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Old 09-23-2012, 04:18 PM   #271
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Well, you're not missing out. Even at $2 they don't seem like a bargain anymore. Vintages from several years ago tasted a lot better, IMO.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:45 AM   #272
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L.A. and I decided to have a trial separation and I moved to Santa Fe, but now L.A. and I have reconciled. SF had just one TJ's, and Two Buck Chuck was $2.99. Now back in the big bad city my TBC is just $1.99. I feel kind of guilty. I have four TJ's that I shop at regularly (Encino, Granada Hills, Chatsworth and Simi) and there's 3-4 more of them within easy driving distance (Studio City, and I think Woodland Hills, and maybe a few more, too many to count here in the big bad city). I pick whichever one fits in my routing on a shopping day, depends on what other stores I'm including. (I'll have to find that WH location--I can load up on electronics at Fry's and then load up on foodie stuff at TJ's.) I've totally flip-flopped after years and years of Chardonnay, and now I'm almost 100% Sauvignon Blanc. I have no idea why my taste changed... BTW Fresh and Easy recently had a sale on their Big Kahuna [brand] wines, normally $1.99 (to compete with TJ's?) on sale for $0.99!!! I bought a case for less than $12! F&E's Kahuna chardonnay is the most undistinctive chardonnay I've had in my entire life. But certainly worth 99 cents! I can take it to Maria's Italian Kitchen on free corkage Thursdays and have a bottle of wine with dinner for about 1/5 the price of a glass of wine from the house. Although it does challenge the free corkage envelope... since Kahuna is a screw top. Would that be free screwage?
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:53 AM   #273
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Since the title of this line is "Favorite Item From TJ", I can honestly say it is not Peanut Butter! But then I don't shop at TJ's anyway. Too far out of my shopping area.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:22 AM   #274
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I love the TJ peanut butter. And the crunchy PB with toasted flax seeds.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:28 AM   #275
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I love the TJ peanut butter. And the crunchy PB with toasted flax seeds.
Much of the TJ brand is on recall right now. Wait until the recall is over to purchase. Trader Joe?s Voluntarily Recalls Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter Because of Possible Health Risk
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:30 AM   #276
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Much of the TJ brand is on recall right now. Wait until the recall is over to purchase. Trader Joe?s Voluntarily Recalls Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter Because of Possible Health Risk
Thanks I know. I bought several bottles of the organic (which was going to be discontinued) at the beginning of the year so I am set for awhile.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:42 PM   #277
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I feel kind of guilty. I have four TJ's that I shop at regularly (Encino, Granada Hills, Chatsworth and Simi) and there's 3-4 more of them within easy driving distance (Studio City, and I think Woodland Hills, and maybe a few more, too many to count here in the big bad city).
No reason to feel guilty. Seemed like TJ's really exploded here after the long supermarket strike back in 2003. You're not too far from where I am. I regularly shop at the Hollywood and the Silverlake locations as they are on my route to and from work. Other convenient close by locations are Burbank and Glendale.
Sherman Oaks has a couple stores, closer than Studio City for you perhaps. My daughter lives in Sherman Oaks and she walks to TJ's. She always turns me on to new items she finds, especially from their wine dept.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:26 AM   #278
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Yeah TJ's did get a surge during the supermarket strike, but I was a customer long before that. I used to live within walking distance of TJ's back in the early '70s when I had one of my first apartments. I sometimes amuse the store employees at that location when I tell them TJ's used to have a fresh meat department with real butchers where the cash registers are now.

I shop in SO all the time, often go to WFM there if my travails take me to south Valley instead of north Valley WFM where I usually go. I often go to markets where my optimum routing takes me rather than the nearest location. Gas is so expensive that it makes sense to plan all your shopping trips to minimize total distance rather than maximizing convenience.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:18 PM   #279
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Gee, I never knew TJ's had a fresh meat counter back then and I used to go this one particular TJ's near my apartment in the Sherman Oaks area back in the mid 70's.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:11 AM   #280
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It was Encino, on Burbank Blvd. @ White Oak. Trader Joe's got out of the fresh meat market business a couple decades ago. IIRC it was late '70s when they remodeled the store and the fresh meat/seafood counter went.

Yeah, TJ's at Riverside and Hazeltine. I totally forgot about that one. Then there's Toluka Lake and Studio City and Gawd we have so many TJs here you have to get out a map to decide which one to shop at!

And every single one of them is crowded and you can't get through the aisles with your cart and the lines are long....

That's why I feel guilty when other forum members complain that the nearest TJ's is 100 miles away. Here in the big bad city we have too many to count, and I don't even know about TJ's out of San Fernando Valley except the ones in Simi Valley and Santa Clarita Vally. And this is just a small (but significant) part of L.A.

That's why I moved back to the big bad city. Too much is better than too little. (I had one in NM unless I wanted to drive to Duke City -- ABQ, couple hours drive.)
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