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Trader Joe’s – Apple Pie Cheddar Cheese – Food Review

09/20/2016

trader joes, apple pie cheddar cheese, cheeseSeptember  20, 2016

No, the label has not been photoshopped.  The cheese has a strange taste to be sure.  There’s a little bit of apple taste at first followed by a mild cheese taste followed by a little bit of sting on the tongue.  The consistency is similar to a Muenster cheese, semi-soft and somewhat crumbly.  This is not unpleasant overall and certainly very interesting.  In fact after getting over expectations of what a cheese should be, it’s hard to stop eating.   This is sure to be a conversation starter at any gathering.  And if you’re by yourself, it’s likely to start a self-conversation.

Calories 110 per ounce (28g)        Price $9.99 per pound

ALDI – Casa Mamita – Salsa Con Queso – Medium – Food Review

09/18/2016
ALDI, salsa, con queso, medium, casa mamita

September 18, 2016

Uniquely dippable, even straight out of the refrigerator, that’s what this product is.  Some might call it thin, but that depends on your needs and likes.  The consistency is almost as fluid when cold as at room temperature.  If you like your nachos hot, it also heats up well in the microwave on tortilla chips.  Little pieces of jalapeno in the yellow/orange cheese add the heat which is about right for the claimed medium rating on the label.  Unless you get a little piece of jalapeno, it’s not very spicy at all.

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Trader Joe’s Lamb Vindaloo – Food Review

09/04/2016

Trader Joe, Lamb Vindaloo, Indian, spicy, food, frozen, reviewSeptember 4, 2016

The rice is nice, not as nutty as I like.  The sauce is awesome, like a golf foursome.  The heat is neat, but will sweat your feet.

The first taste starts as a nice multiflavored tomato based sauce which fools you into a sense of complacency while the heat starts to build in the mouth over the next minute to a level that will have most people calling the nearest fire department. The rice actually tastes better after a mouthful of high heat and helps somewhat to mediate the fire in the mouth.  However, it’s best to have a glass of ice water around to help put out the fire.  Phew!

Trader Joe, Lamb Vindaloo, Indian, spicy, food, frozen, nutritionThe lamb comes in big chunks and is tender to a little tough depending on the piece.  In contrast to some other recently reviewed frozen entrées from Trader Joe’s,  there’s more meat than rice here.   For people who like very spicy hot Indian food, this is a very good frozen entrée.

Calories:  390, Serving: Size 1 container   Price:  $3.99

Moser Roth – White Stracciatella – White Cookies – ALDI – Food Review

08/20/2016
aldi, white chocolate, moser roth, white cookies, white stracciatellaSilky smooth versus little crunchies, that’s the choice between these two white chocolates.   Both of these were rescues.  That’s right, in helping reduce food wastage both were rescued from the clearance rack.  These will fill you with love almost as much as that rescued pound puppy while tasting considerably better than that lick on the lips.  And I’m sure that works equally well from the puppy’s point of view.

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Trader Joe’s Organic Sumatra Coffee – Food Review

08/20/2016

OrganicSumatraCoffee-TJAugust 20, 2016

The beans are large and dark with a satin sheen provided by a moderate amount of oil.  The beans have a ‘roast’, but not burnt, aroma.  Lacking is a real coffee aroma.   First sip of the brewed coffee is bitter.  The coffee remains bitter throughout the cup with the usual lessening due to the coffee cooling and the mouth adjusting to the bitterness.  The bitterness overwhelms any other characteristics of the coffee. This is not a cup of coffee I look forward to having tomorrow. Comparing to my review of another Trader Joe’s Sumatra coffee from 2015, this appears to be a very similar coffee.  A very coarse (chunky) grind and strictly controlling the brew time helps eliminate some of the bitterness producing a better, but still bitter, cup of coffee.   Nice can design.

The coffee is labeled fair trade and organic.  Price $7.99 for a 13 ounce can.

 

Kinroo Blue – Belgian White Ale – ALDI – Food Review

08/07/2016

KinrooBlueAle-ALDIThis is an ALDI “Beer Of The Month”.  I’m not sure what month, probably July or August.  But will it be on the shelves next month?  I hope so because it’s easily worth the price.

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Trader Joe’s Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar – Food Review

07/17/2016

traer joes, wisconsin, sharp cheddar cheeseJanuary 17, 2016

There’s no added yellow color, which isn’t really important.  For a sharp cheddar, this has a rather weak taste.  Physically this is also rather soft for a sharp cheddar.  There’s a peppery-like sharpness after a few seconds on the tongue.  This is not what I expect from a sharp cheddar.  On the plus side, the price at $4.99 per pound is rather reasonable.  Calories clock in at 120 per ounce.

Trader Joe’s – Southwest Chicken Quesadillas – Food Review

07/09/2016

trader joe, quesadilla, chicken, frozenJuly 9, 2016trader joe, quesadilla, chicken, frozen, nutrition

Here’s a step up from your basic under $1 frozen burrito.  This is a roughly 7 1/2 inch tortilla folded over in half on the filling.  In short, it’s a quesadilla.   The tortilla is “pre-toasted” giving it some substance even after freezing.  At 400 calories it’s big enough to feel like you’ve had more than a snack.  The filling is tasty and mildly spicy.   On the negative side, the filling is somewhat pasty – although not as much as those under $1 frozen burritos.  There are small chunks of chicken mixed in with the other ingredients giving the filling a little more texture.   The quesadilla cooks up nicely in the microwave using the printed directions (3 minutes on 50% power and then 1 minute on high).   Overall, for a relatively inexpensive frozen entrée, this is a good choice  but not reaching the level of greatness.

Price $3.69 (2 per box)      Calories 400 per quesadilla

Trader Joe’s – Bibimbap Bowl – Food Review

07/09/2016

trader joe, bibimbap bowl, korean, food, rice, frozenThis is my first encounter with “Korean” food.  So there’s no point of reference for comparison.  However I’m reasonably sure that a decent Korean restaurant would provide a much better first experience.

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Trader Joe’s Guatemalan Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

06/26/2016

Trader Joe, Guatemalan Coffee, Extra Dark Roast, whole bean, organic, fair tradeHere’s another good whole bean coffee from Central America and Trader Joe’s.  This is labeled as both fair trade and organic.  The whole beans are given an extra dark roast.

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