Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Trader Joey

In Reno, I shopped at Walmart.  And Winco.  But mostly Walmart.

After moving to Portland, I had a hard time adjusting to the lack of Walmarts-on-every-corner.

Instead, there's a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's on every corner (at least where we live).  We tried Fred Meyer, but lordy that place is pricey... and under construction.

So boyfriend and I typically shop at Trader Joe's for some things, and Winco for the rest.  I never shopped at Trader Joe's before because it was too pricey, but boyfriend and I have been discovering some little gems that are decently priced and super yummy!

1.  Pomegranate and Blueberry Cereal - this stuff is AMAZING.  If you don't know, I can't eat mushy foods.  Call me picky, I'll take it.  But I don't do mushy.  Mashed Potatoes, Yogurt, Pudding, gag me.  Can't do it.  So one thing I HATE is when your cereal gets soggy.

This cereal never gets soggy/mushy.  The blueberries are real.  The clusters add a touch of sweet.  I can't get enough of this cereal! 

2.  Hummus Salad Dressing - I found this little gem when I was at my mom's house in July.  Which also means it's  GLUTEN FREE.  So unique - I've never seen anything like this anywhere else! 

3.  Trader Joe's Black Beans - Boyfriend and I eat black beans with everything.  The Trader Joe's brand black beans are supepr firm (NOT MUSHY).  The best part is they don't come in that thick-gunky-black-bean-residue stuff, which means you don't have to rinse them first!  Lovelove!

4.  Carne Asada - THIS IS SO YUM YUM!  It took 25-ish minutes to cook.  Threw it on some corn tortillas with chopped onion and cilantro.  Added some lime and INSTANT YUM YUM!  This is a keeper and well worth the $7-$8. 

I could go on and on about the little gems we get from TJs (don't even get me STARTED on the Rosemary cheese!) - but these are some of the hidden hotties that I'm unable to find at other stores.  Lovelovelove!

Anyone have any other Trader Joe's hot items?!


  1. We are getting a Trader Joe's here in Houston! I love your recommendations, now I'm super excited for them to open!

  2. We get the Cane Asada every week! We always cook it with Jasmine rice with cilantro and peppers and mushrooms! I love it! It is awesome.

  3. I miss Trader Joes and Whole Foods everywhere! In Jersey I had afew around my home, and now being in Miami, you literally have to go to the beach and swanky towns to find them. :/

  4. @Heights - I responded to your comment via email and realized it went to the "no-reply" email! Oops! Be careful it's so easy to spend your entire paycheck! We also are addicted to their maple leaf cookies (super yummy if you like maple), gnocci and gorgonzola, and their Mochi ice cream! Super yum - but those are my splurges since they can be more expensive than typical ice cream or cookies.

    Good luck! Let me know if you find any hidden gems :-)

  5. That cereal looks delish!

  6. We don't have Trader Joe's here. So we officially suck. But I would be a crazy person in love if we did.


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