Where to shop
So I'm recently back from my weekly Sunday shopping and I'm a bit wiped. Not sure about you but in order to get good stuff at a good prices I typically go to three stores every week. I hit Costco for things like cheese, meat, cereal etc, then it is off to Kin's for produce, and finally a chain grocer like Safeway to get whatever I couldn't get at the other locations. Truth be told I'm getting a little tired of the time all this takes. What is your routine?
I have thought of going to Superstore but my xperiences with the produce and meat the hasn't always been great, plus I live downtown so it is a bit out of the way.
Independent green grocers on Broadway and No Frills fills the bill-maybe Sunrise Produce in the DES if I'm feeling up for it.
Recently had the surreal experience of shopping @ Safeway for a sick friend after not being in one for years-the prices were stratospheric to say the least.
I feel very lucky to live at the nexus of Commercial Dr and Hastings-Sunrise where we have an embarrassment of riches. Independent grocers are the norm here. I go to Donald's Market for many things (except meat - they have a terrible butcher), Bosa Foods, Freybe Outlet, Andy's Bakery, East Village Bakery, T&T, Columbus Meats. I do go to Costco when I need a lot of meat.
I live pretty close to a Safeway store, but I don't like shopping there much, 'cause it's pricey. I end up going there for emergency items.....toilet paper, milk, etc. I like No-Frills 'cause the prices are way cheaper. I buy produce at Kin's or any of those markets on West Broadway - I favour the Apple Market, 'cause I've been going there for years and their prices are low. Like to buy sliced meats for sandwiches at Parthenon....maybe the occasional tub of pesto hummus and some feta-stuffed olives when we're feeling fancy.
We subscribed to Organics @ Home many moons ago, and I found the same myself. I liked the convenience, but I missed the experience of hand-picking veggies, fruits and other produce myself. Also over time, we found their repertoire a bit boring and predictable, and I'd have to wait right up until delivery to know what I'll have available, which may be a nuisance if I were planning a dinner party and needed to prep/cook ahead of time.
Same here regarding the planning. With Spud I would have to put my order in by Tuesday but I would only know what was available on Friday morning, which seems like a plenty of time but some weekends it got away from me and I found myself rushing to sort out what I wanted and what they had.
Sam - FYI, No Frills is part of the Loblaw Group. However I do find NF stores vary, the produce section @ their Broadway/Yukon store is a few steps behind their new Fraser St. store. But NF does fill the gap for me when I feel lazy and don't want to drive to the nearest Superstore (Marine/Main), which btw has recently been completely renovated like many of their other stores (Grandview Hwy/Renfrew), etc.
For me, my regular routine is a mix of:
- Famous Foods (Kingsway)
- T&T (various locations)
- Chinatown: various stores
- IGA (Main/13 Ave)
- Buy Low (Kingsway/Broadway)
- KIn's Farm (City Square Mall)
- Superstore (Marine/Main)
- Windsor Meats (Main/King Edward)
- No Frills (Fraser St)
- Sunshine Market (Oak/16)
I don't shop Whole Foods, Choices, Price Smart/Save-On, Safeway enough to have them on my list. Safeway I avoid wherever possible....... a relic of old-world thinking with quite possibly the poorest value-for-dollar quotient in Greater Vancouver. The only exception is say if I'm outta milk after 10pm.
I do Safeway for their Lucerne products which are competitively priced and to me taste much better than other similar especially the milk. They also have fairly good sales on many items so I'll eyeball those.
All veg purchased at New Apple and Tim's on West Broadway, except corn in the late summer which for some reason always seems to be good and (relatively) cheap at Safeway. Tinned items are very reasonable as well in these smaller stores, and I always buy my Que Pasa stuff at NA.
Deli/cheese/Mediterranean ingredients/dried herbs and spices: Parthenon
Used to buy all my chicken at GIsle but there is a Benton's where my fave stall used to be. Have ended up cutting back drastically on it since I haven't found a good substitute locally.
Considering checking out the soon-to-open No Frills coming in at 4th and Pine as that isn't too far out of the way for me. I'm not a fan of driving across town for staples/everyday stuff to save a few pennies as the gas and enviro impact seem to cancel out the benefits. I will drive a fair bit for baked goods as there is a dearth of solid bakeries near me.