There are many things I love about garlic. It tastes great, it is good for you and repels vampires. The things I don’t like: Garlic’s nickname is the “stinking rose”, excessive amounts can upset your stomach and cause bad breath.
But have you ever noticed that when you AND the person you’re kissing have recently eaten garlic, you can’t really tell that they have bad breath because yours is exactly the same? It’s almost like they are cancelling each other. This is why Sonia and me always have garlic at the exact same time.
“Hey Sonia! I’m eating some garlic potatoes. Would you like some?”
“Um, no, not right now…I’m….<sniff, sniff>…well, actually maybe I will try some…”
Sonia will be the one to admit that she has a poor sense for smell. Garlic is one of those smells that can penetrate the most sluggish of olfactory senses. We had both some. It wasn’t that we cheated while we were eating. Even though I didn’t have to worry about the garlic-breath situation, I do have a problem with eating while I kiss. Remember that scene in Good Will Hunting where Matt Damon and Minnie driver kiss at a diner and Minnie says to Minnie Driver, “I just bought some of your pickle.” NASTY. I nearly hurled. I don’t even want to take the slightest chance of ingesting food that’s been masticated by someone other than myself, even if it is my wonderful wife.
Now, let’s move on to the potato review. TJ’s does a lot with potatoes, as we’ve seen. Everything from Russ’s beloved Potato Tots to Trader Joe’s Breakfast Scramble, TJ’s has generally done more right than wrong with their potato dishes. Of all the items I’ve had from Trader Joe’s that involve potatoes, I would say these are most similar to the potatoes in Trader Joe’s Meat & Potatoes, but with more garlic, of course. Actually, it’s not that much. It was not overwhelming. It has a mild garlic flavor. Although they are a bit salty, it is not overwhelming. The product mentions parmesan in the title, but neither Sonia nor I tasted much, if any. The only flavor left is potato. Although you could tell they were potatoes, it wasn’t obvious that they were bursting with flavor. They tasted great with ketchup, but really they are a good choice. Not requiredIf you don’t know what I mean, the ketchup
This is not a great food to eat as a stand-alone dish. Even as a side-dish, most people will still want to dress it up with ketchup and maybe a little salt. It was delicious. The texture was very similar to home-fries. There are no complaints. Sonia rates them 2.5 because they are basically potatoes in a bag, which you can cut up and cook by yourself. I thought they were convenient, and they certainly didn’t taste bad…their flavors were just kinda subtle. They get a 3.5 from me.
The bottom line: 6 out 10.