We went to the pre-opening of Whole Foods here in Kansas City and I was so excited to see many of the items mentioned on the boards here. Like the Muir Glen (or is it Glen Muir) tomato products, the Mexican chocolate for hot chocolate, etc.
The store had a major tasting party with a $10 donation (the so very reasonable Midwest!) to a food bank. We feasted on marinated asparagus, spring greens, smoked salmon, shrimp, several varieties of chicken sausage, some outstanding gouda/blue cheese, pate, a lovely brie with fig jam, some mediocre lemon bars, excellent olives, dolmades, roasted onion stuff...well, you get the idea. Sure didn't need to go out to dinner afterwards!
But I wondered what are the favorites of Chowhounds? For instance, is their 365 brand consistently good? I did like the lemon Italian soda, but not the orange. Wasn't impressed with the maple almonds (not crunchy enough) and thought the vegetable-product veal was really terrible. Wonder about the yoghurt. Wonder about the grains.
It seems a lot larger, cleaner, and more varied than Wild Oats (which wasn't convenient for me anyway). Any wild raves you have would be appreciated. And I was so dumb, I forgot to wear my chowhound T-shirt. Will do so next time!
Thanks in advance!