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Old 03-07-2018, 02:58 PM   #16
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Good thread!

Primarily shop at Trader Joes, then Publix (big chain in South USA), occasionally some things at Whole Foods ie: fish on sale etc... They do offer fish that the other stores don't have (sometimes). Since Amazon bought them, prices have come down a bit...Wait and see. Bring your own mug and coffee/tea is $1 any size.

I like the philosophy of Trader Joes more, good interviews with the founder on youtube. BTW, they were first, Whole Foods came after. TJ's has been Pro Non GMO since the early 90's (as long as its the store brand), they cap the executives pay so the "workers" get paid more. Last time I checked no TJ executive made more than $250k, and I think they start the hourly workers out at $20+, all good in my book. The founder of TJ's said (reference youtube interviews) that he was tired of good-high-quality food only being available for rich people etc... he believed the same food should be available for everyone whether you were rich, poor, middle class etc... Also, appreciate that they don't advertise, mainly word of mouth and a very loyal shopper base.

Several Farmers markets in my area as well which is always nice. Wife loves stopping for cajun boiled peanuts.

Aldis, is interesting as well. I went to a Krogers when on vacation in Tennessee (pigeon forge/gatlinburg area) and was not too impressed seemed pricey, having said that I did appreciate being able to get soymilk in the mountains. 10 years ago that was impossible to find there.

PS: I do agree that Whole Foods is over-hyped, anytime you see celebrities wanting you to see that they shop somewhere its time to go elsewhere.
 
Old 03-07-2018, 03:19 PM   #17
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Here in Atlanta we have Whole Foods, Aldi, Kroger and Publix. Aldi is all house brands which is OK if you like that. Kroger and Publix are generally comparable with Kroger being cheaper but only if you use their loyalty card which means they track your purchases. Publix doesn't require (or offer) a loyalty card so you get their best price.

Kroger has been annoying me for the past 2-3 years because they have their own store brands and on occasion will simply quit also carrying the national brand presumably on the theory you'll buy their store brand. If I wanted to only do store brands I'd shop at Aldi. More often than not I shop of Publix but there are some things I can only get at Kroger.

Wal-Mart is here too but I seldom buy groceries there. Target has superstores in Atlanta but the nearest one with groceries is further than all my other options.

Mom & Pop discussion takes me back - In my youth I worked at one from the 8th grade until I graduated high school. That was back in the days when you could have a charge account at the mom & pop and it would also deliver groceries. The stories I could tell...

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Old 03-07-2018, 05:07 PM   #18
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Krogers was where I liked to shop but the Walmart StuporStore pushed them out too several years ago. They had the best bone-in smoked ham...

Aldi has foods that seem to only be available at certain times of the year. Specialty cheeses around Christmas (Chipolte goat cheese that has to be the most delicious cheese I've ever eaten, cranberry and white cheddar, etc.), truffle flatbread pizza-like thingys during the summer, coconut rice curry during the summer, etc. If you miss it when they've got it in store you're out of luck. When I see them available I stock up as much as my freezer will allow.

Then there are the things they should have all year long, like Chipolte chicken kabobs that are good, too.
 
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The "latest trendy thing to do" these days appears to be shopping for groceries using your phone.

Now, I don't know about you, but I want to see and choose what I'm buying. I want to think about what meals I'm going to prepare. To place an order on a computer screen gains me nothing.
 
Old 03-08-2018, 06:52 AM   #20
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The "latest trendy thing to do" these days appears to be shopping for groceries using your phone.

Now, I don't know about you, but I want to see and choose what I'm buying. I want to think about what meals I'm going to prepare. To place an order on a computer screen gains me nothing.
Agreed....with a "but".

There's a service in Birmingham called Shipt. You can go to Publix, Winn-Dixie, Western or Piggly Wiggly (the main grocery stores near here), and select whatever you want. Then if you want, Shipt will go to the store and get EXACTLY what you want, and deliver them, sometimes within the hour. They'll even call and video chat with you about what meat you want, if that's important.

Only used them a few times, but it's worth it when you're really busy. Don't charge much per order, either.
 
Old 03-09-2018, 07:33 AM   #21
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My local Tesco does an online service. The web page is run by the local store and only shows goods that are available NOW.
Picking is done by the driver who is going to deliver, which in my case just happens to be my old next door neighbour. Provided you are willing to accept delivery anytime within a 4 hour slot outside peak hours, delivery is free as they can then bundle deliveries in the same area.
 
Old 03-09-2018, 10:53 AM   #22
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Thanks all, for reminding of one of the advantages of life in Nicaragua. I routinely ride my bicycle to the market and dine at the Nicaraguan version of a food court, where i can enjoy a fresh hearty meal (rice, beans, meat, salad, tortilla, a small side dish of cheese or 'tajadas', and a natural fruit drink, all for 50 córdobas (equivalent to about U$ 1.60). And the typical Nicaraguan eatery doesn't expect tips!
 
Old 03-09-2018, 11:50 AM   #23
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That last post had me bursting into song!

Managua, Nicaragua, what a wonderful spot:
There's coffee and bananas and the temperature's hot.
So take a trip and on a ship go sailing away
Across the agua to Managua, Nicaragua, olé!

Lucky man!
 
Old 03-09-2018, 04:26 PM   #24
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"So – even if I shopped at your store"

I don't own Whole Foods. Amazon does.

I can sometimes park in their parking lot downtown for free is all I know other than I didn't like the quality of the beef. I shop in maybe the last remaining small HEB store.

Doubt they sell Spanish goat meat so no need to drive in.
 
Old 03-12-2018, 08:51 AM   #25
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Doubt they sell Spanish goat meat so no need to drive in.
Ah yes, the famous El Kid.

 
Old 03-12-2018, 09:20 AM   #26
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Ah yes, the famous El Kid.

Tastes like beef. But then. It is not a east coast thing.

Edit: Unless you count gyros.

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Old 03-12-2018, 10:42 AM   #27
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My local Tesco does an online service. The web page is run by the local store and only shows goods that are available NOW.
Picking is done by the driver who is going to deliver, which in my case just happens to be my old next door neighbour. Provided you are willing to accept delivery anytime within a 4 hour slot outside peak hours, delivery is free as they can then bundle deliveries in the same area.
But I like to shop (and browse) at a grocery store! I get all kinds of ideas for next week's dinners by noodling in the produce section. (No, I'm not a vegetarian, but many dishes are "mostly plants.") If you actually find a store where everything there isn't "aseasonal" and sourced from a hothouse, you can find unusual things that are in season now, go home and look up a tasty-looking recipe. Who needs a hot-bar or a dinner in a freezer-bag? "The journey is the reward."

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Old 03-12-2018, 02:06 PM   #28
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But I like to shop (and browse) at a grocery store! I get all kinds of ideas for next week's dinners by noodling in the produce section. (No, I'm not a vegetarian, but many dishes are "mostly plants.") If you actually find a store where everything there isn't "aseasonal" and sourced from a hothouse, you can find unusual things that are in season now, go home and look up a tasty-looking recipe. Who needs a hot-bar or a dinner in a freezer-bag? "The journey is the reward."
Farmers Markets are great for that.
 
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Indeed. And it also helps to have a (sometimes, long-suffering ... ) spouse who likes to cook as much as you do. "Cast-iron wok, two chicken breasts, celery in the hydrator drawer, Faro grain in the upper cabinet, the usual assortment of condiments and liquids, the cookbook shelf (should you need it) ... it's your turn."

Sit down to dinner with your sweetie, and whatever-it turned-out to-be, and a bottle of wine . . . and . . . "life is good."

Neither the freezer-case nor the hot-bar seriously stands a chance. Even when your source of raw material is "just" the independent corner grocery. If you want it to be, cooking can be an adventure. (And that "humble" corner grocery probably contains a lot more than you think.)

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Old 03-14-2018, 08:00 PM   #30
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I DO go to other shops as well as the supermarket.
It is ideal for regular necessities that just need replacing every so often and saves having to carry loads of bags.
 
  


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