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Old 10-01-08, 10:21 PM   #1
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Friends don't let friends eat at Whole Foods.

Since a lot of you are my friends, I thought I should let y'all know. (If you're not my friend, WHY AREN'T YOU YET?!)

Because friends don't let friends pay $14.95 for wild rice, roast beef that takes an HOUR to eat, and glorified string beans (none of which were that good). All of which were cold upon serving.

So be a good friend and tell your friends.
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Old 10-01-08, 10:23 PM   #2
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I wasn't aware that Whole Foods had a restaurant. I buy some items there, even though I know they're ridiculously priced.
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But what's NOT to like about "green" chicken breast priced at the wonderful savings of $4.99/lb? You clearly haven't been educated yet.

On the other hand, I did buy Simple Orange orange juice for $2.00, when the health store in Hoboken charged me $3.00 for it once.
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they do have the best selection of trail mixes i've seen so far. and cheap soy milk. and fancy cheese.
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I'll admit I have a lot to learn when it comes to buying meat as I don't eat it. I do prefer that my food is organic, and I'll admit to a few luxury items that are hard to come buy in other stores. I wish there was a nonstop farmer's market or better yet, be able to grow all my own food.
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they do have the best selection of trail mixes i've seen so far. and cheap soy milk. and fancy cheese.
Their raspberry latte mix is dangerously addicting. The downside is it melts in the heat.
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Old 10-01-08, 10:43 PM   #7
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I don't recall how far Orem is from Salt Lake, but I've been shopping at Sunflower Market. Low prices on organic and all natural hippy food. Good stuff. check them out if you're around there.
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I don't recall how far Orem is from Salt Lake, but I've been shopping at Sunflower Market. Low prices on organic and all natural hippy food. Good stuff. check them out if you're around there.
My mom's told me about this place. The Murray location is much closer than the Orem one. I'll have to go check it out!
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I don't know if the prices are low enough to make a trip worth it, but the one near me is like 1/2 a mile. It's closer than any other grocery store and there prices are lower than even a normal grocery store's organic prices.
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I don't know if the prices are low enough to make a trip worth it, but the one near me is like 1/2 a mile. It's closer than any other grocery store and there prices are lower than even a normal grocery store's organic prices.
That's awesome. Well, the Whole Foods is definitely closer by about 12 miles, but I still want to check it out if anything to satisfy my curiosity.
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Whole Foods isn't different than any other grocery store, IMO. I can buy pre-made stuff that costs an arm and a leg at the QFC up the road from my place. Conversely, I can go to Whole Foods and buy just what stuff is on sale or sells cheap to begin with, and not spend a fortune.
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I make it a point to avoid Whole Foods like the plague for reasons too numerous to list here.
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I have found that Trader Joes has pretty much the same stuff, but with lower prices and less smug.

The only thing I ever go to Whole Foods for is Lavazza coffee. TJ's dont carry that brand. I cant seem to find it anywhere else, or put another way, now that I know where to find it i dont plan to look anymore.
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I wasn't aware that Whole Foods had a restaurant. I buy some items there, even though I know they're ridiculously priced.
some do, some don't. I feel the same way - I'll go there on my break to buy our tea which no one else seems to carry - tho the wife just found it at a discount when bought in bulk online.

I was thinking of buying WF stock a while back.....
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I have found that Trader Joes has pretty much the same stuff, but with lower prices and less smug.

The only thing I ever go to Whole Foods for is Lavazza coffee. TJ's dont carry that brand. I cant seem to find it anywhere else, or put another way, now that I know where to find it i dont plan to look anymore.
I do prefer TJ's overall but a lot of their proprietary products have TONS of salt/sugar in them. I prefer WF house brand stuff overall.

except for TJ Roasted Garlic Hummus....if I found out I had to eat that for lunch and dinner every day for the rest o my life, I'd be just fine with it.....
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I'll admit I have a lot to learn when it comes to buying meat as I don't eat it. I do prefer that my food is organic, and I'll admit to a few luxury items that are hard to come buy in other stores. I wish there was a nonstop farmer's market or better yet, be able to grow all my own food.
This isn't beyond your reach. You can self-educate, and be ready to go come spring (or Costa Rica).

I'm going to do much better next year.
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they do have the best selection of trail mixes i've seen so far. and cheap soy milk. and fancy cheese.
Ive given up on them with cheese. Im going through the list from the Monty Python cheese sketch and
at the 4th cheese on the list, I had to go to Central Market to get it. Their 'cheese manager' told me
they had over 700 varieties. It looked like that was true.
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I've never been impressed with WF's cheese selection. It's not very good, and they don't span many different varieties. Getting the same tired cheddar from 12 different farms doesn't equal bigger selection.
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The only thing I ever go to Whole Foods for is Lavazza coffee.
QFC out here carries that brand of coffee. If you have a Kroger (or whatever store name they use in MD) near you, it might even be cheaper than at TJ's.
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I have found that Trader Joes has pretty much the same stuff, but with lower prices and less smug.
+1,000,000!

I've never gone to Whole Foods and thought they really had something I couldn't get anywhere else, and every time I've gone I'm reminded why many folks call the place "Whole Paycheck."
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yeah - i can't afford to even walk through the doors.

i like trader joe's better. but we usually do a mix of farmers market and local grocery store.
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2 more personal pluses for me for Trader Joes.

1. The Annapolis TJ's (near home and the one I go to most often) is right next door to our clubs sponsoring shop.

2. The new Columbia TJ's (near my office) is right next door to the best beer store in Maryland, The Perfect Pour. 200+ brands from all over the world and I can buy any of them as singles.
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alright i guess i'm a cheese newb then, i'll check out the local trader joes. the cheese shop sketch has quite a list of cheese...
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+1 on Cheese from TJ - great prices, decent selection.

an example of the high sodium is their chips & salsa - but TJ also offers the lower sodium alternatives - trust me and go with that, unless you like high BP.
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I don't recall how far Orem is from Salt Lake, but I've been shopping at Sunflower Market. Low prices on organic and all natural hippy food. Good stuff. check them out if you're around there.
sunflower has awesome prices
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