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All You Can Eat

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May 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Bagging a grocery-store bargain

“Skyrocketing food prices are prompting more shoppers to scout sales, clip coupons, haunt bread outlets, freeze sale-priced meat for future meals and otherwise watch their pennies, some for the first time in their lives,” writes my food-page colleague Karen Gaudette in today’s Seattle Times.

As you may have divined from reading All You Can Eat, I regularly balance my high-end expenses (like the prime rib we grill-smoked and served to dinner guests the weekend before last), with groceries like these, bought for a grand total of $11 at Viet Wah:

For every trip I might make to Whole Foods for wild-caught seafood or to Central Market for fresh organic produce — where a pound of these pea vines would have cost me nearly as much as the above bag of groceries from Viet Wah (which, by the way, included a pound of fresh pea vines). . .

. . .there are three trips to bargain-priced supermarkets like 99 Ranch Market in Edmonds, and the nearby Country Farms produce stand, where organics are not a priority, but my dollar stretches much farther. Food shopping is both my virtue and my vice. In fact, it’s the only thing — except for maybe books and sushi — that I can call an “addiction.” So, tell me: Where do you find great food bargains?

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