The Trader Joe's Product Discussion Thread (S/D)

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For real.

It's not even the lines that are the hassle. It's being unable to stand anywhere that is not in somebody else's way/not be able to go anywhere else because somebody else is in your way. Like, I want to compare the ingredients list on the ging carrot soup and the butternut squash soup, without having to grab a box of each and go huddle in the corner by the vitamins to read.

she is writing about love (Jenny), Thursday, 15 April 2010 12:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

monday nights around 9pm are the best time to go to our local TJ's with a car -- we can actually find a parking space.

altered dominant (get bent), Thursday, 15 April 2010 13:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

The checkout lines here can wrap all the way around the perimeter of the store and back out onto the sidewalk, but they actually move pretty fast. The even bigger problem is what Jenny said -- it takes probably 4x or 5x as long to do ANYTHING because you can't move until the person in front of you does, and she can't move until that man's cart moves, and so on.

Ask foreigners and they will tell you the gospel comes from America. (Laurel), Thursday, 15 April 2010 13:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

i usually go on mondays around 11am and the place is literally crawling with children/mothers. many of these kids enjoy pushing their own carts and it's chaos sometimes trying to get ava/sophie/hank to move his cart, pls.

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 15 April 2010 13:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Pro tip to Chicago TJ's shoppers: I try to go in one of the far left lines, over by the beer. They're usually shorter.

HOOS zing-steen (jaymc), Thursday, 15 April 2010 13:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

ava/sophie/hank

Haha.

HOOS zing-steen (jaymc), Thursday, 15 April 2010 13:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

Pro tips to TJs shoppers: try to embrace serenity; think of the line as an extension of yourself, a spiritual family extending forward from your heartspace. The children are our future and learning to push miniature shopping carts is a valuable lyfe skill. Reward your own patience with free samples of mango lemonade.

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 15 April 2010 13:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

i know i know
the shopping has to get done sometime

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 15 April 2010 13:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

We are going to stop going to TJ and pay other ppl to do the shopping for us.

Jeff, Thursday, 15 April 2010 13:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

cool, more room for me and my kids ava, sophie, and hank

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

one time i saw a confrontation between a mom, her ava and a girl she was friends with in high school. they were all like HIEEE, HOW ARRRRRE YOUUUU and then mom introduced ava and said she had another one on the way and friend pretended to be happy, but i could tell she wanted out of that conversation pronto
it was a scene from a nicole holofcener movie
this was in the yogurt area btw

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

cool, more room for me and my kids ava, sophie, and hank

don't forget little max and taylor.

altered dominant (get bent), Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

No Dylan?

(and don't forget Madison)

nickn, Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's usually Hunter at my TJs. "Hunter, stop that or no balloon!"

drinkin a carton of peace juice (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

Where's Mason?

kate78, Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hunter and Madison are too old to care about having their own baby carts. Josephine and Aloysius can't walk yet, so they can't push a cart.

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 15 April 2010 17:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

So, the soyrizo TASTES amazing but it just crumbles to bits when I take it out of the plastic. Is there a way to avoid this, really? Or is the product just basically ground "meat" packaged in a plastic sausage casing?

(Rice Dream) (Stevie D), Monday, 17 May 2010 19:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's great for tacos. I think the flavor might even be too intense as an actual encased sausage?

Spencer Chow, Monday, 17 May 2010 19:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hunh, this just popped up:

http://www.utne.com/Environment/The-EcoMyth-of-Trader-Joes.aspx

The Eco-Myth of Trader Joe’s
5/14/2010 12:40:08 PM

by Danielle Maestretti

Don Homer, I have baked a special donut just-a for you (kingfish), Monday, 17 May 2010 19:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

the eco-myth? you can't buy an apple at tj's without getting 2 pounds of plastic.

iatee, Monday, 17 May 2010 20:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

when did they ever claim to be eco-conscious?

EGOT Schiele (get bent), Tuesday, 18 May 2010 00:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

projection from their primary audience, i'd imagine

Don Homer, I have baked a special donut just-a for you (kingfish), Tuesday, 18 May 2010 00:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

One thing that bugs me about TJs is how a lot of their frozen Mexican items contain a lot of extra ingredients that aren't covered by the product name. So you'll get like a "Black Bean and Cheese" burrito and it'll also have pieces of tofu and broccoli in it. Which isn't necessarily bad, but they should call it a Veggie Burrito or something. And sometimes I just want beans and cheese and nothing else. But I am boring.

However I had the green chili and cheese tamales for the first time last night and those are dang good and don't have a bunch of weird vegetables in them.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 19 May 2010 17:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah all their tamales are solid

iatee, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 17:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

I used to get their Vegetable Burritos and they were delicious, but there were two burritos per package and I almost always found myself eating both and then feeling guilty about it.

jaymc, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 18:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

(Oh, I guess I mentioned this upthread.)

jaymc, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 18:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

you felt so guilty you mentioned it 2x

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 May 2010 18:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

uncrystallized candied ginger is off the hook

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Thursday, 20 May 2010 04:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

holy shit yes

EGOT Schiele (get bent), Thursday, 20 May 2010 04:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

are the trader joe's hot dogs (nitrate/nitrite-free, hormone-free, etc) just repackaged hebrew national? they're pretty good.

EGOT Schiele (get bent), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 03:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

I just had some of that filled pasta, think it was prosciutto in little pasta bundles. It wasn't good.

Not the real Village People, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 04:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

i never get to go there unless someone drives me and i hate frozen food but the best thing they have is that bread with the pumpkin seeds in it!!!! nice and dense and yeasty-tasting

harbl, Sunday, 30 May 2010 19:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

also yeah the retarded packaging drives me nuts. bell peppers on styrofoam trays w/ shrink wrap why? so i can't look at them or buy odd numbers of them?

harbl, Sunday, 30 May 2010 19:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

everyone knows this i have just been there like 4 times in my life

harbl, Sunday, 30 May 2010 19:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

its because they dont have scales. so they have to make sure theyre selling the same weight of each product

max, Sunday, 30 May 2010 19:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

there aren't any of these in my immediate neighborhood -- there's one at Union Square, but i've never been in there.

Aspergers Makes My Pee Smell Funny (Eisbaer), Sunday, 30 May 2010 19:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

the paneer tikka masala makes a wonderful 11 p.m. dinner. not that anyone should be eating dinner at 11 p.m.

Pies and Whispers (get bent), Thursday, 8 July 2010 05:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh please, I rarely eat dinner before 11 pm. Do ppl actually pay attention to, like, times of the day you should and should not eat food? Is that shit even real?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uSTXn4H5jY (Stevie D), Thursday, 8 July 2010 05:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

i do like to sleep at night, yes.

Pies and Whispers (get bent), Thursday, 8 July 2010 05:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

Cosign on paneer tikka masala. Dope, imo.

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 8 July 2010 06:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

paneer was my shit for a long time, now i start to feel queasy when i think about it. i think i ate it three times one week, though, so maybe that's it.

I DRIVE A PORSCHE! WHAT DO YOU DRIVE?! (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 8 July 2010 12:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

almond meal: awesome!

tehresa, Friday, 23 July 2010 22:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

You guys big upping that corn bread mix, man, I totally disagree with you on "right amount of sweetness." That cornbread was as sweet as Funfetti.

mercy, sportsmanship, morality (Abbott), Friday, 23 July 2010 22:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

soy nuggets til i drop yo

janice (surm), Friday, 23 July 2010 22:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

I didn't like the cornbread too much either, but I'm a fan of southern style, aka not sweet at all, cornbread.

sinister chemical wisdom (Jenny), Friday, 23 July 2010 23:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

Same here. I usually make cornbread to eat with salty pinto beans & it was a terrible, terrible combination. Like Funfetti with salt pork on top.

mercy, sportsmanship, morality (Abbott), Friday, 23 July 2010 23:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

soy nugs always and forever.

A B C, Saturday, 24 July 2010 00:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

have any of you guys tried the souffle balls yet?

A B C, Saturday, 24 July 2010 00:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

That sounds absolutely horrid.

tehresa, Saturday, 24 July 2010 00:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

YO waht are soy nuggets; i want them

Lexaprotend (Stevie D), Saturday, 24 July 2010 02:37 (4 years ago) Permalink


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