I don’t often go to Trader Joe’s. This is not because I don’t like it there, but actually because I like it too much and always want to bring home all the things. Do you guys have stores of impulse buy like this too? For instance, on this trip to Trader Joe’s I absolutely had to buy Umami Paste. Just for the idea of umami in a tube, right? For $1.99, it was worth seeing what this is all about — but it basically looks like they took all the umami things they could find and crammed them all together in one condiment. This little tube of umami contains tomato paste, and red wine vinegar, and Parmesan cheese, and olives, and anchovy paste, and mushroom powder, and balsamic vinegar… but it looks like it doesn’t contain MSG itself, for those of you who are sensitive to that. Read the ingredients and see what you think.
But now what do I do with my umami paste first, is the real question. I’m thinking of making a batch of pasta sauce and adding a little umami-in-a-tube to see what happens. Anyone else tried it yet?
Trader Joe’s also got me with this Hatch chile salsa ($2.79). Because: Obviously. This, I’m quite looking forward to trying tomorrow when I’m feeling more like myself.
Picked up one bottle of Trader Joe’s sparkling lime water ($.79) to see how it compares to Ice Mountain. Tried it today and it’s not bad, but more reminiscent of the ALDI flavored sparkling water than the name brand.
High School Guy and I both enjoyed these chicken chile verde burritos — they were quite good paired with a little spicy salsa and diced avocado, with a nice flavor and generous chunks of chicken. At $2.99 for the pair, I’d get these again for a quick lunch.
Trader Joe’s was giving away jars of pumpkin spice cookie butter with purchase at all the registers, so this one wasn’t an impulse buy per se. I’m not trying it, because: 1) sugar, and 2) pumpkin — Mr. 9 made a face at the very idea and High School Guy is also not a big pumpkin fan, so will be giving this away to a friend. But free is free, right?
What did you last impulse buy at Trader Joe’s?
Tell me it’s not just me…