Somewhere on this journey to healthy eating I took a wrong turn. I was hypnotized into believing that the more food cost the better it taste and of course better it is for me. In doing so I have to admit that I had become somewhat of a food snob. The operative word in the prior sentence is “had” because I made a conscientious effort to reposition my nose by taking it out of the air!
How have I done that? Among other things, today I took a trip a grocery store that is rarely mentioned in any of the food blogs, instagram post, or twitter feeds of some of my favorite foodies. No, I did not walk through the doors of my beloved Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or my St. Louis home town stores (Diergbergs, Schnucks, or Straub’s). Instead I went to a place without a seafood or deli counter. Heck they don’t even have baggers!
I Recently Went to Aldi’s
I actually grew up going to Aldi several times a month, mostly with my grandmother and my aunts. I considered Aldi to be a “cheap” store due to the lack of the aforementioned amenities (deli counter and etc.). What I remember most about going to Aldi was that we typically got TONS of food for just a little bit of money.
Fast forward 30 years adding depreciation, what effectively became a great depression for my generation, and of course that [insert your favorite explicative here…more than one please] Sallie Mae, the way my bank account is set-up I now appreciate a place where I can get TONS of food for just a little bit of money. Aldi did not disappoint!
I got agave nectar for two dollars and change as well as organic spinach. My favorite find was a spicy fried pickle in the frozen food section for…you guessed it two dollars and change. These little pickles were SOOOO good and have indeed made my Sunday.
Granted, there are no frills at Aldi…absolutely none! But there aren’t any at Trader Joe’s either. And, by the way, here’s a little secret both stores are owned by the same company. There are clearly advantages, by way of savings passed directly to the customer, in foregoing hot bars, prepared food sections, cafes, butchers and the like in grocery stores, and disadvantages…i.e. not fairing as well as others in the chic
I love, L-O-V-E food.
The trip to Aldi reminded me that one of the things I love about food is that it connects people. I think everyone should be able to enjoy good quality, nutritious, organic, hormone and steroid free food. For some, especially large families, these things are only attainable at low-cost stores like Aldi. While I know I will continue to frequent other grocery stores, I am surely adding Aldi to my line-up.
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