So we got a Trader Joe’s in town last month. I’d been in one a time or two in college, but I had all but forgotten about it until last summer on a trip to Virginia. Holy free range chicken, their meat is overpriced but everything in the whole.damn.store. is so delicious. And (carnivorous materials aside) surprisingly affordable. Like really, really affordable. Our grocery budget is spot on this month, and all credit goes to TJ.
Yeah, like that.
So without further ado, and because it’s Wednesday, and because I’m too tired to think of anything else to write about, here are my newfound heavy hitters from Trader Joe’s.
Okay, not food, but seriously amazing. Best shaving cream I’ve used maybe ever ever ever, it’s vegan and paraben free, and it’s like, $2.99 in the store. What. Plus it smells like my Hawaiian honeymoon.
This stuff is almost as delicious as homemade, and at $1.19 per lump, it’s actually slightly cheaper than making it yourself, by my calculations. Yeast is expensive! Sort of. My boys love “helping” me stretch it out and then loading it with toppings, and we’ve had it for at least one meal a week for the past month.
See that? That’s a big-ass thing of basil. For $2. I almost slapped myself the first time I laid eyes on it, so accustomed had I become to shelling out closer to 5 big ones for a pathetic 2 ounce container of wilted sorrow. After living la vita dolce, I kinda got a taste for fresh basil. And it’s kinda not readily available in Colorado unless you’re willing to pay dearly. But this? It’s like half a pound of basil. And it’s delicious. And I can make a pile of homemade pesto sauce and top a pizza and fling some into an omlette and still have a sprig or two left over. Delicious. (Helpful hint: I make pesto sauce using almonds – cheaper than pine nuts, and more pleasing to a kiddie palate.)
These are straight up laced with crack. I ate 17 of them on Fat Tuesday. I counted. Next time we get pregnant I’m earmarking a special 7 pounds just for Joe Joe consumption.
This is deliciousssssssss. And it’s $7. Which is exactly half the price of our favorite Italian espresso. Trader Joes, I’ll love you forever.
Hop over to Hallie’s for more favorites in groups of five.