Trader Joe’s Kale Chips
Finally, I’ve made my trip out to Trader Joe’s! No, people of Orlando, we do not have a Trader Joe’s here. At least not yet, anyway. So far there is one in Sarasota. Yes, I know it’s a far drive but for those in the area, it’s definitely a place to drop by.
I’ve had some people ask me, what’s so special about Trader Joe’s. In my opinion, I don’t think there’s anything THAT special about it. I compare it to an Aldi essentially, where they have their own branded products. But the folks of California love this place. I’ve even seen cookbooks dedicated to things you purchase for Trader Joe’s. There is obviously a cult following. I went inside the store, and it’s just packed. The cashier told me they opened about 3 months ago. I had been to a Trader Joe’s in the outskirts of Baltimore, MD, so I had some familiarity with it. They do have lots of items and for anyone who enjoys food, this would be a fun store to check out. The nice thing about this store, is that it’s like Whole Foods but you don’t end up spending your whole paycheck. In today’s hard economic times, it’s nice to get good food at a good price. The store isn’t very big at all, but there were definitely an assortment of items in here. I didn’t buy many things but I still managed to spend a lot between my saffron, pink Himalayan salt, 2 bottles of framboise, a bottle of rice vinegar and a bag of kale chips.
I’m getting hungry and the drive back to Orlando isn’t a short one, so I look for a nutritious snack. The kale chips jumped out at me, with the bright green comic-style bag. Vegan, no preservatives, super nutritious, I’m all in! The question is, how does it taste? I am all about healthy and I truly believe you can healthy and delicious tasting food. Except vegetarian bacon. No one should ever eat that. bleh! So, the words “zesty nacho” sound quite enticing, but unfortunately, it lets me down. Don’t call something “zesty nacho” if it’s not going to taste like “zesty nacho”. What does it taste like? One might ask. Or maybe they wouldn’t and just gladly eat the kale chips. Have you ever ate the rice seasoning that you get from the Asian store? Yep, it’s like that sprinkled on top of kale chips. It’s not bad by any means, but it certainly isn’t “zesty nacho”.
- Let’s see what the ingredients are: kale, cashews, sunflower seeds, carrot powder, red bell pepper powder, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, salt, garlic powder, chipotle powder.
- And the ingredients on my Yasai Fumi Furikake (rice seasoning): sesame seed, carrot, spinach, pumpkin, celery, Japanese mustard plant, potato starch, sugar, salt and seaweed.
Just saying. I’m not crazy for thinking the flavors are similaresque.
After I showed some people the picture of the kale chips, they kept telling me it looked like a certain herb. *coughs, coughs*. I was like, “WHAT?!” I thought it was funny they thought it looked like that, but to me, I thought it looked like seasoned kale chips. This 2 ounce bag of kale chips is 2 servings but needless to say, I finished it without difficulty. I had a fun time at Trader Joe’s and I’ll be going back to get more snackies. Just not the kale chips. I’m certain I can make some tastier kale chips.
On a side note, these chips are not good as a driving snack, unless you like green crumbs all over you.