Trader Joe’s Austin Arboretum

Trader Joe's Austin Arboretum Grand Opening Is June 20, 2014
Who’s Counting?

We’re thrilled to welcome Austin’s second Trader Joe’s location at the Arboretum on June 20th, 2014. Thrilled is actually a bit of an understatement as we’ve already checked-in on Foursquare!

The new location will open in the former Saks Fifth Avenue space.

Trader Joe’s Austin Arboretum
9722 Great Hills Trail
Austin, TX 78759
512-241-1248
Trading Hours: 8AM-9PM Daily

Trader Joe's Austin Arboretum

The Grand Opening is at 8am so you’ll want to get their early if you like live music. We’ll be there in full force on grand opening day just like we were when the Rollingwood store opened. Check out our post on the Rollingwood event, including our Home Style Austin TJ favorites plus a recipe for Trader Joe’s Bacon Cheese Bread, which is outta this world.

Since the Arboretum store is 8 miles closer to Home Style Austin HQ than the Rollingwood store, that will make getting home and eating our tasty foodie finds all that much faster.

Hope to see you there!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider





~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512.222.3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

Trader Joe’s Bacon Cheese Bread Recipe

Trader Joe's Bacon Cheese Bread Recipe By Home Style Austin

It’s totally by sheer fortune that I scored this recipe for Trader Joe’s Bacon Cheese Bread. You too – this recipe isn’t even on their own website (I was given the recipe verbally from a Trader Joe’s Crew Member).

During Trader Joe’s Grand Opening Day here in Austin (September 20, 2013), I tasted this bread and it was delicious! I was really impressed that Trader Joe’s cleverly had all the ingredients conveniently located in a small refrigerator next to the sampling kitchen. Literally 10 seconds later and everything was in my basket and I was on my way.

Let’s bake bread!

Food Tips: 

Home Style Austin Foodie Tip  This recipe makes two batches of Bacon Cheese Bread. You will most likely either eat both batches yourself or if you have the willpower, you will gift one away, making someone very, very happy. Either way, you win!

Home Style Austin Foodie Tip  Try this bread “Home Style Austin Style” by topping it with fresh finely chopped rosemary after you add the cheese and bacon. Delicious!

Home Style Austin Foodie Tip  At $1.19 for a bag for the pizza dough you might want to stock up on this time-saving dough; it can be frozen and later thawed.

Home Style Austin Foodie Tip  Let’s watch this 15 second video that shows how easy it is to make your own magic.

Ingredients:

12 Ounces  |  Trader Joe’s Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon, Cut Into 1/2″ Pieces
2 – 16 Ounce Bags  |  Fresh Pizza Dough (Plain or Garlic Herb)
A Sprinkle  |  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
12 Ounce Bag   |  “Trader Giotto’s Quattro Formaggi” Cheese (Four Cheese Blend)

Ingredients for Trader Joe's Bacon Cheese Bread

What To Do:

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. While the oven is heating up, cook the bacon pieces until crispy and set aside.

2. Prepare the dough according to the package instructions. If hand kneading vs. rolling, make sure you have some olive oil on your fingertips to aid with kneading and readying the dough for the pan. Bake the dough in the oven for 8 minutes then remove the bread from the oven.

3. Sprinkle the bread with 1/2 of the bag of cheese and 1/2 of the bacon (the remaining ingredients you can use for the second batch).

4. Return bread to the oven for 3-4 minutes or until golden-bubbly.

5. Remove the bread from oven, cut and serve. Enjoy!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Trader Joe's in Austin, Texas (Rollingwood)Want To Learn More About Trader Joe’s? Check out my post about my adventure Grand Opening Day … plus discover some of my favorite TJ products!

Crazy For Trader Joe’s Austin

Trader Joe's Austin, Texas (Rollingwood) On Grand Opening Day

A Hunting We Will Go

10 years after hearing about the great Trader Joe’s, “foodie fate” determined that I would finally visit Austin’s first Trader Joe’s. Thankfully my neighbors encouraged me to rideshare to visit Austin’s first Trader Joe’s on Grand Opening Day. Was I crazy enough to tackle the grand opening craze and the much welcomed – although super messy – rain all in one morning? You betcha!

What’s In Store

Rudbeckia Flowers At Trade Joe's Austin

We arrived shortly after 10AM. The band was packing up and there were a lot of people flocking about wearing Hawaiian shirts, leis and Texas-sized smiles. Reading the Trader Joe’s website later I learned these people were the Trader Joe’s Crew Members (employees) who were hustling about. We noticed there were no shopping carts remaining. When we walked inside, I literally felt like I was inside a busy beehive. There were people everywhere. I quickly noticed there was no pulling of hair … No roundhouse kicks. No lunging for this or that. It was clear to me that Trader Joe’s knew how to turn potential pandemonium into organized chaos. Shoppers formed lines and carefully moved throughout the store. There was lots of laughing and I could almost see the sigh of relief on people’s faces knowing that Austin was no longer without Trader Joe’s.

The store was smaller in size than any of the lore shared by the TJ following. But what it may lack in size it offers in spirit and assortment across produce, floral, fresh and frozen foods, bakery, cheese, beer/wine and more.

The Texas Themed Trader Joe's Reusable Grocery Bag

Why Trader Joe’s Earned My Love … And Will Earn Yours

  • The Floral Department. I was genuinely impressed by the quality, assortment and prices of TJ’s flowers. One of the best floral collections in Austin.
  • 99 Cent Greeting Cards. Tucked next to the floral section are the cheapest cards we’ve found outside of ones we make by hand. With other stores offering greeting cards commanding $6, $7 or $8, it’s nice to find options that are easy on the wallet.
  • Cheese To Please. Surprisingly affordable *and* tasty, we never leave without 2-3 chunks of gold. Gruyere, Italian Truffle, and Jalapeño Cheddar Pub Cheese are some of our favorites.Trader Joe's Italian Truffle Cheese
  • Olive Demi-Baguette. Any olive-lover will surely love a loaf or two of this bread which is perfect for oil dipping. Word has it when we race around the corner only to find the store loaf-less, our hearts drop.
  • Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning. This stuff is mind-blowing delicious! You can use it in dips like this TJ favorite… but my preferred way to enjoy the stuff is sprinkled on top of a toasted english muffin that’s been graced with a smear of whipped cream cheese. It’s a breakfast treat!
  • Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce. Just when I thought nothing could top my long-time favorite Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Mustard, in walks this stuff … a new house staple! Try some of this sauce on gently-microwaved spinach and presto – you have a super-tasty salad in mere seconds.
  • Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips. The slogan for this chip should be “Bet you can’t eat just one … BAG!”
  • Cookie Butter. This is a gingerbread spread that’s way more versatile than the hazelnut chocolate stuff. Good thing a spoon wasn’t within reach or I might have had some pre checkout.
  • Chocolate Croissants. Two words – try them. Don’t let the fact that you’ll find these in the frozen section deter you from enjoying their pure chocolatey greatness. Click the picture below for a close-up view of these coming out of the oven. Freshness!
  • Raisin Rosemary Crisps. Calling these “crackers” is an understatement. “Crispy sweet and savory bites of Heaven?” That’s more like it.
  • Bacon Cheese Bread. Enough said. Want the recipe? You can score it here.
  • The Trader Joe’s Reusable Grocery Bag. The Texas proud design on this shopping tote meant three found their way home with me. Make sure and look at the bottom of the tote for a special surprise. I’m sending a tote or two to my Texas-loving friends in Italy and at $.99/tote I seriously think this makes a more clever and cheaper gift wrap than any other wraps I can find.
  • No Weird Stuff. Contrary to the “Keep Austin Weird” T-shirts, when it comes to food ingredients, let’s leave out the weird. All of Trader Joe’s private label products contain no artificial flavors or preservatives, no msg, no synthetic colors, no genetically modified ingredients, no partially hydrogenated oils … you get the drift.
  • New Treats. With 10-15 new products coming to store each week I know we’ll always be able to find new treats to delight our tastebuds.

 

I Heart Trader Joe's

I left with many goodies to last me at least a week or so and I’m already planning my return trip back for another adventure. I was so excited to see, learn and experience first hand what others told me about I decided to gift magic via hand-selected Trader Joe’s gift basket to each client of mine who lists or finds their new home with me.

What – am I crazy? For Trader Joe’s? You betcha!  : )

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

PS ~ So where can you find all this goodness? 

Trader Joe’s Austin (Rollingwood)
2805 Bee Caves Road
Austin TX  78759
(512) 306-1032
Trading Hours: 8AM-9PM Daily

Two more Trader Joe’s stores are coming soon to Austin – The Arboretum and Downtown. Will I be there come opening day? You can expect it! Check Trader Joe’s website for store information and to sign-up to receive their newsletter.

Shopping Trader Joe's Flower Market In Austin

Click This Picture To See A Close-Up View Of Trader Joe's Chocolate Croissants Hot Out Of The Home Style Austin Oven. Shazam!

Click This Picture To See A Close-Up View Of Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants Hot Out Of The Home Style Austin Oven. Shazam!