18: What I bought at Trader Joe’s Vol. 11

I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2020

If you know me, you know I am a little bit Trader Joe’s obsessed. We do 80% of our shopping there and although I wish we’d finally also get an Aldi in the area, I would never trade my Trader Joe’s for it. 

It’s been a whole year since I shared some of the things that I have recently purchased (and loved) from Trader Joe’s and I thought I’d bring this feature back. The holiday season is an especially exciting time to shop at TJ’s because they always have really great seasonal items.  

Here are a few things I’ve recently picked up on my shopping trips:

Pappardelle Pasta* (8 oz) $1.99 // pantry  section

It’s surprising how much the shape of your pasta changes the character of your pasta dish. We usually buy whole grain spaghetti or penne for our pasta dishes, but this pappardelle pasta was a really nice change if you’d like to switch things up. 

Turkey Burger (12 oz) $2.99 // freezer section 

We’ve worked hard to try every single frozen burger variety that Trader Joe’s offers  (still a few to go), but the turkey burgers are one of our favorites. They’re just simple patties without any extra seasoning, they cook nicely, and don’t lose a lot of water. Solid buy!

Cotswold Double Gloucester Cheese* (per lb) $9.99 // dairy section

You can’t go wrong with any cheese, IMHO, but this is one of my recent favorites. If you are planning to put together a cheese/charcuterie board for the holidays (and honestly, who doesn’t?), add this cheese to your selection. You won’t regret it. 

Fairtrade Organic Bolivian Blend Coffee* (14 oz) $7.99 // pantry section

When we don’t want to pay the big bucks for fancy coffee, this is our go-to everyday coffee. We grind the beans freshly at home and it’s really smooth and delicious coffee.  

Speculoos* (7 oz) $2.99 // above freezer section

Do yourself a favor and get a box of Speculoos for the holiday season. These cookies are so good and they pair wonderfully with a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. (I dunk mine into the warm beverage.)

What have you bought at Trader Joe’s recently?

* I am not affiliated with Trader Joe’s, nor have they endorsed, sponsored or paid for my reviews. I am just sharing my love for the store and its products, which basically means free advertisement for them. Ha. All opinions are my own.

  1. I have eaten/loved all of them except the coffee. (Jakobs above all, do you remember?)
    I do 99% of my grocery shopping at Trader Joes and I would be skinny if they close their stores. :)
    I always enjoy your TJ posts!

    1. What are some of your favorite products? (You should give the coffee a try sometime… just to branch out LOL)

  2. These posts always make me want to go to TJs. I have not been in probably 1-2 years. There isn’t one close to us so I just never think to go there. But they have so many great products! I will have to find the motivation one of these days – probably in 2021 though as I am letting my husband do all the errand-running/shopping.

    1. I understand that it’s hard to get to a TJs if it’s far away… but a special trip every once in a while might be worth it :)

  3. I love a good TJ’s haul! At the beginning of the pandemic I was temporarily cut off since TJ’s is near work and I had no reason to go there…I came to the conclusion that the one TJ’s product that we absolutely cannot live without is their fig bars. Their coffee is a close 2nd. I currently go to my office once every 2 weeks so I have regular access to TJ’s again.

    1. Oh, I remember you saying the TJs was close to your work. I am glad you have an excuse to go again… and thanks for the recommendation, I’ve never tried the fig bars.

  4. I haven’t been to a Trader Joe’s in so long and miss it so much! I love all their seasonal offerings. I’ll have to look for that pasta—we have an Aldi that i frequent so I’ll see if they carry it (so true that the shape of the pasta really changes a dish! Also I can’t stand spaghetti. Just me??). And speculoos!! My hubby’s family is Dutch so we have these often (sometimes we put them in the freezer). Mmm…

    1. Aldi might have similar pappardelle pasta (or any other grocery store really)… it’s a nice change! And you are the first person I know that can’t stand spaghetti LOL

  5. Oh those cookies look yum. I’ve seen them as a special item in my grocery store but didn’t get any – because not Christmas yet. Kinda sad about it now. The turkey burgers sound interesting. I didn’t think you can get that anywhere in Germany.

    1. The cookies are very similar to spiced “Spekulatius”, so that’s why I get them. :) I also heard that ground turkey is not really a thing in Germany… get on board, Germany!

  6. I haven’t been to TJs since March… and I am missing it! It’s only about 10-15 minutes away, but it’s tiny and I haven’t wanted to risk it with the pandemic. That said, I might have to just bite the bullet and go. Favorite products? 21 spice blend, balsamic vinegar, horseradish hummus, their goat milk yogurt, many of the salsas…. oh, and when they have it? Salmon jerky. The only things I don’t like are when products randomly disappear, and the packaging (SO excessive) in their produce section.

    Those speculoos cookies, though… that might get me back in there. ;)

    1. I couldn’t stay away from TJs…. there are so many stores I’ve skipped since Covid, but TJs is my lifeline ;)

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