Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Trader Joe's

One of the fun things we did in Chicago is go to Trader Joe's. I knew it was a grocery store because I'd seen it on Ellen and Good Eats, but we don't have one in Kentucky. I was pretty impressed with it. It's like a smaller Whole Foods. Most of their products seemed to be Trader Joe branded. They didn't have bulk foods, which I had kind of expected. I really liked that there didn't seem to be any out-of-season fruit (like blueberries from Chile), mostly apples and citrus. Summer berries in groceries during the winter drives me nuts, especially in stores that I expect to support things like organic living and local eating (or at least not promote extreme 10,000 mile diets).

By far our favorite find in Trader Joe's was the cookies. My mom and I found Candy Cane Joe-Joes. They look like oreos, but the filling contains crushed candy canes. We bought one box thinking that nothing oreo-like is as good as oreos, but they were the same price. When we got to the car, we each ate one. My mom turned to me, and said "Go buy two more boxes." They taste like a creamy thin mint (Girl Scout cookies rock, too), and are soooo yummy.

So, if you have a Trader Joe's, I recommend you check out these cookies. If you don't have a Trader Joe's, I am so sorry. The cookies are seasonal (funny how it's ok for cookies and candy to be seasonal, but fruit and veggies can't be), but our clerk assured us that they freeze well.

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