On Sat, 26 Mar 2011 11:10:45 +0100, "Giusi" <[email protected]>
> Things have changed a lot in ten years. Some things are a lot worse and
> some a lot better.
> Trader Joe's nowadays doesn't seem to have a lot of reason to exist. It
> looked to me as if they are mostly about prepared food.
TJ's isn't as fun and interesting as it used to be. You probably
never "knew" Trader Joe's in the olden days, but subsequent customers
demanded consistency and that's what they got. It's just a shell of
its former self because well off, entitled, Yuppies wanted to see the
same products every time they shopped there. Money talks. My new
favorite store, Rainbow grocery, is filled with rich, aging hippies
and they cater to the crowd. That's how it goes in retail.
> The ones I sampled
> in the stores were good, but I don't buy packaged food and I was very
> disappointed in the basic ingredients selection and shocked at some of the
> prices. $4.95 per pound for broccoli? At the absolute height of the
> season? $3.95 per pound for leeks? I don't think so.
Hey, it's ORGANIC (plus torrential rainstorms in California have
driven vegetable prices through the roof) and vendors have to meet TJ
standards, which are very high, if they want to sell there. You get
what you pay for.... or maybe not, but at TJ's you usually do.
> I shopped at Giant a few times. I saw the same problem that I often find
> here: dozens of choices of a few things and none whatsoever of other things.
> Leeks were almost as expensive at Giant, too. Leeks are easy and cheap to
> grow. Why so pricey?
> Costco is what it is and isn't much changed. You never could do all your
> shopping there and you still can't, but those rotisseried chickens really
> are tasty. Their Pecorino Romano or Romano cheese is just horrible. I
> didn't know Italy made cheese that bad. It's fun tasting all the weekend
> specials, but not so much fun if you have to buy 3-5 pounds of it.
You go to Costco to buy in bulk. If you like the bulk product, you
buy it. Otherwise you're screwed.
> All the rest of my shopping over the two months was done at specialty shops.
> That was partly because of where I was staying. Chevy Chase is a close-in
> suburb with lots of specialty shops, but for supermarkets I could reach
> without a car only Giant and Trader Joe's. The other supermarketing was
> done semi-recreationally when my friend with a car went with.
It's sure different from shopping in Europe. European shopping is
quaint and I wish we had more of that here. But all in all, I'm glad
we have what we have with all the choices we have that go with it.
It's not like you can find top quality at every shop on every bend
over there either. I'd go crazy trying to live with all the
limitations of being in one region or another in Europe. It's a nice
place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there very long. Two
years would be my limit.
I love cooking with wine.
Sometimes I even put it in the food.