- Trader Joe's. We just don't have those in Montreal, but I became addicted in San Diego. I do remember having to make TJ runs when we traveled outside of Lubbock as well. We don't buy a lot, especially since we are only in the US for about a week and we cannot take the frozen food up north. Still, we love the funky stuff.
- Great Harvest Bread Company. We spent way too much money in Lubbock on various kinds of bread (and yes, I could make them if I felt like it), fostering my daughter's addiction to pumpkin spice bread. And this time of year, they have cookies and other stuff suitable for the season.
- Ben and Jerry's. For some reason, the only places in Montreal that have a wide selection of flavors are the stores attached to gas stations--and I do not make a habit to shop for ice cream when I get gas. So, we load up a bit on some of the less mass-marketed flavors and then leave half-eaten pints for my mother-in-law to handle.
- Bagels. They have them in Montreal, and they are very proud of the Montreal style of bagel. But Montreal bagels are about as over-rated as smoked meat (oops, sorry, but filtering my opinions makes for a boring blog).
- Mexican food. Sure, the Mexican food I get in the US is not real Mexican food, but I became addicted to Tex-mex and Cal-mex, so visits to Chipotles and Chevys does meet my needs.
- Hulu.com. We cannot access it from Canada, so now we have to remember all those searches/links that were denied to us.
So, I am a shallow consumer... and being in the US fulfills those needs best. These trips allow me to embrace my American inner-being.