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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
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kab
2012-09-20 05:04:29 PM  
One of these just opened in my neck of the woods. An odd, floorspace wasting layout, combined with a hilariously inadequate parking lot. I've been to other ones in other cities, but whoever handled the planning for this one was a complete idiot.
 
2012-09-20 05:08:00 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.


It depends on your needs. Some of what they have is fantastic, some of it not so much.

For me, I am such a gourmand, that what I really value about Trader Joe's is the very small parking lot and very small store that lets me get in, get some actually good produce and other goods, and then get out while across the street at the KrogerBorg, people are still looking for a parking spot.

Some of the produce is quite good. I survive on their full fat plain French Village cream line yogurt. But I do wish their tomatoes came with taste.

Also the guac kit is terrific, and their cioppino stew makes a great spaghetti sauce. http://traderjoesprose.blogspot.com/2011/10/cioppino-seafood-stew.html
 
2012-09-20 05:08:50 PM  

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

I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada there.

How was his hair?

Perfect.


And thus the common cultural bond is renewed once again.
 
kab
2012-09-20 05:09:09 PM  

Well I use Mac/Linux...: Their chips and salsa are nothing but the TRUTH.


Their frozen pizza's are also quite tasty.
 
2012-09-20 05:19:28 PM  

tricycleracer: 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?


Depends on the type of bar you are looking for: club or pub. the Sunday timing might be a problem, too.
 
2012-09-20 05:21:17 PM  
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you can thank me later
 
2012-09-20 05:23:10 PM  
I've been shopping at TJ in various cities and states for 31 years. You don't see the really interesting items any more, I think they are just too big. In 1983, they found a port in a winery cellar that had been sitting since 1969. I bought a case and still have a couple bottles. Another one was 40,000 lbs of 48 month-old cheddar cheese. Still go there about once a month, mostly for cheeses and dried fruit.
 
2012-09-20 05:27:23 PM  
TJ's Pickled Garlic Mushrooms FTW!
 
2012-09-20 05:47:34 PM  

RembrandtQEinstein: 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.



I didn't work at TJ's, but at a normal grocery store.  Sometimes I miss that job.
 
Yeah, I was a part time teenager and even I got insurance and a 401k!  And lots of vacation time once I hit the 3-4 year mark.  I think about 6 friggin weeks paid vacation.  And I got most of my friends jobs there, so it was like hanging out with my buddies.
 
Some people say retail sucks, but I loved this job.
 
2012-09-20 05:54:17 PM  

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

Two Buck Chuck!

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


This. Anything else they sell is just a bonus.
 
2012-09-20 06:15:16 PM  
Meh, it's just another store with a poor produce selection and a lot of processed crap.

Their wine selection is good if you're a broke wino, though.
 
2012-09-20 06:24:17 PM  

MrEricSir: Meh, it's just another store with a poor produce selection and a lot of processed crap.

Their wine selection is good if you're a broke wino, though.


Yep...have one here not too far away...was excited 1st time - the only time I've gone. Underwhelming is the word I'm looking for.
 
2012-09-20 06:32:49 PM  

natazha: I've been shopping at TJ in various cities and states for 31 years. You don't see the really interesting items any more, I think they are just too big. In 1983, they found a port in a winery cellar that had been sitting since 1969. I bought a case and still have a couple bottles. Another one was 40,000 lbs of 48 month-old cheddar cheese. Still go there about once a month, mostly for cheeses and dried fruit.


so, you used to like it before they got too popular?

wow, a hipster that shops at trader joe's, you don't see that everyday...
 
2012-09-20 06:35:47 PM  
oh, also i wanted to add that i love their frozen pizzas. the only thing is if you look, most of them say 'imported from italy.' i still can't get my head around how it is cheaper to make some frozen thing in italy and ship it to the u.s. for a better price and quality than what can be made here... logistics, how do they work?
 
2012-09-20 06:50:34 PM  
Add one more tally to the TJ Fan Club.

They're my go-to for olive oil, nuts, coffee, wine, and frozen snacks. I also truly appreciate that they don't have gimmicky sales or club cards. I get that they don't aim to be one-stop shopping, but I would buy all my groceries from that store if it was available.
 
2012-09-20 07:03:24 PM  

indylaw: Give me Aldi. Trader Joes (owned by the same family) without the bullshiat marketing or the yuppies.


indylaw speaks the truth.

I do not buy produce anywhere else but Aldi. Their prices are ridiculously low on produce. Milk, eggs, butter too.
 
2012-09-20 07:04:35 PM  
Thai and Indian food ready to heat and eat. Pretty tasty stuff.
 
2012-09-20 07:09:03 PM  

StrikitRich: 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.


I was skeptical until my girlfriend got back from a day-trip from St Pete to TJ's in Sarasota. OMG! Food that you CANNOT find anywhere else for the price and quality...unusual stuff too.

Nitrate free Applewood Smoked bacon (top qual)
Indian Masala Veggie Burgers (best I have ever had)
Frozen chocolate banana bites (I have searched every store in St Pete looking for these)
Various dips and sauces (that taste incredible)
Hormone free meat (half the cost of Publix)
And more.

I mocked her...but now I have a list for our next trip in November.
 
2012-09-20 07:24:41 PM  
I'm a long-time Trader Joe's shopper, too (stores in California 30+ years ago), and their selection is more generic than it used to be. It's also more reliable, though - you can usually find the same items week after week.

There's a TJ's right down the street from my office, so I go there a lot to pick up lunch fixings and microwave food. Much faster and less stressful than going to a supermarket.

Love their wasabi peas and pretzel thins; good prices on olive oil and dried fruits and nuts. TJ's is the only place where I can find frozen shelled edamame (a family favorite). Only downside is that I can't look up when I'm in the frozen food aisle - too many tasty goodies stacked above the freezers.
 
2012-09-20 07:34:20 PM  

Optimus Primate: StrikitRich: 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.

I was skeptical until my girlfriend got back from a day-trip from St Pete to TJ's in Sarasota. OMG! Food that you CANNOT find anywhere else for the price and quality...unusual stuff too.

Nitrate free Applewood Smoked bacon (top qual)
Indian Masala Veggie Burgers (best I have ever had)
Frozen chocolate banana bites (I have searched every store in St Pete looking for these)
Various dips and sauces (that taste incredible)
Hormone free meat (half the cost of Publix)
And more.

I mocked her...but now I have a list for our next trip in November.


Stopped off tonight on the way home....not the biggest store and filled with old people, but I will go back. There's a Whole Foods and other high-end markets in town (Morton's is minutes away), so I have lot's to choose from. The 2 story Publix up the street is kinda cool, too.
 
2012-09-20 07:39:18 PM  
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2012-09-20 07:47:21 PM  
TRADER JOES SUCKS!!!

Holy Jesus it's an over-priced ALDI, but worse. Joe's food is horribly poor quality, and expired, but packaged to pretend it's not. Tiny chicken breasts, slimy hot dogs, raunchy tasting mac and cheese. Tried some chicken bratwurst that stank so bad I nearly threw up even before tasting them.

Joe's is seriously overpriced for the crap you buy. Canned and frozen veggies were the tiny, withered rejects of non-brand name items any higher grocery store would sell. You think some item you like is gone forever, it's only been repackaged, still sitting in the same spot.
 
2012-09-20 07:48:32 PM  

tricycleracer: 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?


Shakespeare's English Pub is just up the way on Osprey. If you keep going, there are more trendy places about Osprey and Hillview by the Hospital
 
2012-09-20 07:49:34 PM  

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

Two Buck Chuck!

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


I came here to throw in my three words, but I see the fine folks here at Fark have not let me down.
 
2012-09-20 07:56:59 PM  

beerrun: indylaw: Give me Aldi. Trader Joes (owned by the same family) without the bullshiat marketing or the yuppies.

indylaw speaks the truth.

I do not buy produce anywhere else but Aldi. Their prices are ridiculously low on produce. Milk, eggs, butter too.


Aldi is amazing but doing an Aldi/Trader Joe's combo shop is the only way to go.

I almost gag at the prices if forced into a Safeway. Germans, is there anything they don't make better? I mean, anything?
 
2012-09-20 08:11:30 PM  
You Philistines! You fat, malodorous bastards! Not one mention of TJ's English Toffee??? You farting, rancid, old assistant crack whores!

/sorry I flared. it's just that there's toffee involved
 
2012-09-20 08:21:24 PM  

Metal: TRADER JOES SUCKS!!!

Holy Jesus it's an over-priced ALDI, but worse. Joe's food is horribly poor quality, and expired, but packaged to pretend it's not. Tiny chicken breasts, slimy hot dogs, raunchy tasting mac and cheese. Tried some chicken bratwurst that stank so bad I nearly threw up even before tasting them.

Joe's is seriously overpriced for the crap you buy. Canned and frozen veggies were the tiny, withered rejects of non-brand name items any higher grocery store would sell. You think some item you like is gone forever, it's only been repackaged, still sitting in the same spot.


So, how long have you worked for Whole Foods?
 
2012-09-20 08:23:20 PM  
I'll make a special trip to stock up on the low-fat marinara, just the only canned pasta sauce that isn't much too sweet. Also loving the new canned coconut cream, like Coco Lopez but without the added sugar, makes real good sugarfree coconut ice cream using stevia. And little persian cucumbers. Fabulous.
 
2012-09-20 08:26:42 PM  

eraser8: Used to get a bottle of Moët & Chandon for about $15 less than the same bottle at the grocery store down the street.


Did you keep it in a pretty cabinet?
 
2012-09-20 08:34:22 PM  
George who ?
 
2012-09-20 09:02:40 PM  
Any time we travel we look for Trader Joe's. We're getting our first TJs in Louisiana sometime next year. Can't wait.

We have yet to find anything we didn't like from there.

English Toffee!! Oh, yeah!
 
2012-09-20 10:23:34 PM  
I don't know how, but Florida will ruin TJs. This is why we can't have nice things.
 
2012-09-20 11:12:36 PM  
Went to a Trader Joe's once. Everything seemed to be overpriced leftovers from Aldi's...

Based on the comments in this thread, I may give them another chance.

Hey, metal - you're not in the Fort Worth area are you?
 
2012-09-21 12:00:08 AM  
not news. there's been a TJ's in Naples since February.

now I'll have a real excuse to get down to Miami.
 
2012-09-21 12:01:43 AM  

Coelacanth: I love me the lobster ravioli.


Just had it for dinner with a touch of their alfredo. Love that TJ's is also going to be in Miami near a neighborhood I stay in when I visit there biennially. Mine is all of two blocks away.

If it weren't for TJ's and my excellent local farmer's market, I'd likely starve because I can't eat what passes for most of what is called food these days.
 
2012-09-21 12:51:24 AM  
I live within a 3 minute walk to one, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2012-09-21 01:36:59 AM  

Devo: Two Buck Chuck!

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


WalMart has a good (drinkable) Sauvignon blanc for about $2. Kroger's $3 Chardonnay isn't bad but I don't care for Chardonnay.

I like Kroger an awful lot. Their Private Selection brand has some damn good stuff (love their frozen artisan pizzas and their fancy teas).
 
2012-09-21 03:37:34 AM  

Metal: TRADER JOES SUCKS!!!

Holy Jesus it's an over-priced ALDI, but worse. Joe's food is horribly poor quality, and expired, but packaged to pretend it's not. Tiny chicken breasts, slimy hot dogs, raunchy tasting mac and cheese. Tried some chicken bratwurst that stank so bad I nearly threw up even before tasting them.

Joe's is seriously overpriced for the crap you buy. Canned and frozen veggies were the tiny, withered rejects of non-brand name items any higher grocery store would sell. You think some item you like is gone forever, it's only been repackaged, still sitting in the same spot.


7/10. No spelling errors or grammar errors so some will momentarily believe you.
 
2012-09-21 04:26:10 AM  
W.Chicago. My Trader Joes is in Glen Ellyn. It's only redeeming value is it's right next to a BINNYS Beverage Depot, so I can kill some time while the wife buys that crap. Even she's seeing the light after the slimy dog incident, but I encourage her to keep shopping there if she thinks it's still to be loved. We learn the hard way, cooking rancid food, then throwing it out.

I never worked in grocery, but I shop at Jewel-Osco, who would seem to be the king of over-pricing. Having name brand quality on my side and sticking to sales and coupons, my shopping lists come out ahead. If I need oddities, there's always Caputo's, Valley Produce, & La Rosita. I've never been to Whole Foods but I'll check it out that someone mentioned it.
 
2012-09-21 10:20:49 AM  

Wall_of_Doodoo: beerrun: indylaw: Give me Aldi. Trader Joes (owned by the same family) without the bullshiat marketing or the yuppies.

indylaw speaks the truth.

I do not buy produce anywhere else but Aldi. Their prices are ridiculously low on produce. Milk, eggs, butter too.

Aldi is amazing but doing an Aldi/Trader Joe's combo shop is the only way to go.

I almost gag at the prices if forced into a Safeway. Germans, is there anything they don't make better? I mean, anything?


considering the history of the Albrecht brothers...their split that created Aldi Nord (and Trader Joes in the USA), and Aldi Sud (and Aldi in the USA), i seriously doubt this is a potential combo store.

I live in the Ft Worth area and go to Aldi a lot...the nearest Trader Joes is too far away for it to be a regular shopping option...i went to it on father's day soon after it opened...that's the only time i've gone
 
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