My son and I drove the 76 miles to our nearest TJ’s (in the rain, naturally) on Wednesday. We had a blast. Some folks have requested a full report, so here we go.
I really like the store–good stuff, good prices. Here’s what I got, with attendant notes.
3 kinds of Brussels Sprouts–one ready to saute (and $2.50 cheaper than I can get it here), one in microwavable bag, and one stalk. I burned the sauteed ones already, but the unburned parts were good!
Coffee: New Orleans style with chicory, Costa Rican Tarrazu, and Bay Blend. I was so overwhelmed with coffee choices that I just went with pretty labels. We split them and they’re all good so far. Next time I want to try the Kona.
Olive oil, lovely cloudy green stuff.
Harvest Grains Blend, which just looked interesting
Tarte D’alsace pizza thing. Saving for a night when the kids are gone!
Chocolate–a small variety
Sweet potatoes–just seemed ike a good price
Black Licorice-LOVE black licorice!
Salami. Ooooooh, good stuff.
Really lovely Brie, and raw milk cheddar. Good, good, good.
Snacky things–sesame sticks, peanut butter pretzels, savory crackers.
Wine for my son–he says it’s good stuff, so I’ll take his word for it.
I’m planning another trip in December, and will get a LOT more cheese and coffee and chocolate, plus all the things I didn’t get to try this time. And more licorice, for sure. Can’t wait to go back! Thanks to all the Dopers who suggested things!
We don’t have TJ’s where I live, but i have been to one and I’ve looked at their website. Please explain what all the fuss is about. We have Whole Foods and TJ’s seems to have much less of everything. What am i not getting?
This, exactly. Good stuff, cheap prices. The only price winner I can think of at Whole Foods is their bulk spice section, hidden away in the supplements aisle. Yes, TJs is smaller, and I wouldn’t want to have that as my only grocery store, by any means, but I try to make a habit of getting certain staples (olive oil, Kalamata olives, jarred roasted peppers, etc.) there at the very least.
I totally missed the olives…but there are a couple of olive bars in the local health food stores here, so I won"t suffer unduly.
I was most excited about the cheese and coffee. Both had great selections and even better prices. I love good cheese, and it is so pricey anywhere here, even at Sam’s (not that I usually want the bulk I find at Sam’s.)