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Old 03-03-05, 06:09 PM
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Top Trader Joe's eats

I'm a Trader Joe's devotee for most of my food shopping and discovered during a recent trip to the megalopolis of Chicago that a lot of their stuff is regional. This makes me think that I'm missing out on a lot of good stuff. For instance, in Chicago they have these coconut ice cream things on the half-shell that are to die for (and you can make cute candles with the shells when you're done!). But no, we don't have them out here. Then again, we have Belgian chocolate pudding and they don't...hahahaaa I'll take my pudding over the coconut ice cream (for now).

My other TJ's top foodstuffs:

spicy black bean dip
those little rice crackers
flattened banana (only 89 cents!)
2 Buck Chuck
organic vanilla yogurt
Organic/fair trade five country espresso blend
frozen bags of berries
organic eggs
vanilla granola
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Originally Posted by harlot
2 Buck Chuck
Not a big fan of TJ's... The few items I've purchased there have been marginal at best. Their marketing hype and cutesy store displays create an image that their products just can't live up to.

My former boss threw a wine and cheese party at our office and made a big fuss about 2 buck or 3 buck or whatever buck upchuck. That stuff was foul. Had a very nasty chemical taste to it as tho some sort of paint stripper had been added to it.
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So I guess all that Drain-o I ingested as a kid has rendered me incapable of selecting good cheap wine. More for me.
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parmesian crisps
coconut in the half shell ice cream
bengali lentils

I wish they had a good porter.
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Old 03-03-05, 08:16 PM
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The crab cakes are good. Two patties for $3
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Old 03-03-05, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by harlot
So I guess all that Drain-o I ingested as a kid has rendered me incapable of selecting good cheap wine. More for me.
well, the draino ingestion certainly explains your taste for 2 buck chuck
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I actually like some of their cereals, and the hummus is reasonably priced, at least compared to the small grocers here in the city.
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Caramel Corn
Bleu Cheese dressing
Vanilla Tea
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Mesquite honey.
Organic Avocados.
Organic dried fruit.
Olive Oil.
Organic Maple Syrup. I like the grade B better.
triple ginger snaps.
Not beer (anymore...)
Not really wine anymore either
don't like their hummus
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I have had some marginal stuff from Trader Joe's but if it is, I take it back and am cheefully refunded my money or they exchange it, no problem.

I like :

dried Montmorency cherries,
italian spaghetti
wild dried musrooms
ground tomatoes (in a can for spaghetti sauce)
goat milk
Veggie Life (i think that is the brand) Portobello and garlic "burgers"
Their "Pound Plus" chocolate bars.
Various nuts in bags (almonds, raw and salted-roasted, pecans and walnuts, and others)
Various imported biscuits (cookies) and crackers
French Village carbonated lemonade (good stuff!)
Various soy and vegetarian "milks"
Goat cheeses
Frozen veggies, regular and organic
lamb and rice dry dog food for our dogs
canned cat food for the cats
Good prices on some hard liquors (Busmill's Irish whisky and various tequilas and mezcals)

And my overall favorite: The Chocolate Covered Caramels. These things are to die for. Good dark chocolate covering large chunks of good, creamy, SOFT-WON'T-PULL-YOUR-FILLINGS-OUT caramel. I only buy these a couple times a year due to the fact that I can eat a whole package of them in one day. . .and I will eat a whole package of them in a day!
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crab cakes
chocolate truffles
the price on their organic milk
They also have the cheapest prices in this area on Cliff and Balance bars.
I am not against cheap wines so I kept hearing about 3 buck chuck bought a bottle shared it with a very good freind she threw it out and opened a bottle of Hyatt Merlot a much better choice for a wine under 10 bucks. Never again will these lips touch any of the chuck wines
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The price of good wine..Same wine, other stores, might be 40% higher..We are Trader Joe devotees also...
Just stumbled on a frozen dish...Scallops wrapped in bacon..awesome...I like their cereals ..particularily.."Cherry Crunch." I trust their milk to be somewhat organic at less than organic prices...also,for cyclists..have the best prices for nutrition bars...Coffee...Good quality at a good price..Favorite in that category...Kauai coffee..
and something I should not mention...We love their Ginger Ice cream, Italian style...A spice common to Trader Joe products, not emphasized elsewhere...Curry and ginger...
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Originally Posted by *new*guy
Had a very nasty chemical taste to it as tho some sort of paint stripper had been added to it.
I thought their Chardonnay was pretty decent. Definitely worth getting over the $5-$6 stuff I had been getting. My sister was excited about the Shiraz, but my impression was watered down grape juice.

Trader Joes gives me the creeps. It reminds me too much of Eddie Bauer and the other posuer "outdoor apparrel" stores I've seen, but with food instead of clothes.
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Trader Joe's yuppie..Not my impression..Prices are too reasonable..Yuppie might be Pavillions Markets..Pavillions you would be lucky to find the price of a quart of designer water, for what Trader Joe's sells their average bottle of wine..
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Trader Joe's yuppie..Not my impression..Prices are too reasonable..Yuppie might be Pavillions Markets..Pavillions you would be lucky to find the price of a quart of designer water, for what Trader Joe's sells their average bottle of wine..
I agree when I think yuppie in this area Whole Foods comes to mind. Trader Joes is just different than your average grocery store. That is one of the reasons I like it is it gives you good alternatives and a good bargain. Their organics are usually priced on par with most other chains regular produce pricing.
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punjab spinach sauce.

Best out of the can suff I've had.
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For comparsion sakes..Guess Trader Joe's is far more Yuppie than say, Food for Less.But not that much more expensive..and their Milk does not have BGH in it.
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I feel a little silly about it, but I actually rave about Trader Joes to my friends and family--raving about a friggin' grocery store! But Trader Joes is that cool. It allows me to eat healthy and exotic foods at very reasonable prices while being helped by almost overly-friendly employees.

My favorite items:

Couscous
Hummus
various Belgian chocolate assortments
all three flavors of gelato
Olive-artichoke tapenade
guacamole
Chocolate "dipping" cookies (taste a lot like biscotti)
Thai lime/chili-seasoned cashews
Wild-caught coho salmon
pumpkin spice granola
dried montmorency cherries
dried apricots
stuffed pork chops
entire cheese selection, particularly their pesto brie


One of you mentioned about the vanilla granola at your Trader Joes. Does anyone know if that is a regional thing? I have not seen that here in Chicago. The only flavor of granola that TD has that I really like is the pumpkin granola. The apple granola and the praline granola are a bit dry.
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It's a cool place to shop...there are a few here in Philly. There coffee is great......
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Originally Posted by mrrockmusic
Re: Vanilla Granola. Does anyone know if that is a regional thing? I have not seen that here in Chicago.
got it in the 'burbs! Just bought some last night...as well as three berries granola.
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Originally Posted by [165]
got it in the 'burbs! Just bought some last night...as well as three berries granola.
Where in the burbs do you live? Maybe they are just out of it when I go there here in the city? I go to both the Lakeview and Clybourn locations. Some items are chronically out of stock on, such as the dried mediterranean apricots, so maybe this is another example of this?

I will have to recheck. Since I haven't found vanilla granola at TD, I have had to buy it at Whole Foods at $3.50/lb rather than the $1.80 or so TD wants for a 1 lb bag of granola.
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the arlington heights one. Rand and AH roads
mmm...vanilla yogurt and vanilla granola. the best and cheapest breakfast around!
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my very favorite product so far..Ginger Ice cream....then Cherry almond crunch..cheapest you can buy milk guaranteed to be BGH free...Not BGH free, then it is soy juice for us.
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oh - just grabbed Granny Smith Apple rings too...mmm
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I dont care for Trader Joes, but thats either because my local Kroger carries the same stuff cheaper (and better quality to boot) or because I have easy access to the worlds BEST specialty foods store, Jungle Jims!
http://www.junglejims.com/

Jungle Jims, where the hot sauce isle is longer than the entire frozen foods section of Krogers... o.o
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