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Old 11-26-2007, 10:08 PM   #1
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Trader Joe's is HERE!

Okay, I used to go to TJ's in California. This past weekend Trader Joe's finally opened in our end of Charlotte/Concord. I'm so excited but what to buy? Any recommendations? I used to buy whole nuts and spices in California but it's been 4 years.

What are your favorites from Trader Joe's? Apparently there's a wine, Two Buck Chuck, I'm told I should check out. Any experience with that?

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Old 11-26-2007, 10:15 PM   #2
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Can't help a lot, Calli. The nearest Trader Joe's for us is about 3 hours away. Although, our daughter (in Los Angeles) relies on Trader Joe's for her grocery shopping. Says their produce and meat/poultry are fabulous.

Looks like you have a real gem in your neighborhood. Have fun.
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Old 11-26-2007, 10:18 PM   #3
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I like the juices, particularly the "Dynamo Juice" which is just LOADED with vitamins. I also like the "Rio Red", which is a blended grapefruit juice (not too sour/tart). Yum!!!

You gotta try 'em.

edited to add: OH!, and if you haven't tried the Cabot Private Stock (black wax, green label) Cheddar, it's a beautiful thing.
(not always available at all Trader Joe's)
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Old 11-26-2007, 10:20 PM   #4
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Could you talk to them about getting one in Southeast Connecticut please? LoL
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It's going to take me three hours to get home from work tomorrow. I get paid and get to go to the new Trader Joe's and Harris Teeter and Wal-Mart for a new microwave.

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Could you talk to them about getting one in Southeast Connecticut please? LoL
They are at least on the east coast now, so there's hope for CT!
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Well, that's only about an hour from me - there's hope
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Well, that's only about an hour from me - there's hope
85 and Mallard Creek (or Mallard Creek Church ~ I always confuse the two). You're up near Hickory, right? I was so happy to see it open when I drove by today. I've been waiting since they put the "Coming Soon" sign up 6 months ago. They built the thing really fast.
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2 buck Chuck (Charles Shaw) is not bad. For the price ($3 by us) you can't beat it. They have some really good beers too and go for around $4 for a 6 pack.

There are so many things I love to buy there. They have an extra virgin olive oil that I really like. It is called Santini or Santori or something like that. I have also been using their simmer sauces a lot lately. The mojito sauce is great. Cook up some chicken and pour the sauce in. Throw in a handful or two of some of their frozen veggies if you like (I keep their frozen edemame on hand all the time) and serve over rice. A great healthy meal for very short $.
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2 buck Chuck (Charles Shaw) is not bad.
Which varietal did you have GB - I took a sip of the Sauvignon Blanc and tossed it.

Yes Callisto, Hickory.
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I checked, we have a few here in CT .. but on the left side of the state.
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