healthy and happy. one of these days.

27 February 2010

so, I'm totally bored, can you tell? Even I would skip reading this post. Unless you like talking about grocery stores.

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!


kaitlin said...

Whole Foods is totally expensive, which is why it has earned the nickname "Whole Paycheck." Hahaha. I love grocery shopping, too. I live with 3 other girls and I do the shopping for the house 90% of the time. For some odd reason, I find it relaxing.

I am jealous that you have a Trader Joe's near you. I used to have one close when I lived in Michigan, but now that I'm in Colorado, the nearest one is in Santa Fe. Booo.

Scarlet Simple said...

I love Whole Foods, but here in Baltimore I would spend almost my entire grocery budget to get about a third of what I need there. They are the only place in Baltimore that I have found so far though that carries tofu shirataki noodles, and I love them. Most of the time I shop Aldi, Walmart, Giant, and Sams Club.

I find grocery shopping to be therapeutic and I like being in control of that part of my diet process so to speak.

KatDoesDiets said...

You looked so cute! I managed to do my hair, but went in jeans and a transformer t-shirt. tee hee. I just bought some vanilla Chobani for the first time ever. Usually buy Fage. Target had several kinds, didn't check for raspberry?

Dree said...

Oh I love your picture! And brie is my favorite cheese, too. I could sit there with brie and crackers all day and not have a care in the world! Hehe!

Tamzin said...

nothing better then a good long browse through a deli fancy grocery store on the weekend. :) ahhh life is great!

Scuttleboose said...

sooo jealous! I wish that I were out shopping for groceries (my favorite) instead of sitting in the office, researching and writing... whose idea was grad school anyway? :)

super cute outfit, btw!

Sarah @ Keep On Keepin' On said...

I would do some pretty wicked things to have a Trader Joe's nearby. I think the closest one is Charlotte. I've never been to one, but they are all over the blogs I read.

One day I may drive to Charlotte just to hit up the Ikea & the Trader Joe's.

Kat said...

1) Dress from Old Navy recently or long-ago-sorry-they-don't-make-it-anymore? And 2) I love grocery stores too, and one of the places I've requested to go during my birthday celebration week is The Fresh Market because our local one closed and I need that "slap you in the face when you walk in the door" roast coffee smell. Also, our local Harry Peeter closed, and we don't have a WF or TJ's, so I'm jealous of you. Again.

Kristina said...

We have an Earth Fare, but it is too expensive for me at the moment, so I try to pick and choose from our reg. grocery. We dont have a Trader joes either and I keep reading about it on other blogs (not fair). Love the outfit, super cute. And cant believe you havent seen Rudy or A Christmas Story! lol I cant think of one thats a HUGE movie that I havent seen will prob come to me after I go offline. lol


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