Ok. So on to the day's adventures. I'm sure many of you will practically fall out of your chairs at this news, but it's totally true...
UNTIL TODAY, I HAD NEVER SET FOOD IN EITHER A WHOLE FOODS OR A TRADER JOE'S!
That's right. Never. But, we fixed that glaring oversight today. Granted, I'm being a bit dramatic, but it seems I'm endlessly hearing about how wonderful they are and decided it was high time I find out what all this hype is about. And with a brand new Whole Foods opening this morning in Capitola, what better time to check it out?
I have to admit, Whole Foods was impressive. I mean, much of it was processed foods, like any grocery store, but it was almost all organic brands. You still need to do your label reading, but the choice in organics is amazing (particularly in the meat section). Another thing that was impressive was the volume of fresh foods sourced from area farms which were prominently displayed. Gotta love that. Of course, my favorite section is always the bulk food section and Whole Foods did not disappoint. I ooh-ed and ahh-ed past cereals, grains, baking supplies, nuts and the other usual suspects. But then, I entered the prepared food section divided by ethnicity - indian, asian, and a great big salad bar called for me to indulge. And it smelled soooooo good! But we had lunch plans, so with great effort, I abstained, checking out with my one California avocado.
The next stop was Trader Joe's which (other than the great bulk isle at Whole Foods) is more my kind of store. At least the one we went to in Capitola was small, quiet, and unpretentious. There were no pushy marketing displays, no sales, just good food. Much of it was branded by Trader Joe's, but ingredient lists seemed solid and they had a really nice selection.
Not that either could ever replace my true love - the farmers' market, but at least I can say that I'm no longer a grocery virgin.
By the time our grocery adventures were complete, it was time for lunch at my favorite sandwich shop, "Garden Liquors and Deli" on Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz. Dave has known Judy, the owner, since he was a kid where he once routinely swapped computer work for a hearty meal. Every time we're in town, we stop by the deli for lunch and to share the latest news. That's my veggie sammy, complete with lettuce, tomato, pickles, carrots, cucumber, and avocado on rye. Mmmm! I just can't seem to get enough of those veggies. Pile 'em on!
Then, after an afternoon relaxing back at the house with my mystery novel, Dave and I headed to the Aptos Cinema for Food Inc. I joked around with one of the other couples in the cinema that we had to fly all the way to California to see this flick since it's not being shown in our town. But truly, this was one of the things I was looking forward to.
I can't say that I learned any new information (I read ALOT as it is), but the visuals were incredibly powerful, reinforcing, and motivational. And of course, my favorite part was the end where we're told that every time we eat, we're voting and that we ABSOLUTELY have the power to change the system. Darn straight! Eat smart! Eat local! And go see this movie even if you have to fly to California. Ok maybe just wait 'til it's on video if it's not in your hometown. But see it!
Alright. Enough for today. With any luck we'll have more sunshine tomorrow and perhaps hit the beach. Night, night!