Hello. My name's Nathan, and I love Trader Joe's. My wife Sonia does too. She's a great shopper, has excellent taste and knows good value when she comes across it. As many of you know, Trader Joe's is unsurpassed in the world of good-value grocery stores, so we spend a lot of our time and money there. Although the store fairly consistently delivers great taste with its own unique line of food products, there are definitely some big-hits, and unfortunately, there are some misses...

After doing a couple of internet searches for reviews of TJ's food items, Sonia discerned an apparent dearth of good, quality reviews for the store's offerings. So, at her suggestion, we decided to embark on a journey of systematically reviewing every Trader Joe's product, resulting in the blog you are about to read...

A couple of months into our Trader Joe's rating adventure, an old college friend, Russ, who unbeknownst to me had been following our TJ's blog, decided that I had been slacking in my blogging duties (which, of course, I was) so he decided to contribute his own original TJ's reviews to the blog, thus enhancing it, making it more complete and adding to it a flavor of his own. He and his wife Sandy are also avid TJ's fans and, as you will soon discover, he is an excellent writer and is nearly as clever, witty and humble as I am.

Seriously though, Russ: You go, boy!

So here it is: "What's Good at Trader Joe's?"

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Trader Joe's Roasted Seaweed Snack

Yes, I enjoy seaweed. It's like salty paper that melts in your mouth. I'm pretty sure it's an Asian thing. I know they usually use seaweed in cut sushi rolls.

I love eating this seaweed snack with rice. The seaweed comes in little square sheets. You just pick up the sheet, put it on the tips of your fingers, and scoop up a little rice with it.

It tastes great by itself if you're just in the mood for a salty snack. Eat it right out of the package. Or if you're like the weirdos that took the photo on the wrapper, you can crumple up each piece and serve it in some gourmet crystal serving dish thing, when you're, like, entertaining snooty guests or royalty or something.

It's cheap, it's good for you, and it's pretty tasty.

I give it Four out of Five Stars. Sonia gives it Four out of Five, too. Bottom line: 8 out of 10.


  1. Love the sentence...

    "Or if you're like the weirdos that took the photo on the wrapper, you can crumple up each piece and serve it in some gourmet crystal serving dish thing, when you're, like, entertaining snooty guests or royalty or something."

  2. I like that these are not seasoned with MSG like the other seaweed snacks you get at the Japanese stores. Thanks for your review, I've been enjoying reading your blog since I discovered in a few weeks back. :)

  3. I can't leave Trader Joes without buying at least 5 packs!!! Our Trader Joes always runs low of this product!!!! Having lived seven years in Japan this product brings back memories. This seaweed snack is good because:
    1. It's salty
    2. It can act as chip....for those who crave chips but are watching their diet
    3. It can be eaten with rice
    4. Low Cal and low fat
    5. It's cheap
    The way I eat the seaweed is by folding it.....it has a bigger crunch and easier to eat!!! For those out their who've never eaten seaweed give it a try! It may not be for everyone.....but if you like sushi or any roll even Ca roll....you will love this!

  4. Lies... this stuff is no good. Crunchy sea-flavored saran wrap. Ewww

  5. You have a problem with crunchy sea-flavored saran wrap?
    Seriously, though... I love this stuff. Although I like the regular, roasted flavor, the wasabi flavored seaweed is my favorite! I use a pack of these as an afternoon snack at work. A lot less carbs than a pack of pretzels!
    I also love the taste! The ones that Costco sells in 10-packs are cheaper per pack, and come with more seaweed, by weight per pack. However, they also have a fishier taste and has more oil.

    1. I'm on board with Gary - i'm munching on the Wasabi flavored as we speak... BUT... If Katherine's right, im totally trying saran wrap. However, this "sea-flavored" confuses me... I will pass in favor of wasabi flavored. Yummy, fun and healthy. Gary - Thanks for the tip on just scooping rice with the sheets - will do!