So today, I actually when shopping at Whole Foods for the first time ever. I guess I never went there because there were always closer grocery stores nearby. But I decided to check it out, admist all the hype and debate over the perceived quality and high prices. My conclusions: Their produce and meat are definitely better than my local Fred Meyer and Safeway, and their ready to serve food court has some great stuff in it. The price can sometimes be outrageous though (so much so that eating out can actually come out to be cheaper), so I'm likely going to delegate Whole Foods to main cooking ingredients. I think the whole debate of "is it worth it" simply comes down to personal preference. I don't know what else to say there.