How do health-conscious stores Fresh & Easy, Sprouts, and Sunflower compare with the mainstream?
Call me a shopaholic. I didn’t realize I had a thing for grocery stores until I sat down to write this column, reflecting on how strolling the aisles of brightly lit supermarkets has been such a relaxing pastime over the years. As a kid, I had fun shopping with my dad, who’d indulge my google_ad_client = ‘pub-2905054723170537’; // substitute your client_id (pub-number) google_ad_channel = ‘6331884817’; google_ad_output = ‘js’; google_max_num_ads = ‘3’; google_ad_type = ‘text’; google_feedback = ‘on’; impulse buys and make me laugh as we pondered what to cook. During my 20s, I loved to seek out grocery stores in every foreign country I visited, marveling at unusual products and package design. (Actually, I still love that.) And nowadays, I leisurely kill time checking the ripeness of avocados, reading the labels on new items, and weighing the merits of different kinds of balsamic. Stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are especially intriguing, not only because, alas, they’re off the