Posts Tagged ‘Trader Joe’s’

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Trader Joe’s in Albany: We’re Goin’ In!

August 14, 2012

Ok, one more Trader Joe’s-related post. Sorry, we just can’t help our excitement. On Sunday we finally ventured to the strip mall that houses the California-based grocery store that is so beloved by its fans around the country. We expected a massive traffic jam, both with cars and with people at 11:30am, but we were pleasantly surprised. We cruised into the parking lot, directed by a police officer, and found a space almost instantly (ok, we had to walk about 50 feet to the front of the store). Inside it was definitely busy, but no busier than we remember any run-of-the-mill Sunday back in California. And it just felt so good to be there – like we were home. We had to keep reminding ourselves not buy everything we saw that we wanted, as we have done when stocking up at TJ’s in MA or downstate. This one was in our own town! We could just come back in a few days! Or tomorrow! Or a few hours later! We’ll just have to get used that. We did stock up on some frozen meals and lunch-type items like the lobster sushi roll, kim chee fried rice, black bean and cheese enchiladas, ginger sesame noodle salad, green chile and cheese tamales, spicy Thai chicken salad, and the Middle Eastern Feast (falafel, pita, hummus, and tabouli). We also picked up a jar of their awesome tomato-less corn salsa, a box of Joe’s O’s cereal, all natural Hansen’s soda, and their delicious dried tortellini. We also picked up a couple of sweet treats that we hadn’t tried before – Fleur de Sel caramels and their Stone Ground Salt and Pepper Dark Chocolate. The caramels, supposedly made with hand-collected sea salt from the French coast, tasted just like plain old caramel candy to us – not sure where the salt went. The dark chocolate was very interesting – we could definitely taste the salt, and the pepper came through in the back of the throat after swallowing each bite. It was a good layering of flavors; the chocolate was sweet and a little bitter, and then the saltiness and the bite of the pepper came through. Not sure if we’d get this regularly, but it was quite unique.

And with that, we promise to go for a while without posting about Trader Joe’s…unless something blog-worthy arises. Enjoy.

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More Trader Joe’s Hubbub

August 10, 2012

Just came across this great blog about TJ’s products!

http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/

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Trader Joe’s now open for business in Colonie – VIDEO!!

August 3, 2012

Trader Joe’s now open for business in Colonie – YNN, Your News Now.

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Trader Joe’s Opens in Albany TODAY!!!!

August 3, 2012

Trader Joe’s Opens in Albany TODAY!!!! Trader Joe’s Opens in Albany TODAY!!!! Trader Joe’s Opens in Albany TODAY!!!!

Something I never thought I’d say when we moved here 7 years ago…but Trader Joe’s Opens in Albany TODAY!!!!

I’ll be avoiding it for a few weeks, lest I wait in line 3 hours to check out…but still…Trader Joe’s Opens in Albany TODAY!!!! Trader Joe’s Opens in Albany TODAY!!!!

Enjoy.

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Thank You, Trader Joe’s. Thank You.

January 9, 2012

The buzz around town here in NY’s capital over the past three days revolves around the announcement of a certain grocery store chain confirming its plans to open a store this summer. And unless you didn’t read the title of this post, you already know which one I’m talking about. Now I’m usually a quiet, reserved person, but in the wake of this news, please indulge me if I just go off track for a moment and say WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!! TRADER JOE’S IS COMING TO MY TOWN!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!

Ahem. Ok, enough lack of professionalism. But yes, the fabulous market has finally made its way to our humble little hamlet, and most of the people around here – mainly the ones who have been to a TJ’s before – couldn’t be happier. There are those who are focusing on the added traffic the store will bring to the already car-heavy Wolf Road, but to them I say: good, you stay away – that’ll make more room for the rest of us. There is no doubt that for the first several weeks or so after the store’s opening, it will be mobbed and cars will be lined up waiting to get in the parking lot. But it won’t last – things will settle down and it will become very manageable. Case in point – the Fresh Market in Latham. When that first opened, it was a zoo – people packed into the aisles like organic sardines. But now you can go any time of day and cruise around sardine-free (unless you’re buying sardines).

Another recurring comment I see is “What’s the big deal about Trader Joe’s? They’re not that great. Why is everyone so excited?” or words to that effect. Well again, to them I say: good, you stay away – that’ll leave more delicious prepared foods, sauces, breads, pastas, frozen foods, etc. for the rest of us. Seriously, why are you upset that people are happy because a store they like is coming to where they live? That would be like me getting upset because they’re opening a Hot Harry’s burrito place in Latham. I don’t particularly care for that establishment, but apparently some people do, which is why they are opening another store in the area. If people want sub-par pseudo Mexican food (in my opinion), fine by me. If people want high quality grocery foods at reasonable-to-low prices, it should be fine by you.

We will of course have updates as the place gets closer to opening. If anyone reading this knows how the MHK might get invited to some sort of ceremonial grand opening, please email us. Thanks. 🙂