Wednesday, February 13, 2013

No, this is why I like Trader Joe's

It was something I noticed in my last shopping trip to Trader Joe's that made me stand up and take notice. It wasn't the food on display, or the kid crying in the frozen food aisle (even though he was my own).

It was how many older people employed at my store. If I had to guess, I'd say that about half of the employees are over the age of 40 - and perhaps about 25 percent are over the age of 50. I don't know their lifestories, and I don't know if this is something they've done for years, or if they've decided their retirement isn't fulfilling (both in terms of money and on a personal level), so they want a job. Maybe they just do it to get out of the house and be with people; I really don't know, and that's not the point, I guess.

Seeing a store that has older employees has made me really, really happy. As my own parents are never-you-mind how old, I have been looking and examining companies with a critical eye. It's noticeable to me when a company appears to have an age-cap with regard to how old their employees "should" be. You see some young 20-somethings strutting around a store, and it is the rule, not the exception, at many companies. But instead, I find myself thinking: Would this company hire my parents after they retire? Would that company even bother looking at the resume of someone who is in their so-called golden years?

To put it simply, I like when I see a company that hires those who maybe have been turned down for jobs because of their age.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Let's do this again

I'm back from my too-long hiatus. Really, it was hard to get excited about most of the new products that were offered (chocolate honey mint? No, thanks). That, and I was busy, and you know what? It's hard to feel like you have to shop somewhere when maybe you don't want to because one of regular clerks at "your" store is a leeeettle bit weird.


Anyway, I'm back because this is the best time of the year at Trader Joe's. They hold nothing back with the holiday product offerings (check out what they offered last year here; I know, RIGHT?). It's so fun, I just love it.

Catch you on the flipside, etc.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

We're on a break

Apologies for not posting, but once again, I'm just not inspired enough to write reviews at this time. I think I'll go "on a break" and return in a week or so. I apologize in advance, but eh, it's life.

Monday, August 27, 2012

What's your favorite find?

Writing a review blog can be a solitary business. While I usually ask ask my family for their opinions, just about everything you read here is my own take on a product. Which means I want to hear from YOU! What's been your favorite find at Trader Joe's? Did you take a chance on a product and end up loving it? Sound off in the comments.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Trader Joe's product review: Artichoke Antipasto

For the longest time—I think since I started shopping at Trader Joe's well over eight years ago—my husband and I would only eat TJ's bruschetta. It was our go-to dip when entertaining or even just wanting something garlic-y for a snack. (And weirdly enough, I haven't written a review of it. Hmmm...)

(You like my countertop, yes?)

I finally bit the bullet a few weeks ago and tried the artichoke antipasto. I know! It's practically a Christmas miracle! It's actually a more-than-decent dip, and I'll add it to my entertaining repertoire (which sometimes goes like this: Open jar, insert spoon. Put crackers on plate. THE END.).

The good part: It's got a slightly garlic taste, and it's pretty creamy. Also, you get decent-sized chunks of artichoke, and we all know I like my dips chunky.

The down side? It's really watery, and the taste needs to be kicked up a notch. And part of the artichoke might get caught in your teeth, but I can't help you on that one. I will say that I wish I could find a small spoon - about the size of a teaspoon - with a slotted "spoon" part. That would actually make it easier to serve, but alas, alas, I don't have one.

Verdict: 3 out of 4 Hawaiian-print shirts