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?
Generally I'm running in for just a couple of things...but I love to have time for a real shop. The nearest Trader Joe's is 3 hours or so away, and so I have to plan ahead for that...and I do really enjoy it. There's always something new and good there, and most of it's pretty healthy.
2. Who is the primary food shopper in your household?
Definitely me. Ben buys snack food, and I'm in charge of making sure there's actual nutrition available in the pantry and fridge.
3. Do you have a beloved store like TJ's which is unique to your location or family?
Oh, TJ's is definitely my favorite. I also miss some of the larger chain stores we had in Virginia Beach, but I wouldn't trade living in Beaufort for a better store. Yet.
4. How about a farmer's market, or CSA share, as we move into summer? Or do you grow your own fruits/veggies/herbs?
There is a local CSA share program, but I opted to grow my own tomatoes, yellow squash and zuchinni (suddenly I can't spell), red and green peppers, and eggplant. The WonderMutt has taken to napping in the peppers, so my confidence there is diminishing, but all the rest is doing well...scroll down to my next post to see!
5. What's the favorite thing you buy at the grocery store?
Produce of all varieties. This week, cherries were on sale at the local chain store...yummy!