I have been in a Trader Joe’s induced food rut for approximately two years. I could shop the Charlotte Midtown store with my eyes closed, obediently grabbing the same bag of apples (organic gala), same tub of hummus (organic original), same hunk of chocolate (extra dark organic strategically planned “impulse” buy at the counter).
There was once a time when my young, eager, admittedly aggressive, pure-food-loving self wouldn’t even step foot in TJ’s because their products weren’t up to par with my standard of “clean.” (Now I’m like: Two bags of meatless meatballs, please.”)
In grad school and out of sheer financial necessity, I eventually got a grip (and subsequently loosened my grip) on “eating clean” without doing so compulsively. This landed me with TJ’s as my primary grocery store.
Unfortunately, what Trader Joe’s offers in convenience and affordability (and cookie butter-stuffed candy bars), it severely lacks in variety. So last week, so over yet another frozen veggie burger, I defiantly announced to Adam the waspiest declaration of all: I’m going back to Whole Foods.
As you can imagine, my trip to Whole Foods succeeded only in causing severe buyer’s remorse as I dropped a billion dollars on one week of groceries. (This, I assume, is why they allow you to shop the store with a glass of wine in hand.) But once I got home and got some of my new goodies opened, I got over it quickly.
I picked up the usual–hummus, chips, etc.–but in new, sadly-exciting-to-me flavors.
I also grabbed several Beverly’s Gourmet (a local vegetarian company) pre-made meals (because I am SO LAZY AND ENTITLED LATELY I don’t even want to do dishes). This is the Thai basil tofu:
Perhaps I’m on to something mixing up my grocery stores because last night I also strayed from my standard routine and actually did something on a Friday night. (GASP.)
I went to Jen D’s (you know her as Peanut Butter Runner) surprise 30th birthday party, and (thank god) did not totally ruin the surprise part of it.
I’m really not sure how her wonderful friends and party planners pulled this one off with all of the guests being so terrible at keeping secrets, but it was a huge success and it was great to see Jen so happy and so loved.
We drank champagne and ate pizza and cake and it was just so wonderful to step out of my box for a bit.