Just like I told the suspicious boarder agent while coming home from Trader Joe’s, “no I can’t get this in Toronto!!!”
True story. The border agent asked me why I we were in the States for less than three hours and why I was just purchasing towels and seasoning. He didn’t seem to impressed with my answer but hey, I got through without being pulled over (unlike last time when the agent didn’t believe we only went for the Cheesecake Factory!).
Anyways, I’m a lucky gal. A couple weekends ago, H took the time to drive me two hours to go to a Trader Joe’s across the border because I’ve been giving him the “can we go to the States” puppy eyes. I had been eyeing the ginger cookies for a while now and have been craving them since Christmas music has started playing. Ironically, I forgot to pick up the ginger cookies and well, this just means I have an excuse to ask H to drive me back down for them again. Ha!
So, what exactly did I buy that was worth the long AF drive? Mostly stuff from their seasoning section haha. (Also, not pictured, salad dressing I picked up for our RMT. Yes, salad dressing. I like long car rides LOL).
I had some trouble in the snack aisle. I wanted to bring one of everything home with me but I think H would have left me in America if I did. The first thing that caught my eye were these 3 seed beet crackers. The 3 seeds are: flax seed, black sesame seeds, and chia seeds. I wish I could tell you I picked these up because they’re healthy or something but to be honest, I just loved the bright pink crackers and the packaging/box image looked cute. Yes, I am that easy to sell to. I’m currently eating these with a can of pate. It tastes like a corn chip. Probably a pass on my next haul.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend. It’s almost $20 on Canada’s Amazon so yeah, the car ride was worth not paying that to a reseller. On its website, it advertises the blend as “all you need for bringing that crunchy, roasted, savory flavor to grilled chicken, buttered popcorn, baked potatoes, creamy dips, pizza dough, salad dressings, pasta, mac & cheese, or panko-breaded anything.” Part of me wonders if I should have bought 10 of these just in case so I could literally put it on everything but buying one also means if I run out, I can go back for another one (and the ginger cookies!) I know I can technically make my own but sometimes, it’s just easier to buy it.
I have the “limited edition” Sriracha and Lime seasoning from Club House so I was curious to see if Chile and Lime would taste similar. I use my Sriracha and Lime seasoning quite a bit so I want to make sure I can recommend an alternative if they can’t get their hands on it.
Does cookie butter really need a reason? I almost at a whole jar in one sitting once sooooooooo yeah.
When Google Mapping our way to Trader Joe’s, one of the reviews mentioned that she was from Canada too and will drive specifically to Trader Joe’s for this garlic salt. After I saw that, I decided I wanted to try for myself and see if it’s as good as it was touted.
This was mostly for my roommate because I’ve been using it so I should probably replace it when I use it all. This will just hang out in my cupboard until the original one is done. Some might say that pink salt has health benefits but again… I like it because it’s pink.
The Lemon Pepper seasoning blend was right beside the Garlic Salt and Pink Himalayan Salt so I thought why not?
I find it SO easy to eat 101 Lindt chocolates or a huge chocolate bar in one sitting so when I saw these Cacao Nibs, not only did I think of Terry Crews from Brooklyn 99, I also thought of portion control. So hopefully I’ll be able to snack responsibly on these and not eat the whole bag in one sitting.
Let’s Chat! What’s your Trader Joe’s fav? What do you usually buy from Trader Joe’s (other than fruits/vegs)?
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