Saturday, August 15, 2009

I’m Back..With Food of Course!

Wow; what a fun little jaunt to Minneapolis—just what I needed before I get dragged down by the college life in just a short week! I have a lot of stuff to share, so I will keep the chat to a minimum and the pictures to the max! Hope you enjoy my recap as much as I enjoyed my time :-)

We (my lovely grandma and I) started out Wednesday morning and made the four hour drive to the Mall of America (check out my last trip to MOA here.) Once we arrived, I was more than ready to scour the stores, but first I needed to quell my growling belly! What did I choose amidst millions of choices? Something that I love, but don’t have in my area of course!  
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I chose the new Freshside Grille meal from Long John Silver's. It came with fresh grilled tilapia, half of a corn on the cob, and a vegetable blend that was lightly seasoned. It was a nice meal that didn’t weigh you down to shop, so light in fact that I split a broccoli stuffed baked potato from The Steak and Potato restaurant with my grandma. I love food courts because then you can create endless meals. What’s your favorite food court option?

Shopped, shopped, and shopped some more—I think we did a tad of retail damage!

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Thursday we woke up and I had a anticipated mission—my very first trip to Trader Joe’s; exciting right?!

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Minnesota only has 4 in the metro area. I was anxious to see if all the good vibes TJ’s gets was true—it was amazing! Cheap, variety, and good food—everything a foodie could ask for under one roof! Obviously I bought some good stuff.

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Lots of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (it’s 1/2 the price there vs. what I pay here!), more No Pudge Fudge brownie mix (review here), some new bars, mini vanilla meringues, some Garden Patch Veggie soup, also not pictured some Chicken-less BBQ Pulled Chicken and a bag of TJ’s Kettle Corn.

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Some TJ’s mini cinnamon raisin bagels and mini original bagels. Then some of their heavenly looking French rolls!

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Some European style Mocha coffee flavored yogurt. (Yes mom I bought you one for when you come visit!)

And I was uber excited to find this..

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SUSHI!! If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile I am sure you remember my complaints about never being able to try this because it is no where near me! Verdict? I am in love, so looks like I will have to learn to make my own!

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And of course a rockin’ TJ’s reusable bag—for 0.99!

I have another surprise place I went on this trip too, so stay tuned for tomorrow. Also tomorrow: food reviews. :-)

7 comments:

Erica said...

What a fun trip! I have only been to MOA one time and was blown away. Glad you got so much good stuff.. hmm fav food court?? I haven't been in forever!

Krista said...

What a successful looking shopping trip! YAY! TJ's is 4hrs away from me, too. Boo!

tinyirishdancer said...

My gosh. You're a girl after my own heart.

When I lived in Kansas as a little girl, I remember LJS used to be EVERYWHERE. It was a huge favorite in my family - especially the hush puppies. Mhmm mhmm gooood.

But when we moved to Cali, I was devastated to learn that the nearest one was 50+ miles away! Until last weekend, actually. A new store JUST opened about 10 minutes away from my house. And it tastes just as good as I remember it. =]

So anywho. That's my spiel about LJS. I'm off to do some shopping at TJ's, now! I'll keep an eye out for those bagels - yum!

Jenny said...

ahhh what a fab trip!! complete with fine eats and fun :) the perfect way to end your summer! i can't believe your starting school in a week!

enjoy the rest of your day my love :)

Janetha said...

welcome back! ahh.. i hate food courts. i guess subway is usually the only option. yaaaay for TJs! i wish i had one here! i have that same bag :)

Healthy Beach Bum said...

that mocha coffee yogurt looks SO good. What a great find!!! That makes me want to go shopping ;) Glad you had a great trip girly! I've never been to a TJ's either :(

burpandslurp said...

Ah, that must have been a fun trip! You are no longer a TJ virgin! Congrats! Aint TJs awesome? Hee hee hee...
I don't like food courts. But if I have to eat there, I'll just pick a burger, or some sort of wrap or sandwich. You can't really screw that up much!