Just when I think I don’t really need Trader Joe’s (”It’s not that special,” I tell myself), I go to Trader Joe’s and find myself thinking “How can I survive without Trader Joe’s?!??!”
As some have put it, the store caters to the “overeducated & underpaid.” The stores are a great blend of quality, organic/natural, gourmet and affordable items. The frozen section is legendary for its variety of unique snacks, convenience foods and staples. It drives some people crazy but I love the small selection of items (unlike the 10’s of thousands of items in a supermarket). I think it makes shopping much easier since there are usually only 1-2 options per item (i.e. 2 kinds of peanut butter, not 25). I can go on & on about the merits of Trader Joe’s but I won’t as this is not the right venue.
The closest Trader Joe’s to us is in Winston-Salem, about 45 minutes away. I totally love Trader Joe’s. I’ve been a loyal customer since my days at UCLA many, many years ago. In Los Angeles, there are Trader Joe’s located within a couple miles of each. At one point, I lived within 3 different locations! It was amazing.
Since moving to Greensboro, I’ve had to limit my TJ’s runs. So today I went a little crazy buying up goods. I told myself going in that I would only buy things that you can’t find at other stores or staples that are significantly cheaper than the competition. Well, there was a lot to choose from! Trader Joe’s also stays up on the food and diet trends. My husband will be starting a ketogenic diet very soon and TJ’s is a great place to stock up on keto-friendly items.
Here is what I bought. Bold items are keto-friendly.
Sauerkraut with Pickled Persian Cucumbers
Feta Cheese Crumbles w/Mediterranean Herbs
Uncured Bacon Ends & Pieces
Coffee Bean Blast Ice Cream (the best coffee ice cream ever!)
Cheese & Green Chile Tamales
Chicken Burritos (chicken leg meat w/tomatoes, beans, & onions)
Grass-Fed Angus Beef Burgers
Carrot & Pea Veggie Patties (not keto-friendly, have potatoes)
Cauliflower & Broccoli Patties (not keto)
Oils & Spices:
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Packets
Coconut Oil Cooking Spray
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Chile Lime Seasoning
Pantry, Sauces & Snacks:
Farm-Raised Smoked Trout in Canola Oil
Olive Tapenade w/Kalamata & Chalkidiki Olives
Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce
Marinated Olive Duo w/Lemon & Herbs
Green Dragon Hot Sauce
Organic Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter
Roasted Cashews (½ Salt)
Roasted Almonds (not salted)
Thai Lime & Chili Almonds
Roasted Cocoa Nibs
Handmade Flour Tortillas
Popcorn w/Herbs & Spices
Very Berry Clusters Cereal
Organic Toasted Coconut Granola
Sweet Plantain Chips
Mini Blueberry Tea Scones
Lavender Sachet Dryer Bags
Charlie Bear Liver Dog Treats
Until Next Time, TJ!
Since the last time I went to TJ’s was in November, there are many new-ish items we are excited to try: Sauerkraut, riced cauliflower & broccoli, olive duos, grainless granola, coconut granola, and green dragon sauce. What are your faves & must-try items?