The Trader Joe's Product Discussion Thread (S/D)

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Because I have one in my neighborhood now and because I can't afford to shop much in the foodie shops.

Great stuff I have tried:

The trail mixes (especially "Simply the Best" w/cranberries, cherries, cashews, almonds, pineapple, etc.)
The tamales (cheese > chicken > beef imo)
Seeded Whole Wheat Bread (the one that looks kind of like a knockoff of "The Baker")
European Style Whole Milk Yogurt (plain)
Swiss Dark Chocolate
Gyoza Dumplings (esp. pork)

Good/Decent:
Hofbrau Bock beer
Pollo Asado (the pre-marinated one you cook yourself)
Salmon Roulettes (frozen)
Fajita Burrito
Enchiladas Verdes
Crab Patties
Quesadillas (the non-frozen ones)
Natural peanut butter (hard to fuck this up)
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
French Vanilla Ice Cream

Meh:
Wild salmon
Vegetable Burrito
Some kind of frozen vegetable medley with weird flavored-butter melty clumps
Most of the other jarred pasta sauces

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's a bit disturbing how easily Trader Joe's has lulled me into eating so much frozen food. But I guess law school is partly to blame for that.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

classic: lb bag of pecans for $6
sourdough bread
hard-to-find red-label california style sourdough bread
focaccia ($2.99)
seasonal spiced apple drink with cloves and things
dud: recalled peanut products
not selling individual avocados
some weird kind of carrots that sound delicious but you get them home and they're just more frozen carrots with weird lumps of ginger infused butter that you eat on their own, just a bowl of carrots whose refined charisma you thought might carry them.

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

chili mango slices <3

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

some weird kind of carrots that sound delicious but you get them home and they're just more frozen carrots with weird lumps of ginger infused butter that you eat on their own, just a bowl of carrots whose refined charisma you thought might carry them.

― deveraux billings (schlump), Tuesday, March 10, 2009 11:16 PM (13 minutes ago) Bookmark

Yeah, that! It was gross!

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

classic:

salmon patties
peanut butter filled pretzels
i will second gyoza dumplings and seeded whole wheat
one of the bacons they sell, can't recall details

dud:

andouille sausage (this made me feel fucked up)

i don't have a microwave so large swaths of their frozen stuff is useless to me.

He grew in Pussyville. Population: him. (call all destroyer), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:42 (nine 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), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

do you have to microwave that?

He grew in Pussyville. Population: him. (call all destroyer), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

s: that white cheddar w/ the carmalized onions in it (<---- my favorite shit ever)

The Reverend, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

s: mango mochi

The Reverend, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

classic:
vege medley w/balsamic butter dressing
vege medley w/potato wedges
^both great tossed with spag and oil
vegan choc chip cookies
almond caramel clusters
chocolate ice cream (some of the best ice cream and it's CHEAP)
hashbrowns
frozen vege lasagna

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

i wish trader joe's was not so crowded so i could go more often and buy cheap delicious things.

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

their fresh fruit is shit - every time we get stuff from there it goes rotten in a couple of days

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

no one's mentioned the dark chocolate ginger pieces...they're...delightful

dbro, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh i had a party and put out the dark chocolate covered almonds rolled in dark cocoa and ppl were like omg nommmmm

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

lacey cookies A++++++ not sure if they're TJ brand though

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, produce is generally hit or miss. I like buying their big bags o' mixed chard or "southern greens." I love cooking greens and cleaning/cutting them is such a pain, especially in my tiny-ass kitchen.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

As far as crowds -- best time to go is 10AM or earlier on a weekend (well, excluding going on a weekday during work hours, which you probably can't do). Another good time -- dinner hours, Friday evening.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

their fresh fruit is shit - every time we get stuff from there it goes rotten in a couple of days

the way they treat their apples makes me want to cry. you can paw through a whole shelf of apples and find none that aren't bruised

i always feel sorry for the people who are holding the signs that shepherd the line. at first i thought it was a pretty good lazy job, then i realised that it's queueing, ALL DAY LONG, never getting anywhere. when you're at the bank and there's a massive line, you always rely on that schadenfreude of other people piling up behind you and having to wait longer. but if you're the trader joe linesman ... always at the end of the line.

they also call it 'twelve items or fewer' which is nice

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

I always find the cashiers super nice -- do they pay unusually well or something?

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

their bagged greens do seem to last really well - we get the baby spinach a lot, it's a big bag and stays fresh for close to two weeks.

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

dinner hours?? no way. that is also known as 'after work' when everyone in the world goes!

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

dinner hours?? no way. that is also known as 'after work' when everyone in the world goes!

But Friday night it seems to work, like maybe 7:30 or later.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

good:

bread
peanut butter (also almond butter)
three cheese frozen pizza
sole filets
sharp cheddar (cheap!)
chocolate-covered edamame
tomato soup (okay, not as good as Amy's)

always disappointing:

anything salsa-related
produce

i stay away from the frozen dinners and pre-marinated crap too, and the overpriced meats.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

cheeapest clif bars off the net!

can u do me a kindness (jergins), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

"good:

bread"

But not good, the plain-old "Whole Wheat Bread" (the one with very small slices) -- cardboardy. Same with the bread that comes in imitation Alvarado Street Bakery packaging.

It's funny how TJ will have like five different brands of the same product that are all TJ's and all knockoffs of other brands, and then they compete against each other.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

classic x100:
free samples of coffee

iatee, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

i always feel sorry for the people who are holding the signs that shepherd the line. at first i thought it was a pretty good lazy job, then i realised that it's queueing, ALL DAY LONG, never getting anywhere. when you're at the bank and there's a massive line, you always rely on that schadenfreude of other people piling up behind you and having to wait longer. but if you're the trader joe linesman ... always at the end of the line.

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― deveraux billings (schlump), Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:02 PM Bookmark

I have never seen this

The Reverend, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

I like the "New Zealand Grass Fed Organic Cheddar" -- very cheap! (not as yummy as Cabot, but, you know, in this economy...)

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

i have never bought any of the cheese/fresh meats because the line wraps around the store and makes it impossible to get to anything in that case

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

I have never seen this

do you live in somewhere with a breezy, unencumbered open plan trader joe's? like one in arizona where they test out new products?

i think there is a bit on the website dedicated to regional variations, if anyone is keen for more idiosyncratic tj innovation

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

I like the "New Zealand Grass Fed Organic Cheddar" -- very cheap!

That stuff's good -- it's a little earthy-tasting, though. I usually just get the Wisconsin sharp white cheddar.

You know what's pretty good, and new I think (at least in my neck of the woods)? The edamame hummus.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

My favorite of their hummuses is the Mediterranean Hummus

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

I fuck w/ the mushroom turnovers

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

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

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

against the grain's stuff is ok but they use so much cheese as a binding agent that it can be a bit much (esp if you put cheese on the pizza)

i like schar's pizza crusts ok

maura, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:36 (five months ago) Permalink

oh there's a gluten free stuff thread

the gluten (wheat ) free diet

maura, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:37 (five months ago) Permalink

I love that ham and mushroom (?) flat bread too

I also like the ones they have there that are made in Italy, they have 4-5 types.

nickn, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:06 (five months ago) Permalink

i was made of pizza -- mostly cheap $1 frozen pizzas -- for several years in my early 20s.
i also worked at a pizza restaurant and could pile a slice with whatever I wanted for $1 after my shift and i did that to splurge :-/
how i survived is anyone's guess

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:22 (five months ago) Permalink

TJ's pizzas are definitely trash (at least the cheap ones).

When I was at my most overweight and unhealthy in my mid-20s, Tombstone was definitely a big factor. Can't remember the last time I've had one but the thought does give me a tiny pang of nostalgia.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:59 (five months ago) Permalink

oh hey wow this jackfruit curry is fab

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:14 (five months ago) Permalink

haven't really been wowed by jackfruit in things. something abt the texture bothers me. i did like the fzn pad thai though a fair bit.

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 19:31 (five months ago) Permalink

The local TJs did a promo where they ostensibly offered that jackfruit curry, deconstructed, at the aisle end, with canned jackfruit and canned green curry simmering sauce. It wasn't as good. In particular, one has slice all the jackfruit tendrils/kernels off the backbone/cob before its edible.

Roomba with an attitude (Sanpaku), Friday, 29 June 2018 18:17 (five months ago) Permalink

The new vegan green tea mochi are a huge disappointment

They had some vegan mochi like ten years ago, three different flavors, they were amazing. These taste like nothing.

Paul Reverse and the rediaRs (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 7 July 2018 21:18 (five months ago) Permalink

I wasn't able to find the jackfruit curry. Could it be a regional item?

incel clown posse (naus), Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:24 (five months ago) Permalink

It disappeared from the local TJs 3 months ago. In the one year TJs has been local, they've stopped stocking about 5 items I liked/loved, and have become a less attractive errand for this vegan (pour one out for the bollywood popcorn and veggie chili, too). If they discontinue the whole wheat lavash and zhoug, I might not bother.

Roomba with an attitude (Sanpaku), Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:38 (five months ago) Permalink

Still waiting for the chili mango fruit floes there come back.

Jeff, Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:49 (five months ago) Permalink

I just picked up a can of vegetarian chili, don't know if it's the same one. But yeah, they'll drop even a popular item if their buyers can't get it at a good price.

incel clown posse (naus), Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:50 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

okay, one opened near me, and i'm pumped. i got the pulled pork today

i am pretty sure i saw a jackfruit curry thing- this was in mpls though

global tetrahedron, Monday, 23 July 2018 22:01 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Trader Joe's mystery I'm hoping to solve: Every once in a while I pop into the local store and there are several people in line paying for single bananas with their Link/Snap cards. That's it, just a single banana each. At first I thought that maybe they were getting cash back, but I don't think you can do that with a Link card. Though Occam's Razor would say it's just a bunch of people waiting in line to buy single bananas with their Link cards, I've still been trying to figure it out.

As an aside, via my diligent research I did learn (as revealed in I guess the first episode of the TJs podcast) why they even sell single bananas (for 19 cents each) in the first place:

Most grocery stores sell bananas by weight, and if you need just one or two bananas, you take off as many as you want and weigh them. In the first episode of Inside Trader Joe's, CEO Dan Bane said Trader Joe's used to sell bananas by the pound, too. But they didn't have scales in stores, so the bananas were weighed and packaged before being put on display. That meant the bananas were offered in bags of four or five, and if you just wanted one or two, you couldn't open them up and take out the ones you wanted.

Then one day Bane was at a Trader Joe's in Sun City, California, which is near a retirement center. He saw an older woman buying fruit, but she bypassed the banana bags.

"So I asked her, 'Ma'am, if you don't mind me asking, I saw you looking at the bananas but you didn't put anything in your cart,'" Bane said. "And she says to me, 'Sonny, I may not live to that fourth banana.'"

Bane said they decided the very next day that Trader Joe's had to sell individual bananas. They priced them at 19 cents apiece, and they've been priced like that for the past 13 years.

That lady did us all a favor, too! No one wants to buy too many bananas. That'd be like buying too many avocados. With the way bananas ripen, if you buy too many, some of them will definitely be overripe by the time you get to them.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 03:40 (three months ago) Permalink

IDK the answer, but I’ll buy max 4 bananas at a time.

Jeff, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 10:35 (three months ago) Permalink

I just used one of TJ's faux asian face masks. It was fine.

Yerac, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 11:09 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

a few months ago they brought back the raspberry macaron cake, not sure if it's seasonal or not but I'M SO HAPPY

musically, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 14:33 (one month ago) Permalink

the corn bread crisps are really good as long as you don't look at the nutritional info/serving size

na (NA), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 15:27 (one month ago) Permalink

The vegetable antipasto (artichoke hearts, mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes, oven-dried and marinated in EVOO w/ rosemary) in the grocery section is a good appetizer and a pretty good deal.

They Bunged Him in My Growler (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 16:03 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

the gluten-free beet crackers are pretty good

DEATH PUPPET (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 10 November 2018 23:04 (one month ago) Permalink

...but it also sounds like a McSweeney’s parody of a trader joe’s product

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 11 November 2018 01:15 (one month ago) Permalink

:D

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 11 November 2018 01:15 (one month ago) Permalink

lol yes

Dan S, Sunday, 11 November 2018 01:20 (one month ago) Permalink

for sure

DEATH PUPPET (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 11 November 2018 09:06 (one month ago) Permalink

For an honest opinion of the "gluten free" fad, ask someone with celiac disease. Restaurant servers assume they're food hipsters.

They Bunged Him in My Growler (Sanpaku), Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:51 (one month ago) Permalink

i like those beet crackers. We ate a box with hummus.

Yerac, Sunday, 11 November 2018 13:47 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

They now have raclette. and some newish semi-soft french cheeses.

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:02 (one week ago) Permalink

Timely revive. Doing some cheese shopping later. What did you end up with?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:04 (one week ago) Permalink

RACLETTE!

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:04 (one week ago) Permalink

I am only here for a couple of days so was just doing my shopping for stuff to take back (everything but the bagel topping, rice crackers, other seasonings) so I only got the raclette to eat now. Although I was with L last night and we met up at Murrays. We got some taleggio, a St Marcellin like cheese made in Vermont and another american cheese called Good Thunder? That said it was supposed to be like reblochon and pont l'eveque but it was not. It was still good though.

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:08 (one week ago) Permalink

At Trader Joe's though I feel like there was also a new St Marcellin like cheese that didn't have an AOC but was french.

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:11 (one week ago) Permalink

it's JinGLE JANGLE time

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh, I got some egg nog greek yogurt too.

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Although I was with L last night and we met up at Murrays.

lol by "L" do you mean "f."?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:17 (one week ago) Permalink

(Thanks, I'll see what we get over here and compare notes.)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:18 (one week ago) Permalink

L auren.

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:22 (one week ago) Permalink

<3

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 18:01 (one week ago) Permalink

the frozen bag of gnocchi w tomoato sauce and mozz is so fucking bad

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:18 (four days ago) Permalink

lol steve that seems like exactly the kind of thing you would KNOW would be bad!

sometimes i think i miss tj's but i honestly can't think of anything they had that was that great

macropuente (map), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:22 (four days ago) Permalink

i did, you're right, i knew it wouldn't be great but i was hoping it'd at least be passable

the gnocchi had zero flavor and was the texture of like.... a cross btwn play doh and bubble tea tapioca??? it was so bizarre

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:32 (four days ago) Permalink

can't think of anything they had that was that great

They have good prices for low- and mid-range wines. They are a good source for nuts and dried fruits. There's some other stuff they're good at. but ime, "great" is either very expensive, or else it's what you can make for yourself at home from good ingredients. that goes for every store, not just tj's.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:33 (four days ago) Permalink

ew xp

macropuente (map), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:41 (four days ago) Permalink

i do miss their nuts -- good and cheap.

macropuente (map), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:43 (four days ago) Permalink

Case in point: tried the black bean and red lentil dried pasta. Both terrible. But I recognize its the concept of legume based pasta that's at fault.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:43 (four days ago) Permalink

I dig the Brussels sprouts on the stalk available of late. Maybe 20% less expensive than the bagged fresh sprouts, but no more time consuming, as those require trimming. Slice halfwise, toss in EVOO salt & pepper in your baking pan, arrange cut down w/o crowding, roast at 425 F for 20 mins. You can toss on some garlic cloves in skin if you want fancy.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:49 (four days ago) Permalink

I kind of like that frozen gnocchi in a bag. But I also fried the shit out of it and put a ton of hot pepper into it.

When I come back to the US one entire suitcase is almost full of trader joes stuff to bring back. I probably posted somewhere upthread on what I bring back but it's just 40% cheaper than anything I could find similar to here. It's comfort. When I was living in NY someone from chile came to visit and she totally bought like 8 pink himalayan salt, 4 green dragon sauce, rice crackers and tons of yogi tea to take back.

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 00:47 (three days ago) Permalink

xpost i saw some purple brussel sprouts in a bag that I wanted to try but figured I didn't have time to make them.

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 00:51 (three days ago) Permalink

Also do you toss them in seasoning before baking? I go back and forth between whether it's better to do it before or after. I was making it a weekly habit to roast ~1-2 kilo of brussels for the week to snack on or use as salad toppings, mix in with rice or quinoa, other stuff as a quick meal. I do a lot of balsamic/ garlic but have also recently been doing lemon zest, garlic and nutritional yeast

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 00:54 (three days ago) Permalink

Roasted brussels sprouts don't really need much seasoning besides salt & pepper, I think. I put that on before roasting, with the olive oil. I like the TJ's Traditional French Brie. It's got a nice, slightly funky flavor. It's good with their Multigrain Crackers (the ones with a hint of onion powder).

o. nate, Monday, 10 December 2018 01:52 (three days ago) Permalink


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