On Vacation – Comment Round Up

Hello all you wonderful people, out there in the world.

I’m on vacation all this week, probably relaxing in a hammock even as you read this, so I’m breaking my usual posting schedule. Instead, I’ll be treating you to a round-up of my favorite ever blog posts, one a day, until we resume our regular posting schedule on August 4th.

I’ll be back and posting like regular shortly. In the meanwhile, I’m taking a break from the Spam Bots to cover a posting by a real person.

This comment is actually the first negative feedback I received on my blog. The author goes on at such length, and takes such a castigating tone, that I never had the guts to publish it before. The topic, of course, is coffee – a subject which arouses considerable passion among armchair elitists the world over. It’s one of the food topics I tend to avoid, along with wine and cheese, on account of the number of people who enjoy these things on sophisticated, and utterly humorless, levels.

I’m taken pretty savagely to task regarding my snarky opinions which, I suppose, I probably deserve. To everyone out there who has ever wished they could tell me to just shut my stupid, uneducated, untrained mouth, this one is for you.

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Dear Profounderjester,
your review of Trader Joes Cold Brew Concentrate shows your ignorance of the subject matter and illustrates why novices should not be allowed to commentate on subject matters which they know nothing about. Your review of this new product states that the two big differences between hot and cold brewed coffee are simply lower acidity and stronger more concentrated strength but you have omitted the biggest different of all and the foremost reason why the majority of cold brew coffee drinkers choose cold brew over hot brew. The biggest advantage of cold brew as anyone who is remotely familiar with this type of drink which is widely accepted in may regions throughout the world despite your ignorant view that it is somehow a newly discovered type of brewing method is that cold brewed coffee is not as susceptible to the acrid and pungent flavors which a hot brewed coffee is subject to as soon as it starts the cooling process. Hot brewed coffee must be kept at certain temperatures to prevent an acrid flavor from developing. This is why there is such a focus on having hot brewed coffee that is fresh and that has been brewed recently and that has been maintained at specific temperatures because if hot brewed coffee is not carefully maintained in strict conditions and kept hot enough then the taste will suffer. This is why iced coffee which is made from hot brew must be cooled rapidly or poured over ice to prevent acridity. Cold brewed coffee is immune from the shortcomings that hot brewed coffee is susceptible to and your suggestion that the two main differences are simply lower acidity and stronger more concentrated strength shows that your do not understand why cold brewed coffee is so popular is many regions of the world and your perceived advantages of cold brewed coffee show that you only have an elementary level of understanding of this new trader joes product offering that you purport to have insight on.


On Vacation – Comment Round Up

Hello all you wonderful people, out there in the world.

I’m on vacation all this week, probably relaxing in a hammock even as you read this, so I’m breaking my usual posting schedule. Instead, I’ll be treating you to a round-up of my favorite ever blog posts, one a day, until we resume our regular posting schedule on August 4th.

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On Vacation – Comment Round Up!

Hello all you wonderful people, out there in the world.

I’m on vacation all this week, probably relaxing in a hammock even as you read this, so I’m breaking my usual posting schedule. Instead, I’ll be treating you to a round-up of my favorite ever blog posts, one a day, until we resume our regular posting schedule on August 4th.

A couple short ones for you today:

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Thank you very much! Your comment was… how do you say it? Stupid!

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Don”t let a member of your family become a news story.

That’s not always a bad thing, Mr. Whatsapp Spy Hack Tool. Sometimes you become a news story because you achieved fame and success. However, I will be purchasing your product (out of fear).


On Vacation – Comment Round Up Rodeo!

Hello all you wonderful people, out there in the world.

I’m on vacation all this week, probably relaxing in a hammock even as you read this, so I’m breaking my usual posting schedule. Instead, I’ll be treating you to a round-up of my favorite ever blog posts, one a day, until we resume our regular posting schedule on August 4th.

Here’s a posting I received on the Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider post.

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It’s the “Regards” that really makes this one for me. Also, the complete failure of subtlety to tie the blatant air conditioner pitch into anything at all other than a blatant air conditioner pitch. Over all, a beautiful economy of language that achieves maximum impact in minimal space.


On Vacation – Comment Round Up Rodeo!

Hello all you wonderful people, out there in the world.

I’m on vacation all this week, probably relaxing in a hammock even as you read this, so I’m breaking my usual posting schedule. Instead, I’ll be treating you to a round-up of my favorite ever blog posts, one a day, until we resume our regular posting schedule on August 4th.

The favorite comment round up continues with this uplifting feed back from earlier this month.

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Thank you Mr. Pixel Fury Graphic Design Seattle! The feeling in mutual. I also like what you’ve obtained there, certainly like what you’re saying, and most of all, the way in which you are saying it.

Keep it smart!


On Vacation – Comment Round Up Rodeo!

Hello all you wonderful people, out there in the world.

I’m on vacation all this week, probably relaxing in a hammock even as you read this, so I’m breaking my usual posting schedule. Instead, I’ll be treating you to a round-up of my favorite ever blog posts, one a day, until we resume our regular posting schedule on August 4th.

A clear stand out for my “Favorite Comment” , has to be this gem by spam-bot “cracked games windows phone 7.5″ Reposted here for your convenience:


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There’s a lot to love in this comment. As a blogger, being called a webmaster, let alone a “fantabulous” one, really strokes my ego. Things get a little bit confusing after that, then take a sudden nasty turn as whatever I’m doing is suddenly deemed a “classifiable joke”. However, Mr. Games Windows Phone 7.5 manages a beautiful recover in the end with some more fine, balming praise.

A classic example of the “compliment sandwich” technique if there ever was one. Thank you again Mr. Games Windows Phone 7.5! Hope you’re still enjoying the blog!


Trader Joe’s Turkish Fig Bites

Trader Joe's Turkish Fig Bites

Trader Joe’s Not Quite Fig Newtons

Broadly speaking, Trader Joe’s products fall into three categories:

Trader Joe’s Turkish Fig Bites fall squarely into that final category. As should be clear from the packaging alone, these are Trader Joe’s own take on that classic, love-’em-or-hate-’em after-school snack, the Nabisco Fig Newton.

Ranking: 3 stars 3 star ranking

What it is: Fig Newtons, by Trader Joe’s
Price: $1.99 for a 10 0z. pack
Worth it: Yes. They’re not perfect, but they’re cheap

Usually, when Trader Joe’s goes through the trouble of re-creating an another brands product in their own image they actually end up improving on it. TJ’s seems to have a genuine devotion to only putting their name on quality products that they stand behind, which is truly laudable in this day and age. For example, when they recently released their take on the Sour Patch Kid candy with sweet-and-sour T’s and J’s gummies, I found myself strongly preferring Trader Joe’s delicious, nuanced flavors and all-natural ingredients to actual Sour Patch Kids.

It’s unusual, then, that Trader Joe’s Turkish Fig Bites fall short of the original Fig Newton. You’d think that improving on these would be a piece of cake (or fruit and cake, as the case may be), but instead TJ’s delivers an inferior version – heavier on the dry cake, with less fruit.

This is a particularly surprising outcome given the super pretty packaging, which manages to bite on the Fig Newton’s signature “yellow” look, while also keeping Trader Joe’s signature quaint whimsy. How could such attention to detail on the packaging be betrayed by underwhelming contents? Well, I guess that’s just life, isn’t it?

Figs are something Trader Joe’s does well, and in fact we’ve looked at them several times before, along with their incredible mythic history. And, in fact, the fig part isn’t all that bad. Trader Joe’s promises Turkish figs, which I’m sure these are, but you’d be hard pressed to tell, given the serious mushing and processing they necessarily undergo to be worked into a sweetened cookie.

No, it’s the “Newton” part that Trader Joe’s has trouble with. Nabisco must have found just the right recipe to deliver their original drupe-based treat to the world, because no one else ever seems to get it quite right. The generic fig roll snack you come across in drug store always tend to be too dry. Trader Joe’s doesn’t have that problem, but instead screw up the fig to cake ratio – giving you way too much thick and bready cake to the relatively meager amount of filling. It’s simply not all that satisfying to bite into, giving you a dry mouth without enough sweet fruit to balance it out.

To compare I bought a box of Nabisco brand Newtons and compared them side by side. As you can see the Nabisco Netwons are much more refined looking – an elegant balance of just enough dough to the filling. As a result the Nabisco Newtons are much more snackable, while the Trader Joe’s “Newtons” tire you out after two or three.

Trader Joe's Fig Newton Comparison

Trader Joe’s Fig Bites on top, Nabisco Fig Newton on bottom

Of course, if it’s the price you’re considering Trader Joe’s more than compensates for its short comings. Each package of Trader Joe’s Fig Bites is a mere $1.99, in comparison to the $5 and up you’ll be asked to pay for Fig Newtons. I may not like TJ’s version quite as much as Nabisco’s, but that price point make a compelling argument for choosing them anyway.

By the way, before I get out of here – just what is a “Newton”?

It turns out that Fig Newtons don’t owe their name to the revered Grandfather of Gravity (a connection that I always presumed and found troubling, given the absence of apple), but to the humble town of Newton, Mass. where they were first made by the Kennedy Steam Bakery all the way back in 1891. And now you know!


The Breakdown

Would I Recommend Them: Not really, the original Fig Newton is better.

Would I Buy Them Again: The price is low enough, and I’m enough of a cheapskate, that I probably would.

Final Synopsis: Fig Newton knockoffs for a reasonable price.

Trader Joe's Turkish Fig Bites - Nutrition Facts

Trader Joe’s Turkish Fig Bites – Nutrition Facts


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