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Grocery snobbing

Foods I'm a snob about:

Salsa. It has to be the kind you buy in the refrigerated section, not a glass jar on the dry-goods shelves with "Pace" or a similar name on it. Seriously, the difference is like that between homemade soup and canned.

Chocolate chips. I've fallen totally in love with the 60% cacao bittersweet Ghirardelli ones. Every other type, even other grades of Ghirardelli chips, now disappoint me.

Honey. Must be raw. Ideally from around here, or at least this continent, but I've made exceptions. Raw is not only far tastier, but healthier. And don't you dare microwave it to warm it up, as this destroys the good enzymes.

In my best ethical moods, I also choose food with labels like "organic" and "no antibiotics," but the items listed above are more about food snobbery--or love of what I eat, if you will.

What are yours?

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girlspell
Feb. 5th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Forget what I want....it has to be what my husband wants. Nothing fancy. Only Heinz Ketchup instead of other Ketchup. Only Scotties bathroom tissue. No other tissue will do for his bum. Only Bounty paper towels. Only Perdue chicken (not the other tycoon, Tyson) Only Kleenex kleenex. The list goes on and on.

This is from a guy that eats lobster, Escargot, and raw oysters, instead of potato chips and pretzls.

Edited at 2011-02-05 06:00 pm (UTC)
mollyringle
Feb. 5th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hee! Oh dear, that could get expensive. Funny how people have these insistent points, isn't it? I have my Ghirardelli fix, but I smirk when people get up in arms at Coke vs. Pepsi. Hypocritical of me, really.
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polygonia
Feb. 5th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
I do like raw, organic crystallized honey. It's so delicious. The TEXTURE. MMMMM

I love ghiradel;li chocolate chips, but I don't mind the semi sweet kind.
I only buy Uncle Ben's rice or something like jasmine rice or something. NO CHEAP RICE.
i don't like oreos, I only like Newman-Os. The double chocolate kind or original.
I only use Ghiradelli cocoa for my hot chocolate, but the cheaper stuff is better for making frosting I'm observed.
mollyringle
Feb. 5th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
The honey doesn't have to be crystallized for me, but it often ends up that way, and I agree, it's somehow more of a treat that way! (Though a bit harder to get out of the jar.)

Newman-O's are awesome, as are the other Newman's Own cookies. Those little chocolate chip ones that come in mint and orange and double chocolate--mmm.

I haven't tried the Ghirardelli cocoa! I'll look for it next time. Hershey works okay for me as a baking cocoa, though their solid chocolate isn't my favorite.
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pokeystar
Feb. 5th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the salsa - totally. Santa Barbara Salsa Co. Roasted garlic. Yellow lid. Yum.

I'm becoming a pasta snob - only Barilla will do.

My husband will refuse to eat oats that are not Quaker.

I'm a Yoplait light girl. Fage makes a great sour cream substitute.

And I may murder someone if Bernstein's stops making their nonfat Cheese and Garlic Italian dressing.

mollyringle
Feb. 5th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, yogurt, I forgot that one! I adore both Wallaby and Brown Cow yogurts, and really like Cascade Fresh too. But I will eat other kinds, so it's not quite a snobbery issue to the degree of my chocolate chip needs.

I think we get Santa Barbara Salsa here among the refrigerated options. They're all so fresh and good!

Barilla is good stuff. Have you tried some of the bagged organic pastas? I forget the brand name, but we tried one lately in a light blue plastic bag, and it was awesome. Again, I won't quite become a snob over it, though. Yet. :)
baranduin
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Salad dressing. No bottled dressing allowed. Good olive oil with good balsamic vinegar, a little salt and pepper, then toss.
mollyringle
Feb. 6th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not above bottled, but I agree that the best is homemade and fresh! I have a ginger-and-sesame-oil I really love.
jjschwabach
Feb. 5th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
I buy my honey -- yes, raw -- from the local Wiccans, on the grounds that they do sell raw honey, and also good herbs.

Chocolate, these day, has to be 70% or better.

My new life is very food-particular. There's so little that I'm allowed to eat anymore, it's all organic or locally grown/raised/whatall. The hospital's cancer nutritionist is all about the vegan, too. (I'm not a vegan, no, but I'm getting closer every day at this point.

Spices come from the health food store. Pepper must be ground by me. The pre-ground stuff has no cancer-fighting ninjas. They all escape.
mollyringle
Feb. 6th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Wiccan honey and herbs--even better! :) I'm encouraged that the nutritionist is getting you such good foods, and enlisting yummy stuff in the fight. And I'm also encouraged that fresh-ground pepper is so much healthier, since that's what I always use. I suppose fresh-ground cloves and ginger and cinnamon and everything else is ideal too, so someday I'll upgrade.
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kali_kali
Feb. 6th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
I used to buy a lot of things like Jos Louis and similar snack cakes. However, I've been working at an Italian pastry shop for the past five months, and now, well, I can't eat factorymade snacks as much anymore. Sure, one pastry from the pastry shop I work at costs the same as a whole box of Twinkies, but they're SO much better.
mollyringle
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Italian pastry shop--yum! How droolworthy. I hear you on the Hostess treats...even without having worked at an Italian pastry shop, I must have raised my standards with all this dark chocolate, because I tried a Hostess cupcake recently, thinking it would be a special treat. It wasn't. It tasted artificial and uninteresting. Not at all what I remembered, but no great loss.
bluesound
Feb. 6th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
Can I just say, I've never heard of anyone microwaving honey ever, I'm taking this as a good thing.
jjschwabach
Feb. 6th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
I had not heard of it, either, and I am not sure my mind is better for hearing it.
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thomas_a_kempis
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Microwaved Honey
I admit to having committed this heinous act. I was desperate for honey for some tea one night; the only honey in the house had crystallized. I microwaved it. It liquefied, along with the plastic container. Just deserts, it appears.
mollyringle
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Microwaved Honey
Oh, I've done it too, for the same reason...and same results, at least once or twice. I have since done my honey research and learned the horrible error of my ways. :)
new_iconoclast
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Extra virgin olive oil, preferably from Italy. From Greece if necessary. No Spanish oil need apply.

mollyringle
Feb. 8th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
I may have to get snobby about extra virgin olive oil too, since I recently read it often gets labeled "extra virgin" when it isn't really. Apparently you need to look for some other certification too, but I can't remember what it is.
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archersangel
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
not too many things i'm picky about.

preggo pasta sauce
sargento shredded cheese
charmin ultra TP
coke, not pepsi
aquafina bottled water
natcho cheese doritos
naill_renfro
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
I think Prego, not preggo - unless that's something I haven't heard of before... ;-)
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gavinworld
Feb. 8th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
I much prefer Green Mountain Tortilla Strips to any other brand of nachos.
mollyringle
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I'm not sure we have those here, but I'll look next time!
naill_renfro
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Mmm, better stay out of this one - too much danger that three decades of vegetarianism and health food stores has left me completely insufferable on the subject.

But everything you said.
mollyringle
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Well, the ethical considerations of food shopping are a different topic. This one's just about taste preferences/snobbery. :) But if I were still allowed dairy and eggs, I could probably be happy with the vegetarian life the majority of the time.
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