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(NBC Miami)   Forget George Zimmerman, voter ID laws, drug cartels, and dangerous elderly drivers: the real news is that South Florida is getting a Trader Joe's   (nbcmiami.com) divider line 90
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2012-09-20 01:51:20 PM
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2012-09-20 03:57:47 PM
I do love me some Trader Joe's.

It's good quality at low, low prices. Used to get a bottle of Moët & Chandon for about $15 less than the same bottle at the grocery store down the street. The tradeoff was that the selection changed from week to week. You might find a great product at a great price one week...and, not see the same item again for months and months.

Of course, this was a few years ago when I was living in California. Don't know how the local Trader Joe's'es'es's measure up. They're sort of out of the way for me, here.
 
2012-09-20 04:00:12 PM
Good food, shiatty beer selection compared to other "organic" food markets such as Whole Foods, but then again, this is Florida, who the fark drinks good craft beer in Florida.


/aware of Cigar City
//one brewery cannot make up for the beer waste land that is Florida
 
2012-09-20 04:01:39 PM
TRADER JOE'S ROCKS
/unless you need garlic powder, Drano, Anchovies, or anything else they don't have that makes you take an extra trip to Safeway/Giant/Wegmans/Whole Foods/PigleyWigley/Food Lion etc etc.
//I do lub em but.....
 
2012-09-20 04:02:45 PM

ChipNASA: TRADER JOE'S ROCKS
/unless you need garlic powder, Drano, Anchovies, or anything else they don't have that makes you take an extra trip to Safeway/Giant/Wegmans/Whole Foods/PigleyWigley/Food Lion etc etc.
//I do lub em but.....


In Florida, that would be Publix.
 
2012-09-20 04:02:48 PM

eraser8: I do love me some Trader Joe's.

It's good quality at low, low prices. Used to get a bottle of Moët & Chandon for about $15 less than the same bottle at the grocery store down the street. The tradeoff was that the selection changed from week to week. You might find a great product at a great price one week...and, not see the same item again for months and months.

Of course, this was a few years ago when I was living in California. Don't know how the local Trader Joe's'es'es's measure up. They're sort of out of the way for me, here.


I had their Mushroom Risotto (made in Italy) the other day. Not bad for frozen rice.
 
2012-09-20 04:03:15 PM
Joe's Dark coffee beans. At $4.99 for a big jar thingy, you can NOT beat it. Far better than anything from ... well, anywhere for that money. And the frozen pizza with caramelized onion and ham? fark yeah. Oh, and I will bite the hell out of the little brownies with sea salt.

They may not be the best option for everything, but a lot of their stuff is fantastic.
 
2012-09-20 04:04:34 PM
Damn it, now I want some of Joe's garlic hummus. You damn near get a gallon for nothing
 
2012-09-20 04:04:48 PM
How about Trader Vic's?
 
2012-09-20 04:07:14 PM

ChipNASA: TRADER JOE'S ROCKS
/unless you need garlic powder...


TJ's sells garlic powder and other spices.

/loves TJ's Mediterranean Hummus...mmmm.
 
2012-09-20 04:10:36 PM
Apparently we all have. I went looking for news updates on the Zimmerman trial earlier this week. NO ONE is talking about it anymore. Has the trial officially started? What's the hold up?
 
2012-09-20 04:12:27 PM
I love me the lobster ravioli.
 
2012-09-20 04:12:44 PM

rocketpants: ChipNASA: TRADER JOE'S ROCKS
/unless you need garlic powder, Drano, Anchovies, or anything else they don't have that makes you take an extra trip to Safeway/Giant/Wegmans/Whole Foods/PigleyWigley/Food Lion etc etc.
//I do lub em but.....

In Florida, that would be Publix.


As a northeast tranplant to Florida, I love Publix. They opened a Publix Greenwise store near me - same concept as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. In fact, I have a Whole Foods a quick walk across the street, but I choose to go to the Greenwise instead. Better prices and a great butcher.
 
2012-09-20 04:14:33 PM
We're getting one near me in San Antonio. Meh. Yes, they have some good stuff, but it does require a separate trip, as other posters have mentioned they don't have much normal, everyday stuff.

I also don't understand how they're putting one where they are, it's not a big building and has a small parking lot, in an already high traffic area.
 
2012-09-20 04:16:23 PM
i50.tinypic.com

Two Buck Chuck!

Most of the stuff is good quality at a low price.
 
2012-09-20 04:17:05 PM
The new location that is less than a mile from my house opens tomorrow. I plan get fat this weekend.
 
2012-09-20 04:17:23 PM
i50.tinypic.com

Twenty Something Bottles for fourty something dollars.
 
2012-09-20 04:18:11 PM

Tommy Moo: Apparently we all have. I went looking for news updates on the Zimmerman trial earlier this week. NO ONE is talking about it anymore. Has the trial officially started? What's the hold up?


There was a pretty big one yesterday. It was that Trayvon's DNA wasn't found on Zimmerman's gun or holster.
 
2012-09-20 04:18:14 PM
I shopped at Trader Joe's before it was cool.
 
2012-09-20 04:18:44 PM
Can't compete with Walmart.
 
2012-09-20 04:22:14 PM

CruJones: We're getting one near me in San Antonio. Meh. Yes, they have some good stuff, but it does require a separate trip, as other posters have mentioned they don't have much normal, everyday stuff.

I also don't understand how they're putting one where they are, it's not a big building and has a small parking lot, in an already high traffic area.


That's part of their business model. They generally use smaller spaces that you would normally associate with a drug store more than a grocery store. They can do that because they only sell one brand of each item, usually their own generic.
 
2012-09-20 04:22:41 PM

rocketpants: ChipNASA: TRADER JOE'S ROCKS
/unless you need garlic powder, Drano, Anchovies, or anything else they don't have that makes you take an extra trip to Safeway/Giant/Wegmans/Whole Foods/PigleyWigley/Food Lion etc etc.
//I do lub em but.....

In Florida, that would be Publix.


But fortunately, Publix kicks ass too!

/miss me a Publix sub.
 
2012-09-20 04:23:38 PM

ChipNASA: TRADER JOE'S ROCKS
/unless you need garlic powder, Drano, Anchovies, or anything else they don't have that makes you take an extra trip to Safeway/Giant/Wegmans/Whole Foods/PigleyWigley/Food Lion etc etc.
//I do lub em but.....


They do carry anchovies. it should be on the same isle as the Curry mixes and mushroom risotto

/former TJ's employee
 
2012-09-20 04:24:41 PM
I don't drink beer or wine, and that's all I hear about with Trader Joes.

I can get to one in a five minute detour from my routine tomorrow. I could do Trader Joe's with that detour or go to New Fine Arts...
 
2012-09-20 04:26:02 PM
Do they still sell the "Pound Plus" half-kilo bar of imported dark chocolate? Those were amazing.
 
2012-09-20 04:27:36 PM

TheTrashcanMan: Good food, shiatty beer selection compared to other "organic" food markets such as Whole Foods, but then again, this is Florida, who the fark drinks good craft beer in Florida.


/aware of Cigar City
//one brewery cannot make up for the beer waste land that is Florida


Me...We got a place in my town called PP Cobb's that has 500+ different beers. Build your own 6 pack for $11. Id link you the entire beer menu but I'm on my phone. I wanted to see if it it would be up to your standards.
 
2012-09-20 04:30:16 PM

wildcardjack: I don't drink beer or wine, and that's all I hear about with Trader Joes.

I can get to one in a five minute detour from my routine tomorrow. I could do Trader Joe's with that detour or go to New Fine Arts...


Wine selection = good
Beer selection = bad
 
2012-09-20 04:30:53 PM
Am I the only one completely underwhelmed by Trader Joe's? I finally went and... meh. The produce kinda sucked, the meat section was tiny. I dunno, maybe I'm just not that into snack food. I was expecting a cheaper Whole Foods. I love my Wegman's.
 
2012-09-20 04:31:21 PM
But they don't offer cooter scooters...
 
2012-09-20 04:33:28 PM

smitty04: Can't compete with Walmart.


Now THAT, people, is how you troll.
 
2012-09-20 04:35:10 PM

wildcardjack: I don't drink beer or wine, and that's all I hear about with Trader Joes.

I can get to one in a five minute detour from my routine tomorrow. I could do Trader Joe's with that detour or go to New Fine Arts...


Things I buy there other than beer and wine:

1. Nuts (wide variety, good prices)
2. Kashi and other high fiber cereal (ditto)
3. Microwaveable meals (much better variety than at my local grocery store and healthier)
4. High fiber bread (at least locally here it's cheaper than the local grocery)
5. Coffee (store brand rocks)

Occasionally I find other things...depends upon my mood or what's on special.
 
2012-09-20 04:38:45 PM

Need_MindBleach: How about Trader Vic's?


I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada there.
 
2012-09-20 04:42:32 PM
The best reason to go to Trader Joes is for the dairy products. In California anyway. The prices are at least 25% less expensive than regular grocery for milk and sometimes less than 50% for butter and other milkfat products (including ice cream). And the cheese is fresh off the farm fresh, really makes a difference.

Have to go to other stores for bulk foo foo health products and preservative laden junk foods.
 
2012-09-20 04:44:56 PM
Just opened the Trader Joe's in Sarasota, only the second one in the state. That place has been solidly packed for 2 weeks as it's drawing in people from Tampa and even Orlando if you believe the press. Interestingly, there's a brand new 2-storey Publix just a bit up the street. Been there twice already today.

Want to check out TJ's coffee.
 
2012-09-20 04:45:16 PM
Their chips and salsa are nothing but the TRUTH.
 
2012-09-20 04:45:49 PM
I wish they had one down there when I was in college. I work at one in the northeast. Would have been nice to have that kind of cashflow (they pay really well for a late teen/early twenty-something lifestyle) when I was at school. Instead I got paid Florida wages. Ew.
 
2012-09-20 04:45:58 PM

Devo: [i50.tinypic.com image 300x349]

Two Three Buck Chuck!

Most of the stuff is good quality at a low price.


3BC rocks.
 
2012-09-20 04:46:12 PM

Igor Jakovsky: TheTrashcanMan: Good food, shiatty beer selection compared to other "organic" food markets such as Whole Foods, but then again, this is Florida, who the fark drinks good craft beer in Florida.


/aware of Cigar City
//one brewery cannot make up for the beer waste land that is Florida

Me...We got a place in my town called PP Cobb's that has 500+ different beers. Build your own 6 pack for $11. Id link you the entire beer menu but I'm on my phone. I wanted to see if it it would be up to your standards.


Wait, I live here too, WHY THE HELL WAS I NOT INFORMED ABOUT THIS?!?!
 
2012-09-20 04:48:02 PM
Agree with most of the above. They seem to take care of their employees, too. That gives them a high score in my book, even if I can't do 100% of my shopping there.
 
2012-09-20 04:48:47 PM

coco ebert: Am I the only one completely underwhelmed by Trader Joe's? I finally went and... meh. The produce kinda sucked, the meat section was tiny. I dunno, maybe I'm just not that into snack food. I was expecting a cheaper Whole Foods. I love my Wegman's.


None of the meat is cut on the property, it is all pre-cut at the distributor level and shipped to the store, hence the lack of choice. I typically go to a butcher for meat and get Tri-Tips or chicken breasts at Trader Joe's. The produce can be meh at times, but since it is individually priced rather than per pound it ends up being worlds cheaper. Produce varies from store to store but TJs has very very liberal return policies which makes up for any bad produce you may purchase.
 
2012-09-20 04:50:01 PM

JesseL: Need_MindBleach: How about Trader Vic's?

I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada there.


How was his hair?
 
2012-09-20 04:53:57 PM
The girlfriend wants to head to the new one in Sarasota on Sunday. Does Fark recommend any Sarasota bars for before and after the shopping trip?
 
2012-09-20 04:54:53 PM

coco ebert: Am I the only one completely underwhelmed by Trader Joe's? I finally went and... meh. The produce kinda sucked, the meat section was tiny. I dunno, maybe I'm just not that into snack food. I was expecting a cheaper Whole Foods. I love my Wegman's.


Yes. Trader Joe's blows. Unless of course you're actually looking for processed, packaged prepared food products displayed in some hokey disney theme park with humiliating costumes as uniforms for the workers. Whole Foods is great. Wegman's is a fine store, but aligned with bad politics.
 
2012-09-20 04:55:01 PM
CSB

Worked there for 6 months, felt like I was ready for the table at the grocery bagging olympics after that. Customers were always happy, got health care after 3 weeks I think, got a raise to a whooping 8 an hour after 1 month and 8.50 after 3. Only thing that was bullshiat was the retail scheduling where you didn't know your schedule for the next week until 1 or 2 days before it started. But that was my fault for telling them I had no life and could work whenever. Also morning openings sucked ass, something was always going wrong and there was no contingency plan. Fresh truck showed up 15 minutes before opening? Work twice as hard to stock. Someone didn't show up for the shift? Work twice as hard to make up for it.

But other than that it was a great time. And if I didn't need money to support my family I would go back to it in a heartbeat.
 
2012-09-20 04:57:43 PM
Here in FL we're too busy watching for falling prices at our local Trader Joe's to be on the lookout for falling mattresses.
 
2012-09-20 04:57:48 PM
Give me Aldi. Trader Joes (owned by the same family) without the bullshiat marketing or the yuppies.
 
2012-09-20 04:58:15 PM
If we can get it at trader joes, we do. Everything else we get at pick n save or woodmans.
 
2012-09-20 04:58:30 PM
Among the tasty things I routinely buy at Tj's are:
That big-ass can of Colombian coffee
Spanish Olive Oil
Olives
Omygod their farking cheeses
Prosciutto
Almonds
Bagels
Wine & beer
Whatever meats & produce happen to be looking good today

But by far, my #1 favorite thing there are their liter bottles of fizzy water. Best stuff in the business, and damned cheap!
 
2012-09-20 04:58:44 PM

tricycleracer: JesseL: Need_MindBleach: How about Trader Vic's?

I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada there.

How was his hair?


Perfect.
 
2012-09-20 05:01:05 PM

Ablejack: coco ebert: Am I the only one completely underwhelmed by Trader Joe's? I finally went and... meh. The produce kinda sucked, the meat section was tiny. I dunno, maybe I'm just not that into snack food. I was expecting a cheaper Whole Foods. I love my Wegman's.

Yes. Trader Joe's blows. Unless of course you're actually looking for processed, packaged prepared food products displayed in some hokey disney theme park with humiliating costumes as uniforms for the workers. Whole Foods is great. Wegman's is a fine store, but aligned with bad politics.


Hmm, what are your politics? I've always heard Wegman's treats its workers quite well and is highly rated in terms of worker satisfaction in comparison to other grocery chains.
 
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