New Trader Joe’s in Pittsburgh

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 
  • Spinach
  • Tortilla chips
  • Hummus
  • 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.