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Showing posts from August, 2017

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Cheese Pizza With a Cauliflower Crust

While the world stopped in their tracks to watch last week's total solar eclipse, the Obamas moved their eldest daughter into Harvard. Very smart. And my friend Gracie and I tried this gluten free cheese pizza instead of burning our retinas. If I squint real hard, that sauce on the side looks like a crescent. And if I close them completely, I might believe this is a real pizza. 

Trader Joe's Mango Mini Mochi

It's another mochi ice cream! With MANGO! I NEED! Wait a minute. This looks VERY familiar...where have you been for the last year??? But the packaging looks different? Is this different? Is this a refurbished old favorite? TJ's, take my money! 
And yes, happy 50th anniversary to Trader Joe's. And yes, I've seen the alleged list of Top 50 products. With all of the delicious mochi ice creams that TJ's has made, how did a single one NOT make it on the list?? But seasoning salt did??? And Everything But the Bagel Seasoning did not??? 

Trader Joe's Cold Pressed Matcha Green Tea Lemonade

Gratuitous. Completely gratuitous. But there's matcha, so go ahead TJ's. Celebrate your 50th anniversary and take my money. Happy Monday y'all. 

Trader Joe's Handmade Dried Fruit Bars Ends & Pieces [of Assorted Flavors]

Whenever I travel, I am suddenly endowed with the power and self-control to make better snack choices. I suddenly get somewhat repulsed by the idea of eating entire bags of chips and I reach for moderately healthier snack choices. This certainly doesn't happen all the time in real life. Also a side note, if you happen to give birth at a hospital, it is very nice to bring snacks as a token of appreciation for the NURSING STAFF (I suppose we could share with everyone else too). I really enjoyed those Cheez-Its last night. Thank you. 
Maybe it's related to the fact that A and I tend to take food-centric trips. All the sightseeing, activities, and bum time help pass the time between meals. Snacks then take a back seat, unless we're hiking or something. Then it's all about the snacks. 

Trader Joe's Popcorn with Herbs & Spices

This is one of those snacks I tried when I first started this blog. Then life got busy. Pumpkin spice this and cookie butter that were far more scintillating to blog about, so this got pushed back further and further in the queue until I promptly forgot about it. TJ's recently held a #50YearsofTJsContest on Instagram (I came nowhere near winning but it was fun :P), and I had some lofty idea to use 10 bags of the best popcorn ever.* Of course, pickle popcorn vacates the shelves around this time of year to make way for the onslaught of pumpkin spice (I love fall. But I love to hate on pumpkin spice. And fidget spinners for that matter). 
*I'll be the first person to say that the pickle popcorn isn't objectively the best popcorn ever. It's a very niche product. Highly addictive if you love salty, dill-y, pickly/briny-flavored snacks. Sometimes nostalgia trumps objectivity. 

Trader Joe's Organic Tahini

A is very happy that The Bachelorette is over, because I can stop watching trash and telling him all about it.  It all started as a "I can't sleep, let me watch trashy reality tv (although, considering what trashy reality tv shows air at work...The Bachelorette looks pretty tame TBH). " After watching 10 weeks worth of episodes, I can sum it up with one word - LETDOWN. Seriously. Although some of you might disagree with me on this. Let's discuss further. :P 
Compare that to Terrace House(the more polite Japanese version of Real World on Netflix), which I started after hearing other people obsess about it. It was another show A couldn't understand why I watched...but then he got hooked. WHY? Various reasons, one of which is that it got better over time as we understood more the basis for the show, the commentators, etc. You want to know what this has to do with tahini...not much. I just wanted to plug Terrace House but also state that tahini is an underrated but v…

Trader Joe's Organic Turkish Dried Figs

Figs don't particularly excite me, partially because I haven't had enough exposure to proper figs. When I think fig, I think fig newton. Basically, it's the equivalent of thinking sushi and thinking about the seaweed or the rice and completely missing the point. Whatever, I liked the packaging. It appealed to my inner old lady that collects doilies, drinks tea, and owns a dozen cats. Not that I would ever own a cat. Ever. 

Trader Joe's [Next to Godliness] Fruit & Vegetable Wash

The nice thing about living further away from a Trader Joe's now (there are positive things, yes!) is that I have more opportunity to make the trip with other people. If I'm going to trek 45 minutes to see if Trader Joe's restocked the matcha ice cream (even if they found trace bits of metal in it, BRING IT BACK PLEASE. I NEED TO TRYYYY), might as well have some company. Anyhoo, my neighbor mentioned this fruit & veggie wash and how she started using it after she had her daughter...because if we didn't already know, as A and Ron Swanson would say, the food our food eats is covered in pesticides and chemicals.