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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:48 am 
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this thread made me so excited i went and bought so much junk food!!! more than i've had in my house at once in sooo long. it is worth it!!

i think i will shop there more often though for some staple things that are cheaper than my usual market. and i love the dried fruit options, and all that. and that i can buy frozen sliced leeks? and frozen roasted corn? yes.

i still think of it as a mostly snack food market, but this last trip kinda made me re-think that. it could be a more useful place.

and definitely a place to buy food gift items, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:16 pm 
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Went to TJ's tonight and was surprised not to see the soy ice cream (any of it!). So I asked and the lady told me that Trader Joe's was in the process of changing their supplier! I want to cry - no more amazing Soy Cherry Chip or Mango Vanilla!? Oh I hope she was misinformed....

If you have it at your local TJ's I recommend stocking up. I'm kicking myself for not grabbing some last time I was there.

This makes me feel sad. I don't buy those ice creams, but in the last year, they stopped carrying the vanilla version of the mini soy cream sandwiches and the vegan roasted veggie pizza (repackaged Amy's). Grrrr.

I couldn't find the falafel! What stuff is it located near? Maybe our store just doesn't have it. I dislike that some stores have things that others don't.

On a good/bad note, I am a Candy Cane Joe-Joe's virgin no more! Those forkers are good! I see why y'all love them...

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Where do they hide the maple cookies? I'm hoping my store just didn't have them yet, but I didn't not see them in the normal cookie stashing location or the end caps. I will check again soon because I want maple cookies dang it.

The Maple cookies were located on an end cap by the registers at my store. They're not new, so your store should have them?


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Is it even possible to spend hundreds of dollars at TJs? I get a huge basket of stuff and then they ring me up and it's always around $20 or $30. I'm baffled every time.


Really? I have the opposite of this problem.


I used to buy lots of stuff and walk out for $30, and suddenly it was upwards of $85. No idea.

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I finally got to try the maple leaf cookies yesterday. My co-worker and I (mostly me) polished off the whole box.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:42 pm 
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appifanie wrote:
Honor wrote:
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Is it even possible to spend hundreds of dollars at TJs? I get a huge basket of stuff and then they ring me up and it's always around $20 or $30. I'm baffled every time.


Really? I have the opposite of this problem.


I used to buy lots of stuff and walk out for $30, and suddenly it was upwards of $85. No idea.

I hope that never happens to me. I like how TJ's is the one grocery store that still makes me feel like I'm getting a deal.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:09 am 
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For those looking for the falafel, I went to my store yesterday looking for them and was told that they were taken off the shelf due to a packaging problem. The cashier told me that the packaging problem was that the bag said that there were 12 falafel when there were actually 11. I almost thought he was kidding with me, but uh it seems until this issue is resolved, they won't be in stores. But I was assured they are coming back!


Now, I will have to go back to stock up on chocolate chip cherry soy creamy.


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Falafel is really good. Restaurant quality actually, but I was shocked to see how much fat it has... All falafel probably has this much fat and I just never knew because restaurants don't have nutrition labels. Damn you nutrition labels, damn you.


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Allison, not Alison wrote:
Falafel is really good. Restaurant quality actually, but I was shocked to see how much fat it has... All falafel probably has this much fat and I just never knew because restaurants don't have nutrition labels. Damn you nutrition labels, damn you.


Are you cooking it in the oven or microwave? I thought it was a bit mushy...maybe I just didn't cook it properly?


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:09 pm 
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Screw you all for recommending Candy Cane Joe Joe's.

Box- gone. I cannot be trusted with them. Whomever said they are like crack/addictive... accurate. This is why I've resisted trying them for the past however many years. THIS IS WHY.


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Yay! I finally went. I stopped myself from getting a bunch of sweets, so no strudel or ice cream. New stuff I snagged: pumpkin butter, gingerbread coffee, pear cinnamon cider, and maple leaf cookies. Those cookies are seriously delicious! I've never had them before. I like them better than Candy Cane Joe Joes. I can't wait to try everything. We also got the staples like olive oil, maple syrup, soyrizo, and vanilla.

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question: do you guys know... is all TJs stuff other brands that are repackaged? Does trader joes make anything or just package and sell stuff?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:11 pm 
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ijustdiedinside wrote:
question: do you guys know... is all TJs stuff other brands that are repackaged? Does trader joes make anything or just package and sell stuff?

I'm pretty sure that they're mostly repackagers... but they're such an uber-secretive company... I'll hunt for the article that I found on them once. They don't give up their company secrets, which probably includes whether they repackage or make their own stuff. I believe most of it is repackaging, because the family of a friend of mine has a packaging plant and does some work for them (Aldi headquarters is in my town, if I'm not mistaken, and the German family that owns TJ's and Aldi comes here a couple times a year).

But I could be completely wrong. I often am and I don't have trouble admitting that.

Here's the article. It talks about the social psychology behind why TJ's works, and discusses how they are able to produce quality food (repackaged or by way of cheaper sources than other stores) for a cheaper price: http://money.cnn.com/2010/08/20/news/co ... ex.htm#joe


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:05 pm 
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Where do they hide the maple cookies? I'm hoping my store just didn't have them yet, but I didn't not see them in the normal cookie stashing location or the end caps. I will check again soon because I want maple cookies dang it.


At the Trader Joe's in Nashville, they were on the shelves above the freezer section.


Thanks. I found them today, got two boxes. I'm not sure the first one will survive the night. I dunked them in almond milk, so good!

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ifer wrote:
Allison, not Alison wrote:
Falafel is really good. Restaurant quality actually, but I was shocked to see how much fat it has... All falafel probably has this much fat and I just never knew because restaurants don't have nutrition labels. Damn you nutrition labels, damn you.


Are you cooking it in the oven or microwave? I thought it was a bit mushy...maybe I just didn't cook it properly?


I don't own a microwave, so did the oven. I cooked them at the same time as my tots, so I wrapped them in foil and baked them at 425 for about 10-15 minutes (until they were soft) then opened the foil and popped them back in for another 3 or 5. They were crispy and delicious.


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Meggs wrote:
ijustdiedinside wrote:
question: do you guys know... is all TJs stuff other brands that are repackaged? Does trader joes make anything or just package and sell stuff?

I'm pretty sure that they're mostly repackagers... but they're such an uber-secretive company... I'll hunt for the article that I found on them once. They don't give up their company secrets, which probably includes whether they repackage or make their own stuff. I believe most of it is repackaging, because the family of a friend of mine has a packaging plant and does some work for them (Aldi headquarters is in my town, if I'm not mistaken, and the German family that owns TJ's and Aldi comes here a couple times a year).

But I could be completely wrong. I often am and I don't have trouble admitting that.

Here's the article. It talks about the social psychology behind why TJ's works, and discusses how they are able to produce quality food (repackaged or by way of cheaper sources than other stores) for a cheaper price: http://money.cnn.com/2010/08/20/news/co ... ex.htm#joe


I am pretty sure the yogurt is repackaged Whole Soy.


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Allison, not Alison wrote:
ifer wrote:
Allison, not Alison wrote:
Falafel is really good. Restaurant quality actually, but I was shocked to see how much fat it has... All falafel probably has this much fat and I just never knew because restaurants don't have nutrition labels. Damn you nutrition labels, damn you.


Are you cooking it in the oven or microwave? I thought it was a bit mushy...maybe I just didn't cook it properly?


I don't own a microwave, so did the oven. I cooked them at the same time as my tots, so I wrapped them in foil and baked them at 425 for about 10-15 minutes (until they were soft) then opened the foil and popped them back in for another 3 or 5. They were crispy and delicious.



Ooh, thank you! I followed the instructions on the package which said 15 minutes at 325 on a cookie sheet and they came out warm and mushy. I'll definitely try the higher temp and foil method next time!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:27 pm 
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ifer wrote:
I want to cry - no more amazing Soy Cherry Chip or Mango Vanilla!? Oh I hope she was misinformed....

This is maybe the saddest thing I've ever heard! The Cherry Chip is my favorite.

I think I am the only person alive who doesn't like the maple cookies. More for you!

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Do you guys know if TJ's sells premade vegan pie crusts? I'm making dinner for my roommate tonight and thinking about making Dreena's chickpea tart and, for cost/time reasons, I'm hoping to only have to go to TJ's.


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I finally got to try the maple leaf cookies yesterday. My co-worker and I (mostly me) polished off the whole box.


the top of my TJs list says


NO COOKIES

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vijita wrote:
Do you guys know if TJ's sells premade vegan pie crusts? I'm making dinner for my roommate tonight and thinking about making Dreena's chickpea tart and, for cost/time reasons, I'm hoping to only have to go to TJ's.

I've never seen one. But I've found a really easy, decent, no roll crust here if that helps. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/no-roll-pie-crust-i/Detail.aspx


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My Trader Joes is small and craptastic. I have never been able to find any of these delicious sounding things. They really don't have much...not even worth the 15 minute drive, sadly. Sounds like some Trader Joes have some awesome stuff!

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appifanie wrote:
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NO COOKIES

Thank you for the suggestion. Rather, I'm taking this idea and suggesting to myself that I implement it.


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vijita wrote:
Do you guys know if TJ's sells premade vegan pie crusts? I'm making dinner for my roommate tonight and thinking about making Dreena's chickpea tart and, for cost/time reasons, I'm hoping to only have to go to TJ's.

I'm about 87% sure that their frozen pre-made pie crust is vegan. I've never purchased it, but in my mind it's vegan. So I think maybe i read the ingredients just to see, but didn't need it and put it back. Or maybe someone else on the boards mentioned using it.

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You guys!

My trader joes now has tj-brand refrigerated half-gallon almond milk (unsweetened vanilla, and original) for 2.99! I knew it was only a matter of time! No more wasteful quart sized aseptic boxes/expensive half gallons from other stores. I am happy.

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My Trader Joes is small and craptastic. I have never been able to find any of these delicious sounding things. They really don't have much...not even worth the 15 minute drive, sadly. Sounds like some Trader Joes have some awesome stuff!


Mine doesn't have too, too much. I keep picking things up in excitement, then reading the ingredients and being annoyed by unnecessary milk and eggs. I can't complain much because I have cookies and muffins, but it seems like the west coast has more awesomeness.

Glad you wandered over to the new boards, Lachesis!

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