Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fronti nulla fides ...

No reliance can be placed on appearance.

Today was a good day. I spent the day with my Wife Kelly driving around our little Island, really its a rock in the middle of the ocean, but I digress. It was a good day.

Today I learned to not judge a book by its cover. Rather, not to judge a grocer by its sign. I went into an "Organic" grocer today, the name of the chain is not important. (Whole Foods in Honolulu, HI). What is important is what I found inside.

Their was the normal assortment of organically overpriced wares; everything from flannel shirts to burlap bags. Walking around the edges of the store I was unimpressed. I found it bland, stereotypically snobbish and filled with the normal types of folks you expect to see in such a place. You know the kind. The lady who looks 40 and weighs in eighty pounds. Really she is in her mid-twenties, but years of no dairy, no fat, no cholesterol and no life has managed to put some mileage on her. Yup, I was in an organic grocer. Yippie.

Then we made our way to the back of the store, where the smell of rotting seafood made me want to vomit. Well, maybe not rotting. I just hate seafood. I don't think most people realize just how much I hate seafood. It is really really really really really gross. Blehk.....

Once I was firmly in the back middle of the store I was greeted by a young man in a flannel shirt and a knit cap. Oh joy, more of the same I thought to myself. Ok hippie, lets see what ya got.

"Greetings" I said. "This is my first visit to an Organic Store. Can you give me any advice?". The way I see it, in for a penny, in for a pound. (Thats a reference to british money ... )

As it turned how he ended up being very knowledgeable and very well spoken. Impressed my conversation lasted longer than I had anticipated, around two whole minutes. He even offered to give me a free sample to taste of anything in the store. Anything!

I couldn't do it though. Then I would have felt guilty about trying out a hormone free burger or a free range chicken egg without actually buying anything. They did however have a great scottish lamb stew, and an "Organic" lemonade. I am not sure how "Organic" lemonade can be, but I got a bottle anyway. It tasted like lemonade! Imagine that.

Over all I think on my next payday, which is in a few days, I will be returning and buying a lot more than a bottle of lemonade. I am not going "Veg" or "Organic" or anything like that, but the chicken sausage looked and smelled great. I can't wait to try it on the grill.

So while yes, most of the items in there are the typically overpriced crap that vegan snobs buy, they also had some really great food and at reasonable prices for us normal people too. Besides, eating hormone free meat might actually be good for me.

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Chris Lyons
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