I heart Trader Joe’s : Review of some TJ’s buys

IMG_0760It’s no secret that Trader Joe’s holds a special place in my heart. Since we got our first a couple years ago, my boyfriend and I end up making a trip every couple months. Without fail, we drop $25 on delicious, delicious goodies.

A few things we’ve picked up recently:

Matcha Green Tea Latte ($3.99 for 8oz) – Matcha is somewhat hard to find in town, so I was thrilled to pick this up. It includes cane sugar, coconut oil, milk powder, flavorings/preservatives and wheat flour (?) in addition to matcha, so it’s definitely a latte. It’s got a nice, creamy texture and despite the sugar, it still has a pleasant tea bitterness. It recommends using a LOT of the product–3 tablespoons per a six ounce cup–but I find that it actually takes a bit less.

Pumpkin Waffles (eight for $1.99) – These surprised me. I usually like the texture of freezer waffles, and this had a nice crunch, but they reminded me more of a wheat waffle than a pumpkin one. There was a bit of pumpkin pie spice that was really pleasant and not at all overwhelming. I’d buy them again for sure, but I don’t feel like I got even a whiff of pumpkin flavour.

Pound Plus 72% Dark Chocolate ($5 for 17 oz) – We loved this. We thought we might cook with it, but we just ate it in chunks, instead. We’re super aware that we should probably be ashamed, but we don’t even care. This was just bitter enough with just enough bite.

Chicken Cilantro Mini Wontons ($3ish) – These were bits of chicken and cilantro in a wonton with a little gyoza sauce. These didn’t blow me away, but I did end up eating a few. I just felt like they needed a bit more punch. Honestly, the chicken was just kind of there. I would’ve preferred pork.

Stir Fried Vegetable Rolls ($3.99 for 15 oz) – Confession? I don’t much care for vegetable/egg/whatever rolls. My boyfriend loves them, and hated these. The outside got crispy while the inside was an vague, blorpy mess.

Spicy Thai Fried Rice – My boyfriend loved this, but I had some reservations. The rice comes with a pack of big, plump shrimp, which were 100% delicious. The rice felt a little off-balance for me, with some flavour that was just way too out there (I think I’m going to blame the Thai lime leaf). The overall texture was great, though.