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Whole Foods Greenwich to Kick Off Grand Re-Opening Week w/ Giveaways, Tastings + Community Events

9 Sep

Whole Foods Market in Greenwich is hosting a weeklong party full of food, giveaways and more to celebrate their grand re-opening! That’s 7,000 square feet of additional space . . . pretty cool. What’s been added into all that extra room? There’s a pizza station, a hot and salad bar open all day, a coffee and juice bar, cookie bar, bigger selection of breads including Norwalk’s own Wave Hill Bread, expanded selection of items on the shelves including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, a ridiculously amazing olive bar, and a speedier checkout experience with four express registers. Continue reading

Grilling @ Whole Foods Greenwich to Raise Money for Greenwich Library

2 Jun

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Work or live in or around Greenwich? Well, stop by Whole Foods Greenwich from 11-2 for a lunch from the grill! For just a $5 donation, you’ll get your choice of a hamburger, an organic hot dog, or veggie burger with all the toppings. Plus, you’ll get a cute little snack bag, fresh fruit, your choice of beverage, and one free entry in the gift basket giveaway. Money raised is going directly to the awesome work that Friends of Greenwich Library puts in towards providing stellar programming, events, books, and more. We’re members and we just love the library, so we hope that you can help spread the word and help raise some money for a great organization!


Good Will from the Grill Fundraiser for Friends of Greenwich Library

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Whole Foods Market Greenwich

90 E Putnam Ave.

Greenwich, CT 06830

Blue Hill Releases Line of Savory Yogurts at Whole Foods Markets in the Northeast

8 Oct

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We know the typical options for yogurt at your grocery store:  vanilla, vanilla with crumbly things, vanilla with fruity things, and vanilla with swirls of artificial fruit-like syrup!  Oh yum!  But, when’s the last time that you had Carrot, Tomato, Beet, or Butternut Squash yogurt?

If you’ve been to Blue Hill in NYC or Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, then you might recognize those flavors.  That’s because both amazingly famous and popular restaurants specialize in these savory yogurt flavors and people can’t seem to get enough of them.  It all began for them when they created their luxuriously decadent and beautiful Savory Granola with Beet Yogurt dish.  Now you won’t have to go to their restaurant just to get the yogurt anymore.  You’ll just need to head out to Whole Foods in NY, NJ, and now Whole Foods Market in Danbury and Greenwich to get a cup of Blue Hill Yogurt.

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5 Bold + Unique Local Ice Cream Flavors to Go Ga Ga Over

30 Jul

Ciao Bella, Steve's Ice Cream, Phin and Phebes, Van Leeuwen, and Adirondack Creamery Ice Cream

If you want giant gallon tubs of passionless, boring, and machine produced ice cream, you can hit up almost any store.  But, if you’re after quality, locally produced ice cream in small batches, you’re going to have to look around a bit harder.  Lucky for us, the search wasn’t difficult because Whole Foods invited us to their Greenwich store to pick out any 5 flavors we wanted to try.  Would we go with all the same flavors like Vanilla and do a comparison or would we try the boldest and most creative flavors that we could find from local producers?  While it was tempting to do a flavor comparison, we thought it’d be killer to highlight some interesting flavors.  But, to be honest, we felt sad leaving so many other flavors behind in the freezer section.  We left, sad, speaking to each pint indivudually, telling them we’d be back to get them and wouldn’t let them stay in the freezer…no ice cream left behind is our motto.

Well, let’s go on a tasting of five unique flavors that caught our attention:

Ciao Bella, Steve's Ice Cream, Phin and Phebes, Van Leeuwen, and Adirondack Creamery Ice Cream Tops Opened

Strawberry Ricotta by Steve’s Ice Cream:  Brooklyn, NY (moved from Holbrook, Long Island)

Steve’s started off being made on Long Island, Dan’s old stomping ground.  We’ve had many of their flavors, but our favorite is their Strawberry Ricotta.  The contrast here is just amazing and that’s key.  You get the fruity semi-sweetness of the strawberries and get ribbons of ricotta that add a creaminess and richness that is–frankly–orgasmic.  Kristien literally moans every time she eats this.  Their other flavors include Mexican Chili Chocolate, Bklyn Blackout, Bourbon Pecan Pie, Coconut Key Lime Pie, Nola Iced Coffee & Donuts, and even dairy-free options like  Blackberry Honey, Cinnamon Coffee, and Mint Cacao Chip.

Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet by Ciao Bella:  Florham Park, NJ

If you’re looking for a healthier choice that won’t pack in the calories but still has a great punch, this is your sorbet.  We’re talking 110 calories for 1/2 cup or 385 for the entire pint.  The sorbet is sweet at first from the blackberry (first ingredient, btw), but then finishes off with a refreshing tartness.  The wine also adds a nice depth to this sorbet.  Really excellent.  Their other sorbets and gelato flavors include Passionfruit, Triple Espresso, Dulce de Leche, Pistachio, Mango, Peach Ginger, Lemon Zest, and Blood Orange.

Kulfi Pistacho Cardamom by Adirondack Creamery:  Kingston, NY (Hudson Valley)

What can you say here?  The one-of-a-kind flavor profile will probably lead to either a love or hate relationship.  While Kristien didn’t like it, Dan couldn’t get enough.  Before you even try the ice cream, the pistachio wafts through the air and entices you to try it.  The ice cream itself is very creamy and the cardamom definitely comes through first as you taste.  The pistachio adds a nice flavor and texture contrast.  Check out some of their other flavors like U-Pick Em Cherry Chocolate Chip, Earl’s Chocolate Peanut Butter, High Peak Perk, Barkeater, Whiteface Mint Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Peppermint Stick, and even Egg Nog.

Ginger Ice Cream by Van Leeuwen:  Brooklyn, NY (Began in Greenwich, CT as an ice cream truck) 

While we’ve had ginger ice cream, Van Leeuwen’s definitely stands out from the rest.  Our major gripe with ginger ice cream is that it’s usually pretty weak and lame.  Look, if we order ginger ice cream, we want to taste the ginger.  You definitely get that with this, though the flavor doesn’t go overboard.  They are able to tame it down just a bit by using early harvested candied ginger.  The ice cream is sweet, buttery, and super creamy.  The ginger flavor comes through and spikes when you get the good chunky bits of ginger that are throughout the ice cream.  Other Van Leeuwen ultra-premium flavors include Espresso, Currants and Cream, Ceylon Cinnamon, Gianduja, Earl Grey Tea, Palm Sugar, vegan Chocolate or Vanilla, and special batches of Sweet Sticky Black Rice, and Salted Caramel with Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

Banana Whama by Phin + Phebes:  Brooklyn, NY

If you love bananas, this is definitely your jam.  The fresh banana flavor hits you first, but then you get a nice mix-up with the vanilla wafer cookies.  They add a nice little crunch and flavor contrast so that you’re not totally overwhelmed by the banana.  Because they use banana puree, this ice cream doesn’t become overly sweet.  This made us big fans of this ice cream.  Again, a very unique flavor that we can say we’ve never had before.  Try out more flavors like Coconut Key Lime, Ginger Cookie Snap, Vanilla Cinnamon, Vietnamese Iced Coffee, Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel, and Peanutty Pretzel.

Video Recipe: OmNomCT’s Citrusy Shrimp Ceviche for Whole Foods Market Madness

13 Feb

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When Whole Foods Market presented us with the challenge of building a recipe around a secret ingredient from their upcoming Madness sales, we were totally game.  We waited (impatiently) a month to find out what our ingredient would be.  Would it be something easy to cook with, something we liked, something we hated, or something weird like burdock or smoked eel?  Well, we found out a couple of weeks ago that our secret ingredient was shrimp, which would be featured in the first week of their sales.  At first we were a bit unsure what to do because the shrimp we were asked to use was pre-cooked, cleaned, and then frozen.  But, a flash of inspiration crashed down and we knew that we had to make a bright, citrusy, and refreshing ceviche.

 

Kristien's handiwork in our kitchen...

Kristien’s handiwork in our kitchen…

We thought about all the ceviche that we had eaten:  from Port Chester, to Stamford, to Norwalk, to Costa Rica, even to Barcelona, Spain.  From those dishes, we took what we loved the most and turned it into a killer recipe.  We knew it had to have a good kick from the citrus, a nice contrast in texture, and have some heat.  We headed out to Whole Foods Greenwich (we might have driven out a bit before the driving ban was lifted after Nemo, just maybe… shhh) with our video camera and our shopping list.  After we got all the ingredients, we shot the “cooking” portion of the video then edited it all together and turned it into what you see here!   Yes, you don’t cook ceviche, that’s why we used the quotes. :P  Enough teasing, here’s the recipe:

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