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post #1 of 29
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Trader Joes opened the first store in Utah this week. Place has been crowded. Flyer came in the mail today and I had errands that would take me close enough to go check it out.

 

Much more open space than I'd have thought, but perhaps they did that for crowd management and will use it more densely in the future when the rush dies down some. Produce was interesting, even saw Brussells Sprouts on the stalk, which is not something I remember seeing before.

 

Good cheeses. I picked up a tub of Pub Cheese and a Ciabatta Baguette. Noshed that a little on the drive home and then made a ham sandwich out of some of the baguette. Good so far.

 

I was suprised at the volume of convenience food still. Pre-fab sauce, frozen meals. I think the refrigerator and freezer case is the majority of the store. The flyer had plugged some lemon olive oil which is a hassle to make myself but there wasn't any on the shelves. The oil section was actually pretty sparse.

 

No alcohol except some mild beers allowed by state law so no cheap chuck.

 

What else should I look for and try. I want some recommendations.

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post #2 of 29

For convenience, TJ is a decent place with decent prices.  I tend to hang around the cheese case and the frozen fish case.  When time is short and I want to make pizza their pre-fabricated dough is good.  (I don't like their pre-made piza sauce, though.)  Most of their convenience foods are OK but the serving size recommendation is rediculous.  After having too many TJ breads turn out to be moldy I stopped buying bread there long, long ago.

post #3 of 29

Shrimp Gyoza.

Jasmine rice.

Organic all natural salt freee PB.

They have good deals seasonally on varitial coffee. The CostaRica Peaberry is great when they have it.

TJ's BBQ sauce is pretty good. No hi-fructose corn syrup.

Pitted Kalatma olives.

Chocolate dipped bananas.

Chocolate covered Jo-Joes!

 

Dave

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Shrimp Gyoza.

Jasmine rice.

Organic all natural salt freee PB.

They have good deals seasonally on varitial coffee. The CostaRica Peaberry is great when they have it.

TJ's BBQ sauce is pretty good. No hi-fructose corn syrup.

Pitted Kalatma olives.

Chocolate dipped bananas.

Chocolate covered Jo-Joes!

 

Dave

I am far from TJ's these days, but was in Portland a couple of weeks ago and stopped to stock up on a bunch of stuff.

They were sampeling the Peaberry coffee that day, I liked it and bought a can. My only gripe is that it took an extra scoop of grounds to make the same strength coffee that I normally drink.

post #5 of 29

TJ's extra V olive oil is nice... flavor and price.  I don't have a TJ's that's on the "way" for 9 outta 10 errands, so if I'm remotely heading his way, will stop in.  ONE time ONLY, there was tuna, in olive oil, in a JAR!  Thought a bit pricey till realized it was probably about the size of 2 regular cans of the good stuff.  WISH I had bought SEVERAL jars, cuz it was wonderful!

post #6 of 29

Also in the freezer case--sometimes you can find very nice frozen petite peas ( I haven't seen them the last few times I've visited,) slim French green beans, edamame,  and their frozen wild blueberries, which make for deliciously summery muffins in the dead of winter.

 

You can't beat the price on their dark Belgian chocolate bars.

 

Their prices for fresh nuts are much better than that of the average grocery store bag of Blue Diamond nuts and turnover seems brisk.

 

I don't go often because it is mostly convenience-type foods and the produce is not as nice as at closer-to-me Asian and Mexican markets but when I did visit more frequently I always bought cheeses and coffee.

 

Yes to the Goyza, here too. It's the only convenience food I buy there.

post #7 of 29

Love, love, love TJ’s!

Check out their mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups, basicly all of their candies & cookies.  There’s a cookie that has caramel in the middle of the thin waffle type cookies that if you sit it over your cup of coffee or tea it softens the caramel.

Surprisingly, the fresh as well as frozen meals are pretty darn good.  I take my Mother to Trader Joe's and she buys several, as she doesn't cook for herself anymore.

Love the cheese case, so many to choose from, I just stand there sometimes and drool.

I think it’s guilt-free mac&cheese in the freezer case, very good.

It’s a shame that you can’t get any liquor, they have a nice wine selection inclusive of three buck chuck.

This bread is delicious!  I keep it in the freezer and pull out a few pieces at a time, yes it can go moldy quickly, I don't think they use any preservatives.

 

700

post #8 of 29

I don't go often, not my type of store.  But my husband is a TJ junkie.  He loves the yogurts they sell, they also have great applewood smoked chicken sausaage, can't remember the brands. 

 

But most of all he likes the wide selection of dried fruits, unlike most dried fruits you find on the market they do not contain SULFITES. 

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post #9 of 29
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I am far from TJ's these days, but was in Portland a couple of weeks ago and stopped to stock up on a bunch of stuff.

They were sampeling the Peaberry coffee that day, I liked it and bought a can. My only gripe is that it took an extra scoop of grounds to make the same strength coffee that I normally drink.

 

Buba what roast do you normally drink? IIR the Peaberry was a medium roast and it was a little on the light side. It was a pretty limited run this year. I wish I would have bought more. My local store seems to have cut back on the Hawiian coffee selection. They used to cary a Kuai that was downright cheap but very good.

My store has never carried the Jars of Tuna but I keep watching for that. The Petite peas are the best I can find. That might sound a little funny but they actually taste like fresh peas and not little starch balls. TJ's has become one of our favorite stores but the one near us is pretty small.

Dave

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post #10 of 29

Went today for the first time in 6 months or so. The petite peas are back but the cheese case was not nearly as interesting as it used to be. It was mostly variations of cheddars and bries. Only one blue and that was domestic. Few imports, as a matter of fact.  I hope this was a fluke and not the trend. I was only tempted by one Spanish sheep's milk which looks a lot like a Manchego--probably is more or less the same but from a different hill or valley!

post #11 of 29

we don't have a TJ's where i live in colorado and the nearest one is 250 miles away in santa fe, so whenever i find myself in one, i fill up with totally guilty pleasures;

~ chile spiced mango slices(dried)

~ thai chile  spiced cashews

~ roasted chestnuts(packaged)

~ grains(heavenly seven being my favorite)

~ roasted garlic naan

~ please no eye rolling here as i know i can make these soo easily, but they sell cooked, cryovaced(sp?) lentils which i love.....also, marinated and ready for the grill, pork or pollo asado and marinated tri tip

  kgirl, i havent' tried the tuscan bread as yet...i have no self control when it comes to good bread and  good dark chocolate......la vida es buena!

 

joey


Edited by durangojo - 12/6/12 at 7:05pm

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post #12 of 29

OH MY!!!  the lentils and the beets, YUM!!! ( I may have said earlier, I LOVE TRADER JOE'S!)

some goat cheese, a toasted slice of bread rubbed with garlic, a glass of wine and a hand full of chocolates, that's what I call DINNER!

You can't seem to go wrong with too many products, I like to go and just browse sometimes even if I only get one item.

post #13 of 29

If you take nutritional supplements they have a sublingual B-Complex that is the best I've found, it is almost like a puffy honeycomb texture and dissolves almost instantly, very unlike the chalky gritty tablets that are sold in drug stores as sublingual.

post #14 of 29

TJ's kettle cooked Hawaiian BBQ chips.

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post #15 of 29

At this time of year... frozed pearl onions.  I buy plenty for use throughout the year.  The quality is real good.  Creamed pearl onions have never been quicker to prepare.

post #16 of 29

Brian--

 

Do they not have the onions all the time? I ask because I had never noticed them before--but then I had never looked for them before, either. I bought a bag but if they only have them some of the time, I may have to go back and get some more.

 

Terry

 

Oops! just read your message again and you are pretty clear that they are not an always-thing. Sorry.

post #17 of 29
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Sounds like a lot of their items are just as stocked.

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post #18 of 29

I only stopped in for a minute, the place was just too crowded.  I had thought they were opening in the much bigger space on the north side of 4th South, where Whole Foods used to be.  Was surprised to see them where they are.

 

Maybe when the novelty wears off and the crowd thins out I'll go back.  They are within walking distance of my place, that's nice.

 

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post #19 of 29
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The Checker said to the customer in front of me that it's less crowded if you get there before 10:30....

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post #20 of 29

so what did you get?

post #21 of 29

 they are all small stores,at least the ones i have been in, but i think purposely so...maybe to differentiate them from the big box stores,is my guess....and yes, you don't want to be anywhere near them past 4 pm......aisle navigation becomes survival tactics!

 

joey

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post #22 of 29

Be careful of Trader Joe's Zombie customers.  The full blown ones can be recognized by their North Face jackets.  I suggest carrying a stick with a nail in the end.

post #23 of 29

We make a few things for them/co-pakers so I do stop in fairly often to walk the isles while at work.  Some of my must haves in my freezer at home are...

The IQF U12 Scallops.  Dry packed and IQF'd, they are excellent quality and an excellent value

Frozen Veal chop, 16oz and so good

Rack of Lamb, they have a seasoning and an unseasoned.

If you have kids the juices are very good quality

Grains, they have excellent quality grains and at a very good price.

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post #24 of 29

Another TJ junkie here...  

 

Their company breads are quite good here in the Chicago area, and they have a rack of daily-fresh, locally-baked breads which are really nice. I particularly like their bake-and-serve mini baguette; they title it a Ficelle. I buy several, store them in the freezer, and pull one out when I want a hot, fresh, crusty loaf. Just got a smaller loaf of Pretzel bread which I'm going to try for my famous Garlic Bread which is actually more like a garlic sandwich. I split the loaf, broil until it's just a little brown, then spread with a slurry of garlic and butter which I've ground in the mini-prep, then top with grated Parm (or your cheese of choice) and back under the broiler until nicely touched with brown.  Don't breathe on anyone you care for, for a couple of days. (Unless she's helped you eat the bread.)

 

Hope you have something similar to these in SLC.

 

Concur with virtually all the recommendations above.  Be sure to try those stalks of Brussels sprouts- I had never seen them like that before, and they're especially nice stir-fried in a mustard sauce.

 

Enjoy your new shopping resource!  I'd recommend their wine department, but I know that won't do you any good. rolleyes.gif

 

Mike

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post #25 of 29

 

FANTASTIC!!

post #26 of 29
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I bought some of their spanish olive oil based on a BDL comment. I've bought bread and some different cheeses. I brought that tapas sampler K-girl mentioned a while back. 

 

Now that the novellty has worn off, it's much less crowded too.

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post #27 of 29

A bit off topic, but we have a Whole Foods that just opened up and it was the lead story on the front page of the local newspaper here on Sunday.

I'm with you Phatch, once the crowds die down, then I'll go check it out. 

post #28 of 29

There are so many choices in the Los Angeles area that Whole Paycheck Whole Foods doesn't offer anything you can't find better and significantly cheaper somewhere else, but their Pasadena store was convenient and Linda liked going there so we went now and then.  However, for political reasons I won't detail in an open thread, it will be a cold day in hell before we spend another dime there. 

 

BDL

post #29 of 29

I'm with you on both counts, BDL.

 

Haven't set foot in a Whole Paycheck since some time in the mid 1990s. 

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