Where do you primarily buy your groceries? Big chains like Kroger and Tesco? Ethnic market run by immigrants?

Where do you primarily buy your groceries? Big chains like Kroger and Tesco? Ethnic market run by immigrants? Mom and pop stores? Is there a reason to prefer one over the others?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i don't have a primary place, my trips are all dependent on the coupons that i have

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      People still use coupons? Thought they died out with the Dodo.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        So you don't know

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        yes, and some people still cook at home instead of buying mcdonalds

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I cook at home but can't remember the last time I saw a real coupon. Guess I should have known they still exist because there are those extreme couponing shows on tv. It just seems like something from a era long ago.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            try picking up the free magazines that you can find at stores, that's where i get most of my coupons. the deals you find online are also technically coupons if you have to redeem it at checkout

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Frick yes
        Kroger sends me coupons all the time for shit I buy regularly
        Free monies

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I don't know why they still exist in USA. Every other market setting has found they're less effective at attracting custom than sending out catalogues advertising flash discounts, but somehow in USA coupons are still found to be effective. Coupons should only make sense for fast food with a delivery service, because they add incentive to retain the pamphlet with their menu and phone number, and even that is almost redundant thanks to the internet.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    There's a Smith's by me that is essentially just Kroger, and then a Vons that is essentially just Safeway. The only other nearby option is Whole Foods, and... nah.

    Smith's/Kroger has better prices but is a fricking shitshow at all hours. I fricking hate it there, it's always packed, feels dirty, and people almost always nearly hit my car. Vons is way more expensive but much more chill.

    There's really no local shit.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's funny how relative it can be. When I lived in Agoura, Vons was the dirtbag store and Pavilions was the nice but expensive store. Even though they were both part of the same company, there was some social strata evident in which store you shopped at.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Where I used to live, there's an Acme (a Safeway/Albertsons store for that area) directly across from a Whole Foods. You can stand outside and accurately guess who's going to which store based on various factors. Generally, WF shoppers are better dressed and more attractive.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ralphs (Kroger) and Vons (Safeway), as well as Costco. Been doing Ralphs the most lately because my local one recently took over a nearby gas station and it's massively cheaper than anywhere else if you have points, as much as a buck less than the Shell across the street which is a pretty big deal when the average price around here is like $5.50 for regular and I drive a truck.

      Huh, I didn't know there was anywhere that had Vons but not Ralphs.

      It's funny how relative it can be. When I lived in Agoura, Vons was the dirtbag store and Pavilions was the nice but expensive store. Even though they were both part of the same company, there was some social strata evident in which store you shopped at.

      I'm in a relatively nice area so both Ralphs and Vons are semi-upscale in my area, but there's an even nicer Pavillions that I rarely go to because it's 90% the same stuff as Vons but more expensive and it's kinda out of the way for me.

      https://i.imgur.com/yP92oDA.jpeg

      mostly from here. hella cheaper than the Von's/Ralphs chains.
      also farmers markets for vegetables - they last a lot longer and are in better condition
      Asian grocery stores once in a while for stuff you can't get elsewhere
      and Indian stores once in a blue moon. dot not feather

      >Asian grocery stores once in a while for stuff you can't get elsewhere
      This too, both Japanese (Mitsuwa) and Chinese (99 Ranch.) Annoyingly I'm in a deadzone where Asian markets are all 30+ minutes away from me.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        thanks for putting a homie onto mitsuwa
        bouta check em out when im in sj in a few days

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I haven't been to the SJ one in years, but if they've still got a Santouka Ramen in the food court part it's 100% worth getting too, part of an actual Japanese chain and IMO some of the best ramen in the US period.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Biedronka, Lidl, Carrefour and my local warzywniak (vegetable store)

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've seen better looking grocery stores in africa wtf usa?!

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's Atlanta so basically Africa anyway.

      https://i.imgur.com/yP92oDA.jpeg

      mostly from here. hella cheaper than the Von's/Ralphs chains.
      also farmers markets for vegetables - they last a lot longer and are in better condition
      Asian grocery stores once in a while for stuff you can't get elsewhere
      and Indian stores once in a blue moon. dot not feather

      Imagine most would assume dot, not feather when you mention Indian food. Don't think I've ever seen a feather Indian grocery store. I assume they exist on reservations but have no idea what would be in them.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >wtf why doesn't this low budget corner store owned by some guy look like a franchise with millions of dollars to spare?!?!

      Its kind of sad us normal white people dont have just local butcher shops anymore.

      Go to a true supermarket or a full-service grocery store. They have a butcher shop inside.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nowhere "primarily." Different stores for different things. Produce from the green grocer at my corner and Vietnamese supermarket chain, meat from the Italian, Arab and Mexican butcher shops, packaged shit from Safeway, ShopRite etc and absolute junk from Grocery Outlet.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Its kind of sad us normal white people dont have just local butcher shops anymore.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Are you sure? I lived in a small mountain town and we had a butcher. Now I live in a suburb of a large city and there's a butcher here too. Probably aren't everywhere but you might have one and not even know about it.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          my former local butcher got killed because he took a stray bullet from a gang-related incident while driving through the wrong part of town

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            A man in my town died from a tree branch falling on him. It was a calm sunny day but the branch just happened to break off and fall on him the exact moment he was passing under it. Sometimes the universe just decides it's time for you to go.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        There are literally 6 butchers in my small city not counting the ones in the Mexican grocery store and the one on the Asian grocery store and I'm in northern Utah. It doesn't get much whiter

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I'm that guy and while we do have a handful of "normal white people" butcher shops here, they're overpriced to frick and back and many do some absolutely criminal things to their sausages. Frick you, apple, raisins and cinnamon do not belong in a sausage. homies be eatin' oatmeal cookie sausages and shit.
        I'd go to the Polish, Russian or Bulgarian butchers if I lived in Slavtown but they're a bit out of the way for me. Same with the Irish butcher shop.
        What I do miss is abattoirs. I moved to the US from yurp where neighbourhood abattoirs/wet markets/tiny slaughterhouses are common. Here, they're all owned by Chinese or Mexicans. I can deal with the Mexican ones but Chinese wet markets are disgusting. They constantly get shut down for health code violations then inexplicably reopen somehow. There's that one in Philadelphia that made national headlines a few years ago for being the most disgusting food store ever, for example.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Normally I go to Food Lion, but yesterday they were swamped with normies buying "eclipse food" for the second eclipse tomorrow. The parking lot was so full I just turned around and went home and I'm not going to watch the second eclipse in protest.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      homie, I live in Food Lion country: what the frick eclipse are you talking about?

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    RIP Jiffy

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    mostly from here. hella cheaper than the Von's/Ralphs chains.
    also farmers markets for vegetables - they last a lot longer and are in better condition
    Asian grocery stores once in a while for stuff you can't get elsewhere
    and Indian stores once in a blue moon. dot not feather

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i cant imagine shopping at grocery outlet primarily, they constantly change their inventory
      i find something i like and then its gone the next week

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    prisma

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    We primarily shop at Ralphs and Costco. Most of what we get a Ralphs is perishable stuff for the week like meat, fish, fruit and veggies. Sometimes we hit Aldi or Super King, and occasionally ethnic places like 99 Ranch. But the regular Saturday shopping trip is to Ralphs.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Michigan here, so Meijers of course. I used to also stop in at Oakridge if I only needed a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk as despite the higher cost, it was much quicker but they went out of business.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I went to Meijer for the first time recently, on a trip to the midwest. It's a cool place. Didn't look around long enough to get a sense for the overall prices of things, but prices in the midwest are lower than they are here across the board anyway.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I judge whether or not a person has a soul depending if they say “Meijer” or “Meijers.” You failed.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Coles since it's what I've been going to for over 15 years. Sometimes woolies since it's on the way home from work.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >marta bus stop
    lmao
    no

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      In SLC the grocery stores are called Smiths and that's wear I would go primarily. However, within walking distance of my apartment was a small mexican grocery store that I would go to all the time to get chorizo and carnitas. They also had these frozen strawberry popsicles that were really good and the place was right next to the park so me and my gf would get a couple of those and chill at the park.

      I went to the mexican place more than smiths since it was considerably closer. My GF speaks fluent spanish so it's not that big of a deal.

      One of my swarthy friends swears he gets a discount when shopping at Hispanic markets due to his dark complexion.

      in my texas city we only have HEB, walmart, target for groceries. walmart/heb is the standard for groceries but I never go to walmart because I don't like/trust them. If I go to walmart for food items i'm spending below thirty dollars, and picking out items I can't get at HEB. I also feel like i'm more likely to get shot at walmart by a mass shooter person so frick all that bullshit.

      Walmart has shit quality produce. Some locations have a permanent fruit fly infestation. I might pick up a few shelf stable items it I'm already there but fresh stuff isn't so fresh.

      yeah thats not an ai generated image at all

      Google Street View

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Google Street View
        oh yeah google definitely would never fake anything, they dont even have the means to

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Pretending to be moronic is no different than being moronic.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    In SLC the grocery stores are called Smiths and that's wear I would go primarily. However, within walking distance of my apartment was a small mexican grocery store that I would go to all the time to get chorizo and carnitas. They also had these frozen strawberry popsicles that were really good and the place was right next to the park so me and my gf would get a couple of those and chill at the park.

    I went to the mexican place more than smiths since it was considerably closer. My GF speaks fluent spanish so it's not that big of a deal.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    in my texas city we only have HEB, walmart, target for groceries. walmart/heb is the standard for groceries but I never go to walmart because I don't like/trust them. If I go to walmart for food items i'm spending below thirty dollars, and picking out items I can't get at HEB. I also feel like i'm more likely to get shot at walmart by a mass shooter person so frick all that bullshit.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You don't have Central Market where you live? Shame. It's a great store. You wouldn't buy your Lucky Charms there, but it's terrific for meat and produce.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      HEB is goat, but yeah, w*lmart and t*rget are fricking terrible for groceries. Actually they're terrible for everything, but that's a topic for another thread. I'm pretty spoiled for choice where I live
      >HEB
      >Central Market
      >Market street
      >Sprouts
      >whole foods
      >kroger
      >tom thumb
      >albertsons
      >trader joes
      >aldi
      >a bunch of different asian groceries
      >mexican grocery stores
      >general euro grocery
      >a fricking turkish grocery
      >a fricking russian grocery
      >probably indian and arab grocery stores because they're fricking everywhere here but I haven't actually noticed one yet
      etc. in the end I just go to HEB because I like good stuff but I'm also a cheap c**t.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Most of my grocery trips consist of Aldi, a local chain for stuff like beef, and Wally world.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I've been trying to get into Aldi for a while cause the prices are definitely right, but gosh I find the stores depressing.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Lidl is like an Aldi with music. The lack of music at Aldi gives it a depressive feeling
        Also, what you're not paying for in money you'll be paying for in quality: while neither Aldi nor Lidl were great quality to begin with, Aldi's quality had dropped precipitously in the last five years while Lidl has stayed closer to what it was.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >The lack of music at Aldi gives it a depressive feeling
          Really... So it's not the carton of half-rotten onions spilling onto the floor, the 4-foot tall illegal women trying on knockoff crocs in the shitshow aisle, or the cashiers rolling their eyes because grandma doesn't understand how the carts work?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            No, because I've been to several different Aldi stores in different countries and continents and I've never seen anything even remotely similar to what you're bullshittingly describing.
            It's the lack of music

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Not him but I can confirm that half of the onions in any given bag are rotting or mere days away from it.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I've had that problem with onions I've bought from Ralphs recently too. Get them home and store them in the usual way and in about two days they're looking and smelling like they're going off. It's really gotten on my nerves. It's a pain in the ass, but I'm going to have to start hitting the farmers markets again.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    In this order:
    Fry's because I use my brothers card so he can get fuel points.
    Asian market to buy stuff you can't get anywhere else.
    Costco.
    Smart & final.

    there are no mom and pop stores in my city.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    yeah thats not an ai generated image at all

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You'll be happy to know it has been torn down and replaced with yuppie townhomes for liberal white folks who love blacks so much that they gentrify them out of the city.
      https://www.redfin.com/GA/Atlanta/1160-Ormewood-Ave-SE-30316/unit-1/home/187195498

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Albertsons/Safeway
    Walmart
    Whole Foods
    a local co-op mainly for top tier cheeses

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Jungle Jim's international market.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Haven't been in years even though it's only like an hour from here. How's it held up?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        He's made some improvements, is currently adding to it actually. You have to know what to shop for there though, a lot of "normal" items are priced kind of high. COVID pushed his prices up like everywhere else.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    5-10 years go I did most of my shopping in Aldi, but it's really not that much cheaper any more. I mostly shop in Sainsbury's now as it's directly on my route to work and has better range.

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Aldi is buying Winn-Dixie, which seems like a huge cultural mismatch. Also the typical Winn-Dixie is twice as large as the typical Aldi which makes me wonder how they'll convert them.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      They might not butter "converting" then and will instead shut them down entirely. Aldi bought Bottom Dollar in 2013 or 2014 or so and just shut them all down.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      FWIW Aldi did NOT purchase the SEG hispanic branded Fresco's
      A lot of Harvey's branded stores in the SE will be converted to Aldi

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Are the germans gonna have a second wave of cultural influence on America again?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        they already own trader joes. they might change some suppliers but the general model will be unchanged
        this will continue until Aldi overtakes Alberstons and then some yet unknown chinese or brazillan company will repeat the process.

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Normally
    >walmart
    It's the closest and it's basically fine for normal milk, eggs, flour type of staple shit plus obviously any chips etc junk you can imagine. If I'm looking for something specific and weird I'll go to the Fresh Thyme which larps as a farmers market type of store, isn't really but it has better produce and some harder to find weird herbs and stuff. Otherwise
    >chinkmart
    Gotta have my asahi super dry, premade sushi, and asiatic noodles for friday night

  25. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    HEB
    Randall's
    Central Market

    simple as

  26. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Lidl for basics, trader joe's for a few specifics

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Saturday morning farmers market. I go for the food but hopefully one day ill find my wife at one.

  28. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Fred Meyer which is owned by Kroger. Simply because I live an hour away from any grocery store and it's slightly the closest. Also gas points. Used to go to Winco but got tired of all of the Somalians there.

  29. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    sometimes at one of the local chinese owned stores and sometimes at some mini mart owned by a chain owned by wallmart, there's also some weird iraqui owned store that sells all kinds of stuff but also groceries, mostly products you don't usually see in my country.

  30. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    publix
    kroger
    aldis
    pick your poison

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Depends on what kind of job I have at the time. Publix is more expensive than the other two but stores are clean, well laid out, and checkout is generally quick. BOGO deals are nice but you have to keep in mind that whatever is BOGO is already marked up.

  31. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone have an Ingles? It's that or Piggly Wiggly around here. Both are heinously expensive, and the pig is 90% canned and boxed items plus a meat section. Ingles at least carries an impressive selection considering the location (for instance, I never seen marmite for sale anywhere else) but I'll spend like $120+ for a few bags of groceries, .

  32. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I would go to my local HEB more often if it isn't packed out of the butthole 24/7. Never been able to find a single parking space unless I'm ditching work at the middle of the day to go home.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Try first thing in the morning. On our shopping day, the missus or I (or both) go as soon as shops open. I usually encounter neat critters out that early, like owls.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I just get curbside since it doesn't cost extra tbh.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        i dont buy nearly enough mass produced shelf stable "food" to justify an online order.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I don't know what you mean, I buy fruits, meats, dairy, etc via curbside. Your order can be as small as 1 item too.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            i mean im not going to let someone else pick out my perishables. not only because they are lazy filthy morons but because I am particular about size, ripeness, and time to spoilage.
            for example id prefer 3 small onions to 1 frick ass huge one.

  33. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    kuhn's. aldi for certain things. aldi is great for vegetables, dirt cheap

  34. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Chef's Store for most meat
    >Fred Meyer for most produce
    >Costco for miscellaneous stuff

  35. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    grim
    Bomb Ass bbq and head tho probably?

  36. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Dom's and Foxtrot. Except both just closed and declared bankruptcy this week. I now live in a grocery desert with restaurants but no grocery stores for miles. It'll be Whole Foods delivery for me until somebody fills the gap.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >grocery desert
      My neighbourhood was declared one of those a few years ago despite having NEARLY TWO DOZEN FULL SERVICE SUPERMARKETS within two miles of me.
      The nearest one, some "HoLiStIc" place, is literally at my corner. I don't understand what criteria makes something a "food/grocery desert."

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I think I remember reading it's got to do with prices as well as proximity. Like if you lived in a neighborhood where a Whole Foods was the only supermarket in a two-mile radius or something, that might qualify as a food desert.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          That's the thing: two of those supermarkets are Aldis and a third is a Grocery Outlet.
          And seriously, if you can't find a good deal on ham or whatever out of two dozen supermarkets, you're just a moron (not you specifically, anon; I'm sure you're not moronic, I'm just using the rhetorical "you").
          The holistic one at my corner is indeed overpriced, tho, but literally nobody shops there and I have absolutely no Idea how it stays in business. I swear, it's got to be a money laundering front somehow.
          If I can get chicken breasts for $2/lb and bok choy for 69¢/lb about a half mile from my house, this area is not a food dessert.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Oh I'm totally moronic, but I appreciate your clarifying anyway. 🙂

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Activists were insisting that a government food market be located at the star on this map because they said it was a food desert. You can see there's a Publix a block and a half away but there's a small hill so it doesn't count. They didn't get their way and in the end it became apartments but they had no shame in calling it a desert despite there being a full service grocery store right there.

  37. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >most groceries
    Trader Joe's/Walmart
    >seafood
    Publix
    >other meat
    Local grocer
    The only other groceries in the city are Whole Foods (lol) and Target

  38. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I only shop the best

  39. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The only decent option where I live is a Smart and Final, so that's where I shop. There's the Kroger chain Ralph's (frick Kroger), mini-Walmart, Albertson's (quality to price ratio is horrible), Sprouts (everything is super pricey here), and Trader Joes and Aldi (tiny shops dominated by packaged foods, nothing for people who actually cook and pay attention to unit costs). There's also two Indian grocers nearby that are excellent for rice, lentils, tea, spices, and such as you'd expect, but sadly don't offer much in the way of fresh produce, and one Persian grocer that's disappointing (expensive, bought tea there twice and it was weirdly stale both times).

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      There are so many dang Indians in my area, including my wife, that a local supermarket chain has started carrying private label Indian packaged ingredients. I don't know if any other supermarket chains that carry their own brand of mustard oil mango pickles, for example. And I thought mustard oil was illegal in America to begin with, so the fact that they carry this stuff at all is doubly surprising.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >The U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibits the import or sale of expressed mustard oil in the U.S. for use in cooking due to its high erucic acid content. By contrast, the FDA has classified essential mustard oil, which has a much lower erucic acid content, as generally recognized as safe, and allows its use in food. Expressed mustard oil is permitted in the U.S. as a massage oil, with a required "for external use only" label.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Exactly my point. Yet I can go to ShopRite and buy Bowl&Basket (the store brand) mustard oil pickles. Go fricking figure.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            The use essential not expressed mustard oil which is why they're legal.

  40. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Albertson's and Trader Joe's (Arizona)

    I miss H-E-B so much I might move back to Texas

  41. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Safeway because they generally have the best prices near my home. Sometimes I go to winco for specific things I want cheap like shrimp.

  42. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >MARTA
    Shit, this is my town, I gotta get away from Atlanta. Anyway for me it's Publix, they often have BOGOs on things I like and there's usually multiple cashiers with baggers unlike Kroger where it's usually just one cashier and no baggers.

  43. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Where do you primarily buy your groceries?
    Costco
    >meat
    >pantry staples (flour, rice, canned tomatoes, etc.)
    >cheese (Parmesan, pecorino, etc.)
    [Regional chain] (Publix/HEB/Ingles)
    >fruit and vegetables
    >milk and yogurt
    Trader Joe's
    >cheese
    >frozen entrees/sides

  44. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Piggly Wiggly
    There is no need for anywhere else.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Dan Levy inspecting potential surrogates for his doomspawn

  45. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I drive past a Krogers and Publix on my way to and from work; therefore, I buy my shit there. Ain't got time to drive an additional 30+ minutes to go somewhere else.

  46. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i buy all of my groceries at weis because they werent covid cucks. used go spread it out with 3 other stores but i will never forgive them. especially wegmans

  47. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >potatoes, milk, butter, yoghurt, fresh cheese
    Directly from farmers, far better produce and 75% cheaper
    >fish
    From the fishmonger at the weekly market. He goes to the harbour at 4 AM, I buy at 7AM. Far better produce, at 1/10th to half the price.
    >meat
    I have 5 butchers near me each with their own speciality: lamb, beef, offal, rabbit and poultry/game. They're expensive but way better. I get my cured meats in Italy (10-30% cheaper, far better quality) and my minced lamb from the Halal butcher (50% cheaper, same quality).
    >herbs, edible flowers, spices, vanilla, oils, vinegars
    I grow or collect my own herbs and edible flowers. Everything else I buy in several shops for Michelin* restaurants, or from a Michelin* chef whose side-job is selling the best spice crops the world has to offer. Costly (4,5...200x more costly) but infinitely better.
    >chocolate and vegetables
    I buy directly from 2 bio farmers and one young lady who searches the early market (where shop owners go to buy their stuff) for exceptional goods. I pay 20% more and get 100% better taste.
    >wine
    Same places where I buy spices. They know their shit. And a wine shop that's been around for 200 years. They filtered out the garbage by now. I have a shop that specializes in Barolo, old Bourgogne and independent Champagne producers, run by a 76 year old guy. And a shop run by 2 ***Michelin sommeliers.
    >beer
    I live near Westvleteren. Or I go to my cousin who lives south of Brussels. In between I have a shop with 3k (give or take) different beers.
    >fruit
    Fruit is shit. I grow my own raspberries and apples. I get pears, prunes, strawberries and cherries from 2 of my vegetable suppliers. I have a mate who grows 120-ish tomato varieties, that's cool. Most fruit nowadays is just bland, overpriced, forced-grown garbage.
    >bread
    I make my own or I buy from the israeli bakery nearby. They're fantastic and contrary to legend just as affordable as most supermarkets.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That's nice.

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