Trader Joe's Co. Inc.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Caffè Bene, South Korean Coffee Chain, To Open in Irvine

    A reader e-mailed me this yesterday: "Since you had the scoop on Burntzilla coming to the Trader Joe's shopping center, I'm wondering if you know what might be going in the space across the street that used to be Seattle's Best Coffee? The Quizno's that was next door to that just closed as well and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Tortilla Tuesdays: Mi Familia Flour Tortillas

    I sat down as I began to write this article, and I wrote down all the adjectives I would use to describe a flour tortilla from an American supermarket. Gummy, stale, dried-out (which takes talent in conjunction with gummy), oily-tasting, nasty. It doesn't seem to matter who makes the tortillas; whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    A Sriracha Movie Is Coming!

    If there was ever a success story in the condiment world, it's that of Sriracha. Just in the past year, the little hot sauce that could has become a Lay's potato chip flavor (now sold on Amazon), a Subway topping and has spawned a Trader Joe's knockoff. It's about time someone made a movie about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    First Look: Provisions Market In Old Towne Orange

    With 30 beers on tap and another 300 by the bottle, Wil Dee has his work cut out for him. Haven Gastropub's beverage director dropped in as Greg Daniels conducted our tour of the soon-to-be open Provisions Market (formerly The Bruery Provisions). We discussed their menu, changes to the space and the ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 18, 2013

    Coconut Oil . . . For Your Hair?

    [Trendzilla] Applying it to your noggin will produce glimmering results—seriously!

  • Food

    January 31, 2013

    The Orange County Beer Trail

    A map to all of our fine craft breweries, liquor stores and pubs pouring the good stuff!

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    On The Line: Sid Fanarof Of zcafe, Part One

    "Cooking is about shopping."He had us at shopping. How Sid Fanarof, founder of zcafe (and zpizza) is able to relate the two took a while to answer, but he tied together two of our favorite pastimes. It's normal for Sid to be out and about early Saturday morning searching for deals at both garage sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    The Case of the "Good Person" Cocaine Gangster: Meet Santa Ana's Sal Vera

    This week, Salvador Reyes Vera hoped he'd receive a 20-year federal prison sentence for operating a massive cocaine and heroin distributorship because, as his taxpayer-funded defense lawyer argued, that was long enough to teach the high-ranking Santa Ana gangster a lesson about obeying the law.In fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Total Wine & More To Open Third OC Store In Huntington Beach: Hiring Event Today

    Edwin GoeiPicture of the Tustin store...where there will be a hiring event for the HB store, today.​If BevMo seems like the Trader Joe's of booze and Hi-Time the farmers market, Total Wine & More would have to be the Costco.In 2008 the alcoholic beverage chain opened their first OC store in Tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    On the Line: Lisa Fontanesi of Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Part One

    ​The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution has been parked at the Santa Ana offices of Latino Health Access this month, working with schools and families of central Santa Ana to fight the obesity epidemic spreading across the nation. The Food Revolution truck moves from city to city and faces the challenge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Kim Kardashian's Wedding Playist: 5 Songs To Avoid

    ​ On Saturday, while you're sleeping in or making a run to Trader Joe's for vegan pizza, there'll be more important things going on in the world. Yeah, it's Kim Kardashian's wedding! We know you could probably care less, but these multimillion-dollar Hollywood weddings only happen once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    A Slice of New York Pizza to Open Second Location

    ProfessorSalt.comA Slice of NY Pizza's Seal Beach location​Huntington Harbour residents will soon have a new neighbor: Seal Beach's A Slice of New York Pizza will open its second location, next to Trader Joe's in the Huntington Harbour Mall. According to employee Eric Hodgin, the expected opening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Coalition of Immokalee Workers Asks Trader Joe's to Help Exploited Tomato Pickers in Florida, Will Protest Outside Irvine Location TOMORROW

    ​We at the Weekly have long loved the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the chingones who have waged a successful decade-long-plus battle to make major food corporations (Taco Bell, Burger King, Subway, Whole Foods) pay a bit more for their tomatoes so that some of that added revenue trickles down t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Choosing Charcoal and Wood For Your Smoker or Grill

    ProfessorSalt.comThe brick pits at Kreuz Market Lockhart, Texas​ There's nothing wrong with propane grills, but if you ask a barbecue purist, only charcoal or hardwood will do to impart a deeply smoky flavor to your food. This week on Grill Marks, we take a look at the fuels needed to cook real sl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Cheap Drunk: Walgreens Selling Its Own Beer

    ​Now you can get some premium beer with that foot cream and bar of soap. Walgreens has rolled out a private-label brew called Big Flats 1901, available at more than 4,600 locations. The suds are being sold cheap, about $3 for a six-pack and $11.50 for a case of 24. (For those already too hammered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Dairy Devilment: CREAM vs. Homemade Alcohol-Infused Whipped Cream

    CREAM: Chocolate and vanilla, $9.99/can.​Four Loko has had its metaphorical gonads cut out from underneath it; Joose is in the staging area for the chopping block. What's a lonely hobo, desperate hipster wannabe or unsocialized computer-bound geek to do for that alcoholic, caffeinated hit?On Monda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Double-Down Latkes, or Why Rob Eshman Is a Genius

    Dave Lieberman​Rob Eshman is the editor of and occasional food blogger for the Jewish Journal who raised the hackles of Los Angeles food bloggers earlier this year by posting 10 reasons Saveur's glowing review of LA's promise as a food destination was misguided.Well, dear readers, Eshman has done ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    3.7 Quake Shakes North OC and Long Beach

    ​I was sprinkling a light dusting of blueberries and Trader Joe's Organic Granny's Apple Granola on top of my bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat cereal at 9:06 this morning when it sounded as if something was trotting across the attic over the kitchen cabinets.My wife in bed with a col ... More >>

  • News

    October 14, 2010

    Cal State Fullerton's Gutsy Professor

    [Best of OC 2010] Cindy Abbott's 10 OC Survival Tips

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Olive Oil vs. "Olive Oil"

    docnic, through a Creative Commons license Old School Olive Press​Much has been made of the recent study from UC Davis about so-called "extra-virgin" olive oil sold in California. Chemical analysis of a number of brands, both local and imported, showed that the labels often lied. And lied a lot. L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Recipe of the Week: Bailey's Chocolate Soufflé

    For years, I read of the terror of the soufflé. "Leave the kitchen and be quiet," recipes cautioned, "lest you make the soufflé fall in the oven." Fiction books were full of anecdotes of 1960s-era housewives, their stereotypically tiny waists accentuated by a carefully-tied apron, being subjected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Drunk After Work: The Anthill Pub

    Dave Lieberman​The Place: The Anthill Pub, C-215 Student Center, University of California--Irvine, 4200 Campus Dr., Irvine; (949) 824-3050.The Hours: 4-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.The Deal: $1 off pints; $3 off pitchers.

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Recipe of the Week: Chiles Rellenos de Picadillo

    El Pato sauce... is there anything it can't do? It turns plain old ground turkey into delicious picadillo, which gets stuffed; add it to your favorite taco filling; use it as a base for queso dip.This week's recipe, which features this wunder-sauce, is not a classic chile relleno (it isn't battered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Move Over, Hi-Time, Here Comes 7-Eleven

    Dallas Observer​Robert Wilonsky at our sister publication, the Dallas Observer, broke the news today that 7-Eleven will be selling private-label wine in their stores starting next week.That's right, folks. No longer will you have to suffer the slings and arrows of shops run by true oenophiles, lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    This Week in Food

    Get your lurch on at the first EVER Newport Beach Zombie Pub Crawl. What better way is there to Celebrate Halloween than with a little blood, brains, and a LOT of beer?   Taco Bell management literally dumps on a homeless man they nearly kill.    Dave would think twice about tos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Recipe of the Week: Cat's Slaw

    ​This side dish is available at the Cat Cora BBQ counter at Macy's Signature Kitchen, South Coast Plaza. Broccoli slaw, sold in bags at Trader Joe's, isn't everyone's go-to choice, granted, but once combined with the dressing (adapted from Cora's grandma's recipe), it makes this tasty--not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Crime Time: Methed Mom, Nitrous Oxide, a Full Moon, a Gutted Black Cat and a Skateboarding Giant Ax Carrier

    It's our weekly Weekly roundup of Orange County police calls--with suspect mugs!TUESDAY, JULY 7Courtesy of Cypress Police DepartmentAlison Le Anne EbertAt Least She Left the TV On Officers responding to an anonymous, 4:45 a.m. report of child abuse in a home in the 8500 block of La Homa Street in Cy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Chocolate-Covered Cheese? There Is A God

    I met Cathy and Elliott Pavlos, architects-turned-restaurateurs, and owners of Irvine's Lucca café and deli, during their Wine and Cheese Pairing 101 at Bloomingdales on Saturday. I had been envisaging a low-key gathering of shoppers and foodies (not that they're mutually exclusive, I hasten to add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Fresh & Easy Has A Difficult Road Ahead

    Tesco, the UK supermarket behemoth, has just announced record pre-tax annual profits of £3.13bn ($4.5bn), which is surprising, given that the UK is in the middle of a raging recession.What's not surprising--to me, anyway--is that Fresh & Easy, Tesco's US operation, has, at the same time, made a ... More >>

  • News

    March 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Welcome to the Poorhouse: the Fresh and Easy Life

    It was good to be back in Henry's. I'd been a regular customer of the yuppified farmers market since it opened in February 2003 on the other side of Costa Mesa's Great Wall of College Avenue that blocks the sights and sounds of the Target store loading docks from my humble abode. Everything changed ... More >>

  • Food

    February 28, 2008
  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    The Chuck Wagon

    Steakhouses, mess halls, eateries, barbecues, fine-dining establishments, & gratuitous & thematically inconsistent Tolkien references

  • Food

    September 13, 2007

    Disneyland for Foodies

    The new Whole Foods Market fills your belly and lightens your wallet

  • Culture

    November 2, 2006

    Oscene It?

    Laguna Art Museum's annual survey show is the best and worst of Orange County art

  • Food

    November 24, 2005

    Nirvana, Corn Chip-style

    Solving the origin myth of Laguna Beach’s Have’A Chips

  • Food

    May 26, 2005

    Weve Got the Hook-ahps

    Smoking through the hookah lounges of Anaheims Little Gaza

  • Columns

    January 6, 2005

    How Green Was My Valley?

    Tsunamis, bloody abortions, and the Painter Of Light, Thomas Kinkade!

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Last Week, the DJ Saved My Life

    Kitsch Bars John and Avalons Garron drive me crazy in a good way

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Stupid Tanned Hot Chicks

    Always bringin me down!

  • Columns

    May 29, 2003

    Give Blood, Replenish with Merlot

    How to live during the summer of our discontent

  • Columns

    February 13, 2003

    Two-Buck Chuck

    Let them drink Charles Shaw

  • Columns

    December 12, 2002
  • Food

    November 28, 2002

    Days of Beer and Ramen

    Bachelors use their noodle

  • Culture

    September 5, 2002

    All Thrills, No Chills

    Not quite roughing it on the central coast

  • Columns

    March 21, 2002

    Felony Foods

    Bushs DEA criminalizes hemp foods

  • Columns

    March 15, 2001

    Your Rainy-Day Reader

    Too much time on your hands? Clone Bukowski from barf

  • Columns

    December 28, 2000

    Living in the USA

    Booker on Bosnia, Washburn on Kmart

  • News

    May 25, 2000
  • Features

    October 28, 1999
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