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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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Podcast Episode 1: Introducing Let's Talk TJ's!

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  1. It would be ideal to attach show notes and/or a transcript for the podcast. I'm deaf and it is a bummer that I cannot hear the podcast.

    1. As far as notes, if you visit http://www.letstalktjs.com/ there's a list of the products we talk about and links to our reviews of those items...might be a while before we can render transcripts of every episode. Thanks for your comment, though, Alek. We'll have to consider that for the future...

    2. That is all right. It takes time I know.

    3. Anyone else unable to listen? Mine would not play from the website...

  2. Trader Joe's sources it's fresh bread from local bakeries, so those have the most variety of selection in between states. I hear California has some pretty awesome sourdough items I am jealous of! I have never heard any customer ask to take a picture in our store, and as a former store artist, I took pictures there all the time for my portfolio. There is a lot of pressure to protect the brand however, and policies can differ depending on location. May the the location you wanted to take a picture at had some issues stemming from picture taking previously. Our Tjs for instance, is close to the Canadian border, and they are on the lookout for people buying in bulk to sell to the Canadian "Traitor Joe's". We put a limit on cookie butter purchases once.