Trader Joe's or Whole Foods???
My parents are in sunny Arizona right now, and close to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, which we don't have in my province.
Does anyone have any favorite things that can only be found in either of these stores, and that I should ask them to bring home? Any advice would be much appreciated!
can you tell us where you're located, so we can get a better idea of what not be available to you locally? Or types of things you might be interested in, just to give us a sense of your tastes?
My mom likes me to bring her TJ's packaged nuts when I come from the west coast to visit Florida. They have an enormous selection: raw and roasted, salted and unsalted, whole and sliced, etc. She especially likes their pistachios. Everything at TJ's is much more reasonable than at Whole Foods, and since Whole Foods stopped carrying their bulk items in bins, I find no reason to shop there (even though I can easily walk there, and have to drive to Trader Joe's).
There is no debate in my mind- Trader Joes is far superior in variety, quality, service, and price. The one thing WF does offer which is nice is their hot/cold bars that are good for lunch.
As far as recommendations, there are several board postings with long lists of items for TJs that you can really only get there. Please take a look.
I'm partial to WF, as the one in my area is fantastic. Their produce is outstanding & they do try to source locally if possible. They also have a lot of hard to find items I don't see anywhere else. TJ's produce is usually pretty sad - but they're great for frozen foods & organic dairy & eggs. The other bonus for TJ's is that they're much nicer on the wallet than WF.