Friday, June 17, 2011

Whatever You Do, Don't Fall in Love with a Product at Trader Joe's!

I love Trader Joe's! If you don't have one near where you live, you just have to move to where they are, even if it means moving to a different (more civilized) state. What's so great about Trader Joe's? They have great products at really reasonable prices. Their employees are the nicest you will ever find. They also sell wine for $2! It doesn't get better than this!

The drawback to Trader Joe's is that the stores are tiny, so they really limit what they put on their shelves. They are always bringing in new products, so that means that other products have to go away to make room for the new stuff. Sometimes the products that go away are pretty awesome. In fact, any time I fall in love with something there, it invariably gets discontinued.

Yesterday, I decided to roast a chicken. They had an awesome chicken roasting kit where they sold everything you need in a bag. It had fresh herbs, potatoes, carrots, onions, and garlic in one handy-dandy, reasonably priced bag. The only other thing you needed to buy was the roasting chicken. Very Sandra-Lee! I know it's lazy of me, but quite frankly, the red potatoes that came in this kit were better than the potatoes I buy separately at either Trader Joe's or Whole Foods! I really wanted that kit!

But, of course, they didn't have it in stock. When I asked an employee when they were going to get it in, he looked at me confused and said it's a seasonal item that they only have in during the holiday period. Wow, I guess it's been a long time since I've roasted a chicken! I was flabbergasted by this! What's so holiday-ish about roasting a chicken? Isn't that a year-round thing? Also, how much more American can you get then to take lazy shortcuts?

Why does Trader Joe's do this to me? Why?

What products have they discontinued that you love?

10 comments:

  1. Don't make me hate you. Since we moved out of California, I've had to make do without Trader Joe's.

    That's it, we're going to have to move again. We're gonna have to stay with you for a while until we find a place, so hopefully they'll have those chicken roasting kits in stock by then.

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  2. Whenever my husband goes down to Virginia, he picks me up several of their cheesy spinach dip. It has the most amazing flavor and I would be incredibly sad if it went away!!

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  3. And I'm jealous of you over the little red potatoes - I haven't had potatoes in over a year since my esophagitis dx and allergy testing! I have dreams about eating potatoes in just about any form. :(

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  4. I miss Trader Joe's ...



    And not JUST for the $2 wine!

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  5. I used to be in love with their veggie pate' but they haven't had that in years. I also liked their baked tortilla chips and I've yet to find anything like them.

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  6. Drives me crazy. I still cry over our favorite granola bars that they discontinued.

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  7. I love Trader Joe's! Sadly, there are non in Canada BUT we have one just across the border in Washington. Every few months we make a trip down to stock up on our favs

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  8. I am so glad I didn't find it while I was a Trader Joe's or I would be missing it too. It sounds wonderful!

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  9. I am in love with the vegetable nest things (appetizer) and sometimes they don't stock them, and that is not a good day in my house.

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  10. they have an awesome lotion that I love!!

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