Trader Joe’s! Trader Joe’s!

 

Hi!

So normally I would do a video on this, but seeing as I haven’t posted in a while and I do not have the want to fuss with any sort of editing or trying to get my computer to decide it likes me enough to record, I figured that writing a post on it would be the best thing.

Today was the grand opening of Trader Joe’s here in Louisville. As someone who was part of the hundreds who contacted Trader Joe’s store suggestions page, and made many a voyage to Trader Joe’s not within my immediate vicinity this is a dream come true. I knew it would be crowded, and chances are not much left on the shelves but when I got there I found myself pleasently surprise that A) I found a parking spot and B) food was still on the shelves. As an added bonus, there were even shopping baskets!

I had a half day at work today to make up for the fact we’d be going in tomorrow night to strike Tom Sawyer. I know that this played a pivital role in the reason I was able to find that parking spot and food, but luck was on my side today and I wasn’t angry about that. I didn’t want to buy a lot, honestly I just wanted a few things and just to check it out. Get the lay of the land, and see how big it was. It was crowded, no doubt about that, but I was able to make it through and get some things that I wanted.

I decided early on that I wanted at the very least a package of beefless strips. From there I decided that I should actually find some whole meals so I can get some things, not spend all my money on trail mixes (which I got none of, thank you very much). I ended up getting supplies for fajitas/quesadillas. I’ve been in a hotdog mood, and with TJ brand vegetarian packaged foods being a good dollar less than name brand, I figured I would try it out. Especially since I could buy frozen things without fearing that I didn’t pack a cooler enough with ice and the two hour car trip would make it defrost.

I got:

  • 3 Cheese Blend
  • Beefless Strips (obviously AFTER I opened them)
  • Chickenless Strips
  • Chile and Garlic Tortillas
  • Sour Cream
  • Veggie Corn Dogs
  • Guacamole Hummus (Not pictured)
  • Dried Mango Slices (Not pictured)
  • Fire Roasted Pepper Mix (Not pictured)

Am I going to shop at TJ a lot now? No. Trader Joe’s is, and has always been, a treat store. I don’t go there for real whole foods, I go their for packaged items. That being said, the occasional “I’m out of a frozen veggie product run” will always show up, along with the fact that their dried fruit and nuts section by far surpasses anyone in town, means that I will go every now and then. Especially now that it’s just opened up.

I also bought some tofu, which I plan on making a video about. When I first tried to prepare tofu packed in water, I didn’t know what I was doing. I ended with a soggy mess. I figured someone out there will benefit from a video tutorial on how to press and prepare tofu for the first time. Also, I wanted to try it out!

Any TJ suggestions now that I can get them? I’m open to try anything, especially if it’s frozen!

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veganism.

It seems that past couple of days, or even weeks the word vegan has been creeping up. Part of the reason, I realize, is that I am vegetarian (well, almost there. Got to kick the fish) and it’s the next logical step but it has been coming up a lot more often than when I first went pescatarian.

Today, while at work doing some notes before tech went up for Tom Sawyer me and a co-worker were talking about how his wife was going vegan for a week. Her reason is that she is a writer, and it is an experiment for an article she is writing. We continued the talk in the van ride back to the shop and we were going through the different and many ways of going vegan. Vegan only in diet, vegan in diet and lifestyle. Eco-vegan. Vegan because of intolerance or health reasons. Vegan because you love animals. Vegan because you don’t like to think of eating the flesh of another. Vegan because of a traumatic experience.

As I thought about it in the context of the conversation, I got to think about my viewpoint of veganism. I haven’t really given it much thought than reading a couple of vegan blogs, or trying the random vegan dessert. I slowly began to realize that one day I would like to at least prime myself to take the steps to become vegan. I’m not even close to it right now in my life, obviously because of my absolute love of cheese and the need to have at least something on the menu other than a salad for me to not go crazy while dining out (which is why I still eat fish), but I am closer than most. I am actually fond of most vegan things. I’ve never liked the taste of milk, so I already really only have nut/rice milks in my foods. I’ve made many a recipe without eggs because of the lack of some on hand, and the readily available mason jar full of ground flax seed. Eggs generally creep me out if I think about it too long. I love breakfast, and will lean towards that if given the choice but sometimes here at the house I can’t make myself to get over making them myself.

I do have my reservations that tend to stop me when I think I could be vegan. I really hate the fact that I’d have to analyze every box, or every menu to make sure I don’t mistakenly eat something. I really don’t like people who try to push their viewpoint on others. It’s one of the things I detested when I was Christian. I never, ever once felt that someone was less of a person, or not a good person because they didn’t share my viewpoint. Trying to push someone to do what you do is not only mean, but forcing them to not even want to give it any sort of attention. Now, I’m not saying everyone does this but I have met more than my share of people who do fall into this category.

Diet changes are hard, no matter what they are and nothing good really comes of rushing through it. That being said, I have decided to consciously incorporate more vegan food into my diet than I have been. I really believe that it does help in weight loss and in the impact my diet has on the environment, and the animals who are mistreated to allow me to eat whatever. Will I be perfect? Not even in the slightest. Is there a possibility of never actually becoming vegan? Of course, but I’d rather say I tried it the right way (slow and steady) and it just didn’t work out for me than to just give up because it becomes overwhelming and then feel bad for myself and think that everyone perceives me as a failure.

Doing things for the right reasons for yourself and not someone else’s is the only way to suceed.

planning.

Lists

I’ve spent the day being relatively productive. I guess that’s what happens when you have a cat that thinks it’s a crime to sleep in past 7 am on the weekend. Sure, I haven’t done any of my laundry, or put away the dishes in my dishwasher (which may or may not have been in there for about a week…) but I’ve been doing some things and sorting out all the things slushing around in my head.

Obviously I haven’t been making videos, even more obviously since you are reading what I’m writing currently I haven’t blogged in a while. Sorry about that. I know I always make excuses, and then say I’m just making excuses in this fun little cycle but the fact of the matter is I haven’t felt the want…or really need to write down anything or record a video. Sure, I still have to update about my weigh-in from last Sunday, but I’ve been kind of blah on my creativity.

I changed that today and finally sat down and wrote a list of some of the videos I want to do, and blogs that I write. I always have ideas, and then never write them down and forget about them when it comes time to having an idea that I give up and not post. If I don’t have anything that I’m passionate about, or think is fun to talk about I just don’t care to do anything. I guess that’s part of the reason why I’m never consistent in keeping up things. I love the idea of having a blog and a video series, but I can never remember the things to make them fun and exciting for me.

I have probably mentioned it one thousand times, but I love, love, LOVE lists. Whether I follow them or not I make them. And that is what I have done. I have a ton of ideas of things to write and talk about, and now that I have this list I think actually doing them in a somewhat scheduled manner will actually be accomplished this go around. I also can do some of these things in advance, so the times that I am busy and legitimately have an excuse for not posting, I can have a backlog and not worry.

We’ll see, but for right now I’m excited that I have things to talk about.

If anyone who reads this blog wants to know more about something, or have any ideas of what you would like to see/read from me about let me know!