Monday, April 13, 2009
Trader Joe's- My Shopping Mecca
I don't know why there was a hiatus from our regular shopping trips to Trader Joe's. It used to be that Christy and I would make a lunch time trek to our favorite unique grocery store at least once a week. A favorite lunch from last year was a bag full of various and random goodies procured at Trader Joe's and consumed by a creek in a park on a sunny day. Last week, we decided it was beyond time to go back. Pub cheese spread and pretzel bread was calling my name. If you listen closely, you might hear it... Liz... Liiiiiz! Eat me!!! I returned to the office today with 2 paper sacks crammed full of food. Mostly items intended for breakfast and lunch at work; a few items intended for home consumption. From the mundane.. microwave popcorn... to the intriguing... palak dal shorba (spinach, lentil and garlic soup in a microwavable pouch)... I found all I had come for and more. For breakfast, we will be enjoying our choice of: -Crustless quiche- in either bacon and feta or chorizo, egg & cheese -Full fat yogurt- blueberry and cream or vanilla and cream For lunch... -Another lunch tomorrow of pretzel bread and pub cheese. Maybe some identity crisis tortilla chips (made from corn, potato, and brown rice- slightly sweet, slightly salty) with pineapple salsa. - noodle bowl (mushroom or garlic) Or, our new discovery, for those who love Indian food... "Trader Joe's Indian Fare Take-out Thali" Aloo Matar (peas and potatoes) Yellow Dal (lentils and spcies) Basmati Rice They had samples out of this... it's all in pouches, you just microwave and serve. And it was really, really good. Surprisingly good, really! Also picked up a variety of frozen veggies, chicken fried rice, a chicken stir fry kit, and other frozen goodies. Like, for example, our planned afternoon snack. Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cake From the box: "If there were, in fact, a cloud made of chocolate, it might taste just like this cake. Plenty of chocolate flavor comes from the cake and the embedded bands of dark chocolate ganache, with layers of fluffy (as a cumulus cloud), lightly sweetened whipped cream to keep each serving from being too heavy." It was too tempting. I think it might have literally jumped up and shackled itself to our cart. There was no possible way to say no... afterall, there are those "embedded bands of dark chocolate ganache" in there. How can you fight off Dark Chocolate Ganache??? So sorry you can't be here at 3:00 when we get to enjoy this tasty treat! And for my dieting or otherwise food limited friends... I'll sacrifice for you. I will take on the burden of these calories. See what a great friend I am?
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