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My Trader Joe’s Run Recap

Last night I finally made my way across the border to Trader Joe’s. Normally I try to get down to Bellingham, WA once a month. Sadly my last TJ’s run was a couple months ago.

Sad because it’s less than a hour’s drive one-way. OK, that’s a bit of a ways away round trip, but totally worth it for cheap delicious gluten-free goodness and cheese.

Here are a few of the goodies I picked-up, including a couple new TJ products:

Cocoa Almond Spread

New TJ product! I bought 2 jars. I mean, how can you really go wrong with chocolate nut spreads?!

21 Seasoning Salute

I’ve seen this product throughout the blogging world. Go figure I buy it, yet have no idea what to use it for. Help!

Eggnog Almonds

New TJ product. These are yummy. I can’t get enough of eggnog right now! Starbuck’s (light) eggnog lattes, Booster Juice eggnog smoothies, and now these. 

Any bets on when I will eggnog myself out?!

Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea

Haven’t seen or tried this before. Might be a new TJ product?!

Dark Chocolate Roasted Pistachio Toffee

I tried a bite of this, and found it to be super sweet. I’m not really a fan of sweet, so I will probably pass this on to someone who likes toffee. 🙂

I also picked-up some pantry essentials, like a variety of canned beans (i.e. Garbanzo, black beans), gluten-free brown rice pastas, polenta, and Peanut Butter Panda Puffs cereal. And cheese, of course!

I think my roommates are a bit overwhelmed with the amount of food I added to their pantry, but a gluten-free girl has to stock-up when she gets the chance! Or I may need to add some shelves…

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Question:
Do you like to keep a fully stocked pantry? Or do you prefer to keep just the bare minimum?

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I [Heart] Trader Joe’s

I made a trip down to the states after work today with one of my girlfriends to hit up my favourite place to grocery shop – Trader Joe’s.

Here’s what I brought home with me:

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Gluten & Dairy-Free Pancakes, Wheat Free Toaster Waffles, Brown Rice Bread, Light Garlic & Herb Laughing Cow Cheese, & Earth Balance Whipped Butter.

Rice Pasta & Cheddar, Organic Tomato & Roaster Red Pepper Soup, Brown Basmati Rice, Raw Sunflower Seeds, Organic Black Beans, & Sliced Black Olives.

Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, Thai Yellow Curry Sauce, Refried Black Beans with Jalapeno Peppers, Curry Simmer Sauce, White Kidney Beans, Light Coconut Milk, & Marinara Sauce (99 cents per jar!).

Raw Whole Cashews, Peanut Butter Panda Puffs Cereal (x3), Natural Zico Coconut Water, Mango Zico Coconut Water, Chocolate Zico Coconut Water (Not so sure about this one!), & Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans.

Face Lotion with SPF 15, Multi-Purpose Cleaner, My Favourite Face Lotion, & Some Multivitamins.

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I also picked-up a package of polenta (which I did not photograph) because I saw the gluten-free label on it, and thought I’d give it a try. I’ve never had it before, and haven’t the slightest clue what to do with it exactly. Any ideas?

I live about an hour from the nearest Trader Joe’s – easy enough to run down and stock-up on some gluten-free favourites that don’t cost an arm and leg! I had a super easy time crossing the border both ways, which was nice. I think more Canadians must be venturing down to TJ’s because I no longer get strange looks or questions from the border guards over why I’d be going down to the states to grocery shop… Yay!

I also resisted the urge to stock up on Brie cheeses and chocolate-covered everything. I guess I did allow myself the chocolate-covered espresso beans, so I can’t say I completely deprived myself. 😉

Have you ever been to TJ’s? Have any favourite TJ items?