Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - March 2014 [OLD]
- fldhkybnva Feb 28, 2014 07:36 PM
Springing right along into March! There's more snow and rain storms ahead for many of us but hopefully spring will soon arrive with all of its sunshine, hopping rabbits and blooming flowers. No worries, there's still plenty to enjoy before then - Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day, among the usual everyday delights and celebrations.
What items have you tried recently and would you rate them a YAY or NAY?
Tom Yum soup has become a regular for me. Its broth/coconut milk base is actually flavored perfectly. It doesn't need any doctoring. If I have them around, I do add protein and veggies w/ TJ chicken cilantro wontons or shredded leftover chicken or seafood, and some sliced snow peas. WOW!
Kai Soi- which I treat as a soup: Great but too sweet, so i add some strong chicken stock and 1-2 limes' juice, and the same add-ins as above.
The only negative about these 2 products is that they are very high in sodium. around 1000 mg for the first one and 800 for the second. bummer.
The Japanese Rice(frozen) makes a great companion to the above soups, particularly if you stuff it into Inari pockets (fried tofu).
Must admit I just had the Tom Yum soup for lunch, and it was a MEH at best, actually closer to a NAY. The flavor wasn't bad, but it seriously lacked heat, and the very large amount of inedible lemongrass slivers made it a pain to eat. I'll not but it again. Although I like many of the TJ's soups (the canned lentil soup from Germany is a favorite), I've not found an Asian soup at TJ's that's ever decent...the pho is especially awful.
It's an evil store. Evil, evil, evil.
I *had* a small list of stuff I needed to get (Grade B maple syrup, applewood smoked bacon, #2 cone coffee filters, fresh haricot verts, and other regular grocery items).......
.....and I walked out $85 poorer. EVIL, I tells ya! And it's all your fault! :-P
YAY - 6 oz. baked pita chips with sea salt ($1.99). Which of course meant I needed to go back and get some of their roasted garlic hummus (also a YAY, but I think most people know that).
The chips are not salty, which I was concerned about. They work perfectly with the hummus (just had a Scooby Snack). This will be a good snack at work. Wish I had picked up some more bags of the chips.
Based on recos on the Feb 2014 thread, I also picked up the dukkah, the porcini & truffle triangoli (as well as the butternut squash triangoli), sweet canned corn, Greek honey yogurt, garlic-mustard aioli sauce, and crushed/no salt tomatoes - as well as the British English muffins to try out and compare against Thomas's and Bays. And some other things I'll Yay/Nay once I've tried them.