So today I am going to talk about some of my favorite food products. In the past year, I have this new obsession for Greek yogurt. I owe that to one of my clients. Linda works in Queens, home of one of the best homemade Greek yogurt establishments. It is called Yogurt Place II. The address for anyone interested is 71 Sullivan Street (between Prince St & Spring St), New York, NY 10012. If you go, let me know!!
One day Linda brought me a plain yogurt with apricot-fig sauce and slivered almonds (pictured below). I fell in love. It was sinful and creamy and beyond delicious. Linda actually told me today when I was working that she got me a container yesterday but left it in her refrigerator at work. Uh huh, I thought. Great. What about my addiction? Does that matter? I hope you know I’m joking Linda. I love, love when you surprise me with yogurt and am grateful and excited as I take it and eat every single bite all by myself.
Since I can’t make it into the city on a regular basis I find my favorite plain Greek yogurt is Chobani brand. I got into the habit of eating plain yogurt as opposed to the flavored brands to cut down on sugar. Once you get into the habit you find yourself actually enjoying that true taste of a good quality yogurt. All the other brands just don’t cut it anymore.
Next let’s move on to Trader Joe’s. Oh no, I just Googled Trader Joe’s to see if there is one around the Boulder, CO area. Looks like I will have to drive to Santa Fe, New Mexico to stock up while I’m out there. Does not seem like a bad road trip. I will have to grab my cousin Tara one weekend while I’m there. Tara lives in Denver and about 45 minutes from Boulder. I’m excited to see you Tara! XO!!
Trader Joe’s is a great place to check out for all kinds innovative items. Trader Joe’s mission statement goes something like “great food + great prices = Value.” They seek out products for their private label that is sourced from non-genetically modified ingredients. I love that when I look at the ingredients label on any of their packages, I am able to pronounce and understand what it is that I am buying. I am a big fan of their dried fruit, nuts, juices and frozen fruit for my smoothies. They have numerous varieties of rice, couscous and quinoa, canned products, almond milk and vitamins at affordable prices. My new favorite product would be the peach salsa. When I don’t have the time to make a fresh one, I grab this and an extra to keep on hand. It’s different than a regular salsa but amazing on chips or topped on a piece of fish or chicken. Try it out and you will be hooked.
Moving on to Whole Foods. By far the best crunchy peanut butter I have yet to experience. Whole Foods private label is 365 Brand. The organic version is amazing and I eat it with a spoon right out of the jar. Yup, I do.
Speaking of peanut butter, recently I had the pleasure of being introduced to peanut butter chiffons from Jon L. Stopay Candies. They are a family run business in Pennslyvania thats ships candies to your front door. Peanut Butter Chiffons are actually their signature candy but they have so much more. Since Easter is right around the corner, I am giving them a big thumbs up. Order right from their site http://www.jonlstopay.com/ Stuffed chocolate eggs (milk or dark) with more chocolate confections!! Who knew? Thanks Easter Bunny!
Last but not least when the mood strikes…I don’t know how these end up in my shopping bag but when they do, they bring a smile to my face and I indulge.
And finally to wrap up a busy but productive week, I wanted to thank my neices Brianne and Caitlyn for helping me create the most delicious homemade pizza in the world last night. They are my best two helpers around and also make the list of “my favorite things.” I am only sorry that the other cousins couldn’t be here to help them. Chase, Jack, Kayla and Luke will definitely make a post in the new future as they are surely part of that list also.
Fresh dough from the local pizzeria (I made the sauce..that was enough) $3.18 Homemade sauce and the toppings..somewhere around $10. Spending quality time with my sisters and the girls…PRICELESS
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