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

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Because I have one in my neighborhood now and because I can't afford to shop much in the foodie shops.

Great stuff I have tried:

The trail mixes (especially "Simply the Best" w/cranberries, cherries, cashews, almonds, pineapple, etc.)
The tamales (cheese > chicken > beef imo)
Seeded Whole Wheat Bread (the one that looks kind of like a knockoff of "The Baker")
European Style Whole Milk Yogurt (plain)
Swiss Dark Chocolate
Gyoza Dumplings (esp. pork)

Good/Decent:
Hofbrau Bock beer
Pollo Asado (the pre-marinated one you cook yourself)
Salmon Roulettes (frozen)
Fajita Burrito
Enchiladas Verdes
Crab Patties
Quesadillas (the non-frozen ones)
Natural peanut butter (hard to fuck this up)
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
French Vanilla Ice Cream

Meh:
Wild salmon
Vegetable Burrito
Some kind of frozen vegetable medley with weird flavored-butter melty clumps
Most of the other jarred pasta sauces

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:09 (thirteen years ago) link

It's a bit disturbing how easily Trader Joe's has lulled me into eating so much frozen food. But I guess law school is partly to blame for that.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:12 (thirteen years ago) link

classic: lb bag of pecans for $6
sourdough bread
hard-to-find red-label california style sourdough bread
focaccia ($2.99)
seasonal spiced apple drink with cloves and things
dud: recalled peanut products
not selling individual avocados
some weird kind of carrots that sound delicious but you get them home and they're just more frozen carrots with weird lumps of ginger infused butter that you eat on their own, just a bowl of carrots whose refined charisma you thought might carry them.

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:16 (thirteen years ago) link

chili mango slices <3

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:16 (thirteen years ago) link

some weird kind of carrots that sound delicious but you get them home and they're just more frozen carrots with weird lumps of ginger infused butter that you eat on their own, just a bowl of carrots whose refined charisma you thought might carry them.

― deveraux billings (schlump), Tuesday, March 10, 2009 11:16 PM (13 minutes ago) Bookmark

Yeah, that! It was gross!

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:32 (thirteen years ago) link

classic:

salmon patties
peanut butter filled pretzels
i will second gyoza dumplings and seeded whole wheat
one of the bacons they sell, can't recall details

dud:

andouille sausage (this made me feel fucked up)

i don't have a microwave so large swaths of their frozen stuff is useless to me.

He grew in Pussyville. Population: him. (call all destroyer), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:42 (thirteen years ago) link

The cioppino is the absolute most refined, delicious, and clutch frozen dinner I have ever had. Throw it on some spaghetti and you have an even bigger meal.

throwbookatface (skygreenleopard), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:49 (thirteen years ago) link

do you have to microwave that?

He grew in Pussyville. Population: him. (call all destroyer), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:51 (thirteen years ago) link

s: that white cheddar w/ the carmalized onions in it (<---- my favorite shit ever)

The Reverend, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:51 (thirteen years ago) link

s: mango mochi

The Reverend, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:52 (thirteen years ago) link

classic:
vege medley w/balsamic butter dressing
vege medley w/potato wedges
^both great tossed with spag and oil
vegan choc chip cookies
almond caramel clusters
chocolate ice cream (some of the best ice cream and it's CHEAP)
hashbrowns
frozen vege lasagna

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:18 (thirteen years ago) link

i wish trader joe's was not so crowded so i could go more often and buy cheap delicious things.

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:19 (thirteen years ago) link

their fresh fruit is shit - every time we get stuff from there it goes rotten in a couple of days

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:28 (thirteen years ago) link

no one's mentioned the dark chocolate ginger pieces...they're...delightful

dbro, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:34 (thirteen years ago) link

oh i had a party and put out the dark chocolate covered almonds rolled in dark cocoa and ppl were like omg nommmmm

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:34 (thirteen years ago) link

lacey cookies A++++++ not sure if they're TJ brand though

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, produce is generally hit or miss. I like buying their big bags o' mixed chard or "southern greens." I love cooking greens and cleaning/cutting them is such a pain, especially in my tiny-ass kitchen.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:57 (thirteen years ago) link

As far as crowds -- best time to go is 10AM or earlier on a weekend (well, excluding going on a weekday during work hours, which you probably can't do). Another good time -- dinner hours, Friday evening.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:58 (thirteen years ago) link

their fresh fruit is shit - every time we get stuff from there it goes rotten in a couple of days

the way they treat their apples makes me want to cry. you can paw through a whole shelf of apples and find none that aren't bruised

i always feel sorry for the people who are holding the signs that shepherd the line. at first i thought it was a pretty good lazy job, then i realised that it's queueing, ALL DAY LONG, never getting anywhere. when you're at the bank and there's a massive line, you always rely on that schadenfreude of other people piling up behind you and having to wait longer. but if you're the trader joe linesman ... always at the end of the line.

they also call it 'twelve items or fewer' which is nice

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:02 (thirteen years ago) link

I always find the cashiers super nice -- do they pay unusually well or something?

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:03 (thirteen years ago) link

their bagged greens do seem to last really well - we get the baby spinach a lot, it's a big bag and stays fresh for close to two weeks.

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:04 (thirteen years ago) link

dinner hours?? no way. that is also known as 'after work' when everyone in the world goes!

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:04 (thirteen years ago) link

dinner hours?? no way. that is also known as 'after work' when everyone in the world goes!

But Friday night it seems to work, like maybe 7:30 or later.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:08 (thirteen years ago) link

good:

bread
peanut butter (also almond butter)
three cheese frozen pizza
sole filets
sharp cheddar (cheap!)
chocolate-covered edamame
tomato soup (okay, not as good as Amy's)

always disappointing:

anything salsa-related
produce

i stay away from the frozen dinners and pre-marinated crap too, and the overpriced meats.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:09 (thirteen years ago) link

they have nicely prized frozen meats.
i prefer whole foods' frozen fishes.

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:10 (thirteen years ago) link

cheeapest clif bars off the net!

can u do me a kindness (jergins), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:11 (thirteen years ago) link

"good:

bread"

But not good, the plain-old "Whole Wheat Bread" (the one with very small slices) -- cardboardy. Same with the bread that comes in imitation Alvarado Street Bakery packaging.

It's funny how TJ will have like five different brands of the same product that are all TJ's and all knockoffs of other brands, and then they compete against each other.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:12 (thirteen years ago) link

classic x100:
free samples of coffee

iatee, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:12 (thirteen years ago) link

i always feel sorry for the people who are holding the signs that shepherd the line. at first i thought it was a pretty good lazy job, then i realised that it's queueing, ALL DAY LONG, never getting anywhere. when you're at the bank and there's a massive line, you always rely on that schadenfreude of other people piling up behind you and having to wait longer. but if you're the trader joe linesman ... always at the end of the line.

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― deveraux billings (schlump), Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:02 PM Bookmark

I have never seen this

The Reverend, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I like the "New Zealand Grass Fed Organic Cheddar" -- very cheap! (not as yummy as Cabot, but, you know, in this economy...)

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:13 (thirteen years ago) link

i have never bought any of the cheese/fresh meats because the line wraps around the store and makes it impossible to get to anything in that case

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:22 (thirteen years ago) link

I have never seen this

do you live in somewhere with a breezy, unencumbered open plan trader joe's? like one in arizona where they test out new products?

i think there is a bit on the website dedicated to regional variations, if anyone is keen for more idiosyncratic tj innovation

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:31 (thirteen years ago) link

I like the "New Zealand Grass Fed Organic Cheddar" -- very cheap!

That stuff's good -- it's a little earthy-tasting, though. I usually just get the Wisconsin sharp white cheddar.

You know what's pretty good, and new I think (at least in my neck of the woods)? The edamame hummus.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:46 (thirteen years ago) link

My favorite of their hummuses is the Mediterranean Hummus

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:54 (thirteen years ago) link

should be its own thread/poll, but i have come to the conclusion that all other houmouses are bullshit. i have been burned too many times. original is BEST, though red pepper is sometimes acceptable.

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Do you specifically mean Trader Joe's original or are you just against flavored hummuses in general?

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:59 (thirteen years ago) link

The cioppino is the absolute most refined, delicious, and clutch frozen dinner I have ever had. Throw it on some spaghetti and you have an even bigger meal.

― throwbookatface (skygreenleopard)

One of my all-time faves too. I put it on rice at first but it's even better on pasta. And you can cook the seafood/sauce in a pan - no microwave necessary.

Also the Chicken Gorgonzola in the frozen section is classic. Make a sandwich with their cibatta.

nickn, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:16 (thirteen years ago) link

A lot of their frozen stuff works in the toaster oven if you can wait around for a little while.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:19 (thirteen years ago) link

their veggie meatballs are awesome. also, their wheat tortillas are shit for everything EXCEPT making enchiladas, we discovered today, in which case they are the best tortillas you can possibly buy.

akm, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Do the frozen stuff (entrees & such) on the stovetop with a little oil, maybe a little water--set it on medium-low and stir.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:37 (thirteen years ago) link

best:
chocolate covered pretzels
chocolate mint hot chocolate
chocolate covered fruit
lacey cookies
brie - good price compared to Whole Foods
some of the frozen appetizers - mushroom turnovers I remember being pretty yummy, though I haven't had them in awhile
greek style yogurt
decent prices on fancy brand hard liquor
big jugs of juice
spiced apple cider

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:36 (thirteen years ago) link

they have nicely prized frozen meats.
i prefer whole foods' frozen fishes.

agreed - Whole Foods has frozen soft-shell crab. They spent almost a year building a Whole Foods down my block, and I resented it a lot. Then I saw the frozen soft-shell crab. Best sandwich I've ever had was a soft-shell crab prepared burger like. Sorry to derail TJ thread with WF talk.

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:41 (thirteen years ago) link

I fuck w/ the mushroom turnovers

as per diddy's twitter (The Reverend), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:41 (thirteen years ago) link

i don't really buy stuff from the freezer aisle much, but the frozen naan is classic! dud: i bought some frozen egg rolls recently and they came out kinda mushy and greasy. but classic: frozen puff pastry. and their pizzas aren't half bad, esp. the roasted vegetable one.

i'm stoked that they have the winter loaf fruit and nut bread right now! it's super-delicious, esp. the bits of candied orange peel.

one of my other favorite things is the nitrate-free pastrami, which has a very beefy/briny flavor.

if i buy pre-sliced sandwich bread at all, i buy the milton's whole grain bread or the new repackaged TJ's version of it (it's cheaper).

the cheese selection is somewhat meh, but i'm all about that cotswold cheddar. and i've been keeping little hunks of their grana padano around to grate on pasta, etc.

they used to have these triple-shot cans of iced espresso at a very good price. i'm deeply dismayed that they've stopped carrying them.

NYSE:JAH (get bent), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:56 (thirteen years ago) link

so many things i've had from TJs were good or great the first time, horrible the second. the veggie chorizo, for instance. i hardly buy anything but staples there these days, the occasional lazy can of veggie chili... my wife loves their frozen pizzas. i find them pretty disgusting. they got rid of a lot of my favorite stuff in the past year or so.

quinoa bread - yum. not good for toast, though, just making sandwiches. everything bagels are okay. i'm really straining to think of anything exciting... um, chili-lime pistachios.

the balsamic veggie medley - blarrgh. canned soups - blarrgh.

WEREWOLF CONGRESS (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:06 (thirteen years ago) link

when has something called a "veggie medley" EVER been good?

NYSE:JAH (get bent), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:16 (thirteen years ago) link

they had this half-round of sourdough bread, might've been whole wheat sourdough that was awesome.

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:31 (thirteen years ago) link

when has something called a "veggie medley" EVER been good?

maybe if it was fried veggie medley, it'd be good. However, most things called "veggie medley" tend not to be fried.

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:33 (thirteen years ago) link

veggie medleys/mixed vegetable mixes are never good, this is true

pretty good -
moroccan salted olives
greek yogurt
baby beets
ginger cookies, the small ones that come in a round plastic container
some of the frozen enchiladas (chicken chile verde)
relatively inexpensive walnuts, almonds, also almond butter

football consultant, oakland raiders (daria-g), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 11:16 (thirteen years ago) link

They had fresh asparagus at the local one this morning.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 March 2022 17:34 (two months ago) link

smelly pee

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 18 March 2022 17:37 (two months ago) link

to be clear, it's TJ's house-branded smelly pee, featuring 19th century public domain rotogravure illustrations with twee-joeky thought bubbles added

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Friday, 18 March 2022 18:19 (two months ago) link

Coffee Bean Mini -Hold the Cone- Ice Cream Cones are the best

Michael Flatley's (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 19 March 2022 05:44 (one month ago) link

I am not sure I understand why people are so concerned about smelly pee. Doesn't the smell disappear when you flush the toilet? It is not as bad as the effect of some other things people tend to eat without comment.

I appreciate the marketing and packaging. It is not too clever or cruel. It is just the right side of banter, deliberate oxymorons and all. (The Acme Bread, if available, is probably packaged as a Trader Joe's product.)

masks, no lines, Japanese sweet potatoes, no kabocha squash, no rationing, no asparagus (but I expect soon)

random purchase: pomegranate white tea (yet to try; contains hibiscus!)

youn, Saturday, 19 March 2022 13:00 (one month ago) link

Asparagus pee is a feature, not a bug.

Jeff, Saturday, 19 March 2022 15:48 (one month ago) link

Asparagus yes, Acme Bread I dunno after youn's post, masks optional.

Jeff OTM.

Justice League: Picard (Leee), Saturday, 19 March 2022 19:04 (one month ago) link

I had a vague memory of reading about Acme Bread at Trader Joe's and found the information again on their site. If you happen to try it and like it, please post.

http://acmebread.com/bread/whole_wheat (description for Cranberry Whole Wheat Raisin Walnut)

youn, Saturday, 19 March 2022 20:39 (one month ago) link

I haven’t seen that cranberry walnut bread in ages - it’s so good

just1n3, Sunday, 20 March 2022 05:19 (one month ago) link

They had a bakery near Ashby for a while, if I'm getting my names right-- I used to dumpster that bread all the time. Notoriously good Bay Area dumpster, and if anyone from inside saw you, they would go inside and get you a loaf of something and give it to you.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Friday, 1 April 2022 00:39 (one month ago) link

wife's favorite decaf tea has been discontinued :(

ian, Sunday, 3 April 2022 00:55 (one month ago) link

my store ran out of the frozen Atlantic salmon so I bought the Alaskan sockeye salmon, it is pretty great

Dan S, Sunday, 3 April 2022 01:01 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

somehow gt's aqua kefirs and kombuchas are still $2.99 at tj's. #littleblessings

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 20:37 (three weeks ago) link

I went today for the first time in maybe a year??? Probably not a whole year. But it’s been so long and I used to go so regularly.

The vegetable and soba noodle stir fry kit is banginnnnnn

Stevie D(eux), Thursday, 28 April 2022 01:19 (two weeks ago) link

They have a new tomato and parm focaccia that is also amazing

They’re down to 3 different varieties of olive oil instead of like 10 lol

There is a new giant “family size” rectangle cheese pizza that looks promising

I did not see a spot for the beloved Japanese fried rice and I really hope they did not discontinue :(

Stevie D(eux), Thursday, 28 April 2022 01:25 (two weeks ago) link

I guess all TJ's are different and are dependent on local and regional supplies

Meyer lemons are gone now at my store, but I'm anticipating amazing peonies in a few weeks

Dan S, Thursday, 28 April 2022 01:32 (two weeks ago) link

Apparently they found huge amounts of lead in the palak paneer but so they were gone for a year but they’re back this week. I don’t care I’ll keep eating that garbage.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 28 April 2022 01:36 (two weeks ago) link

was excited when Stevie posted about focaccia, but i don't think we have that here. just went to tj's for the first time in 8 months after going like 2x/week for the previous 15 years! thing i got that am most excited about (that i'd forgotten bc 8 months) is GOAT GOUDA. YUM.
also picked up a purple artichoke which is currently steaming

Half Japanese Breakfast (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 28 April 2022 18:11 (two weeks ago) link

ube pretzels are bomb i housed 2 bags

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 28 April 2022 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

Have been eating tons of the chakri mix

JoeStork, Thursday, 28 April 2022 19:44 (two weeks ago) link

We have stopped going almost entirely. So much of their stuff is utter trash, and the few things they do well aren’t worth spending time for.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Saturday, 30 April 2022 17:28 (two weeks ago) link

TJ's makes its reputation and its main profits as a seller of slightly exotic convenience foods and snacks, but I value it almost entirely for its selection of nuts, seeds and dried fruit, wine and cheese. It's also where we buy our laundry soap and TP. Since most of what we buy there has a long shelf life, since the pandemic started I've cut back to shopping there about once every two months.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Saturday, 30 April 2022 18:16 (two weeks ago) link

Same thing, but because they don't have booze (Pennsylvania liquor laws eyeroll) and the nut prices are better at Aldi, I really only need Trader Joe's for shampoo and one or two other sort of BS items.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Saturday, 30 April 2022 18:51 (two weeks ago) link

Even though they stopped carrying soy milk, I still go there every other week for non-dairy milk because their almond milk is the only one that I've tried that doesn't taste gross.

Also their sliced whole wheat bread is under $3 which is ridiculously cheap.

Carnegie Felon (Leee), Saturday, 30 April 2022 18:55 (two weeks ago) link

TJ food is probably 90% of my diet.

Jeff, Saturday, 30 April 2022 18:55 (two weeks ago) link

I value it almost entirely for its selection of nuts, seeds and dried fruit, wine and cheese

Co-sign on the nuts and cheese. Those 2 alone are worth a trip. Also good for other staples at reasonable prices.

o. nate, Saturday, 30 April 2022 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

the nuts are good. their definition of "sharp" cheddar is like the cheese you would give a little baby or a weak child in europe, but that's a usa thing not a tjs thing.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 2 May 2022 00:20 (two weeks ago) link

try the frozen Ploughman's Lunch?

Michael Flatley's (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 2 May 2022 07:24 (two weeks ago) link

I never buy cheddar there. But I like the brie, manchego, Stilton, Cambozola, gouda, etc.

o. nate, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 03:08 (two weeks ago) link

the English Coastal cheddar is pretty nice i think. no chakri mix today, very disappointed! still mad they got rid of the faux-stoned wheat thins.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 03:10 (two weeks ago) link

We buy the unexpected cheddar sometimes. We get the parm reg, manchego, cotija, mozz, and goat cheeses frequently.

Michael Flatley's (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 04:05 (two weeks ago) link

I like the white Stilton with apricots

brimstead, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 04:21 (two weeks ago) link

I like the Autumn cheese when they have it, also the double-cream Gouda, the Cheddar/Gruyere "melange" mix, and St. André

Dan S, Sunday, 8 May 2022 23:25 (one week ago) link

the nuts are good. their definition of "sharp" cheddar is like the cheese you would give a little baby or a weak child in europe, but that's a usa thing not a tjs thing.

― 𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, May 1, 2022 7:20 PM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

lmao

budo jeru, Sunday, 8 May 2022 23:35 (one week ago) link

lately i've been a fan of the various smoked lox and prosciutto products. it's nice to be able to spend like $4 on a small portion that i can use up in under a week. really elevates a sandwich or bagel.

budo jeru, Sunday, 8 May 2022 23:39 (one week ago) link

I wonder about store-to-store variations, particularly regarding flowers. I'm not sure how many stores are about to be deluged with peonies, but if your store sells them in the next month or two you should buy them, they are beautiful

Dan S, Monday, 9 May 2022 00:55 (one week ago) link

Is there any good, like delicious level good, olive oil at TJ?

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 13 May 2022 04:16 (five days ago) link

I always buy the "Trader Joe's Premium 100% Greek Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil", but it hasn't always been in stock lately.

Michael Flatley's (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 13 May 2022 06:09 (five days ago) link

I buy the .5 liter California grown one in the tall, cylindrical bottle.

nickn, Friday, 13 May 2022 06:17 (five days ago) link

I always get the Spanish olive oil and it is delicious and flavorful. It is in a different bottle but same good flavor imo

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Friday, 13 May 2022 14:52 (five days ago) link

Love the California one best, but it was absent from my local for most of 2021.

bendy, Friday, 13 May 2022 18:24 (five days ago) link

+1 on the spanish oil, that's the one I always buy

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 13 May 2022 18:40 (five days ago) link

like the California one too, and it is now back in stock at my local store

Dan S, Friday, 13 May 2022 23:56 (five days ago) link

I didn't buy them, but the crispy jalapeño pieces looked intriguing

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Friday, 13 May 2022 23:58 (five days ago) link

^^^^spouse is in love with the crispy jalapenos. He puts them on everything. And eats them straight.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Saturday, 14 May 2022 00:19 (four days ago) link

Getting tired of TJs eliminating useful staples.

Locally, the whole wheat lavash disappeared 2 years ago. Now I have to make another trip for salad wraps. In the past 2-3 months, the vegan meatballs.

The vegan meatballs were great, one of the best items in the store. The vegan meat lover's pizza they introduced is repellant, too salty by 120%.

Moist Maoist (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 18 May 2022 05:47 (fourteen hours ago) link

RIP vegan meatballs!

A lot of stuff is missing because of supply chain issues

Scotch Bonnet cheddar is great i just housed a whole block

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 07:47 (twelve hours ago) link

From what I can surmise, TJ's business model is unusually vulnerable to the current disruptions in the global supply chain. It seems like they seek out smaller-scale providers in numerous countries, give them the opportunity for rapid growth by signing a big contract, and beat them down mercilessly on the unit price as the cost for that opportunity. With all the pandemic disruptions, those smaller providers that were operating near the margins are getting crushed between the big dogs who can absorb higher commodity and transport costs, and their low-margin contract with TJ's.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Wednesday, 18 May 2022 17:15 (three hours ago) link

the vegan meatballs were fine and convenient, but it's so easy to ball up and saute impossiballs

xxp

Half Japanese Breakfast (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 18 May 2022 18:24 (two hours ago) link


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