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Old 06-05-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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I need your "foodie" shopping suggestions

here's the thing: a brand new whole foods store is set to open in our town, with the old store advertising a super 50% off sale on all their remaining inventory. the sale is today only. if i am to be set loose in a whole foods store, i need me a PLAN. i need me a LIST to go by, and even with all that, i'll probably find myself in deep trouble, like a kid in a toy store with no supervision. please give me some ideas as to what you would put on your whole foods store shopping list? what two or three items would you put at the very top of that list? forget everyday, workaday items, what are a few special things you find yourself, time and again, reluctantly returning to the shelf without purchasing? i figure you'll be helping me either way - by helping me NOT shop, or by aiding and abetting what might turn into a pseudo-criminal foodie shopping spree of my life!!

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Old 06-05-2011, 12:04 PM   #2
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Go for the expensive items, canned or bottled and stock up.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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a Variety of dried mushrooms, fruits, and nuts.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:22 PM   #4
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Anything smoked, pickled or unusual. We don't have a Whole Foods, sounds wonderful!
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:44 PM   #5
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Exactly, those things you return to the shelf reluctantly. Now is your chance to try them out. Also, anything you normally use and stores easily. Only take in the amount of cash you are willing to spend, leave the checkbook and cards at home.
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Different olives, smoked salmon, pickled artichokes, balsamic and other vinegars, kippers, pine nuts, anchovy paste, oriental and Thai products like oyster sauce. Would love to shop there! What fun!
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:41 PM   #7
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I'm so jealous! The nearest for me is in Madison, an almost 2 hour drive. Since I go so seldom, I indulge myself. Mostly I go for ethnic foods I cannot get locally. Although they look wonderful, I seldom go for fresh produce and meats because I'd have to take a cooler and go straight home. I also hit the Asian grocer and Penzey's spices because they're nearby. But also, at Whole Foods, maybe some cheese and chacouterie for a light dinner when we get home (a trip to Madison necessitates a big lunch at an ethnicity of restaurant we cannot get either here or in Dubuque).
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all very excellent ideas, guys, i thank you all so much! exActly what was called for to sharpen my focus and help to prepare me for my sunday foray into whole foods gourmet Par-TT-aayy!
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all very excellent ideas, guys, i thank you all so much! exActly what was called for to sharpen my focus and help to prepare me for my sunday foray into whole foods gourmet Par-TT-aayy!
Whatever you don't use you are welcome to send my way! Have fun!
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:01 PM   #10
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Definitely go for things you can't buy locally. And, when I wrote fruits I meant dried fruits (cherries, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, things like that because they'll last and if they are on sale...). Same with nuts but I'd store them in the freezer.
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