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Vinegar and Chocolate

I hate grocery shopping with a passion. I will scrape crumbs from the cupboard before I drag myself to the store. But this weekend I had eaten all crumbs so I sucked it up and went shopping Sunday morning. I did it early so I wouldn’t have time to get comfortable and talk myself out of it (yet again!). The advantage of hitting Trader Joe’s at about 9am is that the rest of the people there are actual shoppers. These are people getting their groceries vs. what I call the Trader Joe’s “tourists.” Those are the folks that think it would be nice to get a few things but since they aren't in there a lot they mosey down the aisles with their sample of coffee looking at everything on every shelf. These people are hard to get around with the cart and they always seem to plant themselves in front of the shelf that has the polenta I want. If you really want to punish yourself, go during the holidays around lunch time. The tourists are thick and your shopping is guaranteed to take twice as long as normal.

I do love how Trader Joe’s did Super Bowl Sunday though. They had vegetarian chili and blue corn chips on one end cap and the fixins for Thai coconut curry on another end cap. When I saw that I realized that curry is actually the perfect Super Bowl food! It is lively with a little kick. It isn't unlike spicy buffalo wings. Maybe if there is ever a Super Bowl I care to watch I'll throw a curry feast.

For Sunday's grocery shopping trip, I made the rookie mistake of going to the grocery store hungry. I had a list like all the experts suggest you do to prevent impulse buying but I would have put the list to better use if I had just eaten it and curbed my hunger. I completely abandoned all weekly meal plans and went on a flat-out impulse shopping trip. I’m not even entirely sure what I ended up with which means a week of either pleasant surprises or confusion. Judging from past experience, I would put my money on confusion.

Impulse buying really means I make imprudent decisions in more way than one. For example, I like to have a little bit of sweet about the house so I looked for my chocolate meringue cookies which are deliciously chocolaty but I also can maintain some semblance of control around them. There were no meringue cookies so I settled on shortbread cookies with the chocolate drop. These are cookies that will be gone by the time I go to bed tonight. *sigh*

Well, at least I made the trip, I have food in the house again, and I was back home by 11am enjoying a Top Gear marathon and knitting socks wondering how I was going to turn Orange Muscat Champagne vinegar and frozen waffles into a dinner. I haven't come up with anything yet but I'll be sure to share the recipe when I do.