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Trader Joe’s, I Love You

June 22nd, 2010 · 14 Comments · San Francisco · By: Casi


I don’t have a car. My income is not something to be jealous of. I live on top of a large hill. The 38 Geary Bus line stops at every corner. I think stoners are funny.

All of these are reasons why I shop at Trader Joe’s.

Unfortunately, this post is NOT sponsored by Trader Joe’s but if they would ever like to pay me in TJ’s gift cards I would so whore out my blog for them!

There are pretty much three grocery options here in San Francisco:

1. Expensive, yet nutritious Farmers Markets, mom and pop shops, and Walgreens (no disrespect to any of these options….especially Walgreens where I get my weekly Snickers ice cream bar!).

2. Then you have Safeway, which isn’t quite as pricey as the options I already listed, but definitely not CHEAP! Yes, they do have more options, but really nothing that the third grocery store option can’t satisfy.

3. Then there is Trader Joe’s, always packed with people purchasing cheap booze and cheese. This was the main reason I went here at first because they really have the best options! In fact San Francisco Magazine named TJ’s as one of the Best Wine Stores in SF in their Best of the Bay Area 2010: Readers’ Poll! Hello!!! It’s like official now!!

Although I continue to turn to Trader Joe’s for my wine and Cheese needs I also turn to them for their other cheap, yet great, grocery items! Some of which include:

[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4724279027/[/flickr] 1. Trader Joe’s Soy Sauce: Really, I just have an unnatural love for Soy Sauce. At $2.99 this is probably one of the priciest (for what it is) food items on my list. Luckily it’s Low Sodium so it makes me feel better about myself. Do you think it’s bad to go through a jar of this a week? I didn’t think so either!
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4724925582/[/flickr] 2. Cucumbers: I eat cucumbers everyday! Why is this watery, crunchy, green vegi so good!?! Oh yea, probably because I soak them in a pool of soy sauce. MMMMM Soy Sauce!
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4724915052/[/flickr] 3. Trader Joe’s Cilantro Salad Dressing: I have just one question: Why doesn’t every restaurant offer this salad dressing?!?! It’s embarrassing to say, but if it weren’t for the bright orange sticker that comes on every bottle warning me to keep this dressing refrigerated AT ALL TIMES, I would so package it into 1 serving size baggies and carry it in my purse for cilantro dressing emergencies!! I have been known to carry soy sauce packets…
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4724296369/[/flickr] 4. Trader Joe’s Sun Dried Tomato Pesto: To. Die. For. Goes good in eggs, cheese and crackers, salads, sandwiches, burgers. So good, yet oh so bad! I found out that not everything at TJ’s is automatically healthy after going through a container of this and then reading the Supplement Facts. Damn you metabolism!!!!!
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4724954876/[/flickr] 5. Trader Ming’s Mandarin Orange Chicken: First of all: Who is this Trader Ming fella?! Second of all: He needs to make more American-ized Chinese delicacies like this! OK, here’s how you do it! Put your oven on broil. Microwave the desired amount of chicken until soft (not hot….just not frozen anymore). Place chicken on tin foil (because clean-up sucks with this sticky sauce). Pour sweet and sour sauce on chicken to taste. Place in hot oven. WATCH the chicken for the perfect amount of crispyness (about 6 – 10 minutes). Put in bowl with cooked white rice and Trader Joe’s Frozen asparagus spears. Pour lots of soy sauce on it (soupy texture is usually my goal. Yes, I will be having a heart attack any day now). ENJOY! Best cheap dinner on the planet.
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4724298845/[/flickr] 6. Trader Joe’s Blended Scotch Whisky: I have only two selling points on this item: 1. Delicious
2. $10
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4724282387/[/flickr] 7. Vinho Verde White Wine Espiral: White wine + Champagne = Vinho Verde. The best wine to sip on a hot summer day!

So yea, pretty much Trader Joe’s rocks my world! I think I need to get me a weekend job there because I hear they give employees samples! I love samples!!

Tell me your must have Trader Joe’s items in the comments :)


You can check out a few of my other favorite Trader Joe’s yummies below:
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  • http://twitter.com/nikkideterding Nikki Deterding

    I had the best cornbread ever at my boyfriend's mom's house. Then I got invited to a chili/cornbread cook-off and so I thought I would throw my hat in the ring.

    I emailed Sarah (bf's mom) and asked her for the recipe. She replied with: Trader Joe's cornbread mix.

    So, I bought it, made it, entered it, ate it, enjoyed it, and then I WON the cornbread competition.

  • sfBirdie

    I never saw the blended scotch whiskey before – think I'll need to make a TJ run tonight to, you know, test it out and make sure it's as delicious as you say it is.

  • http://theoffbeatreport.com Lauren

    YUM! This post officially made me hungry. I love Trader Joe's – they have the most yummy, unique foods for really affordable prices. Their organic section is awesome, too!

  • http://www.brainbackup.net Greg_Gerber

    For $10 u can drink all week! For that reason alone, TJs scotch wins the people's choice award. Plus it's bomb. Lots of ice.

  • http://www.brainbackup.net Greg_Gerber

    That is sooo cheating. But funny! What'd u win?

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    I bought their Organic Strawberry yogurt for the first time and it is so good!!! Not too sweet, just how I like it!

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    like Greg said, be sure to add a lot of ice. It's the best!

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    I've made Trader Joe's cornbread for Greg and I before. It is so good! I think we ate the whole box in one sitting between the two of us!

  • wendy

    Hey Casi, Didn't I get you hooked on the sundried pesto??. If you get giftcards I would love a few!! lol wg

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    Yes! I love that stuff!!!

  • http://superduperfantastic.net/ suki

    TJ's scotch only $10? We'll have to pick some up.

    We like the gnocchi, nuts, and artichoke hearts!

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    are they the artichoke hearts in a jar? I love those! I gotta start buying those again! Great with pasta and chicken. MMMmmmMM

  • http://superduperfantastic.net/ suki

    Yes, they come in the jar! We've been making this amazing pasta salad that I snack on at work. I could eat it every day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/codytesnow Cody Tesnow

    Ahaha! I got that same scotch and wine! They’re a steal! I’m moving up there January/February, I’ll have to make sure to follow the blog, so when I hit the ground, I’m only a half-noob.