Friday, March 14, 2008

Trader Joe's, Yum!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 1:39 PM

OK, so I have found a new love. It is now my sole reason for being. About three months ago I had my first Trader Joe’s experience. And it was magical, and special and all the things a girl should feel when she enters the hallowed aisles of her favorite grocery store. There were samples galore, organic produce, imported cheeses, amazing wines, and the best part was a 33-ounce bottle of Orangina for $2.00!

For all of you who don’t know, Trader Joe's is a grocery store chain out of Los Angeles that specializes in high-end goods at low-end prices. Trader Joe's is a privately held company with over 210 stores in the U.S. Its eco-friendly products, laid-back atmosphere have made it a favorite of America’s middle class.

I was in heaven. All the specialty stuff that I am in love with was in one glorious place and only a mile from my house. No more making the long trip South Charlotte to hit up the Fresh Market, and no more Harris Teeter either. Nope, I had found my Mecca, a place where a girl could get healthy, organic, delicious food and not break the bank.

I am now on a mission to convert others. After an intense and grueling workout my best friend asked if I had anything to drink. I offered her the nectar of the gods. The previous week I had stumbled upon Trader Joe’s Dixie Peach Juice, which is like drinking a fresh, perfectly, ripe peach. When I tasted it, it was so good I rushed to the aisle and almost got into a fight with a woman over the last bottle. But I digress. After I offered her the juice she wanted to know immediately where I had found it. When I told her that not only was the juice delicious, but it had no artificial colors, no preservatives, and used organic cane sugar as a sweetener, she was impressed. But when I told her I got a 64-ounce bottle of the stuff for 3.49 she was stunned.

We went immediately, and with the excitement of a kid at Christmas I showed her my new discovery. She oohed and ahhed at the great selection of exotic foods. And she laughed at the crazy Hawaiian shirts the employees wear. As we left we smiled at each other with the knowledge that we had shared a very special experience. I popped her Trader Joe’s cherry.

There are two TJ’s locations here in Charlotte, one in University City at 1820 E. Arbors Drive, and one in Ballantyne at 6418 Rea Rd. I suggest everyone go at least once. Just for the experience. As for me it’s lunchtime and I have a date with my man Joe, Trader Joe.

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