Chant: Trader Joe’s! Trader Joe’s!

Through blogs, a long time ago, I heard of this American grocery store, Trader Joe’s, and in my mind’s eye, I imagined a rustic place with a log cabin theme and glass jars of maple syrup. How wrong I was. And to think that for some reason, I never quite realize that I, too, could shop at Trader Joe’s. It’s those immigration officers at the border and at the airport who sternly ask me, “Did you bring back any food?” And I know that in order not arouse their suspicions, I must truthfully continue to answer “No” to all their questions.

In a recent day trip Stateside with NPY and another couple, we had enough girls to push for a long Trader Joe’s run. NPY grumbled about our misplaced enthusiasm and text messaged a female friend while we shopped. Upon learning where NPY was, the friend text message-exclaimed, “I love Trader Joe’s!! Their stuff is the best!” I guess we had him cornered and convinced. ;-)

The prices are good and, more importantly, the selection is complete. Su and I very carefullly comb through the chips aisle. She picks up cheese and I drool at the selection but am constantly afraid that if I take an indirect route home, it will spoil. We revel over the price of organic pasta, chick peas, and bottles of wine (just $3!).

Su has introduced me to the crunchiest Veggie & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips, superior house-brand hummus, and highly snackable chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. I’ve discovered for myself the house-brand “popchips” and bagel chips (all dressed flavour) and Lacey’s Cookies.
Oh. I love Lacey’s Cookies. Lacey’s Cookies are what I also know as Florentines: sliced toasted almonds (better yet, macademia nuts) glued together with honey and/or corn syrup and dipped in chocolate. One Lacey’s Cookie is 85 calories and satisfying and a perfect snack alongside a cup of skim milk, which is the only way I will enjoy one.
I only wonder if/when Trader Joe’s will make it to Canada. The lil’ sis, MY, seems to think based on a recent (tech-oriented) Maclean’s article that it won’t but I didn’t come to the same conclusion. Actually, I am rather ambivalent about Trader Joe’s coming here — if it did, I only want it to end up in my Cambie Street area! If it ends up downtown or, worse, Kits(ilano), I would never make it there. I’ve been to the States more often in the past few years than to the Kits area of town. Funny that.

On this day..

One Comment

  1. michelle says:

    And I complain about having to drive a half hour to TJ’s. Canada is missing out, for sure!
    .-= michelleĀ“s last blog post ..THANKS! =-.

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