One of the saddest things I had to leave behind in So Cal (besides my friends, family and In-and-Out Burger) is the fact that there are no Trader Joe’s anywhere in Canada. Sigh. They don’t even have one in Buffalo or Niagara Falls; the nearest one to us is in Detroit, at least a 4 hour drive away.
Oh, Trader Joe’s, how I miss thee! We could always count on you for exciting, quality foods at reasonable prices. And, your Fearless Flier made me laugh each month.
Now, this is in no way a Trader Joe’s equivalent. But, instead, I have been graced with an amazing Chinese supermarket with wonders aplenty, at very reasonable prices.
Tone Tai has amazing fresh fruits and vegetables, a seafood market with live fish, a long meat counter specializing in pork and beef, and aisles upon aisles of Chinese, Korean, Caribbean, Filipino and Canadian staples. We’ve found delicious frozen lake bass for $1.88 a pound, fresh pork chops for $1.29 a pound, and the most beautiful green beans for only $.66 a pound. Plus, we get the excitement of trying to figure out what a lot of their packaged products are and what in the heck people do with them.
Check out what I saw today for the first time, folks. That’s right, fresh Durian! I’m still not brave enough to try one of these, but I have to say, I’m impressed that they have some to sell (so long as I don’t have to smell it!)
Tone Tai is no substitute for Trader Joe’s. I still miss walking down those TJ aisles to purchase some 2 Buck Chuck, fantastic cheeses, cool sauces, and my peppermint JoJo’s at Christmas time.
But Tone Tai is a gift in its own right to me, promising good food at cheap prices, and a bit of adventure!