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Respond to Review of Trader Joe's
by bdijulio

Review: Having been a "TJ" Maxx devotee for many years, there is now a second "TJs" to love in VA Beach: Trader Joe's. I buy virtually all of our produce at Stoney's Market (a local farm market) except when they close for a month in the dark of winter. And Trader Joe's is quite a distance from us, so I choose not to burn the gas required to get there for grocery items on a daily or even weekly basis (though I drive a Prius). BUT, Trader's is near Stoney's, so I try to swing by both in one trip for the following must-haves: * Trader Joe's brand of olive oil--you cannot beat the price of this flavorful oil and it comes with a spout for pouring just the right amount every time * Trader Joe's brand of pepitas--I buy these 2 lb. bags to make my vegan "Smoked Paprika and Garlic Pumpkin Seeds" for snacking and to package as gifts (check out the recipe on my blog) *Tempeh--Traders only offers one variety, but it good and very affordable *Vegan Chorizo--this is a super-spicy rendition, but with the right combination of ingredients to temper the heat a bit, it's delish * Wine--we're not so much "Two Buck Chuck" drinkers; rather we've tried a wide variety of wines we drink regularly, including Prosecco (which complements virtually all vegan food) and Vouvray, another favorite white * And, lastly, for the winter holidays--vegan Candy Cane Joe-Joes (think Oreo's with a peppermint center)

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