Across different universes (here and here), and this one, I’ve sung the praises of Trader Joe’s and for good reason.
I don’t recall many places that have resonated with me for so many reasons over these many years, but they have. and maybe you have a place or two that has given you those feelings, those butterflies, and everything else with the warm and fuzzies.
In the grand scheme of things, it still is just a store (to find a store near you go here), but it’s always had a a good energy. Sometime it’s had the energy. I can’t tell you how many locations I’ve been to, but with maybe one or two rare exceptions, I’ve always felt at peace, spiritually whole, and sometimes rejuvenated after a visit.
There’s no need to belabor this point. Maybe I’m always in that place of abundance right before I walk in, and it manifests itself in ways that words won’t or can’t do justice.
After all this time, how I never got around to writing about their pizzas is one of those universal things. Micro vs. macro, or what have you. It’s not that serious, let’s get to the pies.
For the summer, I hopefully found two of the better pizzas to discuss, and I’m proud to say that the Spinach Ricotta, and the Sicilian Style Red Pepper. Provolone, & Pearl Mozzarella were absolute works of art.
Maybe it was a moment of inspiration, but of all the pizzas (and they got too many, that another post is meant to happen, and soon), I grabbed these two, and they turned out perfectly.
The suggested heating time and temperature is shown to you, but I altered it a bit and placed both in the oven simultaneously. That hasn’t always worked, but this go around just felt right. I just knew it was going to be special before I even walked in the door, and then before I walked in the door.
Thin crust is ideal for warm weather, it’s ideal for any time, yet in July, in the heart of Summer, it’s ideal for right now. Perfection. And this crust, my goodness, everything about this is right. It’s not quite comfort food, which can wait. This is a pizza to enjoy alone, or share with friends, and to appreciate with every bite.
Honestly, I did have one I liked a little more, but that’s besides the point. They’re both tremendous. The spinach and ricotta on top of a regular pie base had a charm and appeal that I didn’t realize until after it came out of the even.
The Sicilian Style would be fine with our without the peppers, but I wanted a cheese pizza, with just a little more. The provolone and mozzarella definitely has a distinct taste. Yet, within all this splendor, there was a packet of olive oil to drizzle on top. I was only going to put on a little, but I went crazy. Looks good doesn’t it? It’s the little things, but going crazy over olive oil is what makes me happy right now. This pizza made me happy.
No I don’t have a favorite after all, it’s a two way tie and both are outstanding. Did I already say that? Well let me reiterate, Trader Joe’s knows how to do pizza. It’s more than just frozen food, it’s an experience.
And I’m grateful to have had this experience, and to share it with you.
Peace Be With You.