We do quite a bit of our shopping at Trader Joe's. It's nearby, relatively inexpensive, and well-stocked with many of the fun foods we enjoy (hello prosciutto!). We buy most of our grains and produce items at a local co-op or the farmers market, and a lot of our other food comes from TJ's. We've always been annoyed, though, at the baking section. Trader Joe's, at least in our part of the world, has never carried "proper" sugar, or sugar you can bake with. They had turbinado sugar, and sometimes some evaporated cane juice, but we like to stick to our plain white sugar for baking. Our co-op doesn't really carry "proper" sugar either; it's all maple syrup and rough brown crystallized stuff. So have always had to trot off to the regular grocery store for our sweet fix.
Well, that one extraneous trip is out now! Last night we were at Trader Joe's and spotted a whole wall of white cane sugar on the New Releases shelf. Hurray — now we can stock up on flour and sugar on our TJ's run.
Do you shop at Trader Joe's very much? Do you like their array of products, or do you just buy a few things there and get the rest elsewhere?
Related: Product Review: Trader Joe's All-Purpose Flour
(Images: Faith Durand)