Monday, February 20, 2006

Fearless Flyer February 2006 Shopping List™

For those of you who want a simplier, version of the Fearless Flyer Shopping List™, one that you can print out and shop with, well here it is.

Note: All foods are Trader Joe's brand unless otherwise noted.

Fearless Flyer February 2006 Shopping List™
  • Organic High Fiber O's (16oz $2.49)
  • Just A Handful Of Roasted Unsalted Almonds (15.6oz $5.99)
  • Boneless Skinless Salmon Fillets in a Cooking bag (1 lb $7.59)
  • New England Clam Chowder (12oz $3.49)
  • Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon (12oz $3.99)
  • Banana Bread Mix (15oz $1.99)
  • Sliced Sourdough Bread (24oz $1.69)
  • Figs & Feta Salad With Raspberry Vinaigrette (8.4oz $3.79)
  • Thai Joe's Lemongrass Chicken Stix (10 Stix $2.99)
  • Tequila Lime Jalapeno Breaded Shrimp (12oz $5.69)
  • Double Crème Brie (1lb $4.99)
  • Chocolate Sunflower Seed Drops (7.5oz tub $2.99)
  • Chocolate Flavored Tea (20 bags $2.29)
  • Steel Cut Oatmeal (16oz $1.59)
These items aren't technically new to Trader Joe's (I'm pretty sure I've bought them before) but they might be new to you! Also maybe Trader Joe's did something different to them.
  • Microwave Ready Butternut Squash (16oz $2.59)
  • Cut & Peeled Carrots (1.5lb $1.49)
  • Organic Sliced Apples (18oz $2.99)
  • Stuffed Peppers with Seasoned Turkey & Rice (15oz $4.49)


Anonymous said...

Hi Ilana,
I'm interested in the Stuffed Peppers with Seasoned Turkey & Rice (15oz $4.49). Where would I find these. If TJ's had ecommerce you'd be raking in the affiliate dollars. Or do they?


Kartik said...

I have to say that Jodi's comment brings up one of my greatest frustrations with Trader Joe's - the lack of aisle signs. Why don't they have signs in the aisles that tell you what will be in that aisle? Granted, TJs stores are not as big as a regular grocery store, so you can basically walk the entire thing in 5 minutes, but when I go into the store looking for one item, I don't want to have to walk the entire store. I seriously had to spend about 20 minutes the other day looking for 4 items because I had no idea where to look.

That would be awesome if TJs had an e-commerce site. Especially if it featured pop-ups that gave customers a random 5%, 10% or 15% discount at checkout. And if they had a frequent purchaser's card where their wacky customers could earn wacky points to spend on future wacky purchases.

ilana said...

Jodi: The Stuffed Peppers are usually in the prepared food section, over the prepared salad area, in a refrigerated area of the store, but we can double check when I take you on your TJs tour...

TJs doesn't currently have any ecommerce on their site... Blogspot does have a way for me to put advertising on my site, but I was worried that everyone would think I was selling out. I'm just tryin' to keep it real here. :-) It's all about the TJs love.

ilana said...

Kartik: I agree that the lack of aisle signs is what makes TJs very hard to shop, especially if you are unfamiliar with the majority of their brands and foods. I do like how small it is so it didn't take too long for me to familiarize myself with TJs. But part of the reason that I'm blogging about the store is to introduce all the amazing products to people who maybe don't have time to spend hours and hours walking the aisles of their local Trader Joes.

Next time you are looking for items, I would highly recommend just asking one of the helpful Trader Joe's associates. Seriously they are so friggin' friendly at that store and they usually are more than happy to help you find an item. Make friends with your Trader Joe's associates, they are there to help so that you don't have to wander around lost.

Kartik said...

Jesus, Ilana! They are called Crew Members. Not associates. Jesus.

But back to you. I think you would make a perfect Food Demonstrator. From the TJ's web site:

"Our Food Demonstrators are outgoing, friendly "foodies" who provide food, fun and information in our stores! Food demonstrators generate excitement about our products and make our customers feel welcome in our store."

That is totally you. Plus, I seriously think this blog should be all you need on your resume to get you the job.

Just listen to what Hal, a Food Demonstrator has to say:
"My day starts out prepping my demo station for the day - cleaning and setting up...having a fun time with my customers and sharing food ideas and answering questions about our products and cooking in general. Then it's breaking down and cleaning up for the next shift and getting ready to do it all over again."

Seriously - your job, or Hal's? Are you excited just thinking about "sharing food ideas and answering questions about products"? Of course, you are always at least a little excited, especially when it comes to questions about products.

Kristen said...

Wow, I think Kartik has found your dream job Ilana!

Ok, a couple of things:
-At first when I read your post I thought "wow, gala apples from Pacific Northwestern Tribes! That's impressive that they have their own juice and bottling plant." But wait, could the fearless flyer be stretching the truth? So I went to my trusty friend, Google, and asked him abnout Pacific Northwestern Tribe apples and found what? nothing. Google knows all and if he doesn't know the tribal bottling plant, I just don't know that I believe it exists.

-Chocolate tea. Really? I mean, the concept sounds great, but is it really? I tried the chocolate drink at Jamba Juice once and it's not tasty at all. I think the world just needs to give up on the healthy chocolate deal and live with it being delicious and bad for you. Did you buy it? If so, please write a review, I'm interested to hear about it.

And that's all I have today.

ilana said...

Kristen: My dream job is actually doing obscure Google searches.

I typed in: "juice company" washington apple which lead me to an open directory on juice plants in the US, then a quick CTRL-F of washington lead me to Yakima Juice LCC.

On their site Yakama Juice says they are the first Native American owned juice plant in the United States. They don't advertise that they work with Trader Joe's, but on the about us section, they say that "Yakama Juice is primarily a private label packer producing products for Store (House) Brand labels."

But really let's get back to how I have so much time on my hands that I can not only blog about a grocery store that brags about supporting a Native American juice plant, but also spend time looking for that Native American juice plant?

The thing about Google knowing all, that is so true, but sometimes you just need to say that right magic words to him to get him to talk. For instance, googling "washington gala apples native american" only kept pulling up the Fearless Flyer, which was just annoying.

I haven't tried the chocolate tea, I was too busy trying the chocolate sunflower seeds (man those are good). But as soon as I try it I will let you know how it is. Although I totally agree with you it will probably suck.

And about chocolate being bad for you? Haven't you read all those wonderful articles about how chocolate is actually good for you? Yeah, I believe that like I believe the Los Angeles air isn't slowly killing me. (did that make sense or was it a little confusing? I really just mean to say that chocolate is bad for you and we are all dying a slow slow death because of the smog in LA)