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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

Trader Joe’s Organic Sumatra Coffee – Food Review

08/20/2016

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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.

 

Caretaker Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

07/17/2016

wine, trader joes, caretaker, cabernet sauvignon, california, paso roblesJanuary 17, 2016

There’s a weak sweet aroma on the cork with a hint of vinegar.  Overall, it’s a pleasant start.  For a red, the color is also on the weak side – a medium red transparent color with hints of pink.  Maintaining the trend, a weak wine aroma comes from the glass once poured.  The wine has a light to medium dryness in the mouth.   There are no bad tastes or other bad characteristics.  The wine holds up well in the refrigerator for days two and three.  In fact it may improve slightly.  Other reviewers average this wine at about 3.5 out of 5.  It’s a little better than that in my mind.

Overall, this is a fairly nice wine, even if on the weaker side for a Cab.  At $9.99, it’s a reasonable price for good quality if you’re looking for a California wine.

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

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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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Panilonco Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva- 2014 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

07/02/2016

wine, cabernet sauvignon, red wine, chile, 2014, reserva, colchagua valley, trader joesRustic comes to mind from first uncorking to finish.  This is rough around all the edges, but not overly rough.  From the Colchagua Valley of Chile, this is a good table wine.  The wine is mildly dry on the roof of the mouth with a medium red color.  The taste dissipates quickly making it difficult to pick up significant traits, either good or bad, except for a long lingering warmness in the mouth and beyond.  Most importantly at this price, there’s nothing wrong with the wine.  Especially if you’re in the habit of drinking wine with meals, this is a good inexpensive $4.99 red wine to accompany an everyday meal.

 

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)


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