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July 19th, 2009


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09:40 pm - Cabbage, As We All Know, Is the Most Radiant of the Vegetables
She was having problems with her mouth, having put in it hot chicken gorgonzola right out of the oven. The Trader Joe's sample table can be dangerous! She was waving her hand in front of her mouth, trying to cool it down. It was very cute, as was she, and I smiled at her, and she smiled at me. The redhead dispensing samples told her there was some juice.

The girl said that she had just popped it in her mouth because she was hungry. "'Don't shop hungry,'" I said. "That's what they always say." In the presence of cute girls, I tend to babble. "Although I am also hungry," I admitted. "But there's a Togo's across the way, so I've got that covered." ("Togo's, huh?") I handed her a glass for her juice, and she thanked me. She used up the last of the juice, and the redhead replaced it.

"Would you like some juice?" the girl asked me.

"I would!" I said, and smiled. She poured me some pomegranate limeade.

"Take care," she said, as she continued her shopping and I continued mine. I was not sure what else I needed. I wandered the aisles and ended up having an extensive conversation with a cute single woman about spaghetti sauce.

I did see the cute girl putting things into her cart, but I had no excuse to say anything. Until we were both in one of the frozen food aisles and I noticed that she had the chicken gorgonzola in her hand.

"Ah, they got you!" I said. It was true, they had. I had been gotten before, too. I pointed out the mini veggie corn dogs and extolled their virtues. She picked them up and looked at the box, asking me how big they were. I said I usually had two, with dijon mustard. She was sold.

"The secrets of Trader Joe's!" she said, thanking me for my recommendation. I commented that the Trader Joe's shopping experience really was different from shopping at a regular grocery store. She thought a lot of it was glee at the low prices. I mentioned the branding; everything was "Trader Joe's This" and "Trader Joe's That," so it was special and you could only get it here. And you have to buy it or they stop carrying it, she added. I lamented the discontinuation of the amazing milk chocolate covered peanuts that tasted like Snickers without everything else. She showed me a couple things she recommended, including the mochi balls, which she said were the best thing ever.

We individually ended up in the next aisle over, naturally, and I commented on her choice of black bean and corn enchiladas, which were very good. But I told her I had recently discovered that the chicken burritos were really good, especially for a microwave burrito. She decided to get a pack of those instead.

We had been talking a lot by this time, so I said, "What's your name?" Jen. Sunil. We shook hands.

I also recommended the relatively new Indian frozen meals, which I said were surprisingly good, practically restaurant quality. She examined them and ended up picking up a paneer tikka masala. Then she said she needed some energy bars, which reminded me that I needed some energy bars.

"I need some energy bars since I'm going to Comic-Con," I said in an obvious ploy to determine her Geek Quotient. Sadly, it was 0, as she didn't know what it was. So I explained it to her, and she said it sounded cool. She was not into comics, but she knew people who really were.

She said Lara bars were really good, and I said I felt weird having those, as a man. Then I realized that was Luna bars—The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women—and corrected myself, and then she got it and laughed. "Like, can I eat this?" I said. "Is it full of estrogen?"

"I'm just grabbing all this food!" she said as she began pushing her cart away. "It must be because I'm hungry."

"I'm going to Togo's afterward," I said, motioning behind me. Then I added, to be a little more clear, "That will satisfy your...hunger."

Now getting it, she replied, "Oh, I'm good, but thank you! It was nice meeting you." She confirmed my name before leaving.

It had been a long shot, but I had taken it, and that's what counted.

Besides, Togo's closed ten minutes before I made it there.
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From:prophetkristy
Date:July 20th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
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Go you!

I miss Trader Joe's so much. Stupid south central Washington.

Also: chicken gorgonzola sounds awesome.

Edited at 2009-07-20 04:48 am (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 20th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
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It was more chicken than gorgonzola, sadly. I couldn't really get a taste of the cheese.
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From:adnirem
Date:July 20th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
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Fast-forward six months: spaghetti girl aisle woman is the love of your life.

Side story: I have never been to a Trader Joe's but *have* eaten some of their stuff, thanks to Julia and Moss.

Lamentable: she will miss out on your stunning dinner conversation skills (I already said this in Gchat but I wanted to brag about having had dinner with you MORE THAN ONCE IN MULTIPLE CITIES.)

Also: love.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 20th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
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Fast-forward six months: spaghetti girl aisle woman is the love of your life.
We did have a good thing going! She was all, "This would be great if I had five people in the house, but it's just me." And I was all, "Why, I live alone too, let's make out!" Well, not all of that.

Side story: I have never been to a Trader Joe's but *have* eaten some of their stuff, thanks to Julia and Moss.
It is good stuff from a good store.

Lamentable: she will miss out on your stunning dinner conversation skills (I already said this in Gchat but I wanted to brag about having had dinner with you MORE THAN ONCE IN MULTIPLE CITIES.)
A DINNER IN EVERY PORT.

Also: love.
Love.
From:cerulgalactus
Date:July 20th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
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Well played, sir. Regardless of result.
From:toastandtea
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
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AWWWW. You are adorable for having cute chats in a grocery store. My demeanor while grocery shopping tends to be "*surly surly surly* GET OUT OF MY WAY, OTHER SHOPPERS *surly*" No wonder i am such a social butterfly! :|

"I need some energy bars since I'm going to Comic-Con," I said in an obvious ploy to determine her Geek Quotient. Sadly, it was 0, as she didn't know what it was.

LAME. (also: i want to go to Comic-Con! JEALOUS. FRIGGIN CALIFORNIANS.)

I have never been to a Trader Joe's! Florida doesn't have hip things.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
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i want to go to Comic-Con! JEALOUS. FRIGGIN CALIFORNIANS.
I want you to go to Comic-Con too, so I can meet you! AND PEOPLE OTHER THAN CALIFORNIANS ARE GOING, MISS.

I have never been to a Trader Joe's! Florida doesn't have hip things.
Yes, but you have people with artificial hips.
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From:electricmonk
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
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Yes yes YES. Good work, friend. You keep taking the long shots, and each one you take makes you bolder, and eventually, one of them works out. Or so I've been telling myself.

I've been suckered by TJ's samples before, too. Flatbread with hummus. Mmmm.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
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You keep taking the long shots, and each one you take makes you bolder, and eventually, one of them works out. Or so I've been telling myself.
And so miniglik has been telling me!

I've been suckered by TJ's samples before, too.
The paneer tikka masala was also a sample sale.
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From:the_narration
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
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Well done, young man, well done.

You have to be prepared to hit a lot of dead ends and take a lot of disappointments before you finally find the one that things work out with.
From:sabra_n
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
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Mochi balls are, indeed, awesome. I recommend the strawberry flavor. (Less so the green tea, which surprised me since I love green tea ice cream.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
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I think I've had the green tea ones, which I did not like, so I never tried them. She had chocolate, which I could deal with if I knew what the hell they were.
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From:rachelmanija
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
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Go you!

The conclusion is like every pick-up attempt I've ever made.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
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Oh, perfect icon for this post.

I have not made very many pick-up attempts. But I imagine most go like that, since I am not in Entourage.
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From:catatonia00
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
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Is it true that you can generate electricity from cabbage? Well, not you in a KB Elle-ctric way per se.

I think you've been doing great at expanding your foody horizons and girl approaches. Btw the food talk is charming and sexy. Especially the dessert and sweets centric. Go Sunil, Go Sunil!

Edited at 2009-07-20 05:36 am (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 20th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
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Is it true that you can generate electricity from cabbage?
I have never heard that! I know you can do it with a pickle, though. Well, not generate, but conduct.

Btw the food talk is charming and sexy. Especially the dessert and sweets centric. Go Sunil, Go Sunil!
"Oh, how big are the corn dogs? Let me tell you about MY corn dog..."
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From:par_avion
Date:July 20th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
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I agree with cute girl, Larabars are yummy. I like the chocolate one.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 20th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
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They seemed small, though. I need a better dollar/ounce value, given that they may well indeed substitute for breakfast and/or lunch.
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From:sophia_helix
Date:July 20th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
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*applauds you enthusiastically*

(I am so freaking lucky that I met my first-and-last serious relationship at age almost-18 because we were talking about X-Files and Ray Bradbury. Otherwise I would have about a dozen cats right now and would die alone because I can't talk to people to save my life.)

Strawberry mochi are the best! The yummiest Luna bar flavors are chai and chocolate peppermint. Also, was this the Emeryville TJs? That place is the worst-laid-out store ever. Once I waited in a line that went to the back wall.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 20th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
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Ha, yes it was! It is the one I go to most often since it's close to my office, so it's the one I know the best and am most comfortable with. There's one on College that's close to me, but it confuses me because it's laid out differently. I like my Trader Joe's!!

I suppose I will try these mochi and bars. The Luna bars I got were lemon zest and nuts over chocolate. I got a chocolate mint Clif bar, and I don't think I even saw chai.

Edited at 2009-07-20 06:37 am (UTC)
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From:rowanceleste
Date:July 20th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
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Yay for you talking to cute girls!

As a TJ recommendation, you should get their organic vanilla/banana flavored yogurt! There's only a hint of banana, but it cuts that tang of normal vanilla yogurt perfectly!
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From:chrryblssmninja
Date:July 20th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
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aww
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From:punzerel
Date:July 20th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
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YAY! Excuse me while I go don a cheerleader outfit and get some pompoms to cheer you on. That is so fantastic. I most certainly would never have had the courage (but would be totally flattered to be asked out by a nice boy in an awesome grocery store, as I bet Gorgonzola Girl was).
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 20th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
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Flattered...or CREEPED OUT?

It helped that I basically did not expect her to say yes at all because/so what the hell.
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From:ashfae
Date:July 20th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
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Ah, sigh, I've still never been to Trader Joes. Someday, someday.

And raaaah, go you!

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