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Showing posts from December, 2017

The Best of Trader Joe's 2017

It's that time of year again where I contemplate all the things that I've tested, loved, and peddled to anyone who might listen - all gratis sans sponsorship from the big [Trader] Joe himself. Can you put a price on loyalty? Maybe if the price is right. But isn't that THE definition of a cult following? Not only do you not have to compensate your followers to follow you, they will pay money to do just that! :P

Top Posts of 2017

#1.Trader Joe's Matcha Green Tea - This is not something I would personally recommend only because I cannot justify paying this much for the amount of matcha. Yes, it's a good product, but I stand convinced that for my personal taste and baking needs, I can find a suitable matcha elsewhere at a better price. But the internet loves this stuff...sooooooo if y'all wanna give away your money for this, by all means be my guest. As for me, I enjoyed the matcha Joe Joe's and matcha greek yogurt from this year.

#2. Trader Joe's Sliced Frenc…

Trader Joe's ABC+K Slaw

Maybe you're thinking, "my diet starts next year." I got news for y'all. Next year is in two days. Three if you think New Years Day doesn't count. Or maybe you think that one cannot simply subsist on cookies. Tell that to your nightshift nurses. I am not one to refuse a jam-filled shortbread. :P 

Trader Joe's Herbes de Provence

This lull between Christmas and New Years marks the time where many people, if not bombarded with holiday festivities, take time to reevaluate priorities and time spent in the past year. Yknow. Are New Years resolutions even worth it? Do I like how I spent my time? Did I spend too much money at TJ's this year? (Probably) In any event, I couldn't let 2017 end without mentioning at least one good decision from this year. 

Trader Joe's Sparkling Spring Water (Starfruit, Green Apple, Winter Sangria, Berry Bubbly Flavors)

Not gonna lie - the most recent sparkling water class of 2017 was kinda disappointing. I'm not a huge seltzer connoisseur, but from time to time I do reach for it when I'm craving something bubbly. 

Trader Joe's Pink Pomelo Grapefruit Hand Soap

Are you stressed out and find yourself overwhelmed with everything to do with the holidays? Do you find yourself up to your elbows in flour, sugar, and wrapping paper? Do you wish you had more time to spend with friends and family? Do you spend your days juggling kids wishing you had but five minutes to yourself? Have I got the miracle product for you! 

Trader Joe's Winter Wake Up Tea

It's pretty safe to say that it's officially winter, even if the calendar denies it. We just had our first snowfall, and the sun sets at like 3pm these days. Maybe 4 if it's generous. And it's around this time of year that I am tempted to wrap myself in a nice blanket, sit on my couch with a pipping hot cup of tea, and never leave. Probably bad to never leave your house. But the other two I can wholeheartedly endorse! Especially if that cuppa is this winter delight. 

Trader Joe's Beef Shepherd's Pie

Today's post features a frozen meal that appeals to what I perceive as the typical millenial TJ's patron - one who desires homecooked-ish meals with minimal work. It's not that we're lazy (although depends who you ask :P). It's that we're busy, life is busy, and it's kind of hard to cook for one. Or two. And while meal prepping is nice in theory and can be aesthetically pleasing on social media, it takes work and a commitment to plan ahead. And if it's one thing millenials tend to dislike - it's commitment. :P 

Trader Jacque's Cultured Salted Butter

Occasionally, Trader Joe's reminds me that they watch out for people that actually enjoy and care a little about cooking. Not that there's anything wrong with food for people who like to cook but not too much. Frankly, A and I find ourselves tired, hungry, and not wanting to cook at least once a week (and often times, it's the TJ potstickers that bail us out. But we're out at the moment sooooooo I gotta make a trip soon). But this product? This isn't a convenience food or something really Instagrammable (people going crazy over that coconut whipped topping, which I have no plans to review because it just doesn't appeal to me). It's more like I've been watching Julia Child and Ina Garten, and they've both convinced me that life is better with butter. French butter.