Whole Paycheck, Sams, and Disneyland, OH MY!

I have a cheese lady.

It seems rather silly to call Danielle, at Whole Foods, my cheese lady. But, last night, she wasn’t working and I found myself slightly depressed.

I love cheese.

Did you know that you can sample almost every cheese at Whole Foods? (You can taste the fruit and olives, too. You just need to find a manager, if no one is around.)

I’m learning to ask questions.

My dentist-before-last (that’s silly, huh? But ex-dentist seemed strange to say.) calls Whole Foods, lovingly, “Whole Paycheck.”

I think that I can shop at places like Whole Foods and Sam’s, on a budget. There is a right and really wrong way to shop in these two establishments.

Seriously.

Its difficult to stay disciplined, in either place, because they are as exciting, to me, as going to Disneyland.

Seriously. (I’ve been watching Season 3 of Gray’s Anatomy on Netflix. Seriously! LOL)

If you’ve never been to the real DisneyLAND, before, you are missing out. Its so much more magical, to even an adult, than anything I’ve experienced in Florida. Try to imagine not being able to see a wall, or feel you are inside a building, when you watch Pirates fight or sing. Its misty. There is the ambiance of a French restaurant on the horizon, as you embark on that wonderful ride, too.

Okay, so where was I?

Oh yes.. Whole Paycheck..

Danielle taught me about Dates. How did I live almost 40 years without having a date? My egyptian friends speak of these exotic fruits.. dates..

They are like a piece of candy that nature made. They look like they’ll have that sugar crystal crunch, when you take a bite. But, they don’t. They are Fresh. I didn’t even know a date came fresh. I guess I thought a date was like a prune or a raisin, some other name, in its fresh state.

Dates go with cheese, like apples do, and there is something extremely magical when you eat goat cheese or brie, with a date and a marcona almond.

Its like the Yum-to-the-OH!

Seriously.

Danielle can suggest a new taste delight, of cheese, based on her history of knowing what I like, or what I’ve not liked, that she has witnessed. She also knows all these fabulous tricks, like the dates and marcona almonds, that I got free, because they were mis-marked. I didn’t know that they would do that. I thought the mis-marked one was the lesser expensive, of the two. When she offered to fix it for me, I held onto that lesser expensive container, like I had found Gold. Then I got the more expensive, wrongly marked one, free.

Free! I love that word.

This is where Sam’s comes into play.. in this “I love cheese” game.

I really love what Danielle calls “New Gouda, from Holland” as much as I love Smoked Gouda in Macaroni and Cheese or Quesadillas…

..and local, fresh goat cheese.. or goat cheese with fig spread.. or lemon curd.. or fresh mozarella..

I can spend 20 minutes, with Danielle, and travel to the outter-most boundaries of the earth. I put the footprint, of the food, aside, for a brief moment, so I can tour a new country.. through cheese. She helps me cut a small sliver of this heaven, to take home, and enjoy a few more times.

See, you don’t even have to buy any of the already prepared sizes, either. Buy just a small taste for later.

I usually buy a small sliver, or two, of the four or five cheeses that I try. A small sliver, at $15-19/pound, is reasonable, once in a while.

Something amazing happened, last week, at Sam’s, though.

Look:

This is the slice that I bought at Whole Foods:

This Gouda, at Sam’s is $5.15 per pound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely Fantastic Find. It was sitting right next to the smoked Gouda, that I already buy. That whole 2 pound hunk, in the first photo, was just over $10.

I really need a cheese friend, to split this type of Sam’s stuff with.. and Romano… and Brie.. and Parm/Reg..

The key to the best value of Whole Foods and Sam’s, is in the staples. The basics. Save some money on those items, and you can spend a few dollars, every once in a while, on something fun and exotic, too.

Oh, and while I was at Whole Foods, last night, I stopped and spoke with Aimee, at the service desk. Two weeks ago, I purchased two pounds of fresh strawberries. They were left on the floor, in my kitchen, in a reusable shopping bag, over night. Less than 24 hours after I bought my sweet, beautiful berries, they were fuzzy little golf ball looking things. I was truly sad about my $7.99 splurge. I wasn’t quite sure what to do about it, though. I wasn’t going to save fuzzy fruit. I wasn’t going to go back to Whole Foods, 30 miles away, for $8, either, though.

Not only did Aimee “comp” me a new two pound container of fresh strawberries, but she also thanked me for NOT bringing back the fruit. It seems many of us don’t know what to do with spoiled food, that shouldn’t be bad, yet. I know, now, that Whole Foods appreciates it when we don’t exactly SHARE all of our problems, with them.

I trust Whole Foods with my money and my time. Now if they’d build one in Summerville.

OH OH.. they also give me a dime for every reusable bag that I use.. not bad at all.

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Whole Paycheck, Sams, and Disneyland, OH MY!

I have a cheese lady.

It seems rather silly to call Danielle, at Whole Foods, my cheese lady. But, last night, she wasn’t working and I found myself slightly depressed.

I love cheese.

Did you know that you can sample almost every cheese at Whole Foods? (You can taste the fruit and olives, too. You just need to find a manager, if no one is around.)

I’m learning to ask questions.

My dentist-before-last (that’s silly, huh? But ex-dentist seemed strange to say.) calls Whole Foods, lovingly, “Whole Paycheck.”

I think that I can shop at places like Whole Foods and Sam’s, on a budget. There is a right and really wrong way to shop in these two establishments.

Seriously.

Its difficult to stay disciplined, in either place, because they are as exciting, to me, as going to Disneyland.

Seriously. (I’ve been watching Season 3 of Gray’s Anatomy on Netflix. Seriously! LOL)

If you’ve never been to the real DisneyLAND, before, you are missing out. Its so much more magical, to even an adult, than anything I’ve experienced in Florida. Try to imagine not being able to see a wall, or feel you are inside a building, when you watch Pirates fight or sing. Its misty. There is the ambiance of a French restaurant on the horizon, as you embark on that wonderful ride, too.

Okay, so where was I?

Oh yes.. Whole Paycheck..

Danielle taught me about Dates. How did I live almost 40 years without having a date? My egyptian friends speak of these exotic fruits.. dates..

They are like a piece of candy that nature made. They look like they’ll have that sugar crystal crunch, when you take a bite. But, they don’t. They are Fresh. I didn’t even know a date came fresh. I guess I thought a date was like a prune or a raisin, some other name, in its fresh state.

Dates go with cheese, like apples do, and there is something extremely magical when you eat goat cheese or brie, with a date and a marcona almond.

Its like the Yum-to-the-OH!

Seriously.

Danielle can suggest a new taste delight, of cheese, based on her history of knowing what I like, or what I’ve not liked, that she has witnessed. She also knows all these fabulous tricks, like the dates and marcona almonds, that I got free, because they were mis-marked. I didn’t know that they would do that. I thought the mis-marked one was the lesser expensive, of the two. When she offered to fix it for me, I held onto that lesser expensive container, like I had found Gold. Then I got the more expensive, wrongly marked one, free.

Free! I love that word.

This is where Sam’s comes into play.. in this “I love cheese” game.

I really love what Danielle calls “New Gouda, from Holland” as much as I love Smoked Gouda in Macaroni and Cheese or Quesadillas…

..and local, fresh goat cheese.. or goat cheese with fig spread.. or lemon curd.. or fresh mozarella..

I can spend 20 minutes, with Danielle, and travel to the outter-most boundaries of the earth. I put the footprint, of the food, aside, for a brief moment, so I can tour a new country.. through cheese. She helps me cut a small sliver of this heaven, to take home, and enjoy a few more times.

See, you don’t even have to buy any of the already prepared sizes, either. Buy just a small taste for later.

I usually buy a small sliver, or two, of the four or five cheeses that I try. A small sliver, at $15-19/pound, is reasonable, once in a while.

Something amazing happened, last week, at Sam’s, though.

Look:

This is the slice that I bought at Whole Foods:

This Gouda, at Sam’s is $5.15 per pound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely Fantastic Find. It was sitting right next to the smoked Gouda, that I already buy. That whole 2 pound hunk, in the first photo, was just over $10.

I really need a cheese friend, to split this type of Sam’s stuff with.. and Romano… and Brie.. and Parm/Reg..

The key to the best value of Whole Foods and Sam’s, is in the staples. The basics. Save some money on those items, and you can spend a few dollars, every once in a while, on something fun and exotic, too.

Oh, and while I was at Whole Foods, last night, I stopped and spoke with Aimee, at the service desk. Two weeks ago, I purchased two pounds of fresh strawberries. They were left on the floor, in my kitchen, in a reusable shopping bag, over night. Less than 24 hours after I bought my sweet, beautiful berries, they were fuzzy little golf ball looking things. I was truly sad about my $7.99 splurge. I wasn’t quite sure what to do about it, though. I wasn’t going to save fuzzy fruit. I wasn’t going to go back to Whole Foods, 30 miles away, for $8, either, though.

Not only did Aimee “comp” me a new two pound container of fresh strawberries, but she also thanked me for NOT bringing back the fruit. It seems many of us don’t know what to do with spoiled food, that shouldn’t be bad, yet. I know, now, that Whole Foods appreciates it when we don’t exactly SHARE all of our problems, with them.

I trust Whole Foods with my money and my time. Now if they’d build one in Summerville.

OH OH.. they also give me a dime for every reusable bag that I use.. not bad at all.

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