your faves at trader joe's

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  1. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    i will most likely be moving to a cow town where there's no trader joe's around. i think i'm gonna miss it quite a bit. what are your top picks at TJ's that you think people must get? i'll attempt to try all of them before i leave!

    for those who are not in the US, or haven't heard of this somewhat quirky but awesome store:

    TJ's on wiki
     
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Smart water. It tastes good, and I have a really funny memory with them. My friend loved the bottles, I think they reminded her of an oversized something-or-other :rolleyes:
     
  3. it5five macrumors 65816

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    I like their sweets/candy. Try the fruit jelly candies, or the chocolate covered jellied candies. Hard to describe, but they are circular, and the fruit ones are covered in sugar. They are above the wait-high freezers at the one here in Phoenix, but I don't know if all TJ's are set up the same.
     
  4. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    i think their Avocado's Number guacamole is good and i like the clever name, too. i'm not sure if they're the sole carrier, but they're the only one near me that has it.

    sorry you'll be missing out. maybe you can do weekly or monthly runs to get your Joe's fix :)
     
  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i love their hummus. i know a lot of people who can't stand it from tj's, but i can't get enough of it.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    God, this thread makes me angry! :mad:

    Why, oh, why, can't there be a Trader Joe's across the street? :D
     
  7. FrankBlack macrumors 6502

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    Love their selection of nuts. I like the Dry Roasted Ballpark style peanuts, and they seem to have the best walnuts. Add on:

    Chipotole Salsa.

    Spanish Rice (comes in a box, with the rice and flavor pack)

    Rice Pilaf, see above notation.

    Garlic Mashed potato mix. It's amazingly popular, they sometimes don't have any! :eek: (Note about this product: I was told by someone with some restaurant experience that the same company that makes this mix for Trader Joe's, also makes it in large quantities for restaurant packaging. No wonder the mashed potatoes are so good! Anyone know anything about this?)

    Their beef stew in a can. Don't poo-poo it because it's canned beef stew, it's good!

    Lastly,,Their "Way More" chocolate chip cookies. Bet ya can't eat just one. :D
     
  8. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Damn you! I wanted to be the first to post that. Trader Joe's Organic Hummus. And their mini pitas (so cute! perfect snacking size).

    Also love the corn bread and jalapeño corn bread mixes. Mm.

    And I love that TJ's encourages folk to bring/ reuse bags. :)

    Some past threads with TJ love. :p Link. Link.
     
  9. nickster9224 macrumors 6502a

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    me too. o and u have to try it on some of their seeded sour dough bread
     
  10. ghall macrumors 68040

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    Don't got any Trader Joe's here in Rhode Island. Never even heard of them before. Sounds like quite an interesting store.
     
  11. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    The TJs near my families house used to carry Peanut Sauce. Not anymore :(

    I also loved their Mexican/Aztec Spiced Coco.

    Currently I like the Mole sauce, Tofu fake cream cheese spread, chocolate beer, chocolate catz cookies and many other cookies/dark chocolate items, the peanut butter, weetabix, the hummus and the Gnocchi.

    And the free food/coffee/drink samples :D
     
  12. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    two buck chuck! The cheapest wine you can find that actually tastes good.
     
  13. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I go to the one up the street for:

    aussie red licorice
    frozen orange chicken
    roasted garlic hummus and lavash bread
    chocolate covered espresso beans
    mochi balls (green tea and strawberry)
    full-fat yogurt

    and the list continues, depending on what spur-of-the-moment things I feel like getting.
     
  14. jellz macrumors regular

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    ive got one like 5mins away. Never been though :rolleyes:
     
  15. janey macrumors 603

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    Despite all the good I've heard about it, I've only tried it like, a month or two ago at a friend's place.

    Even though I already knew everything everyone had to say about it, I was pleasantly surprised, cause even though it was mediocre it was pretty good considering the price. I guess it's one of those things where you actually have to try it yourself to really "get" it.
     
  16. joekix macrumors 6502

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    I like the instant Asian noodles that come in a little box like Chinese food. They seem to always sell out though.
     
  17. MLeepson macrumors 6502

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    I love Trader Joe's. I love the names they give certain products, like the wiki article.
     
  18. Black&Tan macrumors 6502a

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    Their salt and vinegar chips (or crisps) are so strong they can bring tears. Delicious!
     
  19. Deefuzz macrumors 6502a

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    The three things I have to get at Trader Joe's are:
    Mole
    the Cuban Simmer Sauce (don't remember the exact name of it)
    and the Genova Tuna packed in Olive Oil
     
  20. Squareball macrumors regular

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    Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas!
    Caribian and Strawberry Fruit Flow popsicles
    Salsa Especial
    Orange Juice (best OJ i've ever had!)
    Soy mini crackers (Not sure what they are called but they are little round discs)

    Just to name a few :)
     
  21. barr08 macrumors 65816

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    Just got these, damn good.

    I live on the frozen brown and white rice.
     
  22. HexZeroRouge macrumors newbie

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    roasted balsamic veggies.
    Avocado's Number.
    Their sushi is usually good if its just put out.
    Passionfruit Sorbet.
    Frozen Lemonade[its 79 cents and amazingly good.]
     
  23. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    I'll second that, but I'll downgrade the taste from "good" to "drinkable." It's damn good considering the price, however.

    For shame! I recommend you go...you're bound to find something you want/like.


    As for me, you can't beat the Sweet & Spicy Pecans or the Habanero Pistachios. Both are AMAZING.
     
  24. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Truly, I can't even think of a single item. I love their salsas, chips, produce, soups, cheeses, frozen foods, peanut butter, breads, juices, water,... I could go on and on. I think almost everything in my fridge is from Trader Joe's, and at least half the stuff in the pantry.

    Everything else, you ask? ...It's not worth eating. :D
     
  25. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    It reminds me of French table wine. Too bad the concept never really caught on in the US but I loves me some 2 buck chuck!


    Those big slabs of Ghiradelli white chocolate

    I always get a chance at winning something whenever I bring my own bag. (of course I never have won, but hey, the idea's great!)

    Asiago cheese

    Lots of others but the thing I hate most about TJ's is the plastic boxes for fruit and veggies. I can understand cherry tomatoes, but apples? That's stupid.
     

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