Life Without Starbucks and Whole Foods

by LeavingAustin

Yes, there is life after Starbucks and Whole Foods.

While I can get along without the Starbucks, the Austin sunsets are another matter.

The thing about living in Austin: you get spoiled.

Actually in Austin, there are tons better coffee shops than Starbucks. There is a coffee shop to satisfy almost every personality and taste in Austin. I had set up my office in several of them, along with the thousands of other entrepreneurs in Austin.

I only mention Starbucks because there is no Starbucks in the town where I live now. In fact, there are no Starbucks in the next town over! I must travel 20 minutes to get to a Starbucks, which is really the best coffee shop anywhere near here. But driving 20 minutes for a Starbucks? Sounds crazy and isn’t really worth it. So I turn my home into a coffee shop.

And then there are the grocery stores. Whole Foods was born in Austin. Then came Central Market. Shortly before I left a new one, Sprouts,  popped up. You can get just about any type of fruit, veggie, cheese, meat…in fact you start to feel like you deserve it. All the time. Anytime. Organic this and free range that. Neals Yard cheeses. Yum.

It can turn you into a grocery store snob.

I admit it. The Professor and I came to this tiny little town on the East Coast and the local grocery store can’t even spell cilantro correctly!

What kind of cilantro is this?

So I started driving an hour to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Grocery store snobbishness got the better of me.

I came to my senses and started looking around my backyard. Left the snob in the parking lot and found a store, that while it’s no Whole Foods, it will suffice for most things. Except tortillas. They are like cardboard.


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Susan April 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Wow! Cardboard tortillas! How do they spell tortilla in Maryland?? Should we tell the Yankees my friend Sharon drives (drives!!!) to Oaxaca, Mexico to live with little old ladies in the hills for two weeks to perfect her own homemade tortillas?

Perhaps we should keep that from the Northerners.


LeavingAustin April 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Now that takes some guts to DRIVE to Oaxaca! But it’s worth it for the tortillas. Maybe Sharon can make a you tube video and show us her secrets!


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