We've had Sprouts stores in the Phoenix area (their headquarters) for many years. They beat the fruit/vegetable prices of local grocery stores and for the most part, the quality is comparable. Quite often, I stop there on my way to work to pick up a "built to order" sandwich for lunch. The quality is top-notch and I can get it made with exactly the ingredients I want. Except for one time. I gave the order to the guy behind the counter, he looked at me sheepishly and said that he was out of one of the requested ingredients . . . "sprouts".
The employees are always friendly, helpful, and easy to find, just look for a distinctive Sprouts T-shirt, usually with a witty, company-related saying on the back. My favorite is "Weed 'em and reap".
Finally got to Sprouts. As expected, it's really just a big grocery store with some up-scale features. While they DID have Brussels sprouts there, in a large size bag with pictures on it, with about 3 pounds of sprouts (@ ~$3/lb). They weren't even organic, much less free-range! C'est la vie... we did buy a bunch of other produce which was very nice quality AND on sale!
I was in Missoula Mt, dining at a hotel, theoretically about as far away from a brussel sprout as you can get, and what can I say, I let my guard down. I ordered trout off the menu. The plate that the waitress placed in front of me had trout on it surrounded by several brussel sprouts. I just about dropped by jaw. Unbelievable! The first thing I thought of, of course, as this column. The next time I order trout I will be sure to ask, "Does that come with brussel sprouts?"
More Brussels sprouts today for lunch! Also, yesterday's newspaper included a flyer from Sprouts (the new market). It's really another general upper-scale grocery, despite the name. We will do some reconnaisance Sunday anyway, as they do have some good deals on produce.
Upon further reflection, I decided that to turn the "Max Special" pizza into the "Ratsky Special,"that would ensure mey attendance, all of the following would be required additions: mushrooms, roasted red bell peppers, and anchovies. I am of the opinion that any recipe is improved by these additions (excpet for sweets and cakes, neither of which are on my "favorites" list). BTW, I DID have Brussels Sprouts with my lunch today!
I realized that weekend is when you'll be in England. I'll have to check the times, as I rarely stir from my bed on the weekends before 11ish. It's only a few miles from where I live, though. If only they would serve that Brussels Sprouts, bacon, etc. pizza along with the beer for breakfast (to make a truly balanced meal), I would absolutely go!