Trader Joes opened Friday and I missed it, I was out of town. Probably a good thing, I don't imagine dragging an infant & a 2 year old through throngs of rabid TJ fans would have been that fun. Maybe just sort of fun.
So we went Sunday and it was everything I had dreamed of, except that the parking lot suddenly looked way smaller and was completely full. My favorite part was the police car who had apparently been stationed by the store all weekend to keep an eye on everyone.
The best part for me was that this store had a bunch of favorites I haven't been able to find at the store in Everett. But now I am worried that maybe they just stock everything at first & narrow it down once they see what sells up here. So here's a plug for my favorites in the hopes that you go buy them so that this store will still carry them.
Dried Tart Montmorency Cherries - Excellent in oatmeal
Bagged Mache - a sweet, nutty salad green that is the nutritous equivalent of spinach (but tastier!)
Frozen chopped garlic cubes - perfect for quick stirfrys or for snacking on if you are Saben.
Pound Plus Bittersweet Chocolate Bars - excellent for baking these cookies and other goodies.