediet RE: cheesecake17 Feb 17, 2011 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I find the frozen bell pepper strips to be watery. The only kind I've ever liked came from the late Wild Oats, and Whole Foods discontinued them. I do appreciate being able to pull a bag of peppers out of the freezer when I'm stir-fyring, but I have been told that you can just cut up bell peppers yourself and put them in the freezer--who knew?

                                                                                                                                                                                            But let me know what you think. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart RE: sciencediet Feb 17, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              My mom used to do that, but they are quite watery when they thaw and really only suited to cooking with onions etc as a base for dishes. You also need to wrap them well because their smell pervades everything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                paulj RE: sciencediet Feb 17, 2011 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree; it's hard to freeze a high water content item like this and get anything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you want something suitable for salads, use one of their jarred peppers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  cheesecake17 RE: sciencediet Feb 18, 2011 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bell peppers can be cut into strips an frozen in a ziplock. My mother uses the pepper mix from Trajer Joe's and sautees with onions as a base for rice. The reasoning being that she wants all the colored peppers in the rice-- but when cooking for two or three it's silly to start cutting pieces off a whole bunch of different colored peppers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    whitneybee RE: sciencediet Mar 9, 2011 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I didn't try the peppers on their own - I had them in a chili - so I can't speak to wateriness, but when mixed with other things they tasted great and the texture was good as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                jadekarrde RE: greygarious Feb 15, 2011 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                there are bunch of new frozen pasta+veggies products that just went out, I've tried two of them, and they're definitely good for the price range. If I let myself eat pasta regularly, it'd be on my lunch staples list (it's a shame I'll always be extremely hungry in two-three hours after eating pasta, no matter how much or how little I eat of it).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: greygarious Feb 16, 2011 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had gotten TJs Valentine listing and promptly bought the fixin's for a 'romantic dinner'. I bought their:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  cheese fondue
                                                                                                                                                                                                  beef bourguinon
                                                                                                                                                                                                  gummy tummy hearts
                                                                                                                                                                                                  apple blossoms (which I know aren't new)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The fondue was meh. It didn't heat uniformly and didn't stay gooey because it wasn't over a heat source. The taste was good, but just wasn't what I was expecting. (Silly of me to expect great fondue from a tub you put in a microwave)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The beef was pretty good. My only gripe is that it was a lot of gravy with tiny pieces of veggies and not that much meat. But the taste was good - you could definitely taste the red wine flavor in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The gummys were for the DH and he really really liked them. They have a juicy middle which usually is weird but he said they were enjoyable. (Although, he puts tabasco on just about everything, so take that as you like)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The apple blossoms were yummy. Tart apple flavor and the pastry is really really good. I'm a 'if it's got fruit, it ain't dessert' kind of gal, but got these since DH isn't a chocoholic like me. I was definitely satisfied with them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie Mar 19, 2011 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    all the versions of their gummies are good. last halloween or the prior year?) had gummies with blackberry flavor and another flavor that i can't recall. juicy centers. the valentine's day versions were cherry flavor. nice. i think they're french.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart RE: alkapal Mar 20, 2011 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uh oh. buttertart thy middle name is gummi...never saw them before..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal RE: buttertart Mar 21, 2011 04:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        they still have some valentine's day ones at our TJ's. ours are right at the register. $1.99.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: alkapal Mar 21, 2011 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You demon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: buttertart Mar 21, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            bwahahahahaaaaaaa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. greygarious RE: greygarious Feb 16, 2011 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The brand new Frequent Flyer lists BEEF bacon. Never knew there was such a thing - has anyone tried it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: greygarious Feb 16, 2011 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's on my list! I'm going to try to go Monday if you can wait that long for a review! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        greygarious RE: greygarious Mar 7, 2011 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just tried it. Not for me. Smelled like my dogs' smoked pig ear chews and for me, a tiny bit of smokeyness goes a long way. There's almost no fat. Looks like lean pastrami or corned beef but is uncooked. I think I'll bake it into jerky for the dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yesterday I tried the Ham&Cheese croissants. Thought the cheese on top was good, but the stuff inside was souffle consistency without much cheesy taste, notwithstanding the fact that one croissant has almost an entire day's worth of saturated fat and over half the daily sodium allowance. A so-so on the flavor, for me, not worth buying again in light of the nutritional numbers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: greygarious Mar 10, 2011 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed. I bought it and tried it last night. I don't know how it would be in a sandwich, but I used it as a garnish (sorta) and I wasn't crazy about it. I found it to be too sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie Mar 29, 2011 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I tossed the remainder of my beef bacon. In trying it again I really didn't like it. Not enough fat, never got crispy and way too sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        yummfood RE: greygarious Feb 18, 2011 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yays--I bought the new frozen boxed pasta that you cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. They have 3 different kinds and I got the farfalle w/ 4 cheese and the tortellini varieties. So far I've tried the farfalle and I have to say, it was pretty tasty! I can definitely see myself keeping a couple of these in the freezer for quick meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The new white chocolate that they claim "actually tastes like chocolate", IS what it promises! I liked it a lot--the cocoa flavor really comes through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        So-So--The spreadable bleu cheese. It's alright...I just wish that the bleu cheese flavor was more stronger (stinkier). It's a bit subtle for my taste...but I think I can finish what I bought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nays--I think a few people have already mentioned this, but the bento box is absolutely "blegh". Don't buy it, it's a waste of 6 bucks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: yummfood Feb 22, 2011 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed on the bento. Wish I had seen this first. Although, the packaging is what drew me in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. goodhealthgourmet RE: greygarious Feb 20, 2011 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          a surprising yea for the new Fat Free Simply Sour Cream. i bought it out of sheer curiosity and didn't expect much - it was almost a self-directed dare :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          but i've gotta say, i was pleasantly surprised. it's not going to win any awards against higher-fat products, but it's the only decent FF sour cream i've ever had. and the bonus - it contains just TWO ingredients - non fat milk & Vitamin A. that's it. none of the gelatin, starches, or other fillers you see in all the other FF brands.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          the consistency is so thick you can't get it out of the carton without a spoon - it's even thicker than standard Greek-style yogurt...almost like fromage blanc, maybe? and while the flavor isn't as tangy as i'd like, for what it is, this stuff really isn't bad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            gnosh RE: greygarious Feb 21, 2011 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nay to the Truffle Brownie Mix, which I was sure would be great. It had that strange coconut taste that I have also found in the Trader Joe's Chocolate Sorbet. (Somehow, I find it less off-putting in the sorbet than in the brownies.) The brownies were sort of worth eating once I slathered them with vanilla ice cream, killing the coconut taste, but still a big disappointment. Maybe they use some kind of coconut oil, or something? I threw away the box before I thought to look.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              givemecarbs RE: greygarious Feb 23, 2011 12:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lentil soup with ancient grains in the refrigerated prepared food section. Finally tried it and very satisfying this time of year. Plus this is a soup I probably don't want to make a huge pot of homemade. I might though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                josephnl RE: givemecarbs Feb 26, 2011 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agree...big yea for Lentil Soup with Ancient Grais in refrigerated section. Minestrone Soup in similar container in same section is also quite tasty, but lentil is a definite winner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sciencediet RE: givemecarbs Feb 27, 2011 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The chicken and barley is good too. I generally hate prepared soups--they are all way too salty for me--but this one, while heavy on the white pepper, was really good. I may try the others as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: greygarious Feb 23, 2011 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bought "Country Potatoes with Haricot Verts and Herbs" on a whim. It's in the freezer section. It has sliced potatoes, crimini (I think) mushrooms, onions and herbs. Got home late from work last night, made scrambled eggs and bacon and then this and added the eggs to it. It was very tasty. I'd definitely re-purchase for a quick meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DarkRose RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie Feb 23, 2011 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I give these an "eh". They have good flavor and my partner LOVES them. I'm not a huge fan of frozen potatoes, as they always have a sort of grainy texture to them that I find unpleasant. I think I'd like these more if they were less potato, more veggies. That said, I do have a package of them in my freezer just now, as they make a good side when you're in a hurry to get dinner on the table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: DarkRose Feb 23, 2011 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's precisely the situation I was in last night!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cheesecake17 RE: greygarious Feb 23, 2011 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I bought a few new things recently.. and a few oldies but not so goodies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Polenta- came in a tube for $1.99. I've seen it elsewhere for $3+. Figuerd it would be good to keep in the pantry for a quick meal and ended up making it last night. I sauteed slices in pam in a nonstick skillet, then topped with carmelized onions (leftover from another meal) and blue cheese. I baked it just to melt the cheese. Came out really good... would definitely buy again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Peanut Butter Goodies- cookies topped with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate. They were supposed to be covered in chopped peanuts, but most of the peanuts had fallen off. Good flavor- but very sweet and melted rather easily. Husband loved them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Marshmallow Smores- square of graham cracker with a marshmallow on top covered in chocolate. Really good when microvawed for a few seconds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pistachio covered English toffee & Almond covered English toffee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - the pistachio was in smaller chunks and covered in dark chocolate, while the almond was in larger pieces and covered in milk chocolate. Both were very good- husband prefered the pistachio, but I loved the intense sweetness of the almond version.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chickenless nugget- bought another box. The only difference with this box was that there were some nuggests that were weird shapes. Still tasted the same though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lemon Sorbet- I don't think this is new, but first time I've actually seen it in the store. Nice and tart. A few spoonfuls satisfied a craving for something icy and sweet. Much cheaper than other brand name sorbet options- other brands go for $4+.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ice Cream Bon Bons - again, not sure if it's new, but first time I've seen it. It's a mini cookie topped with ice cream dipped in chocoalte. I liked the crunchiness of the choclate shell and that the ice cream inside was real (not lowfat or chemical tasting). The cookie was more cakey than what I was expecting.. I thought it would be more like an Oreo. Best thing was they were portion controlled- each piece was 60 calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dried Mango- Brought back two bags. There must have been something wrong with the batch, because they smelled like something awful. I brought them back in double ziplock bags and told the cashier not to open them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Longboard Tortilla Chips- bought two bags- one was great but the other was way too salty. I couldn't even eat them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As an aside.. they had some shelf stable vegetarian Indian meals that were marked Kosher.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: cheesecake17 Feb 23, 2011 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did you bring back the salty chips? They'll refund your money. I love those chips - they're heavy enough to hold up under thick dips!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And I love the s'mores as well - I'm going to have to try nuking them next time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cheesecake17 RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie Feb 23, 2011 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yup, I brought back the chips with no problems. I buy them pretty often, but seems like this one bag was just way too salty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nuke the smores for about 5 seconds...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ns1 RE: greygarious Feb 23, 2011 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nay - refridgerated fondue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      terrible, overly salty, hardens and becomes unpleasant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: ns1 Feb 23, 2011 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I reviewed the fondue above. Totally agreed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: greygarious Feb 23, 2011 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't know if these are new or what, but the milk chocolate covered (on one side) oatmeal cookies are addictive. I almost can't keep them in the house. They have that oaty/nutty flavor to them and the milk chocolate isn't overpowering.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower RE: greygarious Mar 3, 2011 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just tried the Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Butter Cookies - I give them an 8.0 out of 10.0 and my friends gave them a 10.0 out of 10.0. I still very much miss the Milk Chocolate Butter Biscuits (they were actually butter cookies from France that were lightly coated in delicate milk chocolate). I ate boxes of those and have sadly run out of my stash of these cookies. I was told by the manager that they appeared to have been discontinued last month. Is anyone else missing these as well?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sciencediet RE: littleflower Mar 4, 2011 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The dark chocolate version, yes. There are plenty of other good dark chocolate things to be had, but those were indeed special.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower RE: sciencediet Mar 12, 2011 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not sure if you are anywhere near the grocery store The Fresh Market, but they are now carrying the exact same milk chocolate and dark chocolate milk chocolate butter biscuits - they are called "French Butter Cookies coated in Milk (or Dark) Chocolate".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            artemis RE: greygarious Mar 3, 2011 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            At my San Francisco Bay Area TJ's today, the helpful clerk tried to find me the Niman Ranch bacon that's always on the refridgerated shelf. After a few minutes in the back, he came out with a stunned face to tell me that all Niman products have been discontinued at TJ's! Say it ain't so!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coney with everything RE: artemis Mar 4, 2011 06:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Noooooo....this has been one of my TJ staples since they opened!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ns1 RE: artemis Mar 4, 2011 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the thick cut nitrate-free applewood smoked bacon is my favorite so try that if you haven't already (the raw one, not the frozen one)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower RE: artemis Mar 6, 2011 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  artemis - I just bought the Niman Ranch bacon in the refrigerated section today here on the East Coast. It could be just phasing out here on the East Coast as well, but I would double check with your TJ store manager to make sure that the clerk wasn't mistaken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: littleflower Mar 9, 2011 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i overheard an employee at my store here in LA today telling another customer that the company is replacing Niman with a new supplier - all regions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  violet4ever RE: greygarious Mar 3, 2011 10:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some yays for my family -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Danish Pancakes - we love these little balls, and no mess. I stick some Olivio inside then dip in a puddle of raspberry syrup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rice Pilaf - Sort of buttery and oniony and delicious. Often the best thing on the plate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dark chocolate covered Montgomery cherries - the chocolate is a bit waxy but it keeps the tart dried cherries inside delicious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dark Chocolate non-Pareils - pretty dark hard chocolate, nice thick candies to munch on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cat Cookies for People in Low Fat Ginger - These are our must-have every single time we go to TJ's. Like crunchy animal crackers with ginger. Every day snack. Cheap too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fresh Greek chicken w/ orzo - Not a lot of chicken but enough for two to each make a wrap with a warmed greek or other flatbread, lettuce, onions and TJ's Tzatziki. The orzo is heavily spiced and I can taste feta and a bit of citrus. Great meal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frozen layered bean dip - (Mexican) very nice - we scrape the container
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Seasonal unfortunately - Dark Chocolate After Dinner Mint Thins - long box, very thin square shape, delicious chocolate and loose yummy mint

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nay - Dark Chocolate Mint Creams - These used to be great and moist inside. Then they got inconsistent and more often than not the chocolate has gaps and the mint inside is dried out. Got lucky this week and they are good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: violet4ever Mar 4, 2011 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love the use of "loose" in the description of the mint. Perfectly apt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower RE: violet4ever Mar 4, 2011 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      violet4ever - interested in learning more about the Fresh Greek chicken w/orzo...is it found in the deli/cold cut section, and is it grilled? Allthough TJ's prepared foods are usually a miss not a hit for me, I may go and purchase this one because I like Greek chicken. Also, is the rice pilaf in a box, frozen, or already pre-prepared? Thanks in advance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        givemecarbs RE: littleflower Mar 5, 2011 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Littleflower, pretty sure I saw the Greek chicken in the prepared refrigerated food section. I almost tried it but wanted to wait for my hounds to give paws up or down. If it is the same rice, it comes in a box and requires a bit of attention but is well worth the trouble and very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal RE: violet4ever Mar 19, 2011 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        >>>>>>>Dark chocolate covered Montgomery cherries - the chocolate is a bit waxy but it keeps the tart dried cherries inside delicious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dark Chocolate non-Pareils - pretty dark hard chocolate, nice thick candies to munch on<<<<<<
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        on my list!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. greygarious RE: greygarious Mar 4, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New and nay for me: Onion and Chive Seeded Corn Crackers. Wouldn't have bought them if I'd read the fine print and seen they have lime, which I loathe. At first bite I get too-salty Frito. The salt must be on the surface because it's only about 3mg per cracker and the saltiness dissipates with chewing, but then the lime takes over. I don't taste the onion/chive, much less the flax, hemp, poppy, or sesame.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dommy RE: greygarious Mar 4, 2011 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree.... they were pretty terrible...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bulavinaka RE: Dommy Mar 5, 2011 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Third that on these crackers - but the squirrels didn't complain. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              greygarious RE: bulavinaka Mar 5, 2011 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mine are out on the feeder table too - but the squirrels are sticking with the sunflower seeds until those run out. If the crackers don't sell today I'll put PB on them tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Since I liked the TJ chocolate croissants I now got a box of the frozen plain mini-croissants. Had one today - hot from the oven, I stuffed it with a TJ French truffle. When the chocolate was melty I stuffed in a very large, premium dried apricot that was almost moist enough to spread like jam. Had it along with my morning coffee, and died grinning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gnomatic RE: greygarious Mar 5, 2011 10:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh geesh I didn't need the idea planted in my head..I have a hard time resist buying the chocolate croissants as it is! I have been bemoaning the fact they don't make the chocolate croissants in a mini size.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And I have a box of the mini croissants & a stash of chocolate from my last trip to Europe! I guess it's going to be mini croissant stuffed with a kinder bueno for breakfast tomorrow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Au contraire! The minis are less than half the size of the chocolate croissants so you can talk yourself into thinking this is a virtuous breakfast. Actually, a half a truffle would have been enough. But I will ration this treat because the apricots, bought online, are rarely available. I stock up when the grower e-mails me that they have made a run of pit-ins. Drying them without removing the pit imparts a hint of amaretto flavor (stone fruits are related to almonds and amaretti cookies are made from apricot kernels) that I can't get enough of. My favorite mini-dessert is a TJ French truffle stuffed into one of these after I pop out the pit and suck on it to get every molecule of flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gnomatic RE: greygarious Mar 6, 2011 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes..I did not "count" the mini lindor truffle ball that made it's way into the middle of the mini croissant this morning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did discover TJ had the Gone Bananas (frozen chocolate bananas) in sliced form now...one of them would make perfect addition to the the middle of the mini croissant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will have to keep an eye out for pit in dry apricots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      walker RE: greygarious Mar 6, 2011 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your account has made me REALLY want to try those apricots; how can I get some?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        www.apricotking.com. The pit-ins are usually not listed. The slip-pits are similar, but don't have AS much almondy flavor. I heartily recommend their fruit, especially the dried pears.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gnomatic RE: greygarious Mar 6, 2011 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cool..I had their stuff before since I used to frequent their stand at the Mountain View Farmer's market.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        walker RE: greygarious Mar 6, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My reply below was for greygarious .. I hit greygarious' reply but my comment came out below gnomatic's comment -- I don't know why that keeps happening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bulavinaka RE: walker Mar 6, 2011 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In case you haven't found out yet, greygarious is untouchable!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            greygarious RE: bulavinaka Mar 7, 2011 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not sure whether I should be flattered or offended ;-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bulavinaka RE: greygarious Mar 7, 2011 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As your avatar shows, you are the consummate hound... :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Caitlin McGrath RE: walker Mar 7, 2011 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            walker, here's why it happens: The first reply to a post will land directly below it. If someone else replies later to the same initial post, that later reply will land below the first reply, and so on. gnomatic replied to greygarious at 11:16 yesterday, and you replied to her at 1:21, so your reply landed below gnomatic's; similarly, my reply here to you lands below bulavinika's, because his is the first reply to your post.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can always follow who is replying to which post by checking the name in the upper-right corner of the post. If you click it, you'll be shot up to the post it is a reply to, so in this case, it was clear that you were replying to greygarious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stomsf RE: greygarious Mar 5, 2011 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yea from an impulse buy yesterday.... the milk chocolate covered toffee popcorn. Sweet, salty, crunchy, and very crack-like.... Am having to ration portions again (much like OPs reaction to the Caramelized Nut Trio). :o)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shanna RE: greygarious Mar 5, 2011 09:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YAY - Goddess Salad Dressing. Bought one early last week, and bought two more today. It's great on salad, their Mahi-Mahi patties, chicken wings.....everything. We just love it here. Nice and tart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: Shanna Mar 6, 2011 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have heard great things about their Goddess Salad dressing, and decided to pick up a bottle today at my TJ's - can't wait to try it on a grilled chicken wrap!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shanna RE: littleflower Mar 10, 2011 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Would love to hear what you think. I've tried it on falafel balls, and it was great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: Shanna Mar 12, 2011 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tangy and great with the grilled chicken wrap that I had!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MplsM ary RE: Shanna Mar 12, 2011 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I bought a bottle of this, based on this thread and while i do like it, it's a total salt bomb. 350 mg per serving (2 tbsp). Still, because it's so 'flavorful' I can use 1 tbsp for a huge salad, so yay!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. greygarious RE: greygarious Mar 6, 2011 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thinking that the label should say "Snake Oil Valley" rather than "Sky Valley", against my better judgment I bought a bag of their fresh "heirloom" navel oranges. I had never heard the word heirloom applied to oranges and though the label extolled the careful tending of said heirlooms, it did not name the variety. They are small, about 3" diameter, but OH, MY, put some marmalade on that hat before I bit into it! These California oranges are thin-skinned, with juicy deep orange flesh, and exceptionally delicious. I have not been keen on California navels for many years, most often finding them bland and often half-dry. I usually looked for Florida navels, which are somewhat better, or Florida Temples and Valencias. Even though those are deemed for juicing, I thought they were better eating oranges than CA navels. But the heirloom ones have made me a convert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: greygarious Mar 6, 2011 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        greygarious - they were giving out samples of these oranges today at our TJ's. I second your recommendation for them - they were really delicious and tasted extremely fresh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: greygarious Mar 7, 2011 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I must get some, I love a good orange. Thanks for the pointer!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chinchi RE: greygarious Mar 7, 2011 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agreed, the Sky Valley oranges were great! I went back to my TJs last week for another bag and they only had TJ navel oranges, not the Sky Valley ones. I hope they're back in stock soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: greygarious Mar 9, 2011 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wish i had seen your post before i went to TJ's today! gotta remember to look for those next time, they sound like a delicious alternative to this season's very disappointing clementines.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                greygarious RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 9, 2011 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was hoping to find the Italian (tarocco) blood oranges they had two winters back but last year and this year it's been California-grown (moro), which are usually disappointing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: greygarious Mar 9, 2011 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i could swear i saw Taroccos today here in LA - i actually made a mental note to go back & get some because i still have some other citrus to use up and figured i won't get around to them for a few days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: greygarious Mar 16, 2011 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    back to the Moros here in CA. boo. no Sky Valley to be found either. double boo :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: greygarious Mar 10, 2011 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We got a bag of the Sky Valley navels yesterday (one of the last ones at the UWS TJ's in Manhattan). They really are lovely, so sweet and delicious. Remind me of the Outspan oranges of my youth. Thanks for pointing them out, greygarious, I wouldn't have bothered with CA oranges under usual circumstances.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower RE: greygarious Mar 7, 2011 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HUGE YAY - Roasted and Sliced Chicken Breast Strips in the refrigerated prepared foods section (in the black square tub). It is simply seasoned with salt and pepper, and absolutely delicious. It was so good that I ate quite a bit of it right out of the package without any other seasonings on it. Juicy and tender, it tasted like it was carved 10 minutes ago right out of the oven. $6.99 for 1 pound (16 oz.) is in my opinion a steal for this item.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nay - Canteloupe slices in the clear tub - I am not sure if they used lemon juice or some other acid to preserve it, but it tasted odd (kind of chemically). I won't be buying this one again I don't think, and it is a shame because it looked fresh and at $3.00 a great price.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chococat RE: greygarious Mar 8, 2011 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thumbs up for the Lamb Vindaloo (comes with rice). Sauce is really tasty and spicy, the portion of lamb is decent (four or five 1.5 inch cubes) considering that the whole meal is only $3.79. Meat quality is quite good, tender but not fatty. I throw in a handful of frozen peas to make a (more-or-less) complete meal. Spice level is not for wimps!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      whitneybee RE: greygarious Mar 13, 2011 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Big yea to the Masala Lentil Dip. Good texture and great flavor. I first tried this in December when a friend brought this to a party, and 5 of us polished off the entire container in less than an hour. Always a good sign.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: whitneybee Mar 16, 2011 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        good to know! i always pick up the container & look at it, but never actually buy it because i make my own lentil dip...but maybe one day when i'm in the mood to let someone else do the work i'll give it a try :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          whitneybee RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 28, 2011 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've never made my own, but I was very happy with the TJ's version.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Berheenia RE: greygarious Mar 13, 2011 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cashel Blue Cheese is a WOW. It could stand in for Stilton! And it's a bargain at 5 bucks for half a pound.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower RE: greygarious Mar 13, 2011 09:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As much as I can't believe I am admitting to enjoying boxed mashed potatoes, Trader Joe's Garlic Mashed Potatoes are pretty yummy and a yay. I added 3 tbsp. of butter instead of the two that they called for in the directions along with salting the water before it boiled. I finished it off with another pat of butter at the end and a sprinkling of salt for extra creaminess and flavor. Very tasty and a good quick late night snack!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vttp926 RE: greygarious Mar 16, 2011 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Huge yay for Chile Spiced Mangos. I am working on my 2nd bag and I think I will be done with my 3rd bag by Monday. But :( that the closest TJ is almost 2 hours away. I guess I will have to stock up the next time I am in town again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Got a couple more items but haven't tried them yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DarkRose RE: vttp926 Mar 16, 2011 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A friend who doesn't live near a TJ's always asks us to send him packets of those spiced mangos. I've never tried them myself, though. Not a huge fan of dried fruits.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cheesecake17 RE: vttp926 Mar 17, 2011 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love the plain dried mango and husband likes the spiced version. Last time we bought 6 bags total... and they all went bag. Some had a very off odor and the others tasted strange. It's been about a month since we bought the bad ones, so I'm going to wait a few more weeks to buy another bag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  vttp926 RE: cheesecake17 Mar 17, 2011 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aww don't tell me that. Makes me worried about future batches I may buy. Going to try the edamae and the lite kettle popcorn tomorrow .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mom22tots RE: vttp926 Mar 21, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My kids LOVE the lite kettle popcorn...I buy the little bags for lunchboxes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. aching RE: greygarious Mar 17, 2011 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't know if they're new or just new to me, but I tried the Pineapple Chips this week and absolutely loved them! How cool to have that crisp texture combined with the sweet and tangy pineapple flavor. I ate the whole bag (i'm embarrassed to say how quickly).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  walker RE: greygarious Mar 17, 2011 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Those cute (3 of them) little frozen pasta in the boxes...they are completely OUT of them until mid April.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chompy RE: greygarious Mar 18, 2011 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea for the taco shells, surprisingly crisp and light when heated briefly in the toaster oven. Maybe not the most authentic thing, but I haven't had these since the taco nights of my childhood, and these seemed a lot better than what I remember. Organic corn to boot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The Librarian RE: greygarious Mar 18, 2011 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nay to the uncured corned beef. I cooked it the day before St. Patrick's Day to serve the next day. It wasn't bad, but had a ton of pickling spice in it - very heavy on the clove, which is not my favorite. When I took it out the cooking liquid, it was super spicy. So I sliced it when it was cold, scraped off all the spices, and warmed it up in plain water. Much better to my taste. I guess if you like your corned beef super spicy, you'd like this!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thursday RE: The Librarian Mar 18, 2011 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree- The quality of the meat was excellent, but it was very over-spiced. Next year I'll toss some of the spices out before cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. chuckles RE: greygarious Mar 18, 2011 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yay for the Vietnamese Style Chicken Wrap. Yummy, soft spinach tortilla, the chicken is nicely seasoned, fresh tasting greens, and jicama! Especially love that it doesn't already have sauce in it like their other wraps, so it's actually healthy while being filling and delicious. The ginger lime dipping sauce that it comes with is quite flavorful, very gingery, if a bit sweet. When I want more sweet than savory I just dip the wrap in some plain Greek yogurt and it's the perfect lunch. Heck, I sometimes eat half a wrap for breakfast, but I'm weird like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yay for the Parmesan Pastry Pups. We always have 3 boxes in the freezer. It's always a hit at gatherings but sometimes when we're feeling lazy AND naughty, we roast some broccoli (for the "healthy" portion of the meal) and then just eat a box for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yay for the Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese. Yes, the portion is smaller than the regular TJ Mac and Cheese, but I augment it by adding some vegetables or soy crumbles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Meh for the Masala Lentil Dip. The sweetness of it is a bit strange but it could be personal preference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nay for the Raita. Too watery and again too sweet for me. Much prefer to use the Tzatziki with the Indian entrees.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ediblover RE: greygarious Mar 20, 2011 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thumbs down to the highbrow chocolate chip cookies. I like thin cookies, but it's not done well here. Sure, it's thin, but instead of being delicate/airy it's just dry. This could be overlooked if not for the low flavor. Chocolate chip cookies are awesome because of the big bites of chocolate that are spread out. Here, because it's thin and all, the chips are more integrated into the mix, so the result is more like a chocolate flavored cookie. The product touts being made with simple ingredients, which is great and all, but it would have been better with food science, either to kick up the flavor and/or make the texture more interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gnosh RE: ediblover Mar 20, 2011 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I kind of liked those cookies. I think they're supposed to be an alternative to Tate's (or is it Tait's?). Do you like that brand? They are not quite as good, and not significantly cheaper, but still worth grabbing if you like that kind of thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ediblover RE: gnosh Mar 20, 2011 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not familiar with that brand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just expected more than a trimmer version of a dry cookie. A thin cookie can be airy, have a light crisp, or amazingly still be chewy, but TJ's was none of the above. It felt like I bought a slider, only to get a ho-hum mini-burger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mom22tots RE: greygarious Mar 21, 2011 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Made a new discovery there today that gets a big thumbs up....Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix. It's broccoli, carrots, red and green cabbage, jicama, peppers, radish and celery chopped up...while I know it's the ultimate in laziness, I threw in some chickpeas, capers and fresh mozzarella and I have a chopped salad in 2 minutes flat! Where has this been all my life?! Anyone know if it's new or if I've just never seen it before?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shanna RE: mom22tots Mar 21, 2011 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've been buying this for over a month now. We love it. I've used it a few different ways....with salad I'll add lettuce and tomato with it sometimes.. I'll saute until tender and put it in a veggie omelet. Also have made a veggie roll-up, cooked until tender in a pasta sauce,, among other things.. Delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Briek RE: Shanna Apr 19, 2011 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed, this is an amazing salad mix. So easy and so many things to do with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shanna RE: Briek Apr 19, 2011 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They didn't have it last time I was there. I was so disappointed. I didn't even see a place on the shelf where it could go. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Briek RE: Shanna Apr 19, 2011 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh no! I hope they aren't discontinuing it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shanna RE: Briek Apr 19, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm heading there now, and hopefully they will have it. I'll report back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shanna RE: Shanna Apr 20, 2011 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They are back and yummy as ever. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              josephnl RE: greygarious Mar 27, 2011 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yea for Triple Ginger Cookie Thins...my latest addiction!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone tried the frosting mixes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  whitneybee RE: greygarious Mar 28, 2011 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nay to the Quinoa Duo with Vegetable Melange. It was tasteless and the texture was very odd.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    isfahani RE: whitneybee Mar 28, 2011 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea to the Lamb Vindaloo. Not bad for frozen, and the price is right - something I find myself saying less and less about TJ as time goes on...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea to the Vacuum Fried Banana Chips. Alone, or more recently: with Nutella... Yum Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea to the TJ wheat beers, Nay to the rest of them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nay for TJ's having Sake on hand, but not storing it in a refrigerator with proper lights. On the shelf? At room temp? Ick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jungirl RE: greygarious Apr 16, 2011 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    YAY (w/o trying to repeat)-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roasted baby beets (refrigerated). there's a hard part near where the stem was, but if you slice this off, chopped up these are delicious in salads.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    smoked salmon, great deal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    creme fraiche - slice hot house cucumber rounds, a dab of this, piece of smoked salmon, fresh dill, capers if you like. great party snack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    frozen mixed seafood - staple in my freezer. great to throw in asian soups.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    instant rice noodle bowls - mushroom favorite. comes with dry seasoning, and wet oil seasoning packets, fill with water, microwave. delicious with a touch of sriracha or sambal olek sauce, and great for 99 cents. healthier than fried instant ramen noodles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cilantro dressing in the fridge - awesome on sliced persian cukes. healthier with low fat ingredients

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tortilla chips with flax seeds

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fresh baked section brioche rolls - always buy this for leftover braised pork shoulder. makes bangin' sandwiches, and more decadent than potato rolls

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fresh thyme (cheaper than my market), but i wont' buy cilantro or parsley (more expensive, smaller portion)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    multi-grain rice cracker crisps - awesome with cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dublin cheddar - I also buy this at BJs, but noticed the price point was the same at TJs. if you haven't tried this, it's an awesome snack cheese (sliced thin with the crisps above)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    egg substitute - soooo much cheaper than the market. half price. I add this for fritatta's and omelettes with regular beaten eggs, to make a little healthier (since they are 99% egg whites)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NAY -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    once I had the thai green curry sauce in a jar. gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    frozen onion soup - came in a weird cylinder, and was super salty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't love their frozen salmon. for some reason the vacuum sealed packaging is never tight, and causes freezer burn. i use their frozen tilapia, cod and orange roughy all the time with success.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MplsM ary RE: jungirl Apr 16, 2011 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's a newer thread for 2nd quarter 2011 - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775837

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      josephnl RE: greygarious Apr 25, 2011 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not that they are anything spectacular, but they are very good and will work great for a modified Pavlova or an Eton Mess (Ina Garten's speciality), the TJ's vanila meringues are very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        shaebones RE: greygarious Apr 26, 2011 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Why do people repeatedly respond to OLD TJ threads?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal RE: shaebones Apr 27, 2011 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eh, good question!!!!!!

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