Trader Joe's Co. Inc.

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    5 Amazing Pumpkin Products at Trader Joe's

    Pumpkin: the edible symbol of America; the squash that represents togetherness (read: gluttony). The annual autumn muse of Trader Joe's. Okay fine, pumpkin is everyone's muse during the fall. But Trader Joe's is different. It's that overachiever in class everyone wants to hate, but can't because th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Company Recalls Nut Butters Sold at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Others Due to Salmonella

    Careful before you snack everyone, there's another nut butter recall going on. nSpired Natural Foods, a food company that produces nut butters for Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Kroger, and a bunch of other stores issued a voluntary recall Tuesday over some salmonella concerns. The recall affects peanu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    The Burnt Truck & Dogzilla To Open Joint Brick-and-Mortar in Irvine!

    So there's this new restaurant called Burntzilla that's slated to open in the Trader Joe's-anchored plaza in Irvine at Walnut and Culver, taking over the Pizza Hut spot. If you're familiar with the OC Food Truck scene, does the name sound oddly familiar? As if The Burnt Truck and Dogzilla joined fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Aria International Supermarket Sold To Bahraini Mall Developer

    Aria International Supermarket in Tustin, which opened last year in March in the ginormous space previously occupied by Sears Home Essentials, has been sold to Ansar Gallery International, a shopping mall developer based in Bahrain. The market remains in operation, as is the in-store restaurant, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Diatribe with Dave: A Ribs-Trader Joe's Candied Ginger-Sambal Recipe!

    Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Trader Joe's Now Has Its Own Sriracha

    See Also: *Five Signs You May Have A Sriracha Problem *Introducing Sriracha Lip Balm *INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Things You Should Know About Sriracha Trader Joe's has tried its hand at packaged Asian cuisine with varying levels of success. Its Punjab choley? Tasty. Its beef pho? Why?!But its ballsiest creati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    This Week In Food: Sandwich Earls, Speckled Hens, and the Cutest Damn Toaster You've Ever Seen

    Thankfully, this week's food blog didn't have any gross stories to tell. I'm still creeped out every time I think of that KFC drumstick, but alas, we must move on. This week showed us some awesome things to look forward to. Let's take a look. Edwin reviewed the new Earl of Sandwich chain in Downtow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Will Fresh & Easy Leave US Market?

    We kept noticing a Fresh & Easy that was supposed to open off Valley View in Cypress but never did; now we know why. With at least 200 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, the chain is likely going to pull out of the US market, leaving upwards of 5,000 employees without jobs.Tesco, the bran ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Trader Joe's Agrees to Pay More For Tomatoes it Buys from Florida to Help Out Farmworkers

    ​The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) does it again! The group of Florida tomato pickers and their supporters who have wrestled down fast-food titans into paying a penny more per pound of pomodoros over the last decade set its sights last year on Trader Joe's, every hipster's favorite supermar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Calbee Snacking In San Francisco

    ​When you're wandering a mall, hunger isn't your friend. It usually means some average meal to temporarily satiate, which you'll forget about as soon as you dump the tray. So to discover something left of center is a welcome treat, especially when your playground is the Bay Area.Their signage was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Dad Creates Inspiring Family Meals from a Dumpster

    ​One man's trash is this man's dinner. Perennial Plate has produced an eye-opening video about a father who gets 75 percent of his family's food from a Trader Joe's dumpster. This isn't moldy, fly-invaded cheese we're talking about. Think fresh fruit and vegetables, challah bread and pies, all tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Five Surprisingly Tasty Asian Dishes at Trader Joe's

    ​​We'd be the first to tell you, when you want the real stuff, go to Little Saigon, the countless Asian plazas in Irvine, heck, even Little Tokyo, Thai Town or SGV if you've got the time. But if you need a quick Asian-food fix and have just a few minutes to spare, Trader Joe's is a pretty good b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Drink of the Week: Lucky Buddha at Capital Seafood

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Just as with Target and Trader Joe's, a brand has made it when it populates multiple locations in the same city. Take, for example, the gang at Capital Seafood. As if the Diamond Jamboree hustle and bustle weren't enough, it took over the former Fish Market space at the Irv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Hundreds March To Trader Joe's Headquarters In Monrovia To Demand A One Penny Per Pound Raise For Florida Farm Workers

    Marisa Gerber/ OCWeekly​Three vans of people -- many from El Centro Cultural de Mexico and others from Justice for Janitors and an inter-faith group -- carpooled from Santa Ana to Monrovia today for a protest at Trader Joe's headquarters. The crew of 30 or so from Santa Ana convened with abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    [UPDATE: Protest is THIS FRIDAY] Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Town to Explain Campaign Against Trader Joe's

    ​UPDATE: Protest is THIS FRIDAY. More information at the CIW's website--see you there!Original post Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m.: Earlier this summer, we reported on an anti-Trader Joe's campaign launched by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, those Florida-based mensches who have done more to combat the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Tavazo Dried Nuts & Fruits Store Opens in Irvine

    ​Tavazo Dried Nuts and Fruits opened quietly in Irvine last week, or perhaps the week before. Like I said, it was a quiet debut. This outlet of a mostly Ontario, Canada-based Persian goods purveyor can be found next to Smart & Final and Trader Joe's at Culver and Walnut.

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Freegans Ask Trader Joe's to Stop Tossing Food into Dumpsters

    Flickr user caterina​Although they've received numerous write-ups in local and national media over the past five years, freegans--people who Dumpster dive as a life philosophy instead of out of necessity--have never really caught on an a bona fide movement. But that doesn't mean those hardy indivi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Persian Dried Fruits And Nuts Purveyor To Open First American Store in Irvine

    Photo from Tavazo's Facebook Page​Tavazo, a seller of dried fruits and nuts based out of Ontario, Canada, is planning to open its first store in the U.S. this summer in Irvine. The outlet, next to Smart & Final and Trader Joe's at Culver and Walnut, will also boast 300 kind of spices, dried o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Trader Joe's Baked Jalapeño Cheese Crunchies Rather Bland

    ​Trader Joe's is legendary for taking the ideas of other food producers, improving on the product, then selling them at its stores under the Trader Joe's name. So on a rare trip to the store, I figured the above snack would improve on Cheetos, not only in the health arena, but also in the flavor-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Five Things You'd Think Would Be Vegan--But Aren't

    ​It's not easy to be an observant vegan. None of us here at Fork are vegan, but we all know plenty of vegans, we respect vegans for the most part, and we know it's hard to follow that diet in a meat-centric world. Some foods are obviously not vegan: no tuna salad in the world is vegan, and Thai fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    What Can Brown Do For You Today? Battle Brown Ale

    Dave Lieberman​After confessing in an earlier article that I am a dévoté of Newcastle; I repeated it on my Facebook page, and there was this moment of palpable, stunned silence, followed by a stream of suggestions both common and esoteric. Since I am never one to turn down an opportunity to drin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Gratin On My Nerves: Sweet, Sweet Pot(atoes) and Cheese

    Dave Lieberman​I used to dabble in [unlicensed] catering for friends and family, once upon a many moons ago, and like all caterers, I learned which dishes can be used to "cheat" when time is of the essence. Gratins are one of those cheats; people love the flavor, it doesn't matter if they're ugly, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Calimocho: Red Wine & Coca-Cola

    Jorge Negreros​Calimocho comes from combining two drinks most Americans would never think to mix: seriously cheap red wine and Coca-Cola. This concoction originated in Spain and is enjoyed mostly by younger drinkers because it's inexpensive and easy to make.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Battle Supermarket Sushi

    It'd be nice to be able to eat Bluefin or Shibucho every time the sushi urge strikes, but sometimes lunch is grabbed on the way between two meetings; sometimes dinner needs to be a quick pick-up before drinking the bulk of one's daily calories (other people do this, right?) and that precludes a real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Overheard at the Farmers' Market

    Original image: nataliemaynor @ CC BY 2.0​A creature of habit am I: Saturday mornings mean coffee and a roll at Peet's in Campus Plaza in Irvine, the farmers' market and then bits and bobs to round out the week's shopping at Trader Joe's, Wholesome Choice and anywhere else I need to go. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    This Week in Food

    ​ Edwin explores the possibilities of "All Purpose Sauce" in Wacky Snacks, lists Five All Time Greatest Food Movies, answers the time-old question of what astronaughts do with taco sauce in space, and announces that it's that time again for tandoori Thanksgiving turkey! Dave gets Santiago Vallejo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Dueling Dishes: Walking the Plonk

    Dave Lieberman​Remember two weeks ago, when I posted mockingly about 7-Eleven's move into the ultra-budget wine world? I made a snarky comment about not doing one's research about specialty retailers that might also have a decent chunk of the market share for really, really cheap wine, and I threw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Life on the Veg: Snack Attack at Trader Joe's

    ​ Just because you're a vegetarian doesn't mean you have to be good all the time, but that's not an excuse to go reaching for a plate of French fries, either. If you're in between meals and are jonesing for some substantial nosh that doesn't consist of carrot sticks or deep-fried potatoes, there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2009

    Dueling Dishes--A Brace of Quick Curries

    ​Suffering through a horrid cold, I thought I'd sample two healthy-ish frozen, microwaveable curries, to try to clear out the sinuses.First up: Trader Joe's Chicken Vindaloo.​Now, as much as I love TJ's, I've had pre-packaged frozen entrées from them before, and, suffice to say, they were not a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2009

    Recipe of the Week: Nigella's White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake*

    ​* Dieters look away now!I found some luscious, juicy raspberries at Trader Joe's at the weekend, was but stumped for ideas about what to do with them. Somehow, to me, savory dishes with fruit don't appeal, and a bowl of berries with cream is plain boring.The result is today's recipe, which is cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Crime Time: Stabbings, Curfews, Drunk Marines, Drunk Councilman and Van's a-Rockin'

    It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more stabbings and [alleged] drunken-driving politicians . . . Courtesy Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentKnew those Trader Joe's bags were good for something . . .​MONDAY, JULY 27Cash and Carry A man walked up with a Trader Joe's b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Is Barbara Coe a Slow Food Movement Acolyte?

    I've written before about the Slow Food movement, an effort by foodies to buy local, organic produce and food products in order to support our regional farmers and culinary traditions. Now, this mostly-lefty, mostly-wealthy philosophy seems to have found a new acolyte: California Coalition for Immig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Good Chicken Tikka Masala at the Olde Ship, But What the Hell is that "Naan"?

    The chicken tikka masala at the Olde Ship in SanTana? Two moist, slightly grilled chicken skewers coated with a thick tikka masala sauce. On top of a large mound of succulent jasmine rice with peas. Ramekins of a curry sauce that worked this time and yogurt more sour cream than raita. As good as you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008

    On the Wall: Two Wrongs Make a Right

    The "Supermarket" show at the Peter Blake Gallery is aptly named, offering more tasty goodies than you'd find on the shelves of a Trader Joe's. You've got everything from the heavy metal furniture of Cheryl Ekstrom to Jeffrey Krueger's luscious landscapes to the glimmery, inexplicably potent planets ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 11, 2007


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  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007

    OC Dumpster Diving

    New York-based website hopes to become the craigslist of dumpster diving by providing a forum for refuse eaters all over the country to meet and share tips. With listings of the best places to forage for free discarded goodies in cities all over the country (only a few so far, mos ... More >>

  • News

    May 4, 2006

    It's a Living

    Topless Maid

  • Features

    September 8, 2005
  • Unknown

    June 16, 2005
  • Food

    April 14, 2005

    Natural Selection

    Survival of the fittest at the Natural Products Expo

  • Food

    January 20, 2005

    A Dosa Heaven

    Ripping through edible juggernauts at Dosa Place

  • Culture

    July 29, 2004

    Anti-War, Pissed Off and Read All Over

    A primer for budding activists

  • Columns

    September 25, 2003
  • News

    September 18, 2003

    Attention Shoppers! Apology on Aisle 7!

    Trader Joes customer charges company with slander, keeps shopping

  • News

    April 3, 2003
  • Columns

    September 12, 2002

    Learn or Burn

    Why education really matters

  • Food

    August 15, 2002

    Da Kine Grinds

    Marukai Market classes up the hood

  • Food

    May 9, 2002

    Battle of the Strip-Mall Chinese Restaurants

    Plowing through the suburban-sprawl experience

  • Features

    October 28, 1999
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