Tag Archives: Trader Joe’s

Sangriaritas. Olé!

26 Mar

Spring has sprung, pollen in tow. But on the plus side, warm weather (and post-Spring Break blues) have brought on the anticipation of summer! Cue happy dance. (On a side note – only six weeks left of college blows my mind.)

While it may be rainy this weekend, last weekend was perfect.

In honor of the awesome weather, Chip suggested a fun-filled day for us on Saturday. I must say, it ranks at the top of my best days in Athens.

It went a little something like this: tennis, lunch at Casa Mia, homemade sangriaritas, Terrapin with the med school class, dinner at Taqueria del Sol and Scrubs.

However, you probably care most about what this means to you… the homemade sangriaritas. Chip thought it would be fun to try the Summer Sangriarita at Casa Mia during lunch. While it’s supposed to be a half sangria, half margarita frozen drink, the blender was broken, so we had it on the rocks. Surprise: we think it was better that way. So much, that we wanted to try it ourselves!

After a trip to the grocery store for these ingredients:

And a lot of chopping and pouring, we created this delicious (and pretty) jug of sangriarita!:

And now for the recipe (you can alter it to your liking or desired strength of alcohol):

  • 2 limes, chopped
  • 1 orange, chopped
  • 1/2 bag frozen mango
  • 1/2 bad frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 bottle of dry white wine (Trader Joe’s two buck chuck was our choice)
  • Margarita Mix (depending on the size of your jug and the proportion to tequila)
  • Tequila (depending on the size of your jug and the proportion to margarita mix)

Directions: Chop it all up. Put it in a glass jug/pitcher. Pour the liquid in the pitcher. Cool it in the fridge. Pour it over ice. Enjoy.

(Side note: our glass jug was saved from apple cider from the winter. We knew we would use it for something. Some call it hoarding, I call it thrifting.)

So what are you guys doing to enjoy this incredible weather? Or have you had to pass the time inside to avoid awful allergies? We are always looking for fun things to do in the spring!


The key to relationships

28 Jan

I was recently doing some grocery shopping at the one and only Trader Joe’s and I left with much more than expected. In my little reusable bag there was Lobster Ravioli and a bag of Chicken Cilantro Wontons, but I also left with a bit of relationship advice from the check-out man.

Photo: Ingrid Pintucci (used under Creative Commons)

I have always loved TJ’s for so many reasons: the great prices, specialty products and endless amounts of quick and easy meals, to name a few. Lately I have been noticing that it isn’t just the food that makes me love this store. It’s the incredibly friendly people.

On this particular night, an older man rung up the items for my boyfriend and me. As Chip (the boyfriend) was showing his ID for some super tasty and great priced beer, our check-out man proceeded to tell us that at our age, he was already happily married and ready for children in the near future. He immediately wanted to give us some relationship advice (I guess we looked super couple-y, but then again, what normal guy and girl “just friends” would go grocery shopping on a weekend night together for fun?).

His life story included a young marriage, three children by the age of 30, multiple companies owned with his wife and a soon-to-be 40th wedding anniversary. With a ring still on his left ring finger, he told us he was happy as can be.

His one bit of relationship advice for us: always be best friends and have a lot in common.

Who knows, he may be the next Gary Chapman