August 14th, 2008
|11:23 pm - Hating my new neighborhood|
It's very clear that we now live on the front-lines of gentrification. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the local Safeway grocery store. It contains about 30% low grade poor-people food, 20% over-priced yuppie snack food and 50% of what you'd find in most grocery stores. It also does not contain a number of items found in most other Safeways - the case in point for tonight was soy ice cream, which I went out to get, because it's ludicrously hot tonight. Our single room A/C is doing its best (in here, it's 10 degrees cooler than outside, but it's not cool) In any case, by far my favorite dairy-free ice cream is this delicious coconut-based ice cream, but it's also only available at high-end stores like Whole Foods, and so I knew I wouldn't find it at any Safeway. However, almost every other Safeway I've been in has carried soy ice cream and (what I was really looking for tonight) soy-based ice cream sandwiches. This Safeway had absolutely no soy (or other non-dairy) ice cream at all. The only non-dairy frozen desserts offered were popsicles and some corn syrup sweetened sorbet. I really miss my old neighborhood and seriously dislike this one.
Current Mood: annoyed
|Date:||August 15th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)|| |
i recommend you try the Purely Decadent
coconut milk ice cream. i discovered it a few weeks ago and have been dying to buy vats of it. it's sooo nummy. It's also found at Whole Foods and Fred Meyer. (My safeway carries the soy based variant... I'm hoping they'll carry the coconut milk version soon).
|Date:||August 15th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)|| |
Wow, very cool. We have a very large Fred Meyer 16 blocks away, so I'll definitely head over there soon to get some.
Did you check out the ice cream that isn't in the standard ice cream section?
|Date:||August 15th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)|| |
I saw a case like that in the back of the store, but in the same section, but it just contained more of the same ice cream. Is there another ice cream case elsewhere in the store?
A lot of the soy stuff is stored near what used to be the organic/hippie food section.
Oh, and I may have Sunday free. What are you guys up to?
|Date:||August 15th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)|| |
I'm sad to hear you new neighbourhood is not nice. I hope you have the energy to seek out a new apartment at some point.
I have to see if we do have that coconut-based ice cream here, either that one or something else comprable. I think it's not something that's easily ordered from overseas...
On happier things, I got the Equinox Road last weekend and I saw your name on the writer list. I have no idea what you wrote for it, but I liked the book, now if I only had time to GM a Changeling campaign.
Does Whole Foods have an online store? You may be able to have soy ice cream delivered.
My loudest complaint about our new neighborhood when we moved a couple of miles cheaper across county lines was that, despite all clues to the contrary, there was nowhere I could acquire soy ice cream at 2am. We live on the line between the availability of 24-hour grocery stores with only ghetto-cheap options (convenience for underpaid shift workers, I assume) and a nontrivial drive to high-end places that close by the time I can conveniently get there on weekdays.
The Giant within walking distance just this week shuffled itself around and grew a natural food aisle with healthy stuff I usually find in the same stores as the ice cream of example, so I am hoping this is the beginning of a trend. I hope the same for you, and quickly!
Ask to see the manager in charge of that section and ask him to carry that product. I wouldn't bother trying to explain dairy allergies, just explain that you really, really like that product and would hate to have to travel the 16 blocks to another store in order to get it.
Most product managers are quite receptive to product requests, especially if their regular distributers carry the product.
|Date:||August 15th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)|| |
I think this is true. Actually, if friends could go in and ask the manager for the same product every few days, it might increase the effectiveness. I've been asking for soy-free foods and vitamins at Whole Foods (that's possibly more of a challenge than trying to find health products at a low-end Safeway).