This week's marathon shopping trip, blogged in a marathon post:
The first food stop was SuperTarget. SuperTarget is apparently Target's answer to WalMart: it's a regular Target store with a grocery department. I guess they don't have them everywhere because I'd mentioned our SuperTarget to friends of mine in CA some time ago, and they were just amazed that Target had groceries. Not all of our Targets are SuperTargets. Their prices are quite competitive on what they carry, but the grocery department is not as complete as WalMart or a grocery store.
They have a reasonable produce department and routinely have the best prices on fresh cauliflower.
They also have a well-stocked large tea selection.
I picked up some yogurt and a couple of non-food items which were my reason for stopping in Target today.
Next stop: Cost Plus World Market, which will always be just "Cost Plus" to me because that's what they called themselves when I first discovered them in California. I love their food section but this section is near and dear to my heart:
The chocolate selection is extensive. I didn't even get pictures of some of it. Needless to say, I was there to buy chocolate: I bought two Lindt bars (one dark chocolate, one orange) and two Valor bars (one mint, one orange). That should hold us for awhile.
They also have free coffee samples:
Today's selection was chocolate truffle. A little on the acidic side, but quite drinkable.
The final food stop was the store where I do the bulk of my grocery shopping:
(The car was smudged in Photoshop because I thought it might be recognizable.)
Ever since this Safeway was built I've been traveling out of my way to shop here. Before getting started on groceries I stopped at the outlet of the evil empire within the store:
I'm addicted to their green iced tea. Walking around the store with something cool to drink makes the shopping experience just that much more pleasant. And Starbucks in the store has a deal going where if you buy 7 drinks, the 8th is free. I don't want to mention how many free drinks I've gotten
The store was remodeled a year or so ago. The inner aisles still look like and are lit like a traditional grocery store, but the departments in the perimeter of the store were redecorated and the lighting changed from overhead fluorescents to a softer overall light with focused spot lighting on the produce. The look is reminiscent of Whole Foods or Draeger's or other upscale chains. I'm sure it's a calculated move to make everything look more inviting so you'll buy more, but I like it anyway.
Unfortunately, they do follow the rest of the stores in their selection of peppers. You can find almost any Mexican/southwestern pepper you want, but in the second picture you can see the entire Asian produce selection: ginger and some wildly overpriced dried out lemongrass. (Which isn't even carried in some of the Asian markets.) Forget trying to find the long purple eggplants or Thai eggplant - Whole Foods carried them for about six months, and I haven't seen them in any store since. (I even tried growing them. The deer ate them.)
I like Safeway's meats:
...and pork. The only package of chuck eye steaks is not in the first picture because it was in my cart. Safeway was also running a wonderful special on 7 bone pot roast - $0.99/lb - but I had to pass it up because I already have one in the deep freeze.
The domination of the food scene by the chains has apparently given them some leeway to stock some interesting products:
At SuperTarget I found Mexican Coke, with real sugar.
Safeway stocks my favorite soy sauce, Pearl River Bridge. Last time I was at the Asian markets they didn't even have it (although they had some other good soy sauces).
Safeway also stocks frozen New Mexico green chiles. The selection isn't as extensive as that of New Mexican grocery stores, but I am happy to have them available year 'round, not just fresh when they're in season.
Since I was trying to hit a number of stores in a short amount of time, lunch was:
As protein bars go, they're not too bad. They don't have the consistency and mouthfeel of spackle, the chocolatey coating might have met an actual cocoa bean at some point in its life, and most importantly, they sit like a lump in my stomach so I feel full.
When I got home, I ate a hard boiled egg and split a package of onion-flavored macadamia nuts with my husband:
I liked them way too much. Fortunately, the price will prevent me from buying them often.
edited for spelling errors that spontaneously appear AFTER you proofread it
Edited by purplewiz, 23 June 2006 - 06:02 PM.