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Part 2 of The Original Urban Cheapskate Shops at Whole Foods Brooklyn

Part 2 of The Original Urban Cheapskate Shops at Whole Foods Brooklyn

If you missed the first part of this semi-ongoing series (or should we say, with apologies to Homer, saga, find it here.  Warning:  if you read this over breakfast you might laugh so hard you’ll choke on your locally roasted Ethiopian Amaro Gayo.   I solved the problem of cycling to Whole Foods by going […]

The Original Urban Cheapskate Meets His Brooklyn Neighbor, Whole Foods Gowanus. Part 1 of A Continuing Tale

  It finally happened.  I patronized the long-in-arriving Whole Foods in Gowanus Brooklyn. WhF-G has been scheduled to open in a lovely location at 3rd Ave and 3rd St right on the edge of the Gowanus Canal Superfund site since before I moved here almost nine years ago, so it was a bit of a surprise […]

The Suburban Cheapskate: Love Affair Blooms, With Cassava Chips

The Suburban Cheapskate: Love Affair Blooms, With Cassava Chips

When you find yourself holding food up to the light like it’s a shard of medieval stained glass, you’re either at the peak of a high caused by your favorite illegal substance or you’re humbled by a sliver of the divine. We may find that the cassava chip will someday be hailed as a design […]

The Suburban Cheapskate

If you knew me personally, the first thing you’d ask when you heard that I’m writing for this site would be: “Why would they want YOU to write articles for THEM?”You might wonder what a guy who never buys organic is doing here. If you thought that I’m looking to be saved, for a messianic […]

The Urban Cheapskate: Goes to the Food Court

The Urban Cheapskate: Goes to the Food Court

You may have heard of the Suburban Cheapskate. Well, long before that there was the Original Urban Cheapskate. Unfortunately, staff at this website misplaced the original UC column but managed to pirate the name. Now the Urban Cheapskate is back to correct the editorial oversight and advise: Accept No Substitutes! Recently, our Cheapskate was forced […]

The Urban Cheapskate: Shops at Manhattan’s Integral Yoga Natural Foods

Recently Your Original Urban Cheapskate went shopping at Integral Yoga Natural Foods to pick up some bulk mixed nuts, dried pitted prunes and wheat-free raspberry newtons. The mixed nuts are obscenely expensive, but he was going out of town for a few days and always tries to carry along something edible so he doesn’t starve […]

The Suburban Cheapskate: THINK GLOBAL ACT LOCO

Think global, act loco  I’m in Orange County, California. That simple statement elicits reactions. Ok any simple statement will elicit some kind of reaction; even indifference has its facial tics. But when you’re the subject of television soap operas and you are populated by the crème de la crème of affluent trailer trash, you tend […]

The Urban Cheapskate: Goes to the Brooklyn Farmer’s Market

Come September and it’s the height of the season at the Saturday Farmers’ Market at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza. The place is absolutely aswarm with yuppies, all returned from wherever it is they go for the summer anyways. Indeed, quite the bumper crop. And there was some produce for sale, too. Your Urban Cheapskate recently […]

The Urban Cheapskate: When Does Your Packaging Become PR

In the midst of designing a new package for a natural or organic product, most discussions revolve around that mystical word brand. So lets start with a definition, albeit an unconventional one, of branding as well as advertising and PR, too. I’d like to introduce you to my friend Bob. Notice what Bob is wearing, […]

The Wine Guy: Londer Syrah Is Long, Like A Great Summer’s Day

I’m signed up for a lot of e-mail offers and this wine from Londer Syrah Gabrielli Vineyard 2002 Redwood Valley really surprised me. I considered it just a throw-in on a special 3-pack from Londer. I really wanted to try the other two wines, but I couldn’t get the free shipping unless I took this […]