Americans waste almost 40 percent of their food, and almost all of it is because expiration dates are a combination of confusing and outright terrifying. Does anyone grasp the distinction between "sell by" and "enjoy by"? Who hasn't held a bag of arugula that expired the day before and thought, "Did ... More >>
By Max Cherney Urban hunting and gathering, meet the 21st century. Finding the best food and ingredients is something of an art. Especially in San Francisco. There are dozens of options for meals -- ranging from preparing something with fresh ingredients from one of the many farmer's markets, to g ... More >>
Good morrow, friends! Happy Meatless Monday! For your weekly food porn, I present German Chocolate Cake Rolls from Vegan Heartland! Hubba hubba: See Also: - The Year In Vegan! - Vegan Nutballs, Meat Sales Down, and Timeless Coffee Brings Vegan Goodness to Oakland - Peanut Brittle, Trader Joe's ... More >>
Is there a better way to get shoppers' attention than to have Joe the Pig singing holiday carols "with a special twist" outside Trader Joe's today? If this is something you'd like to see for yourself, then head down to the Nob Hill Trader Joe's at 10 a.m. where Consumers Union -- the policy and ad ... More >>
You'll get more than two-buck chuck and a few jars of artichoke hearts if you head to Trader Joe's on Nob Hill tomorrow morning around 10 a.m. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has teamed up with local advocates and the anti-animal-antibiotic mascot Joe the Pig to hol ... More >>
Happy holidays, my friends! What's a better way to say "hey pal, you're alright" than gifting some homemade vegan peanut brittle? With the Sweet Life's recipe, you can do just that. See Also: - Vegan Sofganiyot, Eggnog Cupcakes, and a Veggie Quarter Pounder! - Cocoa Cinna-Buns, a Baddass Noah, ... More >>
The big news this week is both Gardein and Trader Joe's have come out with vegan Thanksgiving "loafs" of sorts. You better make your pro and con lists now because you can get BOTH of these AND a Field Roast loaf! Or you totally can and be awesome. See Also: - Homeless Roosters, Singing Pigs, ... More >>
Never has the Cook E. Monster experienced such a loss of self-control as when confronted with a fresh jar of Trader Joe's Cookie Butter. The only responsible thing to do is to pass the information. This is in hopes that we will not be the only lonely addict who instinctively knows that this spread, ... More >>
From this week's Bouncer column: I have a few personal earworms that periodically run through my head. Every time I turn on the furnace at home, for example, I sing Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On." When I go to the Pet Club to buy guinea pig kibble, I hum "In Da Club." I have invented my own s ... More >>
James Reynolds/Last SuppersRecreations of condemned inmates' actual last meal requestsI got to thinking about death-row last meal requests last week, which naturally made me think of mine. I don't want to speculate about why I'd be executed. Naturally, I would be being framed. I also asked ... More >>
Something is stirring in the previously staid state of sour cream. Straus Family Creamery and Redwood Hill, under the Green Valley Organics brand, are dipping their toes in the artisanal sour cream stream. Two's a trend, so I took a tasting. I used Trader Joe's Organic Sour Cream, our house ... More >>
Trader Joe's will be opening a new store on Nob Hill at the corner of California and Hyde streets next year, replacing the existing Cala Foods. Real estate development company Prado Group is renovating the existing store, and the new Trader Joe's should open sometime mid 2012. Cala Foods, w ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Food truck news: Eater SF reports Kati Roller is set to, well, roll. This July, the truck from Kasa Indian Eatery will debut at Off the Grid, serving the usual favorites and street food additions. And if ... More >>
Jonathan KauffmanFresh & Easy's prepared salads are attractively packaged.Wednesday, June 22, is opening day for the Richmond District Fresh & Easy, a Britain-based grocery chain spreading across California with the speed of kudzu vines in Georgia. Owned by Tesco, Fresh & Easy opened ... More >>
Hey, look, it's all your new friends.Where: Arguello and Jackson When: 2 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: This Sunday, a local hiking enthusiast will hide bottles of Two-Buck Chuck in the Presidio woods, in an attempt to make hiking "more fun and spontaneous." SFoodie has mixed feelings. On o ... More >>
At $5.99, this is one bottle that defies the common wisdom that no-sulfites-added wines justify a higher price.A molecule called sulfur dioxide ― aka sulfites, a common preservative ― has become the crux of an ongoing disagreement between two schools of winemakers. Those who vouch for the ... More >>
zyzzyva/FlickrFace it, the sad truth of your existence.Once an annual pre-Burning Man stop for cheap vodka, Cabernet, and Trek Mix, Trader Joe's is now a weekly essential ― seriously, who can survive without Mandarin orange chicken, chocolate-covered espresso beans, or processed enchiladas? ... More >>
Alex HochmanThe winner by a shred: Golden Potato Pancakes from Whole Foods.Not to kvetch, but latkes are a huge pain to make. Between shredding what seems like a hundred potatoes, hot oil splattering across the kitchen, and a funky stench that lingers until Passover, who has the time and pati ... More >>
Gary E./YelpPremade sushi in the Whole Foods case in SOMA.Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Honest Meat blogger Rebecca Thistlewaite showed up today on Grist to kick your ass ― the you who pays lip service to the idea of changing the food system, shops at a farmers' market once or twice ... More >>
Shannon I./YelpMystery solved?Our favorite morsel from the blogs. In Doggy Bag last week, we pointed to an investigative post at The Faster Times, wherein Earth Island Journal managing editor Amy Westervelt looked behind some private label products at Trader Joe's and found some surprising ... More >>
Eliya/FlickrRent, specifically the necessity of paying it, is an evil, relentless master. Every first of the month, after forking over so much more than we'd like ― and watching our bank account shrivel ― we stock up on lentils and vow to live more frugally. Thankfully, relatively cheap e ... More >>
Aimee ShapiroPlaya munchy? The almond bin at TJ's in San Francisco.Almonds are a superb source of plant-derived protein. They also contain loads of fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants like Vitamin E and selenium. Their fat is fine, the healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated kinds pro ... More >>
Heklina as Liza -- or is it the other way 'round? Even in San Francisco, jobs for drag queens outside of the regular bar show circuit are scarce. (In fact, the unshaven and tattooed guy bagging my hummus at Trader Joe's yesterday told me he moonlights as a performer in a dress and make-up.) Well, ... More >>
Name: Dried RambutanBrand: Trader Joe'sOrigin: ThailandFound at: Trader Joe's (265 Winston at 20th Ave.)Cost: $3.29Ingredients: Rambutan.Calories per serving: 150The word: A fleshier, spikier, and all-around sassier cousin to lychee, rambutan is one of the scariest looking, yet sweetest tasting frui ... More >>
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 Let's do lunch: Fill up -- and believe us, it's a gut buster -- on a true local specialty. SF Weekly food critic Meredith Brody says taste the Mission in a super carne asada burrito at Papalote Mexican Grill (3409 24th St. at Valencia, 970-8815; and 1777 Fulton at Masonic, ... More >>
Name: Trader Joe's Dry-Roasted Sweet Apricot Kernels Origin: Turkey Scored at: Trader Joe's, 555 Ninth St. (at Brannan) Cost: $1.99 for 8 ounces Ingredients: Apricot kernels, sulfur dioxide Calories per serving: Not listed The lowdown: The package calls them "poor man's almond ... More >>
This tastes a bit like a rustic old-school Rioja.
Arizmendi Bakery (1331 9th Ave.) is a surefire spot for cookies, bread, pastries and pizza. But it might be surprising to learn that the worker-owned collective also makes a mean tabouli ($3.50). This can be one of the least substantial components of a Middle East feast (as Trader Joe's calls it), ... More >>
For those of us who live off Trader Joe's freezer section for microwave office lunches --and here this blogger will raise her hand-- it's a treat when the store offers up something new. TJ's burritos and tamales are lovely, but have them four days in a row and your palette will be bored and your sto ... More >>
This wins my prize for best baguette in the Bay Area.
This intensely aromatic and flavorful wine is arguably the best white in the under-$15 price range.
Austrian pumpkin seed oil to the rescue!
People who don't usually like red wine might enjoy this soft, uncomplicated German Pinot.
Name: Cheesecake Crepe Escape Brand: Trader Joe's Origin: Monrovia, CA Found at: Trader Joe's (265 Winston) Cost: $3.49 Ingredients: Filling (ricotta cheese, strawberries, sugar, vanlla powder, cinnamon), crepe (unbleached wheat flour, pasteurized whole egs, canola oil, sugar, salt) ... More >>
It's easy to see why these eggs taste so good: the hens are well-fed and happy.
By Meredith Brody We weren't consciously aware of longing for Trader Joe's Almond Snowman Cookies over the past year, so when our heart leapt up when we saw them on the shelves again we were slightly embarrassed. Last year we'd passed them by, thinking $4.99 a box was, well, too much, but eventual ... More >>
Week of 2-7-07
After scoring big with "Two Buck Chuck," renegade vintner Fred Franzia once again has Napa Valley's wine burghers in an uproar
It takes more than the sweet stuff to educate us on Café Cacao's charms