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Old 05-02-2005, 07:25 PM   #11
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I love WF produce, meats and fish, and their ready-mades look awesome; maybe it was just us, but my hubbie has gotten sick 3 times after eating one of the ready-made dishes; 2 different soups, and 1 cabbage salad (and another friend got sick at the same time after eating it). So - I think I'm going to have a chat with the food manager peeps at our WF - and, unfortunately we won't be partaking of their ready mades.
Sometimes it really depends on the store. The one by my aunt's house is much better than the one in our area. My coworker got really sick one night after eating some deli meat from Whole Foods. She went in late, around 8pm and I guess the food should have been packed away but she was starving and ate a huge portion. It made her so ill she passed out completely that night from being sick.

The pre-made food is good, but maybe it's because it's all organic, it spoils very quickly. They had this great pasta salad, and it tasted fine at lunch, but a couple of hours later (I know I should have put it away) it was already spoiled.
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Old 05-02-2005, 08:06 PM   #12
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I am so envious I live 4 hours from the nearest WF which is in Santa Fe ,NM .When I finaly get there which is about 4 hours drive one way I stock up on non perishables and meats etc that I can freeze.They just opened a Trader Joes also I cant wait to go, plus I spend at least two days there with my girlfriends to take advantage and have a good time in Santa Fe.SF also has a Wild Oats store gonna hafto hit them all.
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Old 05-03-2005, 01:01 AM   #13
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I went up to Michigan last summer to visit my brothers and my oldest brother and his partner took me to Whole Foods. I loved that store. I was amazed at the amount of samples available. I tried things I'd never tried before. Our closest one is in Indianapolis so next time I'm around that area I do plan to stop in.
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Old 05-03-2005, 01:26 PM   #14
 
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I went up to Michigan last summer to visit my brothers and my oldest brother and his partner took me to Whole Foods. I loved that store. I was amazed at the amount of samples available. I tried things I'd never tried before. Our closest one is in Indianapolis so next time I'm around that area I do plan to stop in.
Don't forget to stop by Trader Joe's too!
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Old 05-03-2005, 02:12 PM   #15
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They took me in there too.............it was really fun to look at the different ingredients available at both stores vs. what we have in our small town or the towns that surround us.
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:13 PM   #16
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never been to a trader joe's. i wonder if there's one near me, in nyc or northern nj?

i can walk up the block from work to one whole foods, or drive to 2 more on my way home, maybe 15 or 20 minutes out of my way. of all the meats and fishes i bought from wf, i have found that meat from costco and fish from a local monger is just as good and much less expensive than wf. my neighbor is a butcher at a costco, and says the reason why their food is so good is the turnover. they sell tons of meat, so what is on the shelves hasn't been there very long, or in a freezer in the back.
when it comes to fish, it's all about freshness, so local mongers usually have a smaller and fresher selection. wf is good, but you pay for the supposed guarantee that it's the best around.
the main things i go to wf for now are specialty breads, soups, and desserts.
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:19 PM   #17
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The trader Joe's website lists these location in NEW JERSEY

Florham ParkWestfieldMarltonWestwoodWayne
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:26 PM   #18
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thanks andy!!!!! wayne and westwood are near me. i'm gonna have to check it out.
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:35 PM   #19
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We have a WF about an hour away but have not been there yet. I believe it's the only one on the west coast of Florida. There are no Trader Joe's in Florida. You all have convince me. I have to go to WF soon.
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Old 05-04-2005, 10:57 PM   #20
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All this talk about WF got me curious - I've never heard of one around here ... but went to their website and found out there is one just over 20 miles away ... just down the street from where I used to live in Arlington a few years ago. Humm ... guess I'll have to add checking it out to my todo list.
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