Trader Joe's Products (2002–2011)
Posted 20 September 2002 - 06:06 PM
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Posted 20 September 2002 - 06:07 PM
Posted 21 September 2002 - 07:37 AM
obTJs: I love Trader Joe's. Most of the frozen meals and canned goods in our house come from there. I also really like their tortilla chips. And of course I buy all my Plugra butter there for $3/lb. Can't beat that price.
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Posted 21 September 2002 - 10:14 AM
Posted 21 September 2002 - 11:51 AM
Maggiethecat...thanks for the info on Caputos, I don't live far from Hanover Park and will definitely go there this weekend.
Posted 21 September 2002 - 01:16 PM
Yeah, they don't suck, but if you bring in a photo of a celebrity, make sure you tell them you took it.
Fat Guy, I went to a birthday party recently for a child and her father. There were two photocakes on hand from Baskin-Robbins to celebrate the occasion. They weren't dreadful (which is about the best I can say for it) plus they looked pretty cool. Surely there's still one or two Baskin-Robbins outlets in Manhattan? .
Posted 21 September 2002 - 06:24 PM
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Posted 21 September 2002 - 06:42 PM
But I'm a sucker for some of their stuff: Tofutti Cuties--so yummie. There's an EVOO packaged in a gold wrapper and I use it for salads constantly--it's so mild and quite nice. It's not dipping-bread worthy, but good. Great green fruit juice--not sure what it's called, but it's by the orange juice. I've been buying soy wheat bread (trying to get my fiber) for toast lately. The salmon steaks are pretty good as well, nice to keep in the freezer for a fish craving--my dad makes trips 4 times a year to Alaska so I get plenty of the good, wild stuff, but when it runs out the craving doesn't.
Also--this may be tacky (I've been known to enjoy the trashy foods now and again), but their TJ brand vodka marinara is the perfect thing when I'm craving a big, hot saucy bowl of spaghetti. Top it with some parm or even some fresh moz (get the melting going) and you're in heaven.
Posted 24 September 2002 - 01:27 PM
Bottled water (this thread or the other?) at $0.34 vs $1.19. French lemonade. Actually, house frozen lemonade - pulpy, tart and cheap. Chocolate for baking - $2.99/lb (?). Peanut butter. Flour. Cheese - not all of it, but some are good. Frozen Thai green curry or Indian chicken...Yes, watch the expiration dates, and avoid high expectations of health food. Look for specials - Batali sauce, cheap and decent pasta - especially dried. Dish soap. Toothpaste.
Posted 24 September 2002 - 02:00 PM
Umm..what else....the lobster ravioli , the brie (great price beats the grocery stores and whole foods), the jars of stuffed olives (1.99 for a pound).
Venison burgers (4 for 2.99), the chocolate, the orange flavored pelligrino (which I can't find anywhere without going into the city), the sales on the wine, and the terriyaki sauce. It's wonderful.
Posted 28 October 2002 - 02:29 PM
Posted 28 October 2002 - 03:11 PM
if you live in ny and find whole foods to be no big deal, trust me you wont find tj to be all that special. They do carry some fun specialty items ie cashew-macadamia nut butter ( outstanding). I dont think Dean and Deluca has it but I could be wrong.
I live in lower Manhattan, and I do not own a car. (This is important.)
When I used to read about Whole Foods, I got really jealous. We didn't have any here, and it sounded like Mecca. Then we got one. It's not Mecca.
Now I read about Trader Joe's. I feel jealous again. It sounds like Mecca.
. . .
You get my point? It's not that I believe I have every wonder of the food world available to me; I'm just trying to rationalize away my jealousy.
Posted 28 October 2002 - 06:01 PM
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Posted 20 November 2002 - 02:49 PM
They have UNREAL bargains on single malt scotch. Currently they have Balvenie Doublewood 12 yo for $30 ($45 at my local liquor store), Glenmorangie 12yo wood finishes (port, sherry, madeira) for $30 ($48), Lagavulin 16yo for $40 ($68), Laphroaig 10yo for $30 ($47), Macallan 12yo for $30 ($45), Glenlivet 12yo for $20 ($36).
Remarkable. The bargains on the vodkas are quite good as well, with Moskovskaya, Monopolowa, Svedka, and Black Sea all around $10 or less for a fifth. The Monopolowa is particularly good.
Beer prices are also fabulous, with such bargains as Bitburger for $4.99, Murphy's Stout in pub cans for $3.99, etc.
Posted 20 November 2002 - 03:15 PM
Currently, (and like all TJ stock, it comes and goes) there is a not-bad Calvados for $10.99, an astounding bargain considering that $40-$50 Calvadoses can be utter, utter rotgut.
Seconding the Moskovskaya, a cool $7.99, I believe, for the liter, my favorite vodka at nearly any price, and the Balvenie, which I imagines comes along as the rich older brother of those cheap and cheerful triangular $9.99 liters of Grant's whiskey they also carry.
Posted 20 November 2002 - 08:41 PM
Posted 11 December 2002 - 08:12 PM
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Posted 19 February 2003 - 08:58 AM
Posted 19 February 2003 - 11:14 AM
Edited by nightscotsman, 19 February 2003 - 11:15 AM.
Posted 19 February 2003 - 11:27 AM
I have to admit that when TJ's first arrived in Seattle I was sceptical as they had poor selection except on hippy crap. Now I'm regularly buying $2.99 and $4.99 bottles of wine and they're produce is slowly evolving, they're not a bad place to buy fresh basil. So far I haven't had the courage to buy any of their fresh meats (not great prices or exceptional quality) but you're right about the seafood, it's not bad at all, especially for frozen.
Posted 19 February 2003 - 11:56 AM
I am with you Maggiethecat. Just wish there was an equivalent to Caputo's in the D.C. area.
TJ's is the best for cheese and nuts. But the reason to visit: BRESAOLA!
Posted 19 February 2003 - 11:57 AM
For produce, nah. I talked to the manager of our local TJs and he said, basically, that produce was not really their thing. Sorta there in small volume should you really need to pick up an onion or a lemon.
The cheese is good and reasonable. And check out the frozen cakes and other desserts. The apple strudel is good, and it's cheap. I've almost stopped making it myself.
And dare 'ya: Buy a coupla bottles of three buck chuck.
Posted 19 February 2003 - 04:04 PM
However, awbrig, they did have your beloved Fiji water for $1.59. Is that a good price? TJ's is the place to load up on snacks and bottled fizzy water, wine, and Orangina.
I am going to take the 3 buck chuck challenge.
It is right next to a CB2 (crate and barrell 2), another fun place to throw money away.
Posted 19 February 2003 - 04:12 PM
, awbrig, they did have your beloved Fiji water for $1.59. Is that a good price?
depends what size...
I pay around 1.10 for the small size and around 1.99 for the larger bottle...
Edited by awbrig, 19 February 2003 - 04:12 PM.
Posted 19 February 2003 - 04:15 PM
Posted 19 February 2003 - 05:34 PM
Posted 19 February 2003 - 05:43 PM
Does Fiji water really taste any different than any other bottled water? I mean, really?
Normally I cant differentiate between them. But with Fiji I can tell, in a huge way. Besides the terrific clean fresh taste, the softness of the water and its mouthfeel are noticeable upon the first sip you take. The water is so soft and elegant on your tongue and throat. I love it, love it, love it. The bottle is pretty cool too!
Posted 19 February 2003 - 05:45 PM
Posted 19 February 2003 - 05:47 PM