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Showing posts from October, 2014

Speculoos Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches: Review + Recipe

My dear friends, this is it. This is the perfect 10. No, I don't mean the cookies. These two things BEG to be together. Like Romeo and Juliet, but less tragic. 

Lazy Girl Dinner: Thai Carrot Soup

A few years ago, my Trader Joe's-obsessed-self requested the I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook (ILTJCC) for Christmas, and I got it thanks to a small group (HI SWAG!) secret santa exchange. The cookbook contains recipes that are allegedly "tasty," "affordable," and "convenient" for dorm-room kitchen/pseudo-kitchen set-ups. I tried a few recipes before I quickly realized it wasn't financially sustainable or THAT delicious...

Fast forward a few years and I landed my first salaried job! Near a Trader Joe's! And started a Trader Joe's blog! Oh the damage...I'm trying to finish/purge one item for every new item I buy to review. Easier said than done. For instance, I bought the Thai Red Curry Sauce and used it once, and it's since sat in the back of my fridge. By the way, this curry sauce's shelf life is FREAKISHLY LONG. Anyone know the average shelf-life of a bottle of curry sauce?

Insert Thai Carrot Soup to the rescue! Would…

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Biscotti

Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Speculoos Cookie Butter Cups

I spotted these beauties last week near the checkout. They called my name and begged me to take them home. That trick grocery stores do where they tempt you with sweets and other attractive things at the checkout totally worked! But in my defense, how could I not try these, especially after that ice cream?

Trader Joes Speculoos Ice Cream

Taken from my instagram...

I'm really quite surprised that I haven't seen this ice cream out of stock at my Trader Joe's. Or maybe they just do a good job of restocking the shelves. Anyway, if you haven't hopped onto the bandwagon that is this wonderful ice cream, you are missing out! Probably. But of course, if you're not a speculoos fan or an ice cream fan (gasp), then you can move along and clear the frozen food aisle so the rest of us can get to this ice cream. 

Notice that the first ingredient in this is REAL CREAM. Ain't nobody got time for that artificial stuff. If I'm going to have ice cream, I want the real deal! I like that the speculoos bits are sprinkled throughout the ice cream rather than contained to a handful of big chunks. That way every bite has the gingerbread-y, cinnamon-y/spicy flavor.  And don't you just hate it when half the container of a cookie dough ice cream is just ice cream without cookie dough? Not a problem with this baby…

My Rating System

Q: How did you devise your rating scheme?
Excellent question! My rating scale was inspired by What's Good At Trader Joe's? blog. They seem to know what they're doing and have been reviewing items much longer than I have. Actually their rating scale also inspired the rating scale my boyfriend and I use to rate new restaurants that we try. Which is kind of irrelevant to what I'm doing here, but I like it and decided to adopt something similar for the TJs products I review.
I plan to review things by myself but also with the help of friends, because 1) I don't have the stomach capacity to eat EVERYTHING that I buy from TJs, 2) my sister who would help eat my food is away at school, and 3) it's nice to get a second, third, fourth, etc. opinion. 
When I review something by myself, I rate it on a scale of 1-5 (with only 0.5 intervals allowed), 5 being close to absolute perfection, double it, and come out with a number from 1-10. BUT WAIT, why don't you just rate …

Trader Joe's Pesto Tortellini

After 5 years of loyal patronage, it's about time I started a Trader Joe's blog. So thanks to the friends that have spoken and my own soft spot for trying new things, here it is!

I picked up this Pesto Tortellini from the refrigerator case last week, with the intention of making a few lunches for work. My coworkers are under the impression that I can't cook because my loving mother sends me off nearly everyday with a lunchbox. I'm not a baby, just blessed and enjoying this for as long as possible. :D

$2.49 for 3 servings doesn't sound too bad. Boil for 5-6 minutes and you've got yourself a lunch! Somehow, it was too good to be true.

Pardon the poor picture quality, but the cross section shows a rather wimpy-portioned filling. I picked up the pesto flavor because I LIKE pesto. Pasta experts, please enlighten me. Is it normal to skimp on the filling? I bit into this expecting a sudden burst of olive oily, basil-y, pine nutty goodness. What I got instead was a fla…