A few weeks ago, I made the crazy confession on Facebook that I had never been to Trader Joe's. I know, I know, just let me try to explain. We don't have one in town and I was only told very recently by my friend Michelle that there was a TJ's just a mere 45 minutes north, in Ann Arbor. Um...how did I not know this? I am clearly living under some sort of large, dense rock.
After my confession, all of my incredible Facebook peeps shared with me their favorite Trader Joe's finds. I was armed with all sorts of 'must check out' items - and check them out I did.
Because of all of the help I received in planning our trip, I didn't want to leave you all hanging with how it went; so I have rounded up a few of the iPhone pics and favorite finds from my first trip to Trader Joe's.
Now, for those of you that live by their freezer/refrigerator goods and suggested some items to me, we (sadly) didn't get any on this first run because we decided to make a date night of it and get some sushi and catch a movie (The Silver Linings Playbook) while we were out (that's right, our date night involved grocery shopping and I'm not at all ashamed) and therefore couldn't safely get the items home in in a timely manner. But I have a whole list of items, including some sort of goat cheese bite, that I insist on trying. Soon.
I have to say that the thing I was surprised most with, was the size of the store. It wasn't actually all that large, but every inch of the place was packed full of interesting and unique finds. Take the teas you see above, for example. I totally bought both of those and love them equally. I wasn't sure how green tea and peppermint would blend, but it is pleasantly smooth and delish.
We got ourselves a few bottles of the "Two Buck Chuck" because it seemed like a highly recommended purchase. So far, I am enjoying both bottles - especially for the price. I mean, $2.99 for wine? Come on.
Okay, we didn't actually buy this Salmon Jerky, but I giggled to myself for about five minutes after seeing this picture.
The desserts alone in this place were unbelievable. The above selection were things that I didn't bring home this time, but will purchase on my second trip up. There wasn't room in our basket this time.
We did, however, buy the box of chocolate you see above, and for the most part, it is everything I hoped it would be. I have to say though, I was a little disappointed in the salt and pepper potato chip bar. A little too much pepper for me. The orange hibiscus, on the other hand, wow...just wow.
My only complaint about these caramels was the package was excessively undersized. I needed about quadruple the amount.
Several items that we brought home did not have the chance to have their picture taken simply because we tore into them to quickly. For example, the dried sopressata salami. Oh. My. Goodness. A slice of that on a Gorgonzola Cracker (also not pictured...) with a dab of the hot & sweet mustard. A snack made for a king. Or a hungry girl standing at her counter. Either one.
I believe I could win some sort of competition of 'how fast can a girl eat a giant bag of popcorn all by herself' with the herbs and spices popcorn shown above. Seriously, it's a problem.
I will stop my TJ's ranting (I feel now that I am an official shopper, I can call it TJ's, like we're besties or something and we call each other at night to talk about our feelings. I have problems.)
If I missed your favorite selections and there is something that I just need to try (twist my arm, right?) please oh please let me know. You're the best like that!