Tupelo Honey Cafe

Tupelo Honey Arlington, VA

Story time: I used to work in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington, VA (just a short metro ride over the river from DC) and when I started, one of my coworkers’ biggest complaints was the lack of dining options right by the office. It didn’t initially bother me since I typically pack a lunch, but after working there for a few months it became apparent that going to the same divey Irish pub to celebrate new arrivals and birthdays wasn’t really the most festive or exciting choice. Then Tupelo Honey opened in mid-2015 and we started going there pretty much any time there was an excuse to go to a sit-down meal. Guys, it’s so good, especially if you’re a fan of southern food. Katie (who was born in North Carolina and is definitely more “southern” than I am despite my Dallas upbringing) and I went on a dinner date the other week and I wanted to share some highlights!

Trader Joe’s Buys Vol. III

Best Trader Joe's Buys

What better way to start off a new week than with a roundup of yummy food from everyone’s a favorite grocery store? I’ve written about my favorite TJs buys in the past, but have tried a few more great items over the past few months. As always, I’d love to know what your favs are! There are so many intriguing items to try and not enough meals (or time!) in the week :)

Top Trader Joe’s Buys Vol. II

Best Things at Trader Joe's

It’s been a few months since my last post on Trader Joe’s favorites and that list has only grown! If you hate the pumpkin frenzy at TJs, most of this post might not appeal to you…but there are some non-fall goodies worth checking out, promise!

Maple Agave Syrup Blend: While it’s not a complete substitute for pure maple syrup, it is tremendously good! First off, the price tag is unbeatable (under $4, I believe; almost half of the maple syrup) and second, it’s kind of a unique blend of maple + agave. Highly recommend for waffles and pancakes.

Pumpkin Waffles: Say hello to my current breakfast of choice! These are so yummy and just subtly sweet/pumpkin-ey. I like them with just butter or the maple agave syrup.

Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels: If you’re freaked out by fake meat this one may not be for you, but if you aren’t, give it a try. It does a decent job satisfying an orange chicken craving (I try to eat it with rice or cauliflower rice + some sauteed spinach).

Chocolate Mousse Pumpkins: The perfect little after dinner dessert…they’re really yummy and too easy to sneak more than one.

Pumpkin Cereal Bars: I think this was the first TJs pumpkin item I had, about three years ago now. They’re not super pumpkin-ey and are more just like a sweet-ish cereal bar–a good thing to leave in your desk drawer for a small breakfast or quick snack.

Frozen Organic Riced Cauliflower: Cauliflower rice is all the rage right now, and for good reason. Just throw it on the stove for a few minutes and you have a carb substitute for pasta or rice. I’ve been eating it nonstop with the orange “chicken” and the veggie burgers mentioned below.

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers: Be careful because these are easy to burn if you’re cooking them on the stove without a grill, but boy are they delicious! Add some guac to take these to the next level.

Balsamic Glaze:A game changer as we get into fall (#roastedbrusselssproutseason)

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Butter & Sage: Frozen pasta can be hit or miss, but this one’s definitely a hit. It’s  creamy, flavorful, super easy to prepare, and filling…you can easily get three meals out of a bag.

Sesame Honey Cashews: Sesame Honey Cashews, otherwise known as my latest snacking addiction. Guyyyyys. They’re SO YUMMY! They also do a pretty good job satisfying a sweet craving (the sugar from the honey is definitely there) and make a great mid-morning or afternoon snack.

Thai Sweet Chili Veggie Burger: Oh my gosh guys, these are incredible. I don’t know how it took me this long to try them but they’re definitely the best veggie burger at TJs. They almost seem to have a little sweet chili sauce built in…I’m not sure how to describe it. Cook them on the stove vs. the microwave and eat them with rice or cauliflower rice, with some soy sauce and/or sriracha. I’ve been having these for dinner 2-3x week when life gets busy and don’t plan on stopping.

Farfalle with 4 Cheeses & Spinach: The good kind of backup lunch to leave in the office fridge…definitely one of the best frozen meals.

Phewwww! #pumpkinseason. Would love to know: what are your fav TJ’s buys, especially this time of year?