Trader Joe’s Review: Parmesan Pastry Pups

I’ve been a fan of Trader Joe’s since… my high school days? Class of ’03! :)

I don’t know about you guys but I prefer Trader Joe’s over Whole Foods any day. Whole Foods is just way too big with too many options. I usually exit the store with nothing in hand and zip on over to Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s is small but compact and efficient with it’s pick of delicious foods and goodies. And c’mon, you guys have to give it up for their 19-29 cents bananas. And no, I am not being compensated for anything – this is my personal opinion on the product.

I hope these reviews will come in handy for some of you who are Trade Joe’s fan and were debating on what to get this week!

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Product: Trader Joe’s Parmesan Pastry Pups – $4.50
Description: Uncured mini beef franks, wrapped in puff pastry and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition at a glance: 290 calories for 4 franks. 3.5 servings in total.
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Place frozen pups on a lightly greased baking sheet and pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Cooking time may vary.

Summary: All in all, my husband and I enjoyed it. Ours only took 15 minutes, so make sure to check on it at that point. They didn’t look very nice when I first opened it but the pastries did puff up and looked a lot like the picture on the front of the box. My only complaint is that I wish the franks were a bit bigger. I would definitely buy them again if I had to entertain guests but I don’t think this will be a frequent buy. Too fancy for everyday eats!

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What I ate Wednesday – 4/16/2014

Breakfast: Egg white omelet & bacon + 2 egg white muffins

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Lunch: Veggie sandwich with cheese, hummus, lettuce, tomato, raw onion (I love raw onion on my burgers and sandwiches. I hate and will pick out all grilled/sauteed onions. Something about the texture).

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Snack: 3 decently sized dark chocolate bars my cousin gave her guests at her rehearsal dinner. Not pictured handful of chocolate covered acai berries.

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Dinner: Early veggie dinner of yellow squash, asparagus, tofu, gorgonzola cheese.

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Sweet way to end the night!

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Girls girls girls!

As I mentioned last week, I went to participate in my cousin’s wedding in LA. I was there for only a week but managed to meet up with so many wonderful friends – old and new.

I was able to finally meet up with Kim @ Berlin Bistro in Long Beach! You can click here for that post.

She mentioned that I’m definitely more energetic and talkative than how I present myself on my blog. Hehe. I know. I told her I can be a complete spaz. I guess in person I’m definitely more upbeat? I can go 100 miles an hour and go from one tangent to the next. But the problem is, I lose track of what we’re talking about and I’m like, “Uhhh, what were we talking about?” :D

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I was also able to meet up with Ellie & her beautiful daughter, Selah! Ellie surprised me with delicious goodies from Paris Baguette (My mom and I inhaled everything the moment we got home). Ellie, you are too sweet! I got ya next time. ;)

We had a wonderful little mini date @ Wilson Park in the South Bay. I loved the conversation we shared and feel blessed to have met someone as wonderful as she<3

I just realized I was wearing the same shirt that I wore the day before with Kim. This is embarrassing. But c’mon, you guys do it too, right?! When you’re going to meet with someone else or a different group and know that they’re not going to know that you wore this the day before? Right….?

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After I met Ellie, my long time friends from junior high drove down from LA to see me. We went to a Korean bar/restaurant and spent the next 3 hours catching up and imbibing on some Korean soju. My parents were able to watch Kyle so I was able to let down my hair and truly enjoy myself.

Say it: She’s just too cute!

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I’m blessed to have such amazing and genuine people in my life.

There are no coincidences – only fate.

Thank you ladies! <3

Santana Row with ms. Connie

Connie and I knew each other from our blogs since early last year…? We were able to meet up in person 2 months ago and have been enjoying 4-5 hour talk fests almost every week! I needed a gal pal in San Jose and I’m so glad she’s here. :D

Last Saturday, we decided to mainstream our date with Kyle and head out to Nordstrom Bistro Bazille for a quick bite. The Cilantro lime shrimp salad she suggested was good but her Crab mac ‘n cheese?  A no go. I think it was out too long – it was cold and the cheese had started to set! I think we both agreed that we can make a tastier dish. Bazille was fairly packed and I suppose a nice alternative to the crowded and noisy food court but I don’t think I’ll be coming back here. The service was decent but the food was below average at best and the prices were absurd! $14.95 for a shrimp salad?! Get out of here!

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We stopped by Lush and breathed in too much soap. Cute idea though. Macaron and carrot shaped bars of soap for ridiculous prices. Why didn’t I think of that?!

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Afterwards, we took a nice stroll outside to Santana Row. I love this outdoor mall. It’s a mix of Santa Monica’s Promenade and LA’s The Grove – but way better. The streets are wide and even on a Saturday, it wasn’t crazy crowded like how the The Grove would be at that time of day. I can definitely see myself coming here more often.

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We dropped by El Jardin’Tequila Bar and dived into our free chips and salsa (Yelp! goodie). I have fond memories of Dos XX Lager from Curacao so got that to sip on.

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Us :)

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Pinterest inspired Egg White Muffins

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Servings: 12
Calories: 34.2 calories each

Ingredients:
- PAM non-stick spray
- 16 ounce egg white carton
- Mrs. Dash No salt seasoning of your choice
- Black pepper
- Spinach
- 1/4 of a Red bell pepper (cut into strips and chunks)
- Handful of mushrooms quartered
- 2 slices of turkey bacon (cut into small chunks)

Before

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After

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How to:
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees -
1. Spray your muffin pan thoroughly.
2. Put little amounts of each ingredient into each hole.
3. Pour 1/3 cup of egg whites over ingredients.
4. Season lightly with black pepper & Mrs. Dash.
5. Put muffin pan in oven for 15-20 minutes or until desired consistency.
6. Sprinkle shredded cheese (optional).
7. Take out muffins and place them on a cooling rack.

After these are cooled, you can eat them immediately, take them to work as a healthy snack, or keep them in the refrigerator until the next day. I will definitely be making these again! :D

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