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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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Podcast Episode 3: The Worst Trader Joe's Products We've Ever Tried

This link will take you to the show notes.

And here's a direct MP3 link.

And clicking here will take you to iTunes.


  1. Chicken Poblano? never saw it.. Chicken lollipops- saw them.. the price wasn't worth the try.. I usually weigh the price vs the quantity as well as how -out-there TJ's gets w/their new products.. The saddest thing, is their take on Korean foods or just 'ethnic foods'... and when will the public realize TJ's version of ethnic foods is really an American version..


  2. YES about the turkey meatloaf muffins. They were genuinely the most barf-inducing stuff I've ever eaten..my dogs turned their noses up at it LOL.

  3. Peanut butter Puffins cereal. It tastes like hominy. I hate hominy. Why would peanut butter cereal taste like hominy? I will not try the other versions. I was hoping it tastes like Cap'n Crunch