Goodbye Publix!

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My first job was a grocery store cashier at a Southeastern chain called Publix.  When I left Miami for college in Pittsburgh, I was really sad to leave such a great grocery store… and was very disappointed in the Pennsylvania chain Giant Eagle.  It just wasn’t the same!


We’ll have a Costco when we move to Charlotte, but we won’t have a Publix anymore – I’m sad!  Isn’t it funny how attached we get to certain grocery stores?


As I’ve written about before, the Husband and I split our shopping between Publix and Costco.  We buy a lot of “dry” products at Costco and fresh produce at Publix. 

Here’s a list of what we buy at Costco.


At the regular grocery store, I make a real effort to ‘shop the perimeter’ because most of the junky, highly processed, and nutritionally void food-like substances (whew!) are in the middle aisles.


Of course, I do venture into the middle aisles for some healthy items, but I do spend most of my time (and money) in the produce section.  I’d say that most of the food we buy at Publix is produce.


One thing I struggle with is deciding between conventional vs. organic produce.  Maybe you assumed I eat mostly organic produce, but actually – I don’t.  Sadly, the reason is mostly cost-based, as our grocery bills are already insanely high (maybe $300 to $400 a month?).  I try to choose local produce whenever possible, though.  But sometimes I forget and just toss blueberries from Brazil or something NUTS into the cart.  🙁


Coupons help!


Here’s what I grabbed today (from memory, so this is an incomplete list):


  • Chobani yogurt
  • Organic eggs
  • Pinto and black beans
  • Whole wheat wraps
  • Parsnips
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Squash
  • Melon
  • Organic Ketchup
  • Broccoli
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Sprouts
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Arnold Sandwich Thins
  • Chips + salsa
  • Dog food
  • Organic Chicken Nuggets <— for my friend’s toddler.  They are coming to visit us tomorrow night for a week.  I refused to buy him Tyson chicken nuggets, so I hope he likes these!  I almost got him vegetarian soy nuggets but decided I would probably end up with nuggets on the floor.  And his parents might hate me.


All in all, a pricey excursion but now my fridge is stocked!  Nothing feels as good as a stocked fridge after a long vacation.




I had a wonderful bowl of oatmeal with two special ingredients!


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 banana
  • P{inch of sea salt <— made the flavors come out!  Must add salt to my oatmeal everyday now!
  • Toppings:  Cashews, strawberries, and sesame seeds.  The sesame seeds were an awesome addition!


Snack was some Dakota bread.


And lunch was an AMAZING grilled veggie sandwich (on more Dakota bread!).


Hey, I might live in a tiny apartment (for the next 21 days!) but I can still grill with the best of them thanks to my George Foreman!


On the sandwich:


  • Grilled zucchini
  • Grilled squash
  • Grilled mushrooms
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Drizzle of balsamic reduction


Balsamic reduction > cheese!


All together now… with strawberries:


Back to work I go… after pretty much being away for 2+ weeks, my desk is EXPLODING with paperwork.


Are you super-attached to your grocery store?  What’s your favorite grocery store?  Do you shop at multiple stores to secure the best deals?



  • Rachel June 7, 2010, 2:29 pm

    My favorite grocery store (Newflower Farmer’s Market) just CLOSED. And I am super depressed. It had everything. And it was cheap. But it was never busy so I’m not surprised that it closed. It is down the street from Whole Foods which I’m sure did some damage to its customer base.

    Now I usually do my shopping at Sprouts. However, I’ve been really struggling with my finances so I’ve had to do my shopping lately at Wal-Mart (boo hiss!) and I hate giving them my business on a regular basis if I don’t have to.

    So for now, I’m getting my finances back in order so I can regularly shop again!!

    I’ll be making your biscuit casserole tonight! I just have to pick up some hummus.

    • caitlin June 7, 2010, 2:32 pm

      ooo let me know how it turns out!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers June 7, 2010, 2:31 pm

    awww, i’d be sad to leave publix too! their bakery makes the BEST cakes. 🙂

  • Jackie @ carolina_vogue June 7, 2010, 2:31 pm

    Goodbye Publix, but hello Harris Teeter! It’s not so bad, and they carry some local NC produce 🙂

  • Sarah June 7, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I am a stickler for organic produce. I have found that shopping at farmers markets really cuts down on the cost of organic fruits and veggies. Plus, it helps me eat in season.

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow June 7, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I have been so sad ever since moving to Boston…the New England stores just aren’t quite like the giants we have in Texas. 🙂

    HEB is my love…nonetheless Trader Joes has entered my world and never left! They provide the one source for lower cost organic or at least more humane/less treatment produce and products. We try try try so hard to keep our bill under $80 a week but man does it take effort!

  • Tara June 7, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I just got super depressed reading that you spend the same amount of money for fresh wholesome groceries for two people as what I spend for only myself as a vegan in NYC. Yikes! I gotta get outta here…

    • caitlin June 7, 2010, 2:33 pm

      NYC prices are ridiculous! I was SHOCKED that cereal was $8 when i was there a few years ago… It’s insane. Cost of living is a major factor in our move to Charlotte… We didn’t want to move to California just because of that.

      • Charlottean June 7, 2010, 3:01 pm

        Caitlin you will be near a health food store on South Blvd called Healthy Home Market as well as Earthfare in South Park. Earthfare is THE BEST HFS in Charlotte. And of course Berry Brook Farm on East Blvd down from Brixx. I wish you the best of luck in your move to Charlotte. I absolutely love it here and I hope you do too.

        • Caitlin June 7, 2010, 3:12 pm

          I went into that Earthfare! I love it but soooo $$$!

          Can’t wait to move to the QC!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 7, 2010, 2:32 pm

    i used to be super attached to a local chain, but i’ve had to improvise! i had never heard of publix until i started blogging though!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet June 7, 2010, 2:32 pm

    I haven’t even ever been to a Publix, all I know if Giant Eagle, and I still think Giant Eagle stinks! Thank goodness we have Whole Foods and TJ’s here!

    • caitlin June 7, 2010, 2:33 pm

      I used to call it Dirty Bird. 🙂

  • Kathleen June 7, 2010, 2:33 pm

    It totally depends on the Giant Eagle. I visited my family in Pittsburgh over the holiday weekend and I wound up in a Giant Eagle out near the airport that was amazing. You could order sushi, crepes, and a whole host of other things there.

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope June 7, 2010, 2:33 pm

    Publix is my main store, too. I love it. However, I love to visit Nature’s Finest (a local “healthfood” store)!

  • Evan Thomas June 7, 2010, 2:35 pm

    I want to have Whole Foods’ baby. Maybe that’s exaggerating a bit much. Or not.

    All kids love chicken nuggets. I’m sure they’ll suit a toddler’s pallet just fine

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 7, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Here in southeastern PA, we have Acme (pronounced ack-a-mee, if you have the Philly accent). I hate it though!! Ever since learning more about where my food comes from and the importance of eating sustainability, I’ve been seriously disappointed by their lack of choices. TJ’s is where it’s at for me!!

  • Hangry Pants June 7, 2010, 2:36 pm

    Yes, I get very attached to grocery stores. I grew up going to Stop & Shop, but in NJ they have Shop Rite everywhere. I will drive further just to go to the new Stop & Shop that no one else in NJ seems to like. It’s just comfortable and awesome.

    • Jackie @ carolina_vogue June 7, 2010, 2:52 pm

      This just made me homesick! I can’t remember the last time I saw a Shop Rite!

    • Sonia June 7, 2010, 2:56 pm

      I love ShopRite! I can never bring myself to go to Stop & Shop – those stores are so much more expensive and have a much smaller selection.

      • Hangry Pants June 7, 2010, 2:59 pm

        I would also add to any local Montclair residents that I frequent the Pathmark in Lackawana Plaza too. It’s right near my house and has THE BEST sales.

        I like S & S because they send me ridiculous coupons – like %20 off your total.

  • Hangry Pants June 7, 2010, 2:36 pm

    P.S. I don’t think I could buy food from a place called Giant Eagle. Maybe I’m a perv, but it sounds drity.

  • Ashley June 7, 2010, 2:38 pm

    Whole Foods and an awwwwesome local chain called Natural Grocers. They have amazing deals on their produce which is all organic. $.79 avocados? Yes please! Their bulk section is also outstanding..the prepackage their bulk goods in 1-2lb bags. 2lbs of almonds are like $7!

  • Callie June 7, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I know what you mean about Publix – I absolutely LOVE it! But you’ll be getting Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s and Costco in Charlotte, so that’s not too bad of a trade! 🙂 Harris Teeter was my favorite when I went to UNC in Chapel Hill – they are great (like Publix) about coupons too!

  • Stephanie June 7, 2010, 2:41 pm

    Ohhh what does Charlotte have? Is it Harris Teeter?? I went to college in NC and was not a fan of most of the grocery stores (aka FOOD LION).

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing June 7, 2010, 2:42 pm

    I buy a lot from the little grocery store down the street out of laziness. But, last time, I went a little further to Food Lion and it seemed they were a lot cheaper. I avoid Wal-Mart at all costs. The Food Lions had a huge natural foods section for a little while, but they weren’t doing well and removed most of them. 🙁

    I’m not close to any specialty grocers, so I rarely shop there. I’m planning on making it to a farmer’s market this weekend, though!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 7, 2010, 2:45 pm

    Love your food today! I’m definetly attatched to Waitrose 😀 I love it! But each supermarket near me has certain stuff I like, so I shop around 🙂

  • Lauren June 7, 2010, 2:45 pm

    I usually shop at Whole Foods, but am now getting most of my produce through my CSA!
    I really miss my grocery store back home, Market Street. I felt like it was a good mixture of organic, local, and just normal stuff.

  • Alex June 7, 2010, 2:45 pm

    I’m from upstate NY, so my heart will always belong to Wegman’s! I shop at Harris Teeter now, which is a pretty good store as well (I live just outside DC).

  • Lisa June 7, 2010, 2:45 pm

    I love Trader Joe’s. I’d be sad if I moved somewhere that didn’t have it!

  • Angie June 7, 2010, 2:46 pm

    I moved from NC to Oklahoma almost 2 years ago and I had the hardest time giving up Harris Teeter and The Fresh Market (you’ll have both in Charlotte!! lucky-duck). I can completely appreciate getting attached to certain stores and feeling a bit of a loss when you move away.
    Good Luck in NC! I know you will love it there.

  • Jenny June 7, 2010, 2:46 pm

    I try to shop at Wal-Mart to save money, but love Publix at the end of the day. I would love the ability to shop at Whole Foods, Greenwise or Fresh Market every day… but that’s not gonna happen for a while!

  • Karla June 7, 2010, 2:46 pm

    I definitely get attached to grocery stores and specific products! When I moved to upstate NY from California last year, I was super sad to leave Trader Joe’s, Costco and Berkeley Bowl but I found Wegman’s here, which is great! While it doesn’t make up for Costco, it’s still fun to discover new places too! It’s sort of the fun part of moving 🙂 When I lived in Arlington, VA for a bit, I fell in love with Harris Teeter!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 7, 2010, 2:47 pm

    My husband and I each have our grocery store preference. It really depends who is shopping that week.

  • Andrea of Care to Eat June 7, 2010, 2:48 pm

    I’m surprised – I get a LOT of my produce from Costco – spinach, lettuce, cukes, apples, pears, avocados, bananas, carrots and more. Almost all of that is organic too!

  • Jessica June 7, 2010, 2:48 pm

    You will definitely miss it! I miss it so much. We lived around Tampa and now in TN. But the good news is there is probably an Earth Fare near you. It’s very nice organic grocery! I love it.

  • Michele June 7, 2010, 2:48 pm

    It’s a crazy weekly adventure to three different stores. I tend to go to Walmart for most dry goods and cheaper things like Kashi stuff. I go to Kroger for what’s on sale. And then to Whole Foods for other stuff.

    My big splurge is the yogurt. Chobani is $1.69 each for the individual containers. I only get Fage when it’s on sale.

    I haven’t gone to all organic fruit yet because it’s so costly, but I have gone to all organic spinach, lettuce, and broccoli. I feel pretty good about that and may start doing the fruit too when I’m in a better financial place.

  • Michele June 7, 2010, 2:50 pm

    One more thought… I used to go to Trader Joe’s at least once per month, but since moving to Little Rock, I’m sad to say I have no TJ’s. So I stock up when I visit my mom.

  • Jen June 7, 2010, 2:51 pm

    I miss Publix so much. Enjoy your last few weeks of being able to shop there. I think Harris Teeter pales in comparison.

  • Megan June 7, 2010, 2:53 pm

    You guys are making me so sad! I live in Cleveland and am totally attached to Giant Eagle!! I think they have the BEST produce section- I buy about 70% organic produce and all natural/organic meats. They also have my beloved Caramel Oikos (not Trader Joe’s) and a little place called The Eagle’s Nest where they watch my kids for free while I shop. Can’t beat that!

  • Sarah June 7, 2010, 2:54 pm

    As far as grocery stores go, my favorites are all about 40 minutes away from me- Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Wegman’s. I go occasionally, but I also really love shopping at my local farmers markets and getting produce through our CSA (we’re trying it for the first time this year!).

  • brandi June 7, 2010, 2:55 pm

    We don’t have ANY Good stores. The best option is Kroger, which is where I usually shop. I shop between there, our farmer’s markets, and a few local health food stores.

    Definitely use salt in oatmeal all the time!!! It makes a huge difference.

  • Wendy June 7, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I’m not really attached now, but I always shopped at Hyvee when I went to college, and really missed it when I moved away from my beloved college town!

  • Sheri June 7, 2010, 2:56 pm

    I <3 Publix!! Grocery shopping was the hardest thing to deal with when I moved to NYC 12 yrs ago…now we have Whole Foods but it's so crowded you just want to walk out immediately after walking in!!!

    I also don't do all organic b/c of the $. I do what I can. I figure, at least I am eating produce, organic or not, rather than fast food and other processed crap 🙂

  • Michelle June 7, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I dont think I could live without a Publix. I LOVE PUBLIX! Charlotte has Piggly Wiggly or something like that…lol. I cried from laughing so hard when I walked in there. Hope you find a decent grovery store! <333

  • Carrie @ I See Monsters June 7, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I used to LOVE Publix when I lived in Florida. Now I don’t have a Publix convenient to me so I shop at both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. When I shop I got to TJ’s first and get all of the things I know are cheaper there (organic tofu, nuts, some produce, hummus, frozen veggies and fruits) and then I go for the organic produce and seafood at WF. It’s kind of a pain but I have it down to such a science now I can make it in and out of both in 30-45 minutes.

  • JenRD June 7, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Have you seen the new “dirty dozen” list released by the EWG?
    I agree that buying organic is expensive, so I try to prioritize, and buy those with the highest levels of contaminants. Will there be a Super Target or Trader Joe’s near your new home? They have good prices for produce, even organic! 🙂

    • Caitlin June 7, 2010, 3:14 pm

      Yes, this is a good list. I need to prioritize.

  • Kelly June 7, 2010, 3:01 pm

    I love our local gourmet grocery store, hehe I used to work in it also!

  • Sheri June 7, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I <3 Publix!! Grocery shopping was the hardest thing to deal with when I moved to NYC 12 yrs ago. Now we have Whole Foods but it's so crowded that I usually end up walking out 2 minutes after walking into the store 🙁

    I also do not buy everything organic b/c of the $. I figure at least I am eating produce, organic or not, rather than fast food and processed crap 🙂

  • Sarah June 7, 2010, 3:04 pm

    There is NOTHING like a Publix chocolate chip cookie…they are so good! I <3 Publix…but Costco does have some pretty good deals on produce! Especially their spinach. Frozen fruits and veggies are cheap there too, and are often organic.

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog June 7, 2010, 3:06 pm

    oh my gosh I miss publix SO MUCH! they had the BEST subs! Harris teeter is pretty good though – especially if you go to one of the newer ones!! and you will get trader joe’s when you move to NC which is def my fave grocery store now

  • caronae June 7, 2010, 3:07 pm

    I love grocery shopping…my favorite “chore” activity by far! I used to have a chain called Busch’s in MI and it’s an amazing small chain. In NYC, there are surprisingly few options. I typically go to TJ’s, WF, a huge market called Fairway or a small local grocery store. the problem with NYC is that there are many tiny grocery stores and a lot of times their food looks…suspicious, I guess. I’m only shopping for myself, so Costco wouldn’t work, sadly. 🙁

  • Kacy June 7, 2010, 3:09 pm

    We don’t really have great grocery chains here. I’ve never been to a Publix, but I hear great things. I’d love to be near a Trader Joe’s.

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 7, 2010, 3:10 pm

    Publix reminds me of being on vacation! As a kid, we’d go down to Orlando each March and shopping at Publix reminds me of the other fun Orlando stuff (warm weather, Mickey Mouse etc.). I can understand your pain.

    I have a tough time buying organic vs. conventional too. It’s the dang price! I try to buy organic apples and spinach since I eat so much of both, but with everything else, it’s conventional. Baby steps, I say.

  • Tammy @ Defining Wellness June 7, 2010, 3:12 pm

    Hey Caitlin, sandwich looks great! How do you make your balsamic reduction?

  • Sydney June 7, 2010, 3:12 pm

    don’t worry, we have Publix in SC where I live–I actually prefer my Super BI-LO or Whole Foods. but I grew up in Charlotte and I miss the grocery stores we had back home–there’s a huge variety: Harris Teeter (prob most comparable to Publix in terms of cost), Trader Joe’s, Lowe’s Foods (which is giving Harris Teeter a run for its money these wasn’t around when I was growing up but are now popping up more and more–it’s my mom’s preference), and of course there are some great Super BI-LO’s and reg BI-LO’s as well as Earth Fare. you will not starve and once you make yourself at home, you won’t miss Publix.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit June 7, 2010, 3:13 pm

    Ooh your sandwich looks fabulous.
    I am NOT attached to my grocery store, because I don’t really like any of the ones that are in my city. I still go to several different ones for different things. There is a great health food store and another nice (but gourmet) store about 20 minutes away from us, but I don’t go to either of those often for everyday groceries. I’m looking forward to farmer’s markets in the summer!

  • Samantha June 7, 2010, 3:15 pm

    I drive about 20 miles to get to a Trader Joe’s, and it’s totally worth it. Produce in stores like Giant Eagle look like they’ve been a long-haul truck for 3 weeks. Unripe produce and produce past its peak is y.u.c.k.y.! Hail to the good produce managers – you need to give out a produce manager award for good stores – haha.

  • Sarah for Real June 7, 2010, 3:18 pm

    I guess I don’t have a favorite grocery store where I live. I like farmer’s markets and I enjoy going to Whole Foods and specialty markets when I’m in the Seattle area.

    This reminds me I need to do a post on Trader Jo’s. You’d be surprised to find they are anything but local, organic and good when it comes down to it. Sad, but I guess it falls under “you get what you pay for.”

    And good for you for investing more money in good food. Don’t worry about going organic with your produce as much as animal products (which you don’t do much of anyway). Better to eat standard veg than no veg at all right!

  • Trish June 7, 2010, 3:19 pm

    I don’t think you spend all that much. I spend about that on just myself. Of course, I buy produce already chopped up and things like that (totally have to given my current job/housing situation).

    I like Publix – I just wish they had more organic produce options. Like I love peaches, but the one near me never has an organic option. Boo!!

    I actually am from Boston am always shopped at Super Stop & Shop. It was fine. The one thing I did notice when I first moved to Florida from up north was how nice the people working in the stores were. Wow – they actually would stop in the middle of the store and ask me if I needed help. I’m used to it now, but Boston stores are way different.

  • Helen June 7, 2010, 3:20 pm

    We mainly shop at Tesco, a supermarket. We do one food shop on either Saturday or Sunday and stock up for the whole week. We write down what we need for the meals we want to make in the week and then add on extras like milk, bread, yogurt. This means that we stick to our budget – £60 – and don’t buy things we don’t need like junk!

  • Claire June 7, 2010, 3:21 pm

    I do buy mostly organic produce but opt for sale fruit and veg and local at the farmers markets. The grocery stores I tend to shop at most are Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. I try to buy things like nut butters at TJ’s because of the price. In college I lived in Boston so both of my favorite stores were accessible. I am definitely one who searches for sales though. I look online for coupons for WF’s and look for all the yellow sale signs. If I see almond milk that is 2 for $4, etc. I will pick up a bunch. Hope you find one you love when you move!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 7, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I vary between the Giant Eagle, Martin’s, and farmers market (in the fall and summer, mostly) in Altoona.

    Hey, in Charlotte you should have a Harris Teeter, right?! I loved that when I lived in Charleston! And you’ll have Earth Fare!!!

  • Nicci June 7, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I try to buy organic, when I can afford it. I do however go to Sack N Save..its so crowded in that store but there produce goes fast and they keep it fresh. My produce lasts forever. It’s cheaper than walmart but I do shop at Wally occassionally. Only b/c bf is a mgr there and the discount employee discount & price match-coupons is great.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 7, 2010, 3:27 pm

    I was so sad when I moved down to Oregon and the best grocery store was a Safeway. I’m so used to Safeway’s and Albertsons being really junky where I’m from. But thankfully both the Safeway’s and Albertsons aren’t bad here. But I’m excited to move back to my dear ‘ole QFC’s!

  • Tina June 7, 2010, 3:30 pm

    We always shop at many stores to stock up on whats on sale in different places. I do like Publix though. The store is always so fresh and cheery and carries high quality stuff. I wish it was cheaper relative to other stores in my area though.

  • a June 7, 2010, 3:31 pm

    I am very attached to my grocery store.

    I refuse to make the kids I babysit ( friends kids) boxed nuggets also . I just take boneless skinless chicken breasts and use breadcrumbs and spices.

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 7, 2010, 3:33 pm

    I love Whole Foods (even though I lovingly refer to it as “Whole Paycheck”) and TJ’s! I always have a smile on my face after a visit to either of those fabulous stores.

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker June 7, 2010, 3:36 pm

    We don’t have any of those “fancy” grocery stores near us like Whole Foods. BUT WE HAVE WEGMANS! And it’s the best place ever, ever, ever. We also liked this local coop called Greenstar — grocery shopping is my favorite activity. I LOVE it <3

  • allison @ thesundayflog June 7, 2010, 3:39 pm

    i love publix!! lovelovelove. im from philly, but the boyfriend is from tampa, and WHENEVER we are in the tpa area, we make it a priority to stop at publix. i dont know what makes it so different, but i have never heard someone speak ill of publix!!

  • ari June 7, 2010, 3:41 pm

    oh my gosh i would give up publix for earth fare anyday!

    • ari June 7, 2010, 3:41 pm

      actually, i think “any day” is two words.

  • Kellie June 7, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I go to different stores. I wish one store had all I needed (or wanted) but it doesn’t. I go to TJ’s, Ralphs, Mother’s Market, Whole Foods and sometimes Target. I have three kids, so we go through a lot of food.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 7, 2010, 3:50 pm

    I miss Publix too! I had Publix growing up in Atlanta, and I really miss Publix and Whole Foods here in NC.

    There is a great farmer’s market near you (The King Street Market, located at the corner of Kings and Morehead) and Trader Joes. The Harris Teeter at South Park is HUGE (and fondly called the Taj-ma-Teeter) 🙂

    Other than that, I love the Davidson Farmers Market, but that would be a bit more of a drive for you.

  • Lindsay June 7, 2010, 3:51 pm

    i used to live in greensboro (just north of charlotte) and just moved to charleston. there is a harris teeter in charlotte and it is my favorite!! i am sure you will learn to love it even more than publix!

  • Amy @ Amy Starts To Run June 7, 2010, 3:54 pm

    I become super attached to grocery stores and their layouts. When we moved into our new house, we switch grocery stores as well. Same chain, different layout. I turned my nose up at if for awhile and I *hated* it. Now, when I go back to the store we used to go to, I can’t believe I had liked it so much.

  • Ellen June 7, 2010, 3:54 pm

    I shop at Gristedes, and no, I’m not super-attached to it at all. It’s just a block from my apartment, which is key in NYC. If there was a Whole Foods near me, I’d totally go there…well, if I could afford it, that is!

    Oh and cashews on oatmeal looks soo good, great idea!

  • Dynamics June 7, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Whole Foods is the best store but so expensive. Trader Joes is good but lately the produce has gone bad in the matter of a day or two. I go to Ralphs for a few things once a month. I mainly go to the farmers market on Sunday for my produce. Costco is an occasional thing. I just do not use the huge packages now that the kids are grown. I am sure you will find a great store in your community and love it more than Publix.

  • Jessie (Bites and Pieces) June 7, 2010, 3:57 pm

    I am totally attached to Publix and I don’t know what I would do if I left the Southeast! I have been to many different grocery stores, but none of them compare to my beloved Publix. I still wish we had a Tarder Joe’s down here though. 😉

  • erica June 7, 2010, 3:59 pm

    300-400/month on groceries seems very reasonable. That comes to $5-6.70/person for one day of food (in college, my dad always said I should try to eat on five dollars a day). Not bad, especially if you do not eat out. I know people who spend like 15 a day on food because they buy a coffee and pastry before work and sandwich and soda on lunch break. My first job was as a bagger (then checker) at Nugget Markets, a local chain of really nice grocery stores here in Northern California. I LOVED it. We were all such good friends and they hired fun, attractive people 🙂 we had some good parties on weekends, too.

  • Emily June 7, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I grew up in Charlotte and the HT (Harris Teeter) is where we did all our shopping. Now that I’m away from home and there’s not an HT like home around, I have to let the Super Walmart be my go-to for staples and I hit up Lowes Food, my garden, Farmer’s Markets, and a small small small HT for fruits and veggies (better quality than other grocery stores).

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 7, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I’m a Costco-holic … Totally get it 🙂

    I’m so attached to my grocery store that when I go to others, I always find a lots of bad things in it … The same way girls will talk of a new girl in town, ya know? 🙂

  • mm June 7, 2010, 4:09 pm

    We moved away from Charleston, SC last month (after living there 3.5 years), and I was very sad to leave Publix behind. Luckily I found a good grocery store near us with amazing produce.

  • Alexandra June 7, 2010, 4:13 pm

    Your lunch looks yum-o-licious!

    I buy most of my food at the farmers market, and the rest of my dry ingredients from the local food co-op (thinks like grains). I live with my parents right now so I’m fortunate that my parents don’t mind splurging on food. That’s kind of the only thing we really spend our money on!

    I agree that organic and farmers market prices are really expensive compared to conventional. For people who can’t afford to buy organic all the time, I think it’s important to really try and stick with the whole ‘dirty dozen’ listen, and spend the money on organic where it counts – things like meats, strawberries, tomatoes etc.

    It’s also great to buy in season because that’s when there is an abundance of a food, making the price lower! 🙂

    • Alexandra June 7, 2010, 4:13 pm

      dirty dozen list*

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) June 7, 2010, 4:16 pm

    We shop at Super Target and HyVee. They’re okay. I’m originally from Chicago and I totally get homesick for Jewel-Osco stores…they have the BEST bakeries and I miss them.

  • Hedda June 7, 2010, 4:17 pm

    Hahaha, okay : Your grocery store looks like it is the size of our entire local mall!
    It is true as they say : it is all bigger in the USA ;P

    On to your questions, I do have one favourite store. Mainly because they sell organic almond and peanut butter, and have the best variety of other products as well. It is a bit expensive though, as with everything else in Norway.

  • Amanda @ Eat to Live, Live to Run June 7, 2010, 4:22 pm

    I do alot like you do. Costco for big stuff, Publix for produce. I do also go to the evil Walmart for some things like toilet paper, paper towels and salsa. For some reason I love the Great Value brand of those things and they are CHEAP.

    • Jenna June 7, 2010, 9:08 pm

      I looove Great Value salsa too! Glad I’m not the only one. I feel icky about shopping at wal-mart though :/.

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun June 7, 2010, 4:25 pm

    We have Crest in OK and I love it. Much better than Wal-Mart & Super Target is a little too far. We also don’t always buy organic unless it’s on mayjah sale. Otherwise, it’s organic from our backyard garden, frozen or not at all. :)Oh and I hit up the Asian grocery store about once a month.

  • Amanda June 7, 2010, 4:45 pm

    We go to Costco for certain items (much like you do) and I shop at multiple stores that have the best prices on certain items. We go to Giant Eagle and Kroger. And it totally depends on your Giant Eagle – some are totally assy and some are amazing! Mine doubles $1 coupons therefore I deem it amazing!

  • Amanda (modernation) June 7, 2010, 4:45 pm

    I am so weird, because I love grocery shopping and reading about other peoples’ shopping habits and tips. I go to multiple stores each week. Sometimes it is just Trader Joes and Safeway. Sometimes I throw in a third if there is a really good deal at the other stores. And we go to Costco about once a month to stock up on certain things.

    • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) June 7, 2010, 4:53 pm

      I love gorcery shopping and reading about other people’s shopping habits, too! I really wish I could grocery shop for people for a living. 🙂

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) June 7, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I’m very attached to my grocery store – not only the chain (Hy-Vee, it’s a Midwest chain) but also the location. It is airy and clean, and I know where everything is. And going to the same place helps me know when something is on sale or when there is a new product, because it stands out to me! I also get coupons with my receipt that are tailored to what I purchase there, so it makes sense (and ‘cents’ hardy har har :)) to return.

    I want to love Whole Foods, but I’ve been disappointed with it lately. Obviously the $$$ factor is a big one, but also the layout at my store is weird and it always seems crowded and congested. Grocery shopping is relaxing for me, so I can’t stand when it’s crowded!

  • Elizabeth (The Dallas Celiac) June 7, 2010, 4:54 pm

    I would LOVE to spend $300-$400 a month on groceries. We spend $1,000 – $1,300 on groceries (and wine).

  • Heather ( June 7, 2010, 4:55 pm

    all we have here are wal mart and kroger. I get dry stuff at wal mart and meat, chicken, etc and produce at kroger!

  • Nicole June 7, 2010, 4:59 pm

    Wegmans! I know you’ve been to Wegmans before, since I commented on it–but I LOVE WEGMANS! I was sad to leave it when we moved to Boston but when we moved to Alexandria (VA) we found 2 within 25 minutes from our house and go there every single weekend. Love it!
    We also have a Harris Teeter right around the corner that is our second choice. It’s way better than Giant and Safeway. Harris Teeter is all over Charlotte, I think you’ll like it.

  • Matt June 7, 2010, 5:14 pm

    Bad monkey! (For $300-400 grocery bills!) We basically budget about $250 and are frequently under. You just gotta be a deal hunter, especially with veggies. Also lots of pantry items like dried bulk and canned.

    And here’s a controversial statement: maybe you’re buying and eating too many veggies? When you have tons of delicious veggies in your fridge, it’s so easy to use them up quickly in one meal. Kath does this all the time – grills every vegetable in the drawer, we eat half, she uses the rest in her next two lunches, and then we’re stuck with pantry-raid meals for the rest of the week.

    We’ll have to take you shopping!

    • Caitlin June 7, 2010, 5:16 pm

      WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? how can we be eating too many veggies? they rarely go bad!

      explain me your ways, matt!

  • Kiersten June 7, 2010, 5:17 pm

    When you come to Charlotte I suggest going to Harris Teeter. That’s where I shop. I have been to a few of the other grocery stores around here and was NOT impressed. I do most of our weekly grocery shopping at Harris Teeter and get a few items at Trader Joe’s that I can’t get elsewhere. Once every month or 2 we go to Costco to stock up on bulk items- nuts, nut butters, grains, some produce, etc.)

  • Steph June 7, 2010, 5:18 pm

    i just discovered and am now OBSESSED with Whole Foods Market. i am sure i could spend hours in there!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 7, 2010, 5:20 pm

    I shop at a Canadian chain called Fortino’s. I’ve always been really impressed with their produce and they have a pretty substantial organic foods section. I just wish they carried some of the brands that I’ve read about on blogs (like Oikos, Chobani, etc)!

  • Megan June 7, 2010, 5:23 pm

    I wonder, did you know that here is sucralose (generic for Splenda) in Arnold Sandwich Thins? I wonder how many people in the blogworld who eat these once or twice a day realize this….just wondering what your thoughts are? Did you realize this and do you think many people do? Since ridding my diet almost 100% of artificial sweeteners, I am appalled by the number of things that have hidden artificial sweeteners in them (like sucralose and aspartame)…..and I read SO MANY blogs (not you!) where people swear off art. sweeteners like they’re the plague but they eat Arnold’s Sandwich Thins like they’re going out of style on a daily basis (probably thinking they don’t have art. sweeteners in them)! Any thoughts?

    • Caitlin June 7, 2010, 5:26 pm

      ugh, i hate hidden art. sweet. So lame! Just put sugar in it! I didn’t know there was art. sweet. in them but I just try to eat that kind of stuff in moderation… It’s not the best thing in the world but it’s also not the worst.

      • Megan June 7, 2010, 5:40 pm

        I agree- so annoying! I ate the sandwich thins for over a year before taking a super close look at the ingredient list and spotting the sucralose…it makes sense since art. sweeteners are probably some of what keeps the calorie count on them pretty low but Thomas Bagel Thins are in the same calorie range and don’t use art. sweeteners…but you’re right, as long as it’s not every day and in everything, it’s probably harmless:) It’s those whose diets revolve around sugar free this and “light” that that worry me:(

  • KelseyJ June 7, 2010, 5:26 pm

    What a coincidence you mentioned this today! My boyfriend and I were just talking about how sad we are that our favourite grocery store (a Canadian chain called “The Independent”) is closed for renovations this summer. 🙁 But, we already shop around at other stores as well to get good deals when they’re available, or to get our favourite brands that other stores don’t carry.

  • Heather Rose June 7, 2010, 5:30 pm

    I just went to Costco on my lunch hour to pick up a few things! I went in for a 10 pack of Naked Juices but took a stroll through the other aisles and found some pretty good healthy options. I’m very excited to try these pistachio almond thins they had, they look like a good score.

    I totally believe in what I call “grocery store feng shui”. If I don’t get a good feeling from the store I can’t shop there. Most of the stores I shop at here in AZ are locally based except for Trader Joe’s.

  • Samantha June 7, 2010, 5:33 pm

    We only have Walmart and Dillons (Kroger store) here in my town. I refuse to shop at walmart – even if it is cheaper. Dillons has much better produce and I can get all my organic/ natural products super easy. Plus they are super clean and most have Starbucks!

  • Clare Dwyer June 7, 2010, 5:42 pm

    I hate grocery shopping in NYC (which is probably why my boyfriend always does it, what a guy). All the stores by me are so tiny and packed, there is no aisle space for me to linger and decide which of the lovely peanut butters I want (where has Peanut Butter and Company branch crunch time gone? I don’t want to have to buy old fashioned crunchy and stir! the nerve) though I do live close to Fairway, an awesome store with great choices, it is also ALWAYS hectic and crowded. It stresses me out. Is that weird?
    I heart Publix, sigh. Especially their sandwiches, yummy. It’s the first thing I shout about whenever I am in Florida. Nevermind the warmth and palm trees, there’s a cheap deli sandwich in sight!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 7, 2010, 5:51 pm

    I can definitely get attached to my grocery store! But more specifically I get attached the the store product brands!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 7, 2010, 5:57 pm

    LOVE that lunch!!!! So tasty looking 🙂

  • elaine! June 7, 2010, 5:59 pm

    Grocery stores are serious business! It’s kind of weird, but one of our favorite things to do when my boyfriend and I travel is check out the local grocery stores. I think it’s because we don’t have any really great ones where we live. I’m so glad it’s farmers market season now, because we can get way better produce for a few months.

  • Katharine June 7, 2010, 6:01 pm

    Oh my gosh I miss Publix so much! I moved up to Boston just less than a year ago and the grocery stores up here don’t even come close to comparing to Publix! Good luck with the move! 🙂

  • Lindsay June 7, 2010, 6:04 pm

    It’s probably a good thing that you didn’t get the soy nuggets for the toddler. The phyto-estrogens that are in soy can kind of mess with the hormones of kids so young, and it’s also recommended that men eat very little soy for the same reason.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers June 7, 2010, 6:05 pm

    I’m attached to Harris Teeter & get really excited when their sales email comes on Wednesdays 😉 It took me a long time to get used to HT though

  • devon June 7, 2010, 6:18 pm

    I love Publix and I think I would cry if I couldn’t shop there anymore…

  • Shelby June 7, 2010, 6:27 pm

    So, I follow your blog daily, but I’ve actually never commented. Something(s) about this post have made me feel inclined to contribute.

    1) I spent the majority of my summers in Alabama and other Southern states and I’ve grown to love, love, love Publix. Here in Colorado, we have Safeway and King Soopers, but nothing compares. I miss Publix. I found a 3-year old receipt (from the last time I was in the South) in my wallet the other day…for soymilk and strawberries. It really made me miss Publix. I’m glad someone else appreciates it.

    2) I commonly eat random grilled veggie sandwiches. Today, while pondering what to bring for lunch, I grabbed a squash, zucchini, and two slices of millet bread…and though “eh, I’ll come up with something like I always do”. Sure enough…grilled s&z sammich with balsamic and sprouts. Everyone at work makes fun of me for my eating habits…it’s good to know that I’m not the only weirdo out there.

    I hope you have a great day 🙂 Good luck with the move.

    • Caitlin June 7, 2010, 7:28 pm

      I loved everything about this comment 🙂 thank you for reading!

  • emily June 7, 2010, 6:34 pm

    Ha, we went to UMiami almost 3 years ago now and we STILL miss Publix!

  • Melissa S. June 7, 2010, 6:39 pm

    ohhh…i do miss publix every time i leave fl. and you guys too.

    but i also do love my Trader Joe’s and Fresh and Easy. And Henry’s…they all freak’n rock!

  • Stacey@ June 7, 2010, 6:43 pm

    I’m obsessed with Trader Joe’s. I love there healthy food and good prices.

  • Meryl June 7, 2010, 6:49 pm

    we just moved from NC to Colorado a few months back and I MISS HARRIS TEETER! I went home for a few days this month and made a pit stop just so I could walk around. Is that crazy? probably. The mid-west grocery stores just aren’t doign it for me 🙂

  • Marissa June 7, 2010, 6:50 pm

    I wish I could shop at Publix, but everything is just so darn expensive there!! I’m stuck mainly with Walmart, hah. Surprisingly, it has a pretty good selection. I never buy organic either; too expensive. I actually just put my first job application in today at the Food Lion down the street!! (I think its called Sweetbay Market or something in Florida though)

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story June 7, 2010, 6:55 pm

    I love, love Publix and hate that we don’t have them here. Of course on the southern coast of NC, we don’t have much of anything. 🙂

  • jenny June 7, 2010, 6:56 pm

    I used to shop half at Whole Foods and half at a local supermarket, but I found that when I shop 100% at whole foods, I spend the same amount and get healthier stuff! Win, win!

  • Katherine June 7, 2010, 6:58 pm

    I am so attached to my stores and (it’s embarrassing) always know what is on sale at Publix, Kroger or Whole Foods [Trader Joes prices don’t change] so that I can get the best deal.

    I cut coupons like it’s a sport too… don’t hate

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries June 7, 2010, 7:16 pm

    I love the Hannaford’s near me and even follow them on Twitter. Weird? Probably!

  • Alison June 7, 2010, 7:17 pm

    My sister lives in Charlotte and LOVES Harris Teeter. They do run some pretty good sales. And, you’ll have Trader Joe’s, which is a huge bonus, if you ask me.
    I’m originally from Florida and do love Publix and look forward to shopping there when I visit my parents. I do the majority of my shopping at our military commissary because it’s pretty cheap, but sometimes I shop at Bloom (a fancy Food Lion)for a few things here and there because it’s in the same shopping center as my gym.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble June 7, 2010, 7:18 pm

    Have you tried checking out farmer’s markets for your produce? Not only are they cheaper than the grocery stores sometimes, they also tend to be organic! A great way to avoid pesticides and keep an eye on your budget!

    • Caitlin June 7, 2010, 7:29 pm

      its just so hard when you can only go one day a week! (Sunday!) I hear the one in Charlotte is open twice a week.

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health June 7, 2010, 7:41 pm

    I’m actually *not* a fan of our local grocery stores. I have such a hard time finding my favorite healthy foods there, so I usually end up driving further to go to other stores as well. I am, however, a fan of my local health food stores. They make up for the mediocre grocery stores 🙂

  • Anna June 7, 2010, 7:45 pm

    I’m a Trader Joe’s girl through and through, but unfortunately my parent’s house in MA (where I currently reside) is about 30 mins away from the nearest TJ’s. So my choices are Stop and Shop or Shaws. Used to be a Whole Foods devotee before I realized how much cheaper I could get everything at TJs.

  • Christine June 7, 2010, 7:46 pm

    Try looking for tofu in Asian supermarkets. I find that it’s considerably cheaper and sometimes they have bulk packages. You won’t find conveniently packed ones like cubed tofu, but you can save a couple of bucks 🙂

  • Nora@LifeLifeEatRight June 7, 2010, 7:47 pm

    I’m extremely attached to my grocery store, Wegmans. My mom wouldn’t move any place that was further than 10 min away!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) June 7, 2010, 7:58 pm

    I love Publix and just wander around the store when I visit family down south.

    I miss wegmans from my days in New York. It was a great experience to shop there.

    Now we stick to Stop and Shop because the other local store suck.

  • Heather June 7, 2010, 8:04 pm

    I am SO attached to Publix! I actually don’t do all of my shopping there — I get most of my produce from local produce stands (sometimes conventional, sometimes “natural” but not certified organic) and tend to only get what is on sale at Publix since they can be pricey. I mostly shop there for the good sales (sometimes they have “healthy” stuff BOGO free – Kashi stuff, frozen fruits & veggies, etc.) and I like that they accept competitor’s coupons. But mostly, I just love Publix because the customer service is so good. I moved away from Florida a few years ago and missed it SO much. But at least in NC you will have EarthFare and Harris Teeter, two places I love to go to when I visit GA and NC.

  • MarathonVal June 7, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Wow, when I saw that you wrote that 300-400 a month was insanely high I was shocked since we always spend that much, if not more… usually around $100 a week, sometimes less, sometimes a lot more!

    I wish I didn’t live in downtown Chicago food is soooo ridiculously expensive here!! And PS I get super attached to grocery stories too 🙂

  • Mindy June 7, 2010, 9:07 pm

    I had my first Publix experience last month! I liked it!

    I’m completely attached to Meijer (a midwest chain). I love, love, love Trader Joes, but the closest is two hours away. I definitely make a point to go when I’m near one though!

  • Diana(mymarblerye) June 7, 2010, 9:47 pm

    I drive an hour to sprouts or whole foods! I can’t wait to move out of this town so I can shop at a good grocery store!

  • Lee June 7, 2010, 10:17 pm

    I sort of go to Publix and Kroger interchangeably. I like Publix better but Kroger is closer.

  • samantha June 7, 2010, 10:18 pm

    Do they have Ingles in Charlotte? I visited one when I was in Georgia and was impressed. I was able to find many things that I purchase because they are organic, etc and the prices were fairly good too.

    • Caitlin June 8, 2010, 8:35 am

      i don’t think so! we have earthfare, harries teeter, and TJs.

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid June 7, 2010, 10:29 pm


    Up here (Boston) sometimes I can’t find things at ONE grocery store, so I’d have to go to another one. So annoying.

  • Dorry June 7, 2010, 11:26 pm

    I definitely have favorite grocery stores! Whole Foods is a must for certain products but I shop at Sprout’s or Sunflower Farmers Market as well because of their great deals on bulk foods and produce. I also love Central Market in Dallas/Austin but there’s no Trader Joe’s anywhere in Texas 🙁

  • BroccoliHut June 7, 2010, 11:35 pm

    I’m quite attached to my local Publix too! I got very sad whenever I had to go off to college in NC where there were no Publix stores to be found!

  • Jolene ( June 8, 2010, 12:01 am

    I am very attached to Costco 🙂 I shop at 3-4 grocery stores weekly, and when I am having a dinner party then even more than that! I tend to prefer small, local business.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 8, 2010, 12:11 am

    My husband I spend entirely too much on groceries. Organic produce definitely kills us, so I tend to pick and choose what I’m willing to spend the money on. I totaled it once and we shop at 6-7 different stores! Prices are a factor as well as where certain products are carried. One store we would never shop at except that we can walk there. If we had one of the others closer we would never go there at all.

    I wish I could just pick one store and do all of my shopping there, but unfortunately it just doesn’t work that way around here!

    1. WinCo – cheapest prices around. Downside, people go here to stock up on week’s worth of groceries and there are no express lanes. NOT the place to go if you only need some more lettuce for a salad.
    2. Wal-Mart – when we need other things they carry and we are already out there we will buy some food too. They also tend to have things in bulk for cheaper than we can get at the other stores.
    3. Safeway – The store that is right up the street from us. We basically shop here when we just need one or two items really quick.
    4. Fred Meyer – The keeper of my beloved almond milk for a price that doesn’t kill me. And where we go when we need one or two items and don’t want to wait in line elsewhere.
    5. New Seasons – Organic produce, healthy breads, only place that carries really healthy food.
    6. Produce Market/Farmer’s Market – When we want to buy organic produce directly from the farmer’s who know it best.

    and 7. pretty much covers “other.” Various stores that also sell food that we have been known to buy. Small specialty shops, discount stores, dollar stores, and convenience stores. This isn’t often, but is included!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 8, 2010, 12:12 am

    OMG, I did NOT realize how long that was going to be! Sorry. =P

  • Jessica Lee June 8, 2010, 2:07 am

    yay for not buying tyson. i saw food, inc and i HATE them now.

    • Caitlin June 8, 2010, 8:36 am

      I seriously did NOT want to buy it. I had a huge moral debate with myself in the grocery store. Thank goodness I found the other kind!

  • Alyssa June 8, 2010, 8:07 am

    The BEST grocery store on earth is Wegmans. It originated in my hometown (Rochester, NY) and we finally have one in Maryland, where I live now. I drive 20 minutes almost every weekend to do my shopping there even though there is a Safeway (WORST store) right across the street!

  • Sarah June 8, 2010, 8:41 am

    I’m am so attached to Publix, I LOVE IT! I am a grocery store snob now because of Publix, they are so nice!! Good luck with the move!

  • whitney June 8, 2010, 9:18 am

    your food looks so good today.

    I love publix my grandparents live in Florida and I always go to just walk around. It is truly a great grocery store.

    We don’t have a grocery store where I live that I love to attend. Martins would be the closest but I would love a Wegmans near us

  • Kristy June 8, 2010, 9:28 am

    I <3 Publix too! One time I bought a BUNCH of produce and within 2 days it was mostly bad. I didn’t return it but I left a comment on their website and they contacted me and gave me a $25 gift card! We usually buy meats and box/can stuff at Sam’s Club then weekly fresh stuff from Publix. I’ll trade ya the $300-400 grocery bill. We budget $600 and ALWAYS go over. It is much cheaper to be a vegetarian but my brown eyed boy isn’t having it!

  • Kyra June 8, 2010, 9:34 am

    I love Publix. When we vacation in Florida the first thing we do is head to Publix to stock up on food for the week. I can understand how you’ll miss that store.

  • Becca June 8, 2010, 9:50 am

    I’m ashamed to say that Publix is one of our must-do stops when visiting Orlando. It sounds silly, but stocking up on things like aspirin, Advil and antihistamine creams are something we do every trip!

    Coming from the UK, it’s such an eye-opener to see the crazy food you guys have – I head straight for those middle areas to nose through the aerosol cheese, fruit roll-ups and other randomness.

    My favourite supermarket here is Waitrose. They are a national chain but have good standards with regard to animal welfare, fair trade and the reduction of pesticides; as well as links to local farmers in an effort to reduce food miles. Unfortunately, a Tesco is opening in my local town. I won’t shop there – I don’t like their food or the way they do business.

  • nicole June 8, 2010, 9:52 am

    I was just talking about this! I shopped between Hannaford(one of the 10 healthiest chains in the country-they say) and a local healthfood store for YEARS. Oh-the aisles were wide,tons of awesome produce and natural foods-but the prices were a little high =(-I had to switch when I lost my job to a cheaper we will leave it unnamed store which I hate,but is a necessity right now-I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! June 8, 2010, 9:56 am

    TOTALLY LOVE PUBLIX TOO!!! I have lived on the West Coast and East Coast shopped at many of a different grocery stories…….King Supers, Albertsons, etc. and Publix beats them all by far.

  • Summer June 8, 2010, 10:54 am

    Oh, mah gah, I love Publix! I live in Alabama, and anytime I travel too far out of the south for extended trips, I’m so disappointed at the lack of Publixes! (Publixi?) About three years ago, I moved to Birmingham (one of the biggest cities in Alabama) from a much smaller area. You can’t swing your arm without hitting a Publix here!

  • Wei-Wei June 8, 2010, 12:29 pm

    I love grocery shopping! I don’t think I get attached to certain grocery stores, since my mom does most of the grocery shopping (hey, I’m only 15!) but I do believe that we buy fruit at a separate fruit stand, veggies and dry goods at the market, and packaged stuff (condiments, imported goods, etc) from the supermarket.

    Does anybody recognise you at your supermarket? I recognise some of the clerks in mine 😉


    • Caitlin June 8, 2010, 2:03 pm

      one bag boy recognizes me b/c im always there!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing June 8, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Definitely my favorite grocery store is Whole Foods but I WISH I could afford to shop there every time! Maybe when I’m rich and famous 🙂

  • Rob June 8, 2010, 2:06 pm

    My first job was also Publix and spent 2 years working there (providing the achohol for years) through high school. Publix is the best but Charlotte has plenty of great stores as well all over town. Harris Teeter is great, Lowe’s food is just like Publix, fresh market rocks.

    My wife and I are from FL also and when we moved here after getting married, she was a little hesitant at first and now I will never get her to move away from here. Good luck with the move and enjoy.

  • Jennifer June 8, 2010, 4:14 pm

    Publix is the best! I moved from Orlando (downtown Winter Park) to Philadelphia a couple of years ago and still haven’t gotten used to the difference in my grocery shopping experience. Once we know how good Publix is, it’s hard to go back, I guess 🙂

    Best of luck with your move, it’s been fun seeing your photos and posts about my hometown, and I wish you the best in the next steps of your journey!

  • Emily Inside/Outside June 10, 2010, 12:23 pm

    Publix is great! ours has a lot of “greenwise” options. im moving, too, and im pretty sure they don’t have Publix where I’m going either. Bummer!

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