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I've heard so much about TJ... and now I finally have a chance to go...

What should I get from there-- food, cleaning, ect.

Any real neat souveniers I can pickup?

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Its been a while since I was there but some of my favorites?

Good cheap vitamins
granolas
bags of avocados for cheap
brick oven style cheese pizzas
bug hunks of chocolate
green tea mochi
chicken chili verde burritos
thai bowls
chuck shaw wine
Fage yogurt
dried fruit and nuts for cheap!

and last but not least- cashew macadamia nut butter!

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home-made marshmallows MMMM

Soy Creamy Dairy free ice cream and frozen desserts... omg the (vegan) chocolate on chocolate Soy Creamy sandwiches are to DIE for... their cherry and chocolate chip soy creamy ice cream is awesome too.
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Pretty much anything!

The marshmallows are delicious. There are tons of frozen treats. I love all their natural snacks. My baby LOVES veggie sticks (potato snack).

They have some really nice organic sauces and lots of different nuts, dried fruits and good cereals.

All their dairy products are cheaper than my regular store.

I LOVE TJ's!

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I love their frozen crushed garlic. it makes adding garlic to anything so easy!
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I love their frozen crushed garlic. it makes adding garlic to anything so easy!
what do you store it in in the freezer? we've had some bad luck with garlic in the freezer in the past...lol i would love to have it on hand but i drink ice water all day and i don't want it garlicy.

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Oh where to start. I LOVE the convenience of their frozen organic veggies. Both my kids teethed on frozen bluberries and peas from TJ's. They also carry preservative free meats of you are an omnivore, and wonderful dog treats. Really, take your time, walk to isles, try to figure out how you lived without
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I'm back! I was visiting my sis, and had a few hours to spare before she could get off work.

It was really neat-- it looked kinda like the health food stores around home, but had it's own brands. I got hummus and pita and pita chips at my sisters request. I blew the rest of my budget on stevia powder-- I'm a splenda junkie, and I've heard good things about stevia, but I'd never seen it in a store before.

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what do you store it in in the freezer? we've had some bad luck with garlic in the freezer in the past...lol i would love to have it on hand but i drink ice water all day and i don't want it garlicy.

My MIL blends up a bunch of garlic, and then puts it in a plastic freezer bag. after getting most of the air out of the bag, she sort of flattens it. She does a bunch of these, and then freezes them all. When she wants to use garlic, she just breaks off a peice.

She does this with jalapenos, ginger and garlic. It's pretty conveinent, and the stuff doesnt smell when it's frozen. When you are using it, make sure that it's melted all the way in your food before tasting-- otherwise you might add more than you need.


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I've heard good things about stevia
hooray for non-toxic calorie free sweetner

International diet coke used to be stevia until they made Aspertame the "global" recipie. Coke recently bought up ALL the south american Stevia farms and is working on getting stevia approved by the FDA as a food product (it is currently a "suppliment" which is why you never see it in stores -- they can't sell it as food).
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We just got back from there. We love their yummy pico de gallo, roasted garlic hummus, almond granola cereal (tastes like almond cookies), cinnamon apple sauce, edamame, sour cream, green tea with orange and bergamot, organic produce, and lots more! We have loved almost everything we have ever bought from there. :
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The orange air therapy room deodizer. It's by the toothpaste and stuff. It really takes care of the odors my DH leaves in the bathroom.
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what do you store it in in the freezer? we've had some bad luck with garlic in the freezer in the past...lol i would love to have it on hand but i drink ice water all day and i don't want it garlicy.
It comes in a package that has, well picture a mini ice cube tray, each cube is one clove and they pop right out. the tray has a lid. they also have basil, cilantro, and parsley like that. I think it is great!
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The Three-layer hummus is worth the trip (roasted red pepper, original, and cilantro mmmmm), and the Masala Veggie burgers (perfect on bread with fresh cilantro leaves).

I buy packaged/frozen/"processed" foods from TJ. I get my fresh produce and cheese from the farmer's market cheaper, and my cleaning stuff from frontier or make it myself. but I get the stuff at TJ;s that i'm scared to buy in the regular store - b/c at TJ's I can get it organic or more all-natural. Also, the lunch meat for DH, and canned wild salmon and tuna. Frozen non-farmed fish.

Oh, and the TJ's cereals, granola bars, and animal crackers are a big treat for the kiddos.
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Chocolate covered Joe Joes....need I say more
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Aren't they amazing? What wonderful person came up with them-but I would like to see chocolate covered PB Joe Joe's
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