I recently made my monthly trip to Trader Joe’s to buy some of their new products and items featured in the Fearless Flyer. Here are some of the things I got:

Coffee Bean Blast Ice Cream

I really love Trader Joe’s super premium ice cream line. The pumpkin spice and cookie butter are two of my favorites, so I was really excited by their newest flavor. Like all the their other ice creams, this one is super creamy and rich. It had a pretty strong coffee flavor, though I actually expected something a little more intense. It’s still good though and I don’t think it’ll last long in our house.

Bacon Jam

This is a low-carb and lightened up version of carbonara, one of my favorite pasta dishes.

My husband recently told me that he doesn’t really care for zucchini noodles. I, on the other hand, love them. Yes, they don’t replace traditional pasta, but they are a fun way to enjoy a lot of my favorite pasta dishes without all the heavy carbs.

Whenever I make carbonara, I can’t help but think of the first time I had it. It was our one year dating anniversary and my husband, having recently spent his winter vacation in Italy visiting his aunt, decided he would cook me dinner. His aunt had taught him to make carbonara and he couldn’t wait to show off his new-found cooking skills. Unfortunately, my husband is pretty slow and meticulous when he is in the kitchen. And if you know anything about carbonara, you know that you have to be quick. Hot pasta is tossed in a raw egg and cheese mixture, using the heat of the pasta to gently cook the egg for a creamy sauce. Well, his didn’t quite turn out that way.

San Diego Poke Company, a popular vendor at the farmers markets, recently opened its first store front, joining the sudden explosion of poke restaurants in San Diego.

When we visited this past weekend, the restaurant was quite packed. After an overview of the menu, it is clear why this poke place has such a large following. In terms of options and customization, San Diego Poke Company is clearly leading the competition. In addition to 8 specialty bowls, they offer 4 bases, 8 proteins, 7 sauces, and whopping a 18 different toppings. The best part is that there is no additional surcharge for any of these. That’s true for even premium toppings like avocado.

Our friends ordered this customized bowl, which I believe had just about every topping except the flaming hot cheetos.