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Posted 19 November 2011 - 08:49 PM

Why is the entire New York City obsessed with it?
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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:09 PM

You have to be at least somewhat elitist/snobby/financially well-off to shop there.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:53 PM

You have to be at least somewhat elitist/snobby/financially well-off to shop there.


That is my thought as well, but is everyone in NYC elitist / snobby / rich?
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Posted 19 November 2011 - 10:43 PM

Why is the entire New York City obsessed with it?

I'm not obsessed with it. :unsure:

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 11:53 PM

That is my thought as well, but is everyone in NYC elitist / snobby / rich?


Yes.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:54 AM

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:56 AM

They ave yet to experience Trader Joe's

They have yet to experience Trader Joe's.
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Posted 20 November 2011 - 08:48 AM

What is the difference between Trader Joe's and Whole Foods? I hear people talking about the two places with awe in their voices.

I love Pomegranate, so I assume I fall into the same elitist category. There's nothing like shopping for apples and a lemon and chancing upon 13 different types of mushrooms. :dreaming:
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Posted 20 November 2011 - 10:27 AM

They ave yet to experience Trader Joe's.

Shopped in Trader Joe's once. Was not impressed.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 12:25 PM

Shopped in Trader Joe's once. Was not impressed.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 12:29 PM

They ave yet to experience Trader Joe's

They have yet to experience Trader Joe's.


Trader Joes is probably the most overhyped store I can think of. It's awful.


What is the difference between Trader Joe's and Whole Foods? I hear people talking about the two places with awe in their voices.


Trader Joes is less expensive, and they have an image of selling "healthy" food. In reality, most of their stuff is their own branded garbage, there is little to no organic (compared to WF or even a well-stocked grocery), their produce is often less than fantastic, and most of what they sell isn't healthier than what you'd buy elsewhere. So they are basically a limited grocery with good PR and a few products that people seem to love (like their frozen pizza dough, or their chocolate).

Whole Foods also tries to project an image of health and social consciousness. They sell a much wider variety of produce/product and a lot more organic/sustainable/cruelty-free items. They're also extremely expensive compared to many other groceries, and people often don't like the fact that their organic products come from large-scale producers instead of local farmers.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 12:34 PM

Also, people like their paper bags. They look cool.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 05:52 PM

What about Fairway? The one in Redhook has awesome breads, and with a hechsher.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:00 AM

I like Trader Joes. IMO, their produce is beautiful, they have lots of kosher products, and they are cheap(er). You cant do a full grocery shopping there though, at least for me, its just a supplement.

Whole foods, is more of a food shopping experience, its expensive, and you feel healthy just shopping there.

I fear for my life in fairway.

And yes, the chocolate truffles they have now in trader joes for the holidays are amazing.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:51 AM

I like Trader Joe's a lot. I love their junk food (which I rarely buy, but love to look at), the tomato soup, coconut milk, tomato sauce, and a few other items. Their price on whole wheat pasta is very good, as is the coconut milk, and several other products. I only have a few items that are staples there for me, but it's on the way to the gym, so it's easy for me to stop there.

I love grocery stores in general. I treat them like museums and love to look around. For me, Wegman's is the most fun, followed by Trader Joes, and then Whole Foods.
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:57 AM

I love American grocery stores. They're like Alladin's cave to me.
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:21 PM

That is my thought as well, but is everyone in NYC elitist / snobby / rich?

:lol:
That makes me laugh. I have been saying for years that New Yorkers are all snobby elitist. Glad you finally realized this...
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:25 PM

Of course there are poor people in NY, but if they get city programs, they often live better then those of us who work for a (menial) living, and cetainly have more disposable income.

Kids of friends on programs got braces, for example; my kids never that that. It was noted in shul that those bidding high amount for Maftir Yona, etc., were those on prgrams, not those who worked for a living.

That said, if I am near a TJ, I will buy as much as I can carry. WF, I have to be more descriminating.
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