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Old 11-04-2007, 05:07 PM   #1
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Trader Joe's Food Finds

OK, I rarely go to Trader Joe's but recently I've been there 2 weekends in a row. Yesterday I bought the frozen chocolate croissant bread dough. You proof the dough overnight and bake it in the a.m. and I figured for $3.99 I could try it. We had warm from the oven chocolate croissants this a.m. and they were very good.

This got me wondering, what do you buy at Trader Joe's? I buy their frozen fruits, hericot verts, frozen naan and now their chocolate croissant dough.
what else is good?


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Old 11-04-2007, 05:28 PM   #2
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OMG! I'm there every week. I just give SOME of my favs:

Their flowers, cheese (great prices on the brie, parm, and smoked mozz I go for), hummus (roasted red pepper is our fav), bread, ribs (DH likes these, meaty and well trimmed), applewood bacon, low fat sausages, olives and olive oil, frozen french toast, pet food, and of course $2 buck chuck (not great wine but fine for everyday and cooking IMO). Oh, and their TJ regular bottled salsa (with the chips) is the best bottled salsa I've ever had!

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Old 11-04-2007, 05:34 PM   #3
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I buy many many things there, but my favorite would be their extra virgin olive oils. The one I am using right now is a kalamata olive oil and it is great.
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:02 PM   #4
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I like their Asian & Indian "simmer sauces". A pound of meat or tofu, some veggies & rice, & you have a very nice meal on the table in about 30 minutes total. I also like their cheeses, inexpensive wines, interesting condiments, nuts, pastas, & pasta sauces. To be honest, the only thing I habitually steer away from at TJ's is their produce. It's always kind of sad & sometimes even at the "turning" point.
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:11 PM   #5
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Simmer sauces (such as Koorma and Cacciatore), chutneys, blueberry preserves, various frozen asian food products (like chicken-and-vegetable dumplings, chicken fried rice), cheeses, and so on. There always seems to be some new product to tempt me (particularly in the frozen food section), and the prices are reasonable enough that they seem worth trying. Rarely am I disappointed.

I think I can spend 20 bucks at Trader Joe's about as well, if not better,than I could anywhere else. Excellent value for the money, and an altogether pleasant shopping experience, compared to the supermarkets. If they were closer to home, I'd be there weekly; as it is, once every 4-6 week or so.
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:16 PM   #6
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No Trader Joe's anywhere near us. Not even close. Our daughter and her husband, in Los Angeles, have nothing but good things to say about the one they go to.
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:25 PM   #7
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The Trader Joes we have just opened about a month ago. It takes a while to really browse that store, there is so much. I'm gonna have to try the croissant dough! Along with many other things.

We really like the fresh pizza dough. It's nice not to go through the mess of making it myself.
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:29 PM   #8
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Our TJ is lousy, but one I went in California had so much nice cheese, yum.
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:32 PM   #9
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No Trader Joe's around here, either ... but I've got both a Whole Foods and a Central Market (I prefer the latter).
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Old 11-04-2007, 07:06 PM   #10
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splurge on their expensive butters from Europe
raw nuts of all kinds
coffee cream for the man
white balsamic vinegar
sour dough bread for the man
real maple syrup
risotto rice [arborio]
olive oil
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Our TJ is lousy, but one I went in California had so much nice cheese, yum.
In my NSHO, TJ has gone downhill in the last 20 or more years. Their stores are smaller, their selection much smaller and the 'taste as you go', is all but gone mostly too.
Still, if you've not gone many years before, you'd still think it was a great place. I'm seasoned is all, and spoiled by yesteryear I suppose.

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