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It's Getting Real In The Whole Foods Parking Lot

ChinoWayne Jun 14, 2011 11:55 AM

Some Hip Hop from a Whole Foods shopper:

http://www.laobserved.com/archive/201...

  1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 23, 2012 02:09 PM

    small profile on the creator & star, Dave Wittman, in the NY Times this weekend:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/fas...

    1. Niblet Jun 17, 2011 05:45 AM

      Love this, thank you for posting. "I heart Veggies" -- hah!

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        GraydonCarter Jun 24, 2011 12:31 PM

        Could you please move? You're right in front of the quinoa!

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          Niblet Jun 24, 2011 09:57 PM

          Ha, yes! I sent it to my sister and she noticed a funny part I missed near the end, when he's in his car and waves thanks. This is funnier the 2nd or 3rd time.

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            Cachetes Jun 25, 2011 09:36 AM

            Like you sister, I loved that part - he smiles a quick smile too as he's waving. Very funny!

      2. inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 12:48 PM

        Thanks, ChinoWayne. Shared with my Whole Foodie friends who loved it. One of them even said it was *RAWSOME*. :D

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          bulavinaka Jun 19, 2011 06:05 PM

          One of the two stores the video was shot at is in Venice on Lincoln & Rose - you'll see the mural of Abraham Lincoln and a giant rose in some of the shots (the other WF is in Santa Monica). I shop there from time to time (it's near my 'hood"), and the rapper is "keepin' it real." Lots of self-absorbed jugheads there. And talk about ironic (I had to laugh), there's a co-op just a half a block away called, "Rawsome."

          http://www.yelp.com/biz/rawesome-food...

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            HillJ Jun 20, 2011 02:10 PM

            Those jugheads are LA actors. When I sent the link to friends in N. Hollywood they id the two guys immediately.

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              bulavinaka Jun 20, 2011 06:22 PM

              >>Those jugheads are LA actors.<<

              I'm talking about the real shoppers. I think most actors in LA couldn't afford to shop at WF. I shop at this store (Lincoln/Rose in Venice) when I can't make it down to the El Segundo store in the South Bay - much better selection and the crowds are lower key. The Venice store is closer, but parking is a nightmare (who the heck designed it/made the spots so tiny?) and hipsters litter the aisles.

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                goodhealthgourmet Jun 20, 2011 09:32 PM

                the selection is actually pretty comparable between the two stores, the layout & lighting in El Segundo just makes it seem like they have more. but yeah, that Venice parking lot is easily one of the worst *anywhere* - just make it easier on yourself and park on Rose or 7th instead of fighting the battle.

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                  bulavinaka Jun 20, 2011 09:59 PM

                  I find the selection to be much better at the El Segundo store - at least for what I usually get, which is beer, some wine, and their cheeses. In beer alone, the amount of seasonal brews are markedly different - they admit it's because they have so much space to play with.

                  As for parking, I do exactly what you mention. Just as the video chimes in about, it just gets too real in that parking lot...

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                    linguafood Jun 21, 2011 02:38 AM

                    i left my wallet in el segundo,
                    left my wallet in el segundo
                    i gotta get it, i got, got to get it.

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                      bulavinaka Jun 21, 2011 10:39 PM

                      I swipe the card so I don't feel the pain,
                      Don't want to see dead presidents go down the drain.

                      The kinda beers they got is really sick,
                      They don't charge more - dat shit is dick.

                      They got brews from Ballast Pointe and Russian River,
                      I ain't afraid to say it'll make me quiver.

                      Belgian saisons dubbels trippels and kriek,
                      They be pimpin' heavy to me the beer geek.

                      Pliney IPA and Rogue Double Chocolate Stout,
                      Dat's what me and my homies be talkin' 'bout...

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                      goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2011 11:03 PM

                      ah, those are all in the Specialty department - different story. i used to work at the El Segundo store and the specialty folks were among the only people i liked there :)

                      but without that employee discount i can't bring myself to buy wine there - the markups are ridiculous. i was in the Venice store today and walked past a display advertising The Wolftrap on "sale" for $11.99...you can get it elsewhere for 8 bucks.

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                        bulavinaka Jun 21, 2011 11:16 PM

                        >>ah, those are all in the Specialty department - different story.<<

                        Specialties are what I shop for at WF - so many specialties under one roof.

                        >>i used to work at the El Segundo store and the specialty folks were among the only people i liked there :)<<

                        I find the specialty folks to be very likable as well - many seem very passionate and knowledgable in their areas. As for likability and helpfulness, the floor clerks in general are another story, especially at the Venice store...

                        I find the organic and biodynamic wine selection to be pretty good at the better stocked wine depts at WF. The general consensus among wine wonks is that this general category is still in the "sucks" stage, but I want to support this niche in hopes it becomes the standard.

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                          goodhealthgourmet Jun 24, 2011 10:10 PM

                          don't get me started on the rest of the employees - i not only worked at El Segundo, i also trained at Venice.

                          but i'll give you the organic & biodynamic wines - you're right that they're one of the better local sources.

          2. chef chicklet Jun 16, 2011 11:40 AM

            I saw this and just loved it. Very clever!

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              Cachetes Jun 16, 2011 06:42 AM

              Love this, and so true. I love when he spins the bag of lettuce

              1. rockandroller1 Jun 16, 2011 06:33 AM

                Agree the chorus is a little repetitive, but the versus are FUNNY. Sent that on to other food-centric friends.

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                  Bob W Jun 16, 2011 07:54 AM

                  I wanted more verses! Anyone who can rhyme quinoa can rhyme anything in the store.

                2. Withnail42 Jun 16, 2011 03:53 AM

                  Hadn't seen that before very funny.

                  1. HillJ Jun 15, 2011 06:32 AM

                    Great share, sent it to all my pals this morning.

                    1. JAB Jun 14, 2011 01:59 PM

                      A little reptitive but, that's some funny chit right thur!

                      1. linguafood Jun 14, 2011 12:07 PM

                        Ha! I'd seen that on eater.com already. Very funny!

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