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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 06:55 PM
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5. For the most part, NOT at chain supermarkets
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 07:04 PM by Nothing Without Hope
Which is a big shift from even 5 years ago for me. Now:

1. Fruits and veggies - Russo's - a wonderful mega-farm stand-like place with the cheapest, freshest, most varied fruits & veggies in town. Here in the greater Boston area, it's a mecca year-round. It's in Watertown. You can get standard things or you can get exotic fresh Asian greens in over a dozen varieties, fresh curry leaves, and lots of things I've never heard of. Prices and freshness are much better than supermarkets, too.
In season, I do go to some of the many country farm stands and pick-your-owns, though Russo's is cheaper. Best apples ever around here in the countryside orchards: Honey Crisp and (almost as good) GingerGold. Some farmers also bring their produce to the city centers one day a week in season - more expensive than Russo's but fun.
I raise my own tomatoes and herbs in my tiny back yard and share them with my landlord's family - a good arrangement for all.

2. Miscellaneous stuff - Trader Joe's. I get a lot of things there, it's a great chain. Those of you that frequent them know what I mean. My favorite store-bought bread is there, which surprises me given the many other good stores for bakery stuff.

3. Detergent, toiletries, office stuff, paper towels and such, some foods, miscellaneous stuff -- CostCo. Just down the highway and they treat their employees well.

4. WHole grains except lentils, all the limited meat I eat except fish -- Whole Foods. (Used to be Bread & Circus here.) I don't eat beef and I only eat natural-raised, "certified organic" chicken or lamb occasionally.

5. Spices and dals (lentils, various kinds of chickpeas, other beans and peas), other Indian supplies - Indian grocery stores in Waltham, MA (a short drive to these wonderfully fragrant places).

6. Fresh fish - one of the joys of the Boston area. Pick your favorite local fish market or go to the Pier. It's all great.

7. Non-Indian Asian specialty foods - Asian supermarket chain, Super 88 - a few stores, all very large, full of amazingly varied foods from all over Asia, and quite cheap. Local Asian markets are also often good. Found plentiful fresh Kaffir lime leaves in a little Cambodian/Viet-Namese/Thai one in Lowell last week. There are also specialty stores for Japanese, Korean, or other national cuisines and I go there as needed for cooking ingredients.

8. On those rare occasions when my sweet tooth twinges or I want to spoil someone with a sweet gift -- a local Danish bakery that uses only Danish ingredients, has a native Danish head baker, and ships their delights all over the area. Their strudels, breads, marzipans (usually not a favorite for me, but theirs are wonderful), all pastries are to die for, nothing like what you get in other local bakeries. They also sell the best quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar in refillable bottles at a good price, a real find.

9. There are probably even more on this list before I finally get to my local supermarket chain, Shaws. (Used to be Star Market.) Standard big supermarkets. I get some staples there, like the kind of skim milk I like best. and a few other things I don't find in other places. Interestingly, a couple of years back they made over a significant part of the store as a whole/natural foods sub-store and they also maintain a good fish market --with sushi yet! -- and have reasonable fruits and veggies and a wine selection. I just don't get much at these stores, there are just so many other even better places.

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