- America's regional nostalgic candies are a dying breed. — Wall Street Journal
- Safeway stores have partnered with seafood organization Fish Wise to develop a sustainable seafood program. – San Francisco Chronicle
- Mark Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day, which land on the same date this year, with an East-West dish from Ming Tsai. — Chicago Tribune
- Is the end near for Napa's pricey cult Cabernets? — Los Angeles Times
- Where to eat in Vancouver during the Olympic Games. — New York Times
- Perfect with Super Bowl chili: cornbread with cheddar and chiles. — Boston Globe
- Liquor wholesalers are to blame when you can't find the brand of booze you're looking for. — Washington Post
Not only does it provide food pairing suggestions, but there's also lots of fun lists to browse. Food Network's Aida Mollenkamp shares her favorite wines to drink while cooking, Sommelier Mark Bright rounded up his top bottles from Whole Foods, and yours truly has even created a list!
I headed to Safeway to pick out the best wines — all of which are under $20 — for hostess gifts. I've tasted and enjoyed these wines and would bring them to a party. Be it a birthday bash at Hog Island oyster farm, an intimate Thanksgiving dinner, or an upcoming holiday soirée, there's a bottle for every occasion. To check out my list, keep reading.
Thanksgiving grocery shopping led me to two different grocery stores (Safeway and Trader Joe's), and as luck would have it I still missed a couple of items on my list. I'm hosting a few friends for the holiday and can't wait to make all of the traditional holiday treats, with a twist, of course.
If you've been to the store to pick up your own Thanksgiving feast ingredients than you may have some good luck on the quiz that asks about how much some of these items cost. How money are you?Take the Quiz
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Sometimes you look through your cabinets and refrigerator and realize there's not much you can do with the items on hand. This trip to the grocery store had me searching for things that could put all of those pieces together, and the result was a seemingly random cart. Think you know which items cost more than others? Take the quiz!
In a world of oversize food — genetically modified apples, super-size fries, and venti coffees — one thing may be coming up smaller: grocery stores.
According to the New York Times, grocers across the country from Safeway to Wal-Mart are turning to stores with smaller square footage. Supermarket retailers, like Jewel-Osco, who is building a smaller-format store in Chicago, are hoping to capitalize on an untapped segment of time-starved shoppers who are looking for an affordable meal to go without menu prices, or who just want to pick up a handful of grocery items.
These chains aren't shuttering the warehouse-sized predecessors, but hoping to gain market share as competition grows cutthroat. Both convenience stores and drugstores such as CVS are selling more groceries and fresher prepared foods, and British retail giant Tesco began stateside expansion last Fall.
My trip to Safeway in San Francisco this weekend showed me that even grocery stores get in on classic Labor Day sales. I got some great deals on everything from cleaning products to snacks, but some items haven't been on sale all Summer and the holiday was no exception.
Let's see if you can guess the prices for the items I purchased this weekend. How money are you?Take the Quiz
For those of you who've raved about the Whole Foods private-label 365 brand, I've got good news for you: There are more of these brands coming your way.
Fellow grocery giant Safeway has plans to go national with two of its house brands, O Organics and health-conscious line Eating Right. So far, both lines have limited market, but will expand nationally this Fall. In the wake of the troubled economy, America's grocery giants have reported record sales of their own private-label brands.
The Safeway brands aim to be different from generic store brands. The New York Times explains that O Organics and Eating Right have been marketed entirely differently:
Both were built much more like name brands than like store brands ... Instead of competing simply on price they appeal to consumers who feel they ought to be eating better, but perhaps find the thicket of smaller, virtue-food brands confusing — or simply inaccessible.
I've tried the brands and think they're great — my cutie is a huge fan of the orange juice and the ice cream bars. Still, I won't be letting them pull a price trick on me. What about you — will you give the new brand a try?
It's been a couple of weeks since we've played Trip to the Grocery Store because I've been terrible about eating at home lately. Busy days lead to unmotivated evenings, but now that my fridge is full of goodies I have no excuse for ordering in.
My trip to Safeway this weekend was surprisingly pleasant and it seemed as though everything I touched was discounted — love that! Let's see if you can guess the original prices for the items I purchased on sale. How money are you?Take the Quiz
- The raw tomato Salmonella outbreak has spread to 16 states.
- The raw tomato Salmonella outbreak has spread to 16 states. — FitSugar
- A lovely alternative to classic pasta salad: Thai shiitake mushroom salad. — 28 Cooks
- Isn't this gorgeous dress cake perfect for a bridal shower? — Frosted Garden
- When baking, don't add too much flour while kneading. — The Kitchn
- The best of ballpark food. — The New York Times
- Due to the recession, Safeway's baker's dozen will only include 12 items. — Slashfood
- Boxed wine isn't that bad. Here are six to try.—Mainstreet
- Learn how to make homemade ricotta.—The Wednesday Chef
Did you ever get frustrated at the contestants on The Price is Right for their inaccurate estimates? Then you'll love getting competitive with yourself in my new feature, "Trip to The Grocery Store." I'll test your knowledge about what items cost at the grocery store according to a receipt from my most recent trip. It will be interesting to see how prices change over time and how cost-aware we really are. In this case, the store was Safeway in San Francisco and the trip was just yesterday. How money are you?
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