Trader Joe’s

UPDATE [2023] – Good news, I have a Trader Joe’s 45 miles from me. Out here where I live, that’s pretty close.

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Oh, to go to Trader Joe’s again. Woe, woe is me…I used to live in Los Angeles before I moved back to the Midwest, but that is another story that has very little to do with food. I miss Trader Joe’s. I did most of my food shopping there and at that time I was not vegan, almost or otherwise.

tjs-ff-ani.gifNow, when I really need a Trader Joe’s within 5 minutes of me because I am almost vegan, the closest one is about a 3 hour drive away. Rats.

I got the bug for Trader Joe’s again from a comment I received from a very interesting blogger. She posted with the name Akemi and her website is [no longer in service]. It is relatively new, like my own and she has some pretty funny bits going about eHarmony dating. She recommends Trader Joe’s vegan cookies, they come very Trader Joe’s appropriate in a paper bag, and she has tried the chocolate chip and oatmeal chocolate chip.

I looked at Trader Joe’s website through my new vegan eyes and drooled. They have some good stuff and I love them because they are always really cheap. The stores in CA have more vegan stuff, of course. I was able to download their list of soy products (they don’t have a list of vegan products) and it looked like they had some things I can’t get anywhere else and would love to try like Trader Joe’s Vegan Pad Thai with Tofu and Trader Joe’s eggless egg salad, to name a couple. Here’s the PDF’s of both the East/Midwest and the West Coast Trader Joe’s soy offerings.

East West
Or just go to the Trader Joe’s website yourself and look around. I love their Monty Python-like images and sense of humor. You’ll be able to find a store near you (hopefully) on their site.

Trader Joe’s also has the best dried fruit section I have ever seen in my life, and priced so you can buy some of it. Great nuts. If you want some wine, this is the place to go. I used to get good Merlot for under $5 and French Cabernet for less than that. I’d also pick up the Trader Joe’s Midsummer’s Night Moisturizer for around $3 (its actually Nature’s Gate which I have to pay $6 for).

That tears it! I’m going to the airport right now and hop a plane to my old Trader Joe’s in Los Feliz, CA. Think of all the money I’ll save!

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  1. Hi Everyone
    For those of us who are Vegan, Whether you eat eggs which I’m sure you don’t the good news is that Trader Joes has agreed to only stock their stores with CAGE FREE EGGS. I am so happy about this that now these poor animals can move aroung a little more than before. Yes its takes slow progress for ANIMAL LIBERATION. Although in a perfect world everyone would be vegans and all animals would be free.
    God Bless to all you Vegans


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