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{March 13, 2015}   Tidbits from Trader Joe’s

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Shopping Bag

I love Trader Joe’s. I don’t do all my shopping there, but I love their image, their marketing, and some of the interesting products they carry. And when I go there, I can honestly say the employees make it fun.

I usually shop there for specific products, one of which is Trader Joe’s Rustic bread. Anyone who has been there knows that they have a station where someone is cooking up samples featuring at least one of their products. Last sunday a woman was making a “special” grilled cheese sandwich: one with Dubliner cheese (a mild cheddar they are featuring for St. Patrick’s Day) and fig butter using the Rustic Bread. Right up my alley! I thought it was delicious! So…the Dubliner Cheese and Fig Butter joined the Rustic Bread in my bag. I hung out there for a bit by the little sample coffee cups to watch other people’s reaction to the sandwich and butt in, encouraging them to try it. I laughed and told the lady I was helping her sell it. 🙂 While I stood there, she was telling me other recipes she has tried. She recommended making meatballs in Red Pepper Jelly…mmm…I love red pepper jelly too!

At one point a male employee came over to talk to the woman about a trip she had made to the Providence Bruins game the day before. Apparently her nephew plays for either the Bruins or their opponent, and she said 25 family members went to the game and “he got quite a bit of ice time.” She said they had a lot of fun. The male employee said his niece (or little sister?…I didn’t listen well enough…) was going to be in some kind of production being held in Worcester. He said he had a “gig” that night but he was going to try to make it. Ah, I thought, grocery worker by day, band member by night? My mind recorded all of this for a future story (or maybe just this blog).

I proceeded to the register, and talked to the very pregnant young woman in front of me in line who was trying to control her toddler. I had put my shopping bag down on the floor and he was very interested in what I was buying. I looked in her basket and thought I saw cilantro, which I had forgotten I needed for the turkey chili I was making that day. I told her that and she laughed, “Oh no…that’s just the leaves on the flowers I’m buying. Isn’t that funny?” Suddenly a Trader Joe’s employee appeared next to me and said, “Can I get you anything?” “Yes,” I said, “I forgot cilantro!” Off she went…it took a little bit of time so I started to think they didn’t have any, but meanwhile the cashier chatted with the lady in front of me.

“You’ve got your hands full!” he said.

“Yes” she said, “and another coming soon. What were we thinking?!” We all laughed. And then, here was my employee with the cilantro. “It was the last one!” Ah…aren’t I lucky? I was having a good day.

Finally as I left the store and walked back to my car, I suddenly heard a booming and amazing male voice singing, “Oh Jamie, oh Jamie.” I looked around thinking maybe Trader Joe’s had hired a singer to entertain their customers. Yes, and no…the source of voice was a Trader Joe’s employee collecting the baskets! And no…he wasn’t mentally challenged as far as I could tell, but what a voice! I was too far away to acknowledge that I thought he was great (that’s how LOUD and strong his voice was) but I got in my car smiling from ear to ear. The only thing that would have made it more perfect is if my name was Jamie.

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A trip to TJ’s = living in the moment. Well done.

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sued51 says:

Thanks, Bruce….it’s fun to just go with the flow…wish I could do it all the time. 🙂

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Susan says:

What a great post! Always fun to shop at TJ’s! Now I’m hungry for grilled cheese…

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beeblu says:

I’ve never been to TJ’s but now I feel I have! 😃 And the thought of a grilled cheese sandwich is going to get me out of bed, haha.

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sued51 says:

BB, Grilled cheese is universally loved I think! 🙂

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There is shopping and then there is SHOPPING. Trader Joe’s is more like a farmer’s market than most stores. And, here’s to a delicious sounding grilled cheese sandwich. 🙂

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Jo Bryant says:

Fig butter…sounds interesting.

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sued51 says:

It’s yummy, Jo!

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Jo Bryant says:

Had some fresh figs yesterday. They were blood red inside and so delicious.

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sued51 says:

Nothing like fresh figs, Jo! If everyone who hates fig newtons tried fresh figs, they would be converts. 🙂

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was just in Trader Joe’s last week in Bellingtham at the tail end of a trip down to Seattle for a baseball game. i am always impressed with how genuinely friendly and helpful their employees are.
 
enjoyed this post.
 
and no, the Mariners unfortunately didn’t win the game – but it was still a good time 🙂

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sued51 says:

Win or lose, a baseball game on a nice day is always a treat! 🙂

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