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ELA Dec 20, 2012 09:07 PM

Hello all -- I want to buy appetizers, either frozen or fresh, for Christmas Day. Last year, I went to Trader Joe's and just bought boxes and boxes of various appetizers, and all went well. This year I thought I would try something different and look at alternatives.

I am looking for a big variety -- from the basic "pigs in a blanket" to flautas and mini-tacos, to vegetable bird's nests, lemon-grass chicken stix, mini meatballs, pastry bites, parmesan pastry puffs, beef puffs/pastries, spinach pie, shrimp, pot stickers, etc.

Any ideas for something other than Trader Joe's? Should I look at a local store and go "fresh" so to speak?

I am not looking for specific appetizer suggestions -- just where I should go to buy them.

Thank you very much in advance.

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  1. Njchicaa RE: ELA Dec 21, 2012 02:32 AM

    You can get some of that stuff at BJ's and Costco.

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      double0 RE: ELA Dec 21, 2012 06:25 AM

      If you're into dumplings and dimsum type items, H Mart in Ridgefeild has a real good selection of frozen items. The quality seems to be better than most other Orental markets. They also have a good selection of fresh made items and will probably be open on Christmas

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        ELA RE: double0 Dec 21, 2012 06:47 AM

        Thank you.

      2. ttoommyy RE: ELA Dec 21, 2012 06:38 AM

        Where in NJ are you? That would help us in offering you suggestions.

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          ELA RE: ttoommyy Dec 21, 2012 06:45 AM

          Bergen County. I am go anywhere in Bergen. I have gone to Trader Joe's and Fairway in Paramus. Thanks.

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            ttoommyy RE: ELA Dec 21, 2012 07:53 AM

            Thanks ELA. I'm not that familiar with Bergen county anymore, so I can't help you. But perhaps now that people know where you are others will come up with some good suggestions.

        2. jrvedivici RE: ELA Dec 21, 2012 08:28 AM

          Not that I can verify the quality of them (I'm a make from scratch person) but I am always impressed with the variety of frozen app's at BJ's and Costco wholesale clubs.

          For more "fresher" app's I would suggest Wegman's super markets it you have one in your area. Good luck!

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            ELA RE: jrvedivici Dec 21, 2012 10:56 AM

            Thank you!

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            HillJ RE: ELA Dec 21, 2012 11:00 AM

            If you're considering a sushi platter outside of your normal restaurant, King's Food Markets prepare very fresh sushi platters.

            They also offer outstanding deli platters and unique frozen foods.

            Whole Foods for any vegan guests.

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              foodyum RE: ELA Dec 21, 2012 11:49 AM

              Jerry's in Englewood for crab cakes, mini pizzas, clams casino, those rice ball thingys, good bruschetta, mini meatballs, Of course mostly Italian, not unbelievably good, but way better than frozen imho. Very reasonable, prices and they will work with you on making smaller sized portions.

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                ttoommyy RE: foodyum Dec 21, 2012 04:46 PM

                "Those rice ball thingys"

                Arancini. :)

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                NJfoodLover RE: ELA Jan 3, 2013 12:41 PM

                I am a little late but if you need them again in the future, Jerry's in Englewood in great and so is the Maywood Market. You can call the maywood Market and order whatever you want. They have a huge catering menu.

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                  maryanne06 RE: ELA Jan 4, 2013 08:58 AM

                  I know that this is also late, but for next time, remember The Market Basket for appetizers.....absolutely wonderful. They also have a great catering menu.

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