Itâ€™s not because Iâ€™m craving the Trader Joe’s Shrimp with Spicy Green Curry or the deliciously crispy Beer Battered Vidalia Sweet Onion Rings. Or because Iâ€™m jonesing for that Carmelized Nut Trio. Nope. I canâ€™t wait because Iâ€™m so fu**ing sick of hearing about Trader Joeâ€™s.
Or could their mouths be foaming because they’re not eating enough fresh food?
Trader Joeâ€™s is heavy on prepared packaged products — in fact, those are the things that TJ fanatics rave about. Imagine a Stoufferâ€™s frozen dinner, except all organic and stuff. Or pretzels made without genetically modified flour — which is probably good if you eat tons of pretzels.
Industry watchers agree that Trader Joeâ€™s is aÂ lousy place to buy meat, bread, produce, and fish so Iâ€™m thinking itâ€™s not a good choice for serious cooks. And if you like to cook, you would never buy a frozen dinner from anywhere, organic or not.
So what if Trader Joe’s does come to Albany? Most people will never go there. The next largest group will go there occasionally, the way they go to the co-op now and then for kicks. And a very, very, very small and elite group will practically live there.
I shopped at Aldi recently and kinda liked it. I needed $20 of canned beans and paid just $10. Like Trader Joeâ€™s, its strength is packaged goods –Â and I really didn’t mind that it only helped me stretch my dollar, not my hipster cache.