Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I'm Gonna Fry It and Try It

Last night, my good friend Jonathan and I went to Trader Joe’s, our most favoritest grocery store on the planet.

One of the best parts about going to Trader Joe’s with Jonathan is that we love to hunt for the most unique, weirdest, or most appealing foods to try.

For example, last night I bought a container of little itty bitty tiny Thompson seedless white grapes—which ended up being the sweetest, most delicious grapes I’ve ever had. Seriously, one of my coworkers went nuts over them and grabbed a whole big stem of them to eat at her desk. Now, those are some good grapes.

I also bought a mouthwatering Honeycrisp apple—a to-die-for apple variety that is only on grocery store shelves for about a month, this time of year.

Of course, my taste-testing isn’t always quite that successful. A few months ago, I bought a container of kumquats (hmm…I guess I’m all about the fruit) that were so sour that I cringed whenever I tried to eat them. Luckily, I had a coworker who loved them, so I pawned them off on her.

I just love going through the aisles at Trader Joe’s with Jonathan, finding new, interesting foods like these to try.

But nothing could have prepared me for the temptation that this raised-in-Wisconsin girl was about to experience.

Last night, as we perused the cheese section, I spied this:

Oh my God. Frying Cheese. Could you get any more yummy/unhealthy sounding?

And for some reason, it really hit my funny bone. At $3.68 for a half-pound package, there was no way I was going to buy it (besides the fact that it’s not very healthypants at all), but it just made me laugh. Frying cheese, really? It just sounded mighty unhealthy.*

The very idea kept me giggling as we wandered through the rest of Trader Joe’s.

After we checked out and I bought at least ten more things than I had thought I would buy, we took our reusable shopping bags (we are such good little environmentalists, aren’t we?) and headed over to Jonathan’s to hang out for a bit before I returned home with my loot.

As we walked into his apartment and put our bags in the kitchen, Jonathan reached into his bag and pulled out—you guessed it—a package of frying cheese!

“Oh my gosh, I can’t believe you bought that!” I laughed.

“It’s for you!” he said, smiling. (What a nice guy, huh?)

“Aww, really? Thanks, dude!” I grinned. “Now I get to try frying cheese!”

“I’ll tell you what,” I added. “Why don’t you come over and exercise with me tomorrow night, and then after we exercise, we’ll fry up some cheese?”

We both laughed.

Well, at least that way we wouldn’t have to feel guilty about eating it. Exercise negates cheese, right?

Anyway, so far today we haven’t exercised nor eaten fried cheese together…but I can’t wait.

For the cheese, I mean.

Exercise still sucks ass.

* Later on, I found out that it’s actually a Middle Eastern type of cheese—not just any old cheese that you can fry. But with the name alone, you can see why this cheese would appeal to Americans.


Buck said...

By the way, my little cheese-maiden, I LOVE kumquats!

Miss Healthypants said...

Well, you're just a freak, aren't ya', Dooder? *grin* Kumquats are icky! :)

Buck said...

I will always love going to Trader Joe's with ya.

I can't think of many things better.

Mom said...

Was it good? Sure sounds good.

Anita said...

Oh you have to let us know how it was? I mean, I've seen fried cheese, but isn't it mostly mozzarella?
I wish I had a Trader Joe's near me. I'd love to try more exotic fruits......boring groceries here in small town suburbia!

sageweb said...

OH you have to tell us how it is...It sounds fascinating.

rosemary said...

OK...I have to be the spoiler...fried cheese? Sounds not so good. Let us know though how it tastes. Do you have to do anything to it other than fry it? Won't it melt when you fry it? See, spoiler....sorry.

LDFrey said...

Was the Banana Lady there?

Buck said...

I just thought of something. You mentioned that the frying cheese was Middle Eastern. I'll bet it's haloumi cheese. Nigella Lawson likes to fry slices of haloumi.

If it's haloumi, I doubt that you'll like it.

Buck said...

Frey: The Banana Lady wasn't there and that was the first thing we noticed. Actually, TJ's has flipped everything around and now the produce is on the opposite side of the store. We both know this would drive the Banana Lady absolutely CRAZY!

Miss Healthypants said...

Buck--I don't think it is haloumi cheese, based on what I read about. I read "similar" to haloumi cheese, but not the same.

I'll let you know if I like it. :)

Sling said...

I'm laughing at the label.
Seems it makes a great breakfast,snack,or ,dessert!
I can hear mom now..'Eat all your vegetables,or you're not getting any fried cheese for dessert!'..

Random Thinker said...

You've got love a cheese that "Makes a great breakfast, delicious snack or wonderful dessert." Really? Fried cheese for breakfast. Not much worse than an egg mcmuffin I guess.

Random Thinker said...

Oh gosh - now it looks like I copied Sling's comment. I have to learn to read the comments first....

Sheki said...

MHP... your weird Trader Joes cheese sounds... weird. BUT you must try (if you haven't already) saganaki (Greek flaming cheese). OOOH... cheese, butter, alcohol and flames. AGHHHHHHHHHH...