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Old 01-28-2011, 09:37 PM   #11
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I love the magnificent cheese selection. I could spend years exploring it.

Great wine selection.

Dry aged beef.

At certain times (e.g Thanksgiving), the best mushroom selection I have ever seen, anywhere. Hands down.

I live in a Seattle burb. Nearest Whole Foods is about 10 miles, still in the burbs. I can do that in a heartbeat. Downtown Seattle (and Pike Place market), is only 5-6 miles further, but a mountain of traffic and parking issues. Not to say I don't do that every couple of months.

Probably my biggest gripe about Whole Foods is that they are safe.

You can't find a bottarga, a guancale, sweetbread, slab bacon, beef shank, to save your life. I actually asked their fish monger and butcher about the first two, and they had know idea what they were. Sheesh...
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:08 PM   #12
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I love the magnificent cheese selection. I could spend years exploring it.

Great wine selection.

Dry aged beef.

At certain times (e.g Thanksgiving), the best mushroom selection I have ever seen, anywhere. Hands down.

I live in a Seattle burb. Nearest Whole Foods is about 10 miles, still in the burbs. I can do that in a heartbeat. Downtown Seattle (and Pike Place market), is only 5-6 miles further, but a mountain of traffic and parking issues. Not to say I don't do that every couple of months.

Probably my biggest gripe about Whole Foods is that they are safe.

You can't find a bottarga, a guancale, sweetbread, slab bacon, beef shank, to save your life. I actually asked their fish monger and butcher about the first two, and they had know idea what they were. Sheesh...
Pikes market is the bomb! We got the ingredients for a supreme lobster and noodle dinner while we camped in our tent trailer one year.

Our Mexican immagrant brothers are the best bet for finding out of the norm cuts of beef at their markets.
Don't be shy to shop there!
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:08 PM   #13
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I like the whole grain bread very much and being an asian like King Arther wheat flour for making healthy chapattis from whole foods. :)
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:02 PM   #14
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Brun Uusto Cheese. Only Whole Foods carries it. You put it in a fry pan, toast it, cut it and serve it. Like a cheese pizza without the crust.

My kids love it and I also love their fig preserve.
I love Brunkow cheeses!!

I buy them at the Evanston Farmers Market when I'm visiting chi-town
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:27 PM   #15
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I find their bagged greens are the cheapest around. I also like their sprouts. Also raisin challah.

Henna to dye my hair ... Burt's Bees stuff (they must be a huge supplier b/c it's cheapest there too).

Bulk anything, if I only want a little (got wheat bran there last time).

Certain flavors of ice cream .... sometimes their soy crumbles, etc.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:54 PM   #16
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Right now, the best thing from Whole Foods in our area is a sign that says " New Home of Whole Foods" and that the constuction has already begun!

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Old 01-31-2011, 05:43 PM   #17
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their lamb steaks...not lamb chops, but boneless, lean steaks cut from the leg (presumably)...look sort of like sirloin steaks...they arent that cheap ($9 - $10/lb), but cheaper than most of their beef steaks....they are great....i usually just use S&P, sear them in a hot pan, then finish in the oven....i also once made a rosemary balsamic reduction to go with it, but it wasnt neccessary
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:54 PM   #18
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I don't shop there often because of the cost but I do go there for their Middle East/Isreali couscous (bulk isle).
It is the only place I can find it.(it is much larger than regular couscous)

I also like their selection of Quinoa and other grains.

Their cheese selection is top notch too.The one by us will put out cubes for trying.

I stay away from the meat section based purely on cost.

Their premade/deli foods are great, especially the Calzone and salads selections
Every time I go there I pick up a cheese I have never tried before. One time, The girl behind the cheese bar was slicing open a 20 year aged parmesan wheel. She gave me a piece from the center. I had to sit down.
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