We now have a Trader Joe's in Manhattan. Trader Joe's is perfect. There is nothing bad about Trader Joe's. Only good things can happen at Trader Joe's.
There are a lot of happy New Yorkers now that Trader Joe's is finally among us. I went there for the first time tonight, and it was packed to the gills. You could hardly move. Still, people were very polite even as they rammed into each other with their baskets & shopping carts. It's only proper at Trader Joe's that everyone would just get along. We were all so happy just to be there that minor inconveniences (such as it taking over 20 minutes to get down one aisle and the line for the cash registers wrapping all the way to the back of the store) seemed inconsequential. It only meant that we all got to spend more time at Trader Joe's. And that can only be a good thing.
It was all I could do not to genuflect upon entering. Then one of the store attendants ran up to me because I had mistakenly taken a basket that was partly broken. "Sir, here, let me get you a better basket than the one you took." I almost hugged him.
Margaret was our checkout clerk. She was so nice. She said "gentlemen, did you find everything you needed?" I replied "Margaret, all we needed was to be here with you. All we really needed was Trader Joe's. The rest is just icing on the cake." She giggled.
I believe that when good people die, they go to a place much like Trader Joe's.
I had no shopping agenda when I went there tonight. This is what I came home with (and in no particular order):
Whole Grain Salsa Fresca Tortilla Chips made with Stone Ground White Corn
Pita Chips with Sea Salt
Chocolate Raspberry Sticks
100% Wild Blueberry Juice not from Concentrate
Nuts About Raspberries & Chocolate Trek Mix
Refried Black Beans with Jalapeno Peppers
.75 lb Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Square
Woven Wheats Wafers
Organic Multi Grain Bread
Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti Pasta
Saint Andre Triple Creme Soft-Ripened Cheese
Organic Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
Turkey Sausage Stromboli
Spicy Italian Fully Cooked Gourmet Chicken Sausage
Madame Chevre Creamy Fresh Unripened Goat Cheese
Colossal Olives Hand Stuffed with Jalapeno Peppers
Hot & Smoky Chipotle Salsa