If you haven’t experienced the epic-ness that is Whole Foods Market, sort that out quick smart. It is amazing.
With vats of make-your-own nut butters, coffee beans roasting as you watch, pick & mix cereal and grains, tonnes of organic produce, vegetarian and vegan food a-plenty, and the best selection of ready-made lunches around, this place is heaven.
We headed to the store in Kensington as it’s a massive two-floors of goodness. Running around like a kid in a candy store, I excitedly filled my basket with Weston’s organic cider, vegan sweets from Goody Good Stuff, vegan yoghurt from Coyo, nakd bars and a few other fruit snacks, chips and dip, hot sauces, sushi supplies, and pumpkin gnocchi. I spent a small fortune…
Whole Foods always has several taster stalls to sucker you in and first we tried some dips from The Dip Society, a fairly new company, selling a small but delicious range of dips. I tried three of their four dips (as the fourth had fish in it) and all three were delicious! Kickpea was a sweet and spicy houmous-style dip, Wasapea was a wasabi and chickpea dip, and Sweetbeet was a beetroot, mint and chilli dip. I have been going through a slight beetroot obsession lately, so popped the pink dip in my basket. I’m such an easy sell!
We also sampled dips from a girl spruiking her mum’s range of chilli and strawberry dips. Yep, you read that right – chilli and strawberry! And goodness, they were amazing! The SIMPLYaddCHILLI dips come in Mild, Wild and Extreme. Being a lover of all things hot, I tried the Extreme first, which I fear may have ruined my tastebuds for the other two but they all tasted pretty good! It’s one of those things where the flavour hits you in rounds. First the flavour of the chilli, then the subtle sweetness of the strawberry and finally the powerful kick of the chilli’s spice comes through! Matt invested in the Wild, which is a sweet but fresh tasting dip and I nabbed the Extreme.
Vegan restaurant Saf, which I reviewed a little while back, is located right above Whole Foods, so they sell a lot of their goods in the store. Matt bought their selection of cashew ‘cheeses’ and I bought their Vietnamese Roll with smoked tofu, vermicelli, chilli, mixed herbs and miso sambal sauce. It was so fresh and tasty and really made me want to go back to the restaurant!
As spring seems to have finally shown its face in London, we hauled our goods across to Hyde Park for a mini picnic in the sun.
I plan on making sushi for the first time soon, so I stocked up on sushi supplies. I will blog the results, whether they’re a success or a massive failure so stay tuned!
Finally, for dinner, we grabbed some delicious-looking pumpkin ‘gnochetti’ by Biona. I love pumpkin gnocchi but can never find it in London, so this pretty much made my day! We fried the gnochetti in a pan, added garlic and pine nuts, then stirred through some herb cashew ‘cheese’ by Saf. It was SO GOOD!
One day, when I’m rich, I will make Whole Foods my regular grocery store.
Happy Earth Day to you all!