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Adventuring Through the Market
May 7, 2016

Lately, my boyfriend and I have been doing our grocery shopping at Whole Foods. I’m pretty fascinated by this market and wouldn’t mind paying slightly more for groceries- especially when the quality is higher and sourcing is ethical. Personally, I love exploring through markets and seeing what they have to offer. Cooking is a fun learning experience and can be cheaper than eating out!

There are other grocery stores I’ve been to and liked, such as Trader Joe’s, Fresh & Easy (now closed), and a trendy Japanese market. Sprouts Farmers Market could potentially make it to my favorite’s list, but I haven’t been to it enough times. Maybe I will this upcoming summer, since it’s close to work.

Here are some collective thoughts over the weeks:

  • I haven’t tried their poke selection yet, but it’s tempting every time I go.
  • Their $8.99/lb “buffet” selection can add up pretty quick! “Just another piece of grilled tofu… And another scoop of chicken…”
  • What are these beverages I haven’t seen before?! The Organic Steaz drink is delish!
  • “What should I eat for lunch? Poke, pizza, salad, smoothie, gelato, baked goodies, or a philly cheesesteak?”
  • Having a shopping list definitely helps when it comes to avoiding impulse buying.
  • Their floral bouquets are beautiful! I’m considering on picking one out for my graduation pictures.
  • Once upon a time, I saw a sea urchin in the seafood section…
  • Thanks for inspiring me to make my own fruit-infused water drinks!
  • “Wow! I haven’t seen this before!”
  • There was a station that gives out beer samples for free. This is awesome.
  • “This rotisserie chicken is good for 5 servings!” *Thinks about the cost per serving*

Apparently, I missed the era of ostrich eggs. Would you pay $40 for an oversized egg, even if it’s to try it out once? I would.

15 Responses

  1. Aigis ☆ May 7, 2016 at 11:19 pm


    • Nancy ☆ May 7, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      You have been cordially invited to
      ~The Awesome Shopping Duo~’s weekly shopping
      At Whole Foods Market

      Do you accept?
      Yes / No

  2. Holly ☆ May 8, 2016 at 2:45 am

    I loved this post because I have a strange fascination with supermarkets in other countries. When I’m in another country I have to check out what foods the shops sell!

    Whole Foods sounds amazing. They’ve recently started opening up shops in the UK so I’m waiting patiently for one to open in the North West!

  3. Tara ☆ May 8, 2016 at 2:49 am

    I actually like grocery shopping, too, but I always rush through because I don’t want to keep my dad waiting. I should do what you do and try to make up a list on what I want to buy based on what i want to cook for that week. I’m just too lazy, hahaha!

    Fruit-infused water is definitely a good idea — healthier for you, too! Actually, it’s good you’re willing to pay extra for better quality food since they are being consumed!

    All those photos — niiiice. Love the macarons and gelato photos. I also like the photos of you with your shopping list! I recognise your awesome handwriting 😀

    Thanks for sharing your market experience, Nancy! ^^

  4. Megs ☆ May 8, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I swear, my my mouth is watering just reading this post. That whole foods looks amazing. The colours of the vegetables and flowers is just popping off the screen.

    I always try and shop at a farmers market for fruit and veg, and a local butcher… but sometimes the local big name grocery store is so much more convenient. Although definitely less tasty and vibrant.

  5. Thao ☆ May 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I haven’t explored Whole Foods much except for the occasionally grab-and-go food from their “buffet” area. Trader Joe’s is usually my top spot for grocery shopping, but their selection is no where as vast as Whole Foods. I would love to explore some of their selections for coconut water and almond butter.

    But I did go to the Whole Foods in Boston recently in this week since it was across the street from my office. Hello lobster mac and cheese! It was great!

  6. Cat ☆ May 9, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Whole Foods is super popular here! I think it’s because it’s actually founded in our city, and we have many locations here. We also have a competitor that is very similar called Central Market.

    We like going to Whole Foods when we’re looking for specialty items or really nice meat. Otherwise, we shop at a grocery store called HEB (owned by the same company as Central Market, so they share some items). Whole Foods is too expensive for us to shop at all the time, haha. It’s nice for special occasions though 🙂

  7. Jenni ☆ May 11, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I love Whole Foods! There are only a couple in my country though, and none near me, so I don’t get to go very often. Love your photos, especially the orange/red roses 🙂

  8. Becca ☆ May 12, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I’ve not been to a Whole Foods before because we don’t have one near us, but it seems like a lot of fun! I either go to Aldi or Price Chopper, which I think is a local grocery store. Price Chopper has a huge fruit and vegetable market area, so I love being able to pick out all my produce.

    I always make a grocery list otherwise I’ll never remember everything that I need. xD It also keeps me impulse buying, but usually I just buy extra stuff if it’s on sale so I can stock up.

    Oh wow! I didn’t realize ostrich eggs were so expensive! It would be fun to try them – I see chefs cooking on TV with them a lot, but I don’t know if I’d pay $40 for one. 😛

  9. Chynna ☆ May 12, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Hoo, we actually have Whole Foods here in the UK. I’ve never stepped foot in there in my entire life, though. As I am trying to lead a healthier life then I may venture in there because I know they promote healthier foods.

    Beer samples for free – say what?!

    Grocery shopping is my jam, though. I get high off buying food – no joke. Whole Foods looks awesome!

  10. Alice B ☆ May 13, 2016 at 3:23 am

    omg ostrich eggs. I have seen videos of people eating half boiled ostrich eggs and holy madness they are so huge i had to laugh hahahaha ….and now i’m wondering how big a half boiled dinosaur egg would be. please ignore my weird train of thoughts.

    my boyfriend and i love going to grocery stores too but we don’t buy stuff like you do. we only walk around to see things and yea, we are weird like that. i think we’re more like… hansel and gretel where we go to grocery stores to buy snacks and stuff like candies and whatnot LOL so childish.

  11. Kya ☆ May 13, 2016 at 3:40 am

    It’s great to find a place that you like and can support.

    Mmmmmmm those macarons look sooooo good. 😀

  12. Raisa ☆ May 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Wegmans is my favorite grocery store! I love their produce. They’re a little pricier too, but I also don’t mind paying extra for higher quality food. They also stick regular brand food for my junk food haha. It’s like a mix of Smith’s and Whole Foods. Wegmans is great. <3 (This is not a sponsored comment lololol)

  13. Liz ☆ May 14, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I don’t know that I’d pay $40 for an ostrich egg, but then again, I don’t really eat eggs. :p

    My cousin Charlise is obsessed with those Justin’s nut butters. They were literally throwing them at us at the Austin expo we attended, and she took loads (because shipping, I assume, is expensive, and this is what usually happens on the second day).

    I like the wider selection at Whole Foods, but it’s harder to navigate and more expensive than Sprouts is, so I prefer Sprouts more. I do like buying healthier stuff, though, 1) because my allergies essentially put me on a healthy diet, and 2) there tends to be less junk in stuff from health food stores and more stuff with ingredients I can actually pronounce (that’s a big deal for me).

  14. Georgie ☆ May 15, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Grocery shopping can be pretty fun! I always get tempted to buy things I don’t need, though. Especially the stuff on sale that tastes good but that I totally wasn’t planning on buying. ? Perhaps I will take a list next time, too.

    I didn’t get flowers for any of my graduations 🙁 I didn’t mind though. I didn’t really want any and I knew they might be overpriced! I think I would rather get a real flower or a plant.

    I would pay that much for an egg even to try it once. Sushi is expensive, for example, and some Japanese food are mad insane delicacies that cost big bucks – but I would definitely give it a go to try it.

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