Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Trying To Enter Trader Joe’s

The husband and I went to brunch yesterday. It was after hours of work getting our main bedroom together. It was note to take some time out of the day top just hang out and try a new place. The brunch was just so-so, but it happened to be across the street from a Trader Joe’s. Just Google it if you’ve never heard of this store. Because of how literally close it was to our brunch spot, we decided to pop in. I really wanted to get some citrus fruit so I could make fresh-squeezed orange juice, lemonade, and limeade. But that place was hard to get into if you are walking up to the building as opposed to driving. This South Loop store was right on the corner, so I assumed the entrance could be found on the corner. I was extra wrong. We got to the corner to see no door. Three was an awning, so we tried that, but it just had an apartment buzzer, and no entrance to the store. So we walked back to and around the corner. We finally found a door–with a sign on it explainingthe store’s entrance was on the north side. At that moment, we were on the south side. Not wanting to re-trace my steps, we went around the other way through a kind of sketchy parking lot. When we finally rounded around to the north side of the building, there was an entire parking lot dedicated to just Trader Joe’s. And there was a big ass grocery store entrance. How we managed to miss that is still a mystery. Our brunch place was directly across the street from this store and we were parked to the north. You may ask why we went through so much trouble. Well, once the husband and I are in a car, it’s just hard as hell to get us to a grocery store. I’m a Peapod kind of lady. He’s an only-go-to-the-store-when-my-dinner-is-at-risk kind of man. And the store was just right there, so convenient. And I was really craving fresh-squeezed. If you’ve never squeezed your own orange juice, you’ve got to try it. The taste is just so fresh and good. I can’t even drink the store bought juice anymore. So, we finally get into the store and get my fruit. And two bottles of wine. The wine only made me feel partly better, so we went to our favorite place for chocolate based desserts. We stopped on the way at this place called t-shirt deli. I got an I ♡ bacon sweatshirt made. That plus a glass of prosecco made me feel a lot better about my idiotic moment earlier. Seriously, how did I not see that entire parking lot? I think I’m going to have a glass of wine to go with my fresh orange juice.

4 responses

  1. TJs randomly popped up in my town a few years ago, then there were two! Of course neither is on my side of town. In fact the three Whole Foods are on the other aside of town too. Lame.

    October 26, 2012 at 13:02

  2. silverneurotic

    Never been to Trader Joe’s. I think the closest to my parents was an hour away. Here, probably two hours if not more. I have tried the wine though, years ago before I was a wine drinker, it was actually very decent. Cheap too, if I remember correctly.

    October 27, 2012 at 08:33

  3. GP

    I love, love, love Trader Joe’s!! That is my store! Everything I buy from there makes me feel like I’m doing my body better.

    Fresh squeezed OJ is indeed a treat.

    Lastly, the bacon sweatshirt made me crack up!! I love bacon too! If a person doesn’t like bacon I can’t trust them! LOL!

    November 3, 2012 at 11:59

    • It’s not a treat, it’s a must have. I don’t even like the stuff from concentrate anymore. Here’s hoping pasteurization isn’t essential for orange juice like it is milk…

      November 8, 2012 at 14:35