We hadn't been to the States in quite a while and were out of all our veggie stuff from the last trip, so it was time we hightailed it to the border.
We decided to go on a Thursday figuring that the stores wouldn't be too busy or the border crossing either.
We like to cross over at Queenston and head into Lewiston, NY. From there we hit Niagara Falls, NY, Buffalo and points in between.
It looks sort of busy in this picture, but our actual wait was maybe 10 minutes. The highways weren't busy either and we made excellent time.
Good Lord! I took this in Tonawanda, NY.
This time we did some kick-ass shopping. I was able to get a jump start on my Christmas shopping - yahoo!! I can't tell you anything about that because if the people who I got presents for read this then it will spoil the surprise. Besides, wouldn't we rather just get right to the food?
Along with our usual stock up of Quorn products, Veat and Morningstar favorites, I got some Tofurky selections that I haven't seen in Canada yet. We're slowly getting more and more here, but we still don't have everything.
Below I've added some photos of items I got excited about. First off - Newman-O's!
I've heard nothing but good things about these cookies. While we have some Paul Newman products available in Canada, I haven't seen the cookies. I got 3 different kinds to try. Now one of two things will happen. Next week they will be at the grocery store here, available to be had anytime OR these will be the best store-bought cookies I've ever had in my life and if I want more, I'll have to go to NY. I haven't tried them yet, but will give my verdict when I do.
This was the deal of the century. We were in Target and on an end display I saw tubes of Tom's of Maine toothpaste on sale for $1.54. Around here, they're about $5-$6 a tube! So I got 3, and thought of Vicki and her toothpaste buying extravaganza.
Up next....oh yea.
I hit the motherlode. Not only were there cans upon cans of Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes, THEY WERE ON SALE! Oh, I was dancing in the aisle. Jim ran and hid somewhere else so no one knew he was with me. Well, OK. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but I got these babies for $2.29 a can, which is awesome because I'm usually paying $3.59 - if I can find them.
The barley is quick cooking which I've seen mentioned in recipes, but can never seem to find around here. Quinoa pasta is something new as are the Kamut puffed cakes. I thought they all sounded interesting so I'll give them a try. Bush's Beans I've had before and really like them. They remind me of canned beans I had as a kid but without the chunk of pork fat in it. The only vegetarian canned baked beans I've been able to find here are with tomato sauce which I don't like, or with maple, which is good, but not the same. I stocked up on beans this time.
I liked the Santa Cruz Lemonade that I got on sale a while ago, that I wanted to try their Limeade. Also, go the sugar cheap, cheap, cheap. Just over $2. The cereal was another product that looked interesting, so I'll give it a go. Also picked up an assortment of Newman organic chocolate bars and our usual stockpile of Hershey bars. Yes, we have Hershey bars in Canada, but they are not the same. The American ones are much, much better.
We can't go shopping and not bring anything home for Simon.
Better Than Ears were on sale! Simon goes crazy for those things. They contain no chicken products so there are no worries about his allergies. Same as Blue Dog Bakery. He's had peanut butter and molasses cookies before, but these are soft ones. Simon gets to try something new too!