Posted: Jun 10, 2008 1:21 pm
I am gonna have to end up shopping at several differnt places to get my needs met in Memphis
yeah, used to be that way for me too. now I have it down to a science:
For my main shopping, I go to the Kroger on Sanderlin (or, occasionally, the tiny, old Seesel's/Schnuck's on Poplar and Perkins) at least once every 3 weeks to stock up on pantry items, root vegetables, stuff I can throw in the freezer etc. Afterwards, I swing by Fresh Market for cheese, and run into Charlie's for flank steak, lamb, etc. I intersperse that with regular visits to Easy Way and (less often) the Viet Hoa for fresh fruit and vegetables. and about once every 10 days or so I break down and dash into the Schnuck's on Union for whatever I need to fill in the blanks. I do like Schnuck's organic chicken line better than anything I've found at Kroger...
Fish is the hardest thing to buy here. I go to Costco (piggybacking on a friend's card) once or twice a year and buy bags of frozen salmon and tuna, and augment with fresh fish and scallops bought at Schnucks on Union, which has a clean, but totally random, seafood dept. I tend to buy what looks good then come home and try to make something with it, rather than shop for a particular fish. oh, and whenever I visit my folks on the gulf coast, I take a cooler and come back with gulf shrimp for $2 a pound!
also, that Superlo next to Target/Pottery Barn outlet has some really great, inexpensive produce etc.
and for fun, I go to Aldi and check out the food aisles at Big Lots (lots of imported ethnic food).
I will say, committing to keeping a fully stocked pantry has really helped me. In the olden days, it was so difficult for me to cook ANYTHING because I lacked any basic ingredients. now I keep chicken stock, a gazillion spices, baking supplies, etc on hand at all times.