Olives come in jars. That’s what experience leads one to think. But we’ve got some olives that forego the jar for a much cozier (and more charming) container. Trader Joe’s Marinated Olive Duo with Lemon and Herbs shows up in a vacuum-sealed pouch that is a visual stunner. The flatter presentation allows you to see exactly what’s in the bag—and what’s in the bag are two kinds of olives, both grown, harvested and processed in Greece. The first part of the Duo is...Read More
So much chocolate is available these days—much of it just ‘ho-hum’—it’s easy to begin believing that “chocolate is chocolate is chocolate.” But, Trader Joe’s new Cocoa dusted Truffles with Toffee Bits stand out among the rest, proving that extraordinary chocolates do still exist. These Truffles are an eating experience—a study in the joy of textural contrasts and the balance of delicate flavors. Made in Belgium of real Belgian chocolate, each one possesses an especially smooth filling made from...Read More
BEHOLD –– The prickly thistle that Zeus is rumored to have wrought from a scorned lover. The globe upon which Henry the VIII and Catherine de Medici famously gorged. The flowering vegetable that propelled Marilyn Monroe’s career to new heights. The ancient. The green. The enchantingRead More
In the heart of California’s Santa Ynez Valley, just north of the coastal oasis of Santa Barbara, there lies a small city steeped in Danish history and culture. That city, Solvang (which translates, from Danish, to “sunny field”), has celebrated its founders’ Danish roots for more than 100 years. The manifestations of Solvang’s “Danishness” comes in many forms, from the annual Danish Days festivities and the windmills & traditional Danish architecture, to the shops selling cookies in adorable little pails. What do cookies in pails have to do with Denmark? We’re guessing...Read More
Oh, sure, we could have called these rich, smooth, creamy, velvety blends of cocoa “Three Chocolates.” We could have. But we didn’t. We didn’t, because we knew that evoking the French would romanticize everything about Trader Joe’s Trois Chocolats, and all that these blends represent the epitome of—at least as it can be applied to hot cocoa. These Trois Chocolats were created using our signature Sipping Chocolate as a jumping off point. Our goal was to...
Fine olive oil—like fine wine, coffee, and chocolate—has distinct characteristics. When one gets beyond simply cooking with ‘whatever’ oil is available, a whole new world of flavor and opportunity opens up. For those who have yet to experience the pleasure of exquisite oils, our Sicilian Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil Collection is a wonderful place to start. It includes three of the best-tasting oils we could find. The Biancolilla olive is grown on the high hillsides of Central Sicily, between...Read More