Saturday, February 24, 2018

Roundup

This is my weekly compilation of news and other links about Trader Joe's.


A week of healthy food from Trader Joe's for $50

The 25 best products at Trader Joe's for college students

Taste test of grocery store guacamoles

The best Trader Joe's products of all time, ranked



Bonus cartoon:



Best tweets of the week:




And finally, here's this week's cute cat in a Trader Joe's grocery bag:


Friday, February 23, 2018

Trader Joe's Pesto Tortelloni


Disappointingly bland and uninteresting. It required some of TJ's Arrabiata Sauce to make it worth eating.


Will I buy it again? 

No.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Trader Joe's Carrot Spirals


These are, as the name implies, just long carrot shavings (with a bit of salt added). Trader Joe's suggests using them as a substitute for spaghetti. (See here.) Nina agrees. She thought they were "nice" and worked well in that role.

I guess I'm more basic. I just thought they tasted like mediocre carrot shreds, and seemed like an odd choice for a faux pasta. I like carrots, but I prefer them raw, with all the crunch intact.

But I can see the other side of it. If it's important to you to avoid gluten and/or carbs, maybe you should give these "spirals" a try in place of spaghetti.


Will I buy it again? 

No.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Beehive Cheese Big John's Cajun



I seem to be on a streak of hot/peppery cheeses lately. It started with the Jalapeno Monterey Jack, then the Chipotle Toscano. Then I saw somebody post on Twitter about a new "ghost pepper cheddar cheese," which of course I wanted to try. I didn't see it at my TJ's, but while looking for it, I noticed this, and decided to add it to my peppery cheese experience.

It's delicious. The flavor is primarily cayenne pepper, and it's mostly concentrated near the rind. This means that a slice on a cracker gives you one mild end and one hot end--kind of unusual, but I didn't mind the contrast.

You can read the manufacturer's description of this cheese, and get recipes for using it, here.


Will I buy it again? 

Probably not. Though it's good, I think I still liked the Jalapeno Monterey Jack better. But this is definitely tasty, and worth a try; I think you'll find that it's different from every other cheese you've had.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Trader Joe's The Milk Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar


This is the obvious counterpart to the Dark Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar. I used to prefer milk chocolate to dark chocolate, at least to be eaten alone. I guess my tastes have evolved, because now I find myself thinking that milk chocolate is better for coating stuff and making bars with other stuff thrown in, but not so good for eating plain. This is clearly high-quality chocolate, judging from its creaminess, the smoothness of its flavor, and lack of any waxiness. But it's just not particularly interesting. There's no richness or complexity or surprise.


Will I buy it again? 

No.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Trader Joe's Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito



To the best of my knowledge, Trader Joe's has had only one item called a "breakfast burrito" before--and it was terrible.

This new one is much, much better. Not great, but tasty enough to be enjoyable. It's still on the bland side, and could use a little more kick with the addition of some sort of mild hot sauce, or a spicier sausage recipe, but I liked it as is. It's also far easier to prepare than the previous frozen version--90 seconds in the microwave oven was just right, as the label directs.


Will I buy it again? 

Probably not. I rarely eat any breakfast. Of course I could eat it for some other meal, but if I'm in the mood for a burrito, a breakfast burrito is not usually on my mind. I'd choose this one instead. Or if it's going to be one of those rare occasions that I include poultry, this chicken burrito bowl.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Roundup

This is my weekly compilation of news and other links about Trader Joe's.


8 Trader Joe's chocolate bars that would impress Willy Wonka

Trader Joe's tulips are a bargain

10 quirky things to know about Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's has a contest for customers' food mash-ups

10 best chocolate desserts you can get at Trader Joe's



Best tweets of the week:








And finally, here's this week's cute cat in a Trader Joe's grocery bag: