Sunday, July 17, 2011

Fun with TJ and A & L

Trader Joe's just opened TWO stores in my area this weekend! If you already have one near you, you may just skip this post, but to those who have been exposed to TJ's and have been existing without, well now .... it was a party for myself and two daughters A and L.

Why did we get two? Kansas City sits on the border of KS and MO. MO can have liquor in grocery stores, and KS cannot. One store is 7.7 miles away and the other 8.8 miles away.

What is the big draw about Trader Joe's? Lots of their own brands reasonably priced, and some different things you don't see at other grocery stores.

Here's something TJ's are probably most famous for: 2 Buck Chuck! Two dollar Charles Shaw wine. Only now it is $2.99! A good (drink it while it's young ) wine, if you are not a wine snob. I don't drink wine, so I can't verify this information (I am a Jose Cuervo  limeade girl).

Look at all that chocolate! They have their own huge Belgian chocolate bars.

TJ's is not a big store, and they don't carry everything, but I loved looking at their displays.

People were grabbing the popcorn as quickly as they filled the shelves.

                  In fact, the bread rack was empty Sunday morning.

These are the coolest recyclable grocery bags!

The trip home was fun! We dug around in our bags, got out lots of stuff and passed it around.

What do you buy at Trader Joe's?

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carol ann said...

I want a Trader Joe's in my city! Thanks for sharing:)

Barbara F. said...

Oh Pat that is a loaded, and I mean LOADED question for me. Their package sizes are good for singles/couples, maybe up to four. I buy their frozen meals, Asian, Indian, mini quiche, hash brown potatoes, oatmeal, peanut butter filled pretzels, tea tree oil shampoo, their wine, especially the chocolate wine which tastes like Bailey's, cake mix, cookies, wraps, once in a while meat, cheese, especially their goat cheese, chocolate croissants, aren't you sorry you asked?! xo

Red Couch Recipes said...

I don't have a TJ's in my state -- can't sell wine in stores, only at state liquor stores....but I used to live in CA and loved them for their, nuts, breads, lemon curd, and their Jo Jo's (they have a peppermint oreo that is so good. I am green with envy. Have fun shopping. Joni

Marigene said...

I am so happy to be able to go to one again...that was the store I missed the most after moving from Phoenix. I had planned on going up Tuesday, but have to go to Fort Scott, then I will be gone to Vermont for a few weeks.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Pat,
Sadly we don't have a Trader Joe's here in Miami.
But I can tell that you are going to have a ball!
Just LOVE you dog days of summer tablescape! Very creative, and so very cute!!! I'm following you.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Congrats on getting a Trader Joe's in your area. Their dried cranberries are the best bargain in town. They also have a delicious Gruyere, caramelized onion and ham torte in the freezer case - delicious!

The Tablescaper said...

I love Trader Joe's. I only wish there was one closer to me. They have awesome frozen appetizers and desserts. Thanks for being part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper