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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Friday, August 20, 2010

Trader Joe's Sparkling Mineral Water

Since it's still summer, and it has been pretty hot lately, we'll go ahead and review TJ's water, since everyone should be thinking about their proper hydration.

I mean, it is just water. However, I can totally tell the difference between name brands such as Perrier or San Pellegrino and a store brand.

TJ's ranks very high among store brands, but doesn't quite hold up to the likes of Perrier. Similar to other popular lines of sparkling water, TJ's mineral waters come in different flavors: plain, lemon, lime, berry, and orange. I think my favorites are berry and lime. Sonia likes lemon the best. Orange is our least favorite. But they're all decent, and all worth a try. At $ .89 a bottle, it's not a very big investment.

It's hot out there. You'll surely be sweating a lot. Drink plenty of fluids.

Bottom line: 8 out of 10.


  1. Throw some organic Trader Joe's frozen strawberries in a glass of the lime water = yum.

  2. I started driking it and my concern was if it has additives or artificial flavors but apparently not,so I add some organic stevia drops and tastes similar to a soda..without the calories I guess..

  3. I'll go ahead and say that this is my favorite bottled water. There is no flavor that I do not like.

  4. We buy this by the case at the front every time we go to TJs. Raspberry Lime is our favorite.