I want my Christmas list back from my husband. I want to add something to it and tell him it's been there since the day I gave it to him. He just overlooked it. What is it that I want? A Grocery Concierge. 

I read about this the other day at the salon in Gourmet Magazine. I had my complimentary cup of coffee, a stack of magazines, and an entire hour to sit while my pesky grays were being erased. No kids yelling "mom, mom, mom." No phone ringing. Couldn't check my e-mail. I lulled myself into thinking I was a lady of leisure and deserved the luxury of a grocery concierge.

Here's what a grocery concierge would do for me. She would shop for my groceries, unpack them at my house and arrange my food pantry. That sounds like a service I could really use. I wonder if she'd arrange a few really cramped cupboards. I don't have a pantry.

This dream service is being offered by Whole Foods. It began in their Austin, TX store and the program is being rolled out across the country. Other services the grocery concierge can do for you include selecting gifts, choosing and stocking healthy, organic foods, office kitchen shopping, and stocking a pantry for a specific cuisine such as Mediterranean, Continental, Latin and Asian.

According to Gourmet, this last service is popular as a housewarming gift. Don't know what to get your friends for their new home? You can send a grocery concierge to stock their pantry with their favorite cuisine. 

Of course, all of this comes at a price that would break my grocery budget so I know I won't really be getting my own grocery concierge any time soon. Still, at Christmastime, it's nice to dream. 

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