This weekend a group of girlfriends/girlcousins loaded up the truck with coolers and coffees and headed south to Sarasota.
Last week we finally got something that northerners are oh so lucky to have- TRADER JOE’S.
I had been once before, but never actually shopped. I was more than excited to plan this “fieldtrip” and excited to try some specialty items that I’ve seen bloggers and people on the Twitterverse rave about for years. It only took about an hour to get there from Tampa, and only a minute to find a parking! (it WAS packed… we just lucked out). I was even surprised to see carts out front, as I thought they’d be all taken by the time we arrived.
I knew it would be busy, but I had NO idea just how busy.
I really had no rhyme or reason to my shopping, nor did I have a “list”. I figured I’d walk the store 5, or 6 or 20 times and grab as I peruse.
The deals were EVERYWHERE, and I put some items in my cart that I had never even heard of!
We all definitely shopped until we dropped.
The lines were L-O-N-G, but fast moving. We really only waited about 15 minutes. By the time we had loaded up the coolers and the back seat of the truck, we were beyond ready for lunch. We decided to play tourist and head to St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota. As we passed the infamous Columbia, we all knew exactly what we needed: SANGRIA!
So, what WERE my favorite purchases from the almighty JOE?
My cousin used this drug to make a no-bake cheesecake this evening that looked something like this:
She doesn’t blog, so hopefully she’ll send me the recipe via carrier pigeon or something. (I mean, how else would you share a recipe other than blogging?) 😉
So. Spill it. Did YOU drive to the new Trader Joe’s like we did? What did you score?
As I try more things that I bought, I’ll add to my list of favs!