Wednesday, September 19, 2018

My First Trader Joe's Haul

Okay, that title is deceptive. I've been to Trader Joe's plenty of times and have had many a haul. But always from a Trader Joe's in another city.  Now, after YEARS of stops and starts, our Trader Joe's store in Memphis is FINALLY OPEN. It's an autumn miracle!

Technically, Trader Joe's is located in Germantown, Tennessee, which is a small suburban town on the outskirts of Memphis. But it's close enough that Memphis is claiming it. Now, I can get to TJ's in 30 minutes versus the 3.5 hours that it took to drive to the store in Nashville.

Cassi and I went on opening night — last Friday, September 14 — and it was INSANE. Parking was a challenge, and maneuvering through the crowded store was even more challenging. People and carts were bumping into each other. Items were selling out. Registers were breaking down. It was a madhouse, but it was so worth the hassle.

I plan to start posting my TJ's hauls (inspired by my favorite posts from Long Island Vegan). Unfortunately, I didn't think of that until I'd already eaten a few things — TJ's Baked Tofu and TJ's Firm Tofu. So those are missing from my pics. But here is everything else — Daily Bread Sprouted Whole Grain Bread, Organic Charles Shaw Pinot Noir (!!!! $5 buck chuck!!!!!!), Soy Creamer, Sriracha, Soy Sauce, ABC (almond butter cocoa) Bars, Tempeh, and Mouth Wash.

Some of this was stuff I needed anyway (like the tempeh and mouth wash), and other products are among my TJ's faves — the wine and sriracha. The ABC Bars are new this month, and they're awesome. Even better than Clif Nut Butter-Filled Bars!

I did not get my Vitamix at TJ's, but it made a cameo in the above pic. :-)

I also got this stuff — Strawberry Raspberry Oats, Tart Cherry Chia & Pumpkin Seed Oats, Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate, and Apple Cider hand soap.

I'm traveling this weekend, so the oat cups and coffee are going with me. And that hand soap smells like fall!

I am soooooo excited to have TJ's in the area! What are your fave TJ's products? I need some ideas for what to buy next time!


Susan said...

It is so exciting when something you previously had to travel for becomes available close to you! I really want those little oat cups, the flavours sound so good!

vegan peace said...

I'm so happy for you!! When I lived in Erie PA. and didn't have access to a Trader Joe's it was really sad!
I love their green dragon sauce and I love their super firm tofu. I mean, who am I kidding I love it all!

Sarah said...

Yay!!!!!!! I'm so excited to see your hauls! I've been wanting to try their ABC bars but I always forget about them when I go! Looks like a great first local haul (I'm sure it'll be so nice to be able to get all the frozen stuff you want since you won't have to travel for hours to get them home!). I have to try more of their home stuff. I haven't been in a few weeks and now I really want to go :)

Hannah Teson said...

Aw, that's so great! We're lucky to live less than 5 minutes from a TJs so I'm in there several times a week. Their tofu is the cheapest in town, and the snack options are so great. Now that it's Halloween time there, def pick up the Ghosts and Bats. They're so good!

Jennifer said...

I love those ABC bars! Sooo yummy!

vegan peace said...

I forgot to say Hi Cassie!!!!!

Diana @ VeggieNextDoor said...

Try the Jackfruit Curry frozen meal!!

Unknown said...

So exciting!!
I have soooo many TJs favorites.... some of my favorites include the meatless balls (frozen), vegan tikka masala (frozen, i like it ontop of some fresh baby spinach), Soyaki sauce, miyokos butter, pumpernickel pretzel sticks, the 50/50 corn and flour tortillas, spray coconut oil, everyday seasoning grinder (peppery salty mix), high protein tofu, and the chocolate coconut milk ice cream is crazy amazing.
You’re so brave to have gone on opening day!

Secluded Brumus said...

I remember when our trader joe's opened in Gainesville, it was so nice to have a local store rather than have to load up whenever I happened to be in Atlanta (350 miles away). Those ABC bars look great.