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Jan 20, 2008 08:58 AM

Trader joes

I am new to CH and I really enjoy it,lots of good info,lots of good people.I have never heard of Trader Joe's ,but apparently many people on this board shop there.I found TJ,s web site and they have a store about 30 miles away.Should I get a pocket full of cash and gas up the truck?

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  1. Sure! Check it out at least. While I wouldn't make it an every day or even twice a week occurrence, there are many items, most of them organic/natural, which are much better than those bought at local markets: dry pastas, oils & vinegars/other condiments, cheeses, yogurt/eggs/butter, frozen shrimp....dry cereals, jams & relishes. Some TJs offer beers & wines and other liquors. It's a fine place to get interesting things which
    are usually not available near-by for much less $$$. Have a good trip!

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    1. re: Gio

      You're forgetting the most important part... Frozen Artichoke Hearts! They're about half the price as in other grocery stores, they're of higher quality, and you get 14oz instead of 8oz. I wish they would hurry up and open one in Kansas City.

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      1. re: sirregular

        That's because I have never bought them.... but now I'll have to try them with your recommendation. Thanx!

    2. I do like TJ's. They don't have everything a big market has, but they have a lot of great stuff at a really good price. Some things I get there regularly...garlic/herb pizza dough (refrigerated section), jarred roasted red peppers, nuts, an assortment of good cheeses, and much more. Plus "two buck Chuck", their inexpensive Charles Shaw wine. The cab. sauv. is pretty good. Not two bucks in all markets, but should be inexpensive.

      1. Is TJ's a grocery store or a warehouse like Sams or BJ's?

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        1. re: bobfxd

          It's a grocery store with the prices of Sam's. For a lot of products they only sell their house brands (Trader ___'s), which I think are great -- they have really wonderful sauces, which is usually what I'd buy there back when I lived near one. (If I lived 30 miles away from one I'd still go regularly). Frozen items are excellent too. I wouldn't really shop there for produce as much as prepared items, though.

        2. I don't think I'd drive 30 miles out of my way for Trader Joe's unless I was having a party or some other event for which I wanted to stock up, but it is definitely worth a swing by when you're headed that way. Take a cooler because many of their best deals are to be found in the refrigerated and frozen sections.

          1. I think you should check it out. Be prepared, though, that it is not a large store and, for instance, won't have a large meat department and probably will not meet all of your shopping needs. Some of the frozen foods are excellent, so you'll probably want to be prepared to bring some home (definitely try the chocolate croissants). What I like a lot about many of the prepared foods is that they don't have a bunch of weird, chemical names on the ingredients list. The frozen pizza I buy has the same ingredients you'd use if you were making it at home.