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  1. Thanks grey! Tried the mango lemonade. Kind of a meh. Not returning it or anything but too sweet for my taste. The MVP lately has been the mini cinnamon buns in the frozen section. Have had people over for coffee twice this month and got lots of nice comments about the rolls. They make the house smell wonderful too. Didn't try to pass them off or anything but need to pick up a couple of packages of rolls on my next trip. Very nice to have on hand.

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    1. re: givemecarbs

      Ditto the Organic Strawberry lemonade - meh. Maybe more than meh. I think if you tried to give a kid that lemonade they would swear off organic forever. Not a pleasant taste.

      1. re: tokyo

        Agreed. I want to like it, but it's just a little too sweet, a little too sour, and has a weird aftertaste.

        1. re: thursday

          Agree on the strawberry lemonade. Took one sip and the rest went down the drain.

      2. re: givemecarbs

        I thought the organic strawberry lemonade and organic mango lemonade were too sour (and a little too intense) so I solved the problem (and am very pleased with the results!)
        I like to take either of those lemonades and mix them with a little organic white grape juice (maybe 4 parts lemonade/1 part white grape). Then I add about an equal amount of seltzer to the mix and have mysself a really healthy and delicious soda.

      3. Trader Giotti's chocolate almond biscotti. Swoon-worthy!

        1. I tried the Tarte aux Champignons because it's cousin the Tarte d'Alsace is one of TJ's best items. The former has various mushrooms, Parmesan, and Emmenthaler but it sure tasted like blue cheese to me. It was nice, but the Alsatian one is better.

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          1. re: greygarious

            The Tarte d'Alsace is a staple in my freezer. I have trouble sharing it - I could eat a whole one by myself. I overcook it a smidge - I like them on the crispy side. I'll have to try the Champignons though for a change!

            1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

              Agree that the Tarte aux Champignons isn't as good as the Tarte d'Alsace -- it was OK, but tasted a little flat to me. The Tarte d'Alsace is one of my favorite TJ's products, not only because it's delicious, but also because it's about the lowest-calorie pizza-like thing in the store. So don't feel too bad about eating the whole thing on occasion!

                1. re: dtremit

                  Agreed. The mushrooms are a little...funky tasting.

                2. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                  What am I missing about the Tarte d'Alsace? It gets consistent rave reviews, but I thought it was very bland. I was especially disappointed that the onions didn't really seem to be caramelized, just caramel color added. The onions themselves were bitter. I added some thyme to the final product to boost the flavor, but it didn't really do it. To each his own, I was just surprised that I didn't like it.

                  1. re: tokyo

                    I am addicted to the Tarte d'Alsace. It is so so very yummy.

              1. Lazy, yes, but I tried their frozen sweet potato fries and enjoyed the convenience. I usually make my own but it was nice to open a bag, season, and bake.

                They were sampling the Rio Red Grapefruit Juice recently and I bought some. Very tasty, even though a label look reveals it's blended with white grape and lemon juices. I don't mind, tastes good and I'm thinking it will make a refreshing boozy drink. I think I'll pour a bit into my fizzy water right now. :)

                Must try the Tarte d'Alsace next time.

                My favorite buy from the last trip was a sweet little begonia plant for the kitchen.

                1. Tried the Asparagus Risotto for the first time: quick and serviceable dinner for two with roasted asparagus from the Hollywood Farmers Market on the side.

                  Spiced pineapple -- very addictive.

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                  1. re: d_doubleyew

                    I keep both the asparagus and mushroom risotto in the freezer for a quick meal. I always add fresh asparagus and chicken to flesh it out.

                    1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                      The mushroom risotto is very good. Very heavy on the mushrooms, with rice playing second fiddle.

                    2. re: d_doubleyew

                      Spiced pineapple -- very addictive.
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                      the dried chile spiced stuff? i only bought it once because it's too dangerous :)

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        I've never noticed spiced pineapple. Is it dried, canned, frozen? What is the spice profile?

                        1. re: greygarious

                          it's dried, in a plastic bag on the shelf with the other dried fruits. very soft and easy to chew (not tough or sticky), and heavy on the chili powder - the spice is definitely at the forefront, and you get the sweetness and pineapple flavor on the back end.

                          but a word of warning that this is one of those polarizing TJ's products - you either love it or hate it. i've seen comments from several Hounds who said they returned theirs after trying it.

                    3. Thai-style Vegetable Gyoza: horrid, mushy, will not buy again

                      1. They have Mouton Cadet Bordeaux for $7.99, a wine I really like and usually goes for $12 at local liquor stores.

                        Like their tabouli salad... lots of parsley and not too much of the starch.

                        Have recently tried two of their refrigerated entrees, beef stroganoff and chicken pot pie, both were inedible.

                        The chicken/vegetable/barley soup is great. And I really miss the great beef stew they used to sell until a couple of years ago.

                        1. Yea: I've been really into their prepared vegetarian Indian food that comes in those foil packets in boxes. The chickpeas, lentils, and eggplant are all quite good. Was not too into something that was more of a "vegetable medley" -- super mushy.

                          Nay: I made the lemon-pepper pappardelle last night. Tasted like spicy dish soap. I also am not into the chicken sausages.

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                          1. re: emmaleeb

                            Yeah, I wanted to LOVE the Lemon Pepper Pappardelle but not only was the flavor meh... the texture was spongy! :P

                            --Dommy!

                            1. re: Dommy

                              I bought the Lemon Pepper Pappardelle last year and made a pasta dish with artichokes, asparagus, and parmesan. I liked it- no weird taste or texture. Maybe they changed it?

                              On another note... the vanilla and vanilla/mango swirl soy ice creams are coming back... hopefully by the summer.

                          2. TJ's Palek Paneer. Frozen indian dish. 10 oz, serves 2 people. $2.99. Better than 90% of Indian restaurants I've eaten at and where you'd spend 3 times as much. Just the palek paneer itself., so you are not paying for rice. Another outstanding frozen Indian dish from TJ. Keep them coming!

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                              1. re: elise h

                                Another +1. I picked up a couple of boxes based on your post and really like it. Thanks for the rec.

                                  1. re: elise h

                                    Agree. It is outstanding and a frequent emergency freezer dinner in this house.

                                    1. re: elise h

                                      I'm with you, elise! That Palak Paneer is really great.

                                      1. re: Transplanted Texan

                                        I'm late to the game - but thanks for the rec! Ate some last night - delicious!

                                    2. I have now bought the honey mustard pretzel bits (a knock-off of the Snyder ones) three times. I love them. They're bigger than the bits Snyder puts out, they're not as flavored, which sounds like a bad thing, but it means I can actually taste the pretzel too, not just the honey mustard. I really like them, prefer them to the Snyders and they're cheaper to boot.

                                      Trader Joe's Pimento Cheese. I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I'm addicted. Seriously. I've been eating it every night on TJ's reduced guilt Triscuits. I'm gathering up enough courage to make a grilled cheese with it on recommendation of the TJ's employee who bonded with me in my PC love.

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                                      1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                        Toasted pimento cheese sandwiches are a southern staple. Just fix them like a regular grilled cheese, just subbing the pimento cheese. I love them, especially with some homemade tomato soup! I hope you like them!

                                      2. TJ's frozen garlic potatoes with parmesan sauce. Had a typical TJ's experience with 'em. Was planning seared salmon, spring mix salad and homemade sweet potato fries but got held up at work so no time to make the fries. The potatoes saved the day as I really wanted a starch with my meal and these were very tasty. As usual the instructions were slightly off. Had to nuke the potatoes for about 12 minutes instead of five. I admit my microwave is old, but not that old. Will buy again to keep on hand for "emergencies".

                                        1. Yay
                                          Trader Joe's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. I had a screaming urge for instant frosting (ya know, butter, sugar, cocoa powder and a dash of coffee and vanilla?) so I picked this up hoping for the best. Deep, earthy chocolate taste. Big thumbs up.

                                          Nay
                                          Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers, So many things wrong with these: The burgers themselves are kind of coated with a weird oil and because they are packaged in twos they are fairly melded together, requiring thawing before extrication. The texture is bizarre - kind of like baby food burgers. High in fat, sodium, and it's awful. Icky. Never again.

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                                          1. re: MplsM ary

                                            TJ's vegetarian meatballs, on the other hand, aren't bad, served over pasta or on a bun with marinara sauce. Tastes almost like a real meatball sandwich.

                                          2. Milk Chocolate Malted Milk Eggs. No hydrogenated fat, which is an automatic win over Whoppers. Plus, these taste much, much better. Easter themed carton (milk-carton style), so between that, and being eggs, they're probably seasonal. Never seen them before, though.

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                                            1. re: Steve Green

                                              Following up on myself here. Local TJs has these marked down to 99c.

                                              1. re: Steve Green

                                                i never saw them in the first place, darn it!

                                            2. A few recent observations:

                                              YEA: the refrigerated section chicken enchiladas. Had these the other night and enjoyed them. Would probably top them with some salsa verde or something next time around, since the cheese is pretty heavy.

                                              YEA: the frozen macaroni & cheese. Not a new product, but the sauce is super generous, which lends it really well to mix-ins. I've even been known to mix in additional pasta to stretch the thing a bit.

                                              YEA: the vanilla meringue cookies. Tasty with a good vanilla flavor, and four big cookies for about 100 calories.

                                              No specific NAYs lately -- though does anyone else find that cheese from TJ's goes moldy faster than from anywhere else?

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                                              1. re: dtremit

                                                Although I've not had the Mold issue, but I did recently have a major TJS cheese disappointment. They recently got in a new triple creme from france the guys were raving about. It came wrapped in a plastic wedge sleeve and then inside a SEALED plastic baggie. What ended up happening is instead of a nice rind, it was super slimy. I understand it is hard to package these type of cheeses, especially in wedges, but the DEATH of a good cheese is sealed plastic... just was so upset when I opened it at home...

                                                --Dommy!

                                                1. re: Dommy

                                                  If you're talking about Delice de Bourgogne, I was very pleased to find it at TJ in wedges -- the whole round that Costco sells is too much to have around. I don't eat the rind so I didn't notice any sliminess.

                                                2. re: dtremit

                                                  Yes to the cheese molding. On the last thread I complained how quickly the parmesan went off, and then just last night I had discovered a hunk of sharp cheddar that started to mold after one week (opened, but very well-wrapped).

                                                  1. re: dtremit

                                                    Oh, gosh yes, it really does. Especially the block cheese wrapped in plastic. The mozzarella doesn't seem to have that problem, but maybe that's cuz we eat it so quickly.

                                                  2. Has anyone tried the frozen falafel? I'm curious about it...just not curious enough to have bought it yet.

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                                                    1. re: Bax

                                                      I am really liking the frozen falafel. The patties are pretty large and nicely flavored. I have just been microwaving them directly from the freezer (1 to 2 minutes), so they come out soft textured, but that is OK for me. If you wanted them to be crisper, you could bake or fry them. They make a very good quick lunch with a pita and some hummus or tzatziki.

                                                      1. re: Bax

                                                        We bought them along with their mini slider buns for a quick and easy falafel sandwich. They recommend you nuke them instead of baking them, but we didn't want to do that, so we baked. Overall, we agree with Pam, the flavor is nice, but not nearly as nuanced as a real good fresh falafel. Also, the inside was a bit crumbly and not as creamy as we like. Overall, it was a pretty decent meal, but we probably won't be buying them again...

                                                        --Dommy!

                                                        1. re: Dommy

                                                          If you can, I recommend deep-frying TJ's falafel balls. When I first got the bag, I baked a few of them, which turned out OK but nothing I'd ever buy again. Then one day I was already using the deep fryer, so I threw a few falafel balls in for about three minutes. They came out perfect, with the kind of essential falafel crunch that baking or microwaving could never possibly provide.

                                                      2. Has anyone mentioned their chocolate cake??? The little two tiered one with frosting in between the layers? Geeez. I don't even like chocolate cake. I think I've eaten the whole damn thing twice now. I don't have a clue why it tastes so good. It's a freakin' conspiracy.

                                                        1. A somewhat unexpected yea for TJ's new Veggie Sausage Patties. The market-dominating Morningstar Farms version is still available for sale at my neighborhood TJ's, but these new ones taste much more like the real McCoy. They go great in a homemade breakfast sandwich, pass muster when crumbled onto a frozen pizza, and are definitely one of the best imitation meat products I've ever consumed.

                                                          1. All these are terrible....1 time trying all and 1st time retuning anything back to TJ in 5 yrs.

                                                            TJ Mochi Ice Cream the Mochi outer shell was like cold frozen wax. better stick to the original for a few $$ more

                                                            TJ Green Papaya Salad (Thai) I dare any Papaya Salad lover to tell me this is edible. I wanted to like it so bad I even added more lime and a splash of fish sauce. Bought 3 boxes at $1.99 or 2.99 because I love almost all Papaya salad Khmer, Veit, Thai

                                                            TJ Ham/Cheese Corrissant slice of Ham in between mushy dough (look like white scummy stuff you skim off making chicken soup. Box cover showed something like a ham/cheese pressed panini.

                                                            Choc animal kitties (hard as a rock)

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                                                            1. re: KPS5696

                                                              i tried a sample of that Green Papaya Salad at my local store last week. ZERO flavor. the demo guy kept warning everyone that it was "very spicy" - i told him he was nuts.

                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                For me, it was way "over the top" hot! I did not expect that from a Trader Joe product. They are usually "middle of the road". I was alone, while eating this and terrified. since about the third bite , all of a sudden, I hit a "hot spot" and started choking. Grabbed water! Wrong! Hit the milk and finally got my breath! Out went the Salad. I am referring to the one that I purchased in the freezer-not the refrigerated section. Beside that I thought it was awful tasting!

                                                                1. re: marti

                                                                  I just tried this product and the exact same thing happened to me - after I already had a couple bites of the trader joe's Green Papaya Salad, i suddenly bit into the SPICIEST thing I have EVER tried in my life. I started choking because it was so spicy. I love spicy food, but this was horrible. The back of my throat was on fire, even my lip was on fire. I ran to the sink to spit out as much as possible and grabbed an apple that happened to be sitting on the counter next to the sink. I bit into the apple as fast as possible to try to get rid of the burning. I thought for a couple seconds that the pain due to the spice couldn't be real. My lip became numb but after twenty minutes I recovered. Anyway, I joined this site just so I could warn others of this product!

                                                                  1. re: ecl5336

                                                                    Wow thanks ecl5336, who needs this? This info is especially disturbing because TJ tends to market to busy singles and couples who will reach for a TJ's meal or snack when dining alone. I know that is what I do. Nothing like making customers fear for their lives marti. :(

                                                                    1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                      That is very true, I frequent TJ all the time. I went there yesterday to tell them about my experience and they said they had not heard anyone else having this problem. They were happy to give me a refund though!

                                                                      1. re: ecl5336

                                                                        That is one of the nice things about TJ's. I often don't bother to return items because I know I'll end up spending more money more money! But it is good to know they stand behind their products.

                                                                    2. re: ecl5336

                                                                      The same thing happened to my husband. He likes spicy, but that was ridiculous. I also thought the salad was a super poor imitation of the real thing. Not at all good, and too sweet, to boot. Huge NAY.

                                                                    3. re: marti

                                                                      i can't believe all of you thought it was so spicy - i'm seriously thinking my store served a defective batch. i know i have a higher tolerance than most for spice, but there was a little girl no older than 3 or 4 near me happily munching away on samples, and she didn't make a peep about it being spicy.

                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                        I think its just luck whether or not you will get the hot chili pepper. For me, I happened to hit the hot-spot (which led to my traumatic experience) and then my roommate ate the rest of it and did not taste any spice.

                                                                        1. re: ecl5336

                                                                          I agree. I have a high tolerance for spicy food too. This green papaya salad has bits of it that is beyond hot, and it was pretty disgusting too. I want to like it so bad, I'm a green papaya salad lover, but I just cannot eat this. :(

                                                                          1. re: ecl5336

                                                                            This happened to me too. I was happily eating the salad when all of a sudden my tongue, mouth, and throat went on fire. I ran to the kitchen and ate a piece of bread. Supposedly, rice is very good at reducing spice and bread was the closest thing I had. Anyway, I found the culprit for there was another red pepper in my salad. I took it out and ate the rest of the salad. The salad is great, especially since it contains cashews and not peanuts, which I’m allergic too. I’d buy the salad again, but I can’t find it. So I did a search to see if others had an issue with the peppers. I hope Trader Joe’s didn’t stop selling it. The salad is great and the peppers are large enough to take out.

                                                                    4. re: KPS5696

                                                                      Agree that the ham & cheese croissants are terrible. They smear the inside with this icky white goo - bechamel maybe? It's horrifying. I returned my box.

                                                                    5. Did anyone try their matzo? I was in today (having bought all my Passover supplies elsewhere), and thought it was kind of funny that they had it. Presumably if you're doing a seder you need a whole lot of stuff besides matzo, so what's the point? But I guess I appreciate the gesture.

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                                                                      1. re: sciencediet

                                                                        Presumably if you're doing a seder you need a whole lot of stuff besides matzo, so what's the point?
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                                                                        well, even if you are doing a seder, you still need food for every other meal. plus, not *everyone* hosts a seder, so people who attend someone else's still need to buy matzo to eat at home for the 8 days.

                                                                      2. There's a new fresh pizza thing that I missed the name of - a smallish pizza with slivered almonds on top that comes with a bag of arugula and a lemon vinaigrette on the side which you add to the pizza after it's cooked. They were tasting it the other day and recommend that you slice it in half and fold like a sandwich. Delicious! Such a nice lunch if you have oven access or a quick meal for dinner with a side salad.

                                                                        Tried the new crunchy green beans from the snacks aisle and am torn between yay and nay. They are similar to the snap pea crisps but with much more flavor. Crunchy, salty, and they definitely taste like green beans...but almost too much so. On their own, they're a nice crunchy snack, but I get green bean overload after about 3 beans. I think in a salad with some goat cheese and walnuts they'd be a great crunchy addition, I just don't have any goat cheese on hand right now to try it out.

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                                                                        1. re: thursday

                                                                          Just saw this, and I had exactly the same reaction to the crunchy green beans--too much green bean flavor, if such a thing is possible. I thought my kids would like them--they love the snap pea crisps, and they like green beans just fine--but they spit them out.

                                                                        2. Oh wow - just tried the Chile Spiced Pineapple and it's amazing. This could be dangerous.

                                                                          I also got the Falafel (frozen) and like it very much. It doesn't have the nice crisp exterior that real falafel has, of course, but the flavor is quite nice. I made it into sandwiches with whole wheat pita, Mediterranean Hummus, and Spicy Crumbled Feta - very satisfying lunch!

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                                                                          1. re: aching

                                                                            I agree with you on the Chile Spiced Pineapples! Very good and soo addicting! mmm...

                                                                            Has anyone tried the butternut squash risotto in the frozen section? I was debating whether or not to buy it, but ended up putting it down.

                                                                            1. re: aching

                                                                              i got to the dried fruit & nut aisle today, glanced at the pineapple, and told myself to keep on walkin'! it's just too addictive to have in the house ;)

                                                                              1. re: aching

                                                                                "This could be dangerous."

                                                                                No kidding. Tried this for the first time today; meant to have a few pieces, but oops! Might have to pass on it in future to keep temptation at bay.

                                                                              2. HUGE yea for an update to an old favorite. just discovered today that they now have the TJ's brand 0% Greek Style Yogurt in *2-lb* containers for $4.99! that's even better than the recently reduced price ($5.49) for the 2-lb Fage at Costco.

                                                                                ETA: and a very big NAY on the Spiral Sliced Ham they were demoing today. the piece i got was about 75% fat with just a teeny bit of actual meat, and when i managed to separate that edible morsel to taste it, it was so overwhelmingly sweet i ended up spitting it out in my napkin.

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                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                  I really like the Vanilla 0% TJ's Greek Yogurt in the single serve size - it has a very pleasant vanilla flavor and a lovely consistency.

                                                                                  1. re: artemis

                                                                                    yeah, their entire line of Greek-style yogurt has been around for years now - i only buy plain, so i have no opinion on the flavored varieties. but if i'm buying my yogurt as opposed to making it at home i prefer to buy a larger container to cut down on waste and save money. the new 2-lb tub i mentioned is the equivalent of nearly seven single-serving containers...for the price of three of them!

                                                                                    i totally understand buying the single containers for convenience if you eat it on the road. but if that's not the case, buy the big tub, add a little vanilla & honey, and save yourself a bundle :)

                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                      Yay! Thanks for mentioning this! I hadn't yet seen the 2lb tubs but I'm very excited!

                                                                                      1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                        they're *brand new* - within the past week or so. when i was checking out i held up the container asked the cashier how long they've had them, and she looked at me like i was nuts and said "we've had that for YEARS"...she thought i meant the yogurt in general :) when i clarified that i meant the new large size, she looked at it more closely and said "wow, i didn't even know about this one, it must have just come in."

                                                                                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                        I'm not much of a yogurt eater, but I do like it as the "sour cream" on my baked potato.

                                                                                  2. A subdued Yay for the Honey Apple Butter - it tastes like the inner goo of an apple pie, which is great, but far too sweet on its own (and I LOVE sweets). But a light spread of it on top of ricotta on toast is heavenly. So it's a definite yay, it just needs to be mixed with milder flavors to cut its sweetness.

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                                                                                    1. re: thursday

                                                                                      Ooo! I'm so intrigued now! Thanks for the reprot back! :)

                                                                                      --Dommy!

                                                                                      1. re: thursday

                                                                                        Not for me. The texture is wrong - it's soupy, not spreadable - and there's an unpleasant off-flavor because it's not just honey TJ's has added to apple butter but apple cider vinegar.

                                                                                        1. re: armagnac

                                                                                          I don't know where you live, but if you can find it, try McCutcheon's unsweetened apple butter. It's the best I've ever had and I am very picky about apple butter! McCutcheon's is made in Frederick MD and carried at many local stores in MD, DC, and VA.

                                                                                          1. re: Transplanted Texan

                                                                                            i lOVE muccutcheon's preserves (esp. their combos, with the rinds, too) and their picalilli for hot dogs! http://www.bobmccutcheon.com/newmccut...

                                                                                      2. New to me: Yea to Dried Pineapple Rings (8 oz clear bag, unsweetened and unsulphured). These are much better than Dried Sweet Baby Pineapple in the silver opaque bag, which I find to be too sweet, sticky, and very fibrous. The Dried Pineapple Rings have a good pineapple flavor in nice, thin rings (easy to eat), and aren't sticky. They make a decent office snack.

                                                                                        I also picked up a jar of Mango Butter to try, but I haven't opened yet.

                                                                                        1. Entering a short, very busy time in our lives right now so i went to TJs to pick up a lot of fresh and frozen quick-fix items. The first, chicken fried rice, was a bust. Tasteless and the meat was surprisingly dark-meat chicken. I like dark meat, but this had a terrible texture and no flavor and was not of the highest quality (stringy, tendons, bits of gristle). Very disappointing. The rice was rubbery and the dish was a big fail. Hoping to do better with the other items.

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                                                                                          1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                            I buy the frozen veggie fried rice, nuke it for five minutes, throwing in cubed firm tofu (drained, but not pressed, from a regular water-pack) for the last minute or so of cooking. I also often throw in a handful of frozen non-petite peas when I add the tofu. It's not gourmet, but it's ok. I have found it's better to cook the fried rice in a practically sealed container - the rice comes out better, especially with the additional moisture from the tofu.

                                                                                            1. re: artemis

                                                                                              thx. I saw it was a thumbs down on another TJs thread but I haven't read that one in awhile and missed it. It's just not good enough for me to fuss around with, I won't buy it again. I thought about buying the veg rice but can't imagine that's much better.

                                                                                          2. NO NO NO on the Frozen Thai Som Tam. Made me think of cat pee! GROSS! INEDIBLE!

                                                                                            1. Toasted rice. (I think that's the name of it) It's simply white rice that has a soy sauce like coating on them that gets nice and crunchy. It's in the frozen section - I am addicted to them. It's a nice little snack that you can just pop in the microwave.

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                                                                                              1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                                                                                Are you talking about the little triangular snacks?Onigiri or something like that? If so, those are fabulous!

                                                                                                1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                  Yes! They are so tasty. I had some along with edemame from TJ's for a lazy, I don't want to cook dinner!

                                                                                                  1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                                                                                    I thought I was the only one who liked these! They're really nice when you just want a light comforting snack, nothing too greasy or salty.

                                                                                              2. An overall "meh" to the Milk Chocolate Malt Ball cookies. I really wanted to like them, but while the cookies are OK and have some flavor of a Whopper, it still tastes like a chocolate chip cookie. The Malt gives the texture an interesting crispness, but overall not something I'll go out of my way to buy in the future.

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                                                                                                1. re: stomsf

                                                                                                  i also give these a "meh". no discernable malt flavor, which is what appealed to me. just a cookie. too bad.

                                                                                                2. The frozen tamales are no longer any good. Instead of shredded beef and chicken, they now seem to be using mushy ground meat.

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                                                                                                  1. re: lavaca

                                                                                                    I was hoping I'd just gotten a bad batch the last time I bought them. They used to be so good, the best frozen tamales I'd found, but now... they're just crap. No real flavor, poor consistency, just... blah.

                                                                                                  2. I know these aren't new products, but they are new to me, and I wanted to give their sardines a yea. I've tried two kinds, one small can (magenta in color), and one larger can of the skinless boneless (can was in a white box), both packed in olive oil. They were delicious, and very tender, especially considering the price. I think my cat ate a whole fillet herself out of each can, and she was never a fan of sardines. She also loves their tuna, after disdaining many common brands. I just thought that was interesting.

                                                                                                    And I've been using the imported dried pasta, the one in the bag, and have loved it, save for the three-cheese tortellini. The filling had a weird dry, grainy taste to it that even a nicely made butter sauce couldn't overcome. I suppose I knew that dried cheese tortellini had only a tiny chance to be a winner, but I went there anyway. ;)

                                                                                                    I have given up hope of finding the frozen naan everyone keeps talking about. I suppose it might be a regional product.

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                                                                                                    1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                      The naan is one of those items that seem to be frequently out of stock

                                                                                                      1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                        I found it. I stared at it for a full seven seconds before I understood that it was not going to disappear, and then snatched up three packs. I've only had the garlic so far, but it was *really* good. Good as in not merely garlic 'flavored', but had actual garlic on the bread. And the quick heating time is perfect. I love this stuff.

                                                                                                        1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                          Yeah, I try to keep it as a staple in the freezer...it's almost as good as what I get at the Indian market

                                                                                                      2. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                        Finally scored the naan and garlic naan in my Penna store. /swoon.

                                                                                                        1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                          We are going to TJ's again tomorrow. Today, I assessed the space in the freezer, and realized that I have to eat more naan, so that I can buy more naan. I am pleased with this development.

                                                                                                        2. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                          I think dried tortellini work better in soup.

                                                                                                        3. Its all about the coffee. Love the Dark Sumatra, and Joe's Dark for everyday use.

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                                                                                                          1. re: laststandchili

                                                                                                            From a non-TJ-junkie:
                                                                                                            Yays
                                                                                                            Triple layer hummus - the first hummus I actually liked
                                                                                                            Beef hash - nothing like homemade hash, but always ready to go, perfect for guests
                                                                                                            Macadamia nut mix...the one with pineapples - my current favorite nut mix
                                                                                                            Beef jerky - I might have had better, but not among big brands or even through mail order
                                                                                                            Croissants - frozen, plain or chocolate; wow, so that's what they taste like fresh baked!

                                                                                                            Nay
                                                                                                            Peanut Butter - Valencia? Rated best by some magazine...tastes "gourmet" in a bland way
                                                                                                            Nacho dip - very beany, not that flavorful, pass

                                                                                                            1. re: NYA Joe

                                                                                                              I was told the roast beef hash was discontinued. Did you buy it recently, where??

                                                                                                                1. re: armagnac

                                                                                                                  Cosign on that, armagnac. That hash was a good item to throw in the camping supplies box

                                                                                                              1. re: NYA Joe

                                                                                                                Speaking of hummus, I really like the ones in the flat, wide tub. I'd guess it's about 8 inches in diameter? There are smaller, taller circle tubs, but I really like the flat, wide. My favorite flavor is the cilantro jalapeno, and I don't like cilantro. But this stuff is crack good. If I'm not careful, I'll eat the whole tub in one sitting with veggie dippers or pretzels.

                                                                                                              2. re: laststandchili

                                                                                                                +1 for the Sumatra - it's my everyday bean.

                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                  I was kind of meh on it, until I tried the rest of the coffees (from TJ's and other places) in that price range, and then realized that was as good as it gets. It really grew on me.

                                                                                                                  1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                    ha! same here :) i couldn't find anything really good at Costco, and my beloved Peet's is just too expensive the way i go through coffee, so i learned to love it.

                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                      *Love* Major Dickason's blend at Peet's. My boyfriend and I used to work in the coffee industry, and always had a ready supply of beans we liked. He changed jobs, and the little cafe I was working in closed (we had a wonderful source there), and I thought the coffee thing wouldn't be a problem, simply because I hadn't bought any at a full going rate for at least five years. I'm still shocked at how much the price has gone up for a simple pound at the grocery store. Even Cafe Bustello commands five bucks for the little tin! After we first tried the TJ's dark sumatra, I thought, well, okay, but we can do better. Turns out, not so much. The sumatra is a very pleasant coffee for the money.

                                                                                                                      1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                        yes! love the MD at Peet's; their Sumatra & French Roast are also fabulous. i got Mom hooked on their FR (i inherited my coffee gene from her), and she gets monthly shipments of it now...but i gave her a taste of the TJ's when i was visiting last month, and she couldn't get over how good it was for the price.

                                                                                                                        ok, back on topic. re: TJ's coffee, the other thing i discovered - their freeze-dried instant decaf is great for adding to baked goods or recipes where i don't want caffeine. it's no Medaglia D'Oro and i wouldn't actually *drink* a brewed cup of it, but it's a good caffeine-free option for sauces, meat rubs, chocolate desserts, truffles....

                                                                                                              3. Agree with Yay for honey mustard pretzel bits...better than Snyders
                                                                                                                Also yay for salsas...in particular the corn one and the tomatillo one
                                                                                                                Yay for orange chicken

                                                                                                                1. we like the gourmet grain (?) blend, although it is primarily israeli couscous.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                    we love these too, alkapal. the name of the product is harvest grains, which is kind of silly, since as you pointed out, it's mostly israeli couscous, with a fair amount of orzo (also not a grain, except by the greatest stretch of the imagination). also has baby garbanzos and a tiny bit of quinoa. i like to saute some red onion or shallot in butter, toast the "grains" up a bit, pilaf style, then cook in chicken stock. frequently i'll toss a big handful of the tj shredded carrots as i fluff them--the carrots are so skinny, they wilt right down in the steam. yum!
                                                                                                                    i've served these to lots of folks in cooking classes as the meal's starch, and they've all mentioned that they've seen them on the shelf at tj's, but never tried them. what's not to like? they even look kinda "polka dotty" on the plate! they're on my top 10 tj list.

                                                                                                                    1. re: chez cherie

                                                                                                                      I have bought this several times and really want to like it - can you tell me how you get it to cook evenly? Every time I make it the baby garbanzos and the red quinoa are still a bit too crunchy when the couscous and orzo are done....

                                                                                                                      1. re: FlyerFan

                                                                                                                        flyerfan, i think you are very nearly there--just maybe 3 or 4 minutes longer. in my experience, the couscous and orzo dont go mushy in the time it takes to get the garbanzos and quinoa done. (i actually like it if they have a little "toothsomeness"--if that's a word.) i dont cover it when i cook it, but that might help steam them a bit quicker? give them another try...

                                                                                                                        1. re: FlyerFan

                                                                                                                          i cooked mine for a while in a crockpot with some chicken stock and ground lamb, seasoned with shan's biryani packet (half only -- a little goes a long way). as chez cherie says, the couscous and orzo hold up until the other stuff is soft.

                                                                                                                      2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                        I LOVE this stuff!!!! After eating it the first time I went back and bought four bags of it! I like that I can make part of a bag without a seasoning packet or anything that mucks it up. The first couple of times I just used water and loved it. Used chicken broth the last time and it was, of course, even better. It reheats in the MW great. I've eaten it for breakfast. I better buy more. I worry it could be on of those TJs items that disappears.

                                                                                                                      3. Nay to the Chinese Style Pork Buns. The pork filling was so fatty.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Briek

                                                                                                                          Wow, I've had three bags of them and never had that problem. Sounds like you might have gotten a bum batch :-(

                                                                                                                        2. This debate is probably old news, given that I've seen the back and forth of this product on other threads, but a NAY to the organic vodka sauce. It was watery and bland. I was lucky that I had poured the sauce into the pot first, instead of pouring it over the pasta. I cooked it down a bit, and added a bit of butter, a little cream, a good amount of diced black olives (good ones--that I was saving those for something else), crushed red pepper flakes, and a fair amount of parmesan. If I have to use those kinds of resources to improve a jarred sauce, then it is actually cheaper and easier to make my own.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                            Well said. As I was reading your post, I was thinking the same thing.

                                                                                                                          2. Black pepper Parmesan. I bought it on a whim, but fell in love! I used it in a dish with sausage, favas and crushed tomatoes over pasta and it definitely added a peppery taste to the dish that complimented it nicely. It was also quite tasty to eat on its own!

                                                                                                                            1. not new products but this is what I buy there, and we no longer go very often:
                                                                                                                              frozen croissants x4! these are the best items imo. make sure not to let them rise more than 8 hours and bake on the top rack of the oven for 15 minutes. great.also 8 in a package.
                                                                                                                              sliced havarti cheese. haven't found a better sliced cheese. very rich and like havarti should taste.
                                                                                                                              highbrow chocolate chip cookies. these taste homemade, although I haven't been able to find a recipe taht comes anywhere close.

                                                                                                                              also good occasionally are the jalapeno cilantro hummus or plain hummus, both come in a wide tub as mentioned. i try to keep their frozen chicken breasts on hand as they can be cooked directly because of the way they were frozen. and their salsa is passable for supermarket salsa.

                                                                                                                              1. New supplier for their salted , roasted pecans. An inferior product packaged in a smaller bag.
                                                                                                                                :(

                                                                                                                                1. Yea for the Bavarian Bratwurst -- 7 oz package (8 mini-wursts). Actual imported-from-Germany "Traditional Nuremberg Sausage". No nitrates. I'm not a 'brat fan but GF says she would have been delighted if these were served to her at any restaurant.

                                                                                                                                  Also, another vote for those Easter peanut-butter/chocolate eggs --marked down to 99c. Good chocolate, actual peanut butter inside -- not as sweet as Reese's.

                                                                                                                                  1. NAY on trader ming's boxed noodles "kits" that you microwave after "assembly." the noodles are very oily and the sauce is gloppy and sweet. i've tried the pad thai (or was it teriyaki) and the kung pao. won't buy again.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                      +1. Exactly right. Noodles are clumpy, wet, and tasteless, and all of the sauces are awful. As inedible a product as you'll find at TJ's.

                                                                                                                                      1. Frozen wild blueberries. Tooth stainy goodness. My latest dessert of choice (now that I've banned cookies from the house :-0 ) is to combine frozen wild blueberries with the last of the frozen Door County cherries with a splash of almond milk.

                                                                                                                                        Shunning cookies has been made easier thanks to the last batch of TJs oatmeal chocolate chip cookies I bought. The cookies had a weirdly artificial taste. Really odd and unpleasant taste.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: MplsM ary

                                                                                                                                          Yes. I agree about the blueberries. I am, was, and can/could be the biggest refined-sugar addict.. but if I have some frozen blueberries, then I can stay balanced. Also, sometimes they are gigantic!

                                                                                                                                        2. Yay to the huge tub of nonfat Greek yogurt and frozen wild blueberries, as previously mentioned. Also enjoyed the frozen single serve cheese tortellini with red pesto sauce. I usually don't go for frozen lunches, but this one pleasantly surprised me. Lots of veggies in the sauce. On my third bottle of the light champagne dressing too, so I must like it!

                                                                                                                                          I am heartbroken about the discontinuation of the frozen seeded rolls. They were one of my staple items, and now they're gone :(

                                                                                                                                          1. Paneer Rolls Stuffed with Red Curry--yuck stuffed with myuck! Repulsive strange taste. Don't even quite know how to decribe it. Kind of chemical-ish and acidy? Looks like a hunk of mush. I was curious because I am a gigantic fan of the paneer tikka masala. I wonder if this was just something strange that they concocted out of extra paneer from Indian entrees and extra red curry from thai? Do not buy! Also, it is wildly caloric. 660 cals for the package, which looks like one serving but is labeled as 3.

                                                                                                                                            1. New, or new to me, the frozen multigrain croissants. There are 4 regular sized to a package, but they are baked from frozen, doubling in size. They are too dry - crumbly rather than flaky.
                                                                                                                                              The flavor was okay but they should make the dough as ordinary rolls, not croissants.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                I baked one of these croissants this morning in my toaster oven. Mine turned out moist and flaky. Maybe I baked them for a shorter time than you? It is a little hard to tell when they are done, because they are already brown in color. Lovely aroma and nice flavor. Seeds on top. Kudos to TJs for innovating healthier products!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: elise h

                                                                                                                                                  Agree with elise h...another thumbs up for the multigrain croissants. Still mourn the loss of the frozen seeded rolls, but these will work as a fine stand in.

                                                                                                                                                1. Tried the brown rice (gluten free) tortillas today, and they're actually really delicious if you ::toast:: them. I stuck one in the toaster oven while I was frying an egg, then slipped the cooked egg onto the tortilla and folded it over for a wonderfully crunchy/chewy snack. I'm not sure how they are steamed in the microwave or served un-heated, but they're great toasted.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: operagirl

                                                                                                                                                    I'm not sure how they are steamed in the microwave or served un-heated,
                                                                                                                                                    ~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                    you don't want to know - it's not a pleasant experience. stick with toasting!

                                                                                                                                                  2. Nay on the Freeze-Dried Mango. I tried the Freeze-Dried Pineapple and loved it, and i love mango, so I thought there was no way this could not be a winner - but instead it tasted exactly like mango-flavored styrofoam. Strangest texture ever.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                      I agree. The strawberries are good, though.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Arthur

                                                                                                                                                          Huh. As the OP in that thread noted, I think a lot of the responders were talking about dried mango and not FREEZE-dried mango - but even so, it does seem to have its fans! I, for one, will be sticking to the pineapple.

                                                                                                                                                      1. I can't give a firm yea or nay to the sparkling clementine drink--it depends entirely on how fond your memories are of St. Joseph's Baby Aspirin. (I kind of liked it, myself.)

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sciencediet

                                                                                                                                                          i remember the baby aspirin! was that only st. josesph's? i DID like that flavor! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                              now it's "adult low dose aspirin", same flavor. Enjoy :)

                                                                                                                                                        2. A few recent nays:

                                                                                                                                                          Tarte de Aslance (? - I threw away the box so I am sure i'm butchering the name) - was sadly disappointed in this. I'm not sure what didn't work for me, the crust, the cheese, the onions or the ham, but it just didn't.

                                                                                                                                                          Milk chocolate covered peanut butter eggs -- someone else posted on this thread that these were superior to Reese's pb eggs. I completely disagree -- TJ's had way too much chocolate and not enough peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                          Reduced fat mac & cheese -- The only reason the calories and fat are so low is b/c the portion size is so small! I had it for lunch yesterday and seriously it was gone after about 6 spoonfuls.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mdepsmom

                                                                                                                                                            Tarte de Aslance (? - I threw away the box so I am sure i'm butchering the name)
                                                                                                                                                            ~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                            it's Alsace :)

                                                                                                                                                            i'm wondering if you got a bad one somehow - i've never had it, but it always gets a big thumbs-up on these threads.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mdepsmom

                                                                                                                                                              To each their own. I had mentioned the PB eggs upthread, and this is what I said:
                                                                                                                                                              "Good chocolate, actual peanut butter inside -- not as sweet as Reese's." Although I agree that the PB/chocolate ratio is a bit out of proportion, I like that they have (IMO) better chocolate and regular peanut butter, rather than that sugared peanut candy stuff that's in the Reese's. Also no chemical preservatives in the TJ variety.

                                                                                                                                                              As for the Tarte d'Alsace, you're definitely in the minority on that one.

                                                                                                                                                            2. found a use for the sealed "dressing packet" that came in the horrible som tam salad pack.

                                                                                                                                                              i had frozen the whole package, and today just put the papaya into some take-out som tam .

                                                                                                                                                              as it was really hot and sticky today….
                                                                                                                                                              i used the frozen dressing packet as an ice pack on my neck….. ;-)) it was its "highest and best use" as said in law & economics classes! ;-)).

                                                                                                                                                              1. the little nuremberg bratwursts are very nice-- and are quick to make as they're already cooked and just need a little skillet browning.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, I really like those too. We were fixing raclette awhile back and I added those to the mix. I'm glad you reminded me. I want to grab some for the freezer next trip. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                2. A yea for the corn and wheat flour tortillas...I think the name is Tortillas de mi Abuela. A bit pricey at over $2 and only 8 to a pack, but they are delicious! Soft, flavorful, and thick enough to hold a taco with lots of fixings.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chinchi

                                                                                                                                                                    Holy cow! $2 for 8?????? Do you have Sak N Save in SoCal. I buy four dozen freshly made corn tortillas for a little over a buck. Whew :)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, I have a tortilleria near me, and they are fantastic (and cheap!) for fresh corn or flour tortillas. But the combination of the corn/wheat flour is seriously delicious...and worth the premium when the craving strikes.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: chinchi

                                                                                                                                                                      Hmm!! They sound suspiciously like La Tortillla Factory Tortillas.... may have to check them out...

                                                                                                                                                                      --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chinchi

                                                                                                                                                                        If they're the ones I've purchased in other stores, the brand is Mi Abuelita Bonita. They're corn tortillas with wheat gluten added, so they have a corn taste but are soft and pliable. Gluten-free folks watch out, everyone else enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. The light champagne vinaigrette is quite good.
                                                                                                                                                                        The wasabi arugula was interesting/good, though I think I prefer the regular arugula.
                                                                                                                                                                        Has anyone tried the frozen steamer clams?

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jrmd

                                                                                                                                                                          I was wondering if the light champagne viaigrette is Girard's in disguise.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Trader Jacques Shells with Brie and Asparagus. The box says, "Sinfully rich and worth every bite!" No, it isn't. There is brie, there is asparagus (and a few asparagus flavored sticks) but for a tiny serving (half the box) with 340 calories and 20 fat grams it's just not that good.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                                                                                            It is also pretty expensive for what is essentially mac and cheese. Your description of the "asparagus" is very accurate!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Was there today and bought myself a goat chesse salad with a "vinagrette". I have bought salad there everytime I go to bring home for lunch. This one was so inedible. The vinagrette was red, almost tasted like ketchup with a whole bunch of vinegar in it.
                                                                                                                                                                              My kids love the frozen fettucine alfedo. I keep it for the night when we have a sitter and they need something quick to eat. Love the Israeli couscous too.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. The five-spice chicken and Asian-style noodle salad is a good choice among the prepared food items, and just 340 calories with dressing (and it's hard to imagine using all the dressing, so more like 320). This is essentially Vietnamese bun served cold: rice vermicelli, moist, mildly flavored chicken breast in strips, with some cabbage, cucumber, and red pepper, and roasted peanuts. The dressing is nuoc cham with a bit of heat. Perhaps not as much in the way of veg as typical bun, and definitely with much less herbs (just a few leaves of cilantro and mint), but really quite tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                I'm sorry I hadn't tried the lightly smoked sardines in olive oil (from Portugal) sooner. The can has three large pieces, taken from fish more the size of fresh sardines I see than the small fish I often see canned. They have good flavor and their texture is nice and firm, not soft the way many canned sardines are, and are a very good deal for the quality at $1.49. Because of their size and firm texture, these are a better bet for chopping up eating in salads or with pasta than, for example, on crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                They were sampling the roasted chicken patties (burgers, essentially), which have good flavor and texture. I believe they're refrigerated, not frozen, in packs of two for $2.49.

                                                                                                                                                                                These aren't new to TJ's or to me, but continue to impress me: California Estate extra virgin olive oil, an excellent general-use oil that's fresh with a bit of peppery finish, is a deal at $5.99 for 500ml; and TJ's is the only place I know that carries 3.5 oz bars of Valrhona (Noir Amer 71% and Noir Amer Extra 85%) for just $2.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. bistro biscuits are new, and i love them! they seem to be an homage to biscoff biscuits, a belgian specialty--in france i've purchased biscoff spread, which is like peanut butter, but with this distinctive cookie flavor. so yum. hard to describe--a bit gingerbread-y..a crisp, faintly spicy cookie that would make a terrific cookie crust for cheesecake or an ice cream pie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chez cherie

                                                                                                                                                                                    I just saw those yesterday. I'd have bought some, but had just received my mail order of Biscoff. BTW, they give you a couple samples of the Biscoff spread in your order.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The Dark Chocolate bars with caramel and black sea salt -- really good balance of chocolate, caramel and salt. Went back and bought more. The toffee version didn't send me, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh I was just going to post about those. Soooooooo good.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                                                                        They were giving out samples when I was in there the other day, personally, I would prefer them without the caramel.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. We lloved the frozen sticky rice with mango. Yeah, the mango was mushy, like all defrosted mango, but the flavors were really nice and the mung bean topping was crunchy. Too bad you can't have it, though, because they apparently discontinued it. Or the clerk was making it up to get a customer off his back, which happens frequently there.

                                                                                                                                                                                        However, you can try their roasted veggie quinoa (also in the frozen foods). Nuke it, top with a fried egg, salt, pepper and maybe some sriracha and you have healthy, quick dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                                          I was at Trader Joe's just this week and the mango sticky rice is back! I had seen it disappear from the freezer section, but it seems to be re-continued. My cashier commented on the return of the sticky rice as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                          FWIW, I live in the Boston area.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I haven't tried this yet, but I just read an article about taste-testing the best chocolate ice cream. TJ's came in 2nd!

                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.kitchendaily.com/2011/06/0...

                                                                                                                                                                                          TJ's vanilla snagged firs runner up in vanilla as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Dessert time:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yea: Belgian chocolate pudding. Dark, deep, rich, semisweet. I ration myself to one teaspoon for dessert, and astonishingly that's all I need.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yea: black cherry gel cups. I'm pretty poor at portion control, but these little cups of jello are just about right for me, and they taste good. TJ also makes mango gel cups but I haven't tried them yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Nay/Yea/?? Rice pudding. The first time it was custardy and not too sweet, the second time (a week later, same store) it was soupy, the rice all but dissolved, and very sweet. Will the real TJ's rice pudding please stand up?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: armagnac

                                                                                                                                                                                              Where's the Belgian chocolate pudding? That sounds right up my alley.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Wooo Hooo! TJs opened today in our town, and the barbershop chorus I sing with got to sing inside from 10-noon. Yeah, it was a madhouse, and 20 women singing and blocking packed aisles didn't help. I think I was the only one to stay and fight the crowds to shop. Heck, I was out of the house already, right? I recommended this thread to a complete stranger as a way to find out what's good and what isn't. Yeah, I'm shy like that, LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                              I picked up a bunch of things - some I've bought at the TJs 40 minutes away in the past...and noted on a new phone shopping list the items I buy regularly that are far cheaper at TJs than elsewhere. Also picked up some new items, but haven't tried them yet, since I had dinner out and have leftovers in the fridge and cupboards to use up before I open or thaw new stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Gluten free Snickerdoodles! we don't need to eat gluten free but b/c of sever nut allergies we're pretty limited when it comes store bought cookies due to cross contamination. but with or without allergies, these cookies are awesome. i'm pretty sure they're made by Enjoy Life and wish TJ's would get them to make their other cookies for them as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: trolley

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am glad you reviewed the Enjoy Life snickerdoodles. I think I have wanted to try them for a year, but I see them at Jewel or meijer for $4-5... which seems like a bad investment since they are--alas--cookies. If you remember, let me know how much they are at TJs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                    it seems like almost all prepared gluten free foods are expensive. I don't remember how much they cost at TJ's but i can tell you they're still not cheap. however, if you're into GF foods either b/c you have to be or in our case nut allergies, Enjoy Life products are great. i can make cookies at home but sometimes i just don't have the time or energy left at the end of the day...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just found my receipt and the box was $2.99. not bad but i think you only get about 16 cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: trolley

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for the response and information. 16 cookies is not bad; I get sick of things easily, so I prefer small sizes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You mentioned making your own.. just a heads-up that SUNSPIRE products including the Gluten Free-Dairy Free products are really good. Although I haven't looked for them at TJ yet.--just other stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: trolley

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Haven't seen these, just the ginger snaps. Are they in a box or bag?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Yay on the masala lentil dip! Tastes yummy with multigrain sesame pita chips. I don't know how new this is, but it's new to me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. The chocolate macarons (fresh, not frozen) are very good - as good as any I've had in the US, and better than my home attempts at making them. They're not as delicate as Laduree or Pierre Hermes, but if you like a chewy macaron with good ganache, this is a really good product.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: daveena

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ooh. I love macarons. I like the frozen ones, but I'll have to keep my eyes open for them. Hopefully they'll come to NY.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I STILL haven't been able to find the macarons in my TJs :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. This has probably also been around for a while, but i recently tried the soy chorizo. Fried up some potatoes, and crumbled in the chorizo. Amazing flavor! Would be great in a breakfast burrito with eggs too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The barbecue sauce is pretty good. I have been searching for a sauce without HFCS and theirs does not... although it does have caramel coloring which I know people have advised me to avoid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Vegan mochi - vanilla, chocolate, and mango flavors. The "ice cream" is coconut milk based, so it's really icy just out of the freezer, but if you give it a few minutes at room temperature, the flavor and texture is really good. I'm not vegan by any means - actually bought them for a party where I knew there were going to be vegans - tested one out of curiosity and ate the whole box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Steamer clams - I thought they were ok, but have read really bad reviews of them - especially their grittiness. Heck, here in AZ we don't have access to fresh clams, so these are ok for me. We tried some frozen mussels from the grocery, I liked the TJ clams better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tarte D'Alsace - am I imagining things or did they change the recipe? It used to be creme fraiche and now the box says grueyere (sp?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love the onion soup, spinach and artichoke dip, everything pretzel chips, thai shrimp gyoza, honey greek yogurt, truffle cheese, and the TJ brand prosciutto - I SWEAR it's as good as the Parma stuff - MUST BUY. Oh and the mission figs are a million times better than the grocery brand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not so good - Ham and Cheese croissants, coq au vin (bf said it was meh), I really dislike the chicken stock, compound herb butter in the refrig. section - too garlicky and just . . . weird.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Really missing these discontinued items: Thai green beans (frozen) and grits in a tube (used to be next to the polenta.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: VinylChild

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glad to hear you like the steamer clams. I have a box in the freezer waiting for me. Based on reviews, I passed on the Ham and Cheese Croissants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: VinylChild

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tarte D'Alsace - am I imagining things or did they change the recipe? It used to be creme fraiche and now the box says grueyere (sp?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it's always had both crème fraîche and gruyere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      as much as I hate to point out craziness....you are imagining this one - it;s always been with the gruyere, Maybe there was another tarte? I remember another I tried once, didn't like, but have no clue what it was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: yummykimmy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No, I think all y'all are right - I read the box more carefully and it said "creme fraiche" in addition to gruyere on the back of the box, but I really thought at one time they had creme fraiche mentioned on the front of the box. Just a temporary malady - it tasted fine today :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Really nice!