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Sunday, 17 February 2008

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Stephen

Hi. Is this the national city/chula vista location, you visited?

foodhoe

ooh, I'm glad you posted this, we are supposed to get a couple of these stores nearby so I've been wondering what kinds of stuff they have..

janfrederick

They're finally open. Cool. I'll have to try to find out where the other locations will be.

Liz

I've heard great things about this store. Looks like you got lots of yummy food!

cathy

Hi Stephen- This was the most recent location that opened in San Diego County, closest to my home in Santee...it's in San Carlos on Navajo at Lake Murray. The Chula Vista store opened first, around Thanksgiving, and was the one I had been going to most often.
Hi foodhoe-I tried to post about the "regular" stuff I order here and not the "fancy" stuff...kind of like when we shop at Trader Joe's. There are some neat 'fancies' which I like, and I will do a separate post about those.
Hi janfrederick. Check the website. F&E has been in the county since Thanksgiving 2007. There must be one near you or your drivings by now...
Yes, Liz...all of this stuff,, as well as a 1/2 gallon of organic milk are kind of regular purchases...just like Trader Joe's...I go in "only for milk" and end up with over $20 in stuff...

La

Kathy,

If you like smoked fish, you should also check out the selection that F&E has. We tried 2 different kinds of smoke salmon this weekend as well as a smoked trout filet that were AWESOME and not that expensive. The smoked fish was a lot better tasting than what I have purchased at either Costco or TJ's.

James

Love your blog...I read it almost every day. I too went to the F&E in San Carlos and loved it. It's a really interesting mix of 7-11 (convenience), Bristol Farms (prepared dishes) and Trader Joes (prepackaged produce). I was really impressed with the salad items. I too like to cook so I don't think I would buy the premade meals, but I think they've definitely carved out a niche for themselves.

cathy

Hello, and Welcome, La! You know I *love* smoked fish..and yes I have bought both the salmon and trout here, but didn't on this trip. It is excellent and far less expensive than elsewhere. I can see myself getting it in the summer,for picnics and outings. I do get a variety of smoked fish at Point Loma Seafoods every time I am near there. But this is so convenient...Thanks for reading the blog and taking the time to comment.
Hi, James-Your description of F&E is perfect. I will shop here regularly, since it is so close to home and the basics are inexpensive. The variety is good enough and not overwhelming. I may pick up some premade stuff when I am in a hurry or to try with a friend, but can't see doing that on a regular basis. Thanks for the kind words about out little blog.

Xaintrix

First time comment, long time reader.

One of the nice people that worked there (recoding prices) told us on his own that they do offer red tag specials on things - notably the bread that he was working on. Basically they want to keep their stocks fresh and will offer mark downs on stock periodically to make sure items don't stay on the shelf for too long.

cathy

Welcome to the other side of the blog, Xaintrix! I am glad to hear some stores are not wanting food to go to waste and want to keep supplies fresh. I have seen some Trader Joe's stores also mark down items and have a cart with "Manager's Specials" also. I meant there aren't any Chain wide or weekly specials advertised, like Vons and Albertsons have. I will have to check out the labels a bit more carefully: didn't ever notice mark downs at the Chula Vista store when I have shopped there. Maybe the F&E closest to my home will have more. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

Creen

Hey Cathy,
Late to catch your post, but I, too, blogged about the Roasted Banana Gelato! http://www.onmyplate.org/2008/04/livin-fresh-eas.html

OMG, to die for!! Can't wait to be near a Fresh & Easy again... Glad to hear there are other fans out there!

-Creen

cathy

Hi Creen-I love your site. So glad I found/made another banana gelato fan. It is *the* best (you do know I am not a chocolate person, right?). Glad you just can enjoy some of what the Mainland has to offer.

choyak

I tried the F&E organic orange juice --- YUMMY is the closest I can come to defining this orange juice. It was the yummiest orange juice EVAR!!! The only problem is it's getting priceyer and priceyer It started at like $399, then went to $4.44 and now FIVE BUCKS!!! I had to capitulate and return to Simply Orange - Food for Less has it for $2.98!!!!!

Cathy

Hi, and welcome, Choyak. I have a bottle of the not from concentrate OJ in my fridge right now. It is wonderful. The Mister craves good, fres, not from concentrate juice and he also likes Simply Orange the most. THe bottle I have in my fridge was marked down at F&E- if it is close to or the expiration date, items are marked half off starting at about 3 p.m. that day...I end up trying a bunch of new items that way.

jeff c

Cathy, i tried this place a couple of months ago when they opened near me. Interesting idea. Lots of east indian ingredients and snacks. I thought the frozen entrees to be interesting and a good value. I definitely would buy my lunch here. The roasted banana gelato I havent noticed but will definitely try. I usually get the Berto's brand at AJ's (a Basha subsidiary that is tryig to get the upscale price point). I've been addicted to their version and if you ever have a chance you should check it out. Though Fresh and Simple's may be made by the same company (Arizona Italian Ice, Inc.)
Thanks for the post. It will give me an incentive to give this place another look through.

Cathy

Hi Jeff C- I just went to F&E this weekend (needed milk) and got some more (different)of the packaged Indian entrees. The frozen ones have all been excellent-I haven't been disappointed yet. The pint ice cream area has sorbets on the top shelf then gelatos on the second shelf (most likely your eye level, a bit tall for me) and then the lower shelves are all F&E ice creams. The gelatos only list at what plant they were made-a number-not an address-and there are only the three flavors (banana, pistachio and chocolate). I love Basha's, but haven't seen an AJ's- I will be on the lookout though. I am glad you like the concept as well as the items the store stocks. It is very convenient and always interesting to shop here. Glad I gave you a reason to look.

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