Monday, March 20, 2006

Huh.... Apparently Whole Foods isn't as wholesome in the way that they market their products as they are in ensuring the quality of their food. I know I'm kind of stretching things a bit when I start picking on gourmet/organic grocery stores, but I warned you earlier that I was in kind of a bad mood today, and these upscale supermarkets kind of irk me anyway- mostly because it pisses me off that they seem so self-congratulatory and high-minded on the healthy alternatives that they are supposedly offering to the American consumer, but then their prices prohibit half of the country from realistically being able to shop there. It's more yuppie elitism cast in the sheep's clothing of 60's idealism. Ok. End of micro rant. By the way, I do like the Central Market sausages, olives, and cowboy burgers. Damn them.


Lunch with Jason said...

Whole Foods = Whole Paycheck.

I prefer Senseless Markup.

JMD said...

I have to kind of agree with Steanso on some level here. The self congratulatory nature of Whole Foods or Central Market or the rest can be rather irksome. This is evidenced by the fact that you can buy ostrich meat, organic blue corn flakes, and sushi, but not Diet Coke, at such stores. Alas. However, all of those things are tasty, too, and you can only get them there, so what to do?

The League said...

Is anything more irritating than people telling you where they bought their damn mushrooms if you didn't ask? Status symbol buying power for groceries is just dumb. I don't really care if you shop there, but I'm going to think you're a moron if you feel the need to tell me the reason a bag of chips is so good was because you spent $16 on it at Whole Foods.

It's all dumb, but not as dumb as status symbol items for your pets.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with everything that's been said here already and agree with most of what was said in the article.

At the same time, for an old lady like me who has developed an allergy to, for instance, soy products, Whole Foods and Central Market can be a big help. You'll never know how many mainstream products contain soy until it starts making you break out in hives!


JMD said...

Now, The League, I will say that they do sell some good products which are more expensive because they are not produced by a megacorporation. That's one reason why it is good. But you should be buying them because it is tasty or healthy, not because you want to be a hipster a la mode.

(Note: I was able to find the new Sam Adams White at Central Market in Houston, so I can't complain too much. It is unavailable in the BMT, apparently.).

The League said...

I really don't have a problem with people shopping at these stores or buying the products. There should be a space for food handled with greater care than, say, Lunchables.

What I have a problem with is when folks see the need to tell me where they bought their food, completely unsolicited just to remind me how classy they are. It's just an old bugaboo from being within the Central Market/ Whole Foods/ Wheatsville triangle for so long.