My love for Trader Joe’s is so deep that I am willing to endure the most irritating parking lot situation in grocery store history. Everyone’s shopped at Trader Joe’s at least once, right? TJ’s features a wide array of foods at low prices. It’s my go-to spot for everything from healthy (and not so healthy) snacks, pantry staples, cheese….just wait till you lay eyes on the massive selection.
Shopping here makes me feel healthy. LOL. Sounds so dumb, but I’m just being honest. I feel good about myself when I walk through the doors. The genuine workers, cleanliness and fab prices don’t hurt either. Little does anyone know, I’m mainly there for the flowers, cheese and carbs….maybe something organic. Sometimes.
I first hit the stems. Aka gorgeous, I want to take them all, flower section. They place this display, right smack dab in the center of the entrance. Knowing B’s can’t contain themselves over all the beautiful varieties. I probably spend the most time here. Debating which ones will come home. Even though they are a whopping $3.50, a lot of times, I even grab two and decide when it’s time to check out.
Next, the produce aisle. I have to admit – the pre-packaged shit isn’t that cool, but I buy it because it says “gluten-free,” “organic” or even “vegan” Remember, I’m feeling pretty good about myself at this point.
Next up, the damn sample counter where a sweet old lady is slangin melt in yo mouth goodies. And you’ve got to try it, or you’d be fucking rude. Duh! Next you scour the store, searching for a package of said free sample that you really don’t need at all. Chances are, it’s going to sit in your freezer for the next two months before you even pop it in the oven.
Then you stumble upon the freezer section. This is where the not-so-healthy comes into play. Cookie butter ice cream. Mac and Cheese Bites. Mandarin Orange Chicken. Chocolate Croissants. It’s a lazy asses paradise. Any and everything you can pop in the microwave. I try to close my eyes as I make my way down this aisle.
Before you know it you’re in the snacky stuff. Lots of gems down these last two aisles. Peanut butter stuffed pretzels. 21 Seasoning Salute. Polenta. Packages nuts. Veggie straws.
Last, but definitely not least…the booze. Two Buck Chuck might have been the wine that made Trader Joe’s famous, but it’s no longer the biggest draw. Let’s cut the crap, Charles Shaw is just not that good. Like at all. Spend the extra five bucks and grab a bottle of Bogle and call it a day. Your headache will thank you in the morning:) They do carry lots of great bubbles + chards. When in doubt, grab a cute bottle. At least, that’s what I do.