Carlo Aaron

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Things that are Good and or Rock: Earth Fare

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Ok, so if you live in the South and you haven’t been to Earth Fare, you probably don’t know how good life can actually be. This is not a hyperbole. This is real life.

If you’re into organic, vegetarian, gluten-free,or maybe just actual food, but don’t have the kind of money rich people do to spend on groceries, Earth Fare is a godsend. No, it’s not a co-op, but that means that nobody smells poorly and there is much more variety. Also, Earth Fare is obsessed with customer satisfaction and coupons– think Publix Greenwise tenfold. To give you a concrete example, my last visit at Earth Fare I saved $11.50 in discounts (this is my couponing at it’s best), got $7.50 in Fare Deal Savings (things that are on sale at the store), and received free Earth Fare veggie burgers (this was for signing up for their mailing list…from which I receive NO SPAM).

Let me break down their discount system for you:

  • You can opt to receive discounts via text and email (these coupons/discounts are different from one another. Usually they are coupons for FREE THINGS)
  • There are booklets jam-packed with coupons… seriously, there are dozens of coupons within your reach (on another note, they have delicious jam)
  • Something is always on sale.
  • You can enter cute little contests on their website for a chance to win $50 or $100 gift cards.
Earth Fare is also really into being involved with their customers. Their CEO has a blog called “You Don’t Know Jack.” So cute I just wanna die. Plus they have an Earth Fairy that they make criminally underwatched videos with. So creepy. I love it.

In conclusion, love Earth Fare because rich people shouldn’t be the only ones who can eat actual food. Is that fare to say?

New posts coming soon about actually exciting things… like New Orleans, SXSW, Nick Offerman and Edgar Wright, so ya’ll come back now!

 

P.S.- No, Earth Fare did not pay me to write any of this stuff.

Things That Are Good And Or Rock: Botan Candy

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Recently I found myself inside an Asian Market for the first time in a year; I had no intentions of blowing off all of my errands and responsibilities for an impromptu visit to this paradise of Asian delicacies, but hey, sometimes it just happens.

After grabbing what might have been 5 car washes worth of merchandise (and of course, my car is still caked in dirt from a bonfire that took place several weeks ago, but hey, a vehicle can stand to have some character), I noticed something wonderful and colorful by the register: boxes and boxes of botan candy. Unable to resist the lure of nostalgia (a dangerous lure, I admit), I shelled out my 99 cents.

‘What is this botan candy?’ you might ask. Oh, I don’t know. Only the COOLEST CANDY EVER. Not that it’s the tastiest or the healthiest, it’s just the coolest. They’re these chewy, little, pink things wrapped over twice– once in plastic, and once in rice paper. When you offer them to friends you get the best reactions, because most of the time your friends won’t believe that they can eat the rice paper, and wonder for a few moments if they can melt it with their eyes  (this way they can say, ‘Hey, crazy! Did you just see that?! Guess I’ll just have to eat the candy part of your weird, foreign poison!’). They end up looking stupid and you look generous. Successful interaction? Yep.

And while you’re at the Asian market, you might as well look around (especially if the ethnic aisle in your local grocery store sucks). A lot of times vegetables are as cheap as they would be at Wal-Mart and are also edible, which is unusual. Also, sesame seed oil, rooster sauce, and canned lychees are irresistible Asian Market goods suddenly within your reach. If none of this is enough to get you to your local Asian Market, Botan candies come with strange little stickers: