We are spoiled in Austin. There are so many great places to shop for unique ingredients, health food supplies, and organic everything. I’m smack dab in the middle of Whole Foods, Central Markets, and Sprouts, just to name a few. And recently, my neighborhood was treated to a Wheatsville Co-op, which is big news in itself, but in the same weekend Austin finally got its first Trader Joe’s!
Now Trader Joe’s can be polarizing. People either get it or they don’t. I’ve found life in Austin without a TJ’s very difficult. Our Trader Joe-less nightmare is finally over. Never again will I have to shove my favorites into a suitcase and fly them back to Austin. It’s all so easy now.
Opening day was kind of crazy, but really, Trader Joe’s is always crazy. Our store in Austin is the largest one I’ve ever been in. They are typically small and packed to the gills with shoppers. Everyone I know has products they are loyal to. For me, it’s the coffee beans, the hummus, and some various trail mixes. But I’ll all for trying out something new every time, too.
The line wrapped around the store, but it only lasted for a few minutes. Wheatsville felt serene by comparison, the organic food bright and colorfully stacked up, waiting to be prepared into something delicious. Shoppers could leisurely wander the aisles and browse without feeling rushed.
I’m looking forward to exploring the natural soaps. And the prepared food.
I’m thrilled to have even more fabulous places to shop. I’m an equal opportunity shopper, with favorites at each of the stores and I’m glad to expand my options and develop new favorites. Currently, I do my “base” shopping at HEB and fill in for special things:
Whole Foods: Vegan baking ingredients, sushi, fresh baked bread, growler fills, smoked salmon, cheese, young coconuts, licorice, dark chocolate, juice bar
Central Market: Cold cuts, produce, seafood, snacks, cheese, gelato, yogurt, soups, salsa
Sprouts: Coconut water, fancy sodas, bulk nuts, cheap produce
Trader Joe’s: Coffee beans, hummus, trail mix, nuts, Ginger cats, Almondina cookies, pasta, pizza sauce, tortilla chips
Where do you pick up your favorites?