Archive for the ‘Trader Joe’s’ Category

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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Trader Joe’s – Goat Milk Cheddar Cheese – Food Review

05/21/2016
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Goat Milk Cheddar Cheese – Trader Joe’s

The good things are, this neither smells nor tastes like a wet goat.

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Trader Joe’s – Arugula Pizza – Food Review

05/15/2016

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May 15, 2016

The crust was crusty.  The cheese was cheesy.  The tomatoes were tomato(y).  The sauce was mild and slightly sweet.  The cheese could’ve been more plentiful.  The arugula was not noticeable.  The center was less done than the crust.  The crust was a nice toasty bread.  The pizza was from Italy no less.  While this is an okay frozen pizza, there’s not much to distinguish it from other quality frozen pizzas.

Price $3.99      Calories 330 per slice (1/3 of pie)

Denada Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

05/15/2016
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Cabernet
Denada Cellars
2013

This is not an especially good wine.  It’s drinkable, which is more than I could say for some others.

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Trader Joe’s Breakfast Blend Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

05/02/2016
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Trader Joe’s Breakfast Blend

This is perhaps the worst coffee at Trader Joe’s.  Harsh and not tasting much like coffee at all, this breakfast blend may explain why so many people skip breakfast.

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Trader Joe’s – Butter Chicken w/ Basmati Rice – Food Review

04/13/2016
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Butter Chicken
Trader Joe’s

Don’t let the name lead you in the wrong direction.  This is anything but sweet and buttery.  This is the Indian version of buttery.   It’s one frozen entrée where the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

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Trader Joe’s – Ridge Cut Sweet Potato Chips – Food Review

03/26/2016
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TJ Sweet
Potato Chips

March 26, 2016

They’re actually sweet.  Well they’re just a little sweet.  They have a really funny mouth feel.  They’re not at all like regular potato chips.  While the first crunch is similar, the subsequent bites have a smoothness to them.  It’s strange.  The other thing that separates these from normal potato chips is the absence of a salty taste in the mouth.  The label bears this out listing only 50mg of sodium per one ounce serving.

 

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TJ Sweet Potato Chips – nutrition

The really bad thing about these chips is, I like them.  I could eat the whole 7 ounce bag now.  The problem with that is, at 160 calories per ounce and 7 ounces in the bag, that’s 1120 calories per bag or around 140 minutes (2 hours and 20 minutes) of hard peddling on my exercise bike.  Can anyone recommend a good 2 hour and 20 minute movie on Netflix?

Price $1.99 (7 ounce bag)

Calories 160 per ounce (28g)

New Mexico Piñon Coffee – Food Review – Trader Joe’s

03/26/2016
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New Mexico
Pinon Coffee

New Mexico Piñon Coffee is made by the New Mexico Piñon Coffee Company.  It’s pretty clear what this is and who makes it.  But what’s a piñon?

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Trader Joe’s – English Coastal Cheddar – Food Review

03/18/2016
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Trader Joe’s English Coastal Cheddar

March 18, 2016

This is a very fine cheddar cheese imported from England (Dorset coast).

The cheese has a pale off-white color, not the usual yellow color found in US produced cheddar.  This is not a “hard” cheese.  It’s relatively easy to cut and a little crumbly.  The cheese has a nice nutty flavor with a little bit of a tang.  It’s not a sharp taste as might be found in a New York sharp cheddar, but still a very flavorful cheese.   It reminds me a little of an aged Gouda, but not as hard.  Similar to an aged Gouda you can feel (and hear) a few little cheese crystals crunch between your molars as you chew. Because of the pale color it’s difficult to see them in the cheese.   I could easily get to like this.  And I do.

Calories 120 per ounce (28g)        Price $7.99 per pound

Trader Joe’s – California Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Food Review

03/12/2016
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Trader Joe’s
California Estate
EVOO

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Trader Joe’s
California Estate
EVOO
back label

March 12, 2016

This is a good olive oil.  However the recently reviewed ALDI Carlini Extra Virgin Olive Oil is just as good or better for less money.

Trader Joe’s California Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not as buttery as either the Carlini Extra Virgin Olive Oil from ALDI or my favorite olive oil, Trader Joe’s Spanish Extra Virgin (also less pricey per ml). There’s not much of an olive taste to this oil as compared with the other two oils.  The color and viscosity are about the same as the TJ Spanish oil.

The thing that distinguishes this oil from the other two is some bitterness on the tongue after a few seconds.  Neither of the other two oils has that characteristic.

Price $5.99 (500 ml)    Calories 120 per Tbsp (15 ml)

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