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I’d like to think it’s only a matter of time before Trader Joe’s follows in the footsteps of Whole Foods and opens its doors in the great white north. But chances are this privately owned company is staying local for the time being. So as a temporary American resident, I’ll continue to reap the benefits and enjoy the food this “neighborhood grocery store” has to offer.

My latest Trader Joe’s obsession is the Edamame Hummus ($2.49) recommended by a cashier — a fresh alternative to the traditional chickpea staple. It has a wonderfully smooth, creamy texture and the burst of green is so much more visually appealing than boring beige. Feeling the onset of a snack attack? Pair it with the Veggie & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips ($2.39) which contain chips made of carrot & tomato, spinach & garlic and red beet & onion.

If Trader Joe’s products don’t suit your fancy, you can always get your money back with their hassle-free guarantee. No receipt or product required! I didn’t think it was possible to be so passionate about a grocery store. Romance is still alive everyone.

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