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Old 06-05-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Tigard
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My only point about mentioning that Whole Foods is Austin-based is to say that it makes sense that they would have ranch dressing.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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One thing I noticed immediately when I first moved here was that ordinary restaurant salads had a wonderful variety of lettuce whereas the Midwest where I am originally from usually served up salads mostly consisting of bib and iceberg lettuce and not much else.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Tigard
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Mmm, I like that one Minervah.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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My only point about mentioning that Whole Foods is Austin-based is to say that it makes sense that they would have ranch dressing.
Curious about your logic here!
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Beaverton
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Curious about your logic here!
I guess it sounds like something they'd invent in TX, but it was actually invented in Alaska and originally marketed in California.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Ranch dressing and Jo-Jo potatoes are great no matter where you eat them.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Tigard
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I guess I've always thought of ranch dressing as a Ft. Worth thing, since I visited friends at TCU in the 80s and they took me out for "Frog Food"--a plate of fries covered in melted grated cheddar and ranch. Happy to know that it's a staple up there, too!
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I've already violated the boat rule, several times, thank goodness I didn't get caught. I had no idea...
My husband has been a boater for 50+ years and was stunned by the scope of the test. Our son and his wife, both maritime academy grads, just smiled.

BTW, have any of you noticed the velocity of the river(s) and the flotsam propelling down stream? Several boaters of the yacht scale were navigating carefully today, then a smaller vessel transited at full propeller going up-stream. All I can say is that some really need to subscribe to Vessel Assist because logs can penetrate a hull in a flash.

We were guests for dinner at the Columbia River Yacht Club Friday. What a neat group of people!
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:06 AM
 
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FWIW: here's a link to an old New Yorker article about the CEO of Whole Foods: topic_food,business : The New Yorker

Give me New Seasons any day. Love them and love the folks who work there.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Tigard
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Sueisme, thank you for the article about Mackey. I had read bits and pieces of these stories (esp. "rahodeb") but that really puts it all together. Having never been to a Whole Foods I was excited to shop there when I first moved to Austin 2 years ago. I had always been an HEB girl (interesting to see them mentioned in the New Yorker story, too). After initially being wowed by the flagship Whole Foods downtown I have just never hooked in to using them as my grocery. There are always things they don't carry so I end up going to HEB in a second trip. Whole Foods' prepared food section is pretty incredible, and the chocolate station...whoa. But it's all so expensive and I leave there with delicious and interesting things but missing several things I need.

I'm looking forward to the culture in PDX that seems to be more interested in health across the board--restaurants and activities as well as grocery stores.
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