Trader Joes Suggestions Anyone???
I will be taking a trip into the city a couple times this month picking up the relations from the airport. That means a major shopping spree at Trader Joe's. Anyone have any suggestions on what to buy there? I always pick up the same goodies so I would love suggestions of favorite finds from fellow Chowhounds. I am uo for anything and will be bringing a mammoth cooler!!! Food,wine, household goods... anything!
some of my random faves:
fage total greek yogurt (other stores carry it now, but tj's is still the cheapest)
reduced fat santorini salad dressing
thai chili-lime peanuts (actually, all their nuts & dried fruit rock!)
honestly, your best bet is to take your time ambling up & down the aisles, browsing all the items. i usually stumble upon new & interesting cheeses, condiments, cereals & snacks when i do it that way. depending on the location, some stores also have a dedicated "new products" kiosk (it's typically near the coffee grinders and/or wine section). you can always check out the latest stuff there.
Here's my list of favorites at Trader Joe's AND whole Foods!
Crackers and chips:
Stoned wheat thins
Parmesan pita toasts
Blue bag potato chips
Trader Giotto crostini (best crackers for cheese I have found)
Mini multi seed rice crackers
Snap Pea Crisps ( i am completely and helplessly addicted)
Stir fry snow pea mix
French green beans(HARICOTS VERTS- stir fry these; do not blanch))
Mandarin orange chicken (in a pinch) ; Stir fry Citrus Chicken
Chicken spring rolls- both Coconut and Lemongrass types
Tamales- Grn chili and cheese, and Chicken
Mini Beef Tacos ( i have detested all their other frozen mexican products- skimpy fillings and poorly flavored)
Tr Joe’s Spinach Pie (not Filo Factory version)
TJ's eggplant parm in filo (good flavor but yes it is mushy)
Artichoke hearts(nuke 2 min.; much better than in jar)
Tarte d'Alsace w/ gruyere and ham(what a tremendous product)
Calamari rings( good for quick protein/seafood addition to a soup or entree)
Indian(vaccuum packed in foil pouches in box):
Eggplant ; Dal ; etc.
Niman ham/corned beef
Cilantro lime noodle salad
Spinach, red chili, flour tortillas
Mexican layered dip
3 layered Hoomus
North Atlantic (navy label)smoked salmon
Grated parm in navy blue bag(watch out- this can go moldy)
Aged Old amsterdam gouda w/ black rind
Goat cheese crumbles(for salads)
Greek yoghurt w/ honey on the side
Greek tzatziki yoghurt sauce
Pate in mini loaf- shaped crock
Triple ginger gingersnaps in tub
All nuts/ roasted sunflower seeds
Thai chili lime cashews
Raspberry chocolate trail mix
Dark chocolate bars- the single source ,and the larger tr joes bittersweet and extra dark ones( i use all these for baking)
Cans and Jars:
Canned hearts of palm( neat addition to salads; though some of theirs are too fibrous)
Thai Coconut, Mojito and Moroccan simmer sauces
Vodka marinara sauce
Salsa with corn and black beans
Black truffle oil (better than the other cheap[less than $25] ones i've tried)
Black tea unsweetened, in jug (the bottled one is better but more exp.)
WHOLE FOODS MARKET:
Seeds of Change 7Grain Pilaf(TREMENDOUS ), and Cilantro Quinoa
Casbah Saffron Jasmine Rice
Casbah? Moroccan Rice w/Lentils ,and Couscous w/Lentils and Tomatoes
Barbara's Cheese Puffs in White Bag (the ONLY great cheese puffs i have ever found);
Frontera Chipotle Lime Tortilla Chips
Blue Moon sorbets- grapefruit campari, and peach melba
V cornmeal pizza crusts (TREMENDOUS;the ONLY pizza crust for me,but i pre-bake 7 min. before topping)
Nature's Touch veggie patties- vegetable medley and spicy black bean- good low carb starch
Rudolph’s Whole Rye Bread, brown wrapper- The most toothsome hearty Rye bread i have found -for toast- not sandwiches)
Pigs Fly- Dark Rye , Harvest
Iggy's- all theirs but especially Francese(though the holes are a drag)
Vosges Bars- esp. Red Fire Bar and the Barcelona with salt and smoked almonds
Newman's own peanut butter cups
Orange Choc. bar :Black and Green, and Chocolove
Red pepper and feta spread in jar
Vermont cheese co. lightly salted or unsalted butter in yellow paper-wrapped tube
bruderbasel smoked cheese- for pizza
Parmesan (their new wisconsin parm is very very good, as cheaper alternative to the expensive italian ones)
Danish feta in a jar (with herbed marinade which can be used to marinade lamb or chicken or beef; add red wine vinegar first)
Fresh ravioli- Smoked mozzarella and Red pepper; and Lobster; and Pea and mascarpone
Cilantro pesto (Bear pond farm)
Lifeway Raspberry Kefir
Cindy's: Chipotle ranch, Cilantro, Deeply Roasted Sesame, Greek with Feta and Olive,
(Cindy’s Ranch and Creamy Miso need work)
365 Peanut Sauce (for peanut noodle salad)
Trout, Skate ( both are very flavorful fresh fish that won't break the bank)
Charlie Trotter's 2 gravlax types
Frozen minced clams
Whole foods teriyaki orange marinade next to seafood
Assorted Chicken Sausages
The best deli Corned Beef i have had
Sesame Noodle salad
Guacamole-not low fat
Red pepper hoomus
Teryaki Chicken Wings
Corn chowder(i add cooked shrimp, smoked and regular scallops,clam juice, cilantro and pesto to this)
Clam chowder(i add more clams, and corn to this)
Tomato fennel soup (i add cooked wheatberries or brown and wild rice, and/or chopped ham to this)
Butternut Squash Soup
Mixed sprouts- for salad
Arrowhead crunchy peanut butter and almond butter
Maple syrup- (grade B for stronger flavor)
They are the only ones who carry my fav curry powder-Sun brand Madras-in small gold square can- TONS better than any other brand,(even from Indian food stores).
Flours, Grains, Spices, Dried Fruit
Ginger Chew candies
My lord! I may have to seek out a Whole Foods. There is a market similar to Whole Foods in Poulsbo (WA) on the way home. I may try to find some items on your list there. I am still trying to get over the fact that some TJ's have delis! None of mine do! I mourn.
So far I am definitely going for greek yogurt, santorini dressing, chili lime nuts, both coconut and lemongrass spring rolls, mushroom rav's, tj spinach pie, tarte d'alsace (OMG) and calamari rings. I just read off my list so sorry about misspellings. Luckily I have a cavernous freezer!
I am still in shock over TJ's having a deli! I am beginning to think my loved ones who shop there have been sheltering me. GASP!
You had to mention those Pea Pods????? I had JUST purged then from my memory! I could gorge myself on those crunchy bits of heaven. I have tried the calamari steaks, Curious about the rings...
re: Wanda Fuca
Poulsbo - would that be Central Market? I haven't been to that one, but do shop at the Shoreline and Mill Creek ones every now and then. There's a lot of overlap in character between these and Whole Foods. The only Seattle Whole Foods that I'm aware of is in Ravena/North University district.
If you cross over on the Edmonds ferry, consider stopping at 99 Ranch, a large California/Asian grocery on hwy 99 (used to be a Kmart).
I'm close enough to a Traders to shop there regularly, buying things as much for price as uniqueness.
- handmade flour tortillas (best around)
- cereal selection, like healthfood shops, but much cheaper
- nuts - good selection and prices
- baking items - oat bran, ground almonds, King Arthur flour
- 69cent pastas; also wide italian style noodles
- frozen vegies, I especially like the green beans from France
- good price on eggs, butter
- chocolate, esp. the lb plus bars
I used to get most of my cheese at Traders, but get less because prices have gone up. Central has a pretty good selection of cheese. The Mill Creek one often has a lot of cheese samples. There's a Thriftway on Ballinger Way (north Shoreline) that has a good cheese selection as well. There's also a cheese monger in downtown Edmonds.
For a massive selection of hot sauces, and bargin prices on cheeses and lunch meats try DD Meats in 'downtown' Mountlake Terrace.
-Pita Chips (multigrain with sesame seeds or sea salt)
-Joe Joes (like Oreos, but better...they have the Candy Cane ones right now...yum!)
-Banana Crisps (if you can find them....we haven't had them in our MD store in awhile...NOT the chips, but the crisps)
-Truffle Brownie mix
-Simmer Sauces for a quick meal
-Pound Plus Chocolate Bars
-Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (in a box...really good)