If you don’t have a Whole Foods in your area – count your blessings. No, really! It’s a phenomenal store and if I had one in my immediate area, I’d have to get a second job in order to support the obsession. For those not familiar with it – the basic concept is an entire natural, organic grocery store – no artificial anything to be found within. Think of a trendy shopping mall.. except, instead of clothes, you have food.
I was introduced to it by my friend, Tom (who, as a physician, probably has no problem affording haunting the place on a regular basis.) The Whole Foods closest to me is about a 45 minute drive (60 minutes if the traffic is bad) down to the fashionable east side of Milwaukee. On my very first visit to the place, last week – I thought “Hey! My area could use one of these!!”
I picked up some wine, cheese and a few treats for the others here at home.
When Chris came home from his biz trip – I told him all about it. I said we HAVE to go down there this weekend and do some serious shopping! I showed him what I bought – including the two bottles of Riesling that I picked up.
“Organic Wine? Come on – how much was it? What’s really so special about it – – were the grapes crushed on the thighs of virgins?“
Funny man that husband of mine.
I talked him into visiting the place today. After telling him all about it – the only thing he was saying by the end of the conversation was ‘Cha Ching. Cha Ching. Cha Ching.”
Men. They can be so money conscience, can’t they? So I talk him into it – telling him it’s nothing like he’s ever seen in a grocery store before – – it’s awesome… he’ll want to return again some day soon..yada yada. He finally gave in, but said “You’re paying for this one….maybe after we’re done today – you won’t be so excited about it anymore.”
So we go. We shop. I pick up all the things I need: fruits, veggies..restock my olive oil and balsamic supplies… we hit the butcher counter and the fresh seafood…the produce section to restock my fresh herbs in the fridge… the usual shopping spree at the grocery store.
In total? I picked up 50 items.
The price tag? $411.10.
I’m thinking….it’s probably a really good thing that it would take me about an hour to get to the place. After coming home and unloading my 50 items into the fridge and pantry…I’m thinking that I surely can live with my regular, boring old non-organic grocery store here in town and shall, from this day on, dream lovely dreams about Whole Foods – but probably will not shop there again any time soon…unless they have coupon day – – then I might consider it.
I really hate it when he’s right.