OK, don't beat me up, but every so often a Chowhound must drop a few pounds. And the Atkins diet, endorsed by Jeffrey Steingarten himself, seems like the most Chowish way to do this.(Bacon! Hollandaise sauce! Macadamia nuts!) So I've started exploring the local markets for low carb products and I thought I'd point out a few in case anyone else is doing this or wants to add a few. The only low carb store I know in L.A. County was very kindly pointed out recently in the no-sugar cake post.
Trader Joe's -- good selection: low carb tortillas are very tasty, bread is so-so. Best prices on sugar-free energy bars, chocolates, etc. Almond meal, flax meal, protein powder, stevia, all at the best prices. Atkins chocolate ice cream -- better than none at all, although not much. Hansen's diet soda. Westsoy unsweetened soy milk.
Ralph's -- sugar free vanilla Torani syrup for coffee, yogurt, desserts, etc. Atkins pancake syrup. Snapple diet lime green tea -- a good way to make carb-free margaritas, I think.
Sav-On -- sugar free chocolates from Russell Stover. These are suspiciously good and therefore will probably make you gain weight anyway.
Rite-Aid -- great price on big boxes of Splenda, sales on various energy bars. Don't go near the "Pure Protein" bars, they're disgusting.
Whole Foods -- practically nothing specifically low carb, but good for bulk coconut and other hard to find bulk ingredients.
GNC -- a few syrups and super-expensive candies and pancake mixes, etc. -- doesn't seem worth the trouble