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 2, 2011

Our Next Great Reader Contest!

Maybe you're a college student who's kicked off the dorm meal plan. Maybe you know one. Maybe you're paying for one. Or maybe you just like quick, easy, inexpensive, tasty recipes made from the very best Trader Joe's can offer. And just maybe, you read Nathan's review of the latest, greatest, and most school spirited TJ's cookbook ever - The I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook - and you're wondering how in the world you can get yourself a copy. You can go the old school way and go to an actual bookstore to get it, or click over on Amazon and buy it, but...well, you're going to be spending enough on books soon enough as is, why not get it for free? That's right, the What's Good at Trader Joe's team is giving away a copy of it on the house to one lucky reader. Let's keep it elective gen-ed easy with some very basic entry rules that even a freshman could follow:

1. Like our Facebook page and also the I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook Facebook page and look, you're entered! I mean, you have to like us for us to give you something, and I presume you have to like this in order to want to win it, right?
2. Tag us in a Facebook post and you're entered again, but only if it's nice! (In case you're not sure what this means, here's a cheatsheet)
3. Like or comment on one of our posts on Facebook, or leave a comment on the blog page, and you got yourself another chance.

Contest runs from now til Tuesday August 16, at 9pm EST. One winner will be picked in a random drawing, and look for the Facebook announcement shortly thereafter. We'll also drop you a line so we can get your address, etc to ship it on out to ya. We'll give you 48 hours to respond and if you don't, we'll assume you're trapped in the creepy corner of the campus library and find another taker. We're only going to ship it to somewhere in the U.S.

Well, that's it, so good luck! This will not be graded on a curve.


  1. May I just note that I would LOVE to have this as a giveaway prize on the first day of term this year for my new class? :o)

  2. Your link to the ILTJCC Facebook page doesn't work. Try changing it to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Love-Trader-Joes-College-Cookbook/202702333100027

  3. I would love to win this book! I am a huge Trader Joes addict, but I always get stumped as to how I can break out of my normal routine.

  4. I would love this, but both of your facebook links don't function.

  5. tj's is a lifesaver when i'm short on time!

  6. Love this, I don't grocery shop anywhere else!

  7. Zuckerberg strikes again! Think I fixed the links for both now. Let me know if they work for you - they do for me.

  8. Just discovered your blog and really enjoy it! This contest is timely because my oldest son is getting ready to leave for college next month. This will be his first time out of the house and cooking on his own. Perfect book for him!

  9. ooooh...I'm not a college kid anymore, but I love Trader Joe's and welcome any tips to use their food!

  10. Would LOVE this book coz I LOVE Trader Joe's!

  11. This would be so much fun to use!

  12. Trader Joe's is foodie heaven! I would love the cookbook!

  13. Can't wait to get a look at the cookbook! Trader Joes has helped so much in getting veggies into my kids! Their food usually tastes so good that the kids don't notice when I sneak pureed veggies into the mixes and sauces!

    1. Liked your Facebook page and also the I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook Facebook page
    2. Tagged you in a Facebook post
    3. Liked and commented on one of your posts on Facebook, and left this comment on the blog page

    Lara at Twiceblessedlife on Facebook

    lara at twiceblessedlife dot com