Monday, May 25, 2009

Adventures in Shopping with My Dad

A Monday off from works only means one thing....a wonderful excursion with my dad. Since he has off on Monday's anyways (the life of a pastor) he usually spends these days roaming around the state or nearby states, finding eclectic shops, farmers markets, and different grocery stores.

I've mentioned before that joining my dad on these adventurous trips is one of my favorite things to do. We've made it a father/daughter tradition and since we are both werid-o foodies and highly appreciate the exact same unique things, we absolutely LOVE spending the day food shopping.

We started our day by heading down to IKEA in Whitemarsh, MD. I've been wanting to hit up IKEA for awhile since I am currently re-doing our bedroom. Funny though, I didn't end up buying anything for the bedroom but rather random little dishes and gadgets for the kitchen. (Dang, this always happens to me when I am at IKEA).

Oh well, it was fun and I picked up a bunch of cool things.

Then, our most anticipated stop of the day...Trader Joe's. Ever since I introduced my dad to this place a few weeks ago, he has made the hour long trip 3 different times now.

I was a little more prepared this time around, and had a good idea of some things I knew I wanted to get and some other new things I couldn't pass up. Don't worry, you will be seeing a plethora of these throughout the next few weeks in my meals.

After TJ's, I became famished (shopping really works up an appetite) so I broke open my box of Fig Cereal Bars. These were awesome. Tasted like a fig newton but only better.

We made a few stops on the way back home, but sadly we had to cut the day a little shorter than usual because my dad had to get home for a picnic.

Toly spent his day being a very productive husband. He not only cleaned the windows, organized his closest, vacuumed the whole house, and cleaned out his office, he managed to find time to run to the store and pick up dinner to make as well.

He picked up a steak for himself (this is what happens when the boy shops by himself) and a piece of tuna for his truly.

He grilled the steaks along with some corn. I put mine on top of a big salad (completely craving a huge salad today) with some grilled veggies.

It hit the spot quite perfectly!

Very productive day and now I'm beat. Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day!!


  1. How fun! Cool that you and your dad share some of the same interests. Great looking din din too

  2. sounds like a fun day with your dad! I love father daughter days :)

  3. First of all, I loved your monthly blind dates! Such a great idea! :)

    And this looks like such a fun day - I'm still awaiting the day I can step foot in a Trader Joe's!

    Hope you have a great week!

  4. That is too cool that you and your Dad do that shopping together.

    Ahhh...grilled corn. Yum.