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Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Five: Trader Joe's!!!!!!!!!!!

Gals and pals on the West and East coasts, and a few spots in between, may know of Trader Joe's--a quirky, well-stocked, well priced semi-gourmet store that attains near cult status among some. I discovered it through my Aunt Judy, who always brought a couple of their desserts to holiday parties....The best was a chocolate ganache torte that had my four year olds begging for it (and among the only four year olds on the planet to know what ganache is, presumably).

My family has happily Trader Joe'd in southernmost California, up to the Northwest, and back down to southern Cal. And now we're really excited because today a brand new Trader Joe is opening up across the street from our apartment. Wahoo! There are sure to be lots of tasty free samples on opening day and from now on we can just walk across the street to get a lot of our shopping done. I have a new spiritual directee coming tomorrow and she has already mentioned that she'll be stopping in on the way here, leaving me to be jealous cause I'll be spending that noon hour like, praying and preparing and study-vacuuming and everything, and won't be able to stop in till the afternoon.

So in honor of the new Trader Joe's, this week's Friday Five is all about food shopping.

1. Grocery shopping--love it or hate it?

2. Who is the primary food shopper in your household?

3. Do you have a beloved store like TJ's which is unique to your location or family?

4. How about a farmer's market, or CSA share, as we move into summer? Or do you grow your own fruits/veggies/herbs?

5. What's the favorite thing you buy at the grocery store?

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  1. Here's mine!

    And now... I'm going to sleep.


  2. Love when the Friday Five is on west coast time! I showed my love for Trader Joes here

  3. Hi! I'm hungry for breakfast now. The meme was fun and easy to answer! Thanks.

  4. This was a tease to do before breakfast! I worked up my appetite here

  5. Live, from the floor of the NC Annual Conference, it's my play!

  6. My summary of grocery shopping:
    I. Hate. It.

    Good F5 Sophia, thank you.

  7. I finally shopped:

  8. Food, glorious food! I talked about it here .

  9. Trader Joe's is wonderful, almost unparalleled in so many areas. I love the simmering sauces and can eat a cranberry walnut tart in one sitting although I try not to! Their greek styled yoghurt is almost but reasonably priced. Their Christmas blend coffee is great-I even think that their canned corn is the best. I wish they had more vegetarian stuff, though.

  10. I pass two TJ's on my way home from work, and we'd probably starve without them! Fun to read what all of you are shopping for.

  11. I got around to playing here/ ANd we go grocery shopping tomorrow

  12. Trader Joe's! Trader Joe's! Boo hoo, they seem determined not to come to Texas! I love TJ's. Just got home but will think about this and post later.

  13. Will be off to the market soon and tending the garden later so thanks Sophia for a timely meme

  14. I played at my place. And then, after a nasty experience this evening, I blogged about that. Any helpful suggestions to my dilemma are appreciated!


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