11 Apr Trader Joe’s Shopping List

For us Canadians shop cross border in US, we wouldn’t miss out Premium Outlet, Costco and also Trader Joe’s. My dear good friend brought me there the first time and I was very lost and not sure what should I get? I simply thought it’s just another Whole Foods….and we already had Whole Foods in Vancouver.

Now after some googling and experimenting a few shopping trips, I have created my own TJ’s shopping list. These are often my repeat purchases and stock up items in my pantry. I have to say I kinda buy into their sourcing and marketing strategy. Getting a block of butter from France for only $2.99, such an inexpensive way to enjoy this luxury gourmet.

  1. Flatbread Pizzas ($4.49) – the Black Truffle & Mushroom one is my favourites. It goes way above and beyond your typical frozen Delissio pizzas…trust me it’s not the same thing. I couldn’t help to pick up the Burrata, Prosciutto and Arugula this time, it’s something I would even order from a restaurant.
  2. Creamy Toscano Cheese soaked in Syrah ($4) – nutty & rich infused with red wine flavour. Sounds wonderful isn’t it? And it tastes wonderful on crispy bread, pasta or just enjoy straight as hors d’oeuvre.
  3. Cultured Butter produced from Brittany France ($2.99) – If you have heard of Bordier, you know what I’m talking about. The finest butter you could possibly get in the World….Even it’s not the exact same thing, TJ’s version is still very good!!! Rich & creamy and it makes my morning bagels way better than usual. Scroll down and I’ll also share another wonderful way to enjoy this Brittany butter – Mashed Potatoes.
  4. Stumptown Cold Brew ($3.29) – I love their coffee hot or cold and I like saving 20% from getting it in TJ instead of Whole Foods here in Vancouver.
  5. Greentea infused Mints ($1.99) – I swear it tastes like the same thing I got here for double the price.
  6. Valrhona Chocolates ($1.99) – I never know it’s so cheap in US….just speechless when I figure out how much I over pay here.
  7. Frozen Mini Croissants ($3.99) – Fabulous! Love their mini size and perfect for afternoon tea party. They are flaky, buttery and delicious.

 

Creamy Mashed Potatoes (2-3 servings)

I’m very looking forward to cooking with this Brittany butter I freshly got from TJ and can’t wait to use it right away in mashed potatoes. They are so easy to prepare and only take you about 20 minutes. It’s delicious just on its own.

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Ingredients
1. 2 Russet Potatoes (washed, peeled and cut in halves lengthwise)
2. 2 TBS of cultured butter
3. 80ml of milk
4. Pinch of Salt and dried herbs

Instructions
1. Put potatoes in a pot of cold water and add a pinch of salt. Bring water to boil then turn down to medium heat and simmer for 15-20mins.
2. Use a fork to poke through the potatoes and if they are soft you should remove pot from heat immediately and drain the water.
3. Again use a fork to start mashing potatoes and add butter. Keep whisking and gently add milk until texture is fluffy and creamy.
4. Seasoned with dried herbs or pepper.

Now I would like to hear about your recommendations from Trader Joe’s. Please share in the comment section below~

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