Is it really too much to ask for one nice grocery store near our house (under an hour)?
Yes, it seems rediculous to visit three or four stores on a weekly basis just for food, but that’s the only way to get everything we need to feed our cooking habits. Perhaps I could pare down the weekly meals, but that’s no fun — especially when I look forward to cooking and trying out new recipes daily (it’s worth noting the main reason for this is that the restaurants SUCK here — there’s a limited selection and they seem to only offer fried unhealthiness — especially as it relates to appetizers).
Yes, I know I may sound like a snot in writing this post, but it’s something that just kind of blows my mind about this area of the country.
Every store here has poor quality produce, few organic selections, a limited selection, at best, of items like Greek Yogurt. If I had serious dietary restrictions, I’m not sure what I would do!
I’m sure it takes a nice neighborhood and some higher income areas for a Whole Foods to come to town, but I’d think something like a Trader Joe’s might go over well here. It would be the only healthy option and with a military base nearby, I would think that people would flock to spend money there. I must be missing some info. There’s got to be a reason for not building something awesome in Columbus…
What I’d love to find all in one store?
- Produce doesn’t go bad within two days of purchase
- Meat or chicken not nearing expiration date, also organic chicken at a ‘reasonable’ price
- Milk that doesn’t leak when you buy it (and that lasts to its expiration date)
- Basil that doesn’t wilt or have holes in the leaves
- Garlic (preferably the ones that aren’t purple — not sure what’s going on there…)
- FRESH HERBS!!!
- Canada Dry Sparkling Water, preferably Raspberry flavor (funny that this is the link that came to the top in my search)
- A Starbucks (I know, this is probably pushing it)
- Fully-stocked Chobani Greek Yogurt (they are out almost every time I go to Kroger)
- Wine (real wine, not that Arbor Mist stuff)
Until then, I’ll end my rant here and will spend some time thinking of all the goodness that Columbus has to offer. Fried pickles (and every other type of vegetable), Smackers frozen yogurt and the BEST BBQ ever.