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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

clubtraderjoes Oct 1, 2012 07:09 PM

OK, here is the 4th quarter thread for 2012. If these get much longer we will have to go bi-monthly!

I expect a lot of discussion this quarter since this is the most active time of the year for buying food and Trader Joe's has a ton of new stuff coming our way! Let the discussion begin!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

  1. Savour Oct 1, 2012 08:07 PM

    Yay- new thread!
    Moderate yea - this pumpkin walks into a bar. Tasty, but not as pumpkiny as I was hoping. I wanted a bar filled with their pumpkin butter.

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    1. re: Savour
      olyolyy Oct 1, 2012 09:39 PM

      Does it have pumpkin pie spice flavoring? I feel TJs is heavy handed with that in products (I hate their pumpkin ice cream).

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        John Francis Oct 2, 2012 02:53 AM

        I like some of their other walks into bars; this one looks worth trying, before TJ discontinues it the day after Hallowe'en.

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          John Francis Oct 3, 2012 12:50 PM

          Not stocked in the Brooklyn store. Didn't think to ask staff about them.

          1. re: John Francis
            Rilke Oct 3, 2012 01:03 PM

            They are temporarily out of stock.

        2. re: Savour
          clubtraderjoes Oct 2, 2012 07:08 AM

          I liked it because it wasn't so pumpkin spicy! It was more like a fig bar with a little pumpkin spice.

          Steve
          www.clubtraderjoes.com

          1. re: clubtraderjoes
            olyolyy Oct 2, 2012 11:59 AM

            Good to know, thanks.

          2. re: Savour
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            John Francis Oct 16, 2012 10:15 AM

            No pumpkin has walked into the bar at the Brooklyn TJ's - it's not that they've sold out, there's never been shelf space for them. No pumpkin soup either, nor much else that's orange. Actual pumpkins of all sizes, yes, but I don't expect many of them will be eaten.

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              hbg1 Oct 18, 2012 08:45 AM

              I found the pumpkin walks into a bar at the end of an aisle, along with many other pumpkin-flavored items. There was no shelf space for them with the other "walks into a bar"s, so it seems like they will stay on the seasonal shelf, in my local store at least.

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            shaebones Oct 1, 2012 11:44 PM

            I think bimonthly is a great compromise.

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            1. re: shaebones
              clubtraderjoes Oct 2, 2012 07:09 AM

              We'll see how it goes this quarter. If it gets crazy, we'll do bimonthly in January.

              1. re: clubtraderjoes
                MplsM ary Oct 18, 2012 11:00 AM

                I'm actually going to suggest monthly, at least for the months of October, November and December. It's only the 18th and there are 239 replies.

                The seasonal stuff always generates so many posts. At this rate, the thread will get close to 1,000 posts. It's not easy to get useful information when thread gets so long.

                1. re: MplsM ary
                  Berheenia Oct 18, 2012 12:14 PM

                  Second this.

                  1. re: Berheenia
                    coll Oct 18, 2012 01:38 PM

                    Start a new one around Thanksgiving.

                    1. re: Berheenia
                      NuMystic Oct 18, 2012 02:47 PM

                      Third. Would much prefer more manageable sized threads especially when searching them when mobile.

                      1. re: NuMystic
                        clubtraderjoes Oct 27, 2012 01:31 PM

                        OK, sorry for the late response... I'll start a new thread next week and do it monthly through the end of the year. I guess as we get more Trader Joe's established across the USA this thread is just going to become hard to manage. I sure wish Chow would go to more up to date board software.

                        1. re: clubtraderjoes
                          yummykimmy Oct 30, 2012 11:39 AM

                          Or how about a board dedicated to TJ's?

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                            thursday Oct 30, 2012 12:50 PM

                            I actually like this idea a lot - they have so many staples, and yet so much turnover of product, in addition to seasonal items that re-emerge, that separate threads would be very helpful rather than having to search back over time looking for various items.

                            1. re: thursday
                              MplsM ary Oct 30, 2012 05:32 PM

                              Or, split out stores from chains.

                              1. re: MplsM ary
                                clubtraderjoes Nov 3, 2012 01:59 PM

                                I don't know how to lobby the Chow people to start a separate board for Trader Joe's. I'm tempted to start my own on my website because I find this board layout so crummy...

                                Steve
                                www.clubtraderjoes.com

                                1. re: clubtraderjoes
                                  MplsM ary Nov 3, 2012 02:30 PM

                                  Well, a TJ's board would imply Chow has TJ's ties. I get why no TJ's board.

                                  Still, if you could please start a new thread for November? Long threads are murder to read on a phone or tablet.

                                  1. re: clubtraderjoes
                                    The Chowhound Team Nov 3, 2012 02:52 PM

                                    There's a recent discussion of this at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875816; feel free to add your input there.

                                    1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                      yummykimmy Nov 8, 2012 07:04 PM

                                      How about posting this discussion on this board or somehow raise awareness to get the feedback from frequent visitors to this board?

                                    2. re: clubtraderjoes
                                      NuMystic Nov 3, 2012 11:24 PM

                                      I've been fantasizing about someone putting up a site with entries for each individual product and a user submitted rating system. Think about how incredibly useful it would be for the many thousands of reviews here to be aggregated on a single page per product and with at a glance collated ratings?

                                      This would even allow sorting of products by popularity and score.

                                      There are some forum softwares that could be tweaked for that purpose right out of the box, but of course a dedicated site would be cleaner. It could even be done as a wiki so that all the content is user submitted taking the burden off the site owner to constantly update with product entries.

                                      Of course the ultimate ideal would be Chow putting some coders on the task for a week and having it hosted right here. Far fetched perhaps, but I would think that in sheer page views and forum activity these threads must rank highly on chowhound overall?

                                      Well, a guy can dream anyway. :-)

                                      1. re: NuMystic
                                        Dommy Nov 3, 2012 11:34 PM

                                        You mean something like this?

                                        http://www.traderjoesfan.com/componen...

                                        --Dommy!

                                        1. re: Dommy
                                          NuMystic Nov 3, 2012 11:55 PM

                                          Something "like" yes but not a blog post format which makes sorting next to impossible. And of course the idea only has real value when you've got a passionate collective brain trust (palate trust?) as large and active as the one here.

                                          A format more like most retail or database sites meant to be searched and sorted by design. More like how Newegg, Amazon, or IMDB works with it's reviews.

                                          1. re: NuMystic
                                            clubtraderjoes Nov 5, 2012 07:41 AM

                                            I can do something like that at my website with the ratings. The problem is driving enough traffic to that website to make it worth while. That's a fair amount of work. I'll see what I can do. I do have ratings at the bottom of each review I do and I am trying to figure out a way to aggregate them into a page to make it easier to view.

                                            The TraderJoesFan site looks abandoned. I'm not sure who is running it anymore.

                                            I will start a new November thread today!

                                            Steve
                                            www.clubtraderjoes.com

                                            1. re: NuMystic
                                              olyolyy Nov 5, 2012 07:53 PM

                                              I'm picturing a yelp type site for only trader joes products...which would be awesome.

                    2. Rodzilla Oct 1, 2012 11:50 PM

                      yay Roasted Coconut Chips

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                        peppatty Oct 6, 2012 08:23 PM

                        These are awesome! Nay on the korean seaweed salad. Too slimy.

                      2. AmyH Oct 2, 2012 05:14 AM

                        Yay - Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies. The cookie part is buttery hazelnut shortbread and there's a dab of chocolate/hazelnut cream like nutella in between. Very tasty, but rich.

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                        1. re: AmyH
                          Rilke Oct 2, 2012 11:48 AM

                          Please note that we (fellow crew members and I) are nearly positive the nutrition facts on these are incorrect. They list 1 measly gram of sugar for two cookies, which you will know can't be right once you bite into one. (Plus they are 90 cals each.)

                          They will probably be pulled for correction soon.

                          1. re: Rilke
                            goodhealthgourmet Oct 2, 2012 02:14 PM

                            any idea why so many of their products end up with inaccurate labeling? i've personally pointed out several over the years that ended up getting changed.

                            and on a seasonal note, do you know if the bags of roasted, in-shell pumpkin seeds are on the shelves yet?

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                              GraceW Oct 2, 2012 03:19 PM

                              I agree it is rather odd that they do not switch the labels. I have written them 2-3 times about incorrect labels, and to be honest, they were not very nice in their response.

                              1. re: GraceW
                                trolley Oct 2, 2012 04:26 PM

                                i think you and i discussed this a while back on another thread. what was the item?

                                1. re: trolley
                                  GraceW Oct 2, 2012 05:31 PM

                                  The 'sweet' and hot' Mustard was one of the products... apparently 1tsp (not even a TBSP) is 3 grams of protein.. right.

                                2. re: GraceW
                                  goodhealthgourmet Oct 5, 2012 05:17 PM

                                  that's odd - they've always been responsive to me. in fact, whenever i bring it to their attention, they end up making the change.

                                3. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                  Rilke Oct 2, 2012 07:43 PM

                                  I don't know. :-( My best guess is that since TJ's does not produce any of its own products, there are more steps than normal between production and label printing. Just a guess though.

                                  Haven't seen the in-shell pepitas yet.

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                    NuMystic Oct 3, 2012 10:39 PM

                                    I'm just curious if the incorrect nutrition info swings both ways, or conveniently tends to err on the unbelievably positive side of such "errors". Last two that I've seen were both lower calorie and fat/sugar instances, though admittedly not much of a sample set. :)

                                  2. re: Rilke
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                                    LopreteM Oct 2, 2012 02:42 PM

                                    2nd the yay and also - my store had a notice about the incorrect labeling, it posted the accurate info but i can't remember it at the moment (im pretty sure it said 9 grams of sugar - after tasting them i am not sure i believe that either). it did say though that boxes with corrected labels will be in in a few weeks. Ignorance is bliss though! lol

                                  3. re: AmyH
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                                    chompy Oct 2, 2012 03:16 PM

                                    I liked the nice short texture of the cookie part, but thought the cream in the middle lacked enough chocolate or hazelnut flavor for my taste. Also the filling was oddly a bit chewy, rather than creamy.

                                    But I might buy these again anyhow. They were pretty good, just not the cookies of my dreams.

                                    1. re: chompy
                                      AmyH Oct 2, 2012 03:32 PM

                                      True, the filling is a bit more chewy than creamy. Nutella seems to do that. I use it for filling my hamantaschen cookies sometimes and the heat of baking makes it firm up rather than melt.

                                    2. re: AmyH
                                      coney with everything Oct 4, 2012 05:20 AM

                                      +100 on the Chocolate Hazelnut cookies...they were sampling them last night. I had one and immediately grabbed a box.

                                      Still no pumpkin yogurt or pumpkin macarons at my TJs (Detroit area). Sigh.

                                      1. re: coney with everything
                                        AmyH Oct 4, 2012 08:27 AM

                                        You're not missing much on the pumpkin yogurt (see below) but I'm dying to try the pumpkin macaron's, too. It's the only product www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com has given a perfect 10 score to. My Albany store didn't have them and when I asked the manager she said they were not slated to get any this season. I almost cried.

                                        1. re: AmyH
                                          coney with everything Oct 5, 2012 04:34 AM

                                          I feared that all stores might not be getting these if they haven't already. What a bummer.

                                          1. re: coney with everything
                                            AmyH Oct 5, 2012 04:51 AM

                                            You could ask the manager (captain?) of your local store to check on the computer for you.

                                          2. re: AmyH
                                            clubtraderjoes Oct 5, 2012 06:51 AM

                                            They must be an east coast thing. I have not seen those in my store yet! There are a ton of new items right now and it's hard to keep track.

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                                              AmyH Oct 5, 2012 09:09 AM

                                              I dont' know. I'm on the east coast (Albany) and the writers of that blog are in Pittsburgh.
                                              @ Rilke - I don't remember seeing a peanut brittle rating but the bloggers said themselves that it was their first '10' in the 1 1/2 years of the blog.

                                              1. re: clubtraderjoes
                                                Savour Oct 5, 2012 02:27 PM

                                                I just found them in CA

                                                1. re: Savour
                                                  Savour Oct 5, 2012 03:06 PM

                                                  And now I've tried them. A yea, but not the best thing ever. (I prefer those new chocolate hazelnut cookies -- now those are delicious!)

                                              2. re: AmyH
                                                Rilke Oct 5, 2012 08:13 AM

                                                Didn't they give a ten for the peanut brittle too?

                                                1. re: Rilke
                                                  AmyH Oct 5, 2012 09:21 AM

                                                  OK, I looked and you're absolutely right! They did give a 10 to the peanut brittle and, according to their pantheon page http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/...
                                                  they've given it to several other products as well, from tomato bisque to tater tots to ice cream. Cereal and cake mix, too. Well, that shouldn't detract from the pumpkin macaron's honor because at least it's still a fairly rare score for them.

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                                                  chez cherie Oct 8, 2012 08:26 AM

                                                  i am a crazy macaron lover--and a pumpkin lover, too! brought a pack of these home yesterday for a first-of-fall treat. soooo disappointed! left them on the counter for about 40 minutes to defrost while we ate dinner, and the things were mushy and just an awful texture. the flavor was fine, nice and pumpkiny, but the texture was gross. no little crunch as my teeth broke the surface of the cookie, no soft chew from the almond dough--just a soggy mouthful of pumpkin. did i get a bad batch? i'm willing to try again, since so many people have recommended these, but this was no where near a10 at our house.

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                                                    aloha925 Oct 8, 2012 03:12 PM

                                                    I agree. I liked the flavor, but the texture was lacking. I missed the little shatter you get when you first bite in and the following chew. Refrigerating the macarons marginally improved the chewiness. The larger chocolate versions provide a little more chew and can satisfy my macaron craving until I can get the real deal. I refrigerate those too - keeps them a little chewier, which is how I like them (though I let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before eating to take the chill off).

                                                    1. re: chez cherie
                                                      emily Oct 8, 2012 03:15 PM

                                                      They might be better frozen? I like the vanilla macarons straight from the freezer. The chocolate ones are too dry that way, but the vanilla have a nice chew.

                                                    2. re: AmyH
                                                      AmyH Oct 17, 2012 05:43 PM

                                                      When I went back to my local Trader Joe's this past weekend they had the pumpkin macaron's after all! The cashier said they had been surprised to get them in. I finally got to try one tonight and I thought it was a definite yea. Very nice pumpkin flavor with a nice amount of cream inside. Not heavy on the spices either. The pumpkin flavor really stood out.

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                                                        jsaimd Oct 20, 2012 11:54 PM

                                                        I am a nay on the pumpkin macaron - soft almost soggy texture. Better frozen.

                                                        1. re: jsaimd
                                                          AmyH Oct 21, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                          Opinions on the pumpkin macarons seem to be pretty evenly divided between yea and nay on this thread!

                                                  2. re: AmyH
                                                    RWCFoodie Oct 8, 2012 05:41 PM

                                                    +1 for those cookies! YUM

                                                    1. re: AmyH
                                                      aching Nov 1, 2012 03:16 PM

                                                      I also give a big Yea to the Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies. Very very addictive.

                                                    2. trolley Oct 2, 2012 04:33 PM

                                                      Moderate YAY or NAY- pumpkin yogurt. i think it's a personal preference as I saw a YAY on this item in the older thread. I just haven't met a nonfat greek yogurt i've enjoyed. However, I do think it would satisfy some kind of pumpkin craving if on a diet. But at the same time coming in at 190 cal for the 8oz container isn't exactly low fat. But i suppose pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake will be at least triple that.

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                                                      1. re: trolley
                                                        AmyH Oct 3, 2012 05:01 AM

                                                        And 23 grams of sugar! (assuming that's correct) I'm having one for lunch today so I'm not sure yet if I'll like it. But if I do, I think this will be just an occasional treat during the season.

                                                        1. re: trolley
                                                          clubtraderjoes Oct 3, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                          Zero fat! Just a ton of calories. Half of one of those containers is too little and one whole one is too much for me! I really liked it but it sure does fill you up!

                                                          Steve
                                                          www.clubtraderjoes.com

                                                          1. re: clubtraderjoes
                                                            AmyH Oct 3, 2012 09:01 AM

                                                            Just ate one for lunch. You're absolutely correct that the full 8 oz is too much, which is weird because I always used to eat 8 oz yogurts for lunch, before the big downsize, with no problem. But those weren't Greek, so that must be the difference. I could barely finish this. I wasn't too crazy about the taste either. Not pumpkiny enough for me, and the spices stood out too much. Despite the mega dose of sugar, I thought it was a little bitter. I'm disappointed. I have to give it a nay.

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                                                          RedTop Oct 3, 2012 06:48 AM

                                                          Big NAY: Trader Joe's Certified Organic Pasteurized Lemonade.

                                                          Family sez it's so sugar laden it tastes like Kool Aid.

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                                                            littleflower Oct 5, 2012 05:54 PM

                                                            Is this a lemonade that is found on the non-refrigerated juice aisle? I have yet to try the Frozen Lemonade which I heard on here is really good and very much mourning the seasonal loss of the Original Lemonade in the refrigerated section. Tried Simply Lemonade and thought it was wayyy sugary and didn't taste natural to me (although they certainly do claim it to be).

                                                          2. NuMystic Oct 3, 2012 11:47 PM

                                                            Nay - Smoked Paprika (Trader Joe's label) - Nice color and flavor but too moist making it hard to sprinkle due to it caking up behind the shaker top.

                                                            Nay - Coconut Mango Bites - Very nice initial hit of coconut followed by an unpleasantly tart rather than mango tasting finish. Had high hopes that it would be good enough to ignore it being corn syrup sweetened fat bomb. My cardiologist from the year 2034 sent a message back in time thanking TJ's for not succeeding.

                                                            Yay - Roasted Plantain Chips - Much lighter and flakier than the bodega varieties I've had, and deceptively salty for only clocking 50mg of sodium per oz. if that is indeed accurate. Popcorn that low in salt was virtually flavorless so I was pleasantly surprised.

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                                                            1. re: NuMystic
                                                              goodhealthgourmet Oct 4, 2012 10:33 AM

                                                              those roasted plantain chips are insanely addictive. and re: your curiosity about the incorrect nutrition info labeling, in my experience the inaccuracies are/were too good to be true :)

                                                              1. re: NuMystic
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                                                                KrumTx Oct 8, 2012 04:58 PM

                                                                Agree on the coconut mango bites. I thought they were awful. Will be my first return since I accidentally bought 2 bags

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                                                                  Ummm Oct 8, 2012 11:23 PM

                                                                  Didn't like the coconut/mango bites either...

                                                                2. mcel215 Oct 4, 2012 02:32 AM

                                                                  Yea, is the Chicken Wonton (steamed), with the Thai Sweet Chile Sauce as a dip.

                                                                  www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                                  1. olyolyy Oct 4, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                    Yay to: apple cinnamon snack sticks
                                                                    multigrain french toast (frozen)

                                                                    Nay to: discontinuing the unpasturized american cheese

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                                                                      littleflower Oct 5, 2012 05:34 PM

                                                                      Love that multigrain french toast! An item we go through often in our house for sure.

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                                                                      libgirl2 Oct 5, 2012 09:37 AM

                                                                      Korma sauce... throw in some chicken, chick peas and potatoes.... my family was thrilled!

                                                                      1. clubtraderjoes Oct 5, 2012 10:45 AM

                                                                        It's pumpkin season at Trader Joe's.

                                                                        Yeas - This pumpkin walks into a bar, pumpkin butter, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin roobios tea, pumpkin ice cream

                                                                        Meh - Pumpkin soup - needs more flavor

                                                                        Steve
                                                                        www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                        1. re: clubtraderjoes
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                                                                          littleflower Oct 5, 2012 05:54 PM

                                                                          +1 on the Pumpkin Cream Cheese...very good on cinnamon raisin bagels and also on TJ's Triple Ginger cookies!

                                                                          1. re: clubtraderjoes
                                                                            Savour Oct 6, 2012 02:48 PM

                                                                            I doctored the soup today (which was lacking in flavor) with a little cream cheese, curry powder and shredded gruyere. Pretty tasty. A nice pumpkin flavor. But I think it needs to be treated as a starter rather than a finished product.

                                                                            1. re: Savour
                                                                              clubtraderjoes Oct 7, 2012 09:18 AM

                                                                              Those were my exact thoughts on this pumpkin soup too. I wrote the same thing in my review a couple of days ago. Great starter, needs to be doctored up to make it taste like anything good.

                                                                              Steve
                                                                              www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                            ohmyyum Oct 5, 2012 02:29 PM

                                                                            Yay! Organic high protein super firm tofu. Great for grilling and baking. I even got my friends who hate the texture of fried and steamed tofu to enjoy it.

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                                                                              Dommy Nov 3, 2012 11:41 PM

                                                                              It's also great for crumbling. I mix crumbled tofu with their taco seasoning... saute it in chopped onions, mini bellpeppers, tomato and sprinkle in chopped fresh cilantro right before I'm done. This filling, some sliced avocado and their Corn/Wheat Tortillas is a favorite meatless meal.

                                                                              --Dommy!

                                                                            2. tracylee Oct 6, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                                              Has anyone tried the Pilgrim Joe's Clam Chowder? Every now and then I get a hankering for clam chowder, but most have a high cream content, which my system rebels against. This can doesn't have cream in the ingredients, but to add milk to heat it up. I gather I can use non-dairy milk for that.

                                                                              1. mcel215 Oct 6, 2012 02:52 PM

                                                                                Yay - Pumpkin Ice Cream, labeled under Pilgrim Joe's.

                                                                                www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                                                1. tracylee Oct 6, 2012 07:50 PM

                                                                                  Big Yay for the TJ's Perlina Pasta with Prosciutto. Tossed it in a sage browned butter sauce, and ate more than my fair share this evening.

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                                                                                    vstoklosa1 Oct 6, 2012 08:19 PM

                                                                                    TJ's Chile Spiced Mango. This is dried mango covered in chile spices and granulated sugar. Awful. Simply Awful. Do not pass go, do not collect anything. Yucky to the max, and I'll eat ANYTHING (else) but this.

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                                                                                    1. re: vstoklosa1
                                                                                      NuMystic Oct 6, 2012 09:21 PM

                                                                                      Could not agree more. Found it utterly inedible, went back after only a single bite from both my wife and myself, and we do enjoy savory as well as sweet snacks.

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                                                                                        vttp926 Oct 7, 2012 02:42 PM

                                                                                        I personally love the stuff and have gotten other people to love it to. But I think it depends on how long the spices have been on there. I had a package that the spices turned dark really quick and I couldn't eat that compared to my previous bags.

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                                                                                          NuMystic Oct 7, 2012 10:05 PM

                                                                                          Interesting! The spices were quite dark on the one I tried, but I don't have any point of reference for comparison. If I see it on the shelf looking much lighter perhaps I'll give 'em another shot.

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                                                                                            vttp926 Oct 8, 2012 04:45 PM

                                                                                            Yea the darker package look more like it was sorta wet and not as dried as other packages. So please try them if you find one that looks lighter.

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                                                                                        vstoklosa1 Oct 6, 2012 08:21 PM

                                                                                        Frozen Butternut Squash Risotto rocks. Perfectly seasoned. There's just not enough of it in the bag. Love it.

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                                                                                          John Francis Oct 7, 2012 07:32 AM

                                                                                          I enjoyed that too. Hope it isn't just a fall seasonal item.

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                                                                                          vstoklosa1 Oct 6, 2012 08:22 PM

                                                                                          TJ's frozen Channa Masala is the most perfect food I've ever eaten. It's cooked chickpeas inTikka Masala sauce. So perfectly seasoned, I could eat it every day. I use it as a base for Chicken Tikka Masala and my family is hooked on it.

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                                                                                            NuMystic Oct 6, 2012 09:25 PM

                                                                                            So glad you're loving it. For us it was merely a lukewarm "meh". Edible to be sure, but even when it comes to pre-prepared indian of which there is an abundance this didn't rate as anything more than middle of the road for us.

                                                                                            Seasoning was good, chickpeas were mush, and the sauce didn't have nearly as pleasing atexture I have come to enjoy in other versions of this dish.

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                                                                                            gnomatic Oct 7, 2012 06:12 PM

                                                                                            Not sure if it's new, but I just spotted phyllo dough in the freezer section (next to the pie crust, and puff pastry). Didn't see any price for it though.

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                                                                                              chez cherie Oct 7, 2012 09:09 PM

                                                                                              just saw it today for the first time--def new. will try this week!

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                                                                                                tasteeone Oct 10, 2012 07:28 PM

                                                                                                I just bought some and it was $2.99. haven't tried it yet though.

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                                                                                              littleflower Oct 7, 2012 06:58 PM

                                                                                              Yay: Sparkling Clementine Juice Beverage - nice alternative to sodas...really does taste like clementine juice and has over 80 percent fruit juice in it.

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                                                                                                littleflower Oct 7, 2012 09:23 PM

                                                                                                Oops forgot to add this one on to my last comment...

                                                                                                NAY - Free Range Chicken Broth: we didn't like the flavor of this broth at all (used this to make a gravy with pan drippings/rue from TJ's boneless pork loin chops)...much prefer the Low Sodium Chicken Broth that TJ's sells. Not sure if it was a bad batch or not, but won't be buying this one again. Pork chops were delicious as usual though.

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                                                                                                  John Francis Oct 8, 2012 02:09 AM

                                                                                                  Agree about the Free Range Chicken Broth - tried it and didn't like it long ago, so this wasn't because of one bad batch. The Low Sodium Chicken Broth is fine.

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                                                                                                    Savour Oct 8, 2012 02:05 PM

                                                                                                    Interesting. My go to chicken broth is the Organic, not low sodium chicken broth from Trader Joe's. It has a deep chicken flavor. The rest of their chicken broths (including the Organic Low Sodium and the regular Free Range) aren't nearly as good.

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                                                                                                      littleflower Oct 8, 2012 02:52 PM

                                                                                                      I wasn't aware that there was an Organic regular chicken broth...we've only tried the Low Sodium Chicken Broth and the Free Range, and thought the Free Range tasted...off...almost like it had soured. Like I said, wasn't sure if it was just our tastebuds or the box, but maybe it's just not that good.

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                                                                                                    candypandora Oct 22, 2012 10:30 AM

                                                                                                    There's organic, there's free-range, but the GOOD one is organic free-range. It's the most damn delicious broth ever. I eat some almost every day.

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                                                                                                      olyolyy Oct 22, 2012 01:09 PM

                                                                                                      Yes the free-range organic one is the best, especially for cooking veggies or rice.

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                                                                                                        Savour Oct 22, 2012 04:07 PM

                                                                                                        Agreed on this. That's the one I like. But not the low sodium version. That's a pale imitation of the chickeny goodness that is the organic free range broth.

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                                                                                                          littleflower Oct 22, 2012 05:02 PM

                                                                                                          Interesting...I think we bought the regular Free Range before and didn't care for it. We will definitely have to try the Organic Free Range based on the number of positive reviews here! Thanks everyone for your input.

                                                                                                  3. Rodzilla Oct 7, 2012 11:33 PM

                                                                                                    looking for a report on the pumpkin pecan oats

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                                                                                                      GraceW Oct 8, 2012 10:52 AM

                                                                                                      Sorry, mine did not have these :(

                                                                                                    2. GraceW Oct 8, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                                                                      Yay-Honey Roasted Slivered Almonds
                                                                                                      --These would be great and affordable to use in baking blondies... like 'Gooey Toffee Blondies' with these would be great. Although I have been using them with breakfasts (oats, muesli, cereal, granola, etc.)--pretty multi-purpose.

                                                                                                      YAY x YAY--Garlic Marinated Mushrooms (in a jar)
                                                                                                      --These have been my favorite item in the store since... well about five years or whenever I found them. I used to try and tell no one (because who wants to say 'mmmmm garlic-y mushrooms!', but I want people to enjoy them, so I figure I would mention it for the third time.

                                                                                                      Yay--Hodgepodge Veg (frozen)
                                                                                                      --This seems like a great mix for a great price.

                                                                                                      Yay- Greeting Cards
                                                                                                      You can tell I don't go to TJ weekly.. but when I go I stock-up.. so I like to stock-up on Birthday and Thank You cards for 99 cents.

                                                                                                      YAY-Pumpkin Spice Blend
                                                                                                      For $1.99 this is about $2 cheaper than regular stores.

                                                                                                      NAY-Pumpkin Mousse Cake
                                                                                                      I should mention I only 'kind-of' like pumpkin... that being said I do not think it tasted much like pumpkin. The mousse did not taste like much of anything, and you couldn't really taste the strips of chocolate cake. (Also don't expect to serve this to many. It is small.)

                                                                                                      NAY-Raspberry Macaron Cake
                                                                                                      This has gotten great reviews. Back during the summer I went to get it for my birthday, but they didn't have it. Well, I liked the outside and the raspberry. But I did not like the middle 'cream'-layer which had no taste. I guess for the near $6 price-tag and TINY size it just is not worth it--in my opinion.

                                                                                                      NAY-TJ's Snacks 'Inner Peace'
                                                                                                      These are kind of like 'veggie-sticks' (green air-puffed cornmeal...). I figured I would just try'em since they are new. They do not have a taste. But if you like 'healfied' snacky things.. then you might like these. (Personally I started dipping them in sriracha, ketchup, sauces, etc.. just to try and give them some taste.)

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                                                                                                        Savour Oct 8, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                                                                        The Inner Peas are the TJ's branded Snapea Crisps. They're like toddler crack, but they're not my personal most favorite things. Haven't tried the actual Inner Peas.

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                                                                                                          coney with everything Oct 9, 2012 04:47 AM

                                                                                                          I like the Inner Peas, but I was a fan of the Snapeas...they are a nice crunch element in salads

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                                                                                                        RedTop Oct 8, 2012 11:22 AM

                                                                                                        NAY - Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley. "A delicious Blend of Long Grain Brown Rice, Black Barley, & Daikon Radish Seeds"

                                                                                                        The product doesn't know what it wants to be. But it will be returned!

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                                                                                                          Dommy Oct 15, 2012 10:30 PM

                                                                                                          I actually really like it for a work lunch option... it has a lot of texture and soaks up a lot of flavor of what you pair it with (Usually I have it with the frozen teriyaki chicken they sell, which is suprisingly decent for a frozen fully cooked meat item & their organic broccoli florets, also very good ). The trick is to add a little bit of water when heating it up and putting a wet towel over it. You'd think that because its frozen it would be plenty 'moist' but it dries out really quickly in the microwave. It needs a little more steam to help get it nice and fluffy.

                                                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                                                            RedTop Oct 16, 2012 05:06 AM

                                                                                                            Dommy, are you speaking of the Teriyaki Chicken and broccoli florets being frozen, or the Brown Rice Medley being frozen, also? The bag of brown rice we bought was a dry staple.

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                                                                                                              Dommy Oct 16, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                                                              Ah! Then we are thinking of two different product, there is a brown rice mix that is frozen.

                                                                                                              --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                RedTop Oct 17, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                I'll have to look for that on our next stop at TJs.

                                                                                                                I was crestfallen at the "fail" of that dry Brown Rice Medley we bought.

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                                                                                                            chinchi Oct 17, 2012 10:54 PM

                                                                                                            I regularly cook the Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley, and our household enjoys this mix. I like the different textures and grain varieties: it creates a lively side dish. I think the medley's identity crisis is an asset, not a detriment ;-)

                                                                                                            I also use the frozen brown rice medley that Dommy referenced -- perfect for a quick side dish.

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                                                                                                            littleflower Oct 8, 2012 12:02 PM

                                                                                                            Semi-Yay: Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon - flavor is amazing, probably the best tasting bacon I have ever tasted. Texture-wise it was a bit too chewy for me, I prefer a crispier piece of bacon (I fried it up in a pan and cooked it to just before it becomes burnt (very dark brown/black) which is how I always cook up my bacon). Agree with clubtraderjoes on his suggestion to use this for candied bacon - this would be the perfect bacon for it.

                                                                                                            Meh: Latest batch purchased of Crispy Crunchy Mini Oatmeal Cookies - they were overcooked, very dark brown and weren't as good as the last batch that we had. Next time will be more cautious to look at the tub first before buying it to make sure they are lighter brown in color.

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                                                                                                              paulj Oct 8, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                                                              I've been getting their ends and pieces. The nature of the pieces varies, sometimes irregular slices. The last one was mostly lean end chunks. Which, given that I mostly use it for flavoring, diced, is fine.

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                                                                                                                John Francis Oct 8, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                The ones I've gotten have been mostly fat, which is OK because that's what I got them for - when the fat is rendered, the bonus is that there's some meat. But I don't often see them in my local store.

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                                                                                                                clubtraderjoes Oct 13, 2012 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                That bacon is too thick to make it super crispy like the thinner cuts of bacon, but the Applewood smoked bacon has about the best flavor I've ever had in a bacon!

                                                                                                                www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                  Jelly71 Oct 16, 2012 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                  Concur! That bacon is so tasty and makes great BLTs. It's becoming a staple in my house.

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                                                                                                                  ns1 Dec 26, 2012 11:59 PM

                                                                                                                  I've been eating this bacon for years and it's not meant to be eaten super crispy IMHO, need a thinner cut of bacon for that

                                                                                                                3. aching Oct 8, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                  Yea for the Almond Windmill Cookies. They're buttery and almondy and have just the right amount of sweetness (not too).

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                                                                                                                    toopie28 Oct 8, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                    Another Yay for Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies - so good. OMG - my neighbours LOVE when I buy goodies at TJ'S - they usually get the rest of them since I can't control myself!

                                                                                                                    Yay and Nay - Mini Chicken Pot Pies - now I loved these. My OH did not. He said they were too much crust/pastry and not enough pie. Which is why I loved them since I'm not really a chick pot pie gal.

                                                                                                                    Anyone taste the Tiramisu from TJ's - I am on the hunt for the best Tiramisu.

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                                                                                                                      GraceW Oct 8, 2012 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                      Are the Hazelnut cookies crunchy or chewy? I only like chewy things. No crunchy things in my life.

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                                                                                                                        NuMystic Oct 8, 2012 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                        NO crunchy things? NONE? *blinks*

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                                                                                                                          Ruth Lafler Oct 11, 2012 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                          More crunchy than chewy -- two hazelnut shortbread cookies sandwiched around the filling, although the filling does provide a little chewiness.

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                                                                                                                            littleflower Oct 17, 2012 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                            GraceW, we actually thought about your comment on prefering chewy cookies over crunchy re: the Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies when our box of cookies turned very chewy after the box not closing all of the one one night. BTW...slight complaint on the packaging on these...hard to stay close at the top and once the foil is opened they turn chewy within a couple of days. You should give these a try and leave them out overnight - softens right up!

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                                                                                                                              GraceW Oct 18, 2012 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                              Haha, I suppose if I leave more things unclosed then they will get chewy. Except for maybe those Dunkers... pretty hard.

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                                                                                                                            givemecarbs Oct 9, 2012 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                            Now I will have to try that pie toopie I love the crust. Have you tried Costco tiramisu in their frozen desserts section?

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                                                                                                                              toopie28 Oct 9, 2012 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                              No. I've tried the fresh Tiramisu Cake they have sometimes. Didn't even know about frozen - will check that out. Thnks.

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                                                                                                                            emily Oct 8, 2012 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                            I adore the Almond Windmill Cookies!

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                                                                                                                              BuildingMyBento Oct 11, 2012 11:32 PM

                                                                                                                              big fan of those as well, particularly with raspberry jam

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                                                                                                                            John Francis Oct 8, 2012 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                            Yea - True Belgian Brussels Sprouts (frozen). Yes, it says Product of Belgium on the bag. These are babies, mostly less than 1" across. I like them.

                                                                                                                            1. RWCFoodie Oct 8, 2012 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                              NAY - Trader Joe's Vanilla Cultured Coconut Milk . Truly one of the most vile things I've tasted in a very long time. It's shelved with the yogurt. I thought that maybe it might be tasty as the first ingredient listed is organic coconut milk. I almost put it back when I saw carrageenan and guar gum listed but as there were actually some live cultures listed I went ahead and bought it. I think it was $1.49. When I opened the container I thought it looked yucky but went ahead and tasted it. Big Yuck. Lousy taste, lousy texture. Should have taken it back...

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                                                                                                                                paulj Oct 8, 2012 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                i.e. fake yogurt. What's with all the coconut stuff? Is it the new health food?

                                                                                                                                Their coconut chips are nice, their canned coconut cream is fine, but I'll continue to get most of my coconut from 99Ranch.

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                                                                                                                                  ohmyyum Oct 8, 2012 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                  re: the glut of coconut milk-based products being introduced, it's an alternative for those who can not tolerate dairy or for vegans, particularly since soy has been somewhat maligned. It's become trendy because the saturated fat in coconut is in the form of medium chain triglycerides, which some studies suggest are metabolized differently than other saturated fats and are therefore "healthier." However, coconut milk products contain a minimal amount of protein compared to their dairy and soy counterparts so I personally would only use it if I was avoiding dairy for whatever reason, or if I genuinely preferred the taste.

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                                                                                                                                    brilynn79 Oct 8, 2012 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                    I bought a can of the coconut cream on impulse without any plans. How do you personally utilize the product? I thought about mixing with chia seeds to make a pudding.

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                                                                                                                                      olyolyy Oct 8, 2012 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                                      Throw it in an ice cream machine. Add it to coffee. Add it to pumpkin soup with some ginger.

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                                                                                                                                        NuMystic Oct 8, 2012 10:58 PM

                                                                                                                                        I've used it most often as the base of thai curries. Just got some fresh kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and frozen Galanga in Elmhurst so the next thing it's going into is Tom Kha soup.

                                                                                                                                        Great addition when cooking rice of any variety as well.

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                                                                                                                                          paulj Oct 8, 2012 11:03 PM

                                                                                                                                          It's coconut milk, only a bit heavier on the fat. So it works in Thai and other SE Asian dishes. Of late I've been exploring desserts, using coconut, mango, tapioca, and pandan (an aromatic green leaf).

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                                                                                                                                            tracylee Oct 9, 2012 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                            I use it in place of cream in soups. Most of the time I can't taste the coconut, but it gives the creaminess without the sweet dairy, which my body can't tolerate.

                                                                                                                                            One of my quick soups is 1 can coconut cream, 1 can pumpkin and 1 can chicken broth. I threw tandoori seasoning and a bit of heat in, let it simmer for awhile, and served it up. It was a big hit. (but please don't hit me folks for taking the easy way out!)

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                                                                                                                                              NuMystic Oct 11, 2012 11:08 PM

                                                                                                                                              I'm definitely going to have to try that idea, but will definitely be doubling at least the pumpkin and broth portions. That can of Coco Cream has over 850 calories all by itself!

                                                                                                                                              Based on the amount of heavy cream in most recipes I'm quite sure it would not suffer with half if not a quarter of that amount.

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                                                                                                                                        ALITIN Oct 8, 2012 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                        Looking forward to the return of whole turkeys

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                                                                                                                                          Ummm Oct 8, 2012 11:26 PM

                                                                                                                                          Yay - smoked almonds (forgot the actual name but it's a new product I believe)

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                                                                                                                                            aching Oct 10, 2012 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                            I love those too.

                                                                                                                                          2. clubtraderjoes Oct 9, 2012 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                            Yuck on the Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea. Tastes like a christmas potpurri!

                                                                                                                                            Steve
                                                                                                                                            www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                              John Francis Oct 9, 2012 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                              The new Fearless Flyer has landed. Apart from pumpkin mania, and some repeat items, these look promising: Vegetable Pakoras, Chicken Mole with White Rice, Mini Chicken Tikka Samosas, Organic Red Quinoa, Red Split Lentils, Mesquite Smoked Almonds. Heading for the local store this afternoon.

                                                                                                                                              Yea - Molecularly Distilled Omega-3 Fatty Acids Dietary Supplement. 1200 mg fish oil, 600 mg total EPA and DHA, 90 softgels. It's a commodity but it saves going to a drug store just for this.

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                                                                                                                                                gnomatic Oct 9, 2012 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                I have a box of the mini chicken tikka samosas. It seems to be phyllo like pastry wrapped around so meat. It crisp up nicely in my convection oven. It's okay, though I was hoping for more flavor, better filling/pastry ratio. I probably won't buy again at $3.99 a box.

                                                                                                                                                Now that they sell phyllo dough, I think I will attempt to make my own.

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                                                                                                                                                  emily Nov 1, 2012 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I liked the Chicken Tikka Samosas. Agree that there could be more flavor but they make a nice snack (or light dinner).

                                                                                                                                                  Nay on the Pumpkin Macarons. Not enough pumpkin flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                  NuMystic Oct 9, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                  A few of those items have been out for quite a few moths alread, at least at my own location.

                                                                                                                                                  The Pakoras were the most edible frozen Indian fare I've had from TJ's yet, but then I've been mostly disappointed in that department thus far. (tried the Chana Masala and Baingan Bharta in the same sitting and was disappointed by those)

                                                                                                                                                  The Red Quinoa is a bit more expensive than where I get it online. On my last visit I introduced my Mom to TJ's and she saw it and swears the Red Quinoa at her local Key Food was much cheaper. (though that may have been a sale, she doesn't recall)

                                                                                                                                                  The tri-color quinoa is a slightly cheaper option if you're looking for a visual change of pace and don't need 100% red.

                                                                                                                                                  I've seen the Red Split lentils but didn't take note of the price as I'm well stocked at the moment. Does it say in the flyer how much they are?

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                                                                                                                                                    NuMystic Oct 11, 2012 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Just a follow up on the Red Quinoa, it is significantly cheaper now than when we looked at it a few weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                                    The shelf had it marked at $4.99 (which is a bargain to begin with) but the Fearless Flyer lists it as $3.99 which is an absolute steal for organic red quinoa. Rang up at the lower price too.

                                                                                                                                                    Brought home 8 packages and will likely pick up even more once I assess my available storage space.

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                                                                                                                                                      ns1 Dec 27, 2012 12:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                      the paneer is a regular in my freezer. I'll check out the pakoras (whatever they are)

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                                                                                                                                                      John Francis Oct 9, 2012 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Nay - Mesquite Smoked Seasoned Almonds. Out of the bag they're so salty that I can't taste the almonds, let alone the mesquite smoke. Out of curiosity I washed off the salt, which left me with almonds with the slightest hint of smoke flavor. The ingredients list includes "natural mesquite smoke flavor," so I guess the almonds aren't really smoked. Probably won't finish the bag.

                                                                                                                                                      Yea - Soy Pita Bread with Wheat Flour. 4 pitas 8" across - TJ says serving size is 1/2 pita. Softer texture and slightly richer flavor than conventional pita; my only complaint is that it's too big to use as a sandwich bread, as I like to do with pita.

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                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Oct 9, 2012 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                        i know some people don't like to take advantage of TJ's generous return policy, but if the almonds were really unpleasant you should bring them back.

                                                                                                                                                        (as for the pita, can't you just slice each one into two pockets and use one for a sandwich? or make a really big sandwich and find someone to share it with you!)

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                                                                                                                                                          NuMystic Oct 9, 2012 08:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Can't understand why anyone wouldn't avail themselves of the return policy! It's not as though one is abusing it when there are enormous signs encouraging you to try what you like and return if you don't enjoy it for any reason.

                                                                                                                                                          Even my wife who is a return-o-phobe was finally put completely at ease when we asked a crew member for his recommendation between two different cookies and they said "buy them both, and take back which ever one you liked less… we WANT you try as many products as possible."

                                                                                                                                                          TJ's knows that the more you try, the more you'll end eventually end up buying repeatedly far outstripping any losses on returns.

                                                                                                                                                          It's that very policy that has made us passionately loyal customers, and it's worked. With every passing week more items from TJ's get added to our staples list.

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                                                                                                                                                            powella Oct 20, 2012 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the reminder on returning. I also found the almonds just too salty (and I like salt)- they'll go back this week. I have returned items to TJ's before, never had a problem. They do, at least here in MA, require a receipt if you're returning vitamins. Not sure exactly why that is, but there it is.

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                                                                                                                                                              coastalgypsy Oct 24, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I am the same way, I am a salt fanatic (I put black truffle salt on eeeeverything...) but I couldn't believe how salty those almonds were. And I don't think I've ever said the words "There is too much salt on this" in my life..... but I'm definitely taking those almonds back - they're completely inedible.

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                                                                                                                                                                chinchi Oct 24, 2012 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I love the smoked almonds. Salty, yes. Smokey, yes. But to me they taste exactly how smoked almonds (like Blue Diamond) always taste.

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                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Oct 25, 2012 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  i actually love smoked almonds, but the blue diamond version i think have become saltier and smokier over the years -- and are just "too too" much for me. i'm liking the emerald nuts version, these days. (their roasted almonds are quite good, too).

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                                                                                                                                                                    Val Oct 25, 2012 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Someone at work brought those Emerald almonds in to share...the smoked ones--very good!

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                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Oct 30, 2012 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      the regular (non-smoked) emerald almonds are not too salty, and have a good fresh flavor. the chocolate-dusted ones are good, too, but a little rich. i'd like to try them in some cookies!

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                                                                                                                                                            ohmyyum Oct 21, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I love those soy pitas! They are soft, moist, chewy, and sturdy enough to be stuffed. I usually use half for a sandwich. Apparently they are not stocked in all stores. My TJ's in North Jersey has had them forever, but I could not find them in Charlotte, NC and have heard that the new store opening this coming Friday in Winston-Salem, NC will not have them either. They freeze really well so I will be stocking up the next time I'm in NJ.

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                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Oct 10, 2012 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I agree on wanting to try the vegetable pakoras and chicken mole with rice.

                                                                                                                                                            Also excited to try out soon the mini chicken pot pies as well as the mediterranean hummus two packs. I had been eyeing the mediterranean hummus in the store, but was reluctant to spend 3.99 for a large tub of it just to try it out. This way I can "sample" it much cheaper with the two packs and also get some pita chips for dunking.

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                                                                                                                                                              givemecarbs Oct 10, 2012 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                              The mini chicken pies are waiting in my freezer. Hope they are good. The puff pastry is back! Using a sheet to make some baked brie tonight

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                                                                                                                                                                John Francis Oct 11, 2012 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                They aren't really pot pies but bite-size rounds of puff pastry with a bit of chicken in the center - no crust on top. Pleasant but not special, I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Dommy Nov 3, 2012 11:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Compared to some of their other appetizers, I actually was very pleased with the Chicken Pot Pie bites. The crust was very tasty and flakey (Like really good pie crust) and the filling not too salty. If you like frozen Chicken Pot Pies (Hubs LOVED even those cheap ones from Banquet)... these were pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                  --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                chocolate Oct 14, 2012 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                The mediterranean hummus is one of my favorite things at TJ. I could easily eat the whole tub in one sitting if I let myself. (I usually buy the "everything" pretzel slims to go with it as the calorie count is low for about 20 of them although this week tried the black bean and quinoa chips. They were good also for a change but usually wind up eating most of the hummus just right out of the tub with a spoon. Its that good!)

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                                                                                                                                                                  paulj Oct 14, 2012 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Cucumber slices and red bell pepper 'sticks' dipped in their roasted garlic hummus is our default salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Oct 14, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Carrot sticks (or baby carrots) are a good lower calorie (and more nutritious!) vehicle for hummus.

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                                                                                                                                                                      NuMystic Oct 14, 2012 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Baby carrots are our standard hummus delivery system as well.

                                                                                                                                                                      Sliced jerusalem artichokes (sun chokes) are even better when available adding even more nutty crunch goodness than the carrots.

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                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Oct 15, 2012 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        actually, ounce for ounce, red bell pepper is lower in calories and sugar than carrot. it's also a great source of carotenoids, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. also, cucumbers are obviously the lowest-calorie option, and they're not as nutritionally empty as one might think - flavonoids, Vitamin K, anti-inflammatory properties...

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                                                                                                                                                                          Ruth Lafler Oct 15, 2012 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I meant carrots were better than chips. I love red peppers, but they're kind of expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                                            chocolate Oct 15, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Totally agree. Thanks for reminding me. Will start buying the baby carrots at the same time as well as red peppers and plastic bag small portions of each so it will be just as easy to grab as my pretzel slims w/out the unnecessary carbs as well as being much healthier. Thanx everyone!

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                                                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Oct 16, 2012 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              ah, got it! your post came up as a direct reply to paulj, so i assumed you were making the comparison to red bell pepper. mea culpa :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                chocolate Oct 18, 2012 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Initially was replying to Ruth's post reg; "carrots are better then chips" but appreciated all the other healthy info regarding cucumbers and red peppers as well. I usually try to eat so healthy and watch what I eat but being home so much now and not working sometimes leads to mindless eating so just bringing these alternatives to the forefront has gotten me to get back on track. So thanx again for your help...

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                                                                                                                                                                              NuMystic Oct 15, 2012 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              heh… I actually almost questioned Ruth's comment myself but realized before hitting send that it was likely just the way the messages were nested, and that Ruth was actually suggesting it compared to the chips and pretzels. :)

                                                                                                                                                                              Great info nonetheless on the Bells, and while they are usually more expensive, I've seen some fantastic prices at Fairway in recent months. Unfortunately never on the organics and bell peppers are at the very very top of the "Dirty Thirty" list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Oct 15, 2012 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                trader joe's organic red peppers are currently 69 cents each! not huge, but certainly a great deal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Rilke Oct 16, 2012 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Are you talking about the big La Rouge peppers? PLU #4088? Those are the only 69¢ red peppers we have, and they are not organic. If you are in a completely different location though, you could be right.

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                                                                                                                                                                      John Francis Oct 12, 2012 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yea - Mini Chicken Tikka Samosas (frozen). A perfect finger food except for anybody who can't take the slightest touch of heat.

                                                                                                                                                                      Nay - Vegetable Pakoras (frozen). Not bad, actually, but pretty flavorless unless you use the supplied dipping sauce, which I didn't much care for.

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                                                                                                                                                                        coll Oct 12, 2012 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        They were giving out samples of those chicken samosas Weds when we were there and husband insisted on my buying a box. We ended up making it into our main course for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                      thursday Oct 9, 2012 11:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I don't think this is that new, but nay to the Flake Clusters cereal - good flavor, but WAY too sweet and the texture is awful. It turns to mush about 10 seconds after you add milk - I was shoveling it in my face as fast as possible, and to no avail...

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                                                                                                                                                                        givemecarbs Oct 10, 2012 04:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I was grabbing some refrigerated crescent rolls today when my hand brushed up against a package of ginger molasses cookie dough. The packages of this dough were kind of tucked away on the top shelf lying kind of flat.
                                                                                                                                                                        As I was buying the dough the cashier asked if I was baking cookies this weekend. I nodded, not wanting to admit that they would not last the night. When I left she reiterated have fun baking cookies this weekend. Not like it was any effort I think she was just being nice. The dough comes in little squares you tear off and a packet of sugar to dip one side of each cookie dough square in before baking.
                                                                                                                                                                        They were very good, and as with most gingerbread, I think they taste better when still warm. The cool cookies look beautiful on the plate as the sugar on top is very sparkley and the mellow brown color says autumn is here.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. tracylee Oct 10, 2012 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I drink alot of water during the day. To make it more palatable, I usually top it off with V-Fusion Lite. I was running low on it and at Trader Joe's, so I decided to go through the juices reading labels again for low sugar. I've had the low calorie lemonade, and it's good, but I don't feel like I'm getting the benefits of the veggies. I ended up getting the Beet and Purple Carrot Juice. Let's just say it's going to take a bit of getting used to!

                                                                                                                                                                          I did get a pie pumpkin and more garlic naan - the naan goes with about everything! Oh, and the 2-pack of croissants. Great split and topped with Kerrygold and heated. Butter on butter!

                                                                                                                                                                          Big yay on the organic jelly beans.

                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, and I picked up an 8-pack of roma tomatoes to add to the variety of 'maters I picked from my parents' garden to make a pasta sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                            tracylee Oct 10, 2012 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            OK, getting used to it just got shorter after spilling half the bottle on the kitchen floor. The lid doesn't stay on really well when hitting the floor.

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                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Oct 10, 2012 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Yay: Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies - One of the best cookies I have had in a long time. Tried the cookie by itself and the chocolate hazelnut center by itself as well, and although both ingredients are good, the whole cookie eaten together really is greater than the sum of the parts. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                            Meh: Mini Crispy Pecan Cookies - you may like these if you really like the taste of pecans through and though, but I was kinda lukewarm about these cookies after trying to make my way through the tub.

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                                                                                                                                                                              JPChow Oct 10, 2012 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Boooo....on this year's sipping chocolate recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                              I was so excited to see TJ’s sipping chocolate on the shelf today. But then I compared the ingredients to last year’s. Uh Oh!! Looks like they have downgraded their ingredients terribly!!

                                                                                                                                                                              Last year’s: cocoa powder, cane sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter.
                                                                                                                                                                              This year’s: sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, natural flavor (soy), salt.

                                                                                                                                                                              Now I’m going to return mine and complain. Why did they have to mess with a good thing?

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                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Oct 10, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                BIG YAY: Organic Lowfat Vanilla Yogurt (regular not greek) - huge yay on the consistency (was not at all runny which I do not like - runny yogurt blech) and tastes like a vanilla dessert. I even ate it plain which I hardly ever do when eating yogurt. MUCH better than the lowfat strawberry regular yogurt that I tried awhile back.

                                                                                                                                                                                YAY: Frozen Oval Shaped Hashbrown Patties - really impressed with the quality of these - cooked up great too when I fried them in regular olive oil two to three minutes or so on each side until they became crispy.

                                                                                                                                                                                Semi-Yay: Spiced Cider - Moderate Yay when I tried it warmed up, but made the mistake of sticking the bottle in the refrigerator and drinking it cold. I thought it tasted awful this way, I guess spiced cider is meant to be consumed warm!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. coll Oct 11, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Someone mentioned felafal chips elsewhere, saw them so figured I'd give them a try. The best chips ever! Highly recommended. Sort of like tortilla chips but much more flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Also got pumpkin cream cheese, and chocolate cheddar cheese (slivers of chocolate embedded) the cashier recommended trying that with merlot. These I'm saving for some stay-over guests I'm having next week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    BuildingMyBento Oct 11, 2012 11:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    No kidding, chocolate cheddar cheese? Reminds me of the (not sure if it's more or less surprising) chocolate American "cheese" I had in China a few years ago... http://buildingmybento.wordpress.com/... .
                                                                                                                                                                                    Hope you'll report back on the taste, coll!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      coll Oct 12, 2012 02:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Here's what it looks like, and I forgot another thing I got that I am saving for my company....truffled mousse. I will definitely give you a report next week, unless I can't control myself beforehand!

                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                        clubtraderjoes Oct 13, 2012 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I hated the Chocolate Cheddar Cheese! I would link my review of it here but that's a no no. Both my wife and I took one bite. I actually chewed mine up and she spit it out! Sounds good on paper, but in reality the cheese and chocolate don't work together!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve
                                                                                                                                                                                        www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                          coll Oct 13, 2012 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the warning, I'll open it tonight and test it out before I serve it to my company.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            coll Oct 13, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Ok I tried it, I didn't spit it out but I wasn't in love either. It was like you tasted the cheese at first, and then the chocolate after. No wonder the cashier recommended drinking wine with it!

                                                                                                                                                                                            On the other hand, I forgot I also bought some pre-sliced Italian cold cuts, and I have never been happy with that type of thing. This time was different. They used to have Cittero (or whatever it's called) thick slices and just no good. For some reason I noticed a new pre-sliced package, Danielle which I know is decent, and it was really great. Proscuitto, cappicola and salami with peppercorns, I would not be embarrassed to serve for a holiday. Thin sliced for real. If you're thinking antipasto, pick one up, unless you have a great Italian deli close by.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Savour Oct 15, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            They were serving some aged cheddar paired with the butter waffle cookies yesterday as a sample, and it was pretty good, so we tried the chocolate cheddar cheese with the cookies for a sweet/savory after dinner. It was OK. Not awful, but not something I'm going to rush to repeat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeri L Oct 12, 2012 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I tried the chocolate cheddar last year. It really is best melted in a grilled cheese and chocolate sandwich. I think the flavor is more developed than if you just eat it cold. I liked it, but not enough to buy twice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          coll Oct 13, 2012 02:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks, I'll definitely leave it out a few hours before then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        aloha925 Oct 11, 2012 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Can anyone report on the pumpkin cheesecake? Just saw it today in the Fearless Flyer. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Oct 12, 2012 01:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          We tried it last year and thought highly of it. Not overly pumpkiny which we like, just a nice balance of pumpkin flavor to cheesecake. In fact, we were just talking about perhaps buying that this year instead of making a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. NuMystic Oct 11, 2012 10:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Nay - Kale Chips: Meanwhile, Zesty Nacho

                                                                                                                                                                                          For those that have never tried Kale seasoned and baked until it is entirely dried flaky and crunchy this may still be something of a revelation. That said I've had MUCH better.

                                                                                                                                                                                          These are under salted and have too much lemon for my taste. $4 a for a small half filled pouch with most of it merely "shake" at the bottom only adds insult to injury.

                                                                                                                                                                                          May be worth a try if the idea is new to you, if only to inspire you to go home and make it yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Since most of the bag was a fine crumble, we at the few whole chips on the drive home and then used the rest as a salad topper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Oct 12, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            believe it or not, $4 for a small pouch is a good price for packaged kale chips - depending on the brand & store, a 2-oz bag can run anywhere from $5 - $8. another argument (in addition to the flavor issue) for making your own! ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                              NuMystic Oct 12, 2012 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I was balking at the price specifically because they're a rather poor specimen, both in seasoning and given how almost 2/3 of the bag was mere crumble. When compared with similarly priced kale chips from Fairway for example they're just pitiful.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Even given how easy they are to make (and how cheaply) I would surely have bought plenty more if I'd found the quality to be up to snuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            pasuga Oct 11, 2012 11:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            The frozen coq au vin is one of the worst things I've ever tasted. One bite and down the disposal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              BuildingMyBento Oct 11, 2012 11:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              What happened to the mango sticky rice? It was around for a few months, and then said "suk wị̂."

                                                                                                                                                                                              Any plans for a rebirth?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Oct 13, 2012 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yay: Mandarins/Clementines - The label on the bundle says Mandarins but the price tag in front said Clementines...anyways, these are sweet, juicy and delicious. Best tasting clementines that I have had in a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Meh: Strawberry Pops - frozen strawberry push up ice pops, these are okay but didn't wow me. A blended bunch of strawberries with some white grape juice added in - kind of hard to explain but they started off sweet tasting then I was left with just the flavor of ground up ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Nay: Falafel Chips - this was a "I'll try it but not really sure what to expect" purchase for me. They got rave reviews on here so I went for it, but was disappointed. The chips were not crunchy, tasted stale, and I couldn't get a particular spice that it contains out of my tastebuds for awhile after I ate it. I think if you like falafels you may really love these - but for me they were a miss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  John Francis Oct 13, 2012 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't care for the falafel chips either - they didn't taste like falafel to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    coll Oct 13, 2012 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I thought they tasted SO like falafel, that's what I liked about them. Well so far I'm the only one here that's tried them, have to get a second opinion I guess!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      NuMystic Oct 13, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Both the wife and I enjoyed these as well. Bit heavily seasoned and pricey for the quantity but definitely tasty. Certainly tasted a heck of a lot more like falafel than a few other brands I've tried. Not likely to be a perpetual staple, but I do think the praise in prior months threads isn't unjustified.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        BuildingMyBento Oct 16, 2012 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        They tasted more like a standard issue falafel than not, IMO, and although I'd buy them again, I'd rather make hummus to plop the lavash chips in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've eaten much falafel from nondescript take-out places, and even though I do a minimal search for just about anything take-out worthy, I try to see whether or not they use a microwave to heat things up. Another frequent victim, empanadas- look for/ask about an oven...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Oct 13, 2012 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yay: Mandarins/Clementines - The label on the bundle says Mandarins but the price tag in front said Clementines...anyways, these are sweet, juicy and delicious. Best tasting clementines that I have had in a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meh: Strawberry Pops - frozen strawberry push up ice pops, these are okay but didn't wow me. A blended bunch of strawberries with some white grape juice added in - kind of hard to explain but they started off sweet tasting then I was left with just the flavor of ground up ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nay: Falafel Chips - this was a "I'll try it but not really sure what to expect" purchase for me. They got rave reviews on here so I went for it, but was disappointed. The chips were not crunchy, tasted stale, and I couldn't get a particular spice that it contains out of my tastebuds for awhile after I ate it. I think if you like falafels you may really love these - but for me they were a miss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. AmyH Oct 13, 2012 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nay - full sized frozen chicken pot pie. My son said it was really disgusting. He thought maybe he had cooked it incorrectly (in the microwave) but my husband checked the instructions and he had done it right. He said the filling was really runny and the crust was soggy. Maybe it would have been better baked in the oven. He doesn't usually have too much to say about food, so for this to be the first thing he said when I got back from my business trip, it must have been pretty bad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      OK - frozen shepherd's pie. My husband thought this was pretty good, about what you'd expect from a frozen shepherd's pie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        trolley Oct 13, 2012 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        YAY- have you tried the chicken pot pie bites? they were sampling them last night at my store. tasted dangerous! not really anything like the real chicken pot pie but little flaky pastries with morsels of savory whatevers. delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          AmyH Oct 13, 2012 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, I haven't tried them. But I don't think that's something my son could make a dinner out of.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        John Francis Oct 13, 2012 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        semi-nay - Organic Dry Roasted & Lightly Salted Cashews. Nothing really wrong with them, but TJ's roasted cashews with 50% less salt look better (these are pasty white) and taste a bit more, well, cashewy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Oct 13, 2012 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          agree on those cashews - they have a strange, very off-putting sweetness to them. the flavor actually kinda turned my stomach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. alkapal Oct 13, 2012 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          fabulous --->>> mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups -- better than reese's has ever been!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          also made in dark chocolate version.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            NuMystic Oct 13, 2012 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Love the dark chocolate version. Bit overly thick on the bottom but that's a minor niggle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Oct 13, 2012 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              are you talking about the mini ones? like a slightly large pencil eraser?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                NuMystic Oct 13, 2012 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                BUSTED!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was indeed talking about the not-nearly-as-mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Only after your question did I remember the ones you're all talking about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I didn't buy them when I saw them knowing that I would never be able to muster enough self control to keep from shoveling handfuls of those chip size pbcups into my gaping maw. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seriously.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                At least with the larger ones I have to slow down enough to remove them from the paper cup. Those small ones would most certainly be the chocolate death of me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GraceW Oct 14, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, I bought the Mini-Mini's for a friend...then hit bad traffic... they never made the hour and a half car-ride. Good thing I bought more than those for him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Oct 14, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I assume someone has tried baking with those?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chez cherie Oct 14, 2012 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i have a maxi-mini peanut butter cup cookie recipe in one of my tj cookbooks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'm not that much of a sweets person--i'll have cheese, please--but they are gooood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ruth Lafler Oct 14, 2012 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did I mention that TJ's Vermont Artisan cheddar is quite good?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coll Oct 15, 2012 02:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh good because I just bought some. Saving for the aforementioned company that won't be trying the chocolate cheddar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ruth Lafler Oct 15, 2012 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I really liked it -- it was very sharp, but creamier than most very sharp cheddars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Oct 15, 2012 03:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i intend to try baking with them, ruth, using them as the "chocolate chip" in a simple chocolate chip with pecans cookie recipe. (to start).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        they're $3.99 for the container, so they aren't inexpensive for baking. but they would make very special cookies! giftable, large cookies you could wrap in the colored cellophane, and give to your nice friends on a cool autumn day, when you're visiting and having coffee.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Picabelle Oct 18, 2012 01:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I mixed them into my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe (eyeballed the amount that looked right because I didn't want to overwhelm the cookie) and they were delicious. They minis added a real creaminess to the cookie. My kids finished them in an afternoon which is why I won't be making them again any time soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower Oct 13, 2012 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Those mini PB cups are very addictive, and yes - I particularly think the creamy PB center is MUCH better than in a Reese's PB cup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We too prefer the milk chocolate version.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    olyolyy Oct 14, 2012 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Co-signed

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BuildingMyBento Oct 16, 2012 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How would a pumpkin creme-filled chocolate cup be? I hope there's another pumpkin-related dessert (not a mix) introduced, besides the macaroons.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Savour Oct 15, 2012 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've put those in banana bread instead of chocolate chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beignets Oct 15, 2012 12:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone tried the Pumpkin bread mix this year? I've never tried to make it but am hearing it changed a little this year, not as pumpkin-y and dry despite same amount of oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sort of Yay: Coconut chips - i wish it's a bit sweeter and a smidge saltier.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        clubtraderjoes Oct 16, 2012 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I made it twice for my kids how are eating it like crazy! For me, it's just OK. It think it could use some help in the pumpkin spice department. Maybe throw in some nuts or dried fruit to help it out a little.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Picabelle Oct 18, 2012 01:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's quick to make but I found it too sugary and somewhat oily (although my kids loved it). Making it from scratch is almost as easy and the flavor is much better. To Steve's point, throwing in some of TJ's honey-roasted slivered almonds might be a nice addition. i LOVE those things, especially mixed with TJ's steel-cut oatmeal and a handful of their frozen organic blueberries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. alkapal Oct 15, 2012 03:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        organic red bell peppers ---> 69 cents!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        !!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        !!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AmyH Oct 20, 2012 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You're lucky. At my local TJ's they weren't that cheap. Even the non-organic green ones were 79 cents.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RedTop Oct 15, 2012 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A small thing, but...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          YAY, to TJs Unsalted, Roasted Slivered Almonds. Used generously in a dinner salad and they really amped up the dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Oct 15, 2012 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ooh, i haven't bought those in years, but they're a terrific item, as are the unsalted, toasted, *sliced* almonds. nice and toasty :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MargotB Oct 15, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thumbs up or down on TJ organic brined chicken? I think this is a new product, but I could be wrong - featured in latest flyer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. olyolyy Oct 15, 2012 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yay: Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies - these have crack-like properties. I love the shortbread with the hazelnut and the filling is like a poor mans nutella

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cotswold Gloucester with onions and chives - great as a snacking cheese and also melted on eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nay: Pumpkin Macaroons - weird chemical aftertaste, might return these cant see myself finishing the box and they aren't cheap. Wish TJs would make a variety pack of the ones in the bakery section

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicken Drumettes: Not a fan. I tried these heated in the oven and then fried in oil to see if any improvement could be made. The sponge-like meat is creepy and tasteless while the breading/crust has no redeeming qualities. Makes me want McDonalds chicken nuggets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TBA: Sage derby

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                clubtraderjoes Oct 16, 2012 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pumpkin Macarons were a huge hit in my house. I didn't get any weird chemical tastes at all!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  clubtraderjoes Oct 16, 2012 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh and the chicken drumettes are a staple here, but my kids don't mind them and it's just chicken and breading, just not as addictive as McDonalds...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    olyolyy Oct 16, 2012 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I can see how these would suffice for a last-minute meal for kids. Personally I prefer to use the freezer space for the breaded chicken tenderloins. Better quality of chicken and more versatile.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    trolley Oct 16, 2012 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chicken Drumettes: you know i tried those once and never again but i keep reading YAY's so maybe i got a bad batch. the one's we got were either gristly and/or spongy which made them hard to eat. i just remember there was a lot of chewing and spitting out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Oct 17, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a similar experience with the Chicken Drummettes - twice. There were bits of gristle in each drummie and thought they lacked enough flavor. Perhaps we will try the breaded tenderloins to see if we have better luck with those.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        clubtraderjoes Oct 17, 2012 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I really think these things are made for little kids. They are pretty bland and that's fine with my kids. They dip them in ketchup... plain as that. There are more adult breaded chicken products at Trader Joe's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've eaten their leftovers or snuck one here and there and never had one that was gristly. We've been eating them here for about 6 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        www.clubtraderjoes.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. greygarious Oct 16, 2012 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Slight YEA to the Trader Jacques' coconut cookies, not to be confused with the thin coconut cookies. The former are shortbread-like - 1.5" diameter, 3/8" thick. Strong coconut flavor but I was hoping to bite into some actual shredded coconut. No such luck. At $3.99 for an 8.8oz bag of 24 cookies (a serving is 3 of them), I don't think they are good enough to buy again. $2 yes, $4 no.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BuildingMyBento Oct 16, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Are any new sandwiches expected to be introduced?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KellyD123 Oct 20, 2012 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I saw a wrap called "Turkey Gobbler Wrap"... not sure if it's new or not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          emily Oct 26, 2012 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I thought the coconut cookies were tasty, but probably wouldn't buy them again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          drmoze Oct 16, 2012 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Conditional YEA to the new (dried) Korean spicy seaweed salad. (You have to like regular seaweed flavors to like this.) There's about 7-8 different types of seaweed; soak in cold water for 10 minutes to reconstitute, then drain. The different seaweeds are tasty; quite different from 'standard' seaweed salads. The sauce is very spicy and rather sweet; one envelope lasts 3 seaweed salads. (But it makes a great dipping sauce for some Thai/Chinese appetizers!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Another yea to the frozen chicken in mole sauce. Very tasty, meat-heavy entree. Sauce is delish--I wish they sold it in a jar! The rice is dense but overall a yummy meal for 2!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And a BIG YEA to the English coastal cheddar--divine, firm, moderately sharp cheddar with those delicate crunchy mineral bits.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            John Francis Oct 17, 2012 12:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've been looking for the chicken in mole sauce but haven't seen it in my local TJ's though it, like the pumpkin things, are featured in the new Fearless Flyer. Beginning to wonder about that place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. AmyH Oct 17, 2012 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            conditional yeas to the frozen szechuan beef with broccoli and kung pao chicken. I made them both for dinner along with some white rice and the frozen chicken shiu mai (which gets a yea). They were both good, but maybe not together since both were rather sweet. I wasn't expecting either one to be so sweet. I think paired with something else that isn't sweet they'd each be better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coll Oct 17, 2012 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just bought and made the kung pao chicken, but when I saw a little bag of peanuts it freaked me out. I love nuts in my Chinese food, but Trader Joe's and peanuts weird me out right now. I didn't throw them out, they are sitting on my counter, in case I get time to contact TJ. It was a nice meal, without the nuts (probably better with, sad to say).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rilke Oct 17, 2012 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not the same vendor. Those peanuts are not affected by the recall.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NuMystic Oct 17, 2012 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Exactly what Rilke said. Remember coll TJ's is just reselling private labeled goods when it comes to their packaged food. The recall specified particular items because only those came from the same source where there was a risk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Kung Pao chicken is no more linked to the recall than any other random peanut containing product on other supermarket shelves right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AmyH Oct 17, 2012 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We ate the peanuts with ours and are still alive to tell about it. They added a nice crunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Oct 17, 2012 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i just double-checked the newly expanded list of recalled products on the FDA's website - which now includes in-shell and shelled raw & roasted peanuts - and there's no mention of any of TJ's packaged/prepared meals or their bagged peanuts...so you're still safe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      coll Oct 18, 2012 04:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks everyone, I really wanted to put those peanuts in: and best of all, I love nuts in my food while my husband doesn't so I could have had them all! But I didn't throw them away either, so will eat them as a snack. If I knew previous to opening the package they were in there, I would have researched beforehand. I knew they were probably OK, obviously different distributors.....but right now, peanuts + Trader Joe = makes me think twice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    greygarious Oct 17, 2012 09:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I loved the beef and broccoli BUT I used only half the sauce packet, and I do like sweet. I also added more vegetables, about doubling what's in the bag. I saved the unused sauce and added it to a home-made chicken/veg stirfry later in the week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AmyH Oct 18, 2012 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's a really good idea!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dommy Oct 18, 2012 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do that all the time... they always supply so much sauce in their teriyaki chicken and with their tempura shrimp (Other TJ Staples in our home) and use them to marinate tofu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Berheenia Oct 18, 2012 05:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night I bought a bag of "Just the Leaves of Romaine Lettuce" and the sell by date of 10/24/12 is a joke. Opened the pack to make lunch and they are already brown and only the top half is edible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also bought TJ's mayo for the first time ever as it has no added sugar and was torn between the organic version and the regular mayo. Same price but of course the organic is a smaller jar. Any comments on either or both versions of the mayo would be welcome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        aching Oct 18, 2012 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've been getting the regular mayo for years - it's incredibly good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Savour Oct 18, 2012 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ditto. The regular mayo actually weaned me off of Hellman's/Best Foods.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          paulj Oct 18, 2012 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Their regular mayo is fine, may not quite as stiff as Hellmans. Otherwise close enough in taste for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            aching Oct 18, 2012 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't think it tastes like Hellmans at all! I think it tastes much more like homemade mayonaise - much richer and eggier.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Oct 18, 2012 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              my Mom said the same thing when i bought it for her - i've never tried it myself, but she really enjoyed it, and preferred it over Hellman's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            paulj Oct 18, 2012 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've been getting various lettuces and rarely had a problem batch. The Romaine hearts (3 to a bag) last me quite a while.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower Oct 18, 2012 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You will be happy with the regular mayo...it's our go-to mayo and makes the best deviled eggs for us as well as smeared on bread for sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                powella Oct 20, 2012 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bummer on the lettuce, hate it when that happens. We love the organic mayo and BONUS: the jars take the small Mason jar lids AND can be screwed onto a blender blade base for making salad dressings in the storage jar. Hope I'm being clear- talking about reusing the jars after mayo is gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The coconut oil jars are the same size, btw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ohmyyum Oct 21, 2012 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow thanks for the blender tip! It never even occurred to me to try that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    IndyGirl Oct 21, 2012 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wait, WHAT??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Caitlin McGrath Oct 18, 2012 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone cooked with TJ's organic canned pumpkin? I'm wondering how the flavor and texture are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't remember if it's been mentioned, but they've got organic powdered sugar in stock (a seasonal item), and at $2.79, it's much cheaper than other (organic) brands.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Oct 18, 2012 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the canned pumpkin is better than the ubiquitous Libby's. i always stock up on it as soon as it comes in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      paulj Oct 18, 2012 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've used their canned pumpkin - for pumpkin bread. I don't recall a noticeable difference from other brands. However I'm more familiar with the main organic brand from Oregon (Farmers Market) than Libbys.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Oct 18, 2012 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i'm pretty sure TJ's is re-branded Farmer's Market.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caitlin McGrath Oct 18, 2012 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I actually wondered about that, as Farmer's Market is certainly the most common/available organic brand. It's also what I usually buy, so I'll give TJ's a try, especially if I don't see FM at sale prices soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thursday Oct 18, 2012 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I prefer it to Libby's - it tastes more pumpkin-y in my opinion, and a bit heavier. I can use it for pumpkin soup or other things more so than the Libby's which tastes metallic to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. AmyH Oct 18, 2012 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yea: the frozen fettucini alfredo with grilled chicken. I didn't have high expectations for this, but thought it might be worth a try on a work night. It was actually pretty tasty. Husband and teenage son really liked it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JudiAU Nov 27, 2012 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FM also has an aseptic package no.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Val Oct 19, 2012 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yea....Chateau Poyanne red wine...is it ok to talk about TJ's wines here...? Had this at a neighbor's house tonight...REALLY nice... it was their 3rd bottle, they love it so much...very decent for under $10.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nay...Trader Joe's Garlic Bread (in the frozen case)...good flavor but ugh...the bread was so hard to bite into...seemed like it was almost STALE bread in there...ummmm...NO!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Oct 19, 2012 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Huge Yay: Mediterranean Hummus Snack Pack with Pita Chips - delicious, surpassed my expectations. Background flavors of garlic and lemon combine with the other ingredients beautifully, and a 10+ on a 1-10 scale when a sprinkling of sea salt was added. The pita chips were surprisingly very fresh even after being in the refrigerator (kept snack packs there) and tasted buttery in a very good way. If you like hummus, definitely give this one a try at 1.99 per snack pack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay: Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage - good, had a slight kick of heat...ate plain but would be greatly improved I think when added to spaghetti and marinara sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nay: French Sparkling Lemonade - blech...tasted like artificial lemon. We love the Italian Blood Orange Soda (rate it a 10) and also the French Berry Sparkling Lemonade (rate it a 9)...if we had to rate the regular French Sparkling Lemonade giving it a 3.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BTW...impressed with the chicken sausage and thought it was much better than their hot dogs are...any suggestions for a flavor that would be neutral enough to substitute for a hot dog on a bun? Perhaps the Roasted Garlic flavor?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NuMystic Oct 19, 2012 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can anyone that has specific experience with Yorgo's Hummus (carried by fairway) recommend a TJ's variety that is similar? (not seeking general recommendations)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I tried two of the TJ's label hummus varieties and disliked them so much that I've been reluctant to try others… but with so many options I know it's possible that one is comparable, but would prefer not having to buy a dozen more to find out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hoping someone that buys Yorgo's as well may be able to help?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Oct 20, 2012 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i've seen the Yorgos at Fairway, but never tried it. what do you like about it so much? texture? flavor? both? and which TJ's varieties did you dislike, and why?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NuMystic Oct 20, 2012 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's the closest commercially packaged hummus I've found in both flavor and density to my own home made and top restaurant quality classic hummus. Albeit a bit smoother than traditional restaurant fare as it's entirely blended smooth and most middle eastern restaurants leave a bit more texture. That I can live with but their recipe is just perfectly balanced in every other regard compared to every other one of the many other brands I've tried. It's also preservative free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Unfortunately I don't recall the name of the one I already tried, but I do know it was TJ's branded and I went out of my way to pick one that stuck to the basics (chickpea, oil, tahini, garlic, lemon, salt). Texture wasn't great and was a bit heavy handed with the lemon. Was edible but not good enough to be a staple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Guess I'll just have to pick up a whole array in one visit and try them all. I'll be returning most, but if I can find something even close it will be a weekly buy for as long as they carry it. After moving, I'm much closer to TJ's than Fairway so getting there is a hassle, and I'd love to find a replacement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    IndyGirl Oct 20, 2012 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love the mediterranean hummus but less so after seeing things I can't pronounce on the label.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Oct 20, 2012 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      see if you can find the plain Organic Hummus with the green lid. i'm not a huge fan of store-bought, but this is good stuff - it doesn't have that overly processed, air-whipped creamy texture of most commercial products that i find off-putting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i used to like their eggplant hummus - a nice, smoky hybrid of hummus & baba ghannouj - even thought the texture is a bit runny for my preference...but i think they changed the recipe because it has a funky aftertaste and gritty mouthfeel now. ick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Val Oct 21, 2012 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, the plain Organic hummus is very good...when they don't have that in stock, I get the Roased Garlic hummus at TJ's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John Francis Oct 20, 2012 03:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage is also good with onions and peppers - you can make an Italian sandwich or just serve on a plate. TJ's fire roasted onions and peppers go nicely with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's agreed that TJ's hot dogs made with anything but beef taste bad. The uncured beef hot dogs are very good, unless you want a casing that snaps (I don't). The chicken sausages are all flavored and their dameter is large for a hot dog bun; No suggestions, I'm afraid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Oct 20, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the suggestion about ways to fix the sweet italian chicken sausage...the peppers/onions suggestion definitely is one that we will try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, we have tried the chicken and turkey hot dogs and disliked both of them...we try to stay away from beef (closest that we will eat would be grass-fed bison) so haven't purchased the beef hot dogs. The chicken sausages are rather sizeable for a hot dog bun, but was just so impressed with the quality of the chicken sausage that I thought it would make a good substitute for a hot dog if a suitable neutral flavored one was available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. greygarious Oct 20, 2012 12:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On the new items shelf today in Nashua, 3oz 70% dark chocolate bar with coconut caramel filling. I love coconut so tried this. It has black sea salt, which to me is TOO salty, but the sweetness of the coconut caramel was a nice balance to the bitter chocolate. Qualified YEA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    IndyGirl Oct 20, 2012 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh, I love coconut, that sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. GraceW Oct 20, 2012 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nay x 2-I took the Sea Salt Brownies in the little tub to a meeting.. kind of embarrassed how dry and bad they were... I had also purchased the caramel in a jar so I had a little spoon and people put some on.. but I'll be honest, I didn't like the caramel either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nay--Cinnamon Buns to bake in oven..--I was originally going to take these to the meeting (not the brownies), but I followed the directions on opening them: however when it popped open and wrap-around label released, the dough/cinnamon-gunk shot out and sprayed all over me. It was entirely liquid-mess inside.. not dough-like. I couldn't bake them at all.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I had to take a second shower... not appreciated. I almost wish the scene had been recorded, because it must have looked like a really good prank (hey, at least I can laugh at my misfortune).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thursday Oct 20, 2012 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would definitely complain at your store about the Cinnamon Buns - I bought them once and they definitely were not liquid-y inside. You got a highly defective can.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Querencia Oct 20, 2012 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I used to go well out of my way to stock up on a cookie that Aldi sold but I haven't seen it there lately---wish it would come back---it was a copycat Jaffa Cake for one-third the money---a spongecake cookie base with a layer of orange or raspberry jelly on top then dipped in chocolate. Occasionally I have found interesting German products like Spaetzel---bring more, please.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. drunkenatheist Oct 20, 2012 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yays:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blueberry vanilla goat cheese (OH. EM. GEE.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cubano spiced wrap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sourdough pretzels (but only with the Sweet and Hot Mustard)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The monterey/pepper/habenero jack shredded cheese blend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Salsa Authentica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Meh:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato soup; meh out of the box, but fantastic with a touch of sriracha & ground black pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Turkey chili; so bland, needed sriracha, salt & pepper. I loved the fact that the were chunks of turkey in it. It worked well enough for chili dogs (especially with some of the pepper/habenero/monterey jack shredded blend on top), but I'd have been pissed had I took a can to work for an easy lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nay:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pho. If you've ever had real Pho, you'd understand why.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John Francis Oct 20, 2012 11:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nay - Low Fat Sprouted Whole Wheat Fiber Bread. Drab flavor, dry texture. The label says, "made with organic sprouted whole wheat berries, dates and raisins." They can't have used much fruit because I didn't taste as much as a hint of it. TJ's high fiber whole wheat and multigrain breads are better in every way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jsaimd Oct 21, 2012 12:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah: Pumpkin ice cream of course! coconut caramel bar - another good Vosges made bar, but I think I prefer the others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meh: Pumpkin cream cheese, OK but not great. tosca? cheese with cinnamon - people liked it, but cinnamon was light.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nay: Pumpkin macaron.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ohmyyum Oct 21, 2012 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              has anyone "confirmed" that the caramel black salt dark chocolate bar is a vosges product? That was my suspicion based on the similar packaging and exact same flavor but I haven't bought the vosges to compare ingredients/nutrition facts/origin! If they do have some sort of relationship with the company, I hope they start carrying the dark chocolate bacon, the chili, and the caramel stout bars!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. tracylee Oct 21, 2012 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I overheard the employees at TJs yesterday saying that the "Pumpkin Walks in to a Bar" had not been shipped to them here in Salem, OR. They seem to have all of the other things from the FF pumpkin line, so there must be some reason not to send them to all stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. mcel215 Oct 21, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Big YAY to the Dark Chocolate Coconut Carmel bar at the checkout. One word: sublime....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. IndyGirl Oct 21, 2012 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What are the best frozen veggies TJ's has now? Planning a trip for tomorrow. They used to have great frozen green beans I know. What else?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dommy Oct 21, 2012 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really like their organic frozen broccoli florets!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MplsM ary Oct 21, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like the broccoli, too. And petite peas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GraceW Oct 21, 2012 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OH MAN, I keep forgetting how exceptional the Petite Peas are. Right now, I also think the Hodge Podge mix is a great variety for $1.99

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MplsM ary Oct 21, 2012 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I actually had a bowl of peas for dinner last week when I was on a deadline and the cupboards were all but bare. I love peas though, so it was a pretty good (if one-note), dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower Oct 22, 2012 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The broccoli is our go-to frozen TJ's veggie as well as the frozen artichoke hearts and frozen mashed potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The mashed potatoes work well for us in a pinch for busy weeknights...we discovered the secret (at least for us) was to microwave them for 2 min, stir, put back in microwave for another minute, stir them up, then add about 5-6 tablespoons of water, salt, and a couple of pats of butter. Creamy mashed potatoes that are a very close resemblence to making from scratch. For some reason when we added milk the potatoes seized up and were kind of gluey - adding water worked better for us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          IndyGirl Oct 22, 2012 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You guys are the best! I went today before I got to read this (it's really close to me, I just tend not to go in that often) and I got two bags of frozen green beans and a bag of frozen artichokes. Seemed like they were nearly out of a lot of the veggies. I will have to try back again. I would LOVe some frozen broccoli that was good--most suck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          drunkenatheist Oct 21, 2012 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Petit peas, spinach, leeks, pearl onions, country potatoes w/harticot verts & wild mushrooms, asparagus spears, brussels sprouts

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MplsM ary Oct 21, 2012 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, yes, yes - the spinach! It is so nice not to have to use a whole package at one time. The spinach is ingenious and tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              olyolyy Oct 22, 2012 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love adding the spinach to pretty much any pasta, soup etc

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                IndyGirl Oct 22, 2012 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What's with the spinach?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  paulj Oct 22, 2012 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's a loose chopped form that is easy to add in small quantities to soups and sauces.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Oct 23, 2012 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i've found the organic chopped spinach to be hit or miss - occasionally i get a bag with a lot of brown pieces & tough stems in it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                IndyGirl Oct 22, 2012 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                how do you fix frozen sprouts? I usually roast mine but I assume that won't work with frozen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NuMystic Oct 23, 2012 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I second this question. Sprouts seem pretty pervasive these days and I find them fairly easy to prep so I'm curious what applications folks are using these for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It wasn't until I was able to break old associations with overcooked brussel sprouts and discovered roasting, pan searing, and other lighter cooking applications that I came to love them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can the frozen ones also be prepared in ways that avoid the sulfur smell that comes with overcooking them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                John Francis Oct 21, 2012 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another vote for the petite peas. Other frozen vegs I regularly buy at TJ's: chopped spinach, fire-roasted corn, brussels sprouts (the small ones from Brussels), and various medleys such as the fire-roasted bell peppers and onions..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  aching Oct 22, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I made corn chowder with the fire-roasted corn last week and it was really excellent. It doesn't beat fresh corn in season, but out of season it is by far the best option.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John Francis Oct 22, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hadn't thought of that, but it sounds like a very good idea. I'll try it too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last time there I found frozen sweet corn (not fire-roasted) and picked up a bag. Haven't tried it yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    IndyGirl Oct 22, 2012 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    clearly I must try the fire roasted corn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NuMystic Oct 22, 2012 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Clearly I'm in a minority, but I wasn't particularly impressed with the frozen fire roasted corn at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Despite a bit of added visual interest I didn't find it added any noteworthy flavor and have had better results with regular frozen corn I blackened a bit myself when heating in a hot skillet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    greygarious Oct 22, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like the Soycotash, Beans So Green, and the medley in the orangy-red bag. It has carrots cut into batons, peas, cauliflower, corn, bell pepper (if memory serves) and butter sauce, I also like the one with broccoli and romanesco. My friend loves the frozen corn but I'm not sure which one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. olyolyy Oct 21, 2012 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Holiday sage derby...it was OK. Maybe something I'd put on a cheese platter to look festive cause the color is appealing but the sage flavor just wasn't powerful enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: These taste exactly like Chips Ahoy, with softer chocolate chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Honey Tangerines: Absolutely lovely. Hard to peel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Monica Oct 22, 2012 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love the fig butter! I spread some goat cheese, fig butter and drizzled some honey on a piece of good country bread. Wow, so good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        olyolyy Oct 22, 2012 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The fig butter plus blue cheese or the triple cream is so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. goodhealthgourmet Oct 23, 2012 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a big Yea for the Mandarins in the mesh bag with orange & blue label. sweet & flavorful, with just the right level of juiciness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Oct 23, 2012 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I thoroughly agree ghg, those mandarins with that label are delicious!! We are already on our second bag in under a week!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Oct 23, 2012 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yay: Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage - went good with breakfast alongside of eggs...a bit on the sweet side with the maple syrup in it. I added a bit of ketchup to the sausage which played off nicely with the maple flavor in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nay: Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage - the garlic smell and flavor were too overpowering for my taste. Heard good things about it, but probably should have known better on this one so the nay should perhaps be on my judgement call!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nay: Honey Mustard and Onion flavored Sourdough Pretzels - I opened up the bag expecting something much more like the type of honey mustard and onion pretzels Snyder's puts out, and instead was shocked at the glowing yellow powder dusted on top each of the pretzels. They were hard to chew as well and didn't care for the flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nay: Josie Clementines - I think that is the name of these, they resemble the "cuties" brand of clementines that you often see in stores. They were still on the green side so pretty unripe and tart. On contrast, the mandarins in a smaller mesh bag that they are now selling are absolutely sweet, juicy, and divine. Go for these instead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Oct 23, 2012 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it's funny, when i asked the guy in the produce area if they had clementines he directed me to the boxes of Josie's...but it's too much fruit for little 'ol me. i'm glad i got the bagged mandarins instead!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. AmyH Oct 23, 2012 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay - frozen breaded cod fillets. Very nice and flaky, not fishy tasting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            major Nay - prepped and seasoned brussels sprouts from the produce section. Most of the pieces had the tough stems attached (one piece was ONLY the tough stem!) and the seasoning was just off. I'll stick to buying whole fresh brussels sprouts and spending the 5 minutes to prep and season them myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              olyolyy Oct 23, 2012 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can't beat the fresh stalks they have year-round.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AmyH Oct 24, 2012 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll definitely try those next time. I thought I'd save time on a weeknight with the prepped ones but never again. They were very bitter, too. Bleh!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pamelak52 Oct 23, 2012 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had my first serious Trader Joe's fail - the refrigerated curry chicken tenders. Raw meat in a curry marinade, you just grill it. It seemed so promising. But the chicken had this awful bitter aftertaste. I ended up throwing it away, it was that bad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                clubtraderjoes Oct 27, 2012 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I stay away from most of those premarinated meats in the fridge section. They have been marinating for days or weeks sometimes and that's just too long and things get funky!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                walker Oct 23, 2012 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can someone rec a TJ olive oil to use for general use? I use Lucini (a bit expensive) for salads and have been using the Costco Kirkland Tuscan olive oil in the glass bottle -- love it! but it's no longer on the shelf and they tell me it's discontinued. I hesitate to buy the Costco California one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ohmyyum Oct 23, 2012 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have you not liked California oils in the past? The TJ California Estate was recently one of only two rated 'excellent' by Consumer Reports, and in fact beat out the Kirkland Toscano, which received a 'very good.' I have not tried it myself because I still have some or the Kirkland on hand to use up!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John Francis Oct 23, 2012 10:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been using Trader Giotto's Imported Olive Oil (Italian) for some time and it's fine with me for most purposes. Not much olive flavor; when I want that I use an extra-virgin oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RedTop Oct 24, 2012 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Us also.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath Oct 25, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I buy the California Estate extra-virgin olive oil for general use. It's fresh, with a nice, gently peppery finish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        walker Oct 25, 2012 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was at TJ today, pondering what olive oil, finally, to buy, and chose this one, happy to hear that you like it. I don't know why Costco discontinued the Kirkland Tuscano.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          clubtraderjoes Oct 27, 2012 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I like the Spanish Extra Virgin... cheap and just as good for everyday use as the Costco version

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mountainmomma15 Oct 24, 2012 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nay - TJ Spreadable Brie Flavored Wedges

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saw these by the Laughing Cow spreadable wedges I normally buy and thought I would give them a try. I didn't notice until I went to actually try one that they were only Brie FLAVORED and was actually a Brie/Cheddar blend. I tried to eat them as a side with some pretzels and couldn't even finish half the wedge. I wish my nearest TJ wasn't 90 minutes away or I would definitely be returning these.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. AmyH Oct 25, 2012 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yay - refrigerated shredded chicken in smokey barbeque sauce. Very good! Chicken was nice and moist, and it was a very good ratio of chicken to sauce. The shredded beef brisket is also very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My son (17 with a big appetite) gives the frozen breakfast burritos a big yay, too, although he would have liked more bacon in them. But they could have been 80% bacon and it wouldn't have been enough for him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. greygarious Oct 25, 2012 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have liked TJ ground beef, so I finally tried a roasting chicken - not the organic one. This one was about $1.29/lb. I only used MSG on it, since I wanted to compare its basic flavor to that of supermarket and Perdue roasters, which are now so bland that without aggressive seasoning they have almost no taste. The TJ roaster was marginally better in flavor. Not as good as birds from the local poultry farm, which cost over twice as much and, because they have more living space, have a lower meat-to-bone ratio than mass-produced chickens. The TJ chicken was very juicy and tender. I roasted it vertically, upside down with its legs in the air like a nymphomaniac's.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That method protects and automatically bastes the breast. Henceforth I will stick with TJ for raw chicken unless I am feeling flush enough to visit the local the poultry farm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Oct 30, 2012 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a nymphomaniac chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i don't think i will ever picture a roasting chicken again without thinking of that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Monica Oct 26, 2012 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I bought their steak at 7.99 which had really great marbling. grilled it and it was fantastic! really beefy and tasty! yumm..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. aching Oct 26, 2012 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I tried the Greek Strawberry Vanilla Yogurt in lieu of my standby Chobani, and couldn't believe my tastebuds when I tried it - it's the most delicious yogurt I've ever had. Then I looked at the nutritional information and realized why - 18g of fat in one 8 oz. serving! Big yea on the flavor but nay on the fat content.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Oct 27, 2012 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With Hurricane Sandy coming (we're in the mid-atlantic region), the crowd waiting to run into TJ's right as they were opening up this morning was unreal. At our location, we normally don't have but a handful of people shopping the first hour or so on the weekends. I expected large crowds today at places like Wal-Mart for supplies/non-perishable foods, but was very surprised at how many were at TJ's stocking up. I guess people want to make sure they are well prepared with TJ's goodies to weather the storm with! Anyone who is in Sandy's path...stay safe this weekend and early next week!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  paulj Oct 27, 2012 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  plenty of non-perishables at TJ. It's an important stop when I'm preparing for a camping trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For example:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - bottled water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - pound+ chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 2 buck chuck
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - boil in the bag Indian meals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 'healthy' cold cereal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - tetrapack whipping cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - cookies galore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - energy bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - low fat chips of all kinds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - fake-milk of kinds (soy, rice, coconut, almond ...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    aching Oct 27, 2012 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also lots of trail mixes, nuts, and dried fruit - and granola bars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GraceW Oct 27, 2012 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paulj---I liked the order of that.. water, chocolate, chuck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower Oct 27, 2012 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Haha, yeah I agree with GraceW on the order there. Those are great ideas paulj, thanks - we did pick up cans of the yellowfin tuna in olive oil, sardines, a tub of cookies, another bag of mandarins and apples, vintage cola...really wish that I had thought of the almond milk that isn't stored in the refrigerator section.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. clubtraderjoes Oct 27, 2012 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nay on the Trader Joe's Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli... just too sweet for me. Filling tasted like pumpkin pie but too sweet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Steve
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dtremit Nov 16, 2012 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is a terribly unhealthy thought, but I wonder if they'd fry up nicely as a dessert?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chinchi Nov 18, 2012 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I almost didn't buy the Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli based on your nay, but I'm glad I gave them a shot. We balanced the sweetness of the ravioli by topping them with olive oil, parm, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and sea salt. I didn't find the filling overly sweet (I think there are 7g sugar per serving), but it was spiced with pumpkin pie-esque flavors. We had them for dinner twice last week :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NuMystic Nov 18, 2012 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another Yea, we tasted these in store and both loved them which is impressive as they were being sampled unseasoned without any sauce. We don't do pasta in general or we'd have bought them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also didn't find them too sweet. I have noticed that many people read things with pumpkin pie and/or apple pie spices as sweeter than they are due to flavor profile association with desserts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Oct 28, 2012 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yay: Orange Peach Mango Juice (refrigerator section) - well rounded blend, the peach, mango, and apple juice (includes apple juice as well in the ingredients list) tone down the acidity of the orange juice nicely. Very refreshing and we went through a whole carton in two days!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. trolley Oct 28, 2012 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY- Mini blueberry cheesecake ice cream. don't know if that's the exact name of the product but it's something like that. creamy and sort of cheesecake like but kind of like ice cream but not really. not too sweet and hits the spot for me. they're small but coming in at 100 cal and 6 gms of fat it's not bad in the calorie dept.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rizzo0904 Oct 28, 2012 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nay: Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries...even my 2 and 4 year olds hated these.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. AmyH Oct 28, 2012 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                conditional yay: macaroni and cheese in the box. What can I say, I had a hankering. It was good and cheesy, but quite salty. Each serving is 21% of your daily intake of sodium, and that's if you get 3 servings out of the box. I split the box with my son, so it was more like 30%. I hope my blood presure isn't high when I go for a checkup tomorrow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nay: apple turnovers from the bakery section. The dough was really heavy, not at all flaky. Not many apples in them, either. I wouldn't get these again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                not great: the mini heirloom tomatoes in the produce section. They looked so pretty and certainly weren't rotten like much of the produce, but that's because they were so under ripe that they were hard and a bit bitter. Maybe this is because they're the first store-bought tomatoes of the season for us after many months of delicious home growns?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Oct 28, 2012 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  re: the tomatoes, not only are they out of season, those particular ones tend to be bad even when they're *in* season - i bought and returned 2 rock-hard containers in August. if you can get the organic grape tomatoes, they're still good...but i'd skip the heirlooms altogether.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NuMystic Oct 29, 2012 01:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Guess we've been really lucky with the mini heirlooms as we've not had a bad batch yet. Not quite as good as some of the full size heirloom batches in the 2.25 lb boxes but definitely tasty and salad worthy nonetheless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Granted we only use all of the above once tender, with some taking a few days to get there, but we've been lucky enough to never get a batch that didn't have at least some ready to eat on day one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AmyH Oct 29, 2012 05:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do still have some on the counter, so maybe the ones we eat later in the week will be better. I was just surprised that they were so hard when they looked so ripe. I'll definitely try the grape tomatoes next time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        AmyH Nov 1, 2012 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, when we went to eat the remaining tomatoes tonight, three of them were rotten! I guess it's a very fine line between hard and rotten.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dtremit Nov 16, 2012 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Mac & Cheese is so cheesy I've actually taken to mixing it 50/50 with plain pasta. Kind of defeats the convenience of it unless you've got leftovers, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Rodzilla Oct 28, 2012 11:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yay Gingerbread Molasses Cookie Dough

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rizzo0904 Oct 29, 2012 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yay to the pumpkin cranberry scones. Very easy to make and my family loved them...hubby just ate 3. I think they'd be nice with a sugary glaze as well...more dessert-ish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AmyH Oct 29, 2012 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those sound great. Is it a boxed mix, refrigerated dough, or frozen?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rizzo0904 Oct 29, 2012 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            boxed. all you do is add an egg, milk, and butter. they take about 15 minutes to bake. they produce a moist scone, so if you like dry, it may not be for you. i like all scones :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AmyH Oct 29, 2012 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll be sure to look for them when I'm there on Saturday. Thanks for the recommendation!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AmyH Nov 3, 2012 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Darn, my store doesn't carry them. The crew I asked there did say they sounded good, though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  walker Nov 3, 2012 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mine in SF Bay Area had never heard of this scone mix, either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    trolley Nov 3, 2012 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's all over the place here in Pasadena and area but then again we're in the home of trader joes so I think we may have a decent inventory.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rizzo0904 Nov 3, 2012 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm in NH and we have them....so strange they way they do stuff...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. AmyH Oct 29, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay- Trader Giotto's frozen pizzas. We had the pesto pizza, the spinach pizza and the BBQ chicken pizza for dinner. Not bad at all for frozen pizzas! Nothing like fresh baked from a pizzeria, but certainly a big step above other frozen pizzas. I was impressed at how fresh the tomato and broccoli were on the pesto pizza. The sauce on the BBQ pizza was really good, but we picked most of the red onion off while it was still frozen because we're not big fans of onion. The sauce on the spinach pizza was very good but the spinach was rather finely chopped. We'd probably get all three again for a quick meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chinchi Oct 29, 2012 11:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The spinach pizza is on weekly rotation in our house. I believe it, and the pesto pizza, are repackaged TJ versions of the Amy's brand. I am not as convinced that the TJ roasted vegetable pizza (no cheese) is a simple repackage of Amy's: while I love the Amy's version, the TJ's pie just didn't taste the same. Maybe I have to give it another try to compare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We also enjoy the Pizza Parlano, TJ's version of a supreme pizza. It's on the salty side, but I am not sensitive to salt so it's not an issue for me :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                clubtraderjoes Nov 3, 2012 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just about to write the review for the Gluten Free 3 cheese pizza and I thought it was excellent!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                www.clubtraderjoes.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Rodzilla Oct 29, 2012 11:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Big yay, Toscano Cheese with Cinnamon - I want someone to make an apple pie with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. aching Oct 31, 2012 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Conflicted - Red Split Lentils. They are gorgeous in the bag and cook much more quickly than regular lentils, which is a plus on a busy weeknight. However, in my lentil soup last night they kind of - well, disappeared! They're so small (being split) and quick-cooking, they almost dissolved in the soup. Next time I'll try cooking them by themselves to see if I can make a dish with them where you would actually know they were there!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Oct 31, 2012 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that's characteristic of ALL red lentils regardless of the source - they disintegrate/dissolve when cooked in liquid. if you want then to maintain some integrity or texture, you need to use a different type of lentil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    aching Oct 31, 2012 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good to know! This was my first foray into red lentils. As I said, I did really like they cooked so quickly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NuMystic Oct 31, 2012 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As ghg said, these are almost always the split variety which will always dissolve and are the base for yellow dal recipes in indian cooking. Reds are nice for variety but do know that they are less nutritious than the green, brown, and black varieties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A good tip for all other lentils if you want them to remain toothsome (thanks to America's Test Kitchen) is to first sauté them in oil before adding cooking water which helps them to maintain their shape and firmness once cooked.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dtremit Nov 16, 2012 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A great way to use these is a Lebanese-style lentil soup -- simply flavored, with broth/onion/garlic and LOTS of lemon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AmyH Oct 31, 2012 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was surprised that red lentils are the only dried bean/legume that Trader Joe's sells. I needed some split peas last week and had to get them at the regular grocery. Maybe it's because red lentils cook so quickly and TJ's is geared more toward quick, convenient cooking?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        aching Oct 31, 2012 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I too was surprised. I was hoping they would have black beluga lentils or lentils de puy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tracylee Oct 31, 2012 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I bought a vacuum sealed bag of black beluga lentils at TJs many, many years ago. I'd forgotten about that until reading this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            coll Nov 18, 2012 04:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also bought the black beluga lentils and they are still in my pantry; I too have sort of forgotten about them. I think I used a little bit one time and wasn't thrilled with the outcome. All lentils are NOT alike!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          aching Nov 12, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I found cooked lentils in the refrigerated produce section this weekend! I don't know if they'd always been there and I just missed them, or if somebody at Trader Joe's Central is reading our comments and adjusting their inventory to suit our every whim (I hope it's the latter). I haven't tried them yet, but I was very excited to fin them there!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NuMystic Nov 12, 2012 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They've definitely been there for at least a few months as we tried them on one of our first visits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Unfortunately they're on the overcooked side and were too mushy to be a full Yea. Just bought some organic canned lentils (westbrae) to see if they're any better, but if they're not I could still see using the TJ's in a pinch for certain applications. (soup rather than salad for example)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              trolley Nov 28, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              they've been there for a a while now. far back as 2008. my friend turned me onto them when my son was born (2008) for an easy salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GraceW Nov 12, 2012 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jah, I have mixed them with canned beans of all-types (especially butter beans), hot sauce, and barbecue sauce to make a lentil-bean "chili."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Bob W Oct 31, 2012 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nay -- Mild fresh salsa. Tasteless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. AmyH Nov 1, 2012 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay - arabiata pasta sauce in a jar. Nice bright tomato taste, a little spicy but not too much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Confused - frozen garlic bread. First two times we had this we loved it. But tonight it was completely different. Not very cheesy. Bread was thick and doughy. Either they switched manufacturers or their manufacturer has some serious quality control issues. Somewhere on this thread or the 3rd quarter, someone wrote in with a nay to the garlic bread. At the time I didn't understand why, but now I do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              geminigirl Nov 1, 2012 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another yay on the sauce!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. pagesinthesun Nov 1, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have to give TJ's a nay all together. I am a list maker and generally follow my list. It is my plan for a meal, a week, a recipe I want to make..whatever. Every time I go to TJ's I can't find everything on my list and end up having to go to a different store. Please don't ask specifics, it's been a long time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, hate the way to produce is packaged. I was to pick up and hold and smell the produce, not fight over a useless plastic container with one bad apple in the group.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And, they don't carry ice!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry for the rant

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cathy Nov 1, 2012 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's not that kind of store and never was.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  trolley Nov 1, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  this is not a thread to complain about the store. it's a yay or nay for the current products. saying nay to the entire store is for another thread and i'm sure you can start one :) and it can be an interesting conversation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  there's plenty of people who share your sentiment so you won't be alone. sorry to get all chowhound police and i think it's the first time i've ever written anything like this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John Francis Nov 2, 2012 12:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Then I guess there's nothing in this thread for you. Fair enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As it happens, I'm a list maker too, and can get nearly everything on my list from Trader Joe's, including quite a lot of things that aren't available in the conventional food store down the street. But I go there too, and to the Korean-owned produce store halfway between, and the middle eastern store next to the produce store, and to the farmers' market a few blocks away on Saturdays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's one of the great things about living in a city, or at least my city (New York) - lots of varied choices not very far apart. For many picky Chowhounds, that's a better way to go than one store fits all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. olyolyy Nov 1, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yay on the pumpkin butter, which I used to make rogue pumpkin spice lattes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rizzo0904 Nov 3, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      how do you make it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vetter Nov 3, 2012 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, how? I'm thinking you may be on to something. Hmmmm

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John Francis Nov 2, 2012 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yea - Vegetarian Refried Pinto Beans Salsa Style (canned). Has a slight flavor accent of tomato; thick puree, no whole beans. Makes a good dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nay - Traditional Style Fat Free Refried Beans (canned). Just beans, water and salt. Very little flavor except for the salt. Old El Paso's fat free refried beans also have tomato paste, chili pepper, "natural flavor," and yeast extract; much tastier.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NuMystic Nov 2, 2012 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John, does the TJ's Veg. Refried Pinto Beans Salsa Style also have natural flavor listed in the ingredients?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John Francis Nov 2, 2012 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The ingredients list: organic pinto beans, water, tomato paste, sea salt, dehydrated onions, jalapeño peppers, spices. Looks like natural flavor to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NuMystic Nov 2, 2012 10:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for posting the label info John. Added to my TJ's shopping list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If it had actually said "natural flavors" on the list I'd have passed. I'd prefer leaving castoreum and other unappetizing additives that masquerade under that moniker off my plate. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A big YUCK! To the Cultured Coconut Milk Vanilla flavored. This was one of the most disgusting Trader Joe's products I have ever tasted!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RWCFoodie Nov 27, 2012 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree - one of the few things I've returned...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. AmyH Nov 3, 2012 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yay - handcrafted black bean and cheese taquitos. They were delicious and nice and crispy after baking in the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. AmyH Nov 4, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay - wraps! I had the falafel wrap and it was delicious. It has tabboule and humus on it, too. My husband thought the cuban wrap was delicious and my son really liked the wrap he had. He tore into it before I could see the lable, but it had smoked ham and salami. Might have been Italian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also a yay for the dark chocolate mints in the little bag by the register. They have a white coating and the chocolate and mint are inside. Really good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We are going to shut down this thread and move to a monthly format for the time being. You can find the new November 2012 thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/876309

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yippee! This was over 300 by the end of October.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bobbieesol1 Nov 23, 2012 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a big UGH to their Pumpkin Cheesecake. I should have known better, but it sounded intriguing. One small slice and out it went. The lardy film on my tongue lasted longer, though. The biggest TJ disaster I've ever encountered.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    trolley Nov 28, 2012 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the one that has the chocolate layers in it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. globocity Dec 2, 2012 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A big YAY for TJ's macarons. I had the pumpkin ones in November and recently tried the peppermint macarons. My Parisian friend devoured and declared them as "fresh tasting and delicious". Her reaction, when finding out whence they came, was classic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm also loving their gourmet cheese selection, specifically the aged Gouda and Cheddar. Even rivals Whole Foods.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NAY: the frozen Alaskan Salmon. I had been buying this for years and recently it's tasted...well..fishy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shanna Mar 20, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      May be a bit off topic, but the main office just told me today that labeling will change as far as vegan and gluten....they won't be labeled. I only found this out after picking up the new Cowboy Caviar that the new flier says is vegan, but it's not labeled vegan. Also....the flier says it's tomato free but the ingredients list a tomato puree. I'm sure going to miss the convenience of the V vegan ID.

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