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The Best of Trader Joe's 2016

I get so nostalgic reading through the posts from this year. Oh the feels. The memories of post-nightshift trips, trips with friends, trips for no reason at all. Am I sad to see 2016 go? Not really. Time hasn't passed too quickly or too slowly for me. I have much to look forward to in the new year, but it's nice to take a moment to reflect and recount the blessings of the year. And what better way to recall 2016 than by Trader Joe's products? :D

Trader Joe's Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage

It is still the most wonderful time of the year. The air is palpably distinct from the rest of the year.  But do you feel it slipping away ever so slightly? Next year is around the corner, and again we wonder how time flies. Do lights, sweets, and family gatherings make things that much different? Maybe. Maybe not. May we never lose the sense of wonder, of community, of calm, and of peaceful yet joyful expectancy

Have you OD'ed yet on all things chocolate? And candy canes? And other generic holiday sweets?

Trader Joe's Turkey Pot Pie

Hello, it's me. I was wondering after all these years you'd like to meat...

Trader Joe's Umami and Ginger Paste

I'm a big fan of the condiment section at TJ's, not because everything is ridiculously good but you can really find some hidden gems and get a good bang for your buck. ;D 
I cannot vouch for all of the spices and condiments - like salt, soy sauce, sriracha (no I haven't tried TJ's brand sriracha) I would buy elsewhere. However, because most of the spices have the same $1.99 flat price, you can get decent deals on things like curry powder, turmeric, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon sticks, and ground ginger. 

Trader Joe's Chocolate Mint Flavored Black Tea

It wasn't the chocolate or the idea of a chocolate-flavored tea. It was, as usual, the packaging. That is one creepy looking bear. He could pass for a crazy uncle at Christmas. Claws, mug of "tea," , and creepy stare. Maybe a plaid flannel instead of the ugly sweater. Just sayin. 

Trader Ming's BBQ Chicken Teriyaki

No, this is not a holiday exclusive. It's another episode of I-am-too-lazy-to-cook, courtesy of a quick lunch from a few weeks ago. Fish apparently does not count as meat, according to A. Chicken qualifies albeit as a lower tier meat. Mission? Feed husband dinner with minimal effort.  

Trader Joe's Half-Baked Idea French Rolls

Generally speaking, half-baked ideas are no good. If you're going to do something, commit! Go big or go home! But if you're a lover of good food, too lazy to feed a starter yeast and bake your own bread, and a TJ's aficionado - half-baked is good news y'all. 

Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Waffles

"We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter, but work is third." ~ Leslie Knope

Trader Joe's Soft Baked Drizzled Gingerbread Oat Bars

In an ideal world, we would all naturally wake up each morning with a pep in our step, oodles of time, and a piping hot breakfast. Eggs and bacon. Avocado toast. My mother-in-law's congee. Oh we can dream. Most mornings, I'm blessed if I get 20 minutes between getting up and getting out the door. :P

Trader Joe's Autumn Apple Rooibos Tea

We here in the Northeast are only starting to face a real winter and less of an autumnal winter. But since it's not QUITE winter's still kosher to squeeze in one less pumpkin spiceless (lol computer autocorrected spiceless to "spineless") fall review. 

Trader Joe's Crispy Crunchy Mochi Rice Nuggets


I immediately thought of School of Rock of course. What nuggets have to do with a band, I don't know. Is this another attempt at cultural appropriation? Perhaps not! Leave it to the Japanese to connect random things together usually in an ingenious way. Also, the singer says "Crispy" while the drummer says "Crunchy." THAT IS TOO CUTE. GAHHH I'm sold. 

Trader Joe's O Tannenbaum Crispy Potato Snacks

Leave it to Trader Joe's to bring in something foreign and exotic. Except that it's not actually foreign and exotic. How about O Christmas Tree Crispy Potato Snacks? Doesn't have the same ring, I'll admit.