I find in the DC area that the ground beef is a great deal. Consistent $2.49/lb while at the Giant down the road it's $2.99/lb...and that's when the bigger store puts it on sale.
03/01/2012 - 3:06pm
Right now, the best wine deal in Illinois is there Grifone Primitivo. The Primitivo grape is the exact same grape as Zinfandel, but grown in Italy. The Grifone sells for $3.99 a bottle and tastes better than a lot of $10 bottles from the supermarket IMHO.
03/01/2012 - 3:05pm
I'm from California, now living in Washington, DC. I grew up with Trader Joe's and I am the designated shopper in our family. In our county TJ's doesn't sell wine (stupid, antiquated liquor laws) but here's what I gravitate towards: I do think the in season organic fruit is good. I think, unlike another commenter, that the cheeses are very tasty (try cheddar with caramelized onions). The nuts and dried fruit are good bargains as are some frozen foods.
The one thing I hate is that they're always rearranging the shelves so it's often hard to go in and find what you want in the place you expect it to be. I've complained a lot about that to them. Even if the floorplan isn't the same from store to store, keep it as consistent as possible within the store.
03/01/2012 - 1:40pm
never had much good to say about the produce....I do like the Spanish Olive oil, the nuts, the dijon mustard and there is great apple juice that I cannot think of the name of. and of course the wine especially Vola Pino Grigio, Also the kosher dills they do not have yellow dye in them that is not easy to find in most stores.
Also the California style Complete Protein bread that is similar to Ezekiel bread which they also carry, the whole grain flour tortillas, they eggs, green tea, the coffee.
Love to shop there....all except produce !
02/29/2012 - 7:46pm
I think Trader Joes rivals any local store for organic produce. Especially when shopping for produce in season.
02/29/2012 - 7:43pm
Three points: 1) Their customer service and staff can't be beat. The Nordstrom of grocers. Never a wait for checkouts. Always friendly and helpful. 2) They have a large selection of kosher meats at very competive prices and always highest quality. Many, many other kosher items throughout the store. 3) Although much of their produce is over priced it is all first quality. Also many convenice items like chopped veggies and salads. Also unique items.
02/29/2012 - 7:33pm
Many of the items in Trader Joe's are sourced regionally, so the comments about produce and bakery products, for example, which are true in the Northeast, are completely inaccurate on the West Coast. I'm not a big fan of their cheeses; while they have a lot of them, most aren't very flavorful, compared to what I can get elsewhere. And I'll skip the 2-Buck Chuck. But yes, the flowers are wonderful, and I get fresher broccoli at TJs than I do at any of the supermarket chains around here. I miss the cracked wheat sourdough rolls, but use buy the turkey meatballs frequently. Oh, but one warning: check the nutritional labels, especially before buying any prepared foods. Many of them are very high in fat.
02/29/2012 - 7:09pm
Why do these magazines always want to push what "you don't need to buy organic"? Organics are not just about the pesticides you are (not) feeding your face they are about the health of the soil, water and plant life surrounding. There will be no un-contaminated food & water available ever, anywhere, if we don't stop poisoning the earth with pesticides. I don't understand this "its all about me and what I eat" mentality - very selfish!
02/29/2012 - 7:06pm
Trader Joe's oatmeal soap is an extraordinarily good deal.
If you look at the label on most bars of soap today, you will find a long list of ingredients that scientifically-minded organizations like EWG.org list as carcinogenic, generally harmful, or untested altogether. Some ingredients in American soaps are actually banned in many other advanced nations, and some are not permitted to be sold pregnant women. Yet, sadly, in our country anything goes in personal care products (an example to those who might think this biased: tar shampoos for dandruff are a known, *undisputed* cancer agent yet are not limited for sale anywhere in the U.S.)
Trader Joe's oatmeal soap is a pleasant, lovely natural soap that has none of these ingredients whatsoever. And you know what? It's inexpensive and cleans just as well.
11/27/2011 - 10:19pm
I know everyone raves, as do I, at some of the products on the shelves of TJ's. However, there was a time they sold Fall River Wild Rice, www.frwr.com, but now I believe they buy it from them through a marketing rep. In any event, to buy it directly from the co-op that produces the rice go to the site to purchase directly (fresh), as well as receive some great recipes! They also have a list of businesses throughout the US that sell their product. FRWR sells
both boxed rice to cook and pre-cooked rice in pouches, pancake mixes, and rice flour.