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Riiiiiiggggghhhhttt. Talk to me when Whole Foods begins to stock regular baking mix, not just gluten free shit. Until then, they are way too precious for me. And next time you post something like this, I want the picture to back up your hyperbole.
Nonetheless, it's better than getting the pasta special. The pasta special is always terrible (yet still better than the ramen at the Beaverton location, which is godawful).
Virtually every worker that I have ever tried to get help from there has been extremely rude to me. I literally had to interrupt a conversation between two employees in the produce section about their drunken sex rampage the night before to see if they carried Honey Crisp apples. One employee rolled her eyes at me and said no (in a super snarky tone) then they both walked away.
I will shop at Whole Foods any day of the week over New Seasons!
but ShowStop-- Trader Joe's is about more than semi-retarded yuppies: it's about terrible produce too
We've gone to New Seasons for years, and Whole Foods (Fremont) when super lazy, usually just for this or that. We'd go to Fred Meyer or Target when we needed bulk cleaning supplies, and they're also great for getting cheap frozen stuff. Fred Meyer's particularly good for cheap alcohol. We also thought it was silly to go to New Seasons over Fred Meyer for these needs, and downright decadent to go to Whole Foods, ever.
Here's the thing: for our groceries, Fred Meyer clocks in about 10$ cheaper on average, per trip (1x/wk). Whole Foods actually clocks in just BELOW New Seasons, about $5 cheaper per weekly visit. (I think it's because the lack of selection at WF means we'll go without one or two items per visit.)
New Seasons has WF beat on selection, but WF is always less busy than New Seasons.
Of the three, Fred Meyer is a) the furthest away, b) the most likely to be patronized by insane people and c) far and away the place with the dumbest, slowest checkout service. After waiting typically 10-20 minutes for every checkout, we decided it was worth $40 a month to get our groceries elsewhere.
Since we're just realizing that WF is actually slightly cheaper AND closer, we're about to go Whole Foods. Contemplating the switch makes me feel (even more) like a yuppie prick, but hey, if the shoe fits....
The New Seasons in Concordia is not that bad. Much better than a WF. But it feels like a scene. Like everyone is on display. Freddies is normal fugly people, just there to buy groceries.
WinCo is fucking terrible for people who actually care how their food tastes. Their selection is just the worst. I also perused their book selection (an area where they could be putting good food) and found that they were pretty much all Christian books. Are they trying to proselytize to their customers. I also noted that magazines like Cosmo at the checkout had boards placed in front of their covers -- SO TEH CHILDREN WON'T HAVE TO SEE WORDS LIKE "SEX QUIZ" AND AIRBRUSHED CLEAVAGE! Fuck you, WinCo.
If you know what you're looking for (and care about how your food tastes), Winco is the place to be. For produce, no. I go to the farmer's market or co-op. But for packaged goods, deals on bulk products and things like cereal, you won't beat Winco.
I buy a ton of produce and always walk out of WinCo paying $5-$10 less than for Freddy's, and way way less than WF or NS, plus I don't get exposed to those horrible "organic" pesticides.
I get all my meat at New Seasons, and the quality and customer service are great (except for this one butcher who hates me since I suggested to some woman looking for beef bones that she try Uwajimaya instead of waiting a week for NS to get more in). Based on my infrequent surveys, it seems like WF has more expensive meat.
But seriously, join the human fucking species and shop at WinCo. NS in the 'Tron is full of normal people, as a WF would be were one here. But it's not, which is why it always seems like WF is full of fucks, I guess. They seem to have great variety, though...
To the person complaining about Fred Meyer check out lines, go to the self check out, it's insanely faster and funny/fun.
I adore the weirdos at Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway!
I simple detest the norms at NS and WF.
Matter o' fact, from where I live:
I could go to Zupan's except why the fuck would anyone pay those prices if they didn't have to?
I could go to Barbur Foods if I needed some asafoetida, or burberry.
I could go to Food Front, if I hadn't already had my fill of being judged by weirdly vindictive strangers.
I could go to Market of Choice, and I often do, but it's a treat store.
I could go to Safeway, if I was in the mood for Creepy.
Maybe if you weren't such a dick you would be treated better there. Just some advice. =)
Oh, but no. You can't leave it at that. The stores you like are the stores that Real People like! Where real people go, and not all those fake people who made you feel so bad! And certainly no one who disagrees with you would be treated well, because these are Good Stores For Good People! Like YOU!!!