August 18, 2008

I Crave Juice All the Time.

But I need to find another source for it: for a while I could get Kern's Pineapple-Mango juice for $2.49 at our local tiny Ralph's (the most expensive Ralph's in the world, but within walking distance, so worth it if one only needs a few little things).

I knew it wasn't a great price, but orange juice was mostly that price, too, because of the frost last year. So I got what I preferred to drink.

Then the Kern's tropical juices went up to $2.99 for a half gallon, and that was just beyond the pale. I couldn't do it. There are a few other options: Paul Newman lemonade is less, so maybe that's my next juice jag. I went back to the OJ section, though, and most of them were also marked up to $2.99. Way at the bottom was store-brand citrus juice at $2 a carton.

I wonder if Costco sells mango juice. I'm sure some of the local Middle Eastern markets do, but I doubt I'll be doing better on price at any of them. Trader Joe's? Smart and Final? Bank jobs to support my mango-juice habit? Holding up people as they come out of Ralph's to demand that they hand over the mango, or the mango-pineapple, or the mango-guava, "and no one will get hurt"?

More will be revealed, I suppose.

I mean, prices weren't wonderful at the Ralph's in La Canada, but they were liveable (well, one had to double-check the grapes and cherries, of course: those could get a bit silly if they'd travelled too far, or weren't in season, or there wasn't a sale going on).

But at the itty-bitty Ralph's here on the north side of Glendale? I concluded my price check by noticing that fresh-squeezed local orange juice (the only kind my mother would buy from Fireside market in Santa Monica in the 70s/80s) was a mere seven dollars for a half gallon. Or two for $14. Or they would trade me a selection of my half-dozen favorite juices for my engagement ring, because it features a champagne diamond . . .

What I really want, though, is mango juice. And lots of it.

Someone's got to have it at a decent price. I don't want to be forced into a life of crime because of some "correction" in the tropical-juice market.

Posted by Attila Girl at August 18, 2008 10:16 PM | TrackBack

if you drink that much juice, could it be cheaper to buy a juicer and fresh fruit? then you'd control the flavor absolutely....

then again, it does smack of cooking, and I'm morally opposed to all such endeavors by women.

make JT come over every day and make you juice. ;-)

Posted by: Rin at August 19, 2008 08:07 AM

Have you tried Dole Pina Colada? will set you free!

Posted by: btenney at August 19, 2008 08:44 AM

I don't think I like Pina Colada . . . .

But maybe it's okay without alcohol. I do like pineapple juice, and coconut juice (though it might be high in lipids; I'll need to check on what kind they are; probably the good kind, come to think of it).

Posted by: Attila Girl at August 19, 2008 11:08 AM

If it will keep, maybe Ralph's will sell you a case at a discount. $2.99 for 64 oz doesn't sound all that bad. Trade off the money you are saving on gasoline with the walk.

Real fresh fruit? Yeah, that will save you money! Especially if you don't add water/apple-juice-based fillers like the commercial ventures. Some people were meant to work for government.

Posted by: Darrell at August 19, 2008 12:18 PM

Well, it is cheaper than white wine. And no matter how much of it one consumes, one doesn't get a headache. I've checked.

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