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Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

Every once in a while, there comes along something we never knew we were missing from our lives. When my friend AMOOSE became the first of my friends to get an iPhone, I thought to myself, "why on earth would you need an Apple phone? That's so dumb." Shortsighted, I'll admit. I jumped on the bandwagon eventually. Who knew that this would go from something we were missing to something we would want and onto something that we need? It's not really a need, if we're honest. I can go on breathing without a smartphone, although it's hard to say that about other people. But has it been revolutionary? Certainly. The smartphone has permanently altered our lives, for better or for worse.
As for this seasoning? I'll let you be the judge of that for yourself. As for me? LIFE-CHANGING.

Trader Joe's Honey Butter Flavored Potato Chips

The moment I laid eyes on these new chips, I knew I had to try them. Not because I would like them (far from it. I'll take it on a sweet bun or dessert or something but I can't stand that sweet savory combo), but there was something strangely familiar.  Yes, it's new to TJ's but where had I seen them before? 

Trader Joe's Supersweet Filipino Carabao Mango Chunks

I have a track record of lampooning TJ's attempts at recreating ethnic foods.  There are some that frankly deserve that while others are actually a modest nod at the real thing. But I can only lampoon the foods that I've actually had the privilege of having out there in the real world. Is TJ's not real food? Yes and no. Can I honestly expect a fair comparison between frozen aisle meatballs dunked in a jarred sauce against an Italian grandma's meatballs in slow-simmered marinara? Of course not. But how many times, much to A's displeasure (turkey falls low on the meat hierarchy for him. It's down there next meatloaf. A wannabe meat), have I fallen back on those trusty turkey meatballs? Authentic or not, real people flock to TJ's for real food that gets them through their days. TJ's does a decent job of scouring the globe for interesting and perhaps unfamiliar foods, packaging them in cute and sometimes irresistible packaging, and exposing them to the mas…

Trader Joe's Tart Cherry, Chia & Pumpkin Seed Oatmeal & Strawberry Raspberry Oatmea

I used to hate the idea of boring. Where's the spice? The adventure? Feelings are great and all but like the icing on top of the cake, they can be fluffy at times and ultimately need to be founded on something a bit more solid if you're going to be in it for the long haul. Perhaps I'm becoming more grandma or that for me, simple acts of service go a much longer way than a box of chocolates. Life is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you gonna get. Which is great. We need that. But sometimes we need life to be like a bowl of oatmeal where you know exactly what you gonna get. Especially after that disaster

Trader Joe's Honey Walnut Shrimp

To think. I was going to save this to eat with my honey for Valentine's Day. Barf. On multiple levels.

Trader Joe's Matcha Green Tea

Dear reader, you may notice in the coming days that there are changes coming to this blog. Not nearly as dramatic, controversial, or dlfjepotigfjad;lkgjadsf (for my readers not as fluent in internet speak, that was a keyboard pound of frustration) as say, the government, but changes nonetheless. Mostly because there is coming a day where I will not live within a stone's throw of a Trader Joe's store. A sad sad day. But probably a good day for my wallet. :P