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i have no idea what rainbow is
you missed out the co-op
Rainbow was a midlands thing. Think grimy Asda.
M&S is good but too limited and too much packaged food. Waitrose is very good but there's isn't as many about.
Too little raw ingredients that justify their prices.
I don't find Waitrose rare enough to leave the top spot. Their ingredients are always top notch and their pre-packaged and tinned stuff is great too.
Sainsbury's and Tesco rate roughly equally for me. The 'perfect' cheaper shop would need to encompass a visit to a really big version of each, e.g. Sainsbury's 12-pack of recycled toilet roll isn't replicated in Tesco but Tesco do a much better range of low-fat cheddars than Sainsbury's tend to.
Everything else lags fairly far behind. I notice there's no ALDI in that list. Good.
Why bother with full fat. As a veggie I get a lot of protein from cheese so I'd rather not clog up my arteries quite so much into the bargain.
I shouldn't judge because i've not tried it. I'm just always suspicious that low fat varieties a) can't possibly taste as good and b) are somehow bastardised into carcinogenic timebombs by the process which makes them low-fat.
I's rather have a small amount of epoisses than a slab of something healthier, but if you're veggie though, then that's entirely different.
Does it really taste ok? I may try some. Maybe in cooking at first.
but the taste is fine in my view. But it does depend on how pungent you like your cheddar. I prefer it to work alongside the other parts of my sandwich but some like it to take over the whole thing.
Sadly, growing up in a coal mine has warped my writing ability :-(
although i'm not quite sure what the fupping fupp Rainbow is.
Justifications for tesco and sainsburys - sainsburys mince is gristly and 'orrible and its stores are marginally dirtier / less well layed out than Tesco.
Also, what about netto? and aldi? and londis? all great stores. maybe.
also, everything above somerfield please
Shopping in Waitrose is pretty harrowing sometimes.
i understand its ready meals are supposedly pretty good but that's like saying "i understand their genocidal dictators are quite friendly". i generally find M&S food stores to be too cramped and claustrophobic - the layout and spaciousness of waitrose makes it a much more pleasurable shopping experience. maybe i've just been lucky with my waitroses
food in both is very high quality though, obvs
Sainsbury's, M&S, Tesco. Then it's your Aldi (sadly missing from your list) and Lidl. The rest can rot in hell (apart from Co-op).
No such shop as Rainbow.
You can't beat M&S. Their freshly squeezed orange juice. Their pre-prepared meats. Their little tubs of chocolatey treats. Love it.
Even one person validating the entire run has made my day.
I need to get out more.
Actually NO. Selfridges food hall > Waitrose> M&S> Sainsburys> Tesco> Asda> Lidl> morrrison's > Somerfield> don't know the others
You missed out Harvey Nichols too.
Now, pass me my diamond letter opener.
Harvey nichols don't have enough of a range to qualify as a supermarket.
They probably have one in the airport.
Shortbread and chocolates!
Actally, I need ot investigate this. Harrods can't have landed without me knowing about it. Surely?
I was sure they opened a second store a few years back and I'd thought it was in Manchester. Apparently not...
In Selfridges food hall!
Prosecco, european deli meats, french cheese and ciggies.
Although she gets the ciggies from Tesco, right Oeuf? ;-)
Fresh veg, fish, meat from the market (about twice a year).
Fuck the fuck off.
it's like saying your favourite place for a relaxing drive is round the arc de triomphe
I need to do this to curb my spending, because if I browse, I end up with whole legs of wild boar, etc.
(Not that this would be unlikely.)
*eats entire honey roast ham*
maybe that one is different
in the UK that still sells foie gras.
And before I get bitchwhipped for being a goose-botherer, can I just say that I have a massive iron deficiency which means I NEED foie gras.
(this is complete bollocks by the way.)
it's less to do with the method involved but just the actual taste.
I think it is basically God's own food.
Will pick some up thurs.
*takes a bite out of the planet's very core*
Tastes of distress. Delicious distress.
But the problem is, the big picture that you have gradually coloured in of yourself over some fumbly comments the past couple months is that money, old as it may be, doesn't buy the class, style or level of wit that you seem to have imagined.
You're the embarrassing snort-laugher at the Tory social club, baby.
Is it that 'old money' would never buy something as awful as Foie Gras, because surely that's not true? Or is it just that they'd buy it direct from the French aristocracy only?
He uses terms without being sure, and seldom reads around any of the things he talks about.
Tel for the final
I went nuts about sour dough in the bread thread, and crusty dippin for soup.
People just get uncomfortable when someone says they love something they associate with money or a class divide, no?
of foie gras and the food court etc.
Also, less pissyness! It's a tuesday morning!
just a hunch
Its a vice :(
Also, don't claw onto 'help'.
Seriously, have a browse.
about 'showing off'. But yes, it certainly causes wider discomfort.
The 80s and early 90s were full of people trying to make a point about how wrong things like fur were and such. Just like 'new lads' thinking they're amazing for being so 'un PC' there is an aspect of 'showing off' about wearing fur or eating foods considered to be cruel.
Whether we'll start seeing people going for endangered species or foods that endanger species soon is a different matter.
I'm not passing judgement here just pointing out that they're all part and parcel of the same thing. 'Showing off' about money is really just ignoring the suffering of the poorer parts of society at a base level, I suppose, but then we're getting all Wolfie about it, aren't we? :D
get-out of 'where do you draw the line then'.
Telling people about your new phone will draw a "that's vulgar: Haiti" from the right/wrong person.
But I do see your point. I don't think that was happening here, possibly subconciously, but it's a solid argument.
In truth I think there are some people who are just foodies out there like myself who will gush about anything from macarroni cheese on toast to foie gras. It's all good (except beetroot)
I think he was just trying to work out what on earth Sam was getting wound up about. I'm sure if he thought PO was being a vulgar show off he'd have told her to stop being a vulgar show off (cheers).
Food is one of my passions, and as I said 'each to their own'. If that's what you took it as, then I'd say that says more about your inferioirty complex than anything else.
And she won't rise to that one either.
You're constantly beaten down and belittled by your intellectual superiors (70 per cent of the board), and your little brow-furrowed, faux-arrogant nervous rispostes actually reek of someone who can't quite understand social development or communication.
This next bit isn't meant to be an insult, it's more a serious, concerned question - do you think you're a little autistic George? Because honestly you deal with conversations and arguments in a similar way.
Hope you sort it out, fellow. Although I suspect your family would never deal with it, out of shame.
And I don't.
You're willfully malicious in an oddly sociopathic way, and then cover it up by always shouting 'troll'.
Also, that response you just made is EXACTLY what I'm talking about. The brow furrows, the lame argument is wheeled out. It's a victory in your head.
I'm not sure how 'class' got brought into this- a thread about supermarkets? You really are a strange little gauche thing.
Harrods is full of:
a) footballers' wives
b) egregious non-doms
c) clueless tourists
d) awful Queen Mother-loving housewives that live in houses full of doilies.
have the friendliest staff of any supermarket in the world and should be top of your list.
M&S sells hardly any fresh produce to be even considered worth mentioning. Microwave meals are for losers.
But has anyone ever been in a Booths? They only have them in Cumbria, Lancs, Cheshire and North Yorkshire at the moment as they're a family owned company.
They're absolutely smashing. They sell kohl rabi and air dried ham alongsode your usual Walkers crisps and that. Kind of like a Northern Waitrose.
The Rabbi's Cabbage?
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles
I go to the Booths in Kendal when I'm there. Isn't it a Morrisons now? Or is it just because their colour scheme is exactly the same as Morrisons? It's shit anyway. Londis > Booths
Are you sure you don't just mean Londis?
I was once cooked a meal entirely from ingredients bought at Newquay Londis. It was fucking foul. Polish kabanos, roast veg dolmio and rice (had no pasta).
Actually, I've just googled. They need to come to manchester, oh yes.
Get yourself on a Lakes jolly and go to the Keswick one - it's kind of their flagship one.
Food + list to argue over?
It's a blank cheque.
After that I actually like Asda and Morrisons. Hi! I'm poor!
Also, where the hell is Aldi? Some of their stuff is amazing.
I'd give Tesco some credit purely for their own four cheese pizza, oh man it's good, oh and because they do fresh anchovies which I always had to buy from Selfridges in the past.
they were famous for their thruppence cans of baked beans in a watery tomato sauce coloured sauce.
Oh and burgers whose first ingredient was 'water' and second was 'mechanically recovered meat'.
and they sell jars of artichokes and grilled peppers and other lovely deli things for 99p.
And the veg is really cheap and alright too.
is pretty common isn't it? Yuck. I remember seeing how hot dogs were made once and I haven't had one since, it was a mix of mechanically recovered meat and snouts in a blender.
I prefer my peanut butter without half a pound of needless sugar added.
Some their fresh fruit and veg is as good as the market, actually.
it's well cheaper and got just as much choice.
they've always got better offers on than the others. you can always get at least a couple of Quorn products with a big discount.
Also, their vegetarian selection is way better than Tesco/Sainsbury's/Waitrose.
and that's not really the basis for a good or cost-effective diet?
and it's cheaper than the others, as i said.
Back then it made me think of descriptions of Eastern Bloc Europe in the 80s. :D
shopping in one in Seoul with exactly the same decor but all the writing in Korean was pretty surreal.
Or buying bulk lots of stuff like bog roll, cheap OJ, soya milk etc.
It's the moodiest of the big four/five BY FAR.
to Tescos, Morrisons et al. Though we have one of those huge Asda Walmarts round here so the selection is great.
Their food is far overpriced for what it is. They try to label everything to make it seem like you are buying a quality product when in actual fact it is no better than most other supermarkets produce.
Trying to make a meal from M&S produce can also be quite a challenge, mainly all they do is ready meals. Basically M&S is for people who are far to up themselves to buy ready meals from other supermarkets and far too lazy to cook food themselves.
near me. So it wins overall. M&S is overrated but their ham is nice - I only really go in the train station ones if I want a bizzare interpretation of sushi for a journey.
sainsburys (great all-rounder; helpful staff; good "ingredients" section) > tesco (decent value; good product range; clubcard deals ftw) > waitrose (lovely food BUT very expensive so not much use for your average midweek shop) > co-op/rainbow (nice ethics and everything but a bit expensive and often a poor choice of food; once found a batch of mouldy part-bake baguettes on sale in the bakery aisle) > morrisons (good meat and fish; terrible veg; three aisles for pies and one aisle marked "foreign food") >>>>>>>> asda (a horrible place).
there's one at the bottom of my road at home, but they stopped doing the individual strawberry trifle which is sad. theirs was the only bought one i liked
Tesco own brand is fucking disgusting
although it's a little expensive (understatement of the year), M&S is really good for lunches though.
(still not there though, other than yours)
there's loads of threads like this