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So I Went to Trader Joe’s Yesterday

August 12, 2012

And I am now in love with that damned Cookie Butter.

Compared to Cookie Butter, Nutella is a dirty crack whore an inferior product.

I also picked up:

  • English Toffee
  • Quinoa and Black Bean Tortilla Chips
  • Pita Chips (sea salt and multigrain)
  • Pound-Plus Milk Chocolate & Almond Bar (holy crap – huge)
  • Hummus: Tomato-Basil and Kalamata Olive (I violated my own store-bought hummus ban)
  • Spanish extra-virgin olive oil (cannot believe how cheap)
  • Balsamic vinegar ($3.49 for one liter. Nice.)

Some other non-interesting things like chicken, ribs, and sausage.

I thought it was going to be a frickin’ zoo but I was mistaken – it was a godawful nightmare. People treat the store like it’s an amusement park – bring the entire family, block the aisle, stop to gawk at every.single.thing. I was frustrated much of the time, even though I walked out with everything I came for (and more). I will be shopping there regularly, but you can bet it will NEVER again be on a Saturday afternoon. I understand – I brought it on myself. Also: there is something just wrong about requiring cops to direct traffic into a grocery store. One friend (your pal and mine, DerryX) told me that the cops directed him not to a parking space, but right out of the parking lot entirely! He actually never made it into the store.  Oops.

Anyway, just thought you’d like to know.

Related: Do yourself a favor and follow @TheCookieButter on Twitter. Or just mention the stuff in a tweet – he’ll find YOU.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Claire permalink
    August 12, 2012 6:11 pm

    I was there yesterday afternoon too. I was amazed at the inconsiderate customers who blocked aisles and paid no attention to polite “excuse me’s”. I picked up a few things and headed home without my finding the Cookie Butter. Where did you find it? So far a couple of things I bought are ok. I don’t know if I will go rushing back.

    • August 12, 2012 6:45 pm

      It was on an end cap, above a freezer case, towards the back near the dairy products. There weren’t a whole lot left, so maybe they were sold out by the time you go there? I was there around 2.

      Even if we were there at the same time, there was probably no way of seeing each other. Blocked by a sea of idiots and all. People are so damned rude I wanted to scream.

  2. Alisa permalink
    August 12, 2012 6:24 pm

    Interesting point: TJs paid for the extra coppers. Loving it all

  3. llcwine permalink
    August 12, 2012 8:13 pm

    I was there at 8:45 this morning and it was a piece of cake….the cops were there…but not needed at the time…..lots of gawkers….and I got a few items…..

  4. Patti permalink
    August 13, 2012 6:20 pm

    I was there around 5pm what a zoo and as you said, impolite and rude people, the COOKIE BUTTER was there as you described and I jut tried some and all I can is OH, MY GOD!! i said to myself, I have never met this women (meaning Wendy) do I love her or hate her for introducing me to this incredible edible jar? Thank you Wendy.

    • August 13, 2012 6:25 pm

      I put up my post after you bought it! Not my fault! But aren’t you glad you did???

  5. williepitt permalink
    August 13, 2012 8:38 pm

    We went there last Wednesday, just after lunch. Very busy, but no problem. And we didn’t find tons of inconsiderate shoppers.

    We did, however, find certain things sold out – like most house brands of beer and my favorite roasted/unsalted cashews. But what the heck. They’ll probably have them next time, after the novelty wears off.

    • August 13, 2012 9:12 pm

      Tell me about the house brands of beer…I’ve been wanting to get into beer again, and I’d love some recommendations.

      • williepitt permalink
        August 15, 2012 11:45 am

        Never tried them. Just saw the space, and the price labels. Might try them some day, when the supply is OK.

  6. August 14, 2012 10:22 am

    Cookie Butter = Biscoff Spread (the stuff smattered all over food blogs about 6 months ago being spread on or baked into just about everything), which we’ve found at Ocean State Job Lot. Yeah, it’s pretty much crack. (for some reason the makers sell the exact same thing under two names in the US – Biscoff/Speculoos)

    And check this out…apparently there is a CHUNKY version of Biscoff Spread according to their website – have not seen that anywhere, though. Spreadable cookies with pieces of cookie in it. It’s practically a health food!

  7. August 15, 2012 8:14 pm

    People treat the store like it’s an amusement park – bring the entire family, block the aisle, stop to gawk at every.single.thing.

    OH MY GOD YES. We were there at the same time, so I know exactly what you were talking about.

    We’ll be going on weeknights from now on …

    • August 15, 2012 10:14 pm

      I think I might need to take a sedative before I go grocery shopping. I always seem to be completely annoyed, no matter where I shop. TJ’s just was the pinnacle.

  8. williepitt permalink
    August 25, 2012 12:56 pm

    OK, people found TJ’s crowded. Any more so than ANY supermarket?

    It’s been crowded when we were there. So what else is new? And the crowds are pretty happy.

    For those who just hate to shop in crowded stores, I feel your pain. I don’t like them either, but I’ve gotten used to the syndrome.

    And in a TJ’s, for the first time ever, I think it’s worth it.

    • August 25, 2012 1:50 pm

      I actually agree. I went back again last Saturday, and I’ll be there today too. It’s definitely worth it.

      And I’ve never seen a grocery store that crowded – where the heck do YOU shop?

      You’ll never find me in a, say, ShopRite or Walmart that just opened because there is absolutely nothing special about them. That would not be worth the aggravation.

      I still think I should take a sedative before going anywhere in public; I get really worked up.

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