November 23, 2008

Season of Samples

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One thing I love about the Holidays is the samples in the grocery stores. Okay. Not just any stores. Zupan's and Trader Joes.

Last week I had an entire Thanksgiving dinner on a sample plate at Zupan's. To which my nephew responded: "That's crazy!" Yes, but it's also delicious. Their sage stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy all piled on a tiny plate - such a delightful pre-cursor to the culinary creativity it inspires. And the cheese - there are always cheese samples, which hits my pocketbook hard.

Today, I had pumpkin pie at Trader Joe's. They are always dependable for a good solid sample.

If you time it right, you can get a whole meal. You have three days before Thanksgiving, and then the Christmas samples start. If I didn't have a job, I would drive around finding good samples and twitter them, so you would all know where to go. But I do have a job. So you'll just have to find them on your own. Happy sampling!


Sara said...

Another good place for samples, at least for the moment, is the new Safeway in the Pearl. I have pretty much gotten 4 big bites of steak, bread, a tropical turkey salad, pineapple, gelato (because they sell it by the scoop) cheese, chinese food, soup. And this was all in one visit.

Hey, It's Ansley said...

If you do quit your job to subsist solely on samples, I think you have to invest in a CostCo card, they always have lots of samples there.