Posted 04 September 2003 - 11:15 PM
I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's, but for selected items only. IMHO, many of the sauces and ingredients lean way too far to the sweet side, making them hard to incorporate into a dish. It's kinda like a Costco in that not everything is there all the time, and they don't try to carry everything like a supermarket, although they're pretty diverse. I think it's possible to save quite a bit compared to a regular supermarket or Whole Foods, since they use cost-plus pricing. I also like that they seem to have a corporate conscience, although I don't agree with everything. It's the only stop I make before going camping. FWIW, by trial and error, these are the things I usually get there:
Bottled water, GoLean Crunch cereal, protein bars, fresh artichokes, olives, Dubliner cheese, parmegiano reggiano, shredded Mediterranean blend cheese, organic milk, eggs/egg whites, nuts and trail mixes (tamari almonds, cashews, pine nuts), nut butter, Terra stix, Sara's Sorbets, gelato, tomato onion "Middle Eastern pizzas", protein drinks, Niman Ranch bacon, TJ's sausages, TJ's gourmet breads (I think made by La Brea Bakery), frozen potstickers, paper goods, EVOO for everyday, dried pasta, premade raw pizza dough, prewashed salad, Lemon Ginger Echinacea drink, fresh berries, dehydrated fruit, King Arthur Flour, Carb Safe chocolate, laundry soap, Belgian chocolate pudding, the $10 Amarone, Marques de Caceres Rioja, Patron, chocolate nut clusters, white chocolate cookies, Batali's pasta sauce (still expensive), Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes, Ak-mak crackers, el cheapo "prosciutto", imported Greek dolmades, organic chicken stock, various kinds of jerky, and disposable 35mm cameras.