Dig In Gluten Free

Have you ever wondered how Trader Joe’s comes up with so many ideas for great products from around the world? Hint: It’s not from sitting in front of a computer screen, in an office somewhere. Our idea of first-rate products requires first-hand tasting. That is why we travel to the world’s most interesting regions, in search of food-experiences that we might not have otherwise had. We’re confident that our Potato Chips with South African Style Seasoning will become yet another favorite cultural import—the result of our worldly wanderings. These uniquely seasoned Chips start with paprika that is slow-smoked. This method infuses a...

Gold comes in nuggets. So does wisdom. Why not chicken? It does of course, and Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets are the latest tasty development in chicken chunk flavor and technology. Of course, nuggets of chicken are not new. The first prototype was developed in 1963 by the Cornell professor and poultry innovator Robert C. Baker. (Clearly, McDonald’s was not the originator, since their famous version showed up as late as 1980.) Since the 80s, nuggets have undergone a number of positive makeovers, including the move from mechanically-separated chicken to white meat chicken pieces, and also the use of...

Virgil's Dr. Better

August 21, 2014 in

After failed attempts at turning up the original “Dr. Type” drinks from the early 1900s, the soda savants at Virgil’s set out to reverse engineer the recipe using their finely-honed taste buds. Leveraging their knowledge of roots, spices and fruits, they deftly discerned the key ingredients. They are not mere mimickers, however. They are libation artists. Doctoring up their findings, they created a uniquely better beverage, one they felt could rival their inimitable, micro-brewed Root Beer: Virgil’s Dr. BetterHuge fans of their root beer, we were thirsting to give Dr. Better a go. When we took our first sips, we understood the name. Dr. Better is...