Trader Joe’s finally opened up two locations in Kansas City a couple weeks ago. People have been asking them to open stores here for years (myself included). I was so excited when they announced the locations that I vowed to go on opening day. Benzo wanted to go too so we all went as a family after he got home from work.
This turned out to be a very bad idea.
I did not anticipate the rest of the city being as excited as I was. The parking lot was totally full and the store was completely packed. I had forgotten my baby carrier so we had to take Jack in the car seat. Luckily a nice person gave us a cart. We went about 20 feet into the store, gaped at the crowd and lines, turned to each other and walked right back out. We got in the car and proceeded to head home.
That would’ve been fine except Jack chose that moment to have a complete meltdown. There are only so many ways you can soothe a screaming baby strapped in a car seat when you are in the front seat and you can’t pull over because of traffic. It was a highly stressful situation for everyone!
I finally made a trip back to TJ’s last Friday. I told Benzo he would have to wait as I was going during the day when it would be less busy. I remembered my baby carrier as well.
The store was still crowded but not crazy-opening-day-crowded. I picked up a few things but I wasn’t able to linger and peruse the shelves like I wanted since I had Jack with me. Some of my purchases were:
A package of cheese tortellini for $1.99. I thought this was a great deal! It made a really nice and FAST dinner last night with some tomato basil sauce and a sprinkle of fresh chopped basil from my garden.
A package of organic spring salad mix for $1.99. I also thought this was a good deal. I mean organic greens for two bucks? Benzo and I used this for salads to accompany our tortellini last night.
A sicilian style roasted vegetable frozen pizza for $4.99. This looked good and I suppose it was a decent deal. When did frozen pizzas get so expensive? I only say that because I can go to my local pizza place and get a carry out cheese pizza for $5.99.
Since I didn’t get to do a thorough investigation of the store, I thought I’d throw out this question to the blog world: If you shop at Trader Joe’s what are some of your favorite products? I’m looking for new things to try and it would be nice to go in with some recommendations. Even if it has meat in it, go ahead and leave it in the comments because Benzo may be interested.