I spend a lot of time thinking about work snacks. In fact, I take great pride in curating a compelling collection of snacks and beverages at my desk. Crunchy, salty, sweet, and caffeinated. Some line their desks with photos; I line mine with snacks.
Speaking of work drinks, I also cultivate a collection of cups at my desk. My top shelf is lined with teas, coffee pods, and beverage receptacles not limited to a glass skull cup, mug decorated with photos of my godcats, and loose-leaf tea maker.
My days are rarely boring which means they are often stressful. Having good work snacks and drinks is not just self-care, it’s ESSENTIAL. I may not be able to walk away from uncomfortable phone calls, but I can walk away from my desk and make a hot cup of tea that pairs perfectly with one of my snacks.
The key to enjoying work snacks is the first rule of work snacks which is that it’s never too early to eat work snacks.
Here’s a list of my eight favorites that have sustained me through many wacky weeks:
A recent NY Times article scolds “Your Hoarding of Sephora Samples is Out of Control.”
Their promotional Tweet asks “Are you buried in samples of cosmetics, lotions, hair products or perfumes?” to which I’d respond, “Yes, yes I am. And I like it.”
Sure, samples take up space. Sometimes they cause you to fall in love with the product so hard that you purchase the full size. But here’s why samples are so great:
They’re cheap, if not free. They’re easy to stretch – e.g. I made a tiny Kiehl’s serum last two months. You can try before you buy. If something doesn’t work, share it with a friend. Samples are fun and they bring me joy.
Also, I don’t feel bad about accumulating samples because I use my gd samples.
Lunds & Byerlys is a special place where you may walk in for only lemons and peanut butter and walk out with four frozen BOGO pizzas.
Lunds (those of us who lived here for a while may still call it Byerlys) is one of our more upscale grocery chains. I don’t shop here to save money. I come here when I want high quality deli foods or to get in and out efficiently. The customer service is good and it’s near my house. I fill in my weekly groceries here each week.
Lunds also happens to offer a good variety of frozen pizzas including local brands from around the Midwest. Seemily with more frequency Lunds offers a BOGO frozen pizza sale. Every single frozen pizza is buy-one-get-one-free. This means that you can get some of the more expensive frozen pizzas for about $4-6 each. You may even luck out and nab a Mucci’s pizza.
We buy so many frozen pizzas here that I’m starting a blog post to track them all here. Pizza brands are listed in alphabetical order:
Happy Virgo Season!
It’s time for another Trader Joe’s taste test. This time it’s a vegetarian edition. Here are three packaged dishes I tried this week and my thoughts.
Mini Vegetable Samosas (Frozen Section):
I visited Trader Joe’s with the intention of buying the three, strangest frozen food items I could find for this taste test.
I lost my nerve when I encountered microwavable shrimp tacos sprinkled cotija cheese and an unsettling cheap bag of frozen paella listing “fish powder” as one of its ingredients .
See my running list of things we’ve tried at Trader Joe’s.
In the end, I chose three items that peaked my curiosity. I’ve walked by them on many visits, wavering on whether or not I wanted to finally buy them. After work one evening, I heated them all up for dinner. Here’s my thoughts: