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Whole-y Mackerel!

Posted Nov 20 2009 10:04pm

First of all, are you wondering why the heck my subtitle says “Food and Design?”  Well, i’ve updated my Flickr with my newest bracelet collection.  Feel free to scroll down to the link on my side bar take a look-see!

And with that said…

Geographically, I’m lucky.  I pretty much hit the jackpot.  I live on the outskirts of Boston in a really cute neighborhood.  The house next to mine has a tree house in an apple tree on the front lawn.  I’m not even kidding.   I can be in the hustle and bustle of downtown in minutes, or stay home, where it’s cozy and quiet.  I love where I live, but not only because the neighborhood has charm, but honestly- it’s the PERFECT place for a foodie.  There’s the Japanese market down the street, the Trader Joe’s a ten minute walk away and the one a few stops down on the subway…there’s two Whole Foods in walking distance, a Jewish Kosher Market (they have some really cool foods I’ve never even heard of, actually!) a ten minute walk away, Italian delights await me in the North End, and a little further, but still a subway ride away, Chinatown shops boast all sorts of undiscovered and foreign delights.  I love it.  Whatever I need can be found within the boundaries of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

 But last night I went to the MOTHERSHIP-  The new Whole Foods at Legacy Place in Dedham, MA. And I realized that what I do NOT have is this place in close proximity.  We pulled in, and I heard heavenly choirs of angels.  Or maybe that was just the boyfriend laughing at me while I whipped out my camera (I FINALLY found my good camera!) and prepared to mimic the frenzy of paparazzi on Britney circa the pink wig days. 

We walked in and I was met with this:

How awesome is THAT?!

 I snapped a picture.  Colorhungry boyfriend laughed.  I assured him he could always claim not to know me.  He went to check out the beer selection (the wine and beer selection is absolutely phenomenal) while I nearly blacked out with excitement when the bulk grain and other bulk bins section came into view.  I managed to keep from jumping up and down(honestly, my jaw was hanging open and jumping could’ve meant a serious tongue biting) and quickly snapped some pictures, thankful for my little camera- I was trying to be as inconspicuous as possible- you know, other than the high pitched squeals of delight as I walked around the bins and started making my shopping list in my head. 

 

Sadly, we were only here to grab a quick and healthy dinner, not to food shop, so I didn’t get as many pictures as I would like.  This Whole Foods has a ridiculous selection of prepared foods- there’s a large sushi bar, a burrito bar, an Indian and Mediterranean bar, a salad bar, a hot bar, a yogurt bar, a trail mix bar, rotisserie, an espresso bar, gelato, pizza made- to- order in a brick oven, a dessert bar, loooong rows of prepared sandwiches, soups, salads, a fantastic bread section, etc.  And wowza.  The dessert case.  This is just a small sampling of what they had.  I think I drove Colorhungry boyfriend crazy walking around and around trying to decide what to get.  I have to give him MAJOR props for not showing it.  It all looked so delicious!    

 

I finally decided on the build your own burrito.  I got a naked burrito with brown rice, red quinoa, corn, fresh salsa, a little sour cream, black beans, guacamole, and then the CROWNING GLORY- chipotle lime tofu.  It was absolutely incredible.  Even Colorhungry boyfriend dug it and he’s…not a tofu person!

 

I had this for a refreshing drink:

 

And then Colorhungry Boyfriend and I split this miniature cheesecake.  It was the PERFECT bite.  That blackberry was as perfectly ripe as it looks.

 

The thing about this place is that it’s absolutely GIGANTIC.  I’m completely excited, but overwhelmed at the prospect of shopping here- the selection is so tremendous and…thorough….that I won’t know where to start!  I told the boyfriend that I’d need AT LEAST three hours in there, to which he responded, “I’ll drop you off.”  I’m not sure if he was kidding.  I think it’s time to introduce him to the story of the little red hen and her breadmaking adventures. ;)

 So, I’m going to need some help.  What is your MUST HAVE when you go to Whole Foods or another health foods specialty store?  Please, please, please help me make my shopping list.  I don’t want to miss the good stuff! Oh, and I can’t eat chocolate.  Yes, you read that right.  And no, I’m at peace with that ;)  

 Of course, I thought of Angela when I saw the new Lululemon across from the Whole Foods.  That sealed the deal for me- This new shopping plaza is pretty much heaven.  I’ll be back, Legacy Place!

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