I’ve never been in a Whole Foods. In fact I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one.

I did spend a lot of time in Trader Joe’s stores when I lived in Socal. Had to be dragged in at first, then it turned out they had really good food at fairly reasonable prices – by Socal standards – and then I didn’t want to shop for groceries anywhere else. It wasn’t half as weird as I’d expected.

But I’ve never been in a Whole Foods. I’m told it’s…different.

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11 Responses to I’ve never been in a Whole Foods. In fact I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one.

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    Good grief…

    I do remember (vaguely) when the whole “fair trade” thing came out, at least for coffee. Had a very strange conversation with a friend about it, and never was tempted to approach the subject again…

    She said it was worth paying LOTS more for the coffee because it was “fair trade.” I asked what that meant, and she seemed to think that the people who picked the coffee got more money. I asked how she knew that was so and she just smiled, saying because that’s what it said on the can.

    Sure thing.

    Don’t even get me started on this “gluten” or “vegan” thing. Bunch of nuts, far as I’m concerned. The upside is that there’s just that much more meat and bread for me… and whoever else wants them.

  2. jabrwok says:

    On a largely unrelated note (except that it deals with food), I saw this video and thought you might find it interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0foHjPVbP4

    How to make an earthen oven. The followup video shows the host making bread in the oven. Given that you like to make bread, and your various oven issues, this might be worth investigating at some point.

    Assuming that your bandwidth allows you to even watch the videos of course:-/.

  3. jed says:

    There’s the odd reason here and there to go into Whole Foods. Their price on vegetable glycerin is lower than WalMart (I use that to make my nic-juice.) They used to carry both Blue Sky Cream Soda and Hansons Ginger Ale, though the ones near me stopped doing that. Now there’s a first world problem – I know of no place near me where I can buy good cream soda. I guess people do it all the time now, but I have a hard time convincing myself to order soda pop from Amazon.

  4. Judy says:

    jed – Looked up the Blue Sky label cause it sounded familiar. The product line was sold to Monster. It is no longer made in Santa Fe, NM but in Corona, CA. By the way it looks like Coke-Cola took over Monster in 2015. Looks like you can’t get a decent soda-pop without having to deal with Coke and their shenanigans.

  5. Ken Hagler says:

    I grew up in the town next to Corona, and consequently would be very reluctant to ingest anything that came from there.

  6. f1watch says:

    I went in one once. Was traveling, needed AA batteries and figured any grocery store would have them. They were obviously different than any grocery store I had ever been in so I figured I just couldn’t find them due to their layout. When I asked, they said they didn’t carry batteries at all. I didn’t ask why since I knew I had no reason to enter again.

  7. Whole Foods was useful to us when we lived in Colorado, at least at the time. IIRC, at one point the owner rather pissed off some of the more shrill and harpy-like Leninistas by not being adequately lockstep-critical of capitalism and property rights, which made me grin.

    Even back then, though, some of the people that one would just randomly encounter there…whoo Space-cadet much?

    The smug on some people is nearly debilitating in its brazenness.

  8. Ben says:

    I will admit it… We occasionally use a Whole Foods as a restaurant. They have rather tasty salads and hot food for carry-out or consumption on the premises. Watching the customers/freak show is half the fun!

  9. jed says:

    @Judy. Thanks for the info. I don’t drink much soda, actually. It’s more of an occasional thing. So I didn’t try to research it. But it is possible to get a soda without buying from Coke, or other huge-brand companies. However, it’s going to be typically pricey, and usually hard to find. “Artisanal” might be an applicable word. Or “craft”. Oddly enough, I discovered a candied bacon cream soda at the local Ace Hardware. Very tasty, but too expensive. Dr. Brown’s is still out there, but I don’t know if they’re owned by some huge conglomerate. Hmmm, they use high-fructose corn syrup. Ugh.

  10. Judy says:

    jed, when we want soda without HFCS, we go to a Mexican grocery store. The sodas in the glass bottles, produced in Mexico, have cane sugar…and flavor.

  11. Jed,

    I have no idea where you live, but we have Gray’s here in Southern Wisconsin, and it is available online:


    The brewery has been in continuous operation by the same family since the 1800’s. They started making soda during Prohibition and never stopped.

    For my own cream soda, I caramelize some sugar, add more and make a heavy syrup…mixed with some Vanilla Essence:


    This goes into my Soda Stream carbonated water, after I pour out enough water to give space for the syrup…There is no alcohol in the Essence, so it gives a much “cleaner” taste in my opinion.

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