Month: January 2016

Trader Joe’s Holiday Hors d’oeuvres Reviews: Better Late Than Never?

Uh, whoops! I meant to post this around Christmas day – the photos and everything were taken Christmas Eve – but things just kept getting in the way of sitting down and writing about delicious food. Sad when that happens, right? Luckily, I had the foresight to take notes on what everyone thought of each of the snacks reviewed in this post, so I won’t have to rely solely on my infamously shitty memory for this post!

Anyhow, here’s the backstory: it’s become a bit of a tradition in my family to decorate my mom’s Christmas tree on Christmas Eve (or a day or two before, depending on work schedules) while listening to Christmas music and snacking on a metric crapton of hors d’oeuvres rather than a proper sit-down Christmas dinner. We usually raid Trader Joe’s for said stock of appetizers, because we’re lazy and because the family love affair with TJ’s is real (we moved from Southern California to Ohio before the TJ’s expansion into the midwest, and the withdrawal from their spicy black bean dip and other favorite goodies was serious, let me tell you) – though sometimes Aldi or local delis/bakerys or even homemade make the cut, time allowing.

This year wasn’t particularly generous with the time, so it was a one-stop Trader Joe’s shop kind of deal. And because I like talking about food, I photographed all the goodies and wrote down everyone’s overall impressions, so if you’re considering hitting up TJ’s for similar events (or just want some yummy snacks at random) – here’s hoping that our reviews can help you to narrow down the massive overload of choices in their frozen appetizer section!

So here are all the goodies we sampled:

Mini Chicken Tikka Samosas and Crispy Green Curry Shrimp Gyozas
Mini Chicken Tikka Samosas and Crispy Green Curry Shrimp Gyozas
Crab & Lagostino Rangoon, Mushroom Turnovers and Traditional Latkes
Crab & Lagostino Rangoon, Mushroom Turnovers and Traditional Latkes
Chocolate Raspberry Tamales and A Dozen Sweet Bites (Chocolate and Coffee Opera Cake, Raspberry Macaron aux Framboises Cake, and Caramel and Chocolate Cake bites)
Chocolate Raspberry Tamales and A Dozen Sweet Bites (Chocolate and Coffee Opera Cake, Raspberry Macaron aux Framboises Cake, and Caramel and Chocolate Cake bites)

We ended up saving the tamales as by the time we’d made our way through all the other snacks, there was no way we would have been able to further stuff ourselves. I’ll probably do an individual write-up for the tamales since I ended up keeping them for myself! So if those intrigue you, please look forward to it!

But let’s jump right in to the review portion of this post… if you’re on the main page, please click the read more!

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