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Atlanta: A Tour of the International Produce at Buford Highway Farmers Market

The Buford Highway Farmers Market is a 100,000 square-foot grocery megastore, about Costco-sized. If there was a Nobel Prize for markets, this would absolutely deserve to win. Take the eggplant aisle: Sicialian, Dominican, Indian, Thai, and other varieties all lined up next to each other, in various shades of the indigo continuum. Check out all of the international produce at this incredible Atlanta market. More

Grocery Girl: What Your Grocery Store Says About You

It's often easy to see what a grocery store is all about the moment you walk through the doors. I remember my first time in Dean & Deluca as a bright-eyed, food-loving child. The beautiful, impeccable sculptures of perfect fruits in wicker baskets. The precise, long rows of fancy chocolates. You know what's on the other end—the "value" places with nary a bell and whistle, the supermarkets that are cheap. More

A Look At New York Mart, The Best New Supermarket In Town

The newly opened New York Mart on Mott Street is like the Eataly of Chinatown. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration. But it's a crazily impressive food destination. Inside this mega-supermarket, there's a huge array of Chinese and Asian goods, along with American products—along with butchers and fish and live frogs, a bakery and steam tables and a rotisserie, a huge produce selection and a bigger frozen section. More

Cross-Border Shopping Guide: Canada

If a trip to Canada is in your future, or the Canada/US border is within driving distance, take a look at this cross-border shopping guide featuring some of Canada's tastiest eats. Be warned: None of them are particularly healthy. But you can always rationalize the extra calories by thinking of your shopping as a cultural experience. More

Culinary Ambassadors: Grocery Shopping in the UK

It may come as a shock, but the UK public is obsessed with food. British food has a reputation as being a stodgy, greasy, bland accompaniment to beer — or nameless, boiled, blobby things served at school dinners (the possible exception being curries introduced by the large South Asian population). The past 10 or 15 years have greatly changed what's available to eat here, however, and the diversity of people's diets is very much reflected in, and abetted by, the supermarkets. More

Brooklyn Fare Expanding to Much Bigger Grocery Store Space

Brooklyn Fare, the teeny but well-stocked Boerum Hill market with its nextdoor Michelin-two-star-rated chef's table, is tearing down some walls to open a much bigger space. A real grocery store! You can see the construction happening behind the deli section. Wider aisles and a bigger selection of products. It'll be nearly twice the size of the current space, said one cashier this morning. More

Culinary Ambassadors: Grocery Shopping in Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico I have to shop around. I love Costco for some of my produce—tomatoes, lettuce, berries, and mushrooms for stuffing.... I go to a regular supermarket for basics (like cereal, milk, and produce) that I do not need 10 pounds of at one time. I visit a health-food place to get my vegetarian goodies, like eggless mayonnaise, tofu, brown rice pastas, quinoa, etc. MadelynRodriguez More

Culinary Ambassadors: Grocery Shopping in Wisconsin

Our shopping priorities go: local and organic (CSA, co-op, farmers' market), then local (farmers' market and Woodman's), then just organic (co-op and Woodman's). However, there are things (like bananas) that I do not buy from any of the above categories. When I lay it out like this, it sounds like a lot of work, but I actually enjoy the challenge of finding foods that align with our philosophy and taste great but don't drain our bank account. More

Grocery Shopping in the U.S.

I have never been a daily, fresh-to-the-market shopper. I dream that I would love to be, but using EBT for most of one's groceries tends to cause one to peruse the weekly ads and menu plan around them. I'll tell you, the day Sam's Club started accepting EBT last year was a day of great rejoicing in my house. More

Favorite Chats with a Grocery Store Cashier?

I often leave Trader Joe's thinking I've become best pals with the checkout person. They just say the darnedest things. Like last night, when I bought bananas. I could have sworn they were green when I first grabbed them; they were patently yellow-green by the time we reached the checkout. "Bananas are just, crazy. They're IN-sane. They're like the Mel Gibson of fruit," my cashier said. More

Last Week's Poll Results: Favorite Grocery Stores

[Flickr: Comp4Me] Here are the results to last week's poll: What's Your Favorite Grocery Store? ยป Trader Joe's 33% Wegmans 23% Whole Foods 18% Publix 8% Central Market 8% Safeway 5% Fairway 4% Giant 2 % Fred Meyer 2% Stew Leonard's 2% It was a controversial topic but Trader Joe (or Jose, Ming, Giotto, Johann, or Joe-San, depending on the product) wins it! Honorable mentions go out to all the markets we couldn't squeeze into the poll, including: New Seasons, Copps, C-Town, Piggly Wiggly, Market Basket, Hannaford, Nugget, Cub Foods, Harris Teeter, H-Mart, Byerly's, Dierbergs, Buehler's, and Henry's.... More

Poll: What's Your Favorite Grocery Chain?

[Photograph: Robyn Lee] We spend a good chunk of time cruising the aisles of our neighborhood grocery stores, sometimes even bypassing multiple others just to get to our favorite one. Grocery chain loyalties can get personal, right up there with sports teams and peanut butter brands. We've made a list of 10 popular chains (sorry if we missed a few of your beloved local spots, like Berkeley Bowl in Northern California or Schnucks in the Midwest). But of these biggies, where do you like to pick up your vittles? Take the poll, after the jump.... More

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