Hi from an NYC Chowhound! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we get to, once again, spend a week this summer at a lake-side house in Northern Wisconsin. This involves flying into MSP and renting a car, shopping for a week's worth of food (and maybe wine) before driving to Wisconsin. (The pickings are pretty slim where we're going - about 45 minutes NE of Heyward - both in terms of restaurants, with one exception, and ingredients). In the past couple of years - thanks to help from MSP 'hounds, we've stopped at Whole Foods in St. Paul to stock up for my week of marathon cooking, and also went to a great wine store en route from the airport to WF. Last year we were travelling w/ our dog, so opted to have Sam's in Chicago ship two cases of wine (no, there are more than the two of us at our destination point - various family members!).
However, my question is, are there convenient and better alternatives to Whole Foods? I am basically in need of buying essentials - olive oil, sea salt, good vinegars, Italian dried pasta, San Marzano canned tomotoes, etc., wonderful cheeses, some meats, maybe a little bit of seafood (we get it on ice and buy some special bags to keep the food cold for the 3 hour drive) and vegetables/herbs to last us through at least a couple of days. Whole Foods is quite good, but my husband keeps complaining about how they completely butcher the prosciutto (we bought 2lbs last year and it was completely hacked up). Our hitch is that we'll have been travelling since the early morning from NYC, with dog who hates to travel, and then face this 3 hour drive, so we don't want to have to go from store to store to provision ourselves, but are wondering if there are WF alternatives that might work for us. The WF store seems pretty convenient in terms of access from the airport and on our way to Wisconsin.
Thanks so much!
Edit - I found one of my old threads - the wine store we went to was Solo Vino, which I remember being wonderful - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/12327...
Would does the Mississippi Market carry all of the things that we need to pick up?
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