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... and how glad I am that you are a 45 minute drive away, for I fear that I would be a lot poorer if you were closer.

It was my day off today. Got my hair cut in the 'Burg late morning, then immediately drove south to Richmond to the closest Whole Foods and Trader Joe's locations I have. Why the trek just to get to a grocery store? I plan to make Cullen skink soup for my lunch this upcoming week, and I seriously doubted the possibility of the local crappy Food Lion of having the main ingredient (smoked haddock, or finnan haddie). I'd called Whole Foods yesterday to ensure that they did have the item needed, hence the trip down.

Oh my.

Ever been to a Whole Foods store? Think Trader Joe's, but more expensive and HUGE. It was quite overwhelming, and I'm glad I'd picked a small cart for my selections, because it would have been very, very easy to go barking moonbat crazy there. As it was, I only got two bags of items and it was more expensive than a regular trip to Big Target. The smoked haddock was kind of spendy, though - guess I won't be making this dish too often.

After Whole Foods, I drove another block down the road to Trader Joe's to pick up a small number of items, including their yummy yogurt and frozen latkes. I've been craving latkes for weeks now (Food Lion doesn't even have the latke mix, and asking an employee about it only gains you a strange look), and I heard that Joe's has frozen ones that were pretty good. So I had some of those tonight, topped with sour cream. Mmmmmm...

Date: 2009-01-17 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opal-kitten.livejournal.com
Isn't Whole Foods wonderful?
The first one I went to was in Massachusetts, and I loved it. In fact- I am glad that there isn't one around here too.
I agree- I could go wild in there, the foods are so yummy.

Trader Joe is Jeff's favorite store, and I love going there. :)
I just haven't been there in a long, long time.

Date: 2009-01-17 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lothiriel-1.livejournal.com
There just isn't anything decent in my immediate area for grocery shopping. Ukrops is great, but kind of pricey and a bit out of my way. Even the one in the 'Burg, where I spend a lot of time, is not as convenient as it was when I lived up there. Food Lion sucks. Period. Giant is okay, but I don't have one near my house. I avoid Super WalMart, because I hate the way it's set up, and the fact that there are never enough registers open. So I normally wind up at Big Target, where at least I can usually find what I need.

We're getting a Wegman's in the 'Burg later this year, and I've heard those are fantastic, and have good prices. So I'll give that a shot when it opens.

Date: 2009-01-17 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opal-kitten.livejournal.com
Oh- Wegman stores are fantastic. It's basically Whole Foods, only cheaper.
I will agree with you- Food Lion does suck. That is the closet shopping center to our house, yet we will go 10 minutes out of the way just to avoid shopping there.

Date: 2009-01-17 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lothiriel-1.livejournal.com
If I drive from my house north on route 1 to get to Target, I drive by - no lie - TWO Food Lions. One is only 4 miles from my house.

Target is 20 miles away and totally worth it.

Date: 2009-01-17 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etainwilson.livejournal.com
You had to go and mention the Cullen skink soup! Now I must make me some and make a similar trek to Trader Joe's. You know what I'd love to make, is that bread they make up in the highlands around Grantown on Spey that they serve with soup. It is sort've spongy and just perfect for sopping. But I have no idea what they call it.

Date: 2009-01-17 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lothiriel-1.livejournal.com
Ya know, I didn't think to check Joe's for the smoked haddock, although the store was pretty crowded and at that point, I was ready to just pay for my stuff and get the heck out.

Date: 2009-01-17 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-samosaurus.livejournal.com
I visited my first Whole Foods out in Dever and I was so overwhelmed. So many earthy crunchy things! For SO MUCH money! If only they could be cheaper!

Also, that soup sounds awesome! :D

Date: 2009-01-17 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lothiriel-1.livejournal.com
Supposedly, Wegman's will have similar items at much lower prices. We'll see - they're supposed to open this coming June.

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