I have a confession to make.
I think I might be obsessed with a grocery store.
I will admit that my chef/husband and I are a little strange in that we have gone on dates to a grocery store before. (More on that another time.) But this might be even worse that that.
Can I blame this possible obsession on being married to a chef?
I have a lot of other friends and neighbors who are very excited about this new store near us as well. It’s what transpired after my 2nd trip there in 4 days that has me concerned and why I would consider blaming this on my husband’s profession.
Last week a Trader Joe’s FINALLY opened near our home.
If you asked my chef/husband what his favorite grocery store is, he would say Trader Joe’s. He feels very strongly that I should do all our shopping there and he’s been saying that for years.
However, I refuse to drive 35-40 minutes one way to get to the nearest Trader Joe’s.
Now I don’t have to!!
WooHoo!! (This is me jumping up and down with excitement!!)
I was crazy enough to shop on opening day WITH a 5 year old. I also went back 3 days later and looked around for a long time, since it was much less crowded.
I posted on Facebook, asking my friends and family what their favorites were when shopping there.
I made a list based off of this Facebook post.
I spent way too much money buying things on the list and many others not on the list, just to try out everyone’s favorites. (Grocery Budget? What’s that?)
Our dinner that night was samples of things my friends said they loved from the store and things that looked good to me from just walking around the store. (Healthy dinner? What’s that?)
And yes, I did take pictures. I made sure to open the packages carefully, just so I could take a picture of our tasting dinner.
I planned this dinner on a Friday evening, for the girls and I. However, as I was walking out of Trader Joe’s with all of this fun food, my husband called and said his schedule changed and that he was on his way home. (It was 10 am.) So he was able to enjoy this amazing “dinner” with us as well.
(I think the tasting dinner and taking pictures of it I can blame on my chef/husband’s influence, right?. Who does something like that? A chef’s wife.)
As soon as my husband gets a day off (oh my . . . It’s a bit crazy at work right now!!!), we’ll be heading to Trader Joe’s on a date, blowing our grocery budget even more, and I’ll be getting some meal ideas from him as we walk around and talk.
Maybe he’ll even buy me some flowers.
I’m sure I’ll calm down a little once the newness has worn off.
But for now, we’ll just keep trying new things each week. Thank you to all my friends and family who shared your favorites with us. 🙂
So here are our thoughts on some of the “favorites” we tried.
Things we loved:
- Pumpkin Granola – my favorite find of the day. It’s so good on homemade yogurt!!
- Chocolate Caramel Bar
- Palak Paneer – Can’t wait to try more of their Indian Food!
- Sesame Sticks
- Cookie Butter – This was good, but after all the hype from my friends :-), I think I was expecting it to be fabulous. It’s good. But just good, not amazing.
Things we can live without (and won’t buy again):
- Half Baked Baguette
- Dried Apples
- Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas
Other things we already knew we loved:
- Orange Chicken
- Cheese Enchiladas
- Miniature Peanut Butter Cups
- Potstickers (tried the Gyoza Dipping Sauce and it wasn’t bad for something just out of a bottle)
- Lavender Lotion and Bar Soap
- Pub Cheese
- Frozen French Green Beans
- Frozen Roasted Corn
- Cheese – all of it! So many great choices!!
- Frozen Edamame
- Bagged Spinach
- Brussels Sprouts
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- OK, pretty much all the produce. (Great quality and good sized portions for our family of 5 (well 4 1/2 since my chef/husband doesn’t eat at home much.))
- Spiced Cider
- Sparkling Lemonade
Anyone else love this store as much as our family? Have I missed any favorites? Please comment below if there is something we NEED to try!!
From one chefwife to another,