Here I go again, chiming in on Trader Joe’s…love that store. I think all of their stores are small, with small aisles, but I always use the electric cart (can’t walk well) and go to be there at 9 a.m., on Monday if at all possible, and have very little problem with crowding, etc. Once in a great while, if I’m a bit later, there will be mothers with their little ones crowding the aisles, but that is seldom. We go once a month when we do our major shopping, and look forward to that visit with great pleasure. Lots of good bargains, items that can’t be found in super markets, friendly help….just an all around good place to shop, in my opinion. Have never had anything from there that wasn’t topnotch…and now we take our used grocery bags back each month and are entered in a lottery at the end of the month for $25 worth of groceries. Good way to save on trees….we always have plenty of bags to return.
Items that I always have on my list to get there; olive oil (great prices), cheeses (great selection and good prices), frozen eggplant cutlets (great by themselves or to make eggplant parmagiana), Three Buck Chuck wine (good bargain and not bad wine), ready made meatballs, both regular size and party size, and smoked fish (salmon, trout, and sometimes tuna), and Plugra butter. I like to try other ready made things that are just right for two people and take too much time to make from scratch, i.e., tapenade, pesto, marinara sauce, roasted peppers. I once was a "scratch only" cook but no longer can physically stand and prepare and cook as I used to do, so these things are so very convenient for me to have on hand and still be able to eat the things we’ve always loved, without the labor it takes to make them.
I’m not really lazy, just not physically able any longer but still love to eat good things. And Trader Joe’s certainly does help us do that.
Viva La Trader Joe’s.
I love Trader Joe’s as well, and try to get there every other week. They have fabulous soup, frozen products and cheese. Actually, I haven’t had a bad thing there yet. It is crowded every time I go, and the aisles are smaller then normal, but I think it’s worth it. I wind up spening almost an hour there every time just browsing, as they constantly have new products. I just wish we had a bigger store 🙂
For the longest time now, I’ve been wanting to get to a Trader Joe’s market and today I finally made the trek. LOL Now mind you, I don’t drive or have a car, and the nearest TJ to me involves riding three buses, so that’s why it was a trek. [:o)]
It was a fun experience; they have a lot of stuff you can’t get at the regular grocery stores or even Whole Foods, and the prices were definitely more reasonable – at least for what little I did get – that Whole Foods. I got a whole (small) chocolate cake for $6.99!! And I also got a container of the Trader Joe’s Greek yogurt, but haven’t tried it yet. I love the Fage stuff, so am sure it will be good. [:)] Only thing is, we can’t get too much, because it would be too heavy to carry. But we will go back.
One bad thing about TJ’s is that the store is rather small, more of a market than a grocery store, and it was pretty crowded, maybe because it was Saturday afternoon (but most grocery stores are crowded then too). Still all in all it was a positive experience and I’m definitely going to return there.
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