News Article | July 8, 2017
This article, The Best Products at Trader Joe's (According to the Employees Who Know Them Best), originally appeared on Chowhound. Before I had witnessed its majesty firsthand, I couldn’t understand the intense enthusiasm surrounding Trader Joe’s. What was it that made people speak with such passion and pride about their grocery store of all things? Then, I moved four short blocks from a TJ’s. And I saw the light. A bright atmosphere, extensive inventory, cleverly branded products and low prices — what wasn’t to love? A few months into my born-again grocery-loving life, I settled into a beaten path whenever I visited the store. I’d go straight to the lower level to snag my frozen food faves and then take the escalator back upstairs, grabbing essentials like milk and OJ en route to “The Grand Finale,” or “checkout” for those not fluent in Joe lingo. Every once in a while, something new and unfamiliar would catch my eye and find its way into my basket. But for the most part, I was sticking to my mental checklist of tried-and-true standbys. What was once a culinary wonderland had become a routine, and I wanted to do something about it. I wanted to shake up my basket with fresh, but vetted choices. So I decided to turn to the pros. Throughout a series of visits to all four of the chain’s Manhattan locations, I talked to 15 TJ’s crew members about their favorite products in the store. Here’s what I learned… According to my cashier on the Upper West Side, these cans are great for beach days (and presumably other on-the-go trips). While she finds the bottled cold brew to be extremely strong, the French Vanilla flavor of the canned alternative goes down easy. In Chelsea, I asked two crew members in the cereal aisle to recommend their favorite cereal. Without hesitation, both pointed straight to Just the Clusters. One also recommended using almond milk in place of regular milk to take the almond flavor to the next level. “We’re going date crazy at Trader Joe’s,” a Murray Hill crew member told me. “Everything’s got dates in it now.” When I asked about her personal favorite of all the date options, she recommended Nothing But Fruit & Nuts in the hazelnut cacao flavor. While these nutritious nuggets are currently out of stock (at least in Murray Hill), she told me to keep an eye out for their return. In Chelsea, I asked a crew member to help me navigate my way through the myriad bar options. He graciously stopped to take me through a full tutorial, beginning with his initial recommendation: the Builders Bar. These bars have a good deal of sugar (21 grams) but just as much protein (20 g). He also buys Luna bars, which have less sugar (9 g) and no GMOs, and he’s been hearing good things about Trader Joe’s own Nutty Seedy Fruity Bar. True to its name, it’s 88% nuts, seeds, and fruit. With a lean 6 grams of sugar, it still delivers 7 grams of protein and a good dose of fiber to boot. According to my new bar guru, your choice of bar depends on what you’re trying to do. If your goal is to have an on-the-go snack, rather than to build muscle, you may want to opt for a bar that’s lighter in both protein and sugar. My cashier on 72nd Street raved about these, but even after her explanation, I couldn’t understand just what they were. According to her, it was “a crunchy thing; it could be a cracker – but it’s all protein.” On a future visit to TJ’s, I had to pick up a bag and find out for myself. Indeed, these snacks, imported from Italy and branded under the “Trader Giotto’s” line, are 100% cheese, so they’re gluten-free even though they crunch like a cracker. I’m looking forward to trying these on a salad since they can pull double duty in place of both cheese and croutons. Near the dried fruits and nuts, I asked a crew member who was opening some boxes nearby for help in locating the object of my addiction: Simply Almonds, Cashews, and Chocolate Trek Mix. While I was at it, I asked her which of the trail mixes she’d recommend. She pointed out the aptly named Simply The Best Trek Mix: a standout for her due to the extra zing of tart cherries. In examining the ingredients, I saw that this mix was the same as my go-to but with three kinds of fruit in place of the chocolate. While I’ll never give up my semisweet chocolate chunks, I’m game to add some fruit to my diet and find out how “Simply the Best” earned its name. During my visit to the Upper West Side, the demo station was offering samples of caramel ginger popcorn. While I tried to get the man behind the counter to name his favorite popcorn flavor, he remained diplomatic and impartial. “They’re all good,” he said. He did mention that the organic popcorn with olive oil seems to be the most popular. As for the dill pickle-flavored popcorn…“Some people like it,” he said, in a way that let me know he wasn’t one of those people. I didn’t know that New Zealand was known for its beef, but according to one of the Union Square crew members, this imported grass fed beef is “the very best thing we have here and the best value. $5.99 a pound – you can’t find a better price.” When I asked my cashier at the Murray Hill location about his favorite items in the store, he answered my question with a question: was I veganor vegetarian? Once I told him that I ate everything, he proceeded to recommend three meats: the first two being frozen chicken strips and the Wine Country Chicken Salad. “It’s a little sweet, but I like it,” he said. “I can’t eat it all the time ‘cause it’s rich.” Though it wasn’t in my basket on that particular day, this chicken salad occupies a place in my regular rotation, so I can personally endorse this recommendation. He also recommended the… …which he said was quite peppery and flavorful. I was intrigued enough to pick up a package on my next visit and I’m happy to report that it made for a delicious breakfast with a bagel and schmear. Trader Giotto is back at it with this blend of Roma tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and garlic, all conveniently pre-diced and mixed for you. A crew member working near the wraps, salads, and sushi pointed this out to me and said it was “really nice on a nice hunk of bread.” In Chelsea, I asked the two women preparing corn dog samples about the best sample they’ve ever served. One of them proceeded to guide me to the freezer section and introduce me to these elevated pigs in a blanket. She still remembers the flaky dough of the puff pastry from when these mini dogs had their day at the demo station. Another past sample that these crew members recall fondly is the sweet potato gnocchi. When I asked what kind of sauce one would pair with that, they informed me that a butter and sage sauce was literally in the bag with the frozen pasta. Silly me to think that Trader Joe would make my meal prep anything less than the easiest it could possibly be! While chatting with my cashier on the Upper West Side, she called out this new organic ice cream that’s just $1.99 a pint. In her words, “Ben and Jerry cannot compete.” I was in the cookie aisle when a TJ’s crew member came around asking, “Anybody in the vicinity need any type of help?” I said I could use his help deciding which cookie to buy. While he’d only sampled two of the flavors himself, he grabbed all five bags and said, “We can go ask somebody who’s way more experienced.” Once we arrived at the demo station, he couldn’t even finish his question before the crew members behind the counter started talking about the oatmeal cookies dubbed Druid Circles and how the walnut and raisin flavors complement each other so perfectly. Another crew member passing by chimed in. Her review? “Bomb.” While checking out at Union Square, I asked my cashier if she had a favorite product in the store. “Well, I used to,” she said, “but then they ruined it for me.” It was an ominous beginning. Upon further questioning, I learned that her favorite product used to be cookie butter, but then… “they started making cookie butter this, cookie butter that…totally ruined it for me.” Despite this gripe with cookie butter’s over-saturation, she can’t give it up completely. One of her favorite products is still the Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies. “I’m a cookie person,” she told me. She also likes the Milk Chocolate Macadamia Nut Lacey Cookies and the Vanilla Joe Joes (basically blonde Oreos). Don’t forget a drink to pair it all with (if you’re lucky enough to live near a TJ’s wine shop)! I asked the crew member who was pouring samples to recommend her favorite wines in the store for under $10. For white, she went with the Vignobles Lacheteau Muscadet, a dry French white for $6.99. For red, she suggested the La Paca Garnacha, a dry but fruity Spanish wine at the same bargain price of $6.99. At these price tags, stocking up on a case of each is the only responsible thing to do! Beyond delicious flavors and low prices, you’ll notice that the other recurring theme of a TJ’s visit is excellent customer service. When I asked, “Can I ask you a random question?” responses included “No question is too weird” and “Yeah, I love it.” If a crew member didn’t have an answer to a question, they found it. If I asked about a product, they offered me a sample and in one case, even stopped to have a snack break with me. I’d like to thank all the TJ’s crew members for their enthusiasm and assistance, and for helping me rekindle my love affair with the guy who looks out for my time, money, and stomach: Trader Joe. Watch news, TV and more Yahoo View, available on iOS and Android.
News Article | July 25, 2017
Recruiting for Good, a fun social staffing company, is sponsoring meaningful, invite only breakfasts to inspire Westside parents and kids; learn to love life and work. Inviting passionate professionals to speak about their heartfelt journey in an intimate setting. According to Recruiting for Good Founder, Carlos Cymerman, "Stories told and shared have an infinite and long lasting positive impact on parents and kids alike. When we love what we do for work, our relationships flourish, we grow from within, and party for good." The purpose is to serve Westside parents and 'Coming of Age Kids' who seek to learn about careers and professions in an intimate setting; from passionate successful professionals who care. Chosen passionate professionals will be from every walk of life; giving kids access to what it takes to find passion and love work, and become experts in the perspective field. Breakfast will be held at North Italia in Santa Monica, on Saturdays. To reserve a spot for the next upcoming sponsored invite only breakfast email Carlos(at)RecruitingforGood(dot)com Carlos Cymerman adds, "By inspiring positive work habits, we can inspire kids that working hard, pursuing excellence, and finding fulfillment thru service...in any profession is possible. Join our mission to prepare kids for tomorrow's jobs; thru inspiration, sharing stories, and fun celebrations." About Recruiting for Good is a fun social staffing company that has been connecting talented technical professionals to great jobs since 1998, using recruiting placements to sponsor fun celebrations, creative writing contests, and 1 on 1 mentoring services. To find the best talent often, find your next kick*ss job and party for good, email Carlos(at)RecruitingforGood(dot)com
Breakfast | Date: 2016-06-30
Perfumery; essential oils; cosmetics; make-up; eye make-up; eyeliners; blushers; lipsticks; hair lotions; soaps. Computer hardware; computer software; computer peripherals; electronic data processing equipment; computer networking and data communications equipment; computer components and parts; electronic memory devices; electronic control apparatus; programmed-data-carrying electronic circuits; wires for communication; electrodes; telephones; aerials; batteries; microprocessors; keyboards; video films. Precious metals; jewellery; precious stones; chronometric instruments. Paper; cardboard; printed publications; printed matter; computer printers (Inking ribbons for -); bookbinding materials; books; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; artists paint brushes; music sheets; music scores; periodical magazines; photographs; stationery and educational supplies; typewriters; Instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging (not included in other classes); printing blocks. Clothing; footwear; headgear; swimwear; sportswear; leisurewear. Lace; Embroidery; ribbons; braid; buttons; hooks and eyes; pins; needles; artificial flowers. Provision of information and advice to consumers regarding the selection of products and items to be purchased; provision of business and commercial information; business consultancy services; assistance and advice regarding business organization and management; advertising; advertising particularly services for the promotion of goods; arranging of contracts for the purchase and sale of goods and services, for others; market research and marketing studies; compilation of computer databases; office functions; retail services relating to furniture; retail services connected with the sale of clothing and clothing accessories; online retail store services in relation to clothing. Telecommunication services; communication services for the electronic transmission of voices; transmission of data; electronic transmission of images, photographs, graphic images and illustrations over a global computer network; transmission of data, audio, video and multimedia files; simulcasting broadcast television over global communication networks, the Internet and wireless networks; provision of telecommunication access to video and audio content provided via an online video-on-demand service; satellite communication services; telecommunications gateway services. Production of radio and television shows and programmes; film production services; Education, teaching and training; Entertainment services; Presentation of movies; Film distribution; Provision of non-downloadable films and television programs via a video-on-demand service; Arranging and conducting of workshops and seminars; Arranging and conducting of congresses; Organization of exhibitions for cultural and educational purposes; Publication of electronic books and journals online.
Breakfast | Date: 2016-04-07
Digital signage. Printing of photographic images from digital media. Entertainment services, namely, providing a web site featuring photographic, audio, video and prose presentations featuring attendees at parties, gatherings and social events linked to websites and social meeting websites. Computer services, namely, electronic digitizing of photographic images by means of wireless technologies and social media websites.
Breakfast | Date: 2016-10-07
Computer application software for smart phones and tablet computers, namely, software for food delivery services. Food delivery. Catering services.
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News Article | September 22, 2016
At Disrupt London, this coming December, it will be easier than ever for investors to find companies that fit their investment strategy. For the first time TechCrunch is bringing its CrunchMatch program to Europe where startup founders will be matched with venture capitalists ready to write checks and make investments. TechCrunch’s new program to curate meetings between investors and startups is a hit. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, TechCrunch helped 50 investors and 76 startups make a total of nearly 200 connection meetings at Disrupt. We’re thrilled to announce that CrunchMatch will be coming with us across the pond at Disrupt London 2016. How it works: When an investor registers for Disrupt, they’ll receive an invitation to fill out a questionnaire about their investment interests. Startups in the Battlefield and those which purchase Startup Alley ticket packages will receive a similar form. TechCrunch will use those responses to match investors with startups that fit their investment profile and interest areas. We’ll also help coordinate those meetings at a private space and at a time that works for both parties during the course of the Disrupt conference. CrunchMatch investors at Disrupt NY raved about the experience, with 85% of participating using CrunchMatch to scout future investments, and 93% of investors saying they would participate in CrunchMatch again. Want to compare notes with other investor at Disrupt? Join us on Monday, 5 December for an Investor Breakfast. This breakfast is a way for TechCrunch to bring together investors who are registered for Disrupt to network with each other and with the TechCrunch team. An invitation to the Investor Breakfast will come in the weeks preceding Disrupt once an investor has registered for a ticket to the conference. The TechCrunch team will make a brief presentation and take questions from attendees. Care to check out hot startup categories? We’re happy to announce healthtech, fintech, and AI curated pavilions at Disrupt London. We are offering 5 lucky companies in each category free exhibit space at the conference, as well as the opportunity to demo on our Showcase stage on Monday, 5 December. In total, we expect 10-15 companies to exhibit in each category, in addition to hundreds of startups exhibiting at Disrupt. Disrupt general admission tickets are available here. If you have additional questions about CrunchMatch or the pavilions, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Disrupt London 2016 takes place December 5-6 at London’s beautiful Copper Box Arena, and we can’t wait to see all you there. Our sponsors help make Disrupt happen. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sponsorship team at email@example.com.
News Article | November 29, 2016
MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 28, 2016) - In 2015, Canadians spent more than $10 billion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday-an average of $330 per person. If just 1% of this amount had instead been given to the numerous non-profit organizations in Canada, they would have received more than $100 million in donations. "Giving Tuesday" was established in 2012 in the United States in response to the trending increase in over-consumption. With 15 founding partners and more than 4,700 participating partners, the Giving Tuesday movement encourages mutual aid in the form of donations, volunteering or simply helping a neighbour. It goes beyond holiday sales to create an opportunity to celebrate and support the charitable organizations that work hard every day to fulfil their mission. Breakfast Club of Canada invites you to give generously on 'Giving Tuesday', this November 29, a national day devoted to charity. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of its individual donors, its corporate partners and more than 17,500 volunteers, the Club can nourish children's potential every day by serving more than 163,000 breakfasts in 1,455 schools across Canada. However, many schools from coast to coast are still waiting for our funding to start a breakfast program. At the Club, $1 is 1 breakfast, so every donation has an amazing impact on our children. About the Breakfast Club of Canada For 22 years, Breakfast Club of Canada has been nourishing children's potential by making sure as many of them as possible have access to a healthy morning meal before school, in an environment that allows their self-esteem to grow and flourish. But the Club is much more than a breakfast program: we take a broader approach that promotes the core values of engagement, enrichment and empowerment, and we team up with communities and local partners to develop solutions adapted to their specific needs. Operating from coast to coast, the Breakfast Club of Canada helps feed 164,000 students every day in 1,455 schools.