Some people dream of going to Disney World; I dream of going to Trader Joe’s.

I also spent a good hour taking & uploading pictures of my groceries today. I think I’m a bit loopy. You may think I have no life. I find I fall somewhere in the middle.

I thought I was being secretive and all, telling you that I “just returned from my favorite place” on Facebook, but you know me too well. Almost every single one of you on Facebook and Twitter guessed Trader Joe’s. I guess I’m an open book.


So here’s a serious question… do you think I got enough mandarin orange chicken?

According to Mr. How Sweet, probably not. There is some sweet and sour chicken up there too. One bag equals one meal for him. If I am not home/don’t cook, it’s either a bag of this or a frozen Laura’s lean beef burger.


And I found this too! I think this is new?

Hopefully this is as delicious as the orange chicken. Minus the broccoli of course.


I also bought him these mini pizzas for snacks.

Some people eat apples for snacks. He needs an apple, a banana, and some form of meal as a snack. These little pizzas have less than 300 calories and 12 grams of protein, which he will tell me is not nearly enough… but I think they’ll work.


I have no idea how these ended up in my cart.

I’ve heard rave reviews from many of you and reallllly want to try making my own veggie/bean burger soon. Hopefully I’ll like these – smothered in three cheeses and some bacon of course. I’m also 99% sure they are soy-free. But I’m too lazy to get off the couch and double check.


A chicken for roasting.


An impulse purchase.

These sounded SO good to me. I think it’s the idea of “comfort food” considering I have a massive sinus infection right now. I also had bought a ton of produce already this week, so I spent an extra long time perusing the beautiful frozen processed food aisle. I’ve never eaten frozen meals, and Trader Joe’s has the best!




Double yum.


Favorite hummus.

Nothing compares to this!


Some treats.


Trader Joe’s FINALLY has kale!

I’ve never bought kale that is packaged in a bag before, but Trader Joe’s is so cheap compared to my local grocery store and I plan on using it for kale chips only – so I’m hoping it’s a hit.


Some produce.

Mushrooms, jalapenos, peppers and green beans. Produce is my FAVORITE reason to go to TJ’s. They have the best fruit and vegetables (yuck).


I want to combine these with some of that mozzarella above.

And salt + olive oil + basil. And crumbled bacon. Mmmmm.


Cereals and English muffins.


Snackity snacks.


Our favorite on-the-go snack!


Some replacement staples/condiments.

Nothing new here, but we love the sweet chili sauce and TJ’s soy. I am also completely obsessed with their vanilla extract. I want to drink it.


I quickly detoured to Whole Foods, mainly because I saw these coconut bars in the most recent issue of Real Simple and was praying Whole Foods would have them. I am a coconut freak! Gimme gimme gimme.

No luck.

So I got some of this super seedy bread instead.


And THIS. I can’t even tell you how excited I am for this.

I have been eyeing this for a few months (I saw it in McGinnis Sisters in early Spring) and finally picked some up. Turns out this is a local company too! Just give me a spoon.


Some of this deliciousness.

I am really weird about drinks. I highly dislike carbonation as it burns my throat, chest and nose, but there are a handful of beverages that I adore.


The lack of the coconut bars was made up for by these.

I probably would have ripped into this, but considering I can’t smell, taste or find my appetite, I didn’t want to waste them.


So that’s it! I’m done being a freak and posting my groceries on the internet. Now the real question is… when will pluots be back in season? They are one of my favorite summer fruits!

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142 Responses to “My Favorite Place.”

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    Stephanie — June 25, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

    I feel robbed- I’ve never heard of such a store! :(


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    Amy — June 26, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    I made my first Trader Joe’s trip this weekend while in St. Louis! It was SOOOO awesome!!! I felt like I was seeing a famous rock star every time I saw one of the products that you have talked about in the past! It was so much fun! :) I almost got those Gorditas, but wasn’t sure if they would be worth the money? Were they good??? I got some of that hummus too and LOVE it! Now, I just wish there was a store closer to me!!!


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    McKenzi — June 27, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Okay…so after reading numerous times how much you are in love with the Tuscan White Bean Humus, I went for it. I go to TJ’s weekly, if not twice a week. I pretty much hate it. It has a bitter taste to it that’s almost like chemicals to me. Hey…we all have our own taste buds so I hold no grudge. I am not a fan of wasting so now what do I do with this almost full tub of white pasty chemically stuff. My fiancé and daughter didn’t like it either. Can I send it to you? LOL… I do love everything else on your list, though. And how would I have ever known unless I tried it.


    • Jessica — June 27th, 2011 @ 11:20 am

      Oh my gosh this is so funny… this is really the only hummus I like! Do you think you got a bad batch maybe?? Hahaha too bad you aren’t my neighbor. :)


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    Brinkley — June 27, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    I’ve looked on trader joes website probably monthly, hoping they will announce they are opening in Lexington, KY…but no luck yet. maybe you can put in a good word for us, that we really need a trader joes, asap!!! LOL. Either that, or i’m just gonna have to suck it up and drive two hours to Cincy to do some shopping.


    • Jordan — July 17th, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

      there is one coming to Louisville. No Lexington though. :(

      So happy I will be living near one (in Nashville) when I go to college in August. Everything you post looks so dang tasty.


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    kristen — June 30, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    I feel the same way about whole foods! Luckily I dont live very close to one, other wise I would be there every day!


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    Team Love Street — June 30, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    Thanks for finding and mentioning our Ecuadorian Chocolate Coconut Spread! :-) We also make by hand organic Chocolate Bars and Indonesian Chocolate Spreads, which are all available on our website (and many stores around the country):


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    Lissa — June 30, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    I picked up those veggie burgers last week. :) They are ok, but don’t cook them expecting them to taste anything like hamburgers. They were kinda mushy and reminded me a LOT of falafel. Not bad, just not what I was expecting!


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    AKM — July 1, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    OH MY GOODNESS! Chocolate coconut spread?? I may not sleep till I find some of this. Too bad hubby doesn’t like coconut! (MORE FOR ME!)



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    Rachel C — July 1, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    OMG, I love this post showing all of your Trader Joes goodies. Please keep this a regular feature when you go shopping there. Thanks.

    Yum, I love food! :)


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    Patti S. — July 1, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    Okay so I love Trader Joe’s to and I have worked there for 9 years! You must must try the Sugar,Chocolate, and Coffee Spice Grinder! Brand new and it is amazing on ice cream, cupcakes, buttered toast…what a find! There is also the new olive oil potato chips and the garlic olive oil! Also if you have the cocobon wine in your store give it a wine with a chocolate finish. Whay more could a gal want?


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    April was in CT — July 14, 2011 @ 12:58 am

    We just moved to CA (land of Trader Joe’s I keep calling it) and I’m in heaven that TJ’s is finally close enough that I can go weekly. I have to warn you that whatever you do…do NOT buy the dark chocolate chunk and almond cookies. They are evil, dangerous and all around despicable because you won’t be able to stop eating them. (they’re in the small plastic tubs on the frozen food aisle at my store..not that you need to be looking for them because do NOT buy them) I will advise you to purchase the mojito salmon (deeee-licious!) and the 3 grains blend (I think that’s the name) also in the frozen section in a box. The 3 grains blend is really great served with fish. Oh, and the surfboard tortilla chips are *perfect* for dipping into a jar of salsa. I loved this post and it’s always fun to see what others get at TJ’s. There is so much to see I always miss stuff and I’ve already made a short list of things to try just reading over the comments!



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