Ah, the joy's of being back home. One of the major bonuses, I feel, of being back in your home country is shopping at grocery stores. There are the usual supermarkets like Safeway, but the ones I like most visiting are those with a theme. Several years ago the store Trader Joe's became really popular. It was a place I frequented for quality frozen meals and oddball foods. It was like a health foods store but more hip and open-minded.
Yesterday, as we we headed three hours northeast to get home we stopped at Trader Joe's. Although I tell people I am from San Francisco the truth is I only lived there while in college. My California hometown is up in the foothills. The area I am in is not a complete small town, due to you do have plenty of shopping and entertainment areas. But there isn't a Trader Joe's here. You have to drive out about an hour to get to one. I think that is the charm of living in a small town, because whenever you get out and go to a shop that isn't in your area you feel somewhat special.
Anyways, I picked up some groceries and had a hard time not wanting to buy everything. I took home a carrot cake or as TJ's calls it a "Karot Cake." This evening I defrosted it and had myself a slice.