Dearest Trader Joe’s,
We’ve been seeing each other for some time now. I remember back in college when you opened in Tucson; we were all so excited to spend time with you! You were such a great way for my friends and I to afford “fresh” produce, already made meals, and new, unique foods like quinoa.
After college, you moved with me to California where we spent a lot of time together. I started eating healthier and you were there to walk me through it.
But as the years have gone by, we started experiencing ups and downs. Some of the ups I’ve mentioned, some downs…well…
I walked past the produce in one of your new stores in Phoenix and stopped to look at the strawberries. Sitting right on top was a container of strawberries with mold on it. It caught me off guard and obviously, I decided against the strawberries. I gave you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe strawberries weren’t in season? Hm, no it was summer. Maybe the strawberries came from…California? Hm, ya maybe but that’s not that far. Well, things aren’t always perfect, sometimes mold grows. And I moved on.
While in California, I moved in with my boyfriend (now husband). You were there with us the entire time. I was officially cooking for two and thought you were the perfect grocery store for us considering the portion sizes you offer. I was new to cooking, so I hung out quite a bit in your frozen aisle. I picked up a teriyaki chicken dish with chicken, rice, and veggies..perfect for dinner! Until I opened it up…
I can (and have) literally eat the entire bag by myself. It was not enough food for two people. I have to admit TJ, this was another strike. If it was dirt cheap I could understand, but it wasn’t, and it certainly wasn’t enough food.
But, we all make mistakes, I was willing to give you another shot. After all, we’ve been through so much together.
Now living in Cleveland, I drive about 20 minutes away for you. Your location is not convenient, but what can I say, I can’t resist you! I bought some delicious looking chicken thighs from you today and had the perfect recipes picked out for them. I was making “breaded” chicken using eggs, coconut flour, and almond meal. It smelled amazing even before the cooking began. That is, of course until I opened the chicken.
I looked around for my husband to see if he had possibly let off a stink bomb in the kitchen. Hm, no he was in the shower…impossible. It had to be the chicken. When the smell of a stink bomb hits your nose right after opening a bag of chicken, it’s not a good sign. Needless to say, I did not cook that chicken. As appetizing as it was, I did not want to spend the whole night in the bathroom.
So, what gives TJ? Rotten chicken? Not cool. I know it’s been a while, but I think we need a break. It’s not me, it’s you.
Alright, lemme have it! What are your thoughts on Trader Joe’s? Love it? Hate it?
*Side note: I haven’t had an issue with any of the products in these pictures. I was just using pics with TJ’s on it. I know TJ’s has a special place in the hearts of many…but rotten chicken? Ew.