Having spent most of my life living on the East Coast in Boston and NYC, I had the privilege of shopping at gourmet markets like Citarella, Dean and Deluca and Chelsea Market. I could wonder around specialty food stores for hours on end, filling up my hand-carried basket, eventually needing to switch to a cart. Shopping was an event! It was about carrying the perfect canvas tote trimmed with cognac leather, choosing a Parisian inspired outfit and bringing my American Express (I hated getting that bill)!
While I still love to splurge at some of the fabulous gourmet markets Chicago has to offer, Trader Joe's is fast becoming my new favorite! Their shelves are filled with private-label products, fresh produce, and a fantastic wine section! Since my life is based in the kitchen (I'm currently sitting on my counter!), I am constantly on the lookout for new luxurious, chic, and budget-friendly products that will elevate both my entertaining ability and cuisine. With more than 15 stores in a 25 mile radius from downtown Chicago, Trader Joe's is fast becoming a staple in most neighborhoods. The next time you are shopping at Trader Joe's, pick up a few of my favorite products and let the entertaining begin!
Enjoy this simple yet chic recipe using a few of my TJ's favorite products: http://weekly.marc-ryan.com/2013/03/25/roasted-savory-carrots/