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Old 05-18-2006, 01:04 PM   #21
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My only problem with TJ's is that sometimes they just stopped carrying a product. I've been shopping there since '97 and used to love their Edamame Rice Bowls. It was one of those things that got me through bachelorhood, and then all of a sudden, they stopped carrying it. I guess their supplier either started charging too much or went out of business. This has happened with a few things here and there. Just a minor complaint for an otherwise awesome store. Good quality food at very good prices and great service.

DW does about 90% of her non-produce related shopping there.
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Re: Trader Joes Finally Arrives In Minnesota!
Old 05-18-2006, 04:07 PM   #22
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The Shiraz it the best of the bunch as far as the Chuck goes.
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Yellowtail is worth the extra $2 IMHO. But if you like the chuck, like some of my friends do, you will be in heaven with the price, like some of my friends are.
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Yellowtail is worth the extra $2 IMHO. But if you like the chuck, like some of my friends do, you will be in heaven with the price, like some of my friends are.
I'm curious about the Chuck - we'll see - price is not everything to me - life is too short for so-so wine....By the way not to cause any discomfort and I know Yellowtail has a huge huge following - but I just don't get what all the fuss is about...Some NY Times wine snob said it was perfect for a country brought up on soda pop...what does he mean by that?
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Hey, yellowtail is good $5 wine, but it's still $5 wine!

My tastebuds aren't that refined though, I haven't been able to find a price to quality correlation above $20-25. People keep giving us $100 bottles of wine, one was even a numbered bottle of Bordeaux from "the finest winery in France" (or something), and it still tasted the same as a $20 bottle of wine to me.
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- that's right Minnesota wants the alcohol sold only in a liquor store...I remember buying beer at a Longs Drug store in California on Christmas day....that's a no-no here - not even on Sunday for god's sake!
I was sitting in fishing camp "up nort" one year drinking and bs'ing with guys from Minnesota. *Told them some funny (I thought) stories about trying to buy booze down in Arkansas while on a trout fishing trip on the White and North Fork rivers. *They didn't laugh. *Seems they had even more fundamentalist-like blue laws in Minnesota! * *Oooops! *
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Hey, yellowtail is good $5 wine, but it's still $5 wine!

My tastebuds aren't that refined though, I haven't been able to find a price to quality correlation above $20-25. People keep giving us $100 bottles of wine, one was even a numbered bottle of Bordeaux from "the finest winery in France" (or something), and it still tasted the same as a $20 bottle of wine to me.
Yeah, I know what you mean...
I've been very happy with Spanish reds lately..especially Vina Alibali Gran Reserva 1997...it was on-sale recently here for about $13...
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Lovin some wines from Argentina and Chile right now, ~$10 bottle.

CT, keep meaning to try that Pillar Box Red.
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TJs Mandarin chicken was a big hit last night - family never saw the bag it came in - family thinks I'm a cooking genius - Thank you TJ
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If Iowa's the last place for a Trader Joe's, then South Carolina's the second to last! Although we have great markets here, there's nothing like TJs, and I'm jealous--even though I prefer to cook food myself (or have DH do it) so I know what's in it (avoiding trans fats, refined carbs, and to a lesser extent, salt).

As for wine...I can (usually) tell the difference between expensive, moderate-priced, and cheap wine, although I don't always like the expensive stuff better. The first time I had "expensive" wine ($20/bottle Nuits St George in 1972) was the first time I truly enjoyed the taste of wine. I hated that cheap cr@p we drank in college. When I wanted to get a buzz on, I preferred weed--and I still remember it as the intoxicant of choice. Alas, nobody invites me to pot parties any more, although in South Carolina they'd probably incarcerate me with Bubba who killed his Mama if I tried to buy any. My plan is to require medical marijuana someday...but I digress...
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I'm very surprised Colorado does not have a Trader Joe's yet. There are quite a few California transplants here that I'm sure would love to see TJ's open shop. I see they opened a store in New Mexico, so maybe they are making their way north.
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No map, but you can see the list of locations here:
http://www.traderjoes.com/locations/index.asp

The list is 2 pages of cities.
California is one page, everyone else on the second page.
(I saw Arizona too, but roughly speaking...)
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Yellowtail is still heads and above better than $3buck chuck, BUT for the money, the chardonney is drinkable, and it's kind of a fun change of pace.
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Trader Joes is another one of a class of odd slow growers. Seems every time they open one its mobbed wall to wall. But they take forever to expand. In-n-out burger is another one.

Maybe its the slow expansion and years of yearning that make people such strong customers...?
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Probably.

People here are always talking up Costco. Good deals. Treat their customer's right. Treat their employees right. I believe there is a Costco about 160 miles away from us. I get that yearning for a Costco. Less so Trader Joes because I know the odds of it coming close to me are zero.
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Yep, if I had a costco and a trader joes, i'd probably hardly ever set foot in another store. Of course, a month after i sold my mcmansion they started building both right up the street
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Trader Joes is another one of a class of odd slow growers. Seems every time they open one its mobbed wall to wall. But they take forever to expand. In-n-out burger is another one.

Maybe its the slow expansion and years of yearning that make people such strong customers...?
Coors - anyone remember the cache with that - college roomate used to drive from Illinois to Kansas to load up! I haven't bought any in over 15 yrs...
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RMGP (Rocky Mt. Goat Pee) isn't worth the drive to the corner store, let alone the drive to St. Louie...

Always thought that was like driving to Milwaukee to get a PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon)...
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