If there are two things I've been curious about, the are: What in the world is this IKEA that everyone seems to love, and why is everyone so excited that a Trader Joe's has come to Omaha?
I'm still not certain about the IKEA thing (although I do believe it is a home goods/decorating store?), but when I visited Bre in Lincoln last, we decided to visit the Trader Joe's there, since we were both so darned curious about it.
Since visiting this most happy place (the employees were so friendly!), full of food samples and coffee canisters and organic goodness – and chocolate! They literally cover everything in chocolate! – I now know why it's not uncommon to see people all over the city carrying around their Trader Joe's tote bags. Bre and I had a lot of fun, and when I told her, "I'm going to take a picture of all these crazy chocolate things!" she didn't even balk. Well, okay, she balked a little, reminding me that I'd look like a freak, but I told her, "Who cares!? Look at all these crazy chocolate things!" So I pulled my camera out of my bag, got it in focus, and… CRUD-IT (as my niece, Natalie, would say)… I had left my memory card at home in Omaha.
We filled our shopping cart with a variety of completely senseless-but-cool things (we blame it on the caramelized butter toffee walnuts we'd just sampled), and headed to the checkout.
Here are some of the fun things we brought home… I'll post the best thing first.
It's no understatement to say I was very excited in the coffee bean aisle. I've always been a sucker for good packaging, so even if this can said "Our beans are harvested from the finest dunghills in America!" I would have brought it home with me.
Here's the back of the can, which I thought was exceptionally artistic:
Btw, if you like Dunkin' Donuts coffee, then you may like this. It had sort of a nutty flavor to it (and for those Austin Powers fans out there, I don't want to hear any "It's a bit nutty!" comments out of you. You know the part I mean.).
Here are a few of the chocolate-covered things we decided to try… first up are these "Powerberries," which Bre claims have made her the skinny fitness freak that she is:
If you follow me on Twitter, you may remember that I consumed almost the entire bag of these things recently, and never transformed into a skinny fitness freak. I did, however, gain quite a stomach ache.
(Btw, I would have said "If you've read my tweets lately," but Mom can't stand that word. Tweet. For some reason, it just rubs her the wrong way. Tweet. I guess we all have words we don't like the sound of, but hers is tweet. Tweet.)
We LOVE edamame in our house (okay, we'll call it what it is: soybeans), so who tweet wouldn't love it covered in rich, dark chocolate?
Me, that's who. I'm giving these to Bre when she tweet comes home. But I'm not so sure I'm giving up the espresso beans, cuz they make me stitch reallyreallyreally fast.
I can't wait to go back to TJ's to try some more things tweet. There were some lemon cookies I wanted so badly bc they were in the most luscious yellow Victorian packaging, and of course there were more fabulous coffee canisters to be had.
If an IKEA ever opens up here in Omaha, I'll make sure to remember my memory card so I won't have another CRUD-IT moment. And I'll also put it on my Twitter, so my mom knows about it. 😉