Foodie Friday is back! Well for this week at least.
A couple months ago our area of the East Bay had a couple Fresh & Easy grocery stores open up! I had been to one once before down at my parents and I was really excited for another option to add to my grocery shopping adventures. We typically always shopped at Trader Joes, with another stop at Safeway and really rarely went to Whole Foods (it’s a pain to get to), but F&E was in a convenient location so I had my fingers crossed we would like it.
Exactly what we were looking for.
The prices are reasonable, it has all the food we want (including the options that we went to Trader Joes specifically for), plus it has all the “other” items that Trader Joes didn’t necessarily have (detergent, etc). In the past we would typically have to make a quick trip to Safeway to get other items that Trader Joes didn’t have, so even though our bill may seem a little higher at F&E, it’s because we are getting everything we need there rather than having to make 2 stops. The other really nice thing is it has a lot of fresh pre-made quick meals for those days you are short on time and can’t cook.
Our first couple visits went really well. We figured out which things we liked, discovered some new items and found things to replace some items we relied on before. It has definitely been a success and we have pretty much been relying on it as where we do all of our grocery shopping ever since.
It’s your pretty standard grocery store, but one difference is you have to do self checkout, which Chris and I looove. He does the check out, I do the bagging!
Overall we have been able to keep most of our food pretty much the same, but I have made a couple of my new discoveries since shopping at Fresh & Easy that I am now addicted to.
Rice Works Brown Rice Crisps
LOVE. I think I like these better than regular chips. No preservatives, no artificial flavors, no wheat or gluten (if you care about that). Delicious and crunchy!
Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
Yes Trader Joes has these but for some reason these taste better to me. I think they have a little bit of extra salt or something. I try to reserve buying these for when I am in peak marathon training because they are so addicting but they keep finding their way into our shopping cart.
Whole Wheat Pita Bread
Yes other stores have this too, but this one is the BEST (IMO). Its not dry, slightly chewy and makes delicious pita pizzas.
They have some great vegetable mixes too that I have used a lot for my rice or quinoa bowls. I wasn’t fast enough to pull out the camera before I cooked those though. Next time!
So far so good with our new grocery shopping adventures! I like being able to mix it up and have options with my grocery shopping. It helps to not get sick of things or when you do get sick of them, you have another place to go!
Have you ever shopped at Fresh & Easy?
Are you loyal to one grocery store or do you shop around?