What I miss about California…

Do you hear the angels singing?  Because they are!

It isn’t often that I really miss things about home.  I’m pretty good about adapting to new environments and “blooming where I’ve been planted.”  Coming to Colorado from Fayetteville was a big step in the right direction, since it has more resources [read: my favorite stores].  Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s hasn’t made it to Colorado yet, due to issues with suppliers and liquor laws.  I got used to not having a TJs when I lived in NC (the Raleigh one is a long drive), but trust me, it’s not by choice.

FIL forgot to stop by TJs the last time he was here in Arizona, so we made it a point to put it on this week’s to-dos.  This is the best time of year to pick up their goodies, since all of the holiday foods are out.  Of course, I called Trinnie ASAP to make sure she didn’t need anything, since she always stops at the Santa Fe one for me.  This picture came from my BB because, of course, I messaged her a photo from my cart.

When I live in proximity to a TJs, I do all of my shopping there, aside from a name brand item or two that DH requests.  The pricing is great, since they have house labels on most items.  Here’s some of my must-haves that I picked up tonight:
  • Spanish Olive Oil – This stuff has a better flavor than the Italian stuff to me.  Working at Williams-Sonoma, I got to sample a lot of premium olive oils.  I preferred Spanish because the flavor is more buttery and less grassy than the Italian varieties.
  • Basmati Rice – I think basmati has a much better taste than Jasmine rice.  I picked up two bags tonight.
  • Bar Soaps – I tend to prefer bar soaps over shower gels, and I like splurging on a nice soap.  I buy the TJs Tea Tree Oil, Oatmeal and Honey, Exfoliating Oatmeal, Green Tea, and Lavender soaps.  These will last me for a while, thankfully!  
  • Caramel Corn – TJs makes a fat free caramel corn that’s to die for!  Yummy snacking!
  • Stilton with Apricots – One of my favorite cheeses.  This is absolutely amazing on Wheat Thins.  I bought this even though I’ll have to finish it before I leave.
I also grabbed some holiday stuff – some new to me, some old favorites.
  • Advent calendar – Despite the fact that I can get these sorts of calendars at the commissary, I grew up on this calendar.  I used to pop the piece of chocolate in my mouth while I got ready for school in the morning.
  • Peppermint Joe’s Joes – Imagine an Oreo cookie with peppermint filling, as well as candy cane pieces in it.  Um, yum!
  • Peppermint hot chocolate – For FIL and I, since we enjoy a good cup of hot chocolate together!
  • Gingerbread men – These are on the harder side, so they’re awesome to break off a limb and just let it melt in your mouth.
  • Dark chocolate stars – Little star-shaped cookies dipped in chocolate and those little white nonpareils.  Please and thank you!
  • Peppermint Whoopie Pies – Seriously, if you don’t hear the angels singing now, you’re not listening hard enough.
What about you?  What holiday treats and goodies do you get excited about?

5 thoughts on “What I miss about California…

  1. Adrie Kovicsaid

    Ahhhhh Peppermint Joe Joes!!! =D I always ask my mom to pick up some when she goes to Trader Joes…those are awesome with cold milk!

  2. Ninasaid

    My favorite holiday treats are ginger bread (based on my grandma's old recipe from early 1900's), chocolate advent calendar and mulled wine. Yep, I grew up in Europe …. 🙂

  3. Sespisaid

    Oh my gosh me too… I love the cinnamon cat crackers and their tomato soup. I'm planning to get a few containers to take back to Georgia with me 🙂 And I'll probably stock up on their Christmas stuff too!

  4. Tarynsaid

    Seriously? Colorado needs to be able to sit at the cool table … even MAINE has a Trader Joes! (It just opened a few weeks ago in Portland).


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