How’s everyone doing? I am doing GREAT. I just left two of my favorite places to visit when I’m traveling and came back to my hotel and just felt like getting this post up ASAP to show you all the cool things I got! The bags in the picture should be a good guess as to where I got these groceries; Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. We don’t have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s in the entire state of South Dakota. Tragedy, I know. Seriously, I want to petition one of them to come to South Dakota.
For my job I travel to Minnesota the most so whenever I’m here and near one of these stores I make sure to stop by. I also love picking up reusable bags with new designs because #1 I am helping to save on plastic bags and #2 they’re always so adorable. These designs are honestly some of my favorite bags I’ve ever gotten from them! I do have a Whole Foods canvas bag from Boulder, CO though and that’ll probably always be my favorite one.
First up is the new Trader Joe’s bag I picked up. It was the Minnesota design so I had to get it! Plus they are only 99 cents. I thought the design was so cute and perfect for MN so I wanted to share all the pictures of it. Each side has a different illustration.
These are the Whole Foods bags I bought. I got a small one for the first time ever because I thought it’d be perfect for putting my food in it for work! I just love the fruit design on it and I also got an extra one to give to my mom. Then I had to get the one that says “Buy Goods Not Bads” because I liked the slogan but also because I was already on a roll and it was less than $2.
Onto the groceries! This is a travel edition because of course I’m currently traveling, but also because it’s so random and this is not a usual peek into my grocery bag. I always like to pick up things I can’t get at home when I visit Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, including things that may not be the healthiest. Even when it’s not totally healthy it’s still ok by me but it’s every once in a while and when I buy from Trader Joe’s it’s usually organic.
I was SO EXCITED about these pistachios. You guys don’t even know. I literally texted my boss and told her I found these, because she knows how bad I’ve been looking for these. By “these” I don’t just mean pistachios. I mean UNSALTED. In my last grocery post I talked about how I don’t like salt but how it’s so hard to find unsalted nuts where I live, especially unsalted pistachios. I just can’t find them and it’s so frustrating. I wasn’t even looking for these, but they caught my eye and I had to buy them. Pistachio’s are expensive but since they were unsalted and Trader Joe’s tends to have cheaper prices I figured I could splurge.
These are the “gifts” I have in the grocery bags. I usually try to keep an eye out for my family and get them something from wherever I’m traveling to that reminds me of them, or that they can’t get at home. The dog treats are for my baby Penelope! She loves dog treats that are softer and won’t even mess around with anything that’s hard like a cookie or biscuit. When Shane and I were in Boston we bought her some locally made chicken jerky and she loved it! I saw these organic puppy treats and they were each only $2! That’s such a great price so I got her a bag of chicken jerky and beef jerky.
Next up is Shane and my dad’s presents. Shane bought a ton of lemonade at a local co-op in Vermont this summer and kept saying how much he liked it so I thought of him when I saw this lemonade. My dad has been on a diet but his diet ends on Friday so he can treat himself when I see him this weekend, with these orange sticks. Have any of you ever had these? These are my dads absolute favorite. Not the specific Trader Joe’s ones, just orange sticks in general. If you’ve never heard of them or had them, it’s basically a orange gel stick covered in chocolate. Every Christmas, Easter, and birthday my mom always bought my dad orange sticks so when I saw these I had to get them for him, especially since his diet is over in a few days.
I’m calling these my cozy fall items. This weekend when I’m home there is a Pumpkin Festival downtown so I’ve been talking to Shane about pumpkin and fall nonstop. I figured we’d just make it a pumpkin weekend and I’d make some gluten free pumpkin bread on the weekend and bring some out to my parents for dessert after dinner. That’s how I justified it in my head 🙂
Then I saw the spicy chai tea latte mix, and that was a pure spontaneous purchase. It just sounded good! You know how that goes. I’ll let you guys know how it tastes.
These are my adult purchases. If you’ve read some of my recent recipe posts you’ve noticed that I didn’t have olive oil and was subbing canola oil since that’s what I had on hand. I went to Safeway and just didn’t want to pay over $10 for olive oil! I also went looking for ground cumin and couldn’t find anything reasonably cheap at all. That’s why I love Trader Joe’s! They have great stuff at affordable prices. I got this olive oil for $4 and the ground cumin for $2. You just can’t beat that.
P.S. Do you like the background in all these photos? It’s my hotel bathroom 🙂 I wasn’t lying when I said I wanted to get this up ASAP! I was riding my grocery high and snapped these pictures as soon as I got back to the hotel.
These were the final purchases from Trader Joe’s. My mom bought these crackers for our past Thanksgiving and I loved them. I could probably eat this entire box alone so I am going to hope Shane likes them and eats most of them. His brother and his girlfriend have a thing called “Fancy Nights” (Hi Becca!) where they eat fancy cheeses and drink wine while watching The Walking Dead. They were totally my inspiration for this purchase. Hopefully Shane and I can start our own Fancy Night once I’m home from travel this fall. I also grabbed some turkey for the rest of the week while I’m traveling, because I just roll up some turkey and a piece of cheese for lunch while I’m driving between each college fair.
Finally, these were my “grocery” purchases from Whole Foods. My main purpose of going to Whole Foods was to get dinner, because they have their huge salad/dinner bar. I don’t even know what the names of the items I picked were, but they just looked good! My favorite was the broccoli salad up in the right hand corner of the picture. I saw a ton of freshly squeezed lemonades by the bar and since they were only $1.50 I decided to try one. I picked the Peach and Rosemary Lemonade and it was fresh and refreshing that I ended up buying another one for the rest of the week!
I said I bought the pumpkin bread for this weekend but I couldn’t help myself, I got a scoop of pumpkin gelato. It was tasty! I go to Whole Foods so rarely that when I do I like to try a different taste of gelato each time. This was definitely good, but pumpkin always is. 🙂 So I didn’t have much in my grocery bag when I got back from Whole Foods but I did have quite a few grocery bags! Do you have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s by your home? I wish we had one closer but it always feels like a special treat when I get to go since it’s not that often. I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to my entire MN travel journal at the end of this week!