Known for its wide selection of natural and organic ingredients including seeds, kernels and rice (available in easy to use dispensers), Whole Foods has become a household name amongst those looking for clean, healthy eating and living. Hearing about it from friends and also viewing it on many episodes of Top Chef (they purchase most grocery items from there), I’ve long awaited my visit to this infamous brand. During my Miami trip, I was elated to know that there was Whole Foods in walking distance. I walked through the front door, took a deep breath and inhaled the smell of fresh, organic flavors. I was warmly greeted by the wide selection of colourful, bright flowers that awakened the store. These connected to me so greatly that I purchased a small bouquet of Football Moms (this is the actual name of the flower, crazy right?? :) ) to brighten my room. I first noticed the area where a selection of rice, beans, peas and quinoa was located. It was the second busiest area of the store (the food area was the first) as persons eagerly filled bags of garden-fresh items. I was fascinated with the variety and did my best to manoeuvre out of the way of anxious patrons. I also really appreciated the three types of honey that were also available for persons to purchase the exact amount needed. I’ve always liked the snack bars made by Kashi Go Lean and those as well as other brands were available at $1.49, the La Terra Brand chips were two for $6.99 and they even had meat bars! The main ingredients Bison, Venison, Chicken, Beef and Turkey with infused flavors of Thai, cranberry, rosemary, etc. I purchased two Wagyu Beef and Chicken but after two bites of the beef, I sincerely regretted it. This proved that fresh is always better!
The food selection was amazing with dishes from around the world: Eggplant Parmesan, Lo Mein, Lasagna, Lobster Bisque, etc. I tried the spinach, rosemary cake stuffed with blue cheese and it was surprisingly filling for such a small size. I also liked their desserts including select vegan and gluten free items. I purchased a carrot cake cupcake which was moist and tasty without being too sweet. The natural soaps were pricey but had an amazing scent which flowed through the aisle.
I respect what the Whole Foods brand stands for, their ideal for quality, organic products, how they value their customers and seek to only provide the best. With positive posters and statements throughout the store, one can’t resist feeling appreciated. Although I didn’t get to explore the store as much as I wanted to , I’m glad that I experienced the visit.
P.S.The flowers added a touch of elegance and brightness to my room and fit perfectly in the accompanying mason jar.
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