Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Heaven arrives on the U Street Corridor?

Who cares about DeLay - this is the best news I've heard all week:

Trader Joe's on 14th and V?

Maybe Mom can stop sending me those care packages with TJ's dark chocolate covered preztels and lentil soup now.


At 4:53 PM, April 05, 2006, Blogger elliott said...

I don't see the big attraction of Trader Joe's - what am I missing?

At 5:09 PM, April 05, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

The beauty of TJ's is really the frozen food's section. Sure, they have great produce and tons of spices/marinades/sauces, but the produce is just as pricey as Whole Foods and I don't cook enough for the spices to tempt me.

But the frozen foods? Oh my god. Food that tastes great; unusual selections, above and beyond your local Giant retailer; but most of all, it's practically free. I used to rent a car to drive to the one in Maryland, stock up on literally months worth of food and maybe I might hit $100. Spectacular frozen pizzas for $3 or $4. A big bag of pesto gnocchi for $2.50. And the food is absolutely delicious. Seeing as how I don't cook, I would never make meals like that at home, but I can sure work an oven like nobody's business.

Back in Ohio I used to bring some kind of TJ's food everyday for lunch and inevitably someone would ask me what I was eating, and I'd launch into my monologue about the beauty of their food. They started to call me a walking commercial, but pretty soon they all started bringing TJ's food to work, too.

Still don't see the attraction? Fine with me, you won't hold up the lines!

At 7:48 PM, April 05, 2006, Blogger elliott said...

I have only been there a couple of times - so next time I'll check out the frozen foods. How's the non-meat selection?

At 10:06 PM, April 05, 2006, Blogger Roonie said...

I am finally (again) living in a state where Trader Joe's are more common than Taco Bell. Such a difference from Ohio and Kentucky...and New York. I can't wait to move into my own place to discover more about it! Frozen foods, you say? Will make mental note. Oh, yes, I second Elliott's question about the non-meat selection, too!

At 10:47 AM, April 06, 2006, Blogger HomeImprovementNinja said...

I've never been to TJs. I'd like to try it out, but something (like the fact that the call to the paper was placed by the Developer) makes me think that it's just a puff piece put out there by the developer to try to drum up business for his overpriced luxury condos that aren't moving.

Still, I'm pretty stoked about the Target coming to COlumbia Heights (I think Bed Bath and Beyond and Best Buy are also opening up stores by the CH metro).

At 11:36 AM, April 06, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

As for the non-meat section, it's excellent. It's an organic-veg loving store like Whole Foods, so there's plenty of meatless options to choose from. To be honest, I think about 80-90% of the food I buy there is veg.

Ninja - Don't burst my TJ dream! But yes, I'm totally stoked about the Target moving in nearby.

At 12:28 PM, April 06, 2006, Anonymous diapersauce said...

target's just part of the evil corporate machine. it sucks the lifeblood from our working americans by taking their hard earned money and funnelling it to other greedy corporations. don't you know anything about the growing corporate menace? haven't you read chomsky? support your family owned businesses, man.

At 10:29 AM, April 07, 2006, Anonymous Sylvie said...

TJs coming to 14th and V!...I just had a mini orgasm.


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