Though a moderately polarizing concept to fancy boys with produce fetishes, the store offers alternative groceries with healthy frozen food options (and also not healthy ones), pre-packaged and seasoned meats and things that are "organic" (don't care).
When I talk about my weekly pilgrimage to stock up on foods other than late-night Pequods orders from the weekend, the most common question is, "But what do you get there?" I ask you, fine folks, what don't you get there. They offer a wide variety of groceries, pet and cleaning supplies and kitschy pick-me-ups like greeting cards and chocolate, all in a farmer's market experience with Dominick's prices.
One note on Trader Joe's - people will inevitably stand way too close to you in the aisles, or remain directly behind you while you decide if you want to deck your house out with hydrangeas or ranunculus.
For seven bucks or less, Trader Joe's offers daisies, sunflowers, ranunculus and other happy flowers to brighten up your living room. And if you like your bouquets a bit fuller? It's five bucks - buy two.
Check your produce before you check out, but for the microwave chef, the veggies will get the job done.
Re-sealable soups serve as a grilled cheese side-dish, or the base for a fancier soup when you add in what you like, whether prosciutto or potatoes (both also available at TJ's).
Hello, carbs, my old friends. Pitas, baguettes and pretzel, oh my - the bread is baked fresh daily and is the perfect solution to getting a little over-served on Saturday night.
And then there's the other solution...