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Old 05-09-2014, 11:26 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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Here are 17 reasons, some of their top-selling foods: A Stunning Look at the 17 Top Selling Items at Trader Joe's*|*Foodbeast

I sure wish I still lived near one ...... the closest is 50 miles away down a gas-sucking long hill.

I miss Pound Plus Chocolate - a good huge hunk of Belgian chocolate you can settle down with and form a long term relationship.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Terra
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That list is awesome! The Triple Ginger Snaps and Orange Chicken are on my shopping list almost every time. I'm not too impressed with their produce and meat sections, but the dried goods are generally top notch. A few other personal faves:

- Dark chocolate Almond Cookies
- All of the frozen Indian foods
- Sweet & Nutty Mix
- Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds with Sea Salt
- Ginger Cat Cookies (if Triple Ginger Snaps are't available)
- Tortilla Chips with Flax Seeds

We're very lucky that they opened one across the street from us.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Dark covered pretzels
Truffle chicken mousse
Gorgonzola crackers
Chicken or pork potstickers
The 100 calorie dark chocolate bars, four to a box
Their $3.99 fresh flowers, especially the astromedia bunches (last for 1.5+ weeks)
Frozen baby corn
Frozen french green beans

I deeply deeply miss the frozen duck breast they carried years ago. Stopped because they thought it was " inhumanely raised." Regardless, they were comparatively inexpensive and absolutely delicious,
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I've shopped in a couple of TJ's and was not impressed. There's very little there that I can't get in local stores. I resent big chains like TJ's that try to pretend they're folksy neighborhood markets. THat's why they keep their aisles so damn narrow. BUY LOCAL! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS!
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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Interesting that most of the items are sweets. Do love the Kale Dip but I also like their Alaskan Cod, dried fruits, low fat
coconut milk, the marinated pork loin, chocolate biscotti, Dorot frozen garlic and basil (for those days to save time- wish
they still had the cilantro) some fruits and vegetables.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Here's why:

What do you love from Trader Joes's
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:42 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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I've shopped in a couple of TJ's and was not impressed. There's very little there that I can't get in local stores. I resent big chains like TJ's that try to pretend they're folksy neighborhood markets. THat's why they keep their aisles so damn narrow. BUY LOCAL! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS!
Sure, you can get some local veggies at the farmer's markets, but TJ's has cool imported foods you can't get there, nor in the Eureka big box stores (which if I remember correctly, were all chains).
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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Dorot frozen garlic and basil (for those days to save time- wish
they still had the cilantro).
Check your local grocery store for those--even the stores I shopped at in the RGV (Rio Grande Valley--Tex-Mex border) carried them!

The closest TJ to me is in town about 30-40 miles away.
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Old 05-10-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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I've shopped in a couple of TJ's and was not impressed. There's very little there that I can't get in local stores. I resent big chains like TJ's that try to pretend they're folksy neighborhood markets. THat's why they keep their aisles so damn narrow. BUY LOCAL! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS!
I agree. Plus I can't tell you how many times I have bought spoiled food and produce at the one in my city. It's funny, people tout this store like its' so healthy and organic, but the vast majority of foods there are very processed, including a lot of junk food like various types of fried tater chunks and fries, and the like, not to mention aisles and aisles of sweets. Only a small fraction is organic.

And all that said, many if not most everything they sell can be purchased at Super Target or local grocery stores for the same price or LESS. That store is really NOT "all that". I do shop there occasionally, but it is definitely not a "go to" store for me.
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:25 PM
 
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Check your local grocery store for those--even the stores I shopped at in the RGV (Rio Grande Valley--Tex-Mex border) carried them!

The closest TJ to me is in town about 30-40 miles away.
Appreciate the suggestion but none of the stores where I live carry Dorot's and I went to several
TJ and for about a year and no cilantro. (we also have to drive about an hour to go to TJ's).
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