While Whole Foods definitely appealed to some of my more romantic, white-privelege impulses, I don't think I'll be switching grocery stores anytime soon. (At least until the Fresh and Easy opens up down on Boulder Highway by the KMart.) Here are some of the several conundra I faced:
Pro: Pick out a vegetable, and they'll grill it up for you. Right then. While you are watching and feeling all smug about it.
Con: $6 a gallon for milk.
Pro: Two words: bulk bins.
Con: Many bulk bins full of food items I can't even identify, a source of culinary guilt (or, at the very least, minor discomfort).
Pro: Sliced-to-order barbecue brisket and tri-tip.
Con: $8.99 a pound for chicken breasts.
Pro: Approximately 11,078 types, varieties, and sizes of honey.
Con: Hot cocoa mix?
Pro: Reasonable selection of environmentally-friendly laundry detergents.
Con: Too many hippie-yuppies in store and parking lot.
Pro: Fresh-ground honey-roasted-peanut butter (AKA Crack on Toast).
Con: Employees too fresh-faced and innocent-looking.
All said and done, I think it would cost me about $50 to $70 more a week to buy my groceries there, if I could even count on finding everything I needed and not having to mentally reorganize my grocery list when I couldn't. So anyway, now I am working in my head on a worksheet I could carry around to a grocery store to see if I wanted to shop there. It would have a lot of items I buy often to make the things we like to eat, and I could wander around and just fill in the blanks. I am so not kidding about this, guys. I would really design and print a grocery store worksheet and go practice shopping at all kinds of stores to find the best one.
Maybe I should reinstall Sims on my computer? Or just stop making excuses to get out of reading Great Expectations.