Monday, March 20, 2006

My Trader Joe's Shopping List

We now have a Trader Joe's in Manhattan. Trader Joe's is perfect. There is nothing bad about Trader Joe's. Only good things can happen at Trader Joe's.

There are a lot of happy New Yorkers now that Trader Joe's is finally among us. I went there for the first time tonight, and it was packed to the gills. You could hardly move. Still, people were very polite even as they rammed into each other with their baskets & shopping carts. It's only proper at Trader Joe's that everyone would just get along. We were all so happy just to be there that minor inconveniences (such as it taking over 20 minutes to get down one aisle and the line for the cash registers wrapping all the way to the back of the store) seemed inconsequential. It only meant that we all got to spend more time at Trader Joe's. And that can only be a good thing.

It was all I could do not to genuflect upon entering. Then one of the store attendants ran up to me because I had mistakenly taken a basket that was partly broken. "Sir, here, let me get you a better basket than the one you took." I almost hugged him.

Margaret was our checkout clerk. She was so nice. She said "gentlemen, did you find everything you needed?" I replied "Margaret, all we needed was to be here with you. All we really needed was Trader Joe's. The rest is just icing on the cake." She giggled.

I believe that when good people die, they go to a place much like Trader Joe's.

I had no shopping agenda when I went there tonight. This is what I came home with (and in no particular order):

Whole Grain Salsa Fresca Tortilla Chips made with Stone Ground White Corn

Pita Chips with Sea Salt

Chocolate Raspberry Sticks

100% Wild Blueberry Juice not from Concentrate

Multigrain Crackers

Nuts About Raspberries & Chocolate Trek Mix

Refried Black Beans with Jalapeno Peppers

.75 lb Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Square

Woven Wheats Wafers

Organic Multi Grain Bread

Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti Pasta

Saint Andre Triple Creme Soft-Ripened Cheese

Organic Whole Wheat Penne Pasta

Turkey Sausage Stromboli

Spicy Italian Fully Cooked Gourmet Chicken Sausage

Madame Chevre Creamy Fresh Unripened Goat Cheese

Carnitas Burritos

Colossal Olives Hand Stuffed with Jalapeno Peppers

Prepared Horseradish

Hot & Smoky Chipotle Salsa


jin said...

Shame on you CP. All I wanted to do was read your new post. Now I have to walk all the way downstairs & find something to eat, knowing there are NO 'Colossal Olives Hand Stuffed with Jalapeno Peppers' in my pantry :-P

lulu said...

T.J.'s is evil. There are SO many tasty littl treats, and it always seems like such a good idea to stock up when I go. Then I go home and realize that A, I have no room in my freezer, and B, I have bought my weight in chocolate and cheese.

Tenacious S said...

There are weeks when my family would starve were it not for the tasty heat and eat dinners from TJ's. They've been feeding me since 1990 in Fullerton, CA. Thank God for Trader Joe's!

jin said...

CP, where are you? I hope you're not spending all your blogging time at Trader Joe's!
I'm getting tired of 'random blogging' & all the poor grammar & spelling errors!!!