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The Real Housewives of Orange County's newly single mom Gina Kirschenheiter is basically all of us when it comes to eating: She tries to be sensible, but by the evening it's all about wine and chips. She hits the drive-through on the reg because... life. And she's definitely relatable when it comes to her grocery shopping: She's down for Trader Joe's as much as the next gal. (In particular if that gal is die-hard TJ's fan Bethenny Frankel.)
So what does Gina put in her cart when she hits up Trader Joe's? "My kids love, in the frozen-food section, the linguine with clam sauce — they’re obsessed with it," Gina told The Feast. "You literally put it on the stove for a couple minutes and it’s done — so that's such an easy go-to meal. They also love Trader Joe's couscous in the purple box. [Daughter] Sienna loves it."
But there's more...
"Trader Joe's is the only place that makes the already hard-boiled eggs that actually taste like eggs. Those I love — they’re next to the [raw] eggs in the yellow bag," she told us. "I buy so many of them because I’m often times too lazy to boil my own eggs — which is so embarrassing but it’s true. Because then you have to peel 'em, and it’s annoying. And then my kids wanna peel 'em, and then it’s, like, everywhere." (True story. Can parents in the building give Gina an amen?!)
Plus, she adds, "Everywhere else does those hard-boiled eggs and they're like weird, rubbery… and I don’t like that."
But in addition to just genius packaged products, Trader Joe's is so much more...
"I also just like Trader Joe's in general, because it’s like a whole experience for my kids," she told The Feast. "They get the little shopping carts, and they’re crashing into everybody... which is really annoying. They always hit me in the back of my ankles, which is annoying… but it’s good for them. They count the fruit when it goes into the bag. I like things that can involve them and give them a little bit of maturity, which is cool."
Gina didn't explicitly mention the stickers — but TJ's does offer kids both the potential to develop a dose of maturity and also.... stickers!!! (Bonus tip for Gina and all the other multitasking parents out there: TJ's stickers are key in the clutch. You're welcome.)
—Reporting by Laura Rosenfeld
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