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Pancake happy hour

3 Jun

It’s been a while since I could drink white wine without it burning. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinto Grigio – all lashed flames on the way down.

Recently, I discovered a white wine that tasted really good and didn’t burn. It was a little on the pricey side – for special occasions.

I received a dinner invitation and decided this was a good $$ wine event. Explaining my predicament and discovery to the cashier at the wine shop, she said that most likely the problem was with the acidity of one-grape wines, and the solution was getting a mixed-grape version.

Aha!

My next step was to go to TJ’s, explain the situation and see if they might offer a non-offending white wine. The kind and informative Joe had a good suggestion:

Pancake white wine from Trader Joe's

Pancake time

Joe said that the flavor rivaled the $$ wine I liked. As we talked, he said, “Well, it’s not exactly the same. But it’s pretty close.” And, as with all TJ’s items, Joe reminded me that if I didn’t like it, I could just bring it back.

He was right that it wasn’t quite the same as the $$ wine. But, I did enjoy a glass that went down smoothly and painlessly! Cheapwinefinder.com describes Pancake’s Big Day White as a “Tuesday night wine.”

Give it a try. It’s only five bucks! And it’s summer.

Finding relatives in strange places

13 May

Charles was my mother’s older brother. Not Charlie, never Chuck – Charles.

Charles married Sara Bertha – Sara B. to all who knew her.

They were born in Mississippi, but ended up living and raising their family in Memphis, Tenn.

Charles was a joker from way back, my mom would say. He and mom had that red-cheeked smile that percolated quickly into a roaring laugh. Another family trait: Their eyes sparkled with mischief when they were happy, even if they had no intention of getting into trouble. Tears rolled down their faces when they laughed too hard, which was often.

Mom told many stories about teenaged Charles’ pet monkey Pete. The two would go for a car ride, and when Charles hit the gas too hard, Pete would bang on the seat until he slowed down.

Sara B. loved to cook. She wasn’t strict, but she maintained an air of disapproval to keep up with her husband’s teasing. I remember she wore flowing, long lounging dresses. Sara B. had that classic, indelible Southern hospitality gene. “I just made a pitcher of lemonade. Y’all come sit and I’ll pour you a cold glass.”

Just as Charles was ready with a joke or rib, Sara B. was ready to shake her head and roll her eyes. Smiling, eventually.

One of my last memories of Sara B. was after she passed away. Mom and I were going through the family home in Memphis with my cousin Rosebud, Sara B.’s daughter. She opened the medicine cabinet, and there was a barely used bottle of Estée Lauder perfume. “Beautiful.” Rosebud said, “That was Mom’s favorite.” Now, I think of “Beautiful” when I think of Sara B. And I think of Sara B. when I come across that perfume.

I was stopped in my tracks recently going through TJ’s, when I saw this:

Sara Bee wine at Trader Joe's

If my Aunt Sara B. had a wine named after her, it might look like this.

After seeing that, I turned and saw the pylon of Charles Shaw wine crates stacked across from the boxes of Sara Bee. Here’s a sample:

Charles Shaw wine at Trader Joe's

Three-buck Charles

And I realized – there’s my aunt and uncle memorialized in wine across the aisle from one another at Trader Joe’s. A light white wine and a hearty red.

Beautiful.

Wine bags at Trader Joe’s

6 Feb

It’s the perfect partnership of Two-Buck Chuck and everyday life in 21st Century America: potent potable portability.

In maroon.

This wine bag from Trader Joe's carries it all

From Chardonnay to Cabernet, there’s a bag for that.

Thanks, Trader Joe’s.

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Other things fit, too

Stuff we like: Totes

Galluping into the New Year

28 Dec

Trader Joe’s creative labeling is as much a feast for the eyes as the food and drink are for the lips!

I found some wine selections that offer a trifecta of tasty reds. In the race for New Year’s festive libation, you might want to pony up for one of these:

14 Hands

14 Hands: The front runner?

Wild Horse

Wild Horse on the inside

Dark Horse or crowd favorite?

Dark Horse or crowd favorite?

Have a safe and fun weekend! Cheers!

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Recipes and reviews: Trader Joe’s in the blogosphere

17 Dec
At the table with Trader Joe's

At the table with Trader Joe’s. Serving up reviews, rants, raves and recipes.

Did you see all the great Trader Joe’s posts last week?! (Besides the ones on Things I Love at Trader Joe’s, of course : )

There were some doozies! Here are three swoon-inducing examples:

What are your favorite holiday foods and beverages from Trader Joe’s? Please join the conversation and share your faves and your reviews!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s, for giving us more to savor, discuss and blog about!

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Appetizing appetizer: Olive Tapenade Spread

3 Dec

Game night each month is a great way to get affirmation that one of my TJ faves is a party pleaser. Last week was a perfect example.

The main course was taken care of. So were dessert and drinks. So, I took the opportunity to offer a jar of Trader Joe’s Olive Tapenade Spread.

Party time tapenade

Trader Joe’s Olive Tapenade Spread: Chunky olive goodness

Accompanied with some Pita Bite Crackers

Trader Joe's Pita Bite Crackers

Addictive appetizer companions, that’s what these crunchy little rounds are.

And my friends went crazy. So did I. This is no dainty dish – there are meaty chunks of olive in this spread for the serious before-meal eater.

It's party time with tapenade, full of chunky, meaty olives.

It’s party time with tapenade, full of chunky, meaty olives.

Another hors d’oeuvres triumph!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried the tapenade? What did you think?

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Nutrition info

Living Trader Joe’s: Things to do with olive tapenade

Bonus note: We played a game called Telestrations. It’s a bit like “telephone.” Instead of whispering to the next person, the play alternates between writing a word, drawing a representation of the word, then the next person guesses what the word was from the drawing. Here’s an example of an effective drawing:

Telestrations

Telestrations: Last week’s game-night game. “Fisheye”

Lifting up a glass of good cheer! Wine: The label says it all.

7 Nov

At the start of the holiday season, decorations will be hung, presents will be bought and bottles of wine will be selected based on taste preference … maybe. For me, the message on the label often trumps the wine in the bottle.

If you’re a label shopper, too, Trader Joe’s should be your first stop. Usually, I find a label for every emotion and occasion on the TJ shelves.

I offer three message-filled libations as proof:

A warming, festive smile…

Happy WIne from Trader Joe's

Put on a happy face: Oreana Happy Face Syrah

Popping the question mark…

Question mark wine from Trader Joe's

Wonder-ful wine: The Numbers, part Syrah, Cabernet and Mouvedre

General happiness and celebration…

Jubelale beer for celebration

Ale, yes! Jubelale for beer loving revelers.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s! Cheers to you!

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30 creative and unusual wine labels

Trader Joe’s Wine Guide

Trader Joe’s Wine Compendium

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