I love Trader Joe’s. Unless I go there hungry (ahem, yesterday’s run-in with plantain chips) or unless it’s super crowded and I’m playing bumper carts. But, I’ve learned the trick is to go on Tuesday nights, Friday nights, or early on Saturday or Sunday morning. These are a few of my recent favorite finds.
Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread
Trader Joe’s used to carry Udi’s gluten-free bread (maybe some still do?), but the Charlotte store at the Met now carries at TJ’s brand. And (dare I say it?) it’s better than Udi’s. I especially love it toasted (but really, almost all bread is better toasted). It’s perfectly crispy but still chewy.
This is so good I sometimes eat it straight from the jar.
Sweet Potato Tortilla Chip Rounds
The peach salsa is especially good with these sweet potato chips which, unfortunately, my store doesn’t always have in stock.
Milk Chocolate Jumbles
My coworker Erica introduced me to these. And now I’m gonna apologize for introducing you to them. SERIOUSLY SO GOOD AND SO ADDICTING. When she brought me a container, I ate the entire thing in one night. It was a proud night. (I had such a belly ache.) You know how they talk about engineering food to be addicting? This is a perfect case study for that. Crispy, salty, sweet, chewy. The. Best. Now I only buy them if I know I’ll have people over (e.g. book club) since I have no self control with them.
Cold Brew Coffee
I just recently tried cold brew coffee for this first time (from Central Coffee, for you local folks). And although I didn’t believe everyone who told me so until I tried it, it IS so different than iced coffee. It’s smoother, richer, and apparently way more caffeinated. I thought I was having a panic attack and couldn’t figure out what I was having anxiety about until a friend mentioned cold brew has way more caffeine than normal iced coffee. And considering I had it on an empty stomach after a hot yoga class, it was a perfect storm for the jitters and heart flutters. Anyway, cold brew is expensive and I don’t have the tools to make it at home (YET), so I thought I’d give this a try.
It gets two thumbs up! I fill a whole glass with ice, add an almost equal portion of filtered ater as coffee concentrate, and then throw in some coconut milk or almond milk. It’s great when it’s one billion degrees outside.
What are your favorite things at Trader Joe’s these days?
I feel like there are soooo many good things at TJ’s, but I never take the time to browse slowly. I love going there with a friend to see what they buy (Hilary and I did this Monday night!). I feel like finding great things from TJs is a a total word of mouth thing (or, you know, I could read that newsletter they mail out).