About Grocery Gal

The purpose of Grocery Gal is to share my experiences buying great, affordable food while supporting local businesses. It gives me an opportunity to search for a new place to amaze my culinary senses. So many times I’ve thought this is it! i don’t need to shop anywhere else! and then something new catches my eye and, well, there’s my next blog post. I want people to see that they can still eat well and watch their pocketbook, because Grocery Gal has a pretty fancy pocketbook, all while avoiding big box stores. It’s not that big box stores are always bad, they do have their moments, but they’re just not as interesting as so many other places out there.

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  1. Robert Strangways Jr.
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Loved finding your blog from Everyblock email. I unfortunately recently relocated from Jefferson Park and so miss the food offerings of all the stores and the close proximity of everything. I was the chef at Tre Kronor on foster ave. and then a baker for Angelo Caputos markets. Thank you for your writing and giving me a little bit of home as I am now so far away.

    • Grocery Gal
      Posted February 13, 2014 at 12:58 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much for the kind comments, Chef! I have such a love for this type of stuff, and I’m happy to share it with people that appreciate it. If I had the energy/time, I would post on a new place daily. Thanks again, and you’ve inspired me to carve out the time to write sooner than later. Cheers!

  2. Posted July 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I love your blog. I am jamaican and sometimes I get lucky and find tropical produce in some of the stores you visit. Sometimes i search google to find out if anyone posted a blog about finding these fruits in chicago, but so far I am coming up empty. It think it would be an awesome addition to your blog, to list the names of some of the exotic produce that you see at these stores, like gauva, sugar cane, Star fruit, passion fruit, etc. (Anything you wont find in a regular american grocery store) pictures would be great too.Yesterday I found out that fresh farms on touhy sells sugar cane

    • Grocery Gal
      Posted July 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Moya! That’s a great suggestion! I will probably be stopping by Fresh Farms later today and I’ll take a look. I know they sell star fruit, aloe, lemongrass, thai red chilies, lots of indian and SE asian produce. I’ll definitely keep that in mind for the future. Even if I don’t know what to do with the produce, it could be a great reference for those who know what to do with it! Cheers!

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