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Jan 12, 2007, 12:23pm   #1
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A Trader Joe's finally opened up here in Wisconsin. We would always stop at one on our way home from Chicago. Even the kids love to go!

Have you shopped at one and what are your favorite products?

Madarin Chicken - kids fav
Orange Peach Mango Juice - kids fav
JoJos - everybody's fav!
Dark Chocolate Covered Prezels - oooohhhhhh!
Orange Champagne Viniagrete - makes the best salad dressing.
Jan 12, 2007, 1:23pm   #2
amanda's Avatar
I Bleed Georgia Red
they've just opened up two in the northern suburbs of Atlanta where my parent's live, and i was a little underwhelmed. i ADORE the natural grocery that i shop at in Athens, i could spend hours walking around in there (and it's not very big), so i think if i hadn't found that a few months ago, i would have loved Trader Joe's. it kind of bothered me that almost everything was their brand, i like some variety in picking. plus the meat counter was kind of small, and the organic meat at the grocery i usually go to is SO amazing.
Jan 12, 2007, 1:25pm   #3
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I had a brief but mad addiction to their banana crisps.

Other faves:
Free range eggs (such a good price)
Some of their simmering sauces
Their version of "Pirates Booty"
Jan 12, 2007, 1:49pm   #4
Just one more...
Marsala simmering sauce
Tuscan bean medley
La Boca Chardonnay
Jan 12, 2007, 1:57pm   #5
bagsnbags's Avatar
got tempted easily!
I love TJ..

I got most of my grocery from wholefoods but I love getting my snacks from TJ..my favs roasted soy beans and edamame, pecan preline..
Love to get my pizza dough from there..they have very limited organic products..
Jan 12, 2007, 3:53pm   #6
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- Papadum chips
- Ginger chews (candy)
- Dried prunes
- Their version of oreo
- Spicy cashews

- Chicken stock and Veggie stock
- frozen chopped herbs (parsley, cilantro)
- Cheese
- Bread
- Fresh salsa
- Chunks of pounds of dark chocolate for making desserts
- Pasta sauce
- Korma curry sauce
... OK I'll stop
Jan 12, 2007, 6:45pm   #7
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Up On My Toes!
So do you think it's worth going there? One just opened up here on my way home, but I haven't tried it yet. I get my veggies and produce at Whole Foods (although, it will always be Fresh Fields in my heart!). My regular groceries I buy at Giant, which I loathe and detest more than anything in the world!
Jan 12, 2007, 7:11pm   #8
mcmug17's Avatar
^^I only go there for fun foods.

Veggies and fruits? Not for me. I only have to cook for me and my BF, so we usually end up buying ONE zuccini, ONE onion, TWO tomatoes, TWO apples, TWO oranges, etc (you get the idea). My TJs has all the veggies wrapped up in multiples, which I don't like.

I believe things are cheaper in TJs than in WFs. I'd say give it a chance at go at least once, since it's on your way anyway.
Jan 13, 2007, 12:53am   #9
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The Snorks
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We have discovered that Trader Joe's is the preferable medium, pricewise, between Safeway and Whole Foods (aka "whole paycheck). My favorites:

Bean & Cheese taquitos
Some of their chips
English Muffin toast
the 2-buck chuck!
the cheeses!!! Seriously, I have found some fantastic cheeses that sell for one to two dollars more at whole foods.
Jan 13, 2007, 10:04am   #10
Thread Starter
Originally Posted by amanda
it kind of bothered me that almost everything was their brand, i like some variety in picking.
Trader Joe's negotiates deals with other manufacturer's to make their item under the TJ brand. For instance, the TJ pizzas that look like Connie's pizzas are actually Connie's pizzas with the TJ label. And then they will sell it for less than the name brand. I know this for a fact because they were negotiating with my brother-in-law's bread company.

Originally Posted by Leelee
So do you think it's worth going there?
Definitely, but not on a Saturday, too busy!
Jan 13, 2007, 11:18am   #11
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Choose to be happy
Congrats! And I do mean congrats...I love TJs.

My favs:
mixed mini peppers
ham and onion tarte
gnocci (both kinds, with red sauce and gorganzola) kids love these too
sesame cashews
lowfat cheese puffs

The kids love:
the juice bars
the ice cream bon bons
buried treasure (like pirates booty)
Jan 13, 2007, 4:00pm   #12
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this is good to know, there's one 10 mins from me and i've thought about going
Jan 13, 2007, 9:35pm   #13
Here in the San Francisco Bay area gourmet food shops abound, but TJs is part of my grocery stops. Their product offerings have improved over the years and I have too many items on my TJs list to mention here. You will find that some of their brand name items will be cheaper than at your local store. I would have a hard tie living somewhere w/out a TJs.
Jan 14, 2007, 1:28pm   #14
Just one more...
Oh, forgot to add Mochi (ice cream) to my list.
Jan 14, 2007, 11:06pm   #15
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Workin' on my tan!
oooooooooooh good thread.
strawberry juice---absolutely wonderful
dixie peach juice --wonderful as mixer and even better with cheap champagne to make bellini's.
bulgogi korean meat---i never knew Korean food would be so good, and all you have to do is fry it.
the best for last chimmichurri sauce

fage greek yogurt w/ honey compartment---amazing

napa river chardonnay --the best 4.00 chardonnay i've ever had
ham and guyere tart in the freezer section good as a cheap lunch, snack
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