Publix. Wegmans. Krogers. Sprouts. There are so, so many grocery stores out there, and if you’re a mom odds are you’ve been to them all... and often. Each grocery store has its own strengths and weaknesses. Publix has always excelled at customer service (and their subs are the stuff of southern legend). Sprouts, of course, has incredibly cheap produce, and is a nice alternative to Whole Foods. Then there’s Trader Joe’s, which is in a category all its own. And believe me, if you shop there regularly, there will definitely be signs you’re a Trader Joe’s mom, no questions asked.
I still remember the first time I walked into a Trader Joe’s. I was visiting a friend in Boston and looking for a quick snack, so I really didn't think anything of this seemingly inconsequential visit. I was completely overwhelmed by the place, though! So many products I’d never even heard of! So few recognizable brands! It seemed odd at first, sure, but I grabbed some trail mix and knew I had found my special place.
A few years later (yes, years!), I wound up at the first Trader Joes to open in Miami. The moment I got a taste of Speculoos Cookie Butter, I had a regular staple in my grocery shopping repertoire. I shop at Trader Joe’s whenever I want gourmet goodies, really awesome frozen indian food, or simply need to experience some decent customer service (which is, sadly, harder to find these days). If you're wondering if your Trader Jo's Mom material, well, read on: