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    by Carmela71
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    STOP for Groceries

    by marinarena Written Aug 28, 2009

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    Favorite thing: If you are taking an extended trip in California and you have access to a stove or microwave, you may want to cook in your hotel instead of eating out. So, you want to go to the grocery store. Here's my lowdown of major California stores (most I know are in southern California but northern/central California ones I know are included) :

    Safeway/Vons- has about everything you want productwise. The deli and salad bars is very good. Can be expensive, especially without savings card which local shoppers would have. Similar to Albertsons and Ralphs, tends to have more customer service from what I have experienced. Two names but same company. Safeway is in Northern California. Vons is in southern California.

    Ralphs- big general supermarket that's part of the national Kroger company. Similar to Vons. Found mostly in S Cal.

    Albertsons- a general supermarket with about everything you want. Tends to be good with deals on butchered meat and seafood. Locations found in Southern California, from the Santa Barbara area to San Diego.

    Bristol farms- very gourmet market , with the finest quality of meats and seafood. The selection of wines is incredible (some bottles a $100!). Prices run on the expensive side but deals are found. Mostly found in Los Angeles County, one also in San Francisco and Newport Beach (Orange county), Palm Desert (Palm Springs), and La Jolla (San Diego).

    Fresh and Easy- small, convenient market with great savings, some unbelievable! It's new to the Californian marketplace. Small version of Tesco stores, based in the UK. No savings card needed. Some organic products availablethe fastest growing market in state.

    Trader Joe's- MY FAVE !!! very good selection of organic products, not as much variety of a given single product but the stores are fairly small scale. Many deals, one of the least expensive to shop overall. Love the extra attention customer service gives. Perhaps the friendliest of all stores. Found statewide.

    Sprouts- a bigger version of Trader Joes. Found mainly in L.A. Orange and San Bernadino counties.

    Stater Bros- the most economical of all major stores. No savings card needed for the best deals. I got filet mignon here for $7.99 a pound. Mostly in Orange, L.A. , Riverside and San Bernadino Counties (S Cal).

    Whole Foods- the biggest store with the most organic, vegan and other healthier alternative specialties. Can be a bit pricey but deals are abundant too without using a savings card. Very popular in L.A. county, Bay area (N Cal) and with some locations in Orange County.

    Gelsons- a premier, deluxe supermarket, which like Whole foods, has several healthier alernative specialties but is more gourmet than the ladder store. The deli section is spectacular here. Found mainly in So Cal. (Gelson's in Pasadena is pictured).

    Henry's Market/Wild Oats- like Sprouts. Found mainly in Orange County and San Diego County (S Cal)

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    Day 8: Sunday VT brunch

    by Carmela71 Updated Aug 5, 2005
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    Favorite thing: The last day of the 2nd Annual Meeting in Manhattan it was organised a brunch at the Golf course, sorry I had forgotten the name. We also celebrated Tilman´s birthday. It was the moment of the goodbye, the sad one. But as I like say and believe, it is never a goodbye, it is a “See you soon” and with Vt that can always happen!!!

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    Day 7: Dinner at the proud bird

    by Carmela71 Updated Aug 5, 2005

    Favorite thing: Out of the official acts, it was organised a dinner at the Proud bird, not far from our hotel, where the famous photo of yubert was done ;-). It is near the airport and you can see a good collection of “Birds”

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    There are plenty of local and...

    by LysDor Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing:

    There are plenty of local and ethnic restaurants to choose from but I'm always going through that same frustation of having to find a restaurant.


    Anyway, something good happened while strolling in the city center - I found MY OWN BREAKFAST RESTAURANT and only a few blocks from the hotel

    And they sure remember me as I ordered the two mornings I was there, french toasts with ham & cheese and NO eggs in what-so-ever-form. They still managed to dip my bread slices into egg-batter before frying them...but I couldn't ask them to take them back anymore...LOL!

    The place looked like those 50s ice-cream bars - very cute!



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    Anyway, something good...

    by Lys-Noir Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Anyway, something good happened while strolling in the city center - I found MY OWN BREAKFAST RESTAURANT and only a few blocks from the hotel!!

    And they sure remember me as I ordered the two mornings I was there, french toasts with ham & cheese and NO eggs in what-so-ever-form. They still managed to dip my bread slices into egg-batter before frying them...but I couldn't ask them to take them back anymore...LOL!

    The place looked like those 50s ice-cream bars - very cute!

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    *Breakfast and Dinner*There...

    by Lys-Noir Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: *Breakfast and Dinner*

    There are plenty of local and ethnic restaurants to choose from but I'm always going through that same frustation of having to find a restaurant.

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    AVOID the temptation to open...

    by S_Potatohead Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: AVOID the temptation to open the mini bar in your hotel room. You may just wake up the next morning with a pounding head and a fine selection of body piercing!!

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