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  • Post #151 - January 11th, 2018, 5:27 pm
    Post #151 - January 11th, 2018, 5:27 pm Post #151 - January 11th, 2018, 5:27 pm
    One of the free items at Jewel this weekend was a package of Sahale snacks. I got the glazed almonds with cranberries. All the others looked intriguing, as well. Really tasty. Will definitely add this to my list of snacks I'll consider buying in the future when I need something small but excellent.
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  • Post #152 - January 15th, 2018, 2:47 pm
    Post #152 - January 15th, 2018, 2:47 pm Post #152 - January 15th, 2018, 2:47 pm
    Spurred on by the free Sahale honey almonds from Jewel last week, I bought a couple more flavors this week (all on sale). This time, I got maple pecans and pomegranate pistachios. Both are very nice. Think I might prefer the pistachios, but hard to say. Might have to do more research. :)
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  • Post #153 - January 20th, 2018, 10:47 pm
    Post #153 - January 20th, 2018, 10:47 pm Post #153 - January 20th, 2018, 10:47 pm
    Looking for frozen vegetables at Mariano's (spending a gift card), I ran across something unfamiliar, but which I decided to try. I know that it is a trend now to use chopped cauliflower in place of rice, but not being worried too much about carbs, I hadn't tried it. But the Alexia Cauliflower Risotto with Parmesan Cheese and Sea Salt sounded tasty. There is really no danger of this hurting the popularity of real risotto, but all in all, if one is looking for an easy, quick side dish, this was really tasty. It's pretty much cauliflower, cream, butter, cheese, and seasonings—so not really a surprise that it would taste good. Definitely not a low-cal dish, but if you're avoiding carbs, this might be the side dish of your dreams.
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  • Post #154 - February 4th, 2018, 9:35 pm
    Post #154 - February 4th, 2018, 9:35 pm Post #154 - February 4th, 2018, 9:35 pm
    Unbelievable. I've often thought there were some things that simply would never show up Chicagoland, however inclusive and exotic we became -- like fermented mare's milk. Seriously.

    And yet there it was, at Garden Fresh in Buffalo Grove -- from Russia, rather than Mongolia, so called Kumis, rather than Airag. But with a picture of a horse and the translation beneath it "horse milk." And next to it, your choice of camel milk or goat milk.

    So if you've always wanted to try it, here's your chance.
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  • Post #155 - February 4th, 2018, 9:54 pm
    Post #155 - February 4th, 2018, 9:54 pm Post #155 - February 4th, 2018, 9:54 pm
    Cynthia wrote:Unbelievable. I've often thought there were some things that simply would never show up Chicagoland, however inclusive and exotic we became -- like fermented mare's milk. Seriously.

    And yet there it was, at Garden Fresh in Buffalo Grove -- from Russia, rather than Mongolia, so called Kumis, rather than Airag. But with a picture of a horse and the translation beneath it "horse milk." And next to it, your choice of camel milk or goat milk.

    So if you've always wanted to try it, here's your chance.

    But is it real?
  • Post #156 - February 4th, 2018, 11:09 pm
    Post #156 - February 4th, 2018, 11:09 pm Post #156 - February 4th, 2018, 11:09 pm
    Cynthia wrote:Unbelievable. I've often thought there were some things that simply would never show up Chicagoland, however inclusive and exotic we became -- like fermented mare's milk. Seriously.

    And yet there it was, at Garden Fresh in Buffalo Grove -- from Russia, rather than Mongolia, so called Kumis, rather than Airag. But with a picture of a horse and the translation beneath it "horse milk." And next to it, your choice of camel milk or goat milk.

    I think I've seen camel milk at Fresh Farms (Niles north). Is it true that unfermented mare's milk is severely laxative?
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  • Post #157 - February 5th, 2018, 12:47 am
    Post #157 - February 5th, 2018, 12:47 am Post #157 - February 5th, 2018, 12:47 am
    JoelF wrote:I think I've seen camel milk at Fresh Farms (Niles north). Is it true that unfermented mare's milk is severely laxative?


    I have no idea, as all the mare's milk I drank in Mongolia was fermented. The one thing that I found interesting about it is that mare's milk is very high in vitamin C, which is why the Mongols who live traditionally are so healthy even though they just have meat and dairy.
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  • Post #158 - February 5th, 2018, 10:34 am
    Post #158 - February 5th, 2018, 10:34 am Post #158 - February 5th, 2018, 10:34 am
    JoelF wrote:I think I've seen camel milk at Fresh Farms (Niles north).


    To veer slightly....
    Do you mean Fresh Farms on Touhy or Fresh Farms on Golf?
    I'd suggest we refer to them as FF east and FF west, since Golf is actually north of Touhy.
    [I shop at the one on Golf when I can't handle the thought of the crowds at Touhy. The Touhy location is undoubtedly the superior one, but the Golf one is still better than the other area grocery stores. Although, to veer further, the Tony's on Greenwood is pretty good.]

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  • Post #159 - February 5th, 2018, 11:08 am
    Post #159 - February 5th, 2018, 11:08 am Post #159 - February 5th, 2018, 11:08 am
    For me, calling them FF Niles north and FF Niles south is more helpful. Or just FF Golf and FF Touhy.
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  • Post #160 - February 6th, 2018, 2:01 pm
    Post #160 - February 6th, 2018, 2:01 pm Post #160 - February 6th, 2018, 2:01 pm
    Katie wrote:For me, calling them FF Niles north and FF Niles south is more helpful. Or just FF Golf and FF Touhy.

    This
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  • Post #161 - February 16th, 2018, 12:09 am
    Post #161 - February 16th, 2018, 12:09 am Post #161 - February 16th, 2018, 12:09 am
    Lebanon Valley Eggplant Dip (aka Babaganoush). Canned.

    Imported from Lebanon by a company in Dearborn, MI.

    Available at Walmart. Really good.
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  • Post #162 - February 21st, 2018, 7:17 pm
    Post #162 - February 21st, 2018, 7:17 pm Post #162 - February 21st, 2018, 7:17 pm
    When I shop at a store with options from many countries, along with whatever is on my shopping list, I always try to grab something I've never tried before. This week, at Tony's Fresh Market (formerly Tony's Finer Foods) I found a little niche with a few kinds of Hungarian egg noodles. I had a roasted chicken carcass in the fridge waiting to be turned into soup, so the ultra-thin Hungarian soup noodles seemed to be the perfect choice.

    These lovely, skinny noodles are mighty quick cooking. Directions say add to simmering soup, bring back to boil, cook for 1/2 minute, then remove pot from heat and cover. In two minutes, the noodles are done. I think the noodles more than doubled in size -- though seemed actually to increase in number rather than in width.

    Not an "oh, my gosh, you have to try this" item, like some of the things I've posted about, but definitely a fun addition to the larder.

    And speaking of the name change for Tony's -- I used to say, not quite jokingly, that if the name of a store included "fresh" or "produce," it was almost certainly one of the big, multi-ethnic food emporia that are such a delight to those of us who like experimentation and exploration. (Thinking of Valli Produce, Produce World, Fresh Farms, Harvest Fresh, EuroFresh, Barrio Fresh, etc.) Tony's was the exception, with "Finer Foods." But now, it is "Fresh Market" -- and I can't help but wonder if it was to align with that "fresh" naming tradition.
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  • Post #163 - March 13th, 2018, 2:18 pm
    Post #163 - March 13th, 2018, 2:18 pm Post #163 - March 13th, 2018, 2:18 pm
    Liberté organic Philippine Coconut yogurt. Yum. (At least if you really love coconut.)
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  • Post #164 - March 20th, 2018, 3:24 pm
    Post #164 - March 20th, 2018, 3:24 pm Post #164 - March 20th, 2018, 3:24 pm
    Topoloveni Magiun de prune (plum spread or butter), found at Fresh Farms on Touhy. This Romanian product is pure plums (no sugar) and is quite thick and a nice mix of sweet and tart. I like it with good cream cheese on an English muffin.
    It even has its own Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/magiunPruneTopoloveni/
  • Post #165 - March 23rd, 2018, 1:16 am
    Post #165 - March 23rd, 2018, 1:16 am Post #165 - March 23rd, 2018, 1:16 am
    Every once in a while, I try a new product that I find while walking through the grocery stores in the area. In the last week, I tried a couple.

    The first item was Burts Potato Chips' Guinness flavored potato chips. The potato chips were fairly thick and had a very strong flavor of Guinness Stout. If you like Guinness, you will like these chips. I am not as keen on that flavor. However, I am going to try to make something with them as they are really good when dipped in a hearty BBQ sauce. Not a bad pick-up for $0.99 at the local Kroger's bargain bin.

    www.burtschips.com

    The second item is actually a new product recently carried by Kroger stores, Saverne Artisanal Kraut. It comes in a 16 oz jar. We really like the Craft beer flavored variety and have used it in several of my MIL's traditional sauerkraut recipes. You can really taste the beer and there is a good amount of caraway.

    www.saverneproducts.com
  • Post #166 - March 23rd, 2018, 11:14 am
    Post #166 - March 23rd, 2018, 11:14 am Post #166 - March 23rd, 2018, 11:14 am
    Hi,

    I enjoyed those same Guinness potato chips a few weeks ago. They are indeed very good.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
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  • Post #167 - April 6th, 2018, 4:23 pm
    Post #167 - April 6th, 2018, 4:23 pm Post #167 - April 6th, 2018, 4:23 pm
    Picked up a package of Naturalne Zbozowe at KD Market. These look a bit like the rice crackers one finds in the "gluten free" aisle. The name is kind of translated on the package as "Cereal biscuits without wheat flour." What they are is sesame and sunflower seed "cookies" about the size of a silver dollar. I had actually expected savory, based on their appearance, but they are in fact just a bit sweet and are the sort of thing that is perfect for afternoon tea or sitting around sipping coffee with friends. But a pleasant discovery.
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  • Post #168 - April 17th, 2018, 3:04 pm
    Post #168 - April 17th, 2018, 3:04 pm Post #168 - April 17th, 2018, 3:04 pm
    Trader Joe's Whole Grain Crispbread. Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, whole-meal rye, oat bran, oatmeal, flax seed, spelt bran, wheat bran, sea salt, oregano, thyme.

    Intensely crunchy and better than anything else I've ever seen defined as crispbread.
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  • Post #169 - 42 minutes ago
    Post #169 - 42 minutes ago Post #169 - 42 minutes ago
    Red Rock Deli Red Curry Coconut potato chips.

    I really didn't expect these to be as good as they are -- but they really taste of coconut and red curry -- and potato.

    In a stand-alone display at Jewel, so possibly just being introduced to see if they sell. Not a replacement for a good plate of curry, but a mighty tasty variation on a traditional crunchy snack.
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