Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fair Warning!

The only problem with Trader Joe’s is that they sell only their “bestsellers”. That means, from time to time, they will discontinue a product which is not selling briskly enough. Chuck and I already believe ourselves to be the kiss of death, when it comes to products we love suddenly disappearing from store shelves. So this leaves us in a delicate position at Trader Joe’s. Case in point: their outstanding Pomegranate Glaze. I used it in lots of different ways, most especially as a main ingredient in sauces for everything from veggies to fish. I used it on the baby peas on Thanksgiving and told everyone to head to Trader Joe’s. A few weeks later, when we went to replenish our supply, we got the word that TJ’s Pomegranate Glaze was history! Arrgghh!

We sincerely apologize to everyone else who loved the stuff. Ironically more than one manager told us they had some precious bottles of the glaze squirreled away in their homes! So we began the hunt for a substitute. A knowledgeable gentleman at a Whole Foods store told us to try pomegranate molasses. Naturally, they were out of stock at that moment, but we kept checking back. I’m happy to report that the “Al Wadi Pomegranate Molasses” is excellent. It’s a simple reduction of pomegranate juice with only citric acid added to it. It’s made in Lebanon and distributed here in the States by Sahadi Fine Foods. For those of you scattered around the globe, here’s the link to the Al Wadi website (introductory music plays!).

Now, if in fact, Chuck and I are the big jinx, consider this fair warning to stock up on lots of Al Wadi Pomegranate Molasses before it suddenly evaporates from markets around the world!

Thinking of you Dad...


Roo said...

Loved the birdie story - but love the idea of Trader Joe's better - do they fancy opening a franchise over here???

dancingmorganmouse said...

OR, grow your own pommes and make your own - I can't wait till my tree fruits and I can give it a whirl.

Kate said...

Please, please don't ever buy the Spinach Artichoke Dip in the frozen section. Please!

Pink Granite said...

Hi Roo -
Trader Joe's is a very good store. When they first came to the area, we were a little lukewarm on them. But over time and with their in-store tastings (!), we have come to really love them!
Unfortunately they are mostly on the east and west coasts of the U.S.. But greater London strikes me as an excellent place to begin their overseas expansion!
- Lee

Hi DMM -
I don't think our climate, without an excellent greenhouse, is conducive to growing pomegranates! But I look forward to your results!

Until we found the Al Wadi product, I had figured I would buy some pomegranate juice, reduce it and store it in the refrigerator. But the juice is so expensive, I think the molasses is a good value.
- Lee

Hi Kate -
Boy, am I slow on the uptake!!!

At first I thought: "What the heck happened to make the dip so bad?"!

Then, as Uncle Chuck was reading along he started to laugh! Duh!!!!!!!!

As you know, I make my own spinach artichoke dip. That started because we bought a frozen one (TGI Friday's) and it was desperately mediocre!

So I hereby promise to never, ever, EVER buy TJ's frozen spinach artichoke dip - just because you asked!
- Auntie Lee (& Uncle Chuck - the smart one!)