I finally made it to the only Trader Joe’s in Manhattan. Seriously, I’ve been doing walk-bys for months now (it is RIGHT next to work after all) and each time I venture close, I chicken out when I see the line. You would think that having a line out the door every day of the week would clue them in to maybe open another store, but I guess not everyone is as business savvy as I am (right?).
Ok, but let me back the eff up to the beginning of the day.
SBUX in the AM with a TON of silk.
What an original lunch. Btw, figs and carob raisins are officially my new OBSESSION!!!!
Work today was fairly boring. Cardiac surgery seems to be at a stand still, so our unit is full of randos. 2 of my patients today were certifiably crazy (that’s my medical diagnosis not theirs), and I’m not big on psych, so it was a challenge at times. Another patient was a prisoner, so the hospital stay was actually more like a holiday for him. Don’t worry he was handcuffed with cops guarding him the entire time, but still, WEIRD. And he had a bullet in him, so he couldn’t get an MRI…oh, the stories I have. I should write down some quotes because you can’t make this stuff up!
On the way home from work I decided I deserved a treat, having endured 3 days in a row of work – even though I am currently way over my weekly food budget (and it’s only Wednesday)!!! I pretty much always think continuous shifts warrant treats, but whatever. This usually means Whole Foods, but since I had a gift card to TJs and it was snowing/raining, I figured the line would be more tolerable…so I gave it a shot. I L.O.V.E. Trader Joes. I could have wandered around the store for hours, but I was starving, so I made it snappy. And although the line was looooong, it was only 20 minutes of waiting rather than the typical 45.
Bag ‘o goodies includes: cubed sweet potatoes, cubed BN squash, figs, brocc slaw, frozen veggies, fake meat, tofu, pomegranate soda. Score!
Dinner was a salad with “fancy” lettuce (love Earthbound Farms), edamame, steamed broccoli, tomato, and Boca chik’n nuggets.
I chopped up the nuggets and added them to the top of the salad and drizzled on some BBQ sauce. I had a second plate (not as exciting though) with more lettuce, tomato, and the rest of the chik’n nuggets.
And of course the best part of Wednesdays followed…Top Chef. I really love Carla and Jamie. Any one else a Top Chef fan? I pretty much love all things Bravo.
I couldn’t resist this once I saw it at TJs. I don’t drink soda, so this was a really bizarre purchase. But I can’t say no to anything pomegranate. This was GOOD! I only bought one, though, so no worries, I won’t get hooked. When it comes to fake sugar, I’ve got a “just say no” policy (wellllll….I try). Still a nice treat.
I had a big dessert plate, full of coco date rolls, FIGS, and carob covered raisins.
I kinda continued grazing the rest of the night, too.
These figs were the new ones I bought from TJs. WAY better than the other bin figs I have been getting from our local health foods store. Sorry in advance for the coming months which will most likely be a series of blogs regarding my love affair with figs. It’s inevitable (I’ve been savoring sub-par figs, can you blame me?)!
And a few more coconut date rolls…is it possible to have too much dried fruit? Don’t answer that. (I think I already know the answer)