The smaller-scale grocery store offers pretty much everything that makes my heart go pitter-patter: organic foods made with non GMO-ingredients, fresh fruits and veggies, wine and foodie health foods ad nauseam. This past weekend, Trader Joe’s came to my ‘hood: Kansas City, Mo. And I could not have been more excited. I may have shown up for the ribbon-cutting, fighting the crowds to be the first to get my goat cheese and honey and case of two-buck Chuck…
While I’m relatively a Trader Joe’s newbie in that I’ve been to just a few locations in LA and New York a time or two, I already feel like TJ and I are going steady. So, read on for the top five things to buy at Trader Joe’s. (I know we’re in love, but it would just be mean not to share…)
5 Things to Buy at Trader Joe’s
1. Greek yogurt. Ready to have your mind blown? The Trader Joe’s generic brand of Greek yogurt is about half of what you’ll pay for Greek yogurt anywhere else. Yeah, I know: AWESOME.
2. Wild sockeye salmon fillets. It can be freakin’ hard—and when you do, incredibly expensive—to get good quality, wild salmon (especially where I am in the Midwest). Trader Joe’s was the answer to my fishy prayers: $8.99 a pound for wild sockeye salmon fillets. Salmon burgers, here I come.
3. Unsulfured dried fruits. I know, I know. Eating fresh fruit is always better for you than eating dried, but TJ’s unsulfured dried mangoes, cherries and berries are ah-mazing. With nuts, in oatmeal or just on their own, they are one sweet treat!
4. Vinegars and oils. Hold on because I’m about to cram a lot of items in this one, but you can’t go wrong with Trader Joe’s oils and vinegar selection. Olive, sesame, coconut, walnut…it’s oil heaven. And you can buy balsamic vinegar (my favorite for salads) by the jug. The jug, people!
5. Two-buck Chuck cabernet sauvignon. Okay, so it’s $2.99, not $2, but it’s still cheap, and it’s still totally drinkable table wine worth way more than its price tag. Seriously, this is the definition of all good things in moderation!
What do you like to buy at Trader Joe’s? Wish you had one in your town? Tell us about it! —Jenn