My name is Steve and I’m a Trader Joe’s addict. I am in no way affiliated with Trader Joe’s in any way other that I am generally a satisfied customer! In this blog I am going to review as many Trader Joe’s products I can. My wife and I shop there almost everyday. You would too if you have 10 and 11 year old boys you needed to feed constantly! This blog is an off shoot of my inner foodie. My wife, Becky, and I are serious foodies. Just about everyone I know in Seattle is! This place is a food mecca. Trader Joe’s fits right in here.

First up, I am not being paid by Trader Joe’s. I have never worked there. I think Trader Joe’s has a great idea and a great store. I will not hold anything back if I find a product I don’t like. I will let you know what I like and what I don’t. Trader Joe’s can bomb in a serious way sometimes.

My hometown Trader Joe’s is the Totem Lake store in Kirkland, WA. I occasionally go to the brand new Trader’s in Redmond, WA but those are the two main stores I visit. But I have been to Trader Joe’s in several different states including Oregon, California, Arizona, Virginia and Maryland.

What can you expect from me? I will write an almost daily review of Trader Joe’s products. I have two pre-teen boys that need a lot of food so we go to Trader Joe’s frequently. This gives me lots of opportunities to keep up on new products. I’ve been a bit of a foodie since I can remember. My mother and father were Foodies before people used that word. Everyone in my family (well except my sister who can barely boil water) can cook gourmet meals. We have lived in Thailand and Germany growing up which is probably why I am a foodie!

How I rate these products: 1-10 Bells (you know how they ring the bell in Traders?)

1 Bell – Please remove it from the shelf immediately

5 Bells – OK, not great, but average

10 Bells – Best food ever need to be put in the TJ’s Hall of Fame.

We will be reviewing just about everything in the store, but mainly concentrate on the food and wine. Trader’s has an extensive supplement section, but rarely use them. I have heard good things about their quality so I’ll leave that section to others. The other thing we will not delve too deeply in is the fresh produce and meats. Those are highly variable depending on location but occasionally we’ll wade into those area and review those items. We’ll have an occasion recipe and food and wine pairing too. I love to cook and Trader Joe’s pushes my knowledge in food constantly.


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(I am in no way affiliated with Trader Joe’s in any way other that I am generally a satisfied customer)

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7 Replies to “About”

  1. I had the turkey-less roll for Thanksgiving. I thought it was terrific! First time for me and yes, I did follow the recipe on the side. I also added extra water, oil and spices. I am a vegan, my family of meat eaters even tried it…they were very surprised at how good it was. The gravy…you’re right nothing to scream about, but I added a little salt, sage and some pepper and dice sauteed yellow onions. It was pretty darn good considering!

  2. Found your site when searching for reviews on Honey Walnut Shrimp.. We are a retired empty nester couple and frequently shop Trader Joe’s. Cooking has been my joy for many years and we are at an age where finding simple, yummy dishes @ TJ’s fits our lifestyle.. I look forward to reading your reviews and leaving my thoughts on products we have tried.. :o)

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