What does this have to do with my post? Not much, except that this is where the WF Market was and after doing some shopping there, we meandered a few blocks east and looked at some stores and had some lunch. My impression of WF wasn't as great as I was expecting. I know lots of bloggers I follow love this store, but a lot of the brands they carry I can find in my big chain grocery store in their Organic food aisles. I did pick up some fresh baked Italian bread for some panini's this week, and I tried some grass-only fed ground beef. The web site says that the animals are treated humanely and processed with a measure of compassion. I'm not sure if that means they apologize to the animal before they, well, you know. Honestly the meat I get at our local butcher meets or exceeds that. They buy their cows and pigs from the local farmers and are processed on site so it is always fresh-and about half the price of WF. I know that is because of the middle man, but I would rather run 5 miles up the country road and get my fresh burger and bacon then have to drive 31 miles and pay double. I also know how they treat the animals as a family member worked there for 6 years-it isn't like the big slaughter houses. I also got my daughter some organic milk. She had tried it at the State Fair a couple of years ago and really liked it. Side note-she has been home a week and we have gone through 6 GALLONS OF MILK!! We also picked up a wheel of Brie cheese, some organic chips I like and some gravy. I know, I know-I'm suppose to make my own, but a lot of time I don't have time, don't feel like it or don't have drippings to do so. I found an organic brand at my local grocery store and they had it there on sale, so picked up a few for my hubby (I hate gravy). I think I will stick to my local store.
After picking up the groceries, we stopped to have lunch on Grand Avenue. There are lots of fun places, but Hermit Crab wanted only one thing-Chipotle. They don't have one in College Town. So we watched the fake blond women in their Mercedes park in a no parking zone to run into Starbucks and get their half caf, no foam soy latte. I really have no idea since I drink Folger's if I drink coffee and have never been in a Starbucks. But I have heard these terms on TV. After lunch we went into Pottery Barn. I love that store. The one at the Mall of America closed several years ago and it bummed me out. I could always find something fun that wasn't an arm and a leg. This store was cute, but small so it didn't have as much as the MOA store did. I did fall in love with a wooden rectangle farm table. At $1500 it was way out of my league. But it would have made me a happy camper. We also stopped at this store below, Cooks of Crocus Hill.
I buzzed through fast as I know my daughter doesn't share the thrill of pots and pans and servingware as I do. I did pick up a cute little bowl that is a butter yellow color. You know it had to come home with me!
The other end of the spectrum, you might be wondering what that is. We stopped at Aldi's on our way home to see what that hype was all about. Didn't impress me either. The milk was a little cheaper than at my regular store, but our grocery store puts it on sale every other week even cheaper than at Aldi's. The fruit snack were maybe a quarter cheaper, but when they go on sale and there is a coupon, still a better deal at my regular store. I did find that the potatoes were cheaper and the salad dressing was cheaper-but I have no idea if it is any good. It may not have been a deal if I don't like what it tastes like.
Bottom line-I'm sticking with my regular grocery store and my butcher.
Here are a couple of houses on Summit. My daughter was poo-pooing my request for her to take pictures while I pulled the car out so she could get in. She took 3 begrudgingly.
The one below was the one she wanted to live in
Living in the big city isn't for me anymore. Our roads get plowed much better than this! Plus there is little traffic, less crime and I don't have people taking pictures of my little home :)
Please know that I'm not picking on Whole Foods or anyone's choice to shop there. It just wasn't a good fit for me. Living in the middle of the country we are not as lucky as some to have fresh food markets offered to us year round-all of our stuff is shipped in other than summer at farmer's markets, so I have always had to shop at the big stores as that is all we have. We also have a nice food co-op in our town that is styled somewhat like a WF, but is quite small and doesn't have a bakery or meat counter but I have been able to find some things there that I can't find at regular grocery stores.