...opened on Friday, and I popped in on my way home after work. And popped right out again.
Two things caught my attention: a bag of many baby artichokes from California for less than $4 [an example of what Michael Pollan described as "irresponsible pricing"?], and...oh, some very petite endive - red and white - in a cute little package whose square footage of cellophane reminded me of my beloved Woolworths in Constantia, Cape Town, whose packaging, excess of, leaves a lot to be desired, but whose quality I personally tend to swoon over. There is nothing as good in the States. Not under one roof.
I will return to Trader Joe's when there are fewer ladies going , "Oh my Gwawd, look at the cute cwarts!" It may be useful for one-stop shopping. My butcher baker candlestick maker routine can be tiring: here for charcuterie, there for cheese, there for bread, over there for green things and fruit, somewhere else again for meat, etc.
I am spoiled by Sahadi's a couple of blocks from home, whose prices and quality are outstanding, with the Green Pea next door, with fresh - but seldom organic (I have hope, though) - produce, and the revamped Key Food where organic eggs, milk, chickens (but not meat) are to be had. Not to mention the Halaal butcher, the Borough Hall Farmers' Market...
The small, specialized, family-owned nature of my shopping pleases me. I like to know people, and for people to know me.