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Postby gm » Fri Dec 16, 2005 9:16 pm

I was in the neighborhood of our favorite publication's offices today and stumbled across what is now my favorite small grocery spot -- Trader Joe's. Always nice to find these kind of places that make food shopping enjoyable again!

Anyone else have favorite "out of the ordinary" food shops?
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Postby bad hammy » Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:52 am

Chain: Whole Foods. Hard to believe that this den of left-wing organic, natural foods is based in Texas.

Local (definitely won’t mean anything to you unless you live in my neighborhood): Village Market.

I’m not a big fan of Trader Joe’s, because it is not a complete store. There are large gaps in what they carry, forcing me to go somewhere else to finish a shopping trip. But I love them for bringing Two Buck Chuck to the market. Good (not great, but good) wine, very inexpensive.
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Postby gh » Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:14 am

Not only do the T&FN offices have a Trader Joe's out the back door to keep gm happy, they must have heard about hammy because a Whole Foods is going up right across the street from the front door!
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Postby mojo » Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:38 am

gh wrote:Not only do the T&FN offices have a Trader Joe's out the back door to keep gm happy, they must have heard about hammy because a Whole Foods is going up right across the street from the front door!


heaven!!

Do you guys need a cook? 8)
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Postby Helen S » Sat Dec 17, 2005 3:43 pm

In our house, our rule is not to buy anything at Whole Foods (we call it 'whole paycheck") if we can get the same thing at the food co-op.
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Postby Daisy » Sat Dec 17, 2005 3:51 pm

Helen S wrote:Whole Foods (we call it 'whole paycheck").

Agree with that. We do go there for baked good though. The last time I was there I noticed a lot of homeopathic medicine products. I suppose I should not be surprised but it was a bit of a turn off.
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Postby mojo » Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:08 pm

There is no Whole Foods where I live but Vancouver has one. I go there to look only.

TJ's though? I could go crazy there. Alas not a one in Canada. :(
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Postby EPelle » Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:08 am

I understand that we (Sweden) make a frozen penne pasta dish that Trader Joes sells. What is it called?
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Postby bad hammy » Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:28 am

mojo wrote:TJ's though? I could go crazy there. Alas not a one in Canada. :(

But there are a bunch in Washington - you shouldn't have to drive too far: http://www.traderjoes.com/locations/sea ... INGTON.asp
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Postby mojo » Sun Dec 18, 2005 8:23 am

Drive too far??? First I have a 1 1/2 hour ferry trip, then 2 hours at the border than a 1 1/2 hour drive to the store.
The ferry alone is about $100.00 round trip. :x

Think I'll run over right now! :wink:
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Postby EPelle » Sun Dec 18, 2005 8:56 am

You pay for your ferry trips? Here, they are included in taxes.
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Postby bad hammy » Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:51 am

mojo wrote:Drive too far??? First I have a 1 1/2 hour ferry trip, then 2 hours at the border than a 1 1/2 hour drive to the store.
The ferry alone is about $100.00 round trip. :x

Think I'll run over right now! :wink:

Well, it is Trader Joe's, after all . . . :P
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Postby mojo » Sun Dec 18, 2005 10:39 am

Ferries are free in Sweden??? :shock:
Our fares just keep going up and up. It is crazy and we have to be very judicious about when we go over to the mainland.
As most of our major trackmeets are over there it makes travel very expensive thus we have to do alot fundraising..like selling composted manure!

There has been wild talk about building a bridge (which would cost billions of dollars) but most people are against it. Keeps the riffraff over in Vancouver. :wink: :P


bad hammy-I am going to send you a shopping list since you have so many around you. :twisted: :twisted: :D
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Postby bad hammy » Sun Dec 18, 2005 10:44 am

mojo wrote:bad hammy-I am going to send you a shopping list since you have so many around you. :twisted: :twisted: :D

Depending on the shipping costs, you may find the ferry ride more attractive.
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Postby lonewolf » Sun Dec 18, 2005 8:43 pm

Shipping into Canada can be ... traumatizing... I recently signed up with DSL as a promised less expensive alternative to UPS and Fed-Ex.. DSL whacked me $128 to ground ship an 18# box of documents from NYC to Vancouver.. no duty, they took 29 days to deliver and then wanted the receipent to pick up at their terminal instead of delivering.. I have not used DSL since...despite their repeated inquiries of "wha hoppen?"

mojo does not exaggerate the ferry fare.. I made that Vancouver/Victoria ferry round trip summer of 2004 ( I think it was) my recollection is it was about US$70, Cad$105, at the time.... but .. whattayagonnado.. you can't back up.. Victoria/Vancouver Island is worth it once but I wouldn't want to do it for weekly grocery shopping
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Postby mojo » Mon Dec 19, 2005 12:20 pm

wamego relays champ wrote:
mojo wrote: I go there to look only. :(



Look at the food, or the women?

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Definately for the women!!
Hubba hubba!!!!! :P :P
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Postby mojo » Mon Dec 19, 2005 12:24 pm

lonewolf wrote:mojo does not exaggerate the ferry fare.. I made that Vancouver/Victoria ferry round trip summer of 2004 ( I think it was) my recollection is it was about US$70, Cad$105, at the time.... but .. whattayagonnado.. you can't back up.. Victoria/Vancouver Island is worth it once but I wouldn't want to do it for weekly grocery shopping


I make the trip many times a year- hope you had nice weather for your trip- it can be beautiful and if you are really lucky you might see whales. 8)
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Postby mojo » Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:33 pm

I saw Jo Fenn in the produce department once- such a clumsy girl. :wink:
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Postby Daisy » Mon Dec 19, 2005 2:04 pm

mojo wrote:such a clumsy girl

But good with a pick. This should be in the ipod thread.
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http://www.barnettimes.co.uk/archive/display.var.267871.0.0.php
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Postby maggot » Mon Dec 19, 2005 3:25 pm

EPelle wrote:You pay for your ferry trips? Here, they are included in taxes.


Yes, but what % of your income is taken by taxes?
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Postby trackstar » Mon Dec 19, 2005 4:03 pm

bad hammy wrote:Chain: Whole Foods. Hard to believe that this den of left-wing organic, natural foods is based in Texas.


Not if you know anything about Austin. The running joke in Texas (derisive or self-effacing, depending on who says it) is to call us The People's Republic of Austin.

Also, calling them "left-wing" requires quite a bit of qualification. They are noted for being aggressively anti-union (although they also win national awards for being a great place to work). And believe me, if you have followed their growth, you know that they are very aggressively capitalist.

And I don't know that believing in organics is necessarily lefty (although the cause certainly gets its greatest promotion from the left). My father is a conservative businessman but also possibly even more rabidly pro-organic than me.
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Postby bad hammy » Mon Dec 19, 2005 4:11 pm

trackstar wrote:Also, calling them "left-wing" requires quite a bit of qualification. They are noted for being aggressively anti-union (although they also win national awards for being a great place to work). And believe me, if you have followed their growth, you know that they are very aggressively capitalist.

And I don't know that believing in organics is necessarily lefty (although the cause certainly gets its greatest promotion from the left). My father is a conservative businessman but also possibly even more rabidly pro-organic than me.

Well, if you saw the crew at the one I shop at in Berkeley, you'd be trying to figure how many thousands of miles you would have to go towards the right to even find a middle of the roader. In any event, it was a bit of a surprise to find out where they were from - it seems a much more CA kind of concept.
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