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, September 4, 2015

Podcast Episode 7: Shopping Strategies and Our TJ's Staples

In this episode we share how we shop at Trader Joe’s and what products we regularly buy. Listen to us on Stitcher.

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  1. I am literally counting down the days until the Birmingham, Al store opens... 27 days now! I actually have a little countdown app set up LOL

  2. Our TJ's is not really busy at all most if of the time. My regular purchases are turkey bacon, Castello blue cheese, coconut creamer (often out of stock), savory thins rice crackers, coconut oil, dark belgian chocolate almonds, orange muscat vinegar, unsalted roasted peanut butter, parmigiano reggiano, Bird's nest, wasabi seaweed, holistic feline treats,
    But for coffee beans and sparkling water, Costco! Ours has a coffee roaster, 2.5 lb at about $5 a pound.