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I have been living in the U.S. for almost a year now, and there are many things I love about it. Today I’d like to discuss Trader Joe’s, but stay tuned for love letters to other amazing American retailers in the days and weeks to come.

I am not sure if I can express just how awesome Trader Joe’s is. Think Whole Foods, but way cheaper and way better, with amazingly delicious products that are better than many found in high-priced gourmet shops. If you’re a foodie who doesn’t like to pay through the nose, Trader Joe’s is paradise. It’s so wonderful that when I took my friend Karen there when she came to visit for a week in June, we ended up going back every second day, and then eating or cooking together all the great stuff we found. She’s a fantastic cook and loved what she got at TJ’s so much that she recently made her husband drive her to Detroit to restock her Canadian pantry. She’s also been sending Trader Joe goodies abroad to her travelling family members.

You Americans know all about this place. But for those who don’t, here is just a sampling of Trader Joe’s wonder products:

Pub cheese with or without jalapeno

Frozen Thai shrimp dumplings

White bean hummus

Irish butter

TJ’s smoked salmon

Dried mango with chili

Seedless raspberry jam

Blueberry preserves

Greek yogurt

Lemon curd

Cinnamon crumpets

Frozen mac and cheese — as good as home-made

Frozen naan

Portobello ravioli

Fresh flowers that last forever — I bought three big bouquets of peonies for four bucks each in June, and they lasted more than a week

Bath products that are also ridiculously cheap and high-quality:

Tangerine and grapefruit sugar scrubs

The Mid-Summer Night’s Cream moisturizers

Shaving cream

Honey soap

Lavendar sea salt scrub

I have only scratched the surface here; every time I go, I find some new product or ingredient that I love. What are your favorite Trader Joe’s finds?

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