You know what? I love grocery shopping. And grocery stores. It combines my love of food and things. (I know, I love things. It’s why I love gift shops and Target. THINGS as far as thee eye can see!) And I also love when people have the same little idiosyncrasies as I do when it comes to grocery stores and shopping. So let’s dive in, shall we?
Oh wait, for more uselessness, look at the outfit I wore out on my grocery errands today. I felt cute. Just don't worry about the Saturday Morning I Don't Give A Shit Hair.
Dress is from Old Navy, sweater is Target, earrings are NY&Co, and the scarf was a present from a friend.
I think my favorite grocery store is Harris Teeter (or Wegman’s but I’ll get to that later). I went to the HT today. I love that I can get specialty/health stuff there, but also just regular groceries. Because, really. So I got some cottage cheese, turkey, scallops (hello, impulse buy!) avocados, craisins, falafel, and for a special treat, some brie and goat cheese crumbles. I. LOVE. CHEESE. And I don’t really eat it that much, or as much as I should considering my love for the stuff.
Background! My very first job, when I was 16, was working for a German specialty deli/grocery store (in Falls Church for those from this area – ever been to German Gourmet?). I did cashier stuff and stocking and helping the customers. I took German in high school and studied abroad there for a month, so my German wasn’t half bad and a lot of our customers were super authentic. I also worked behind the deli. So yeah, I can use a meat slicer with the best of ‘em. But we had some of the BEST cheeses there and I’m spoiled by having champagne tastes on a PBR budget, at least cheese-wise. In every other sense I have pretty cheap tastes and I'm totally okay with that.
Anyway. So I got some goat cheese crumbles, probably to make a salad with some craisins, spinach…and who knows what else I’ll throw in there. The brie I got...just for eating. Brie is probably my favorite cheese. Whenever I hear someone mention brie, my initial reaction is always “Oh my god, I fucking love brie” haha, like it makes me a little angry. That’s so weird.
Trader Joe’s is quickly rising in the ranks due to my recent discovery of their Indian food. I went there today and literally everything I got from was Indian food. Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Masala, two kinds of naan, and their vegetable masala patties. Their Indian food is exceptionally good. And it’s decently priced too, at least the stuff I buy.
I went to Whole Foods today for the first time ever. It was okay. I didn’t get much but it still managed to be expensive :-P But I guess that’s how it goes. I mostly got things I’ve been wanting to try for a while, or stuff that looked like a fun special treat. Definitely not a store I plan on going into often. Cannot. Afford.
I didn’t go there today, but I also love Wegman’s. For the same reasons I love HT. In addition they also have a decent kitchen/housewares type section that’s fun to wander through. If it wasn’t for The Wegs I wouldn’t have my Bento Box! The Wegs also has a really good Indian food bar and salad bar apparently, and you can go and eat meals there like a restaurant, but I’ve yet to do that. Whenever I hear someone talk about Wegman’s, it’s usually with the same enthusiasm that I reserve for Brie. So people really like it. Me too.
And of course, each of these places has the certain items that I get – people do that, right? Go to certain stores for certain things, even of other stores might also sell them? It’s a matter of preference of brands I suppose. Or neuroses? I don’t know.
I'll leave this entirely useless post with a question to you - for those of you that enjoy the deliciousness that is Chobani, have you had the raspberry flavor yet?! If so, where on god's green earth did you get it!?!? Raspberry yogurt is my FAVORITE of all time, and I'm so excited Chobani makes it, but I can't find it anywhere. HALP!