Since I didn't have to go to UN Plaza for honey, I headed over the Whole Foods in Pacific Heights to restock my balsamic vinegar supply. I'd forgotten how much I hated that store--the aisles are too small, people smash into you while they're talking on their cellphones, the checkers treated my bananas like they were potatoes and tossed them in the bag.
Palo Alto Whole Foods and the one in San Rafael are so much nicer to shop at.
But aside from the 365 brand balsamic, I found a few gems and bargains.
This week, Frog Hollow conserves are on sale for $3.99 a jar, instead of their usual $6+. I'm working my way through a peach conserve; doubt it will last till the weekend.
Opah or moonfish is on sale at the fish counter for $9.99 (1/3 off). I hadn't realized WF stocked opah. It's one of my favorite fish. I also picked up a delicious whole trout filet that I panfried for lunch.
Finally, I tried one of the much-acclaimed La Brea bakery baguettes, warm from par baking. It is an excellent bread--even better with Frog Hollow peach conserve. The texture is chewy and fantastic, ideal for a sandwich bread.
But I had to disagree that this is the best baguette in the bay area--it doesn't resemble a real French stick, like the kind they serve at La Note or South Park cafe with butter and jam. I'll stick to the French bakery on Taraval or Acme when I'm in the mood for baguettes, or the crusty sour cherry roll or seeded baguette at West Portal Bakery for something less traditional.