Joining the Trader Joe's mecca

 

This past Saturday, Steph from KitchenKM organized a little adult road trip south to Sarasota to shop in the newly open Trader Joe’s.

For the record – I’m giving the evil eye to the team at TJ that choose Sarasota over Tampa location (I will get over it, eventually, but now I’m a sour puss).

If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, you already know what the fuss is all about.  If you don’t, and you think people are just making a big deal out of a grocery store.

Pfffff… you bet we are.

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Pastéis de Nata [Portuguese Custard Tarts]

This is of those recipes that I pull from my memory bank.  During a business trip to Brasil a gazillion years ago, I came across these little morsels.  During my stay there and after many glorious trips to local restaurants my host discover my great love affair with pastries and he insisted in stopping in a pastry shop for me to sample some of the local goodies.

When I saw these in the counter, and asked what they were made of, and once the baker told me in broken Spanish, it took me less than a minute to have one in my hand for me to take a bite.  And once I did, I installing fell in love with this little egg tart.

These sweet mini pastries have travel a long way from it’s original home.

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Mexico in my mind

We been back for 3 days now, and I’m not kidding, we miss Mexico.  We had a fabulous time.  We arrived on Sunday to gray skies and light showers, but, that did not stop us from taking the ferry over the water to Isla Mujeres and feeling our stress level lower with each rolling of the waves. By the time we piled in our taxis and landed in front of our rental house, we were all fully relaxed and looking forward to the next seven days of crystal waters, historical adventures, strong drinks and filling our bellies with typical Mexican food - oh my good GLORIOUS FOOD!

The cloudy skies open up the next day to electric blue skies full of sunshine and light ocean breezes.  Perfect weather for poolside lounging and ocean front meditation. Since, my goal was to completely relax during this vacation,

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