And this is the loot I bought:
Michaels' Grand Total: $88.53
Doesn't look like a whole lot for 88 dollars, does it? And that's with 30% off the Martha stuff and 50% off the ribbons. Oh well, this stuff will go long way in crafting (I hope).
By the time I got done in Mike's it was lunchtime, and so I decided to treat myself my favorite restaurant.. You can't beat the Lotus Tea house for quality, tasty vegetarian Chinese food and their teas are truly artisanal works of beauty.
Working on the Christmas list while I wait for my goodies
Lotus Tea House Almond Tea: a truly transformative experience.
Now that I was all filled up on crispy noodles with vegetables and chef's special sauce combo #2, I it was back to shopping for me. Next stop: Vincenzo's Italian gourmet market.Vincenzo's is a dangerous place to go unless you have barrels of cash that need to get spent to make room for all the other barrels of cash that you need to fit into your bank vault. It's a gorgeous, amazing store that smells like fresh bread, homemade marinara sauce, and Italian espresso. I don't want to speak out of turn, but I can't imagine heaven smelling any better. There are aisles of awesome, tasty gourmet goodies, and an entire aisle of cheese.
I manage to be pretty disciplined and usually just pick up some nice cheeses for snacking. This that I brought home:
Vincenzo's grand total: $16.38Ouch. That's pretty pricey for two blocks of cheese and some olives, even if it is Guinness Cheddar (yes, as in the beer) and Greek garlic-stuffed olives. How do you spell the sound you make when you're drooling?
Right next store to Vincenzo's is The Old Kitchen Cupboard, a homey little organic store that looks and feels like the general stores of days gone by. I mostly purchase our animal products there, as we try to eat organic meat and dairy.
And the loot:
OKC grand total: $102.49
That is a lot of money, no doubt. But What you might not be able to tell from the picture is that i have multiple packages of bacon, ham, steaks, and summer sausage. basically, i stack up on meat there once a month and put it in the freezer. So, that's meat for more than one week for sure! Also, their nuts are the best, highest quality I have found. These three bags will last us weeks and weeks- but when you buy them all at once it's quite a hit.
Well! I'm getting tired just reliving it! After OKC I was wanting a "pick me up" so I headed to where else?
On to Sobey's, the Supermarket I frequent to buy my fresh fruit and veg, bread, cheese and eggs(the carry store-brand organics as lower prices than OKC), and juice. Basically, 'around the edges' of the store shopping. The owners of this Sobey's do a nice job of keeping the store clean and organized, and the produce is always fresh which is important to me.
Sobey's grand total: $69.53. Not too shabby for all those goodies.