I usually hate grocery shopping. The store is crowded and the lines always feel too long. Not to mention, I can’t stand being inside when it’s a nice day outside. I immediately changed my tune when I found out a Trader Joe’s was opening in my neck of the woods this past weekend. Something about the cheery atmosphere of the store doesn’t make it feel like a chore to go shopping. Although it is oftentimes referred to as the cheaper version of Whole Foods, I feel like Trader Joe’s does a nice job of stocking ingredients for the trendy and healthy recipes I read about on blogs and in magazines, i.e. kale. As I was walking through the store I noticed so many fresh precut and easy to prepare ingredients.
The only downside I could see is that we are sans 2 Buck Chuck here in Pittsburgh because of some crazy Pennsylvania laws regarding the sale of alcohol. Sad face. Also some things still are more expensive so I will continue to rely on other grocery stores, but I am extremely impressed with Trader Joe’s ability to bring specialty food to the masses in a fun and accessible way. Where do you go grocery shopping? Is there a specialty store that you prefer? Here are some pics of my Trader Joe’s haul:
- Frozen chicken breasts
- Salad mix
- Tortilla chips
- Frozen pot stickers
- Cubed butternut squash
- French roast coffee
P.S. I also love Trader Joe’s Fearless Flier. The old timey sketeches are so cute.