When I went to Albuquerque a couple days ago, it was for medical appointments. My friend Linda went along, bless her heart. Not to be dulled by the serious nature of the medical stuff, we found pleasure (are you really surprised???) by making stops at .... say it with me, you all know the routine .... Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and we tossed in Borders for this trip. We also had a fabulous lunch at Pei Wei (say "pay way," not the pronunciation that makes you giggle like a 12 year old!), an Asian food restaurant. OMG, was that good! I had Lemon Pepper Chicken with brown rice, and Linda had a spicy sumptin with shrimp. We shared, of course. SO much better than our local Chinese restaurant. I loved that they have dishes from all over Asia, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, etc. As I said, it was good; it was yummo!!!
If, like me, you don't live really near a TJ's or WF, I'll tease you with this list of goodies I brought home. This isn't everything, but all I can think of at the moment. Be prepared to be hungry when you finish. Oh, and those of you who have those stores less than two hours away, just be quiet! You won't get how important this is!
a special brie to make a baked brie
a jar of raspberry jam for the baked brie
phyllo dough for the baked brie
bowls of garlic/rice noodle soup
frozen étouffee dinner
wonderful tortilla chips (Whole Foods, have you tried them? YUM!)
6 kinds of olives
blueberry cream scones ( wanted cherry-almond, but they were out)
garlic-cheeses bread sticks
a mini loaf of kalamata olive bread
several sauces and marinades
several snack kind of things
several tubs of hummus
several tubs of dip/spreads
a couple big bags of piñons (pine nuts, to you gringos!)
2 pots of herbs, oregano, thyme, rosemary and sage.
a jar of almond butter
We were there later than we usually are on our fun excursions, leaving after dark and beginning to be hungry. At Whole Foods, our last stop, we got some food to eat on the way home:
slice of pizza (drop dead good!)
cannoli (without a doubt, the best cannoli I have had in a long, long time or maybe EVER!)
At Border's, earlier in the day, I looked for a book I wanted for Jim. They didn't have it in stock, unfortunately. But they had some things I wanted (go figure). I managed to leave without spending a fortune. I got:
Norah Jones' new album, "The Fall" (YAY!!)
Mitch Albom's newest book, Have A Little Faith
Listen, if nothing else in the world, Linda and I know how to make the best of ANY excursion!
Point of interest - the spell checker here doesn't recognize these words: phyllo, étouffee, biscotti, kalamata, or cannoli. Obviously no culinary freaks, dining divas or gourmet goons were present when that was set up!