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Offline RHawthorne

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Today's Buys at Eataly
« on: December 12, 2021, 12:10:59 AM »
 I made it to Chicago today for the first time in two years. I usually go once or twice every year, but I didn't go last year, for obvious reasons. I didn't know what to expect in the way of COVID restrictions, but being expected to wear a mask everywhere indoors was the only thing I experienced, and I wasn't too surprised by that. Anyway, I went to Eataly for the second time in as many visits. The prices on everything were about as high or maybe a little higher than expected the first time; today I found them to be frankly outrageous. Thus, I didn't buy a whole lot of stuff. Also, I was really disappointed by the changes in the layout of the store. There used to be a bakery counter where you could just walk up and order focaccia style pizza slices that looked really good (I wish I had done so the first time, but I didn't), but now there is no such section, and you have to sit down to be waited on. I didn't have the time or the interest to find out just how expensive they were in their restaurant today. I just grabbed a few things and ran.
 I got a bag of organic type 2 Italian flour, which I'm going to have to do a little thinking on how best to use in pizza dough, or just use it for bread dough. I also got a potted basil plant, which is highly aromatic and I'm confident it will make better margherita pizzas than the last basil plant I had, which was pretty flat. And I got a can of Mutti red datterini tomatoes and a small jar of truffle butter, which I will probably give to my sister and brother-in-law for Christmas. Overall, I think I'll probably be happy with these purchases, but I don't know if I'll go back to Eataly any time soon, with their prices being as high as they are.
 
 
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Re: Today's Buys at Eataly
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2021, 12:47:32 AM »
I can deal with high prices or crowds, but not both at the same time
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Re: Today's Buys at Eataly
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2021, 09:55:31 AM »
I can deal with high prices or crowds, but not both at the same time
If I go into a place with a certain budget and particular items in mind (which is usually the case in a place I'm familiar with), and I'm aware that prices might be a bit high and I can only get a few things, I don't feel like I have much grounds to be disappointed. But if I'm going into a store where I haven't been for quite a while, and I want to just grab a few things I can afford, and I find that prices have gone up across the board by a good 25% to 40%, that's a bit frustrating. I know about supply chain issues and shortages and all, but no matter what, $13.50 for 8 oz. of buffalo mozz or $35 for a small cutting board, or $32.90 for a one not very large loaf of panettone (not  joking), is a bit much. It was already a bit pricey there before, but now with the even higher prices and the changes in layout, it just feels like a total cash grab.
 And yeah, the crowds don't help, although I have seen worse, pre-pandemic. I used to think I wanted to live in Chicago when I visited as a man in my late teens and early twenties, but it didn't take long to realize that I would go out of my mind living in a city that crowded and noisy.
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Re: Today's Buys at Eataly
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2022, 02:49:33 PM »
I was there at downtown store in dec. ate lunch and had gelato.  i found it bit pricey. i would buy couple of specific things if i cant get anywhere else. My daughter go there all the time, i guess youngsters don't mind paying if they like it. 
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