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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - September 2013 [old]

Where did the summer go - fall is just about here! Soon Trader Joe's will slowly be trickling out their chosen foods for the fall season.

What items have you tried from TJ's recently - let us know whether you rate them with a Yay/Meh/or Nay!

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  1. YAY: Rice Orzo Pilaf Mix - think Rice a Roni times 100 in taste! I really enjoyed this - the best part was the seasoning that was added in. The seasoning added a ton of flavor to the rice and orzo, and I wanted to practically scrape the dish clean. It was a quick side dish and was a needed addition to the rotisserie chicken I was having for dinner.

    5 Replies
    1. re: littleflower

      Is this in a shelf stable box a la Rice-a-Roni?

      1. re: Rilke

        John is right...it comes in a box just like Rice a Roni does, and it's shelf stable/in the grocery section. Very tasty and very quick to prepare!

      2. re: littleflower

        I've tried that and liked it too. Yes, Rilke, it comes in a box in the grocery section.

        http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-fl...

          1. re: littleflower

            Well I will have to buck the trend here. Just yesterday I sung the praises of TJ's Kimchee Rice and then later that evening I was having dinner with some friends at their house. We were served this side (unknown it was TJ's when everyone but the person who prepared the meal tried it) it did not go over well. It seemed greasy and strange tasting, although I liked the nuttiness of the toasted orzo everything else was pretty meh. Although we all ate some, only one person finished their portion but refused seconds of it. Later on the hostess/cook admitted that she didn't like it and was disappointed because she had gotten it from TJ's. Everyone else chimed in it was less than a stellar product. To each his own I guess.

          2. A big "yay" for me, that is now out of stock. ):

            Kimchee fried rice, product of Korea.

            I finally tried the Cheddar and Horseradish potato chips, and they are spicy but good. A modified "yay", from me though, I think the flavors conflict with each other and would just like the horseradish flavor.

            I think this was mentioned in the previous thread, but a big "yay", for the dark chocolate peanut butter cups. So glad I can buy the small pack at my store. :) I'd eat the whole tub of the large if not.... sigh.

            www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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            1. re: mcel215

              Is the kimchee fried rice just out of stock at your store is it discontinued?

              I love that stuff!

              1. re: nimeye

                Hi nim,

                It was temporarily out of stock, but last Saturday they got a shipment in. By luck, I had called and asked them to put 3 bags aside for me, until I got there. They did and I am glad I asked, because when I got there, there weren't any bags left in the freezer section.

                I love it too!

                www.saffron215.blogspot.com

            2. I finally found a store that had the green figs .. I thought they had no flavor compared to good black figs.

              I continue to love the Thomcord grapes; I wonder why stores other than TJ don't carry them.

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              1. re: walker

                Thanks to all who have recommended the Thomcord grapes! Used them to make grape rosemary focaccia this weekend, and love that I don't have to remove Concord grape seeds before topping the dough. Makes the recipe much less labor intensive!

                1. re: 4Snisl

                  Another YAY! for the Thomcords; I picked some up this morning thanks to all the recommendations here and they definitely get the thumbs up.

                  According to Wikipedia, the variety was only released to growers ten years ago and just started being planted outside of California five years ago so the supply is probably small. TJ's must have contracted with a grower or wholesaler.

                  1. re: 4Snisl

                    I'm so glad to still have chance to say "thank you", too. In all, I've probably bought 7 or so containers of those grapes. Eaten out of hand, they're sweet and delicious, but my favorite use for them is frozen. They freeze like a dream and are even sweeter. I like to toss a handful, still frozen, on my morning oatmeal. I still have two unopened containers in the freezer and will be rationing them before too long.

                  2. re: walker

                    I agree the black figs were much better than the green

                  3. Yay! Healthy 8 veggie mix. They were sampling a salad featuring the healthy 8, sesame soy ginger vinaigrette, and sesame honey cashews. It was a great crunchy combination of flavors, although I probably would have used less dressing. I had never bought the healthy 8 because it contains raw green bell peppers, which I dislike, but they were not overpowering in the mix. This veggie mix would also be great added to a coleslaw for a change of pace!

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                    1. re: ohmyyum

                      Ooh, how were the sesame honey cashews? I've been wanting to try but its about 7 or 8 dollars a bag at my store.

                      1. re: breadwinner

                        YAY! for the sesame honey cashews. I buy a bag every so often and happened to get some today. The bag tends to go fast. Adding them to a salad like that sounds like a great idea.

                        They are $6.99 for a one pound bag here, same as the regular cashews, but I noticed they were also taxed as a candy rather than tax-free like the regular cashews.

                        1. re: breadwinner

                          Another yay for the sesame honey cashews! They are quite sweet, but you can definitely taste the sesame and it nicely complements the natural sweetness of cashews. I actually think it is a pretty decent price ($6.99/16oz) because each cashew is very liberally encrusted in sesame seeds. They also sell honey sesame almonds for $5.99, but in my opinion, the cashews are so much better and absolutely worth an extra dollar!

                          1. re: breadwinner

                            Third yay. those things are crack. The subtle cocoa flavor is really excellent.

                            1. re: breadwinner

                              Meh from here, for the sesame honey cashews. Got some today, based on the good words here. But ours tasted flat. All of the flavors - sesame, honey, and cashew - were bland. Doesn't seem like a staleness issue.....the freshness date was sometime in 2014.

                          2. YAY: Refrigerated Limeade ($2 for 32 oz)
                            Utterly refreshing! Especially with these last sweltering days of summer. Wonderful with Vikingsfjord vodka too. It does have added sugar, but it's subtly sweet instead of cloying.

                            YAY: Puffins Multigrain ($4)
                            Crisp with just a slight sweetness. I can taste the different whole grain flours. Really tasty with TJ's original soy milk (refrigerated). Wish I tried this a long time ago.

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                            1. re: breadwinner

                              Thanks for suggesting the Refrigerated Limeade, breadwinner - I have tried the Original Lemonade that is refrigerated but have yet to try the limeade. It would be a nice change of pace from all the lemonade I have been drinking lately.

                            2. Yay to the Camembert Cheese in wedges. Usually you only find camembert in mini rounds, and I like the wedges better. I like camembert better than brie too - more flavor, and good textural variation you see in a good camembert.

                              1. Meh:
                                Lamb vindaloo. While this had good, authentic flavors, it was too spicy for me (and I love spicy).

                                I've bought TJ's butter chicken and loved it, although it's not at all spicy. Which of their other Indian dishes can you recommend, that are somewhat spicy (but not as spicy as the lamb vindaloo)?

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                                1. re: HeyImBack

                                  I like the chicken tikka masala, also not spicy. The lamb was too much for me too.

                                  1. re: HeyImBack

                                    The Paneer Tikka Masala is very yummy also.

                                    1. re: kt1969

                                      Nay to Trader Joe's. Way over-rated

                                      1. re: williej

                                        Why do you think so? Lots of people don't, as these threads show. Are we all wrong?

                                        1. re: williej

                                          It is fair to ignore this post until willliej discloses further details about this assertion.

                                        1. re: pugsam

                                          I'm a fan of the Vindaloo too! More generally, I think the frozen TJ's Indian entrees across the board are the best of the ethnic lines. The Italian stuff is pretty good. The Chinese and Mexican are pretty bad.

                                          1. re: Bob W

                                            Agreed on TJ's Indian entrees (although I am not brave enough to try the Vindaloo based on heat level - I'm sticking to the Chicken Tikka Masala!), and I would be curious to see if the Mandarin Orange Chicken is still the number one selling product this year. I tried it and was not too impressed by it, and have heard similar reviews on here that the quality of it seemed to have gone done recently.

                                            1. re: Bob W

                                              A rare TJ's Indian NAY for me was Butter Chicken. Bland.

                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                Oh really? I thought it was as good as the other Indian meals there, if not even better.

                                                www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                  if your store carries fresh, not frozen, butter chicken, i was VERY impressed w/ ours; like it as much as the frozen tika masala which is my one dependable frozen meat entree.

                                              2. re: pugsam

                                                Vindaloo is the mainstay of my regular TJ rotation. Love it! Add a veggie or salad and it's a meal for me.

                                                1. re: pugsam

                                                  Hear, hear! Vindaloo is supposed to be a spicy dish, so cheers to Trader Joe's for some authenticity. I was pleasantly surprised by the seasoning and spicing balance, especially for a packaged dish.

                                                  On the other hand, tikka masala is not supposed to be spicy. It's like ordering pad thai spicy.

                                                  1. re: janethepain

                                                    I am glad that TJ's offers a various levels of heat with their Indian dinner selection. I love lamb and would like to try the Vindaloo but unfortnately overly spicy hot foods are a no no for me. Sticking with the Tikka Masala.

                                                  2. re: pugsam

                                                    I tried the lamb vindaloo today because everyone here recommended it. It is very good, though of course the texture of the rice is not as good as fresh rice.

                                                    It's not just spicy, it's got a little capsaicin burn so I can see how some people wouldn't like it.

                                                    My only real complaint is it is a rather small portion and it would take some vegetables and naan to round it out into a meal. It would be nice if the lamb were more tender but it's no different than what is usually served in restaurants. Still a Yay!

                                                  3. re: HeyImBack

                                                    YAY for the Lamb Vindaloo. I LOVE spicy food, and this was tongue-tinglingly fantastic. Pretty diet friendly too. I also like that it has only one serving per package, so when it's done, you're done. No temptation to go back for a little more.

                                                  4. Just an FYI to any NYC based hounds - I saw the soft and juicy dried mandarins at the UWS store today for the first time. Go get them!

                                                    1. YAY/MEH..... the refrigerated hollandaise. It's great if you're in a pinch, since you only briefly have to nuke it -- but having made my own just a couple weeks ago in a blender (which took all of 5 min), it's not as good. Duh.

                                                      I bet if you doctored it up with a little more lemon, it would be fine.

                                                      Again, as a shortcut, it's perfectly fine.

                                                      YAY -- was very lucky with a recent avocado purchase. It wasn't ripe when I bought it, but a day later it was *perfect*.

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                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                        To me, the refrigerated hollandaise is too lemon-y, but not butter-y enough. i wonder if it could be doctored up with more butter.

                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                          Blender Hollaindaise? Do enlighten me (you might have already but I don't seem to have it saved)? I've been wanting to try Hollaindaise but don't want to bother with a double boiler.

                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                            I don't remember where exactly I saw it, but if you google blender hollandaise, 2 min or 1 min Hollandaise, I bet you'll get lucky.

                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                              On Martha Stewart's Cooking School (PBS), she showed blender hollandaise
                                                              http://www.pbs.org/food/features/mart...

                                                          2. Repeat YAY and special thanks to a Chowhound member's suggestion (I couldn't find the thread where the suggestion was originally made): Cheese Tortellini with Red Pesto single serve frozen entree. I've bought this meal numerous times for a quick and easy lunch/dinner. Another board member mentioned taking the frozen meal on road trips/picnics and eating the tortellini room temp after the meal defrosts. A genius idea I would not have thought of. I brought the package with me on a recent flight and the idea worked great! Made for a tasty and convenient pasta salad on the go.

                                                            1. Yay to the frozen grass fed angus rib eye steak. Tender and very delicious! Yum!

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                                                              1. re: beachgallisa

                                                                Good to know they carry grass fed meat, I'll have to see if it's at my store.

                                                              2. Nay
                                                                cheddar & horseradish chips. Flavor balance is out of whack, too little cheese & too much horseradish for me.

                                                                genova pesto. This was bland to me.

                                                                shortbread with chocolate topping. This was underwhelming, cookie was ok with a crunchy buttery flavor but the chocolate topping just tasted like palm oil with a watered down hint of chocolate.

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                                                                1. re: valleychip

                                                                  Did you get the pesto in a jar, or the refrigerated tub? The former is totally blah, the latter (to my taste) not bad at all, though less good for lunch the next day. If I have the ambition I'll press a couple of cloves of garlic into it, but then I like my pesto inauthentically garlicky.

                                                                  I don't know why they even carry the stuff in the jar, and the TJ employees I've mentioned this to can't figure it out either.

                                                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                                                    It was the one in the refrigerated tub. I don't know, I guess I was expecting more of a basil flavor but it was just not there for me.

                                                                  2. re: valleychip

                                                                    I just tried the horseradish and cheddar chips. They were very unevenly flavored. One chip was so horseradishy that it made my nose run, anotheronly tasted like cheese.

                                                                  3. Yay: I recently tried the jarred marinated mushrooms with garlic. They are packed in water rather than oil, so very diet-friendly. Love them in salads.

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                                                                    1. re: valerie

                                                                      Quite addicting. I think I ate an entire jar at once. I stopped myself from the 2nd jar because of the sodium content but because they are so good and I wanted some later I decided that most of the salt is probably left in the liquid...right? I'm sure a ha a few lbs of water to show for it, but they are really good and I like that they are more garlicky and vinegary than oily.

                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                        "......I like that they are more garlicky and vinegary than oily."

                                                                        Seconded!

                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                          I have been known to stand there with a fork stabbing the mushrooms and eating them straight from the jar! I try to stop myself at half a jar, mostly so that I can save some for my salads!

                                                                          1. re: valerie

                                                                            I am having the same problem with those mushrooms.

                                                                            1. re: valerie

                                                                              I just picture myself turning into the spherical-blue girl in Willy Wonka--due to the sodium--and that makes me stop. Immediately.

                                                                              1. re: GraceW

                                                                                It's in the water..that's what I tell myself, it works :) I also give the shrooms a nice towel pat to feel even more ok with it :0

                                                                              2. re: valerie

                                                                                I left them off my list for this month but who am I kidding, they have been added follower by "x #." I should probably limit it to 2 as 1 will be consumed in the car and the other, well gotta have an appetizer right? Also if you love these, please try the fresh at Whole Foods. I actually only buy those rarely because otherwise my bank account would be empty.

                                                                          2. Big Yay combo: the fig butter swirled into a dish of the European style plain non-fat yogurt. Yum!

                                                                            I don't like yogurts with flavors already added because I find them to be much too sweet. So I've started buying a big container of plain non-fat yogurt (I like the European style), portioning out a bit, and adding things to it. That way I can control how much gets added. The cherry preserves were excellent, as was maple syrup. But the fig butter really was incredible.

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                                                                            1. re: AmyH

                                                                              I have the same problem with most yogurts. I only wish I could try this with the discontinued apricot sauce TJ's used to carry!

                                                                              1. re: modthyrth

                                                                                I'll bet that would have been delicious.

                                                                            2. Meh - chicken chile verde burritos (frozen). We like Mexican stuff, but hadn't tried these in a long time. Had forgotten how unexciting they are......until this re-taste.

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                                                                              1. re: pugsam

                                                                                I think I tried those too. BO-ring! "Trader Jose" needs to pick up his game.

                                                                                1. re: pugsam

                                                                                  Thought the same about the regular chicken burritos (red sauce). They were okay but not noteworthy. Bought them once and have not repurchased since.

                                                                                2. Is there any TJ's Mexican stuff that deserves a big Yay?

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                                                                                  1. re: pugsam

                                                                                    I really like the Chicken Quesadilla in the frozen food section.

                                                                                    www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                                                      1. re: pugsam

                                                                                        i love the corn and black bean enchiladas and the regular cheese enchiladas (in the green container) as well as those little chicken tacos and taquitos they have near the appetizers.

                                                                                        1. re: kimeats

                                                                                          yesyesyes, and the tamales are better than any fresh ones we have in boston (imo) except one place.

                                                                                        2. re: pugsam

                                                                                          I'm a sucker for the green chile/cheese tamales - all the tamales, actually, but Mrs. O isn't eating animals anymore.

                                                                                          I like most of the enchiladas I've had, too. I always liked to have the cheese ones with chili, and after having tasted their vegetarian chili and found it remarkably good, I think we'll have to revisit that combo.

                                                                                          1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                            Also a big fan of the green chile and cheese tamales and I quite like the black bean and corn enchiladas

                                                                                        3. I'm not sure who recommended this...but a HUGE GIANT YAY to the Belgium chocolate pudding. Holy crap is that stuff good. It's very very rich, though- you might want to have a large cold glass of something next to you. Only bad thing is now I'm going to buy it all the time :(

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                                                                                          1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                            I've been promoting that for a while. Sometimes I just have a spoonful for an afternoon pick-me-up.

                                                                                            1. re: John Francis

                                                                                              i don't know if it's true, but as i have watched many men throughout my life, i have come to believe that they may have a better ability(than women) to discipline themelves w/ food. Your note reminds me of that belief. How i wish i had that strength.

                                                                                            2. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                              I think several of us have recommended it! I've been having it for a snack with strawberries almost every day recently (I'm trying to gain a few pounds so it's perfect). I love the thick, silky texture, and the deep chocolate flavor. So good! Glad you liked it as well!

                                                                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                Is it in the regfrigerated section, premade?

                                                                                                1. re: tokyo

                                                                                                  Yes, it's a small transparent tub. In the local TJ's it's in the refrigerated section with salads, premade sandwiches, and microwave meals.

                                                                                                2. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                  The chocolate flavor and richness is fine, but it's borderline too buttery/greasy.

                                                                                                  That may be just our idiosyncrasy, because we don't go for much buttery/greasy element in most things.

                                                                                                  1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                    Neither of the above for me, but it differs from other premade puddings because it uses eggs rather than cornstarch or tapioca starch and hydrogenated oil as a thickener. Also, it doesn't use cocoa powder but chocolate, including the cocoa butter. That's bound to affect the texture.

                                                                                                  2. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                    After I ate an entire container in one sitting I refuse to buy it any more! I just can't be trusted with the stuff and I usually am not much of a sweets eater.

                                                                                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                      bought a container after reading all the comments. loved the texture and richness, but sad to say, a bit too sweet for my taste.

                                                                                                      1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                        It wasn't in my TJ's -- at least I couldn't find it. It's not in any of the refrigerated sections. I wanted to buy this for my son, who is a total chocoholic, but no luck...

                                                                                                      2. New to me, and an enthusiastic YAY: the 1000 Day Gouda. Why I have not purchased this before, I do not know. I feel a cheese bender coming on.

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                                                                                                        1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                          Yea - sliced smoked gouda. Great sandwich makings.

                                                                                                          1. re: John Francis

                                                                                                            That stuff makes an excellent grilled cheese sandwich.

                                                                                                            1. re: Jim M

                                                                                                              We just had a snack of the 1000 Day Gouda melted on top of toast. Breaks just a bit, but the flavor is wonderful. I have a new must-have for cheeses in this.

                                                                                                        2. Yay! for the Coastal English Cheddar. Bold flavor and proper texture, well-aged and tasty at a reasonable price.

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                                                                                                          1. The frozen Masala Veggie Burgers make an excellent side dish for their frozen Indian entrees. Like eating the filling from a samosa.

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                                                                                                            1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                              I like to make a sauce from yogurt and garam masala, then fold the masala burgers in a piece of naan, drizzle over the sauce, and eat.

                                                                                                              1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                That sounds great! I wonder if a bit of tamarind or major grey's chutney would be tasty in there as well?

                                                                                                                1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                  I always eat them with some Major Grey's on the side!

                                                                                                            2. NAY to the Kona coffee dipped shortbread cookies. I was expecting a coffee FLAVORED shortbread cookie, like the ones they sell on Kauai. Instead, these have a gritty texture, like someone spilled coffee grounds in the batter, with no discernible coffee flavor. The shortbread itself is dry and crumbly. :( So much for trying to recreate Hawaiian memories- I should have known better! ;)

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                                                                                                              1. re: tokyo

                                                                                                                Totally agree -- one of the worst products I've ever bought at TJs. Overly sweet and gritty. A total mess.

                                                                                                              2. TJ's now has a dry onion soup packet. I used it to make the classic dip with sour cream. It was really good! Has an itty bitty bit of heat and a touch less of the beefy aspect of Lipton's rendition.

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                                                                                                                1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                  I brought some of the dip made with Greek yogurt to a small get together and it was a huge hit. I have never tried the Lipton's version so I can't compare but this one was very onion-y.

                                                                                                                2. NAY - TJ's Sliced Provolone Cheese - once again, 2 days after opening they are all moldy - will be bringing this back this time.

                                                                                                                  I used to buy it all the time and the same thing happened. The best before dates are weeks out. Yuck. It's actually stinking up my fridge despite being double wrapped - anyone know if I can just take a picture of the thing and get a refund that way?

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                                                                                                                  1. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                    Throw away the cheese and take back your receipt.

                                                                                                                    1. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                      Wrap it up good and stick it in the freezer. You want them to see and smell that nasty mess!

                                                                                                                    2. MEH - Burrata. For an American product made with cow's milk, it's not bad, but it's definitely not a substitute for a quality Italian product made with buffalo's milk. Also, the interior part tastes more like extra creamy cottage cheese than real burrata. Still, if it's all you can get, it's not bad, and the price can't be beat.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                        for some reason, i thought it was made with buffalo milk, but if it is just cow's milk….nahhh.

                                                                                                                      2. Big nay for the Paula Red apples in Eastchester. They looked like they would be nice fall apples -- crisp and tart, but they were mealy with a slightly sweet taste. They made a pretty good apple sauce, but were definitely not good for eating out of hand.

                                                                                                                        Also nay for the purple plums. They were hard when I bought they on Thursday, and still like rocks today, on Sunday. Very disappointing.

                                                                                                                        1. YAY for seasonal juice blends! I bought some Dixie Peach Nectar this summer and it is fantastic (I stocked up with half a dozen bottles). I used it to make a batch of Peach Pie "moonshine" (peach cocktail in a jar), and it received rave reviews. Now I am waiting for the apple cider to come in. Has anyone seen apple cider at TJ's? Just wondering as the nearest TJ's is 3 hours' drive away from me.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: buzzardbreath

                                                                                                                            I overheard an employee tell a customer that the spiced cider was now "orderable." Not sure when that means it will be in, but it might be worth giving your TJs a call!

                                                                                                                            1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                                              Thanks! I will do that. I'd like to get my "apple pie in a jar" made so it will be nice and smooth by November. :-)

                                                                                                                                1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                  It is basically a spiced apple liqueur/cocktail made with grain alcohol or inexpensive blended whiskey, depending on your preference. There are an abundance of versions, but the recipe I use with grain alcohol is called Dave's Apple Pie Moonshine from goodoleways.com website, and the whiskey version is called Apple Pie Boilo, the website for that one escapes my memory just now. (Your favorite search engine will be able to find it.) Not considered the classiest of beverages perhaps but definitely very tasty and you can put your own twist on it easily. :-)

                                                                                                                                  1. re: buzzardbreath

                                                                                                                                    Yum, and Thanks!

                                                                                                                                    According to Wikipedia, "Boilo is a traditional Yuletide or Holiday drink in the Coal Region of northeastern and east central Pennsylvania."

                                                                                                                                    Is that where you got into it?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                      No, I'm from the West Coast and I admit I got interested in making it because a friend far from her home state of Minnesota was feeling homesick for some Apple Pie Boilo (her family makes it frequently as a tailgate party beverage in Autumn and Winter), so I made a batch for her. When I found out how simple and tasty it can be, it became a fun and novel gift and party drink that I can make in large quantities, jar it up, and have sitting on the shelf to use on a whim. :-)

                                                                                                                          2. I'd like to chime in about the Dijon mustard.

                                                                                                                            It has a bit of a kick! I don't care for it as a Dijon. But it is good used when I might choose a brown spicy mustard.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                              meatn3--i agree that the Dijon when just opened is feisty. I wonder if you have noticed that once the jar has been opened, some mustard used, and stored in fridge, it mellows significantly in a matter of weeks. Sometimes when I want that kick, I buy a new jar, even though I have one already, because I find the difference so striking.

                                                                                                                              1. re: chez cherie

                                                                                                                                My late father-in-law was a mustard connoisseur - for a while he was the Western US importer of Pommery mustards - and he insisted that mustard needed to be as fresh as possible to have that sharp kick you're complaining about. That (plus the good cheap wines) was what sold him on Trader Joe's; he discovered that they would order the mustard from the Dijon factory only enough at a time so it would be as fresh as possible, which is why they sometimes run out. After he learned that he never bought any other Dijon.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                  Trader Joe's Dijon mustard has grown on me like crazy. The first time I bought it, I thought I was engaging in trench warfare, but the really big, big pungent kick has really won me over. It's my favorite mustard for homemade mayonnaise by far.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                    Is this the Whole Grain Dijon or the one with White Wine?

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                    Interesting! I guess I've never had such fresh Dijon. I do like the TJ variety. The kick just caught me by surprise the first few times I used it since my tongue was expecting a different experience. There are some applications where I do want the mellower flavor. Luckily there's always room for one more condiment!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                      look for it this holiday season -- the four pack of flavored french mustards. very nice to have and to gift. i hope they have them this year. a great value.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                        That was pretty spectacular, with my favorite being the tomato mustard. It's amazing on turkey sandwiches, in salad dressing, etc.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                          Oh, dang...just when I was getting the proliferation of mustards in my fridge under control! <grin> Do you recall the varieties? The tomato mustard that Savour mentioned sounds enticing.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                            There was also a blackcurrant, a basil and a wine mustard.

                                                                                                                                            You can see the set here: http://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Mus... (There seems to be a thriving market on Amazon for wildly overpriced aftermarket Trader Joe's items)'

                                                                                                                                            Chowhounders speculated that the mustards were in fact made by the French company Fallot.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                              Thank you! This is going on the look-for list. The black currant mustard sounds like something I'd drool over, too. But: WOW, the price differential! 25 bucks versus 5.99? I'm thinking I'll cool my heels and watch for it to pop up at TJ's.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                I found the blackcurrant mustard to be very sweet, so it might work better in a reduction -- say, for a venison loin or duck breast -- than in a vinaigrette (for which I use most of my mustards).

                                                                                                                                                1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                  If there's a flavor that particularly appeals, look for that flavor from Edmond Fallot. Those mustards are $5.00 a jar instead of $6 for 4.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                    black currant i used on a grilled ham sandwich, but probably cut with some mayo. i think my fave of all was the provencal version -- but they were all good. i wonder if they'll do different flavors this year…

                                                                                                                                          2. re: chez cherie

                                                                                                                                            Mine has been open for a while but hasn't significantly mellowed...

                                                                                                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                              have you tried their sweet and hot mustard? might like that one better-i LOVE it in glazes, marinades and vinaigrettes. might be a bit milder?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: chez cherie

                                                                                                                                                how do you compare it with other sweet and hot mustards? i love this honeycup mustard, but it is a wee bit pricey (unless you get it on sale) http://mybrands.com/Brands/Honeycup/H...

                                                                                                                                        2. Yay: I recently tried, and liked, the Pizza Veggie Burgers. My normal veggie burger of choice is the original Gardenburger, but I really like these too. My kids even like these and my picky 7 year old son took one to school for lunch today (at his own request) and he actually ate it!

                                                                                                                                          1. I tried their cookie dough they sell in their freezer section..I baked like 4 in my toaster oven last night. Loved them! Chewy, moist and butterly...yumm..

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                              Oh good! I keep looking for that cookie dough. Maybe it's back in my store as well. Incredibly convenient to have around. Makes the whole house smell wonderful. Fun to doctor up too.

                                                                                                                                            2. YAY - Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits

                                                                                                                                              Don't think I have seen these mentioned here before.

                                                                                                                                              They are bite-size (maybe two-bite) squares of mixed nuts held together with a little sweet glaze, but not enough candy to be considered a brittle or praline, and then half dipped in rich 60% dark chocolate. The package also promises a "hint of Fleur de Sel", but I would like a little more salt in these.

                                                                                                                                              Overall a very tasty little treat. SO brought these home and I have to remember save some to share.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: pamf

                                                                                                                                                those sound dangerously addictive.

                                                                                                                                              2. A shout-out YAY! for one of those overlooked little things.....TJ's semi-sweet chocolate chips.

                                                                                                                                                We think they're much better than the national brands (Hersheys and Nestle), and at a very reasonable price.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                  I think that's number one reason why most people shop at TJ. Better quality and better prices than most national brands.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                    Be on the look out for Chocolate Chunks as well as Peanut Butter Chips this "Holiday" season.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                                                                                                                                                      My goodness! Do you work there? How do you know such secrets?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                        Yup! 8 years at my local store. The things in the "Holiday Guide" this year are very exciting : )

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                                                                                                                                                          Thank you for the "secret"! "-) If the Chunks and the Peanut Butter Chips are as good as the Chocolate Chips, I will probably buy out the shelf. LOL ;-) I am starting my shopping list now! The best TJ's nearest to me is 3 hours away but I stock up when I get there so the trip is worth it. :-)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                                                                                                                                                            Yes, thanks for sharing! Hopefully the chunks taste as good as Enjoy Life chunks and hopefully they are more affordable.. even if they are not vegan.

                                                                                                                                                  2. TJ had thinly sliced beef...which I used to make Korean style bul go gi. It was good...but at $7.99 per lb, i wonder if it was a good value.

                                                                                                                                                    1. I want to thank those addicts who convinced me to try the Kimchi Rice. I had gotten a brief taste from the demo person one day, but it took serving this up with a nice mushroom/tofu stir-fry one night to cause Mr. and Mrs. O to look at each other in shock and say, "HOLY S**T, this is GOOD!!"

                                                                                                                                                      Mrs. O is dining with her girlfriends tonight, so I will see how well it goes with a lamb chop …

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                        The Mrs. made a Korean beef stir fry the other night, using this as an add-in.

                                                                                                                                                        It rocked the house.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                          I love this idea... maybe with Tofu for us...

                                                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                          I am one of the freaks that have been disappointed with TJ's prepared products, I think they have gone down hill over the past 10+ years BUT I will agree with you on the Kimchi Rice, this stuff is excellent.

                                                                                                                                                        3. YAY:
                                                                                                                                                          soft-baked snickerdoodles
                                                                                                                                                          pumpkin ice cream – this is going to make a great affogato
                                                                                                                                                          pumpkin macarons – not cheap, but pleasantly surprised by the nice balance of almond/pumpkin.

                                                                                                                                                          has anyone tried the other pumpkin things? I spotted pumpkin pie, cheesecake, and rooibos.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rynnyb

                                                                                                                                                            I wasn't a big fan of their pumpkin ice cream when I tried it last year. I love their macarons though.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                              I loved the pumpkin ice cream last year..... funny how different people love or dislike the same item. :)

                                                                                                                                                              www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mcel215

                                                                                                                                                                I had mixed feelings about it but I'm not that big on pumpkin in general and am satisfied for a year with one slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

                                                                                                                                                                I did try the ice cream last year just because of the controversy that you are referring to but it tasted more like cloves or pumpkin pie spice than actual pumpkin to me. I enjoyed it, but it took a couple of weeks to eat it all and by the time I got to the bottom, I wasn't enjoying it so much and like the one slice of pie, one pint was enough to satisfy me for a year.

                                                                                                                                                                Probably I'll be tempted at some point this fall and get another pint anyway!

                                                                                                                                                                If you do like the pumpkin ice cream, try the mango sorbet with powdered cardamom sprinkled on it after an Indian meal.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: rynnyb

                                                                                                                                                              Last year's pumpkin cheesecake lacked the distinct pumpkin flavour I hoped it would have. Not bad, but not impressive either.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                                                                Jules, I agree with your assessment on the pumpkin cheesecake - if you like pumpkin but don't want to be overwhelmed by it, then this one's for you. I personally really liked the mild pumpkin flavor it has - also agree with mcel215 about people's differing viewpts. on the same item!! :-)

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: rynnyb

                                                                                                                                                                New product-pumpkin croissants in the frozen section!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: elise h

                                                                                                                                                                  Pumpkin croissants?! Must try...

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                    they have pumpkin seeds on the outside, but sadly, not very much pumpkin filling at all. disappointed--we'll stick the the fab plain and the uber-dangerous pain au chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                              3. NAY--Gluten Free Joe's O's. They sampled these in the store; granted I never liked Oreos to start, but they tasted like chalk-dust to me. I didn't even eat the second half.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Big NAY on the Fornari Potato Gnocchi. Comes in a plastic packet that stores on the shelf. Very quick and my grandsons love it sauteed in garlic butter with parm, but all that proves is their tastebuds need some work. This is the most revolting product I've ever purchased from TJ's. In the first place, they aren't gnocchi-shaped, they are miniature golf ball-shaped. They are gooey, chewy and disgusting and no, I didn't overcook them. I followed the directions to a T the first time (boil for 2 minutes after they float) and shortened the time by 30 seconds the next time. Still goo glue.

                                                                                                                                                                  They do have one very redeeming quality. IF you are trying to lose weight and IF you are seriously craving some Italian pasta-y goodness, this is definitely for you. After a couple bites, you'll be put off Italian for a while.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                    Those were the first item I ever returned to TJ's -- years and years ago. I can't believe they are still there. I had purchased four packages and took three back; they credited me for the fourth as well. Really gross.

                                                                                                                                                                    My mom wouldn't even try them. She said frozen or fresh are the only acceptable forms of gnocchi. Right, as usual, Mom.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Walked into the original (Pasadena) TJs at 8 a.m. and they were stocking the pumpkin spice coffee, which was sold out quickly the last few years; got three cans. Also grabbed the last box of pumpkin bar mix. Brussel sprout stalks are back, still only $2.99.

                                                                                                                                                                    All yays.

                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Cathy

                                                                                                                                                                      I like to mix the Pumpkin Spice with the French Roast - 1:1 ratio is perfect!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds delicious! I will have to try that. Pumpkin Spice Coffee is now on the shopping list with French Roast. :)

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Just a heads up everyone - if you like the Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil and you still see it on the shelves, you may want to grab a couple of extra. I am crushed that they have now discontinued it (I called and confirmed it with the store manager when I did not see a shelf space anymore for it).

                                                                                                                                                                      The manager said that they are working on replacing it with another similar canned tuna, but who knows if it is going to be as good of quality as the Yellowfin was?

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                        TJ's is changing to a different tuna source because of environmental concerns. The method the current supplier uses is very destructive to other species.

                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.traderjoes.com/about/custo...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks RTR - now just crossing my fingers that it is as delicious as the one they pulled off the shelf! Good for TJ's though for trying to making the switch to more sustainable seafood.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                          I noticed that there was no yellowfin yesterday. Hope they find another source soon and that it's still as tasty as it has been.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                            Littleflower, your secret is out, I'm officially hooked on TJs. Another win/win 100% TJs combination - yellowfin tuna in olive oil, drained and mixed with Goddess dressing and Feta in brine! Thanks for the recommendation, the tuna is a nice treat.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Yay! for TJ's Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk. One or two spoons of the stuff (to your taste) transforms ordinary java into a mellow Vietnamese coffee. And, compared to the ordinary supermarket versions in cans, this squeeze bottle is much more convenient and less messy.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                                              Where in the store is that merchandised? I'm generally a hyper-efficient shopper who doesn't browse much, so I often miss things :(. A squeeze bottle of condensed milk sounds wonderful - although we love condensed milk in coffee as a dessert, I just hate chasing a can around the fridge. Sounds like a good solution.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                                I don't remember which section, but here's a photo I harvested from the internet: http://eatventures.files.wordpress.co...

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you! Nice to have a visual to look for.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it's with the baking supplies, at least I've seen it there in the TJ's by me

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                                                                                                    That's where I've seen it, too. Near the shelf-stable whipping cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                      shelf stable whipping cream, really? never heard of it! is it any good? long list of many- syllable ingreds?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                        Not as good as fresh (duh) but it'll do in a pinch

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                          It works very well and I don't think it has a lot of other stuff in it. It's in that cardboard type box like their soups, but smaller.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                            It's prettty common in Europe -- esp. Italy.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                              It's brilliant and there's nothing funky in it. Cream and carrageenan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ccbweb

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, now that’s an ingredient that I look to avoid. Good to know!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                                            TJ's here in Charlotte, NC only carry it during the "holiday season"...approximately Oct. - Feb. I'm looking forward to stocking up soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                            As an fyi, other grocery chains sell a non-organic, Nestle product in a squeeze bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Big YAY to the TJ's "Reduced Guilt" Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip. (n.b., I do not usually buy things to assuage my guilt, but this sounded good.) I generally make "dippy" things at home, but have *zero* time these days and this hit the spot. I wasn't particularly wild about the ingredient list (but nor was it egregious), as I tend to avoid gums, but the flavor made me happy enough to polish off 3/4 of a 16 oz. container in the past 24 hours. Nice texture, too, with the water chestnuts. Would definitely buy again.

                                                                                                                                                                                          YAY to all you TJ folks who have been singing the praises of the marinated mushrooms with garlic. You are all right.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't know as to the pesto Gouda we just purchased...I am not sure yet. We get in cheese ruts around here, and have been loving the 1000 Day Gouda, so I grabbed some of the pesto Gouda for variety. It's...odd. I think, perhaps, that I just might not like anything in my cheese than cheese. The pesto flavor is not really pronounced, and it doesn't seem to complement the Gouda flavor. Still, it's not *bad*. I guess, then, I should say my response is a MEH, although that's a slight overstatement.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. As a renewed TJs fan, I'll join the game - I haven't tried much but...

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay's:
                                                                                                                                                                                            Seaweed snacks
                                                                                                                                                                                            Garlic marinated mushrooms
                                                                                                                                                                                            Sardines in water
                                                                                                                                                                                            Canned no salt added plum tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                            Salute 21 seasoning - double Yay, this stuff is great
                                                                                                                                                                                            Full size turkey tenderloins
                                                                                                                                                                                            Pure cranberry juice

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yay fldhky...glad to see your renewed interest in TJ's!! Please do keep the yay/nays coming! I have yet to try the turkey tenderloins but these sound like they could be a quick meal idea soon...thanks for letting us know about it. Oh, and the apple/cranberry juice is excellent, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                I've become obsessed, I think I read all the Yay/Nay threads from 2013 last night. It's helpful since I find it hard to even browse in that store. Last week I nearly cried when I couldn't find the spices, then even when I asked and she pointed them out, I didn't realize until "oh the tiny shelf facing catty-corner in the middle of nowhere :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                I live on the cranberry juice because I love tart, bitter things and its great in water but also helps me regulate my water retaining issues...so I can eat more of the salty mushrooms haha

                                                                                                                                                                                                The only other place with turkey tenders which aren't enhanced with brine is wegmans and occasionally but the former splits them into skinny strips and the latter is twice as expensive. I definitely recommend them but I admit I quite enjoy turkey and chicken breasts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                My next trip is Friday so I'm sure I'll find way too much to buy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lol fldhky, you can't possibly mean you read through ~1600 posts last night.....?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been known to be a fast reader. I usually read the man posts and if it seems like an extended discussion is occurring I move on. It was a pretty quick read, sort of like a romance novel :) There was also some insomnia involved so I was trying to pass the time somehow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    SO: ...or, she's just obsessed

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, I can believe it...from what I recall about fldhky from the time awhile back that I was on the home cooking board she is super intelligent and truly has a passion for good food, recipes, and quality products. We're lucky to have her share her knowledge here on this board now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Littleflower, thank you for the kind words. I hope my reading comprehension translates into some good buys tomorrow and a weekend of good eats. SO is gone for most of the weekend so it's just me, cooking will be my entertainment.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Oh. My. An emphatic NAY on Trader Joe's Organic Mayonnaise. Leftover grilled chicken was destined for chicken salad tonight, and we decided to crack open the TJ's mayo we picked up yesterday. I'd seen some good reviews, was happy to see no canola oil (my palate and canola do not get along), and it was in a glass jar (another of my own "things"). Decided to taste before mixing into the chicken - so glad I did. I found it horrid, with a bitter aftertaste that lingered a long time. Did I get a bad jar? I've never returned anything to TJ's, but this one is going back-back-back. Yecccch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can speak for the taste of TJ's Real Mayonnaise and say it's the best store bought mayonnaise that I have tried. I even like it a little better than Hellmann's (ingredients are a little more natural). I can't remember if it has canola oil in it though - I want to say that it does not but cannot confirm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would call the store manager up and share your experience with the Organic Mayo and I am sure they will either let you exchange it for another kind or will give you your money back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Edit - As soon as I posted this I reread your entry and I think the Real Mayonnaise is in a plastic not a glass jar, so this may be a deal breaker for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                    At my store (Southern California) the Real Mayonnaise comes in a glass jar. I double checked, because there were some questions about this. It does have canola oil, but I don't usually like canola either, and I do like this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Rice Bran Oil is now my go to neutral cooking oil. So YAY to the Rice Bran Oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                                                      To littleflower and Savour: I think perhaps regionality of packaging and my own confusion was responsible for my mayo yech. I'd read reviews of the TJ's mayo, and found some enthusing about the glass jar packaging. In making my selection, I went with the organic, as that was the one in the glass jar in my market (Twin Cities, MN); the Real Mayonnaise was in a quart plastic jar, while the organic was in a pint glass jar. Glass v. plastic is not *really* a deal-breaker for me, but rather a preference - and pint-sized glass jars get a lot of storage play around here. The organic mayo is soybean oil; since I am generally a Hellman's gal, I went with that. (Didn't think to check the label on the Real quart; thanks for the heads-up on the canola, which can really ruin things for me.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sigh. Perhaps I am becoming just too enamored of my own mayo (I use grapeseed oil), but it's nice to have a jar of store-bought around for the odd small usage and the keeping quality. On the strength of your recommendations, and Savour's as a fellow canola-averse, I think I'll give the TJ's Real a whirl and see what I see. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                                                    very surprised to hear this. i've been using this because it comes in a pint (i live alone and don't use a lot of mayo) and it's glass, and i've always loved it. wonder if you got a bad batch?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wonderwoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's what I was thinking (bad batch/jar), as this was beyond any just-don't-care-for-it-ness. So perhaps I jumped the gun on the blanket NAY, but am pretty sure I won't be buying it again. It rather surprised me, as I generally have found my Trader Joe's purchases to be (mostly) satisfactory at worst. Just brought this up with my husband (who also hated it), and he mentioned that the jar didn't "pop" when he opened it, so...might be a one-off bad experience. I'll certainly mention that fact to the store manager when we return it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is a little off topic.. but I recently made a homemade batch of mayo (my usual recipe that I've made a lot of times), and it tasted extremely bitter. I was suprised by this having made it so many times. I had to toss the entire batch, which was a sad sight. After some further research (aka googling), I found that olive oil (which is a component in my homemade mayo) becomes bitter if over-emulsified. I'm wondering if the organic mayo had any olive oil that became a victim of too much processing. End of story!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Briek

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's actually good information to know - I had never heard of that before. Thank you for sharing with us, Briek! I would love to make my own homemade mayo someday but that is just one project that I have yet to tackle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Homemade mayo is delicious and super easy. I usually use a mix of walnut and olive oils and make it in the food processor. I might try walnut and grape seed next. That looks like a popular alternative to olive. I love the rich nut flavor that the walnut oil adds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Briek

                                                                                                                                                                                                              i heard of that problem with over-emulsification of olive oil. i believe it was maria lorraine who posted about it on another thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's true, in my book. I never use olive oil in my homemade mayo. Because of the bitterness issue. The TJ's said soybean oil (not my favorite either, but will capitulate), but I think it was just a bad experience. Grapeseed oil has been my favorite for homemade. No bitter flavor forward, and works nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ETA: does TJ's sell grape seed oil? I haven't looked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, I purchase my grape seed oil from TJs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chinchi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I, too, like using grapeseed oil. I bought the rice bran oil at TJ and have only used it once, for pop corn .. great. Would it work in mayo, too?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yes, tj's has grapeseed oil. it is my regular non-olive cooking oil. i think i'm going to try the rice bran oil next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the double recs on the TJ's grape seed oil. I've been buying the Grapeola grape seed oil and haven't been disappointed, but am always looking for oils that make us happy. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never used rice bran oil. Anyone care to give a yay or nay for the TJ's, as I think it's going on the list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've been using it as my "neutral oil" since I hate the taste of canola and sunflower always seems to go rancid quickly. The rice bran has been great - i'm on my second bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. HUGE YAY for sure on the New Mexico Pinon Coffee. It is really smooth and has a smokiness to it and a nut-like flavor similar to hazelnut. Brings back memories of camping and campfires. Absolutely super with a splash of cream and a touch of sugar or honey. I hope this one is not a seasonal and hope it is still on the shelf when I go to TJ's in a couple of weeks. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I know it's pretty darn easy to make at home but any thoughts on the bruschetta - the jar version, not the fresh refrigerated version.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                              We like it - it's not too oily, and it's great for those occasions when you do not want to chop stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nikkihwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We also like it. I agree that it's not too oily. Perfect for an easy appetizer. (We also like the one made with artichokes).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Did I say YAY for the organic coconut oil yet? It's very nice, although it does have a bit of a coconut flavor so it is not something you'd want to use for some things. I used it for scrambled eggs and they tasted just awful. I read somewhere that it could be used for a cream substitute in coffee and I drink my coffee black but thought I'd give it a whirl. I whizz it into my coffee with a stick blender and it imparts a very subtle coconut aroma (more aroma than taste) and it tends to make the coffee a little more mellow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I read about the spray earlier is that the one you're using? Since it tastes like coconut, I assume it's unrefined?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not the spray. Here's a pic. Doesn't say anything about being refined on the label so...?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've read about this (just googling "coconut oil uses" gives tons of ideas. Question....if you use it at night, does it leave an oily residue on bedding?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I use it for my hair and I think with skin it seem greasy but soaks in though I'm not sure how long that takes. Whenever I use it on my hair, I get many comments "oh wow you smell great, what is that?" I hesitate to say that I dipped into the kitchen cooking oil jar lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Curious, do you use after wash, before blow dry, air dry, before bed, extra....I may dip into my jar this evening:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: geminigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I usually put it on before bed and wear a cap or something to keep the heat in then wash in the morning. I have very dry hair and have been known to just lather it on when the mood fits but it's pretty heavy stuff so I think a deep conditioning works better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mods it's semi-related and quick, here's a link http://www.howdoesshe.com/coconut-oil...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not any more than a regular moisturizer. And it tastes great. Have also used as a nursing cream instead of lanolin - 100% food safe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And it tastes good, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good to know. I have a jar at home but since I use it for cooking and hair/skin it'll probably need to be replaced soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It definitely has a pronounced coconut flavor. OK in curries and I like it in cornbread, but I don't use it for much else. I probably won't buy it again when I'm done with my jar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I only use it for Asian-style dishes and popcorn, hair/skin, otherwise uh well it tastes like coconut which I don't want to taste 90% of the time. I've had my jar forever even as I use it for bathroom purposes as well that's how infrequently I use it in the kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've used it as a substitute for shortening in banana bread and it works quite well

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If the recipe calls for oil rather than shortening, would you bring it to the point where it's pourable? I get a laugh when I walk in my kitchen and see it is solid white or clear as a bell....as good as any other indicator that I might want a jacket when leaving the house!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yea just heat or really when you mix it with anything it starts to melt. In summer in our house it's only semi solid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's fantastic in smoothies. I scoop out a tablespoon or so, zap it so it melts, and pour into the blender slowly while it's on. It imparts the best mouthfeel!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Would be especially amazing if you're making a tropical smoothie. Think pineapple, mango, banana, coconut. Wow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Yay X 2, but they're not new. Someone or two recommended the "Napa Cabbage Kimchi" and/or the "Southern Greens Blend" and we absolutely Loved both items. Both are preservative free so that's a positive plus. Both will be on our shopping list from now on. So, Thanks whoever mentioned these!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love kimchi and am planning to try this out but it's gonna be hard to beat the stuff from H Mart but as I've learned before, I'll withhold judgment until I try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You won't find TJ's kimchi as spicy as you might like. There is a heat kick-back but not a pronounced amount of heat. Still we liked it in a recipe that was a quick braise with collard greens from this month's COTM. Then there's always T J's Sriracha or other hot sauce that I thought I'd have to use but didn't need to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was surprised to find that the kimchi they were selling was imported from Korea and not made here in US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm surprised to see you say that and I thought I read the package well. There's a new package in the fridge. I'll have to check. Thanks Monica!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. The pumpkin stuff is back and there's more than ever!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night I picked up some of the pumpkin waffle/pancake mix, a box of pumpkin soup, a box of pumpkin cranberry scone mix, and some pumpkin toaster pastries. They also had pumpkin bar mix, pumpkin butter, pumpkin greek yogurt (which I tried last year and didn't like at all), "pumpkin walks into a bar", and I think some other things as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yay to the pumpkin toaster pastries! Nice pumpkin flavor with, in my opinion, just the right amount of filling and no overwhelming spices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would say a "meh" to the Pumpkin Bread Pudding (frozen section.) A little too sweet and not spicy enough for me, but it might just be that I don't like pumpkin as much as I think I do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't even see that. I was too dazzled by the huge shelf display of boxes, jars and cans. Thanks for the meh warning on the bread pudding. I probably would have bought it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The pumpkin version of the '...walks into a bar' bars is really good! I just finished one; lots of spices and pronounced pumpkin-y flavour with a hint of apple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also saw a pumpkin version of the frozen croissants, which I might pick up on my next trip (if they're still there).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i thought the pumpkin walks into a bar was gummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. YAY for TJ Taco Shells - the best ever!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. A yay in our household for the Carolina Gold BBQ sauce. Don't care if it's authentic or not :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What's the sweetness factor? I love a mustardy vinegary bbq sauce but many are still pretty sweet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't say in comparison to other mustard-based sauce, this is the first one I think I've ever bought. But I think it's pretty balanced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Here are my Yays and Nays for the week -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nay:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wasabi Seaweed snacks - the regular are addicting, but the wasabi hit when you bite into these is not very enjoyable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Undecided:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      St. Andre - it's pretty mild to me but I'm sure it'll go to good use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kimchi - pretty good, similar to other jarred versions I've tried, it's great to pick up a quick batch though I do prefer the "homemade" at H Mart, don't worry it won't go to waste in my pickled-anything loving hands

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yays:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caramelized onion cheese - super Yay this is great and nothing like that Yancey's cheese I've been eating which tastes like onion dip more than just pure caramelized onions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Almond meal - super low price, I know I can make it at home but this is so much easier

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      California Estate Olive Oil - I was afraid to challenge my favorite California Olive Ranch Olive Oil but this stuff is fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frozen artichokes - they were missing last week, but are back so I couldn't resist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I did spot a small shelf of pumpkin products creeping in but didn't take too close of a look. I have a tub of the Mediterranean hummus in the fridge from last week which I'm finally going to open tomorrow or honestly probably tonight for a snack so I'll report back on that soon but I've heard nothing but good things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOVE the frozen artichokes - excellent quality and we have used this quite often.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm glad that they were actually not discontinued as I was told the week before. Just defrost and drain?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Isn't it great how easy they are to prepare? Yes, I just run them under water inside of a colander and drain. I then usually add a little extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and S&P for a quick fresh side dish. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I recently moved to Davis from Los Angeles and was relieved to know there's a Trader Joes is in town. I've already noted regional differences. The biggest is the absence of my favorite bread, the Petit Pain Pascal. Instead, there is a whole wheat loaf dubbed the Petit Pain Pauline. The Pascal is an emphatic yay, but the Pauline is a meh. The bread is tougher, not just more dense or chewy. An inferior replacement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chinchi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't think that's a regional difference. The pain pascal disappeared earlier this year and was replaced by the pain pauline.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe it's due to the acquisition of bay bread (rumored to be the source for the pain pascal) by Starbucks?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gnomatic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was buying the Pain Pascal up until a few weeks ago in LA. Unless the change was very recent, perhaps a different baker took up operations in select areas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chinchi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I feel like I saw the Pascal yesterday in LA...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i bought some pascal today in so ca.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Wow, how did I forget to comment on that Dijon mustard! Oh my oh my, I love this stuff. I've just been nibbling on it with snacks, but it'll be in the star in some dish tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That is my absolute go-to mustard for homemade mayonnaise. It often shows up in vinaigrette and in chicken salad around here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Yay: pumpkin biscotti. Nice flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pumpkin biscotti??? I loved both almond and the chocolate biscotti so this is a must try for me. Thanks for the review on them, AmyH.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hope you like them as much as I do, little flower! They are in a plastic tub like the chocolate hazelnut ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. YAY: Five Seed Almond Bars. Loved these - very chewy, great flavor from the molasses and spices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              YAY: Cranberry & Pumpkin Seed Pita Chips. My four year old picked these out and I was not expecting to like them as much as I did. They've got great sweet/salty thing going on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MirandaWright

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the heads up about the pita chips...they sound tasty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I have to thank you all for your information on the return policy. I just happened upon my first experience with poor produce at TJs. I opened a bag of baby zucchini to find not one, but three rotting completely through. I was going to try to salvage and use the others but the grime all over was probably not a good sign of something OK to eat. Anyway, I took a picture but when I called they were so apologetic and told me to come in as soon as possible, receipt or not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just one of the many reasons why TJ's is where we get the majority of our groceries from! Love their no-hassle return policy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm tempted to also use it for a wedge of cheese which is just not getting along with me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. YAY--Trader Joe's salad with beets and chicken--God knows I wouldn't eat that chicken after the 'Just chicken' from TJ almost killed me once. But I liked the 2 types of beets (that were even separated from each other) and the 2 tiny tomatoes and the feta--since I have cheese pretty much never. It was a good combo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YAY--Greeting Cards--I always stock-up on random ones.. Birthday, Anniversary, Thank-You, etc. I keep the pile in my desk-drawer at work.. so just in case I find out it is someone's birthday.. then it looks like I was prepared.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yay--Pumpkin Butter--I know this seems obvious.. but I don't like pumpkin.. so you might still try it if you don't like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yay/nay--Petite Peas--I have forgotten to buy these for a long time now, but I used to keep them in my freezer to snack on... for some reason they don't taste as good or as petite (sorry, I know that sounds dumb, but when the adjective is in the title.. and they used to be small.. you would expect them to be that way).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nay--Cranberry butter--I LOVE cranberries.. so I was surprised that I didn't like this. I think it was either too sweet or too fake tasting. I don't know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NAY--Angel food cake--Tasted like peppers? The package was cold.. so I am wondering if it was next to a shipment of peppers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Of course, I bough the garlic marinated mushrooms. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The frozen Petite Peas are still small and tasty here in Brooklyn. Maybe they were once even smaller and tastier, I wouldn't know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You always have such great input to give, Grace! Absolutely agree on the greeting cards, and I will have to think about trying the pumpkin butter now because I like the flavor of pumpkin but do not want to be overwhelmed by it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would never think to even look for greeting cards, good idea. They can be an arm and a leg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I detest the typical cards that yield eye-rolls due to ultra-sweet messages or greetings.. the cards at Trader Joe's are usually multi-purpose with greetings that never overwhelm the senses. For $1, they can be given to anyone and come across as 'nice.'--My personal favorite are the blank cards which work always and often include some seasonal varieties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *NEW CARD*--I did note also they already have an open-window type card.. where you can slip in a family-picture. I considered buying it. Then I remembered I am a household of one... but that would be something to get if you are only sending a few holiday cards and have children, dogs, cats, or some other creature that smiles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grace I think you were the one who started the extremely popular TJ's holiday items thread last year...any plans to begin a similar thread for this holiday season? :-) I know I am thinking ahead, but TJ's does start trickling out some holiday items (mainly Thanksgiving but occasionally a Christmas/Hannaukah one thrown in early for good measure) beginning this month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, Littleflower! I just posted one.. thanks for reminding me, and I am glad it was useful for others too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TJ Seasonal/Holiday items 2013--
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918828

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Your thread last year was enormously useful for deciding which holiday items to try out! We're all set now...can't wait for the holiday roll-out to begin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Trader Giotto's Italian Breadsticks with Olive Oil. If you like crunchy boxed breadsticks (and I do), you'll like these. Very tender crunch and no flavorings, which makes them ideal for savory or sweet dipping.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ooh I haven't seen these before - these must be new! Where are they located in your store?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At my store they were with the crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. YAY -- TJ's soft 10 grain bread. I'm not much of a bread eater (particularly pre-sliced, soft sammich bread), but my man is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We used to get the whole grain or multi grain or whatevs it's called at Wegmans, but found it to be too sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This has no sweetness to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Yay to Half Baked rolls. These were surprisingly delicious -- nice and crusty with a good taste. I would definitely get these again, and I want to try the Half Baked baguettes now as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi roxlet glad you found us here on this board! I have yet to try the half baked baguettes but thanks to your post about the half baked rolls, I now have them on what is quickly becoming a fast growing list of "must haves" from TJ's that I need to try! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, I've been here for a while, but mainly lurking. My husband is not a big TJ's fan, so I don't shop there that much. However, my son is a big fan of what I'll call frozen snacks, but which are dinner for most people. He's a 17 year-old athlete, so he can eat quite a bit. Here are some more Yays of things he really likes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay-arancini bites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay -Samosas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay - some other kind of Indian turnover thingy whose name escapes me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And the one Yay from my husband (prior to the half-baked rolls) is the giant stuffed olives. They are the best martini olives ever. You get a cocktail and a snack all in one, lol!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. had a few girlfriends and babies over for brunch this weekend-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it was very trader joes themed haha. it was just so easy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but the croissants (almond, chocolate and pumpkin) got RAVE reviews. They were delicious I must say-take them out of the freezer let them proof, throw them in the oven....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    warm flaky tender. yum. these little treats might become friends with my freezer (not my waistline thought).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cookfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cookfood glad to hear they got such rave reviews - they always get such high praise here on this board!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cookfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i too love the croissants.just remember, if they are in your frzr maybe 4-6 mos, they won't rise like they're supposed to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You're not kidding, opinionatedchef! I just made some this morning from old and new boxes of chocolate ones (alongside some pumpkin and almond). I was surprised at just how little the old ones rose. The photos show the dramatic difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: cookfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are these in freezer section? the croissants i mean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, they're in the freezer section. Just put them on a parchment lined baking sheet on the counter overnight so they thaw and rise, then bake in the morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              will this try weekend, thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Just started a new thread for October - let's continue the discussion over here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918730

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Yay! for TJ's Moisturizing Cream Shave, for men and women. Smoothes and soothes the sensitive epidermis.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That doesn't sound so appetizing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. the pumpkin pie ice cream with candied pecans and whip cream is amazing!