Hey hey HAAAAAAY!
So I know I’m just randomly popping in on a Friday afternoon with this post, but after rounding up my collection of foodie goodies that I’ve accumulated over the last few days, I just couldn’t wait any longer to share…especially after I stumbled over a Trader Joe’s yesterday while I was road-tripping to visit some family! Woop WOOP!
But don’t let me get ahead of myself, because the first bit of excitement started with these babies which I spotted at Kroger while prowling the cereal aisle for sales (hey, this cereal killer has a lifestyle to maintain!)…
Praise be to the cookie gods!!
Seriously? Kroger knocked it out of the park with these guys! Totally blows the vanilla cookie and almond cookie spreads out of the water! In ranking order of deliciousness: crispy chocolate, cookies & creme, and coconut macaroon (which I knew would bring me to my knees before even breaking the seal!). Do yourself a favor and grab up one or ALL THREE of these….and then hide them in strategic locations. Like your car? Your locker/desk at work? Your pants pocket?? 😉
Believe it or not, when I ventured out to the grocery stores (yes, that would be plural), I did have a mission. After Melissa used Snapchat-teased me without end of her glorious Greek yogurt finds earlier this week, I knew I needed to get my hands on some of those flavors…
Behold the Three Pillars of Yo!
While I didn’t manage to track down the Chobani green tea or the Yoplait vanilla chai (I know, WHAT?!) flavors, I did come home with all of these: Chobani Blended concord grape, Yoplait Greek cinnamon roll and Greek 100 Whips strawberry cheesecake, Siggi’s blood orange, Oikos Triple Zero coconut creme, Oikos Traditional apple pie and caramel macchiato, and two Oikos Caramel on Top (bananas foster and caramel macchiato) which are not new per se, but I’ve been eyeing them for a while and finally decided to break down and get ’em.
I haven’t tried any of the flavors just yet because I seriously can’t decide which one to try first! Also, and I say this with a very bashful sideways glance to the floor, I still have a couple of pumpkin flavors to try from my last hoard!
I know, I can’t help it…it’s like, what if it’s the best thing ever and I’ll never be able to find it again?! #foodieproblems
Anyway, moving on to things I HAVE tried…
Remember these guys?
Well, I toted a Combat Crunch Bar and that GNC Lean Bar with me for yesterday’s road trip and oh my god you guys, the cookie dough Combat bar tastes like CANDY! I got more of a caramel than a cookie dough flavor, but believe me, I’m not complaining. The consistency reminds me of the crunch layer inside a Pure Protein Crunch bar if you’ve ever tried it…if not, kinda like a cross between Rice Krispies and Grape Nuts cereals. As for the Lean Bar, I was a tad disappointed. At first, it had that blueberry muffin flavor I was imagining, but then it kinda turned into, “did I just like a Yankee candle?” A little waxy and with an aftertaste of something I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
I also tried the cheddar and sour cream Quest Chips a couple of days ago. The flavor is pretty good, but the texture is definitely “different”. Unlike air popped/baked chips I’ve had in the past, these are SUPER thin and almost could dissolve on your tongue…kinda like rice paper. I dipped them in some hummus to up the satiety factor and called it done. Definitely more of a combination food than a stand alone snack. That being said, I’ll give you two guesses as to how I’m gonna use those BBQ chips!
Now, let’s talk about my boyfriend Joe!
I didn’t think we’d have time to pop in with our schedule running a bit tight, but with a fifteen minute window of opportunity AND a chance to use the bathroom (because even with being in the car all day, I still managed THREE of my camelbak bottles of water!), I practically jumped out of the car before it was in park!
After consulting the running Trader Joe’s list on my phone (what, you don’t have one of those? See it on Instagram, drool over it, add it to the list!) and noting that I didn’t need any of my TJ’s essentials, I knew what I needed to do. First, I grabbed up a package of Turkish Smyrna figs (the BEST dried figs they sell and were out of the last time I visited). Then I went back for another while I contemplated wiping the entire shelf clean. I spotted the cookies & creme cookie butter but since Kroger already fulfilled my cookie fantasies for the month, I decided to hold off. I looked for peanut butter baking chips, but sadly they were out of those. So next, I made my way over to the refrigerated section…but only after I got “squirreled” by those Kumato tomatoes. They’re brown you guys. Brown tomatoes. I couldn’t help my curiosity…even if they were four bucks.
Ok, onto the cold stuffs! The beet hummus and a LONG time fave, chicken dogs were the last things on my list so after that, I was left with five minutes to loiter in the cheese section. You guys need to be proud of me right now. Like for reals. Because I wanted FIVE but only came home with two: caramelized onion cheddar and Italian truffle cheddar…because I can never say no to truffle…NEVER!
Disclaimer: I was not paid to review any of the products mentioned in this post. Hell, half of the companies don’t even know me.
What foodie goodies have surprised you this week?
Where did you go on your last road trip?