I’ve been wanting to visit a Trader Joe’s for some time. After doing some research on recipes and such, it seemed EVERYONE was doing their shopping there. Since the closest one is in Cincinnati, we made a date day of it and BOY was it worth it!
#1: It was a lot smaller than I thought. It’s just like a neighborhood market. You know, the kinds that used to exist before the super-stores. There was SUCH a variety of foods, a few “popular” brands but mostly, overwhelmingly mostly, was the Trader Joe’s brand.
#2: It was pretty simple–there were some things I was looking for that didn’t exist but it was almost refreshing NOT to find them. Kinda of like–“you want this in a can, but really go a few aisles over and get the REAL thing”
#3: There was a much larger freezer section with TONS of food. It was REALLY crowded in there and I”m not sure if that’s the norm or not (it was a Sunday and SUPER BOWL Sunday at that), but there were so many options, many of which were Vegan or Gluten free. Crazy. Again, we didn’t get to spend as much time as I’d hoped in that section as it was SO crowded, but did get an awesome find of frozen avocado and my fav–cilantro cubes–tiny baby ice cube like trays filled with cilantro! How ingenious. They also had garlic and basil.
#4: The prices were ridiculous! In a good way! We’ve been eating our cage-free eggs and paying upwards of $3.69 a dozen. Trader Joes? $1.99!!! I’m thinking this is going to have to become a monthly visit! I loved this place!!!
#5: There were some GREAT overall finds! Trail mixes that don’t include M-n-M’s, dried fruit galore, au natural fruit strips (think fruit roll-ups), CHEAP coffee and wine, Natural Salsas, Sunflower Seed Butter (haven’t tried this yet, but can’t wait–also all over Paleo bogs). All in a all, a GREAT trip and we WILL be back (with a cooler next time for eggs and organic milk–oh yeah, that was MUCH cheaper too!)!!!