My Favorite Food and Drink Brands

January 18, 2019 | | |

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Domesticate Me's Favorite Food BrandsAs someone who spends more time cooking than not, I run through my fridge and pantry staples at a rapid clip. Over the years, I’ve experimented with countless brands of everything from olive oil to tequila, and while I’ll always continue to test new thangs (you know I live to guinea pig in all areas of my life), there are certain brands that I love more than others and have developed significant loyalty to.

Since my brand preferences are something I’m asked about on the reg, I thought I’d put together a list of the brands most often stocked in my kitchen. I tried to make this list as comprehensive as humanly possible, right down to my go-to gummy bears, but if there’s something I missed don’t hesitate to shout it out in the comments or drop me a line.

My Favorite Food and Drink Brands 


  • Avocado Oil Chosen Foods
  • Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil Nutiva, Trader Joe’s
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Colavita, California Olive Ranch, or Trader Joe’s (for everyday use), Lucini or Olio Verde (for fancier dishes and drizzling/finishing)
  • Light Sesame Oil Spectrum Organics
  • Dark (aka toasted) Sesame Oil Eden Foods 



  • Apple Cider Vinegar Bragg’s
  • Balsamic Vinegar Newman’s Own Organics
  • Distilled White Vinegar Spectrum Organics
  • Red Wine Vinegar Colavita, Trader Joe’s
  • Unseasoned Rice Vinegar Kikkoman



  • Bread Dave’s Killer Bread, Food For Life Ezekiel bread/English muffins
  • Brown Rice Lundberg Family Farms, Trader Joe’s Frozen Brown Rice
  • Crackers Mary’s Gone Crackers, Simple Mills
  • Farro Bob’s Red Mill, Nature’s Earthly Choice
  • Oats Bob’s Red Mill
  • Pasta Barilla (whole-wheat), Banza (chickpea flour), Jovial (brown rice)
  • Quinoa Ancient Harvest
  • Rice Cakes Lundberg Family Farms (I like the unsalted brown rice cakes.)
  • Whole-Wheat Panko Bread Crumbs Kikkoman (I order on the cheap from Amazon.)


Fridge Favorites

  • Barbecue sauce Stubb’s, Bone Suckin’ Sauce
  • Butter Kerrygold
  • Chicken Sausage Bilinski’s (all flavors), Trader Joe’s Organic Spicy Italian
  • Eggs Vital Farms
  • Ketchup Sir Kensington’s, Heinz Organic
  • Low-Sodium Soy Sauce/Tamari Kikkoman and Trader Joe’s
  • Marinara sauce RAO’S (The only tomato sauce I use.)
  • Mustard Grey Poupon, Maille
  • Nut Milk Malk Organics, Elmhurst 1925
  • Yogurt Fage, Siggi’s
  • Sriracha Huy Fong Foods
  • Salad Dressings Tessemae’s, Primal Kitchen
  • Tortillas Guerrero (corn), Siete Foods (various grain-free offerings), Food For Life (brown rice tortillas are great for making chips!)


Pantry Staples

  • Almond Butter Trader Joe’s is my #1 (contains no sugar or oil and pefect drizzle-able consistency), Justin’s when I’m traveling (love the individual packs), and Barney Butter (reminds me of Skippy, which I always loved)
  • Canned Beans Eden Organic, Trader Joe’s
  • Canned tomatoes (crushed, diced, and pureed) San Marzano, Muir Glen (fire-roasted)
  • Coconut Milk Native Forest
  • Chia Seeds/Hemp Hearts Nutiva, Trader Joe’s
  • Chipotles Canned in Adobo Sauce La Morena, Goya
  • Curry Paste Thai Kitchen
  • Flour King Arthur (all-purpose and whole-wheat), Trader Joe’s/Bob’s Red Mill (almond)
  • Harissa Sauce Mina
  • Kosher Salt Diamond Crystal
  • Low-sodium broths (beef, chicken, and vegetable) Pacific Foods
  • No-stick cooking spray Chosen Foods, Spectrum
  • Pure Maple Syrup Brad’s Organic
  • Raw Nuts Trader Joe’s (so cheap!)
  • Spices Simply Organic, Morton & Bassett
  • Taco Shells Bearitos
  • Tomato Paste Amore (available at Trader Joe’s) or San Marzano. Both in tubes, which is life-changing!!
  • Tahini Mighty Sesame Co.



  • Coconut Water Harmless Harvest
  • Ginger Beer Barritts
  • Kombucha GT’s Living Foods (Trilogy, Watermelon)
  • Sparkling Water Topo Chico (unflavored), Spindrift (flavored)
  • Tea Yogi Tea (Ginger), Numi
  • Tequila Casamigos, Don Julio 1942 (for ze special occasions)
  • Vodka Grey Goose


Miscellaneous Necessities and Treats

  • Chips Kettle Chips (Backyard Barbecue, Jalapeño Jack), Cape Cod (Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper), Pop Chips (Barbecue), Tostitos Hint of Lime!!
  • Chocolate Hu Kitchen (Salty Dark and Almond Butter + Puffed Quinoa), Skinny Dipped Almonds
  • Dried Fruit International Harvest, Peeled Snacks
  • Energy Bars GoMacro
  • Granola Purely Elizabeth
  • Gummy Bears Albanese (I don’t know what chemical keeps them so soft, and I don’t care.)
  • Protein Powder Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • Sour Candy Sour Patch Kids (duh)


Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored. The below brands are not the ONLY brands that I buy, they’re simply my preferred choices—I’m not claiming they’re the “best.” Some are expensive and some are cheap. Some are readily available at major markets, some I track down at specialty stores or order on Amazon. Some (cough…gummy bears…cough) have questionable ingredients, and I’m okay with that. xox, Captain Obvious

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  1. Susan Stone on July 8, 2020 at 6:08 am

    A couple of products I really, really like: Kirkland Signature balsamic vinegar (Costco); Vital Farms pastured eggs and butter. The best dark chocolate I know is Trader Joe’s Belgian (in the red wrapper). I also like Costco’s almond flour. Your list is very interesting.

  2. GF on July 8, 2020 at 5:45 am

    YES to Albanese gummies! They are seriously the best. I am from Indiana, which is the same state where Albanese candies are made (though I am not from that part of Indiana), and have always had some home state pride about Albanese gummies being made there!

    • Serena Wolf on July 8, 2020 at 6:07 am

      THEY’RE THE BEST GUMMY BEARS. It truly warms my heart that so many other people are aware of the magic. (And you should be bursting with state pride!)

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