I feel like Morpheus in the Matrix – “I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”
The door I show you is that of gourmet ecstasy and culinary genius. Here is that door.
When I use the word love (and I use it sparingly), I mean it. I LOVE Trader Joe’s. For those who have been deprived for so long not knowing the existence or whereabouts of this place, I am here to enlighten and educate you. Trader Joe’s is a semi-gourmet grocery store who specializes in its own brands – brands that range from simple to gourmet. The great thing about this place is that you can buy yourself a frozen, 5-star gourmet meal for under 4 bucks (something like mushroom risotto or mushroom fettuccine alfredo). You can even buy a nice bottle of Trader Joe’s Chuck Schwab wine (nicknamed “3 buck chuck”) for under 3 dollars. Don’t be fooled or misled – this is not just another cheap grocery store (think Aldi, Kroger, etc.). Nearly everything at this store is quality. The food is GOOD and DELICIOUS. I have yet to purchase anything from there yet that I haven’t liked. The greatest thing about this place is the variety of foods and products they have. For example, I recently bought some tortilla chips which were flavored with a hint of guacamole. Good lord. I mean, good lord. They had to be the best tortilla chips I have ever tasted in my life.
Trader Joe’s has become a weekly routine for me, seeing as how it is only 5 miles from where I work. I go there just about once a week (sometimes twice). If anyone is reading this, you HAVE to check out this place. If you are into cooking (as I have recently become into), then you will absolutely fall in love with this place. I’m talking about sweaty palms, heart racing fall in love. Trader Joe’s is now my favorite establishment. Hands down, ring the bell, throw in the towel, raise the white flag – it’s over. I am enamored with this place. I’d much rather spend an hour there looking around for the ingredients for my next meal than to be at a department store looking for a new pair of jeans. There is just SO MUCH variety at this place. Everytime I go there I find something new and intriguing to try. I first heard about this a little from my sister (who lives in San Francisco) and didn’t think too much of it. She is big into the organic foods and Trader Joe’s is big into that too (but it is not limited to that). So, like any ignorant person, I just dismissed Trader Joe’s as another grocery store that sold tasteless organic food. I was wrong then, and am even more wrong now after shopping there for a few months. DO NOT knock it til’ you try it. Trader Joe’s is off the flippin’ chain and off the friggin richter.
I almost forgot – here are the locations:
Irvine, CA (Irvine & Sand Canyon)
Norcross, GA –
Park Ridge, IL
Point Loma, CA
Templeton , CA
Atlanta, GA (Midtown)
Charlotte, NC (North)
Charlotte, NC (South)
Maple Grove, MN
Oakland, CA (Lakeshore)
Oakland, CA (College)