Food on Friday: Binge and splurge

Food_on_FridayI talked last week about how the PVPost household has clamped down on spending for the month of August. It’s still going well – not hard at all, and plenty satisfying (just a tad boring, truthfully). But it has confirmed my belief that anyone can eat exceptionally well on a small budget.

I didn’t always think this way. When we lived in San Francisco I’m embarrassed to say I bought into the snobbery that can often accompany the foodie mentality. It wasn’t uncommon for me to shell out $10 for a carton of farm-raised, organically-produced, ethically-maintained eggs. But while I told myself the eggs tasted different, they really didn’t. At least not to my unrefined palate.

That being said, there are some food items I believe are worth spending more money on. Here’s my short list:

  • Bread from Great Harvest: A slice of their Swiss Cheese and Sundried Tomato bread is really a meal in itself. Jay calls it “breakfast pizza.” I also love their Honey Whole Wheat and any of their sweet breads.
  • Blackberries from the farmer’s market: I justify paying $5 for a pint because we eat them for dessert. As good as candy, but much healthier.
  • Justin’s Nut Butters: This has become a dangerous and expensive addiction. They run about $9 a pop, and we’ve currently got 6 of the different varieties lined up in the cupboard. You do the math. But really, I can’t get enough of the Maple Almond Butter.

What are your splurge items?