A Trip to the Market

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. It means a lot to me to know that some of you are going through the same thing and I’m not alone! I feel better already. πŸ™‚

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Last night something important happened.

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Some of you may already know that I have a slight obsession with the Harry Potter series. Last night Part 1 of the final movie, The Deathly Hallows came out in theaters at midnight, and I was in attendance! This has been the 5th Harry Potter movie I’ve seen at midnight (yeah, I’m a hardcore nerd like that). My friend Brendan and I waited in line from about 8:30 until they let us in the theater at around 9:30, and then we waited in the theater until it started. I always find it fun to be sitting in the theater with crazy loyal fans just like myself.

I won’t give anything away but I thought the movie was great. It lived up to my expectations and was extremely true to the book. The only downside is that now I have to wait until July 2011 to see the rest of it!

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Today I took the day off from work, so I ended up going to lunch with my cousin Liz. We went to the Iron Gate Cafe on Washington Avenue, a nice little lunch spot!

I ordered the Tuscan Sandwich: mozzarella, pesto and tomato on crusty bread. It was so good.

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After lunch, Liz and I hit up the Fresh Market! I’ve been wanting to see what the big deal was about this place, so we drove over to  Latham to check it out.

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It really was nice inside! The food looks really good.

So many gorgeous flowers!

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Fresh cranberries in their own bog? Really? We got a kick out of this…

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The desserts…

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My overall impression of the place: it was a bit too pricey for what it was. I mean, half the stuff here I could find on sale in Hannaford for half the price. It was a bit ridiculous, but I can see why people shop here. They do have a lot of delicious looking gourmet food.

I didn’t leave empty handed though.

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I picked up the following:

  • Stash Christmas Eve herbal tea
  • Stash White Christmas white tea
  • Canned butternut squash
  • Apple cinnamon flaxseed waffles
  • Eggplant cutlets
  • Yogi green tea kombucha
  • Herbed goat cheese (unpictured)

I can’t wait to try the waffles!

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And the eggplant.

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I think I’m going to use the goat cheese in a dish I’m making for Thanksgiving! (More on that later!)

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I probably won’t make the effort to get back over to the Fresh Market again any time soon, but they had a few interesting products. Right now my favorite local grocery store has to be Hannaford. Trader Joe’s might be my all time favorite, but we don’t have any around here. πŸ™

What’s your favorite grocery store and why?

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7 comments

  1. I totally agree with your review of the Fresh Market! I felt the same way, they had a few really good things, but overall I thought it was wayyyy overpriced and not necessarily “fresh”… I would much rathe just go to the co-op.

    My favorite local grocery store? I love the Albany Co-Op, but it’s kind of expensive and I only really get there once or twice a month. Hannaford is probably the best grocery store in general around here. But, I live close to probably one of the nicest Price Chopper’s that has a really great selection of fresh produce and a great organic section that they built in. If I didn’t live close to that one, I probably would shop at Hannaford all the time.

  2. I go to Hannaford most of the time, cause it’s near where I work. I go to Price Chopper for some things, when it’s convenient, but needing to have a store card is irritating. So many stores do it now tho. Mini-rant: we shouldn’t have to give a store all of our info, and carry extra stuff around to get better prices. They should just lower all the prices.

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Iron Gate!!! Jay and I used to go there quite often, but it’s been a while. (NOTE TO SELF – Get there ASAP!) πŸ˜‰
    I agree, Fresh Market’s grocery section is over priced, but I do enjoy their bulk coffee and baked goods. YUMM!

  4. Your site is the only site I could find confirming that The Fresh Market in Latham actually sells Kombucha. I wasn’t expecting for you to be a Capital Region blogger, so it’s a funny little coincidence. Thanks for “helping” me – now I know where to go to get some booch!

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