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No, really, why does everyone hate Price Chopper?

This post started life as a comment on All Over Albany back in 2013. I pasted into a blog post, then abandoned it in my drafts for five years.

The thing is, it’s all still true. Though I don’t go to Price Chopper as much as I used to, I still go there. People still complain about it. Why?

Here’s what I wrote:

I am completely baffled as to why everyone on this site hates Price Chopper so much. Maybe it’s because I’m from Syracuse, where out of multiple options, the Chopper has the best prices. You know, where the regular people who can’t afford to shop at Wegmans every week go.

Maybe it’s because in my Capital Region moves, I keep ending up near the nicer stores: from the Guilderland one near Crossgates, then Westgate, and now I live near Slingerlands, which was pretty terrible during renovations.

I mean, I do a little shopping everywhere. I get my quinoa at Trader Joe’s unless it’s on sale at Honest Weight, where I’m a member. I stock up on sodium-laden frozen dinners at Walmart and buy three pounds of butter at a time at BJ’s. I go to Fresh Market… well, pretty much only for the peanut butter malt balls if I’m already in that area of town, and that’s about it.

And yet I still — STILL! — will turn to the Chopper if I have a pantry to restock. The things that I buy are consistently cheaper there, especially if I play sale schedule games and pack some coupons. Is it because I don’t buy meat? Am I just dazzled by discount games? What am I missing?

I’ll be turning in my AOA bylines, commenter account, and spot at the next birthday party now.

Recipe Corner: Blissfully Olive-Free Pasta Salad

I love pasta salad, but I can’t stand olives. This means that I can’t eat pasta salad in most restaurants or delis, at least that I’ve tried. I pretty much gave up until I found one salad that worked for me in the deli at the Honest Weight Food Co-op in Albany, and devised my own recipe based on what I liked about theirs.

It’s nothing special or complex, but it’s inexpensive to make and one of my summer meal staples. I make it weekly during the summer, and pretty often during the rest of the year too.

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Milk! MILK!

We got about six inches of nasty, wet, heavy snow here in the last twenty-four hours or so, and we’re supposed to get more. It’s unpleasant. It literally took me 45 minutes to drive about 100 yards on my way to work this afternoon. People are out of their minds.

On my way home, I stopped at the grocery store. I thought I might pick up some milk, because I was buying cereal and thinking about making hot chocolate. But all that was left were gallons of whole milk, which I don’t care for on cereal…and I usually buy half gallons.

What is it in people’s brains that makes them say, “snow is coming! MUST BUY MILK!” Does this drive apply even if you don’t normally buy milk? Has anyone ever studied this?

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