Top 5 Reasons I adore Trader Joe's
I Love Trader Joe's. Just walking into their store makes me feel healthier. Since one opened near me, I find myself shopping there more and more. Here is a list of my top 5 favorite things I love at Trader Joe's.
#1. Would have to be their Lobster Bisque. I happen to love Lobster Bisque and I am always trying it at restaurants, and more often than not, I am disappointed. This one at Trader Joe's though is EXCELLENT. I would eat it every day if I could. You just heat and eat. I sometimes add a little milk so it will not be so thick. Delicious! This just makes me happy!
# 2. Is TWO BUCK CHUCK!! I love the $2 buck Chuck aka Charles Shaw wine. Where I live it is actually 3 bucks, but in California it is still 2 bucks. Is it classy? no--but it is a very nice wine for the price, and it does not give me that "cheap wine headache" that so many other cheap wines do. Charles Shaw for Pres!
#3. Is their Sesame Honey Cashews. I love nuts, and when I am on a healthy eating kick, I eat LOTS of nuts. These are so delicious. I love the way the sesame, honey and cashew flavors blend together. MMMMMM. They are just sweet enough that you think you are getting a real treat.
#4. On my list would be their soups in a box. I have creamy tomato in the photo, but I also love thier butternut squash soup. You can just heat them up, but I always embellish the soups a little to make them unique. With the tomato I add a little chorizo ( mexican sausage), and top with some cheese, sour cream and my favorite hot sauce. With the butternut squash, I get some purple pepper (in season from the farmers market) a little butter, salt and pepper and it is delicious--especially with a toasted piece of crispy bread.
#5. Is Charlee Bear organic dog treats. My dogs love these treats. They are especially great for small dogs because they are little bites of joy. I usually get 3 bags at a time of these because they are a healthy treat for my boys.
I love the whole whimsical feel of Trader Joe's. The way they package their ethnic foods cracks me up--like a Spanish item will be labeled "Trader Jose's" -that makes me laugh.
There are a whole litany of other things I love at Trader Joe's and I may compile another list soon. Support your local health food /organic stores. It is really hard for them to compete with the huge Jewel Osco /Meijer type stores---and besides it could do us all good to eat healthier!