Trader Joe’s = Happiness

I absolutely love Trader Joe’s.  As soon as I walk through the doors, I always stand there and smile thinking about all the fresh produce, unique products, and amazing deals (until people start giving me weird looks, then I move on to the shopping).  I’m one of the crazy people that LOVE to shop for groceries.  I enjoy reading labels, discovering new products, pairing foods, and finding good deals.    Couple that with the awesomeness of Trader Joe’s, and you will have something that resembles a kid on Christmas morning. 


Unfortunately, the closest TJ’s is two hours away.  I know, sad.  However, I have a couple of friends that share my affinity for the quaint store.  One of us is usually heading that way at least once a month, so we take turns stocking up for each other.  We are going at the end of October, and last week I was thinking about all the stuff I desperately needed wanted from there, and that I didn’t know if I could wait that long.  That’s when my client/friend/fellow TJ’s fan told me she was going THIS WEEKEND!!!  I was so happy that I let her skip the last circuit of our workout.  Okay, that’s a lie, I would never ever do that, but I did say that I was happy enough that it crossed my mind.  Luckily she is hard core and wouldn’t skip anyway haha.

I took her a cooler, some cash, and a looooong list of the products that had been on my mind.  Some of my favorite items that I always get from there:

  • goat’s milk creamy cheese
  • raisin rosemary crackers (seriously – these are like crack)
  • roasted seaweed snacks
  • pizza dough (only $1 – and so so good)
  • pumpkin butter
  • organic dark chocolate bars
  • crunchy curls
  • dried mango
  • balsamic vinegar
  • almond butter with roasted flax seeds (I am definitely addicted to this)

Of course, there were several other items on my list, as well as a note that read “anything else you think I would like or may possibly need.”

On Tuesday, I will have my stash of TJ’s products, and I will probably open almost everything to sample and savor the goodness that is Trader Joe’s. 


Do you have a Trader Joe’s in your area or have you ever been to one?  What are some of your favorite products from there?


6 Responses to “Trader Joe’s = Happiness”

  1. 1 c September 19, 2011 at 7:18 am

    oh how we love our trader joes! i am so addicted to my steel cut oats with pumpkin butter!! i am glad i had a jar tucked back!
    and the organic butternut squash soup! YUMMY! i am in the mood for “fall food” (or can’t u tell?) lol!
    i will be going to tj’s on tues or weds so if there is anything anyone needs, get me ur list and $$
    happy eating & cooking!

  2. 3 Jaime September 19, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I am used to one being down the street 😦 I guess I really shouldn’t complain about being 25 minutes from one now. Their chapstick is the only brand I use.

  3. 5 Kristen @ notsodomesticated September 22, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Sadly, we don’t have a Trader Joe’s near us. The only thing I have is Super Walmart haha. I’m so deprived! 😉

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