We all have dark, dirty secrets and mine is that when I'm really tired and have worked a really long day, I'll pick up take-out sushi from Gelson's in Century City.
Gelson's Century City has been under a remodel for a couple of months and the remodel is finally complete. I picked up some sushi tonight and noticed a sign I had never seen before in the sushi case stating that the fish was kept at a certain temperature (I forgot which) for the sake of freshness. Picked up a crab roll, took it home, and yup, it was frozen. The crab was frozen; the rice was frozen. It was inedible. I don't know if you are supposed to stick it in your microwave for a few minutes, or perhaps buy it, go to a movie at the theatres at the mall and by the time you are finished with the movie, your sushi will be defrosted. Well, supermarket sushi is vile anyway and perhaps this is the universe's way of saying I shouldn't be eating it.
On the subject of Gelson's, I shop there because it is convenient and there are never long lines, but I just hate the place. Other than paper towels and the like, they never have anything I really want.
For a supposedly upscale store, they don't carry one brand of decent butter; they have virtually no organic produce; their wine selection is unimaginative and overpriced and you cannot even buy whole wheat pita for goodness' sake. The selection is just dull and pitiful.
Don't know if the other Gelson's are as bad, but I just hate the Century City store.
P.S. They are now carrying, at an exorbitant price, cakes and cookies from Sweet Lady Jane's in West Hollywood. The ones I tried were sickening - overly sweet. And I just noticed that all of them except the brownies have trans fats in them, which the U.S. government will get around to banning one day.
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