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Old 05-15-2006, 04:02 PM   #1
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Trader Joes Finally Arrives In Minnesota!

Minnesotans stood in line and rejoiced

http://www.startribune.com/389/story/433289.html

Chuck is three-bucks however


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Re: Trader Joes Open First Store In Minnesota!
Old 05-15-2006, 04:13 PM   #2
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I am jealous - had it in Tucson, and miss it in Tampa.

3-buck Chuck, huh. Still a deal.

Try the shower soap - the expensive stuff. Amazing.

Their real-cheese cheese puffs are amazing.

I could go on and on... Enjoy!
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I am jealous - had it in Tucson, and miss it in Tampa.

3-buck Chuck, huh. Still a deal.

Try the shower soap - the expensive stuff. Amazing.

Their real-cheese cheese puffs are amazing.

I could go on and on... Enjoy!
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"Try the shower soap - the expensive stuff. Amazing."

Ohhh. I love the soaps from there. My new favorite is a triple milled rose soap. Wonderful stuff.

I am jealous, too. Iowa will be the last place on earth Trader Joe's opens its doors.
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TJ rocks! That's where my wife and I do most of our shopping.

Good to know their spreading accross the US (planning to move out of So. Cal. when FI).
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Trader Joe's........ that's the place that took over the old Farmer's Mercantile building. You know, across the street from the Side Track Tap. Right?
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When we move to Hawaii next month, DH will miss In-n-Out Burger, and I will miss Trader Joes!! I do about 1/2 of my shopping there (wish they had more of a produce section). I love their milk chocolate covered pretzels and the peanut butter filled pretzels!!

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Trader Joe's........ that's the place that took over the old Farmer's Mercantile building. You know, across the street from the Side Track Tap. Right?
Yeah, down the street from the Acme building, in a city that normally knows how to keep its secrets....
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haven't been yet but i've heard these stores are great. south florida still trader joeless
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"Try the shower soap - the expensive stuff. Amazing."

Ohhh. I love the soaps from there. My new favorite is a triple milled rose soap. Wonderful stuff.

I am jealous, too. Iowa will be the last place on earth Trader Joe's opens its doors.
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Funny, when we talk about moving to a cheaper location for retirement, whether or not Trader Joe's is close by factors into the conversation! Great wine, great food, just amazing place.
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I am jealous, too. Iowa will be the last place on earth Trader Joe's opens its doors.
Yup, right before Hawaii.

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When we move to Hawaii next month,* DH will miss In-n-Out Burger, and I will miss Trader Joes!!* I do about 1/2 of my shopping there (wish they had more of a produce section).* I love their milk chocolate covered pretzels and the peanut butter filled pretzels!!*
Just gotta replace those "old" traditions with new ones.* If someday you leave Hawaii, you might look back on this post and laugh at how that's happened.

When our kid travels to the Mainland, the land of potato products, she misses rice.

You know there's no Targets or Marshalls or a host of other Mainland chain stores in Hawaii, right? Sometimes the Mainland TV commercials on HGTV are almost a complete miss...

But the Mainland also doesn't have to put up with commercials for Hilo Hatties or Lex Brodie's Tires.
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Chuck is $3.69 in Ohio. The gov'ner needs to claim tax reductions so we get a few extra revenue enhancements.

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Oooooh Trader Joe's, there is one right on Boylston Street here in Boston. I buy as much as I can carry back to the office, their stuff is great, I wish they would put one in my areal.
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I am doing the happy dance here in Minnesota (but it doesn't look like the one you posted - my husband is bummed!). I am glad Trader Joe's is here - and three buck Chuck is pretty good - even for this professed wine snob wannabe
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I went to the Trader Joes in Minnesota, on opening day, and it was packed with happy people. I'd never been to one before and wanted to find out what all the fuss was about. After buying a few bottles of $3 buck Chuck, I made a plan to return in a few weeks when the crowds die down and get busy sampling.

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We've got one an hour in one direction and another an hour in the opposite direction. Once a month trips with a cooler and our spare fridge/freezer out in the garage softens the blow.

Two buck chuck is three bucks when you get away from the left coast due to (supposedly) increased shipping costs. Its bottled by the bronco something or other wholesaler under the charles shaw name, which they bought. The shiraz won some kind of blind tasting award last year, much to the chagrin of the testers who feared loss of reputation.

Do note that the quality of the wine varies, as the sources change regularly. I bought a couple of bottles of their chardonnay, thought it was acceptable and bought a bunch more on the next trip. Unfortunately the new batch wasnt anywhere near as good.

CT - theres some good stuff at TJ's...in the frozen aisle you'll find a variety of pretty good frozen seafood, seasoned racks of lamb, buffalo burgers, lots of vegetarian and asian specialties, lots of little low fat low cal frozen entrees...good prepackaged salads like greens with candied walnuts and maytag blue cheese...lots of soy stuff...a huge variety of "shortcut" foods like indian and thai "simmer sauces", all sorts of delicacies and unusual foodstuffs...all at pretty good prices.

Think "natual" and slightly "fru fru california" stuff, of good quality and at good prices.

Their frozen fettucini alfredo is a big hit around here.

Only problem I have with the place is that they tend to be small, with very narrow aisles, and filled with people who like to kitty corner their cart while they do a forensic examination of a can of tuna's label. "ITS GOT FRICKIN TUNA IN IT!"
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They have killer buffalo wings in the frozen section, too. And every kind of chocolate covered thing you could want. Wine selection goes way beyond 2-buck-chuck, I never got that craze. Tons of good wine in the $5 to $10 range, they carry yellowtail, too.

If this makes any sense, it's a fun store to go to.
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We have two Trader Joe stores within a three-mile radius of our home.

Trader Joe has the best:
produce, cheeses, nuts, chips, cereals, condiments, coffee, tea,
frozen cheese cake, fresh flowers. The store is always busy!
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The one here in Boston is always busy and they usually have things I can't find in a regular grocery store.
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