West Los Angeles Coffee Station Style

15 Apr

Hello, sweetener!

What a difference a day and about 2,000 miles make. Back in America’s heartland, we’re offered household sugar at our Trader Joe’s coffee tasting station. But in West Los Angeles, I was greeted at the coffee counter by Liquid Stevia and Blue Agave Sweetener.

Another way TJ’s knows its customers and makes it local.

more options for your additives

Coffee ala L.A.


Just sugar packs, please

The humble sugar packs of Trader Joe’s Kansas City

It’s Shamrock time! Spring is near and so is St. Paddy’s Day.

11 Mar

I love my Shamrocks. I have the purple variety. From a small bunch from Trader Joe’s a few years ago, they now fill two pots, and another repotting is needed soon. I love how they go to sleep every night and stretch their petals full every morning.

Here it is again: Your yearly chance to invite a wee Shamrock plant to call your house its home.

Flowers of the shamrock plant

Shamrock blossoms purple

stocked in shamrocks

Stocked in Shamrocks

shamrock blossoms green

Shamrock blossoms green

Hello, moon. Good night, Shamrocks.

It’s Brussels Sprouts time, again!

29 Jan

A bag of shredded Brussels Sprouts = good eating ahead!

What’s that you say? You don’t like Brussels Sprouts?! Well, then, feast your eyes on a raspberry tarte or homemade lemonade. The rest of you, come with me to Brussels Sprout heaven.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts from Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s does the shredding. You do the eating.

Start by sauteing some garlic and onion in olive oil.

Sauteed garlic and onion

Add more onion and the bag of B. Sprouts. Include the balsamic vinegar and water as recommended on the bag.


When done, I also squeezed some lemon juice on top. I did not use bacon, but that could be a meat-eater’s happy addition.

I separated the batch into four containers for easy access at meal time.

Here’s the official recipe, but be creative and make it your own:




Happy New Year!

1 Jan

Happy New Year!

Delicious craft kit from Trader Joe’s

22 Dec

A house so cute you could just eat it up! : )

Crafts are best when you can eat your creations!

Playing house at Trader Joe’s

Happy Thanksgiving!

28 Nov
Thank you for following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s! We’re thankful for you!
Thankful for good friends and family

“End of the line” at Trader Joe’s

23 Nov
Essay by Aaron Galbreath

The Man at the End of the Line / Narrative.ly

For your reading pleasure…

You’re in NYC. In a city that never sleeps, Trader Joe’s is faced with 24/7 people who love to shop and a flock of customers bigger than anywhere else in the U.S.

Enter the end-of-the-line sign. And the most important part, the end-of-the-line sign holder.

Why is there such a sign and such a sign holder?

With so many people in the store at any given time, it can become disorienting. That group of people in front of you – are they waiting to sample mini pies and coffee? Are they just making their way to the marinated tofu and unshelled edamame? Or are they the end of the checkout line?

That’s why.

Aaron Gilbreath has beautifully captured the swarming TJ experience. His essay, The Man at the End of the Line on the Narratively site, offers insights about TJ efficiency and the people who steer the crowds. It’s a great read.

Here’s a sample:

“The longest wait I’ve ever seen,” a supervisor says, “is fifteen minutes.” But that isn’t the longest on record. A crew member named Teresa remembers lines so long during both Hurricane Sandy and Thanksgiving last year that they snaked through frozen foods in both directions and out onto the street. A desperation filled the air on those days, a fog of tense hysteria that seemed to waft from the throngs of customers who streamed in from the street. “The honor guard had to close the front door,” Teresa says. “We had to let the line go and let people in, let the line go and let people in. It was a process, but we’re efficient.”

Happy reading!

[Are you in New York? Please share your end-of-line experiences and thoughts!]

Thanks to Narratively for permission to repost their content.


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