Along with the farmer's market Trader Joes is probably the place where I buy most of our food- (additional items coming from Whole Foods, Henry's, Albertsons and occasiona specialty places.)
As all of us on the West Coast know Trader Joes rocks!
Here are a few of the items I love to buy at TJs:
Sprouted Wheat Paparadelle Pasta
Sun Dried Tomtatoes- (julienne style)
Cheddar Cheese with Onions
Blue Cheese and Pecan Dip
Free Range Eggs
Mixed Leaf/ Herb mix
Prepeeled garlic (when i m feeling exceptionally lazy)
Chocolate covered pecans
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Whole Wheat Tortillas
And of course when we're felling very poor who could forget Two Buck Chuck!
Things that are not so good:
Tader Joe's Hummus
Vegetables/ Fruit (too much packaging)
Anyway today I was reading a very interesting and exciting article about how our East Cost friends might soon have the joy of Tader Joes on thier shores. This article in the New York Times gives some really good insight into the whole process- the "tasters" involved and reveals the mystery of why some of our favorie products often disappear only to reappear again weeks later.