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My favorite of their hummuses is the Mediterranean Hummus

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

should be its own thread/poll, but i have come to the conclusion that all other houmouses are bullshit. i have been burned too many times. original is BEST, though red pepper is sometimes acceptable.

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

Do you specifically mean Trader Joe's original or are you just against flavored hummuses in general?

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

The cioppino is the absolute most refined, delicious, and clutch frozen dinner I have ever had. Throw it on some spaghetti and you have an even bigger meal.

― throwbookatface (skygreenleopard)

One of my all-time faves too. I put it on rice at first but it's even better on pasta. And you can cook the seafood/sauce in a pan - no microwave necessary.

Also the Chicken Gorgonzola in the frozen section is classic. Make a sandwich with their cibatta.

nickn, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

A lot of their frozen stuff works in the toaster oven if you can wait around for a little while.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

their veggie meatballs are awesome. also, their wheat tortillas are shit for everything EXCEPT making enchiladas, we discovered today, in which case they are the best tortillas you can possibly buy.

akm, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

Do the frozen stuff (entrees & such) on the stovetop with a little oil, maybe a little water--set it on medium-low and stir.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

best:
chocolate covered pretzels
chocolate mint hot chocolate
chocolate covered fruit
lacey cookies
brie - good price compared to Whole Foods
some of the frozen appetizers - mushroom turnovers I remember being pretty yummy, though I haven't had them in awhile
greek style yogurt
decent prices on fancy brand hard liquor
big jugs of juice
spiced apple cider

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

they have nicely prized frozen meats.
i prefer whole foods' frozen fishes.

agreed - Whole Foods has frozen soft-shell crab. They spent almost a year building a Whole Foods down my block, and I resented it a lot. Then I saw the frozen soft-shell crab. Best sandwich I've ever had was a soft-shell crab prepared burger like. Sorry to derail TJ thread with WF talk.

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

I fuck w/ the mushroom turnovers

as per diddy's twitter (The Reverend), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

i don't really buy stuff from the freezer aisle much, but the frozen naan is classic! dud: i bought some frozen egg rolls recently and they came out kinda mushy and greasy. but classic: frozen puff pastry. and their pizzas aren't half bad, esp. the roasted vegetable one.

i'm stoked that they have the winter loaf fruit and nut bread right now! it's super-delicious, esp. the bits of candied orange peel.

one of my other favorite things is the nitrate-free pastrami, which has a very beefy/briny flavor.

if i buy pre-sliced sandwich bread at all, i buy the milton's whole grain bread or the new repackaged TJ's version of it (it's cheaper).

the cheese selection is somewhat meh, but i'm all about that cotswold cheddar. and i've been keeping little hunks of their grana padano around to grate on pasta, etc.

they used to have these triple-shot cans of iced espresso at a very good price. i'm deeply dismayed that they've stopped carrying them.

NYSE:JAH (get bent), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

so many things i've had from TJs were good or great the first time, horrible the second. the veggie chorizo, for instance. i hardly buy anything but staples there these days, the occasional lazy can of veggie chili... my wife loves their frozen pizzas. i find them pretty disgusting. they got rid of a lot of my favorite stuff in the past year or so.

quinoa bread - yum. not good for toast, though, just making sandwiches. everything bagels are okay. i'm really straining to think of anything exciting... um, chili-lime pistachios.

the balsamic veggie medley - blarrgh. canned soups - blarrgh.

WEREWOLF CONGRESS (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

when has something called a "veggie medley" EVER been good?

NYSE:JAH (get bent), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

they had this half-round of sourdough bread, might've been whole wheat sourdough that was awesome.

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

when has something called a "veggie medley" EVER been good?

maybe if it was fried veggie medley, it'd be good. However, most things called "veggie medley" tend not to be fried.

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

veggie medleys/mixed vegetable mixes are never good, this is true

pretty good -
moroccan salted olives
greek yogurt
baby beets
ginger cookies, the small ones that come in a round plastic container
some of the frozen enchiladas (chicken chile verde)
relatively inexpensive walnuts, almonds, also almond butter

football consultant, oakland raiders (daria-g), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 11:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

yes:
veggie meatballs (addicted to these)
garlic hummus dip
coffee

no:
produce (obviously)
"soy nuggets"

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 11:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm still into soy nuggets, though my girlfriend has gradually lost interest in them.

Other likes, with caveats:

margarita pizza (though it's no substitute for the great goat cheese pizza, which has since been discontinued)

frozen mildly spiced vegetable burritos (though I stopped buying them after I realized how calorie-laden they are)

fresh mild salsa (though it tends to get overly acidic after a couple of days)

I guess I have no complaints about the frozen seafood I've bought there.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 12:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

My gf also just walked into the room and said, "Did you mention BRITISH MUFFINS?" I said no because I don't give a shit about them, but for posterity, I should mention that she eats the cinnamon raisin variety pretty much every day.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 12:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

^different from English muffins?

f f murray abraham (G00blar), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

Not that I can tell.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wait, I take that back: I guess they don't have Thomas-style nooks and crannies.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

That's the Welsh influence.

f f murray abraham (G00blar), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

Undoubtedly.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

decent prices on fancy brand hard liquor

where do you live that they do this? i want to move there.

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

should mention that i've grown past charles shaw (hooray i am old!) but i still like to buy wines at their wine shop cause they're about $3-8 cheaper for most things than the shop in my neighborhood.

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

they dont have liquor or wine @ the bk outpost

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

tbh i have not really been feeling tjs lately after eating nothing but stuff from their store all thru college

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

will ride for the chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels tho

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

those Maple Cream cookies are out of control good.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

that sounds absolutely disgusting

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

chili mango slices <3

These are not being appreciated enough.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

I've ventured into Trader Joe's out of curiosity, but I always get frustrated and leave empty-handed. I can't stand the in-no-way-intuitive layout (soy sauce is stocked in the freezer section next to eggrolls?) and there are huge gaps in what they stock (Thai rice sticks were the only non-Italian noodles I could find). But I don't buy prepared foods or snacks, so maybe TJ wasn't meant for me.

lindseykai, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

ugh, we got the chili mango slices and found them GROSS.

BUT WHY TJ DID YOU STOP SELLING THE CHOCOLATE COVERED PEANUTS? My gf asked, they said they weren't selling. WTF

dan selzer, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 15:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

But I don't buy prepared foods or snacks, so maybe TJ wasn't meant for me.

Possibly. CHILXor dan m. has said the same. I don't really go nuts with all of the snacks and cookies and shit, either, but there are two things that I eat with a great deal of regularity -- cereal and sandwiches -- and TJ's is definitely good for things like cheese, soy milk, condiments, etc.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 15:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

bread talk: quinoa bread is some crumbly shit.
the half-loaves of sourdough are great though. i don't really understand wholewheat sourdough, but the white loaves. also the tuscan panes and similar little seeded breads.

i remember someone speaking up for soy chorizo a while ago and being curious, because i don't really go in for faux-meat stuff. but the backlash has dissuaded me. are veggie meatballs good: for real?

also: little cherry tomatoes. can't really find them anywhere cheaper.

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 15:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

BUT WHY TJ DID YOU STOP SELLING THE CHOCOLATE COVERED PEANUTS? My gf asked, they said they weren't selling. WTF

― dan selzer, Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:07 AM (16 minutes ago) Bookmark

Someone told me they have some kind of fairly strict system where they rotate out the bottom x% of products (in sales terms).

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 15:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

If you don't like prepared foods it's true that TJ doesn't have a lot to offer besides staples. It's definitely not a store for true foodies or cooking enthusiasts. Produce at the little green markets in the area is equally cheap and generally better. And Sahadi's and Damascus Bakery are good for specialty items.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 15:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

got to chime in for this lemon pepper w/ grinder trader joe's sells. my mom bought it for us randomly and it took my wife and i a couple months to actually try it, but now we cannot live without it. which is a problem because we're running low and we live in a state with no Trader Joe's. Mom?

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 15:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

still so sad that tjs discontinued the flax pasta. brown rice and whole wheat is proving to be no substitute. the flax one ended up being just the right consistency -- not to chewy, but still on the firm side that let you know it was a bit more healthy than white flour. one of the managers told me a few months back they'd be trying out another flax variety, but no dice so far.

robotsinlove, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 15:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

may god help me if they ever get rid of darrell lea black licorice

life without it would be bleak

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 15:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

omg that reminds me the 25 seasoning salute is like a gift from the heavens!

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 16:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

Third on the veggie meatballs...also:

-super lazy but the three-packs of frozen brown rice somehow microwave perfectly every time and are great on-the-fly

-boil-in-bag Indian dal (nice w/ their mango chutney)

-GARLIC NAAN (not frozen)

-strawberry kefir (drinkable yogurt)

-red pepper-tomato soup in the carton thingy

Hadrian VIII, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 17:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

O yeah the carton soups have generally treated me well.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 17:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

third the carton soups - the red pepper/tomato is a fave of mine too

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 18:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

chili mango slices <3

big fan of these.

Also, A ________ Walks Into a Bar

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 18:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

the red pepper/tomato is pretty good, but honestly i kind of live on Amy's low-fat cream of tomato.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 18:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Also:

Green apple granola
Vegetarian sushi
Lentil wrap

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 18:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Vegetarian sushi

Should've mentioned this earlier as a do-not-want. It's kind of gross.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 18:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

my boyfriend loves those soy nuggets - we discovered, by accident (lol), that the trick is to totally overbake them (45mins at 400)

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 18:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

I made the mistake of buying gluten-free candy cane joe-joe's. They are almost inedible.

Modern French Music from Failure to Boulez (askance johnson), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:14 (1 week ago) Permalink

Their GF brownie mix is good though! I add some powdered Bourbon vanilla, and then as a topping I melt a few Tb of peanut butter w some butter in the microwave and then pour it over the top and bake per instructions.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:22 (1 week ago) Permalink

Kept reading that as a few lb of peanut butter and was concerned

los blue jeans, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 16:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

the pumpkin loaf mix is very nice -- notes of cinnamon and brown sugar, not too nutmeggy

Westing (By Musket Anne Sexton) (get bent), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 20:20 (1 week ago) Permalink

i think the entire store has turned into a pumpkin loaf

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 20:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

Whoever eats pumpkin loaf and drinks 2 Buck Chuck remains in Joe and Joe in him.

los blue jeans, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 22:14 (1 week ago) Permalink

this shocking TJ fearless flyer text analysis was making the twitter rounds:

Philip Nunez, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 22:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

hahahahahah

sarahell, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 23:29 (1 week ago) Permalink

you don't need flyer discourse analysis to see that it's wall to wall pumpkin in there!

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 23:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

Ours has a giant sandwich board outside

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PUMPKIN
PRODUCTS

Walter MIDI (Crabbits), Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

lmao

✓ out this insane nakh yall (gr8080), Wednesday, 12 November 2014 18:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

(Get the TJ's pumpkin seed oil, which is a fairly new product, anyway, because it is good and because it is nothing to do with New Age American Pumpkimania (which is all about gingerbread spices anyway).)

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 19:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

io, why don't you come and bake for me one night a week?

j/k, but you need to have more parties (no pressure)

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 November 2014 19:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

Tried the Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cremes and the Speculoos Cookie Butter Cups (like peanut butter cups but with cookie butter in them) and now I'm certain I'm going to gain shit tons of weight this month.

Sara R-C, Thursday, 13 November 2014 07:01 (1 week ago) Permalink

anything Speculoos, Speculoos all the time

kate78, Thursday, 13 November 2014 17:21 (1 week ago) Permalink

otm

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 14 November 2014 03:47 (1 week ago) Permalink


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