Saturday, December 8, 2007

Let me count the ways...

Since I feel like I'm always going off about really serious stuff here on this blog, this is going to be a bit of a less serious entry for a change.

So...have you guys had these?!

Oh.

My.

Holy.

Crap.

These things are freakin' amazing. If you haven't had the intense pleasure of experiencing these absolutely scrumptious cookies, let me explain them to you. Basically they're Joe-Joe's - Trader Joe's version of the Oreo but significantly better - but hold on! The filling isn't just regular old cookie creme filling. Oh no. The creme has little, heavenly pieces of candy cane all mixed up inside of it. Again, I will say it - holy crap! I'm not even that fond of Oreos, but these things are freakin' insane. Seriously, I brought some to work, and between 5 of us, we ate an entire box in a day. They're just exceedingly delicious.

This all goes toward the larger purpose of this particular entry.

I love Trader Joe's.

Seriously. I remember the moment when I first heard that Trader Joe's was coming to New York City. I was in a deli, about to get money from an ATM, and my friend Krista broke the news.

"You know they're putting a Trader Joe's around Union Square."

I turned to her and screamed, "What?!?!" And then I literally proceeded to jump around in a circle with excitement. Now, that may seem mildly gay to you, but I don't really care. That's how much I truly love TJ's.

Now, I know that it's a bit of a pain in the ass to shop there on the weekends. But is this really Trader Joe's fault? Isn't that just a testament to how absolutely fantastic the store is?

So I have no idea if you're going to be interested in this or not, but I'm just going to list off a few of my favorite things that I tend to purchase from TJ's on a regular basis that make me happy. What can I say? Food makes me happy. It's delicious.

Anyway. Here goes.

This granola over here is absolutely phenomenal. This is seriously what I eat for breakfast every single day:

Nature's Path Organic Hemp Plus Pumpkin Granola w/ Trader Joe's lowfat yogurt and some sort of fruit. At TJ's, they have plain, vanilla, strawberry and vanana (a mix of vanilla and banana) yogurt option, and all are delicious.

I guess this brings me to what I love most about Trader Joe's - although the Candy Cane Joe-Joe's are a bit excepted from this. It's got such incredibly healthy stuff. And I think that in this country of overconsumption and obesity, it's nice to see that a place like Trader Joe's has a line an hour long on Sundays in New York. It's not much, and it's not as though everything sold at TJ's is completely healthy. But at least it's something.

So to conclude, here are a few more of my favorite things...at Trader Joe's and in general:

Mango Salsa
Pineapple Salsa
Shumai
Any frozen pizzas
Triple Ginger Snaps

Oh the list goes on and on.

So I'm sure most of you have experienced the joy of Trader Joe's, but if you haven't, do yourself a favor and check it out. I promise you won't be disappointed.

2 comments:

Lucinda said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVER TJs...best store EVER...

Chris C said...

Yeah, Trader Joe's is pretty awesome. It's a peculiar place, in that you can't do all your grocery shopping there, but then most of what they have is hard to find elsewhere - kind of a destination store. And the prices are pretty good for what you're getting.

I have to say, what I miss most being in England is Costco. OK, that's not true, I miss American grocery stores in general, particularly those in the Bay Area - a Whole Foods would be nice (they've got *one* in London but it mostly focuses on takeaway and salad bar) or even more amazing would be some place like Draeger's, Bianchini's, or the Berkeley Bowl - can't even imagine.

Here everything is wrapped up in plastic, and fresh vegetables will often be brown and rotting in the plastic before their official sell-by date.

I miss living in Menlo Park where you had Draeger's, TJ's, and that 24-hour giant Safeway all within a couple blocks of each other, and were within easy reach of Costco, Webb's ranch, Bianchini's, farmer's markets, Schaub's, etc. Damn. =)