i also have a whole foods discount (a lucky 27%) which means i really do all my grocery shopping there. But I've also figured out how to shop smarter there too - the 365 brand items are usually cheaper than other grocery store brands and are GMO free, which I feel great about. I also buy a lot of cheap bulk and eat vegetarian. I will allow myself one salad bar trip along with my grocery shopping, which does usually add on like $10 to my general expenses, but basically I'm spending about $75 a week on groceries for 2 people which I feel totally great about (and that usually includes a fancy cheese).
@Mindful Riot this is about all i can think of: http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view2/2380549/ross-in-leather-pants-o.gif
The first few cities that came to mind were Asheville, Memphis and Little Rock. Little rock is a total hidden gem of a city - and it's got gorgeous river-side living and craggy mountainy(ish) places and a great little art/punky scene. Plus Hot Springs is close and awesome. I'm not recommending anything in the midwest even though i think places like cleveland or chicago would tick a lot of your boxes - the weather is just too miserable for like 8 months out of the year. And the northwest coast would also be perfect except for cost of living perhaps, though I feel like it might be worth investigating! good luck!
oh god @Meaghan O’Connell - do ANYTHING to avoid chicago airports anytime soon. We are still experiencing delays and tons of BS from the Air Traffic Control station that was damaged by fire last week. Like 700 flights got cancelled today due to storms, not because of the terribleness of the storm, but because all the air traffic control is being done by surrounding control towers who have much less experience in dealing with major flight control. see: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-nearly-500-flights-canceled-at-ohare-midway-as-storms-approach-20141002-story.html
@Lily What about plain greek/strained yogurt for breakfast? Low sugar, high protein and you can mix it with nuts or fruit
I have to get blood work and mail it in. It's $190 to do, so I've been avoiding it, but I just got paid and really i have no more excuses.
on the rare occasion that i drink, and if I'm somewhere that's not a cocktail bar...whiskey and coke or a glass of a non-oaky white wine or a beer (not too hoppy and not a stout unless it's less than 40F outside)
@Heather F G Just do yourself a favor and get an oyster card for public transit. We managed to not do that until the second to last day there and i was kicking myself! You can get the cost of the card (5 pound i think)refunded at the airport when you're leaving. My favorite touristy thing in london ended up being the St. Paul's Cathedral, which was well worth the cost (and the audio tour is wonderful) (and it's SO much more stunning than Notre Dame). I also was especially fond of the Tate museum and walking around in the St. Regent's Park Don't forget to buy/bring your electronics adapters :) They're so much more expensive and hard to find once you're there. As for paris, everything seemed to have a long queue, even though we were there off-season. I really didn't like it very much at all.
I'm a grumblefish i guess and I like it when small-ish chains stay small-ish. Mostly because I think quality starts to seriously decline when a company has to manage 100-1000s of locations. But um, taco bell - I love taco bell and anytime I take a trip to the suburbs I stop at one (this is like once a month). Taco bell is not mexican food, it is its own taco bell category of food (I don't eat meat, so it's mostly bean and cheese things there - but I LOVE them).
@andnowlights dude, those chipotle burritos are like 2K calories a piece! you can have a few mc donalds meals for that