Saturday, August 24, 2019


This is my weekly compilation of news and other links about Trader Joe's.

10 best cleaning products at Trader Joe's

Shopping experience: WalMart versus Trader Joe's

Comparison test of 8 name-brand products and their Trader Joe's counterparts

Best tweets of the week:

And finally, here's this week's cute cat dog in a Trader Joe's grocery bag:

Friday, August 23, 2019

Trader Joe's Organic Sparkling Apple Cider Drinking Vinegar--Strawberry & Basil

I passed this by a couple of time because the very idea of "drinking vinegar" seemed like a big bowl of wrong. But I gathered my courage, bought it, and shared the bottle with Nina last night.

Upon unscrewing the cap, the distinctive smell of vinegar hit me immediately, and I was worried that drinking it would be more of the same. It wasn't--not at all. It's a peculiar but pleasantly surprising mismatch. It's mostly just like drinking ordinarily sparkling apple cider, though with more than the usual amount of vinegary sensation, more in the nose than on the tongue.

As for the strawberry and basil, I had to close my eyes with a swig of the cider in my mouth and go on a mental hunt for them. I found them that way, but I never would have noticed them if not for the words on the label.

Will I buy it again? 

No. But it's definitely worth having once.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Trader Joe's Organic Pita Chips with Sea Salt

These are unforgivably dull, lifeless, tasteless. The "touch" of salt is practically undetectable.

Nina's reaction was similar.

This product is a total fail, and after eating just a few, the rest of the bag is going back for a refund.

Will I buy it again? 


Monday, August 19, 2019

Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's Cookies & Cream Light Ice Cream

This product is part of an industry-wide trend toward "healthier" ice creams, with more protein, less fat, and fewer calories. See here for a Consumer Reports article on the subject.

This new Trader Joe's offering is just so-so. The flavors are on the dull/weak side. The texture is not especially creamy.

It was rock-hard straight out of my freezer. But it softened up enough for scooping after being left out on the counter for 10 minutes.

Will I buy it again? 

No--it's not good enough to bother with.

Saturday, August 17, 2019


This is my weekly compilation of news and other links about Trader Joe's.

10 of the best lunches at Trader Joe's for under $7

6 best Trader Joe's items from summer 2019

6 Trader Joe's items for the home for under $10

26 Trader Joe's employees name their favorite items

Whole Foods disappointing compared with Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's leads entire retail industry in customer satisfaction

19 real moms on what they always buy at Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's employees sing and dance to stop a toddler's tantrum

7 reasons people are obsessed with Trader Joe's

Best tweets of the week:

And finally, here's this week's cute cat in a Trader Joe's grocery bag dog with her head in a Trader Joe's yogurt cup:

Friday, August 16, 2019

Trader Joe's Organic No Joke Ginger Juice Shot

This is some serious, wake-you-up, kick-your-butt, take-no-prisoners peppery juice. Between the ginger, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper, it will burn your throat and clear your sinuses. I'm not sure I'd call this a pleasant experience, but it's definitely interesting. It makes the potent Triple Ginger Brew look like Kool-Aid in comparison.

Will I buy it again? 

No. It was far more memorable than the relatively tame turmeric version, but not something I need in my life--especially for $1.99 per shot. But do try it once, then get the t-shirt bragging that you survived it.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Verry Cherry Plums

I'm not sure if these are an actual hybrid of plums and cherries, or just plums that have been selectively cultivated for a cherry-like flavor. But however they were made, I think they're excellent. Now, the cherry thing is a bit oversold; it's subtle, not front and center. But it is definitely present.

Every single plum in this container was perfectly ripe, sweet, and fully flavorful--not a bad one in the bunch--which is rare for produce, especially (forgive me) at Trader Joe's.

Will I buy it again? 

Yes, eagerly.