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October 05, 2011


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I feel your pain regarding the craziness of the Whole Foods in Arlington. It's always crazy and loud. I was recently there on a Friday ngiht and a steel drum band was playing upstaris. I wasn't thrilled. You may want to try the Whole Foods in Fairfax. It's a little bit of a drive, but it's worth it. It's huge, so the selection seems to be better and there is a ton of parking.


Ugh, I hear you. I used to shop at that Whole Foods, but it is absurdly expensive. Unfortunately the crowds are standard for NoVA, especially if you're shopping on the weekends. I would definitely recommend a trip out to Wegmans in Fairfax if you haven't tried it. It is a a little bit of a haul (take Rt. 50 (Arlington Blvd.) to 29 and it will be down on the right), but their everyday prices are fantastic, they have a large natural/organic section, great wine shop, tons of delicious prepared foods, and have I mentioned the very reasonable prices? Just try to avoid the Sunday afternoon melee that I manage to get stuck in EVERY TIME.

Elizabeth Moore

Trader Joe's has a few different varieties of quinoa. There's one in Alexandria and one at Bailey's Crossroads.


Trader Joes would probably have a lot of the things you are looking for, as well as knowledgable and friendly staff!


I've gone to Whole Foods a few times, mainly to buy Kinky-Curly hair products, and checked out the food prices. Way, way out of my price range -- plus the store is not close to my house at all.

I shop at a local Italian produce store -- the produce is amazing and so are the prices! They have a great butcher and deli as well. Because it's a smaller store I expected the prices to be higher, but I've compared them to Meijer, Jewel and Target (local bigger grocery stores) and Valli is cheaper, even on regular grocery items.

On top of that, we stopped in Meijer once to get fresh mozzarella and they didn't carry it. In fact, they only had one kind -- Meijer brand, in the solid block -- and none at the deli. After being spoiled by the huge selection of ethnic foods at Valli, this really surprised me.

We are going to be moving to Michigan in the next year or so (we are near Chicago now) and I am SO going to miss my grocery store!!

illinois movers

Great work buddy, keep it up!

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