26 October 2006

count down to ecstasy

Pittsburgh has changed a lot in the nine years I have lived here. Tomorrow we make another giant leap forward. Trader Joe's is opening in East Liberty.

I wish I could say it wasn't a factor in our choice of house but the fact that Trader Joe's is about 2 minutes away certainly didn't hurt. Whole Foods is another five minutes further but I don't anticipate going there nearly so often as Trader Joe's.

Oliver will be pleased to see turkey meatballs back on the menu. We've tried other brands but he throws them on the floor. Alas, Pennsylvania's ridiculous alcohol regulations mean there will be no 2 buck chuck, but I can live with that (especially for the next five months or so). The dogs think TJ's dried apples are as good as biscuits. Tika won't have to mail me the apples and orange cranberries anymore.

The real problem is when to go. I hear there were no tents pitched tonight in anticipation of the 9am opening, but I expect it to be insane there tomorrow morning. I originally thought I could hold off until Sunday morning, letting the furor die down a bit and hoping they still had some food on the shelves, but I know I won't be able to wait. I feel like a kid the night before Christmas. I'll be lucky if I make it to noon tomorrow.

UPDATE: It's 2:45pm and I have not yet been to Trader Joe's. I did get to experience the opening vicariously through my buddy's blog. He braved the opening and even called me from inside the store. I think I may have to blow this pop stand in about an hour....

ANOTHER UPDATE: Waiting until 7:30pm to go was a big mistake. They were sold out of a number of important items (chocolate lava cake and joe's diner mac & cheese to name just two). I did test the distance from the new house to TJ's....it was under 3 minutes in the rain. And speaking of rain, their ceiling was leaking.

5 comments:

anythingcreative said...

I cannot WAIT to go be introduced to trader joes and 'meet' the new house! Pittsburgh has come a long way, baby, and progress continues as I hear they are building a Wholepaycheck at MY end of the tunnels next year-ish. Woo-hoo!

Kim said...

We hope you, mr unconscionable, and the fluffers are regular visitors to the new house. Just wish we could lure you to our side of the tunnels in a more permanent fashion!

Rebecca said...

Knowing it was crazy but wanting to say I did it, I went on opening day around 1:00 PM. When I saw the long lines at the cash registers I abandoned any thoughts of frozen goodies like the artichoke ravioli or the chocolate lava cake, but still managed to spend over $100. Since I, too, live less than 3 minutes away I can see it becoming a regular stop once the excitement dies down. The prices are great on herbs and spices, dairy products, baking supplies, cheeses, coffee beans, dried fruit--I did a short post about it on our blog at www.technically.us/eat.

Kim said...

Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca. I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks. Inquiring minds want to know...did you get the pre-cut squash??

Rebecca said...

Funny you should ask that, Kim, because I looked at that squash and might have bought it if I hadn't just gotten 2 butternut squashes at McGinnis Sisters last week and still have them sitting reproachfully on my kitchen counter. Plus, Leland has convinced me that butternut squash can be peeled and cut up in under 4 minutes--he timed himself and wrote a post on it on the blog. He used his Oxo peeler and peeled the whole thing BEFORE cutting, something I had never tried before. So I bought this squash and now it's sitting here...