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Showing posts from September, 2015

Trader Joe's Pita Crisps with Cranberries & Pumpkin Seeds

Some people eat to live. Others live to eat. I eat to eat snacks. What is life without snacks. Must be a Taiwanese thing. And look! Pumpkin! Except it's not really pumpkin, which I find completely acceptable. 

Trader Joe's Original Coconut Creamer

A few weeks ago, I went through a weaksauce phase where I could not drink my coffee black. Nowadays, I can drink my coffee black but most days I choose not to. There's a difference y'all. I normally like my coffee with a bit of milk, unless I'm lazy or the coffee has too much star power and demands the spotlight. Creamer on the other hand? I shun. The way I see it, coffee creamer is kind of like adding soy sauce to your Chinese food. It's gratuitous and doesn't really make the food taste inherently better, and the only reason you would use it is because it's so terrible it's almost beyond saving. That happened to be the case with this one coffee I was trying desperately to finish.

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Waffles

It's that time of year again. I must say, even with the disappointment of not having pickle popcorn, I do enjoy when Trader Joe's brings back its seasonal offerings. It's like Christmas. Almost. But I should say, I do not buy into the pumpkin hype. Have I tried every Trader Joe's pumpkin item? No. Some people buy into the pumpkin thing and want pumpkin-on-steroids. Nothing wrong with that. It's actually pretty cool randomly discovering another pumpkin item at TJ's. As for me, after trying many pumpkin items, my stance is still decidedly "meh." I still have last year's jar of pumpkin pie spice sitting in my spice drawer. It's still looking sad and neglected. 
Anyway, I seem to have left off one variety of waffle from a recent post, which was my primary motivation for picking these up. How can you claim to review every variety of waffle and not include these?? And also, considering I've been walking around with a skeptical expression just s…

Trader Joe's Pork Gyoza & Chicken Gyoza Potstickers

This, my friends, is the Chinese family's go-to emergency meal. Pretty cheap, filling, and doesn't take much thought. Dump into pot of boiling water, let it cook, and eat.  Well not exactly a set-it-and-forget-it type food but almost.  Growing up I learned from listening to Doraemon/Xiao Ding Dang cassette tapes (I'm giving away my age y'all :P) that you're supposed to add some water when it comes to a boil and do that once or twice until it's done.
Trader Joe's actually has a nice selection of ethnically ambiguous dumplings (yes, there's a Thai gyoza line too, so I guess no mystery there). By ethnically ambiguous, I mean it's not really clear what the origin is. For example, if you go to an Asian grocery store, they are very deliberate about distinguishing the Chinese dumplings from the Korean mandoo from the Japanese gyoza. All dumplings, yes, but ethnically distinct, which is why I'm surprised this particular line of dumplings (the gyoza pot…

Trader Joe's Cheddar & Horseradish Flavored Potato Chip

A snack review requested by my friend Chrizchianity! I think to give a fair review of a snack, particularly a salty crunchy one, I must have ample time to chew on it. Literally. I had this for the first time last year and didn't think too much of it and recently tried it again. So if you don't see too many snack food reviews around here, it's because I try to buy it a couple times before I review it. (Except for the pickle popcorn review - I wrote that one after the first or second bag)
Speaking of pickle popcorn, OH MY. After a few trips of successfully avoiding the ever-so-tempting snack aisle, I finally caved. To my surprise, I did not find any pickle popcorn, which is crazy because just two or three weeks ago my TJ's dedicated an entire display to just that! I mentioned this to my cashier, and she told me that it's a seasonal product. WHICH MEANS IT'S GONE UNTIL NEXT SUMMER. WHAT. Some sick person is capitalizing on distraught salty sour pickle popcorn fie…

Trader Joe's Waffles - Blueberry, Multigrain, and Gluten Free

Y'all should know, as a grandma at heart, I'm perpetually behind on pop culture. Which brings me to Parks and Recreation. I'm now on the last season - except I don't want it to end, so I've stopped watching it because not watching it means it won't end until I want it to...? Anyway, I'd like to credit Leslie Knope and her love of waffles for my recent growing infatuation with brunch. She's had such an influence that even A, who has grown tired of toast, requested waffles. But then again, he has also requested bacon. A lot. A la Ron Swanson
Unlike most commercial supermarkets, Trader Joe's carries fewer products (around 4000 stock-keeping units compared to about 50,000 stock-keeping units at a typical store), which means fewer waffle varieties but higher product turnover and sales per square foot. And actually it's really good for indecisive people - anyone ever read The Paradox of Choice? When there's only three different waffles to pick …

Trader Joe's Brownie Crisp

Around the 3rd grade, I somehow managed to convince my first-generation Chinese/Taiwanese immigrant mother to buy Cookie Crisp, a product disguised as a breakfast cereal that was actually...cookies. And it was great. Whatever happened to it? If Trader Joe's ever came out with their version of Cookie Crisp cereal, you know I'd hoard it.  
So along came these brownie crisps. Actually for a while, I wondered why they didn't name this "brownie crisps" until I remembered the British. If I were British, I'd probably name these "Brownie Biscuits" or something. Crisps = chips. Chips = fries. Lots of room for misinterpretation. Anyway, these have been at stores for a few months now. I got them a while ago with the intention of saving them in my TJ's cupboard for when the rare chocolate craving comes knocking. Except, when I got home and unpacked the groceries, I saw the words "VEGAN" and "GLUTEN-FREE" and let out a huge groan. How di…