With the Austin Trader Joe’s now open for 10 happy days, at the request of a friend, here is a list of my TJ favorites (keeping in mind, I’m an East Coast girl, and long time TJ’s lover and devotee, as in as long as to remember when the 2 Buck Chuck was really 2 bucks!)
These are the things I seek out and many of which I used to binge eat or purchase and transport on my trips to cities with TJs. Now, I can get them in my own hometown! BLISS! Try em and see what you think:
Pound Plus bittersweet chocolate bar with almonds. A square of this is how I start every morning. I’m serious. Like a coffee or cigarette addict, this Mama is the walking wounded til one square of this amazement is in my body. And now I don’t have to hoard or ration as much.
Savory Thin Mini Crackers. They have bigger sized too but I love these mini guys, dipped in hummus, bean dip, Greek yogurt dip (more on these below). These are rice and sesame based, so ideally gluten free and ideally not so bad for you. And they are a wayyy cheaper replacement to the Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins I got hooked on.
The rest of the items won’t get as many call outs, superlatives. These two are just very close to my heart!
- Any of TJ’s hummus
- Especially the White Bean hummus
- Mediterranean Greek Yogurt Dip
- Any prepared salads, esp. Vegetable and Grain Country Salad
- Wasabi Peas
- Blue corn tortilla chips
- Veggie sticks potato snacks
- Sea Salt Butterscotch caramels
- Speculoos cookies – SOOOO good, and addictive
- Any trail mix, I esp love the Tempting one with nuts, raisins, chocolate chips AND peanut butter chips
- I haven’t done as much of the frozen foods as I will be now, too hard to transport on a plane back to TX from CA or Mass. But I love those I’ve had: Channa Masala, Chicken Tikka Masala, Aloo Chaat.
If you want to know a little history, the company started in 1967 with a store in Pasadena, CA, still there today. They started pushing their re-usable bags in 1977 – very early recyclers! They didn’t expand out of CA until 1993, and the first East Coast store was opened in 1997, in Boston, in Brookline, where a certain ME shopped!
If you haven’t yet, check out TJ’s website, http://www.traderjoes.com/, its pretty funny and unique with a lot more product recs than mine. This is just a cool company I love. They don’t put a lot of money into advertising or marketing, or fliers. Its mostly all word of mouth from zealots like me! Now, if I could just get them to shift from the iconic Hawaiian shirt (started in 1968) to stripedshirts…..
Get thee to our Trader Joe’s, fellow ATXers, it’s worth the trip!