I live within a block or so of two carriage trade private supermarkets. Excellent produce, real butchers, fresh fish and poultry, all of the premium shelf-stuff you could want. Pricey, but when compared to Safeway and friends, not that much more considering the quality. Free delivery over $50., including last year’s Christmas tree!
Enter Grocery Outlet. Organic produce, dairy, poultry and (grass fed) meat, pastured eggs, our current house wine. The shelves offer an Aladin’s cave of “who’d have thunk it” products at almost free prices, or at least low enough to allow one to try out weird things without guilt. Three Twins, Humboldt and Talenti organic ice cream frequently.
So what’s the problem? We run out of something and instead of trotting around the corner to our “local”, we wait for our weekly GO trip and hope they still have it. And as an equally addicted friend quipped, “Or search GO for a viable substitute!” Quite literally, my life has changed drastically.